MHS/WES Newsletter

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Happy Thanksgiving!

We hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving break with your families. Thank you for your continued support and all that you do from home to help our students and school community. We are grateful for YOU!

Important Dates to Remember:

November 24/25/26: No school-All schools ~Thanksgiving Break

December 7: IS A FULL DAY OF SCHOOL!!! (this was previously a half day) updated calendar below

December 24-31: No school-All schools~December Break

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News from the Mrs. Luibil~Gym Teacher

In Physical Education, we will be starting a 3 week Hand and Ball Skills unit in which students will learn how to move a variety of different sized balls (dodgeballs, beachballs, kickballs) in different ways with their hands. They will learn how to move the ball on the ground, in the air, to a target, bouncing/dribbling skills, to teammates and on the move. These are great lead up skills that we will continue to build upon in a variety of sports/games, such as Basketball and Volleyball later on in the school year. This unit is beneficial when it comes to developing hand eye coordination as well as accuracy and teamwork. We will be playing GaGa Ball during this unit which is a favorite amongst the students!


After that, we are doing a unit where students get to create their own games! Students in grades 2-5 will get to work in small groups, they will be given a long list of equipment to choose from, they will create a name for the game, write all the rules down, draw a diagram of how it is set up, and then they will get to teach the class their game so everyone gets to play it! This is a great unit because so many skills will be practiced that can be transferred back to the classroom or even at home! This unit reinforces responsibility, creativity, writing skills, listening skills, communication, teamwork and presentation skills all while still being physically active! Grades K+1 will be creating games as well, just in a different way. I will select equipment and then we will have a discussion about things we can do with the equipment and create a game we can play that way!


With it getting dark early, it is easy to want to sit under a blanket with a cup of hot chocolate all the time. I encourage you to stay active with your children. Blast some music and dance around the house, do jumping jacks during commercial breaks, take the stairs instead of the elevator or create your own game like we are going to do! Any movement is good movement that will make a difference!







News from Kindergarten

There are so many reasons to be thankful and we certainly want to thank each and every one of you who contributed time, effort and donations to make our FUN RUN fundraiser possible. The children had a fantastic time and will benefit greatly from this generosity. Thank you PTO for your continued support! We also brought the idea of being thankful, into our classrooms. Children listened to stories, discussed with classmates, drew and wrote about the people and things for which they are thankful. During this time children also participated in grade level celebratory activities. We want to remind everyone that we do go outside 2x daily for recess. Please make sure that your child is dressed for the weather. We have outdoor recess as long as the temperature/windchill is above 20 degrees. Children have a wonderful time with friends when they are prepared with proper clothing and footwear! :) Thanks to the Student Council for organizing a school wide spirit day! Kindergarteners loved being included and it was great to see all the orange! Happy Thanksgiving from the Kindergarten Team!

4th Grade Newsletter

Fourth grade is hard at work learning about prime and composite numbers, as well as reviewing division and multiplication facts. In ELA, classes are working on or have completed a novel study of the book, “Because of Winn-Dixie” which teaches about the themes of friendship and courage. For science, we are wrapping up our unit of study on human and animal bodies being machines. We investigated the different structures and functions of our eyes, brain, bones, and muscles. Students demonstrated their understanding by completing research projects that displayed the different functions of animals’ body systems. Lastly, we hope everyone is able to take some time to enjoy the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday!

News from David Weinberg~Social Learning Teacher

Dear K - 3 Families:


It has been an exciting start to piloting Social Learning curriculum in all Kindergarten through Grade 3 Classes! Each week, your child(ren) has been involved in various teaching formats that promote social learning, self awareness, good behavioral choices and being more cognizant of people’s feelings, etc.


Below are topics (including teaching techniques, which vary by grade level, when applicable) that have been utilized in the K - 3 Classrooms and that continue to be reinforced to foster generalization of learning beyond classroom instruction:


  • Community Building/Safety (movement activity with a ball to build rapport, discussion, role playing & understanding of classroom & school rules).


  • Identifying Good Behavior Choices & Regulating Behavior (students utilizing puppets to promote learning, picture book for coloring with questions to enhance awareness of making good choices, role playing & “Zones of Regulation”).


  • Whole Body Listening Skills (practice/modeling of skills, discussion, “Second Step” activities, cutting & gluing assignment, music/sing-along & Video from “GoZen!”).


  • Feelings (identifying various emotions, “Pinterest” activity, “Second Step” visual cards, drawing activity & small group and whole class discussion).


  • Bus Safety (bus safety video, whole class discussion, identifying safe & unsafe behaviors, emphasizing that riding the bus is a privilege & bus safety coloring book).


If you would like a duplicate copy or replacement pages of any activities that your child(ren) brought home from SL Class, please feel free to contact me at:


David Weinberg, M.Ed.

Guidance Counselor

Westminster & Meetinghouse Schools

Office: Room 133 (WES)


Email: dweinberg@awrsd.org

Phone: (978) 874-2043 X133



Have an excellent Turkey Day!



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PTO NEWS

Important Dates:


11/29-12/3 Book Fair (more information below)

12/2 Holiday Workshop at WES 5:30-6:30 (see flyer included with this newsletter)

12/8 PTO Meeting at 6:30 in the WES Library



The Scholastic Book Fair will be set up on the stage at Westminster Elementary from

11/29-12/3

and we need your help. If you're interested in volunteering please click on the link below where you will be able to select the day/time that works for you. We are looking for volunteers between 9am - 3pm from 11/29-12/3 as well as during the Holiday Workshop on Thursday, 12/2 from 5pm - 7pm. Email Kim at kmb_776@yahoo.com with any questions.

https://volunteer.scholastic.com/#/signup/FEjeItfLa

WESTMINSTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Book Fair

9 ACADEMY HILL RD , WESTMINSTER , MA 01473


Nov. 29 - Dec. 3

Click here to visit our homepage! Every purchase from the Book Fair earns rewards for our school, so please stop by and support us.


Check out the interactive book flyer!


We're looking for volunteers! Please click here to sign up.


A SAFE, CASHLESS WAY TO SHOP THE FAIR

Easy to setup, eWallet funds are immediately available for use at both the in-school and virtual Book Fair. Plus, family and friends can contribute too! Create an eWallet account between 11/08 - 12/03


GET STARTED


Shop During Nov. 29 - Dec. 12

SHOP THE STORE

Support our school by shopping The Scholastic Store Online for an expanded selection of exclusives, new releases, value packs, and more. All orders ship home and book-only orders over $25 ship free. Every purchase benefits our school and helps develop a love of reading.

NOTE: Buy One, Get One pricing is not applicable online.


NEW VIRTUAL FAIR!

SHOP THE VIRTUAL FAIR

  • Experience the joy of book cases, characters, and much more
  • View exclusive book trailers and curated reading lists
  • Shop over 200 hot, new books and premium titles


Book Fair
Contact

Kim Vautour


We accept the following payment methods at our Fair:

  • Cash
  • Credit Cards
  • Checks (Payable to the school)
  • Student eWallet NEW


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There is still time to sign up for the Holiday Workshop. The event will be on

Thursday, 12/2 from 5:30-6:30 in the WES Cafeteria

and costs $5 per student. Each child (K-5) will make a pre-prepped craft. Please see attached flyer for more information and reach out to westminsterpto@gmail.com with any questions. We hope you can join us for this festive annual event.

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Westminster Christmas Tree Lighting!

The Town Tree Lighting Ceremony will be on Academy Hill, at 4pm on Sunday, December 5. All are invited to come and watch as a special guest will come and light the tree! :) Also, our WES chorus will be there singing!!
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