Splash into Summer! TOQUAM School

June 6, 2022

From the Principal's Desk

Dear Parents,

We are a few weeks from school closing for the summer. We need scholars to come to school everyday on time and remain in school until dismissal time. We encourage our scholars to bring a water bottle during these humid days. It has been a productive school year and we are enjoying some of the end of the year activities that we use to do. Parents, we want to THANK YOU again for partnering with us. We wish all of our families a very happy summer break!

Sincerely,

Principal Brooks

Upcoming Events:


June 9th: Ice-Cream Truck for three grades, K, 1, 2, 4

June 10th: International Day for third grade and parents

June 14th: Flag Day Join us on the field @ 9:30am

June 14th: Stamford YMCA Last day

June 17, 20, 21: Half Days

FIELD DAY was a BLAST of FUN!!! Thank You PE Teachers

Moving Up Ceremony- June 17th @ 9:30am

Our Moving Up Ceremony will be outside on the field, please bring a chair. We will have chairs for our elderly and those who are pregnant.


If it rains, we will be in the gymnasium which means each scholar will only be able to have three guest. Fifth grade parents, we will send notices and the expected dress attire for the event. If you decide to take your child home after the event, please let the teacher know before leaving the campus.

Grade Level Updates:

Kindergarten:

We can't believe it is already June! We have seen so much growth in our Kindergarten scholars. We kicked off June by participating in Field Day! We had so much fun competing in different activities. In reading, we are learning about presidents and American symbols. In math, we are completing our end of year math assessments. As summer approaches, we encourage you to read as much as possible with your child. Visit your local Ferguson Library branch and browse through their summer reading lists. Have a great summer!


First Grade:

We can't believe it is already June! We have seen so much growth in our First Grade scholars. We ended the month of May by participating in Field Day! We had so much fun competing in different activities. In CKLA skills, we are focusing on personal narrative writing. In CKLA knowledge, we are learning about the formation of the United States and the Revolutionary War. We recently planted grass and are recording our observations during science. Our mathematicians are learning about double digit addition and subtraction. As summer approaches, we encourage you to read as much as possible with your child. Visit your local Ferguson Library branch and browse through their summer reading lists. Have a great summer!


Second Grade:

We are rounding out the year and looking forward to Summer vacation. In Skills, the students are continuing to read about the war of 1812. In knowledge, we are finishing up the unit on the Civil War and will move to learning about Immigration and Ellis Island. We are finishing up the last unit in Math and will continue reviewing math concepts. Over the summer, Remind your child to read daily. Visit the Ferguson Library and enjoy your summer vacation.


Third Grade:

It's already June. It seems like yesterday it was September. The days are longer and warmer. We will be out of school in a couple of weeks. On June 3, we had field day. Children always love field day. On June 7th, we will be having a school barbecue during the lunch wave. In addition on June 7, we will be having Math night. Please join us. It will be an evening of great educational fun. June 10th is the 3rd grade International Day. Parents are welcome in the field from 12;00 -2:00. There will be be several international dishes, candy sushi, and entertainment. This will be a day of integrating and ending our immigration unit. In math we have finished or close to finishing our second math journal. In science, we are continuing the weather and climate unit. In social studies, we are finishing immigration and our country country reports. We are learning about the different countries that make up our great world and the struggles they faced to make the American Dream possible.


Here are some haiku poems written by our third grade scholars.

WINTER-- Powder on the floor, Animals hibernating, Kids are out sledding by Scholar Gonzalez


THE OLD TREE -- An old silent tree, Squirrels rushing down the tree, Then, silence again written by Scholar Gonzalez


SNOWFLAKES -- Falling from the sky, All different snowflakes around, Falling on my nose by Scholar Pesantez


TREES--- Flowing leaves all around, Different trees, leaves, flowers, All surrounding me by Scholar Pesantez


Fourth Grade:

We can't believe it is already June! We have seen so much growth in our 4th grade scholars. We kicked off June by participating in Field Day! We had so much fun competing in different activities. In reading, we are working on a final presentation about one of the regions in the United States. In science, we are learning about plant structures. The 4th graders felt like real scientists when they dissected a squid a few weeks ago. It was a memorable day for all. In math, we are wrapping up unit 7. We have been practicing how to change improper fractions into mixed numbers. As summer approaches, we want to remind you to encourage your child to read every day. Visit your local Ferguson Library branch and browse through their summer reading lists. Have a great summer!


Fifth Grade:

It was great to see so many parents supporting grade 5 during Field Day June 2. Scholars are wrapping up End of the Year Dibels and TRC testing this week. They continue to explore the literary works of author Roald Dahl. They are also completing Unit 7: Multiplication of Mixed Numbers; Geometry, Graphs. In alignment with AVID, students will take part in a careers exploration unit. June 7 students will enjoy the school BBQ, and June 8 scholars will gain a deeper understanding of Colonial America during their field trip to the New Canaan Historical Society as part of the Social Studies unit. All grade 5 students attending the field trip should wear their Toquam shirts. Although the end of the school-year is near, please talk with your child about the importance of good conduct and behaving with character. Grade 5 Moving Up Ceremony is June 17, 2022.


Physical Education:

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Music Teachers:

General Music - Only a few weeks left! 5th graders are hard at work on their graduation song. 3rd and 4th graders are working on two songs for our Flag Day celebration, and K, 1, and 2 are enjoying fun musical activities as the year comes to a close. They've all done an incredible job adjusting to COVID Protocols in music class and re-adjusting back to "normal" music class. It's been a tough past few years, but it has been great to end on such a high note! We hope everyone has a wonderful and relaxing summer and see you in August!


Technology:

At the beginning of the year ALL parents signed the Acceptable Use Agreement and User Agreement Form. These signed forms said the child and guardian are responsible for the computer, charger and internet Hotspot. In the middle of June all computers, chargers and Hotspots will be collected. If a charger is lost, it is the family's responsibility to find it or buy a replacement. Replacements can be bought on Amazon or Best Buy. Students in grades 1-4 will get the same computer again next year. If a charger is not returned or replaced, he/she will not receive one next year. If a family would like to keep using the internet Hotspot during the summer please contact Emily Fields at efields@stamfordct.gov. Thanks! Follow us on Twitter @ToquamMagnet.

Math Night is Tonight!

Tuesday, June 7th join the Toquam Family in a magical time with numbers and numeracy, fractions and fun.

-5:45pm-6:45pm

A Message From Our Reading Team

School’s out for summer, which means the summer reading fun is about to begin! With no homework or packed schedules to worry about, those long, lazy days of summer are the perfect time for kicking back with a good book. Sometimes it can be a challenge to keep kids reading and writing all summer. Here are a few ways to help make this summer full of fun, creativity and learning.
1)Investigate your public library's summer reading program. Most libraries offer a special program or two during the summer, including puppet shows, book authors and children's storytellers. Most are free of charge.
2)Extend your reading circle. We often find ourselves checking out the same types of books over and over again. Try to bring a new type of book into the house. Consider fantasy or science fiction, historical fiction, poetry, biography, or an informational book.
3)Write it down. Encourage your child to keep a simple journal or summer diary. Track interesting things like the number of fireflies seen in one minute, the number of mosquito bites on a leg, or the different types of food that can go on the grill. Each entry is a chance to be creative!