Tuesday, November 23, 2021
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
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
4th Grade Newsletter
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.
Westminster & Meetinghouse Schools
Office: Room 133 (WES)
Phone: (978) 874-2043 X133
Have an excellent Turkey Day!
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
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 email@example.com with any questions.
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
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
We accept the following payment methods at our Fair:
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. We hope you can join us for this festive annual event.