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NEWS & EVENTS OF ESTABROOK SCHOOL | LEXINGTON, MA | 01.03.16

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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IMPORTANT JANUARY DATES

MON. JAN. 4 - SCHOOL RESUMES

THUR. JAN. 7, 6:30-8:30 PM - GRADE 5 EVENING BASKETBALL BEGINS, ESTABROOK GYM.

WED. JAN. 13, 8:15-8:45 AM - SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL. (STUDENTS WALK, BIKE, CARPOOL, BUS).
  • STUDENTS ARE INVITED TO BRING ONE NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEM FOR THE MERRIMACK VALLEY FOOD BANK DRIVE.
  • ALL STUDENTS ARE INVITED TO WEAR BLUE TODAY IN HONOR OF OUR GRADE 5 ALL SCHOOL ASSEMBLY

WED. JAN. 13, 8:45-9:30 AM - PRINCIPAL COFFEE. TOPIC: SCHOOL SAFETY. JOIN PRINCIPAL TRACH AND ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL LABROAD FOR THIS IMPORTANT TOPIC AS WE DISCUSS SCHOOL SAFETY PROCEDURES AND SAFEGUARDS IN PLACE. PARENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO BRING QUESTIONS.

WED. JAN. 13, 2:00-2:30 PM - GRADE 5 ALL SCHOOL ASSEMBLY TO HONOR DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. GRADE 5 PARENTS INVITED.

THUR. JAN. 14, 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM - GRADE 5 WINTER CONCERT (GRADE 5 CHORUS, BAND, STRINGS). PARENTS INVITED. (SNOW DATE 1/15, 9 AM)

THUR. JAN. 14, 6:30-7:30 PM - GRADES K/1 MATH NIGHT, CAFETERIA. SPONSORED BY THE ESTABROOK PTA. (1/21 SNOW DATE)

FRI. JAN. 15 - ELEMENTARY TERM CLOSES

MON. JAN. 18 - DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY, NO SCHOOL/OFFICES CLOSED.


WED. JAN. 20 - STAFF APPRECIATION BREAKFAST, SPONSORED BY GRADE 3 FAMILIES. THANK YOU!

WED. JAN. 20, 7:30 PM - ALL-TOWN BAND FESTIVAL AT LEXINGTON HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM (1/27 SNOW DATE)

THUR. JAN. 21, 9:30-10:30 AM - GRADE 3 LEXINGTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA FIELD TRIP, CARY HALL, LEXINGTON. (1/28 SNOW DATE)

THUR. JAN. 21 - METCO FAMILY FRIENDS DAY

THUR. JAN. 21, 12:45-1:30 PM - ESTABROOK SITE COUNCIL, MAIN CONFERENCE ROOM, ESTABROOK.

MON. JAN. 25, 7:00-9:00 PM - SUCCESS THROUGH CONNECTION, HELD AT ESTABROOK SCHOOL - OPEN TO ALL LPS SCHOOLS. LEARN HOW TO BE INVOLVED IN THE SCHOOLS, ESPECIALLY THROUGH THE MANY ROLES OF THE PTA AND SITE COUNCILS. SPONSORED BY THE PTA PRESIDENTS' COUNCIL.

WED. JAN. 27, 6:30-7:30 PM - GRADES 4/5 MATH NIGHT, CAFETERIA. SPONSORED BY THE ESTABROOK PTA. (SNOW DATE 2/3)

FRI. JAN. 29 - REPORT CARDS SENT HOME IN STUDENT BACKPACKS

FRI. JAN. 29, 6:30-8:30 PM - FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT, CAFETERIA, ESTABROOK. SPONSORED BY THE ESTABROOK PTA.

