The Eagle Express

September 2019

Welcome to September! Open House is Coming Soon!

I hope everyone has enjoyed the opening of school. The feeling of the whole school has changed thanks to our facilities upgrades this summer. Our new morning drop-off procedure is going smoothly, and I appreciate everyone who is following the plan. It works really well, and we have increased safety in the parking lot. We are all looking forward to sharing our plans for the year with you at the upcoming Open House on Sept. 12th. We will all gather in the gym at 5:30 to hear some important announcements and you will get to meet our new staff. At 6, we will all head to classrooms to hear about the wonderful things your children will be learning this year.

I wish you all a wonderful month! - Stephanie

Notes from Mrs. Edwards in the Office

Thank you all for filling out your forms from the first day of school! If you are interested in becoming a “Designated Volunteer” for Antrim Elementary School, you must be fingerprinted and have a criminal background check. We will have a representative from the SAU available for fingerprinting and papers available to be submitted for the criminal background check at our Open House on September 12th from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. Please bring a photo ID with you. If you are already a Designated Volunteer than you do not need to do this again.

On another important note, if your child is going to be absent, please call the front office at AES at 588-6371 or put it into Pickup Patrol. Please state the reason why your child absent; if they are sick, let us know if it is a fever, cold, stomach virus, etc. Thank you and have a great year.

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Antrim Eagles Show Core Values

The AES Universal Team is a group of teachers and parents who work together to implement PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) in our school. We think of creative ways to engage students and staff in learning and exhibiting positive behaviors in all areas of our school. In the first three days of school, staff modeled expected behaviors in the hallway, cafeteria and recess and students have had a chance to practice these behaviors and be recognized for showing them. As the year continues, we will help our students Soar to Success and will encourage and recognize them when they show our AES values: Kindness, Respect, Cooperation, Honesty and Grit.
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First Graders are Scientists

First grade scientists are off to a great start! We learn about how the parts of an insect’s body help it to do and get what it needs to survive. Both classes are very excited to watch the monarch caterpillars go through their amazing changes in our butterfly towers. We observed the caterpillars closely and drew our observations. We're talking about what we know, what we learn, where we find our evidence, and what else we wonder about all kinds of interesting insects!

Library Learning Commons is the Place to Be

The library/learning commons is up and running! With our new schedule format, every single AES student has had a scheduled library class. This new schedule will allow everyone an opportunity to check out a different library book on a weekly basis. You may have heard, we are in the process of naming our eagle mascot. The process is long, slow, and thorough!


Maintaining an elementary school library can sometimes be a daunting task. We are always looking for responsible volunteers to help with organizing books, shelving books, and weeding through old books. This can be an excellent opportunity for any GBS student to earn community service hours.

Off to a Great Start in Grade 2

Second graders are filled with excitement for this year for many reasons! Cornucopia begins this week, and the children will start to reap the harvest from the gardens they sowed in the spring! We are anticipating a visit later this month from Jeannie Connolly, our Arts Integration teacher. We’ll be making colorful self-portrait banners that will decorate our classrooms for the year. Finally, second graders get to pilot a new book take home program to encourage our second graders to READ, READ, READ! More details will be coming home about that in the next couple of weeks! We are off to a great start!

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Welcome back! I am excited and looking forward to another great year of Health and Physical Education at AES. So far, the students have enjoyed several cooperative games and activities and the fun is just beginning!

This year students will have Health and PE on either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday and every other Friday. A key element that contributes to student success and well-being is safety. This includes wearing athletic shoes for participation in PE. Please help your student to prepare for class by having them wear athletic shoes on their assigned PE days.

Please check out the AES Physical Education web page for additional information and pictures of AES students on the move!

Hello from Mrs. Gregg - School Counselor

Happy New School Year! Again this year I will be at AES on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursday afternoons, and Fridays. Classroom counseling lessons will begin later this month, every other week in each classroom. Topics are based on New Hampshire school counseling standards and those of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). Students will learn and review the following: emotional literacy (e.g., recognizing one’s own feelings and those of others, empathy); self-regulation strategies (e.g., dealing with strong feelings, impulse control); and problem-solving, among other topics. Students also may meet individually with the school counselor for short-term counseling and/or in small groups (e.g., “lunch bunches”, friendship groups, peer support groups). I look forward to working with your children again this year!
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40 in 4th

4th graders have been learning mathematical mindsets, and how practicing grows and changes your brain. Both classes are participating in the 40 Book Challenge, where each of us will be aiming to read 40 "good fit" books in 4th grade. We will be reading lots of books independently at school and home, as well as listening to books together!

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Kindness in Kindergarten

It has been an exciting start to the school year for Kindergarten! We spent the first few days getting to know each other through free play, sharing, outdoor games, art projects and other activities! We are learning school routines and expectations as well as our eagle values of kindness, cooperation, honesty, respect and grit! Mrs. B, our reading teacher, came into Mrs. Warner's class to read a story called “The Kindness Quilt” about many ways we can show kindness everyday! The students colored pictures of ways to show kindness and we are working to put the pictures together to make a quilt!
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A Word from Grade 3

Welcome to Third Grade! We're eager to get started by thinking of our hopes and dreams, and creating classroom rules. This month you can expect to see third graders wondering about severe weather, learning how to show equal groups, and identifying story elements. See you at Open House!

Title 1 News

We had a great start to the year in Title One. We spent some time in all of the classrooms visiting with and checking in with our students from last year as well as getting to know the new students.

AES is happy to welcome back Ms. Bastarache. She will be at AES in the mornings before heading off to another school in our district. You may see her running a center in your child’s classroom as she is planning on working with as many students as she can while she’s here.

Ms. Levesque is back again this year as a full-time Title One Teacher. After a year of training in the principles of Universal Design for Learning, she is excited to use these skills to build expert learners.

Please remember to fill out your application for free and reduced lunch as this data is one factor that goes into our funding formula.

Attendance Matters

September is National Attendance Awareness Month! Did you know that you can help your child succeed in school by building the habit of good attendance? Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school and themselves. Start building this habit so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.
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