News and Notes from Estabrook School | December 1, 2016
Dear Estabrook Families,
For over two decades, Estabrook students and staff have benefitted from the work of the Lexington Education Foundation in supporting new initiatives, advanced learning and opportunities to further enrich the life of all in our schools. Estabrook has routinely been the recipient of this important and generous work. This edition of the Buzz features a guest column by two teachers who were the recipients of a grant that provided a once in a lifetime opportunity to enrich their teaching. Also included is an important announcement about a major community event coming to Estabrook this spring, sponsored by the LEF.
For more information or to make a contribution to the LEF, please visit their website here.
Estabrook Teachers reflect on experience studying in india
Many aspects of our LEF funded trip to India have had an impact on student learning. Earthwatch provided us with the context needed to develop and implement the new Natures Partners science unit. We learned real life information related to pollination and how to use the engineering design process to tackle problems that may arise in natural systems. Working closely with Kullu Valley scientists and acting as a citizen scientist has impacted our teaching in that we are now better equip to engage students in the science practice standards. Furthermore, the training Lori received in the field has augmented her teaching philosophy around science. One example of this is evidenced by her participation in creating new curriculum written for second graders in Lexington that will engage them in the engineering design process through hand pollinator creation. Our journey to India has also impacted student learning in the area of social studies. Our world cultures unit on India now has greater depth and improved resources. Students will benefit from additional unit artifacts, photographs, and a new and improved PowerPoint presentation. We have also learned more about the Indian culture allowing us to better connect and engage with our India-American students and their families.
Please know that this small blurb only scratches the surface of how invaluable and productive our trip to India was.
SAVE THE DATE
Circle TUESDAY, MARCH 21 on your calendar, and plan to join us as we welcome New York Times bestselling author Jessica Lahey to Estabrook School. Lahey is the author of the hugely popular book, The Gift of Failure, and writes about education, parenting, and child welfare for The Atlantic, Vermont Public Radio, and the New York Times. She will speak to Estabrook staff and parents on student stress and emotional well-being. More information to come!
This event is sponsored by the Lexington Education Foundation in collaboration with Estabrook School and the Estabrook PTO.
Fourth Graders meet "Romeo" the Robot
Estabrook Students to take part in national Hour of Code next week
Next week, December 5-11, is Computer Science Education Week. Estabrook students in all grades will join the tens of millions of students who have participated in the Hour of Code, demystifying the subject of computer science and hopefully whetting their appetites to go on and learn more.
Visit www.csedweek.org to learn more and be sure to ask your kids all about it.
BOOKFAIR Expands hours this Friday
PTO Winter Holiday Marketplace returns Sunday
The Holiday Marketplace, featuring homemade crafts, treats, and holiday gifts made by your children and their friends, is coming to the Estabrook School Sunday, December 4th from 2-5pm! The Estabrook Book Fair will be open during this time as well.
Join us at passport night next Thursday
Tour the world next Thursday, December 8, 6-8 p.m.! Join Estabrook faculty, staff and parents who will teach others about their particular country. Join us for a Potluck dinner in the cafeteria, followed by a visit to countries from around the world. For more information contact Lori Verity (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Principal Coffee to focus on Digital Citizenship & Responsibility
Support the Estabrook PTO Gift Drive
Submitted by the Estabrook PTO
Help us make the holidays bright for women and children living in the REACH Shelter for Domestic Violence, located in Waltham. To contribute a gift, please sign up HERE. Gifts are due by Monday, December 5. Thank you for your generosity and support!
Morning Lineup Moves indoors
MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THESE UPCOMING EVENTS.
BOOK FAIR | Through Friday, December 2, Room 105
WINTER HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE | Sunday, December 4, 2:00-5:00 p.m.
PICTURE RETAKE DAY | Tuesday, December 6
HOUR OF CODE | Tuesday, December 6 & Wednesday, December 7
STAFF APPRECIATION BREAKFAST | Wednesday, December 7
Sponsored by Grade 4
PASSPORT NIGHT | Thursday, December 8, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL DAY | Wednesday, December 14
PRINCIPAL COFFEE | Wednesday, December 14, 8:45-9:30 a.m.
ALL SCHOOL ASSEMBLY | Tuesday, December 20, 9:15-9:45 a.m.
Hosted by Grade 1. Parents of first graders are invited to attend.