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IMPORTANT FEBRUARY DATES

TUE. FEB. 2, 6:30-7:30 PM - GRADES 2/3 FAMILY MATH NIGHT, CAFETERIA. SPONSORED BY THE ESTABROOK PTA. (SNOW DATE 2/9)

WED. FEB. 3, 7:30 PM
- ALL-TOWN ORCHESTRA CONCERT
, I, GRADE 4 STRING STUDENTS, LHS GYM (2/11 SNOW DATE)

TUE. FEB. 9, 7:30 PM - ALL TOWN ORCHESTRA CONCERT, III, GRADE 5 STRING STUDENTS, LHS GYM (2/11 SNOW DATE)

WED. FEB. 10, 8:15-8:45 AM - SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL. (STUDENTS WALK, BIKE, CARPOOL, BUS). STUDENTS ARE INVITED TO BRING ONE ITEM FOR THE MERRIMACK VALLEY FOOD BANK DRIVE.
  • STUDENTS ARE INVITED TO BRING ONE NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEM FOR THE MERRIMACK VALLEY FOOD BANK DRIVE.
  • ALL STUDENTS ARE INVITED TO WEAR YELLOW/BLACK OR SCHOOL SPIRIT WEAR TODAY
  • STAFF APPRECIATION BREAKFAST - SPONSORED BY GRADE 2 FAMILIES. THANK YOU!

WED. FEB. 10, 8:45-9:30 AM - PRINCIPAL COFFEE.

MON. FEB. 15-FRI. FEB. 19 - SCHOOL VACATION / NO SCHOOL. (OFFICES CLOSED ON 2/15 - PRESIDENTS' DAY)

WED. FEB. 24, 2:00-2:30 PM - GRADE 1 ALL SCHOOL ASSEMBLY. PARENTS OF GRADE 1 STUDENTS ARE INVITED.
  • ALL STUDENTS ARE INVITED TO WEAR RED, WHITE & BLUE FOR THE ASSEMBLY TODAY

THUR. FEB. 25, 12:45-1:30 PM - ESTABROOK SITE COUNCIL, MAIN CONFERENCE ROOM, ESTABROOK.

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SCHOOL CANCELLATION NOTIFICATIONS

School cancellation notices, due to inclement weather and otherwise are made by Dr. Czajkowski, Superintendent of Schools. She will notify parents through the Lexington Public Schools’ telephone notification system, coupled with an email.

Cancellation notices will also be updated on the district webpage.

Parents are also encouraged to review the local news stations/webpages for school cancellation updates due to inclement weather.

Please communicate any updated telephone numbers and emails to our office at 781-861-2520 or tcarfagno@sch.ci.lexington.ma.us.

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EARLY/EMERGENCY DISMISSAL SYSTEM DUE TO WEATHER

If the Superintendent of Schools decides to dismiss school early due to incoming/inclement weather or otherwise, parents will be notified via a rapid telephone and email notification system. Please be sure your telephone numbers and emails are up-to-date with our school information system. Please contact 781-861-2520 or tcarfagno@sch.ci.lexington.ma.us.

In the event of an early/emergency dismissal from school, Estabrook will follow parent early/emergency dismissal directions from your child's pink dismissal form. Parents completed this form at the beginning of the school year. If you have any questions about your pink dismissal form or would like to update it, please call 781-861-2520 or email tcarfagno@sch.ci.lexington.ma.us.

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ESTABROOK HOLIDAY GIFT DRIVE A SUCCESS!

We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you all who contributed toward making the 2015 Estabrook Holiday Gift Drive a great success!

Thanks to the generosity of the Estabrook community, we delivered nearly 100 gifts to the REACH Beyond Domestic Violence shelter for women and children, as well as to local families in need.

A special thanks to our PTA presidents for making the mittens available at the holiday marketplace, and to Susan McLaughlin for helping to transport and deliver the gifts to REACH!

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COATS FOR KIDS UPDATE

Estabrook families have now donated 84 items to the Coats for Kids collection! The participation has been tremendous! Thanks to all who have helped out!


There will be one more collection after the New Year on Friday January 7th. Gently used coats, both adults and children’s, can be dropped off at 7 Ballard Terrace in a bin outside the garage.

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SUCCESS THROUGH CONNECTION: HOW TO SUPPORT YOUR CHILD'S FUTURE BY GETTING INVOLVED WITH LEXINGTON SCHOOLS

SAVE THE DATE: OPEN TO PARENTS/GUARDIANS OF ALL 9 LPS SCHOOLS

  • When: Monday, January 25, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

  • Where: Estabrook Elementary School Cafeteria


Do you want to learn more about your child’s school?


