Tyngsborough Elementary School

March 28, 2017

Matt Tavares, Author Visit

TES is gearing up for our visit with children's book author, Matt Tavares on 4/4! A great big thank you to Jason Lewis, Grade 5 ELA Teacher for coordinating this special school-wide event.

"Matt Tavares was born in Boston, and grew up surrounded by books and reading. From the time he was very young, his mother read to him every night, and his family made countless trips to the public library. Years later, as a studio art major at Bates College, he rediscovered his love for picture books, and decided to try to make his own.

For his senior thesis project, Matt wrote and illustrated a story called Sebastian's Ball, about a boy who caught a magic foul ball at a Boston Red Sox game. Three years later, after much revision, Sebastian's Ball became Zachary's Ball, Matt's first published picture book. Zachary's Ball went on to win an Oppenheim Gold Seal Award, a Massachusetts Book Award Honor, and was named one of Yankee Magazine's 40 Classic New England Children's Books.

Since then, Matt has published sixteen more books and has won several awards, including three Parents' Choice Gold Awards, six Oppenheim Gold Seal Awards, and an Orbis Pictus Award Honor."

Because of his love for baseball, we are encouraging students and staff to wear their Red Sox apparel or team colors for the visit on 4/4! Finally, thank you SO much to incredible support of our PTO for co-sponsoring this big day!


Mr. Presti's Music Class - Grades 1-5

Mr. Presti has been working with students in grades 3 and 5 in preparation for some fun, engaging student performances during the 5th Grade Moving On Ceremony and the Celebration of Learning (details to follow)! Given that it's Mr. Presti's first year at TES, he has decided to hold off on grade level concerts. He consistenly updates his Facebook page with lessons, photos, and information regarding his class!


Message from Mrs. Muraca, Science & Technology Teacher Grades 1-5

Just a reminder! Starting next week, we will be exploring, learning and creating in our TES MakerSpace Area!!! If you could look through your junk drawers, attics, basements etc. We would love some of the items below.

Take Apart/Create area, if you have old electronics, printers with the toner removed and properly disposed, VCR and DVD players, used toys to be taken apart, broken fans, clocks, old phones (cordless, not smartphones) etc. No TVS please.

Creative Arts area, if you have unused and unwanted origami paper, rainbow looms, elastics, clasps, jewelry wire, beads, buttons, unwanted fabric, batting, thread, yarn, knitting needles, fabric paints, unmatched clean socks, any type of craft items.

Architecture Station, we would love more LEGOS! No matter how old the kids get, the Legos never get old!!! If you have blocks or any other building items, we would use them.

Engineering Station, we welcome empty water bottles, rinsed soda bottles with the labels off, paper towel rolls, craft sticks, PVC pipes, matchbox cars, etc.

Electronics area, we welcome unwanted AA batteries and 9V batteries, non-working or working stringed (Christmas lights) colored or white, electrical tape

Thank you for any support you can give.



  • 3/30/17 - O'Connor Studios Spring Photos & Grade 5 Panoramic Photo


  • 4/3/17 - Autism Awareness Day (Students & Staff are encouraged to wear blue!)
  • 4/4/17 - Matt Tavares, Author Visit http://www.matttavares.com/
  • 4/5/17 - Early Release Day (Preschool @ 11:30 & K-Grade 5 @ 12:00)
  • 4/7-4/13/17 - Spring Scholastic Book Fair
  • 4/13/17 - Community Reader Day
  • 4/14-4/23/17 - April Vacation
  • 4/26 - Dee Bus Evacuation Drill (immediately following arrival)


  • 5/1-5/5/17 - Staff Appreciation Week
  • 5/9/17 - No School - Staff Professional Development Day
  • 5/19/17 - Kindergarten Celebration (Half-Day @ 9:30 & Full-Day @ 1:30 - Details to follow)
  • 5/26/17 - Early Release Day (Preschool @ 11:30 & K-Grade 5 @ 12:00)
  • 5/29/17 - Memorial Day - No School


  • 6/2/17 - Field Day
  • 6/7/17 - Early Release Day (Preschool @ 11:30 & K-Grade 5 @ 12:00)
  • 6/8/17 - Field Day (Rain Date)
  • 6/15/17 - Celebration of Learning (details to follow)
  • 6/16/16 - 5th Grade Moving On Ceremony @ 9:30
  • 6/21/17 - Tentative Last Day of School

TES will administer the Next-Generation MCAS in Spring 2017.


Grade 3: April 25-27 ELA

Grade 4: April 10 -12 ELA

Grade 5: April 3, 6 &7 ELA

Grade 3: May 1,2 Math

Grade 4: May 4,5 Math

Grade 5: May 11,12 Math

Grade 5 MCAS Science: May 16,17

There are a total of 3 ELA sections and 2 math sections for each grade level. There are 2 Science MCAS tests as well.

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