The Eagle Express
Antrim Elementary School October 1, 2021
Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit!!!! I hope you had a wonderful week. We have had a busy week here at AES assessing students and learning together. Students in grades 1-4 are in the middle of taking the Fall NWEA test in reading and math. These are benchmark assessments given every fall, winter, and spring that help us identify our students' strengths and areas for growth. Although we are busy learning with our friends, we also take some time out to play. Pictured above is a peek at what happens daily at 3/4 recess. A group of students play soccer with Mr. Morris, and I have to tell you, we have some talented players in this school! Another fun moment from today was our 2nd all-school virtual meeting hosted by Ms. Hill and Ms. Lescarbeau's classes.
As we transition to another weekend and another month, (EEK!),here are a couple of things you should know.
- Picture day has been postponed to November 5th.
- At the end of the month, students traditionally participate in fun and engaging Halloween or fall-themed activities. In the afternoon of October 29th, we are planning to have our traditional Halloween parade outside from 1:45 - 2:30. The actual route is still being finalized, but we will start our parade waving to our GBS friends on Shea Field.
- On October 7th, the Antrim-Bennington Lions Club will be here conducting vision screenings as part of Operation Kid Sight. This is a free service provided by the Lions Club each year. A camera takes an instant scan of your child's eyes to determine the possible presence of eye disorders. No physical contact is made with your child and eye drops are not necessary. The child simply looks at some blinking lights for about a second. The consent forms were sent home in the first day packets. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us. Please note that if your child wears glasses or contacts they should wear them the day of the eye screening.
- Don't forget, students should come to school dressed for the weather.
I wish you a wonderful fall weekend.
Retelling in Mrs. Hartshorne's Class
Math & Literacy in Mrs. Donovan's Room
We like playing games with our words in Letterland! We're learning lots of different ways to practice reading and using the words, so we can teach them to people at home. We also love to read our own special books. Danny the dog is our favorite.
Our next PTO meeting will be by ZOOM on Thursday, October 7th at 7pm. At that meeting we will be debriefing from the Bake Sale and discussing other upcoming fall and early winter events. All are encouraged and welcome to attend!
Click HERE for the zoom link for the next PTO meeting.
Classroom Counseling News
Starting in early October, Ms. Gregg will teach weekly classroom counseling lessons in every class at AES. Initial lessons will focus on “skills for learning,” such as focusing, listening, self-awareness and self-regulation, positive self-talk, and assertiveness.
In early lessons students learn (or re-learn) and practice “whole body listening.” We listen not just with our ears, but with our whole bodies:
EYES Looking/Focus on the speaker
Facing the Speaker
Hands in lap, on desk or table, or at one’s side.
Feet quiet on the floor
Brain on or working/Thinking about what the speaker is saying
Open heart—caring about what the speaker is saying
Students learn a shortened version of this as a reminder, with accompanying gestures:
Eyes Looking, Ears Listening, Body in Control, Brain On, Heart Open