Are you looking for ways to get involved? Are you not sure how to do so?


Come join us for an evening discussion about your school’s Parent Teacher Association / Organization (PTA/O) and Site Council, what these groups do, and how you can help and learn from them.

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For more information, contact PPCChair@gmail.com.

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REMINDER ABOUT THE CONCERT SCHEDULE 2015-2016

Please take note of the 2015-2016 Estabrook Concert Schedule for your calendar and planning:

  • Thursday, January 14, 9:00 AM & 11:00 AM: Winter Concert (Gr. 5 chorus, band, strings)
  • Friday, January 15, 9 AM: Winter Concert snow date

  • Thursday, March 10, 9 AM & 11:15 AM: Primary Concert (Grades 1& 2)
  • Friday, March 11, 9 AM: Primary Concert snow date

  • Thursday, April 28, 9 AM & 11:15 AM: Grades 3 & 4 Concert

  • Thursday, June 2, 11:00 AM & 6:30 PM: Spring Concert (Gr. 5 chorus, band, strings)

Classes will sign up to attend one of two concerts and parents will be invited to attend either concert (except for the June 2 concert).

Other concerts that gr. 4 and 5 Estabrook students may participate in:


  • Wednesday, January 20, 7:30 PM: All-Town Band Festival, LHS aud (1/27 snow date)
  • Wednesday, February 3, 7:30 PM: All-Town Orchestra Concert, I, Gr. 4 string students LHS gym (2/11 snow date)
  • Tuesday, February 9, 7:30 PM: All-Town Orchestra Concert, III Gr. 5 string students LHS gym (2/11 snow date)
  • Thursday, May 12, 7:30 PM: All-Town Elementary Concert (Band and Orchestra), LHS aud

The entire LPS performing arts calendar can be located at:
http://performingarts.lexingtonma.org/calendar/calendar.html

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WINTER GEAR AND OUTDOOR PLAY

Now that the colder weather is here, we remind all students:

  • Wear winter weather clothing/gear to school: jacket, hat, gloves, scarves and boots. Students may bring snowpants/boots in a separate bag.


  • Boots and/or snowpants may be stored in school lockers and taken home on weekends, instead of carrying them to/from school daily. If inclement weather is forecasted, students are advised to bring all snow clothes home.

  • Label all clothing with student initials or names, including lunch boxes. (Lost/found is in the cabinet in the front lobby of the school. All lost/found items are displayed on a table on the patio on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.)

  • Weather permitting, students may only go in the snow at recess time with snowpants, boots and appropriate winter gear. Otherwise, recess play will be on the hardtop.

  • Per district policy, if the weather is 19 degrees or below, including windchill and/or the grounds are determined unsafe for outdoor play (such as due to ice), recess will be held indoors. Our goal is to have students play outside as much as possible.

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BOKS A SUCCESS

Building Our Kids' Success (BOKS) is up and moving at Estabrook School! Thank you Ms. McLaughlin and Ms. Atojli for leading active and healthy mornings for our Grades K-2 students at Estabrook. Check out what the Lexington Minuteman reported about BOKS!

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DONATION TO MERRIMACK VALLEY FOOD BANK

Thank you Estabrook families for donating 255 non-perishable food items for our kick-off food drive to help Merrimack Valley Food Bank in Lowell! Thank you also to Mrs. Houh for helping us deliver it to the food pantry!
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PRINCIPAL WALKING TOUR TO MATH CLASSROOMS

Amy Burk, Math Specialist shared her view about math in the elementary classroom. She talked about the importance of a learning math in constructivist way, saying "conceptual understanding precedes procedural fluency" and highlighted the importance of repeated learning opportunities where "students learn and solve using what they know."

Parents had the chance to see math in action: math mini-lessons, math stations/games, small group instruction and student partnerships.

