The Eagle Express
Antrim Elementary School February 11, 2022
A Few Notes from Mrs. Syre-Hager
Greetings AES Community,
Here are few tidbits to share about next week. I hope you all have a lovely weekend. I know for some of you, it will be filled with hearts and/or football. Stay healthy, and we will see you next week!
- February break is February 21-25. There will be no school for staff or students.
- Between the cold, wet, and sometimes warmer days, students may need a change of clothes at school. It is always a good idea to have a change of clothes that can be kept in student lockers.
- Valentine's Day is February 14th. When sending in food, please be mindful of the following things. We need to follow our wellness policy and we can only accept items that are individually wrapped. Because of the potential of food allergies, we ask that you consult with your child's teacher before sending any food in.
- Kindergarten will see ConVal's performance of FROZEN on February 16th.
- AES will be hosting Kindness Week February 14-18. During the week of February 14th, AES will be celebrating Kindness. There will be daily activities to draw attention to and practice kindness. Some of the fun that students can look forward to include stories, art, and special guests. There will also be Kindness BINGO for students to extend the focus beyond the school day and to reflect on how we can be kind at home, in the community, and to ourselves. This will be a take home bingo board that can be returned at the end of the week for a special prize. Who will be caught being kind? Teachers and staff will be on the lookout for random acts of kindness and we will record our efforts and actions during the school day by creating a whole school paper chain. We can't wait to see how far our kindness will take us down the hallways of AES.
We want you…..to be a sub!
If you are interested, please go to the Careers section on the Conval School District webpage, which can be found by clicking HERE.
In Case You Haven't Heard... We're Wired for Sound
The more students can hear, the more they can learn. For maximum impact, however, the teacher’s voice must be highly intelligible to every student. That is why we invested in classroom audio amplification systems through our school improvement grant.
The goal of instructional audio is to enable every child in a classroom to clearly hear all the speech components of a teacher’s voice — no matter where students are seated relative to the teacher’s position in the room. Instructional audio isn’t about making voices louder, but clearer — which is important for all students, but especially for young readers and English learners.
Studies over the past four decades have underscored the crucial link between being able to hear clearly and learning, revealing additional benefits:
- Students’ attention and on-task time improve.
- Class interaction and participation increases.
- Classroom stress is lowered and there are fewer behavior problems.
- Teacher absenteeism due to voice and throat illness is almost eliminated.
- Academic test scores improve.
Using the audio enhancement systems has set up our school to meet the varying needs of teachers and students, ensuring they are set up for success from the start. We are now set up for long-term success utilizing an innovative tool to support learning.
3rd & 4th Graders Earned Certificates from the Harris Center
A Note from Mr. Benham in Wellness
Hello Eagles, when we don't have wings to fly, we find other ways to take to the sky! The students have been working hard on our fitness circuit. We include the cargo net and climbing rope as part of our circuit.
Footwear: Please send students to school with clean/dry sneakers so that they can play in the gym. Sometimes we have inside recess or other activities in the gym. The students really need sneakers whenever they are in the gym. Also, please test your student on their shoe tying skills. Kids in all grade levels are asking for help tying their shoes. Shoe tying is an important skill for kids to learn. Also, it is a great way for them to develop some independence. Please check in with your student to see if they need some help learning this skill.
Career and Technical Education At Conval High School
Ms. Lawler's Words About 100th Day of School
This week we had something very exciting happen in Kindergarten...we celebrated the 100th day of school! On Thursday we read the story 100 Snowmen, we counted to 100 by 10's and we counted groups of 100 objects like cubes, gems, counting bears and pom poms. We also wrote about what we'd like to have 100 of (puppies, cats, popcorn), what we would not like to have 100 of (bees, pickles) and finished other silly sentence starters. One of the highlights of the day was creating special 100th day of school crowns! What a fun day filled with math.
Miss Lescarbeau's Reflections about the 100th Day of School
We celebrated the 100th day of kindergarten! We showed great teamwork during our scavenger hunt for 100 numbers (some are still hiding from us!). We also made crowns with 10 strips and 10 things on each strip to make 100. We also read 100 Snowmen, raced to color 100 snowmen, and wrote a 100 Day poem!
Counting Pockets in Mrs. Donovan's Class
Observations from Mr. Stultz in the Learning Commons
Watching our students grow this year has been a treat. We often need to step back and look from afar to really appreciate their amount of growth. Over the last few weeks, 3/4 grade students have been honing in on their computer skills. They have been learning how to navigate various google platforms. Through Google Forms, they created interview questions for each other and even some of the adult staff, They learned things like Mrs. Syre-Hager enjoys tennis. Mrs. Hill is not a fan of movie theaters and Mr. Morris and Miss Lipnoski both like sushi. They even learned Mrs. Page is going to school to be a Doctor of Education.
Thursday was our 100th day of school. 2nd grade students from Mrs. Sullivan's class became engineers. They had 3 projects to plan. With marshmallows and toothpicks, they had to design a structure that would hold a giant dictionary. With plastic solo cups, they built towers to stand up to hurricane forced oscillating fan winds. After building, they had to redesign and try again.