March Newsletter

Newton School

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From the Principal

Greetings from Newton School,

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! Please share your favorite Dr. Seuss book or consider a green eggs and ham meal. This week we will be celebrating Read Across America with Bingo for Books on March 4th from 5-6 p.m. Every child will leave with a free book! The week will be filled with great books and a reading challenge.

Parent conferences are on March 26th and 27th. Please connect with your child’s teacher to set a time to have a conference. Our next All School Meeting will be on March 27th at 8:30 am. The Fourth Grade is hosting the March All School Meeting.

Our third and fourth grade students take the state test called MCAS Next Generation. Testing is an important part of our school accountability. You can find information about our school report card on our website. Please mark your calendar for testing dates and if at all possible avoid scheduling anything that requires your child having to leave school.

Grade 3 MCAS Testing Dates

English Language Arts Testing April 15 and April 29

Mathematics Testing May 12 and May 19

Grade 4 MCAS Testing Dates

English Language Arts Testing April 14 and April 16

Mathematics Testing May 13 and May 14

Congratulations to Kindergarten for winning Penny Wars! Newton School collected $1,000 to be donated to Bright Spot Therapy Dogs which is home to Emma Pickle who visits us weekly here at Newton.

During Read Across America Week will be matching donations to teacher projects that have books for children. Many Newton School teachers have projects on This site allows teachers to design special projects for their classroom. This week your funding will go further because every dollar will turn into 2 dollars. Help us get more great books for our children at Newton School.


Mel Goodwin, Principal


Hello Kindergarten Families!

Kindergarten Registration for next year’s kindergarten students will take place on Tuesday, March 3rd, 5-6 pm.. We are looking forward to meeting preschoolers who are to begin their kindergarten year in 2020! Registration is ongoing. If you know the parents of any child who will be 5 years old by September 1st please urge them to register soon.

We are looking forward to the arrival of spring in kindergarten. As much fun as the snow has been, it will be wonderful to free ourselves from boots and snow clothes. However, mud season has started. Please send a set of spare clothes to keep at school for your child.

During the first week of March we will celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday by sharing many of his books with our students. Kindergartners usually enjoy Fox in Socks, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish and The Cat in the Hat.

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, March 26th and Friday, March 27th. A note to schedule your child’s conference will be sent in mid-March. We are always happy to share our thoughts and observations about your child’s progress in kindergarten. And we are also eager to hear yours!

Thank you,

Mrs. Encarnacao, Ms. Neeley, Ms. Swist and Mrs. Hurteau

First Grade

What an exciting back to school week we have had. We are working hard in First Grade! Now that 100 days have passed, we are focusing our efforts on reading fluency. We are working to improve our speed and accuracy in reading. It’s exciting for all of us to watch as your children grow and develop motivation for individual reading improvement.

Mathematics continues to focus on mastering both addition and subtraction facts to 10. Your continued practice at home is terrific! We are also exploring various methods for problem solving such as: looking for clue words (in all, fewer, are left, more than, all together), identifying missing numbers in an equation, illustrating a math problem, using part/part whole mats and learning fact families. We are also exploring numbers- identifying patterns in both the columns and rows up to 120. All of these strategies help us practice our number sense.

We are thankful that spring is on its way. Please know that our playground can be muddy and messy with the repeat melting and freezing of ice and snow. Please make sure your child is prepared for outside play.

As always, please continue to read to/with your child daily and continue to practice those math facts.


Ms. Warren, Ms. Hayes, and Miss Galipault

Second Grade

Dear Second Grade Families,

We hope that all of our students’ families enjoyed a nice February vacation. Hopefully our students did some recreational reading while we were off. We’ll be looking for signs of spring soon, which should help us all get through March!

In reading, we are examining important life lessons from the stories, The Legend of the Bluebonnet, Johnny Appleseed and John Henry. We will make comparisons between the different versions of these stories and discuss how exaggeration helps authors build legends. Please keep on reading at home!

In math, students began Eureka Math Module 4, Lesson 1, which focuses on adding and subtracting within 100. Ask your child how working with parts of ten makes addition and subtraction simpler! We continue implementing a daily “Mad Minute” in order to encourage our students to increase their addition and subtraction fact fluency. It would be helpful if students practiced their facts at home as well to improve automaticity.

In Science, we are just beginning to explore how plants and seeds travel around the world. Prepare to hear all about another one of nature’s miracles and our in-class experiments!

In writing we continue working on developing meaningful paragraphs using a topic sentence, 3 details, and a conclusion. We will also write an informative paragraph at the end of our reading module comparing one of the legends with the lives of real pioneers.

