Moreau's Monthly Messenger - M3

October 2019

A Message from Mr. H.

Be The Difference!


We have kicked off our Be The Difference Direct Donation Campaign for the fourth year in a row. In year one we raised over $10,000 and I dyed my hair rainbow colors. In year two we raised over $13,000 and I was covered from head to toe in Silly String. In year three we met our goal and Mr. Higgins slept on the roof!


"WAIT. A. MINUTE. NO. YOU. DIDN'T!" our Hawks have screamed!


Well, I can explain... at least I think I can explain... you see, there was a tornado... and then rain and hail... and it was bad... and people were worried about good ol' Mr. Higgins... and... and...

and...


Alright, the fact is I never got to sleep on the roof, and it broke my heart as much as our Hawks'. Anyway, Officer Rush (Mrs. Rush, our clerical aide) overheard me telling the students that I hadn't followed through on my promise. I was a bucket dipper. Judge Hammond (Mr. Hammond, our day custodian) sentenced me to 4 weeks in Hawk Jail for my "crime." I am hoping our Hawks can raise the $10,000 bail to get me out of Hawk Jail! I've promised to be good and I've started to do as many kind deeds as possible around the school to reinstate my good name. The students are excited and we're having some fun in order to support the wonderful things we do at Moreau Hall. Every little bit helps! We appreciate your support!


Here's to a great October!


Best,

Mr. H.

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Important Dates:


Public Tours of Center School, Moreau Hall, and Parkview School every Wednesday 5-7 pm, and Saturday 9-11 am in October.


October 7 & 22 - Community Forums at Oliver Ames High School 5 & 7:30pm


October 28th - Special Town Meeting at Stonehill College 7:00pm

November 5th - Election Day to approve funding


To stay informed about the project visit the project website:

https://sites.google.com/easton.k12.ma.us/eastonearlyelementaryschool/


And the Town of Easton website:

https://www.easton.ma.us/newsdetail_T1_R717.php

Dot Day 2019

Joining over 16 million people worldwide, and for the third year in a row, Moreau Hall students and teachers participated in International Dot Day! It takes place each year on September 15(ish) and is centered around the book, The DOT, by Peter H. Reynolds. Peter wrote The DOT as "a tribute to great teachers who help their students discover their own unique gifts and talents - changing lives." As part of Dot Day, our Moreau Hall community participated in unique projects to showcase our creativity. Below are pictures and video that showcase what an amazing day our teachers and students had as they made their mark! I hope you enjoy checking them out with your Hawks!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_I43cxDQ-o
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M.H. Students Lend a Helping Hand to the Easton Food Pantry

Each grade level at Moreau Hall has developed a community service project to provide an opportunity for our students to have a lasting impact on improving the community in which they live. Moreau Hall Kindergarten classes will be coordinating ALL SCHOOL food drives this year to benefit the Easton Food Pantry. The first Food Drive will be during the month of October. Items can be brought in all month long! We will set a day at the end of each month to collect and deliver the items.

Here are some recommended items:

Canned pasta, boxed pasta, pasta sauce, cereal, peanut butter, jelly,

canned soup, canned vegetables, canned tuna, and canned baked beans

Thank you for your support!

School On Wheels of MA

Thanks so much to our families for supporting our first grade Hawks with their community service project to help School on Wheels of Massachusetts. We had quite a collection this past September! This project serves students in our state impacted by homelessness.

Helping our Veterans

Our second graders will soon kick off their community service project this year with the help of Mrs. Sullivan. They will be visiting Smith Farm at Borderland State Park to see what their facility does to help our local Veterans. Our second grade Hawks will be doing chores throughout the school year to raise money to donate to our friends at Smith Farm

Book Swap

Last school year we started a BOOK SWAP for the students. We could use a variety of books to continue having the students swap them. So often parents buy books for their kids and then don’t know what to do once they outgrow them. So, if you have any gently used books (appropriate for the K-2 population) that you’d like to donate please feel free to drop them off with me. I will collect, sort and level them for the students. The book swap will take place during the entire school year. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at: Ksilverstein@easton.k12.ma.us

Karen Silverstein

Reading Specialist

Morning Student Drop Off

We ask for your assistance and cooperation in ensuring that the “morning student drop off” procedure and rules are followed properly. Students who attend M.H. are afforded the opportunity to ride the bus. You may also choose to drive your children to school.

If you are dropping students off in the morning it is imperative that you park in a marked parking space and walk your children into the school. Simply pulling up and dropping children off while you wait in the car is unsafe and not allowed, as we have no crossing guard or staff member outside to supervise this. Children should not be walking across the driveway unattended. If you arrive before 8:55 am, parents/guardians are asked to stay with the students in the cafeteria until they are dismissed to their classrooms at 8:55 am. There is no “school supervision” before 8:55 am and students should NOT be left unattended.

Once your children are dismissed to their classroom, you should exit our parking lot through the Stonehill College access road that is at the far south end of the lot.

Thank you for your cooperation!