Ms. Burk shared many excellent math resources, including commercial math games to help with logical / mathematical thinking, a host of math websites for children of various ages, and helpful math apps. Thank you Ms. Burk and all who attended!
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MATH MATTERS

The eight Standards for Mathematical Practice in the Common Core and the 2011 Massachusetts State Framework for Mathematics represent what mathematically proficient students are doing as they learn mathematics. Each month, one of the Practices will be illuminated.


Described below, Mathematics Practice Standard #1 - Make Sense of Problems and Persevere in Solving Them is an overarching practice – one that influences life-long learning.


Mathematically proficient students start by explaining to themselves the meaning of a problem and looking for entry points to its solution. They analyze givens, constraints, relationships, and goals. They make conjectures about the form and meaning of the solution and plan a solution pathway, rather than simply jumping into a solution attempt. They consider analogous problems, and try special cases and simpler forms of the original problem in order to gain insight into its solution. They monitor and evaluate their progress and change course if necessary.


Younger students might rely on using concrete objects or pictures to help conceptualize and solve a problem.


Mathematically proficient students check their answers to problems using a different method, and they continually ask themselves, “Does this make sense?” They can understand the approaches of others to solving complex problems and identify correspondences between different approaches.


You can help your child develop and apply this practice by encouraging him/her to persevere in order to reach a solution. Ask questions such as:


· How would you describe the problem in your own words?

· How would you describe what you are trying to find?

· What information is given in the problem?

· Talk me through the steps you’ve used to this point.

· What are some other strategies you might try?

· How might you organize…represent…show?

· Does this answer make sense?

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Karen Tripoli, K-5 Mathematics Department Head

tripoli@sch.ci.lexington.ma.us

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GRADE 2 STUDENTS TEACH US ABOUT GROWTH MINDSET AT THEIR ALL SCHOOL ASSEMBLY!

GRADE 2 TEACHERS CELEBRATE MISMATCHED DAY FOR THEIR GRADE LEVEL ALL SCHOOL ASSEMBLY!

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THE GOLDEN SNEAKER

Ms. Verity's Grade 2 class! Ms. Verity's class had the greatest percentage of students engaging in safe routes last month: walking, bicycling, bussing and carpooling this past month. Congratulations!
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SCHOOL COMPOSTING AND RECYCLING UPDATE

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Composting News!

Estabrook would like to thank the Lexington Education Foundation (LEF) for their generous support of our school composting grant. Starting this month, lunch trays and other compost material will be collected in special totes and taken to a compost facility that specializes in handling large quantities of compost. Estabrook will continue to compost some material on site. Thank you LEF for the funding! Thank you Estabrook PTA and Green Team for your help!

Lunchtime Recycling Program: Volunteers Needed!


Join our parent recycling volunteer team! Help Estabrook students recycle and compost during lunch, and assist our 4th and 5th grade Student Green Team volunteers! We are seeking a volunteer every other Monday from January-June 11:40 AM –1:10 PM, or you and a friend could share the shift and volunteer one Monday per month. It’s a great opportunity to participate at Estabrook if your time is limited!


  • All volunteers must have a CORI (background check) on file.

  • Please contact Summer Parker at summerbparker@gmail.com if you are interested in volunteering or would like more information.

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ESTABROOK GARDENING PROJECT

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Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Estabrook School Gardening Project via the recent Greenhouse Committee fundraising project. Our goal was to raise funds to build raised vegetable bed gardening space. $525 was raised in donations - this is great! We will find out in February whether we will be awarded additional merit or matching grant funds for a portion of that amount from the SeedMoney organization. We look forward to moving ahead with the vegetable garden this spring!


To stay up to date on the happenings in the greenhouse, join the greenhouse google group at https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!forum/estabrook-garden-club.

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IN BELOVED MEMORY

Estabrook School expresses their deepest sympathy to the Bond-Bardes Family for the passing of John Bardes, loving husband to Cindy and father of their three beautiful children. The family now lives in Vermont, but is a long beloved Estabrook family in our community. The obituary is here with information on an educational fund for their children. Estabrook School would like to help collect sympathy cards for the family and mail them for Estabrook parents. Parents may drop them at the main office at any time.

Our heartfelt sympathy and prayers are with the Bond-Bardes family.
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