Thank you and warm wishes,

Ms. Sherry, Ms. Darmanchev, and Ms. Silk

Third Grade

Greetings Third Grade Families!

February has FLOWN by. We hope everyone enjoyed a lovely break and is ready for all the learning March will bring. This month we look forward to ramping up instruction in skills and strategies students can utilize on the MCAS (coming up in April and May).

In Ms. Witherell's class, we are finishing up learning about Galileo Galilei and will head into Moonshot with some incredible information about The Flight of Apollo 11.

Mr. Stone's class is finishing Giant Squid helping to answer the question, "Why do people explore the sea?"

In math, both our classes are taking a real deep dive into multiplication and division and utilizing strategies in skip counting and array models to support math fact acquisition.

Finally, our 2nd trip to Amherst Cinema was rescheduled due to weather and we will be attending April 1st, for the next part of the We See, Hear, Feel, Film program.

Please continue reading with and practicing math facts with our students. The more practice, the better they become and the more confidence they show in math!

Peace, laughter, and lots of learning,

Mr. Stone & Ms. Witherell

Fourth Grade

Hello Fourth Grade Families,

We can’t believe it is already March, this year is flying by. At the end of this month we have parent teacher conferences on March 26th and 27th. Both of those days are half days of school with dismissal being at 11:55am. If you have any questions about our upcoming MCAS testing please bring them to your conference. The reading MCAS dates are April 14th and 16th and the math MCAS dates are May 13th and 14th.

Ms. Skiff’s class is currently swimming. We have a presentation from Eversource for the students on March 26th. Please make sure your child continues to read each night and practice their math facts.

Here's to hoping for no more snow days!

All the best,

The Fourth Grade Teachers

School Adjustment Counselors

“She was unstoppable, not because she did not have failures or doubts, but because she continued on despite them.” – Beau Taplin

In March, The Girls on the Run Program will start at Newton School. The mission of Girls on the Run (GOTR) is to, “inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.” The ten week program is for third and fourth grade girls who are interested in exploring their inner strength through, “positive emotional, social, mental and physical development.” Each lesson requires teamwork, cooperation, and the development of strategies and skills to take on the challenges life can bring. The program will conclude with a 5K run at UMASS Amherst on Sunday May 31st, 2020. This run will gather everyone participating in Girls on the Run programs throughout Western MA. All Newton participants will be working hard (in addition to overcoming the challenges of spring weather) and striving to complete the 5K in May!

Katie Irizarry, LICSW

Nancy Garlock, LICSW

From the Health Office

Greeting from the Health Office,

Community Health Center will be offering dental services at Newton School again this spring. Dental packets were sent home with students before vacation. If you would like your child to participate in the dental program please complete the form and send it back to school with your child. If you have any questions regarding the dental program please feel free to call me at 772-1370 ext 109.

Jennifer Paulin, RN

PTO News

Upcoming Fundraisers and Events

March 4- Bingo for Books

March 4-25- Krispy Kreme fundraiser (delivery April 9-10)

March 7- Onward Movie Fundraiser at the Garden, 9:30am

March 19- PTO Meeting at 4pm

PTO Gratitude

Thanks to Rita Longe, Linda Allis, Jackie Swist, McKenzie Webb, Just Roots, the YMCA, and Baystate Franklin for their help with Get Fit, Newton.

PTO Supports

Penny Wars in February and Bingo for Books in March.

March Events

3/2-3/6 - Read Across America Week, Reading Contest between Classrooms

3/2 - Dr. Seuss' Birthday

3/3 - Kindergarten Registration @ All Elementary Schools 5-6 pm

3/4 - Bingo for Books 5-6 pm

3/6 - Pajama Day

3/4-3/25 - PTO Krispy Kreme Fundraiser

3/7 - PTO Movie Fundraiser Onward @ Garden Movie Theater 9:30 am

3/19 - PTO Meeting in the Newton School Library at 4 pm

3/26 - Eversource Program 9:45 am-10:40 am

3/26 - Early Release Day @ 11:55 am, Parent/Teacher Conferences in the afternoon

3/27 - All School Meeting @ 8:30 am

3/27 - Early Release Day @ 11:55 am, Parent/Teacher Conferences in the afternoon

Newton Elementary is a school-wide Title I and an Expanded Learning Time (ELT) school that provides 1.5 hours of additional time per day allowing for increased instruction in ELA, math, sciences, social studies, and enrichment activities, as well as more collaboration time for instructional planning.