Upcoming Events

Click here for the calendar on the school website

Thursday, October 3

Picture Day

Friday, October 11

No School - Professional Development Day for Teachers

Monday, October 14

No School - Columbus Day

Wednesday, October 16

PAC Meeting - 6:30 pm - MH Library

Tues., Wed., Fri., October 15, 16, 18

Fire Safety Programs

Friday, October 25

Ice Cream Social and Art Exhibit 6:00-7:30 pm

Wednesday, October 31

Halloween Parade 2:30 pm

PAC News - Parent Advisory Council

Executive Board Members

Kristen Finch and Colleen Pantazelos – Co-Chairpersons

Cara Joyce – Treasurer

Eve Reed – Secretary


Mark your calendar now for PAC Meeting dates...Please note these dates, times, and location are subject to change.

October 16 @ 6:30 pm

November 13 @ 6:30 pm

January 15 @ 6:30 pm

March 4 @ 6:30 pm

April 8 @ 6:30 pm

May 13 @ 6:30 pm


Email PAC at moreauhallpac@gmail.com

Follow PAC on Facebook at www.facebook.com/moreauhallpac

iCARE Readings

iCARE is continuing at Moreau Hall. This rich parent run read aloud program helps children find out that they are more similar than dissimilar than their atypical peers. It also gives children a chance to discuss differences in a supportive environment. This program was created by a Mansfield parent, Kim Piro, whose daughter, Jamie is autistic. When Jamie was in kindergarten she was loud at times, because she was nervous, and the children in the classroom did not know what they could do to help. Kim read the book Captain Tommy to the students in the class and helped them understand all of the ways that Jamie was the same as they were and also how they might help and interact with her. After this single reading there was a great improvement in the classroom and the teacher and parents believed that their children had benefited. This was the beginning of iCARE. All children in Mansfield and many other towns throughout the country and Commonwealth have a yearly reading from a library. This reading takes place under teacher supervision by trained parents.

TheJamiefund.org is the website where you can find information about the iCARE reading program. In brief iCARE stands for Introducing Children to Acceptance through Reading and Education.


If you are interested in helping to run, or become a trained parent, for this amazing and beneficial program, please email Ms. Moskowitz fmoskowitz@easton.k12.ma.us

Coat Drive

A quick note to let you know that there is a box in the lobby for collections for Coats for Kids. MH is registered with Anton's Cleaner's and we will be collecting winter coats for this amazing charity. In return, we could earn a donation back to our library if we contribute the most coats/winter apparel. We are competing against other Elementary Schools our size in MA. We are slightly competitive with this program so as the season changes and we go through jackets and clothing that no longer fits, remember that we have this collection as well as the textile box in the parking lot.

Mrs. Silverstein's Reading Corner

What Is RTI And The Three Tiers Of Support?


RTI is an acronym for Response to Intervention. Response to Intervention is a multi-tier approach where teachers and specialists identify students who are at risk of reading difficulties and to give them the support they need to succeed. This approach can also be used for math and behavior, as well.


The process starts when all of the students are given a universal screening assessment that compares their progress to the progress of students across Massachusetts. The tiered support can be given by the general classroom teacher, the learning specialists or the reading specialist. The students progress is closely monitored and educational decisions are made based on the students response to the tiered interventions.


Tier 1

Tier 1 is considered the first dose of instruction to students. It is a combination of the classroom teacher leading whole group instruction, the classroom teacher giving differentiated small group instruction, as well as student workstations and opportunities for student independent practice. All students in the classroom will receive this instruction.


Tier 2

Tier 2 is the second dose of instruction to students. It is led by a learning specialist, reading specialist, classroom teacher, or an interventionist. During this small group (4-6 students) instruction, 2/3 to 3/4 of the class will receive this instruction. The specialist will give instruction to students within the classroom on specific skills each time they meet during the week.


Tier 3

Tier 3 is the third dose of instruction to students. This level of instruction is more concentrated and can take place in a separate location outside the classroom. Small group instruction is given to 2-3 students by the learning specialist, reading specialist or interventionist and sometimes by the classroom teacher. During tier 3 intervention the instructor is only working with the students on one skill. The students’ progress is monitored every two weeks.


if you have any questions please feel free to contact me at: Ksilverstein@easton.k12.ma.us

Karen Silverstein

Reading Specialist

National Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year, National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15. In honor of this celebration, Mrs. Silverstein picked out a great book for our YouTube Read Aloud. It's called Biblioburro! It's a true story that comes to us from Columbia written by Jeanette Winter. (video below)


We were also very fortunate to have Mr. Gattas visit with Mrs. Sanpietro's second grade class to read Tito Puente with Mrs. Silverstein and have a discussion about Mr. G's childhood, growing up in Monterrey, Mexico. The students asked very insightful questions and were surprised to find out that Mr. Gattas had a childhood very much like theirs! (video below)


If you, or someone you know, would like to share a special month/celebration with us here at Moreau Hall, please reach out to Mr. Higgins. We would love to work with you around our theme of Reading is an Adventure!

