Cougar Pride News
Conway Elementary School - October 9, 2023
Hello Cougar Families!
We have lots going on here at CES, so check out the details below. If you are interested in joining PTO, or just coming to hear what events they are planning, you can join us on Monday, 10/16 at 4:00 in our library. We could really use more parent participation on our PTO!
We will have our Halloween Parade on Tuesday, October 31 @ 1:45. Students will change into their costumes at school (please do not send them in their costume). Please do not send in costumes that include blood/gore, weapons of any kind or make up.
Every School Day Counts
It is so important that students are here every day because every school day counts. Students are much more successful academically when they are in school on a consistent basis, but they are also more successful socially as it takes time to build strong relationships with their teacher and peers.
School hours are 9:00AM - 3:15PM. If your child is going to be absent, please be sure to call the main office, prior to 9:00AM to let us know. The number is 603-447-3369.
Friendly Reminders for Free and Reduced Lunch Applications
Please fill out the application whether or not you receive benefits from the state- (SNAP, TANF, FDPIR)
Although you will qualify for free lunch due to receiving those benefits, we won’t have that information until the application is completed with the benefit type and benefit number. You will continue to acquire a balance until that application is received and processed.
Please include income that is totalled on a weekly, biweekly, monthly or annual basis.
Please note, We are not legally allowed to calculate any income for you. If there is a daily rate, please calculate what you receive on a monthly basis.
Please ensure that you are putting the grade levels of all the students in your household on the applications.
We can not link the students in your household together if the grade is not listed.
Please ensure the accurate mailing address is on the application so the eligibility letter gets to you promptly.
Please ensure you sign and date the form
We legally can not process any application that is not signed by the person filling out the form
Please be aware that any changes/alterations to the application must be done by the family/guardian or person filling the application out. This also applies with incomplete forms. We are not legally allowed to change or complete the form in any way.
Please reach out to your lunch coordinator with any questions or concerns regarding Free and Reduced Lunch. We are always happy to help.
Shannon Nartowicz - Bartlett School District- 603.374.2331
Lindsey Brandon- Conway and Jackson School District- 603.447.8368
During our first 25 days of Kindergarten, our main focus has been working on building our Kindergarten Community. The children are learning how to navigate their Kindergarten day, and get to know their teachers and classmates as well as Conway Elementary as a whole. Some students settle right in and others need a little more time to find their way. We see new friendships forming and the whole group is really coming together. The children are learning to be students and what that looks like, sounds like, and feels like. It is an exciting time here in K. They have started their journey at CES and we look forward to watching them learn and grow. This is just the beginning!
The first 25 days have been very busy and have also flown by. Seeing children’s happy faces and hearing the laughter at CES, makes our days brighter. Each class has been creating classroom communities by getting to know each other and the routines and expectations in our classrooms. The students are split into smaller groups to support/challenge where the students are at and to move them forward on their learning journey in the subjects of reading, spelling and math. We have been identifying the feelings students have and how to self regulate to get back in the mode for learning. Some of the topics covered so far are: explore the different parts of plants and how those are essential for plant survival, reviewing letter formation and sounds, learning how to pick “just right” books out of the classroom library to read for the week, practicing how to share and work in partnerships, developing problem solving skills within the math activity and so much more. With the new fall season, brings many opportunities for more fun and learning!
Our first and second graders had so much fun watching butterflies emerge from their chrysalis and releasing them back into the world that we decided to take a nice hike over to the middle school fields with high hopes of finding more monarch caterpillars. Unfortunately, we came up empty handed, but had some amazing discoveries, and discussions about butterflies, and life cycles while we walked through the milkweed!
The opening of school has been a busy time in the third grade! The classes are settling in their routines and systems which include language arts rotations, math, word work and math fluency groups. We are developing our student learning portfolios which have personal goals for math, language arts, and work habits. Our first week was kicked off by reading the first book in the series titled Kingdom of Wrenly in which we concentrated on character traits and story elements. In math, the students are collecting, analyzing and consolidating data into graphs using appropriate scales. Math fluency games are being played to develop automatic recall of basic addition and subtraction facts using taught strategies. In science we are investigating life cycles with the raising and release of our monarch butterflies and most recently snapping turtles! Overall our classes continue to set norms that encourage a positive learning environment that is safe, respectful and FUN!
Grade 4/54/5 has been busy to start off the year. We have been having fun team building and creating our community. In math, 4th graders learned about finding factors and multiples, while 5th graders worked on finding volume. Both groups are now diving into fractions. For reading the 4th graders are doing a book study of Winn Dixie, while 5th graders are studying Hatchet. In science, we are exploring our solar system. We have also had the opportunity to head down to the river for some stem activities along with reading and writing time.
We have had a great start to the year in 6th grade! The class has been busy. In Math, students have been studying the area and surface area of polyhedra. They have practiced identifying the base and heights of different polygons and are reacquainting themselves with basic multiplication fact strategies. In Language Arts, sixth graders have been working on writing personal narratives from a small moment in their lives. As a group, we are reading "The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle'' written by Avi. During science, we have been learning about the eight principles of science and engineering. In Social Studies we will discover ancient cultures. We started the year off exploring our own culture's role in our individual lives. Additionally, these sixth graders have been rising up as leaders within our school.
- If you are picking up your student in the afternoons, please be sure to put out the name card up on your dashboard to be seen. Also, please keep two lanes of traffic until you reach the corner of the brown building (Music Room).
- Our main form of communication with parents is through email. Please make sure that your email is updated in PowerSchool. It is extremely important that we have all of your contact information in case of an emergency with your child. Please update any home or cell phone numbers in PowerSchool. We have found that many parents voice mailboxes are full or they have not set up their voicemail. We ask that you also update your emergency contact names and phone numbers.
- If there is a change in routine for your child's afternoon plans please communicate them with your child's teacher and the main office by sending a note into school, an email, or a phone call.
- Students may bring devices (phones, ipods, smart watches etc.) to school. However, the devices will be placed in backpacks for the duration of the school day. CES is not responsible for lost or missing items.
For any student to be able to receive free meals, families must take one of the following actions:
Enroll in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
This program can be applied for online at: NH EASY
Submit a meal benefit application to our school district
Applications can be submitted online at: EZMealApp
Funds can be added to student accounts online at any time at: EZSchoolPay
Funds can also be added to student accounts by check made out to Conway School District submitted to Conway Elementary.
- If you are searching for affordable internet and qualify for free/reduced lunch, check out www.GetMyInternet.org!