Mrs. Silverstein reads, Biblioburro by Jeanette Winter

Biblioburro - Jeanette Winter

Mr. Gattas and Mrs. Silverstein read Tito Puente in Spanish and English

Tito Puente

Ice Cream Social and Art Exhibit

Fall is finally upon us! What better way to celebrate than with Ice Cream and Art? Please join us on Friday, October 25th from 6:00 – 7:30 pm for our annual Ice Cream Social and Art Exhibit. Enjoy some delicious ice cream and look at our students’ incredible art work. The event is FREE for the entire family! There will be raffle tickets on sale for the various prize baskets that will be on display. Remember to bring your BOX TOPS for Education to exchange for raffle tickets. Be on the lookout for more information coming home soon. A big thank you to Mr. Krasenbrink, our art teacher, on the work he is currently doing with our students to have their work ready for the big show! Thank you to PAC as well for their planning and coordination of such a great whole school event! I hope to see you on the 25th!

Easton Public Schools Activity Fee

Each year we ask families to pay an activity fee, which goes to support various activities in town. For Moreau Hall, the biggest activity that is supported through this fee is our connection to Sheep Pasture. In addition to our students going to Sheep Pasture in the spring, the teachers from this great program visit Moreau Hall during the winter to work with each classroom. It is a fantastic learning experience for our students.

The Kindergarten fee for this year is included in K Tuition. The activity fee for grades 1 & 2 students is $45. Please click the link below to pay the fee by October 6th.


www.myschoolbucks.com

Is your CORI check up to date?

We love having visitors in our building, but the safety of our students, staff and families is our number one concern.

If you or another family member plan to volunteer for field trips or to work in your child’s classroom, we ask that you complete a CORI form (Criminal Offender Record Information). These forms are good for 3 years. If you are a returning family and believe that you have a valid CORI form on file, please check with the main office.

Good News Call Of The Day

As I mentioned over the past two years, I am trying to call at least one student's parents for positive referrals each day. We have made quite a few calls so far this year, and I honestly can't tell who is happier, the students or their parents. Check out some of the pictures of our Hawks and their proud principal. As you can tell.... It's a highlight of my day!
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Bay State Textiles

Dear Parents and Members of our School Community,


I write to you to as a reminder of and to bring awareness to the Bay State Textiles White Collection Box located on our school campus.


Why is the box placed?

The box is placed as a solution to the problem of unwanted textiles. In Massachusetts alone there are 520 MILLION pounds of unwanted textiles that end up in the waste stream of which 95% can be reused or recycled. The country as a whole is only recycling 15% of unwanted textiles.


What goes in the box?

Bay State Textiles accepts clothing, shoes, pocketbooks, household linens and stuffed animals in ANY condition as long as they are not wet or contaminated with hazardous material. Visit baystatetextiles.com for a list of acceptable items. ****Items NOT Accepted: Mattresses, Couch Cushions, Lawn Furniture Cushions, Foam Products (mattress pads, etc.), Carpet Remnants, and Rugs (larger than 2’ x 4’) For the safety of the drivers please bag your items and tie the bags!!!


What happens to the items in the box?

Collecting unwanted clothing, shoes and linens, creates economic opportunity all over the world. Bay State Textiles employs Massachusetts residents, contracts with local vendors for supplies and exports the material throughout the global market. As the material is shipped to graders, the useable items are resold creating jobs and economic benefit for those wanting to purchase inexpensive quality clothing. Additional jobs are created in the wiping cloth and fiber conversion industry. Please refer to SMART for additional information on the benefits of textile recycling. The good is NOT shredded!!!


How does our school benefit?

Bay State Textiles services the box weekly, weighing the items. Bay State Textiles sends a rebate check monthly based on the weight of donation. This is a “Feel Good” program to support our school community with your unwanted textiles. Tell your friends, neighbors, relatives, coworkers, etc. when cleaning out their closets, re decorating or updating their household linens, to support our school community. The convenience of the box is that it is available 24/7, 365 days a year.


Thank you for your support of our Textile Recycling/Reuse Program!


Core Values

Moreau Hall students, teachers, parents, and community members take P.R.I.D.E. in being a “bucket-filling” school. In order to provide a positive child-centered learning experience for all students we will follow our five core values:

Positive Attitude, Respect, Involvement, Determination, and Excellence

Be a “bucket filler” and show your Hawk P.R.I.D.E.!


Positive Attitude

Believe in yourself and your abilities and those of your classmates

Believe that effort will improve your future

Stay motivated, even when things don’t go well

Be excited and energized about learning

Respect

Take care of yourself

Treat others as you want to be treated

Take care of your school

Embrace new ideas

Involvement

Be present

Help your Moreau Hall family

Make a difference in your community

Share your talents

Determination

Show enthusiasm and actively participate

Finish what you start

Stay committed to your goals

Keep working hard even when you feel like quitting

Excellence

Kindness matters

Strive to be your personal best

Listen to understand

Show gratitude for all you have

Created with student input by the Moreau Hall School Council - January 2015

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Moreau Hall Mission Statement

The mission of Moreau Hall Elementary School is to provide a positive, child-centered learning experience for all students.