From the Desk of Mr. Coakley
Happy November! Thank you for all that attended Flanders’s open house. It was nice to see so many smiling faces and the joy it brought the students to show off what they do every day. November 1st marks the end of the first quarter. We will have our first quarter Report Card Conference Day on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. Students will be dismissed at 11:00 a.m. in order to provide conference time. A conference request form will be going home for you to indicate the time that is best to meet with your child’s teacher. If you have any questions regarding the conference, please contact the Flanders School office at 483-7803. The parent-teacher conference is an important part of your child’s educational program. Report cards will be given to parents at that time.
It is hard to believe that November is already here. With the changing weather please make sure to outfit your child with the appropriate winter gear (hats, coats, snow pants, gloves, and boots). Students will continue to go outside for recess and physical education. Please put your child’s initials and grade on all winter clothing tags just in case they get misplaced, we can return it.
November 8th will be the Emergency Go Home Drill. Please coordinate with your child’s teacher that we have the correct plan in place to ensure your child gets home safely. Students that are parent pick-up will have to be signed out in the front of the First Congregational church. We ask that parents please do not try to grab your child out of the line while we are evacuating Flanders and entering the church. We know at times that drills can be inconvenient however they help better prepare in case of a real emergency. We thank everyone in advance for their patience.
NURSE'S CORNER WITH MRS. PREMO
November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Talk to your health care provider about the risk factors in your family, take precautions and support the people you know with Diabetes! Continue to say “BOO” to the Flu! Centers for Disease Control advise everyone 6 months of age and older to get a flu shot during the months of October and November. Talk to your doctor. Please keep all sick children home from school especially if they are exhibiting respiratory and stomach symptoms. If you are unsure call your healthcare provider or school nurse for advice. Allergy and Asthma season is hitting us HARD this year. Monitor all symptoms closely and follow your healthcare provider’s advice. If your child has asthma, it is extremely important to keep an inhaler at school or medication for a nebulizer treatment. Cough drops are considered a medication. For the safety of our students, please do not send in bags of cough drops for your child’s desk. Cough drops can be a choking hazard and are a short term fix for soothing a cough. Sending in a water bottle for your child to sip on throughout the day is a more effective way to comfort an irritated throat.
If your child has a health condition, a new medical diagnosis, has started a new medication, or needs special care during the school day please update me.
Students have been going outside for Phys Ed and recess. Please remind children to bring jackets to school along with hat and mittens too!
We can protect and strengthener own immunity by eating nutritious foods, taking daily walks, sleeping 8-10 hours a night, reducing stress, and smiling daily. :)
Thank you for your cooperation! Feel free to call me if you need any assistance or have any questions.
FROM THE DESK OF LAURIE GARLAND - HOME SCHOOL COORDINATOR
We had our first PTO Meeting on October 15, 2019. Notes were sent to parents who expressed an interest in being involved. Anyone can help at any time with PTO Functions. Our next meeting will be the Third Tuesday in November on the 19th at 3:00 PM. All parents or guardians are welcome to attend.
FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS:
We need your help to make a Float for Flanders Elementary for the November 30th Festival of Lights held at the Malone Fair Grounds. Please let me know if you are interested in sharing an idea, donating items, have a wagon we can use to decorate and/or you want to help build it…… Students can help if accompanied by an adult.
TITUS AFTER SCHOOL SKI AND SNOWBOARD PROGRAM:
Our Titus after School Ski and Snowboard Program is quickly approaching. I will be sending home parent information and sign-up sheets soon. I am in need of volunteers to help at Titus. The program runs every Wednesday starting January 8th to February 5th.
You don’t have to ski to help, there are many things to do off the mountain.
- I could use someone to help in the rental building, students often need assistance putting their ski ticket on a coat or buckling their boot.
- I need a few eyes in the lodge to make sure students are being responsible and safe.
- I could use someone to help get parent signatures when signing out students.
- People who can help on the Mountain, I need volunteers to ski or snowboard. If you volunteer and don’t have a lift ticket, one will be provided. If you volunteer to ski or snowboard:
- You will be assigned to an instructor to work with during the lessons.
- During free ski and snowboard time your help would be to ski or snowboard with a group of students.
- Keep an eye out that students are being responsible and help on the Mountain where you see a need.
You can volunteer for any number of weeks, there will be a place to sign up to volunteer on the sign-up sheet I send home.
My Contact Information:
518-483-7803 option 3
PRE-K NEWS FROM MRS. GOACHEE
KINDERGARTEN NEWS FROM MRS. LACLAIR
KINDERGARTEN NEWS FROM MRS. TOPA
The children had great fun on Halloween. They enjoyed the annual Halloween walk as well as all the treats in the classroom. Thanks to everyone who made it a special day!
FIRST GRADE NEWS FROM MISS IVES
SECOND GRADE NEWS FROM MRS. HARKNESS AND MRS. DEMERS
Second grade has been learning about States of Matter in science. We conducted an experiment to see what would happen if we mixed mentos (a solid) with diet soda (a liquid). The results were explosive! In November, we will be finishing up our exploration of State of Matter and move on to Social Studies and experience Holidays Around the World.
In math, second graders have been learning about place value by playing place value toss! We will combine our knowledge of addition and subtraction strategies and place value to add and subtract two-digit numbers in November!
THIRD GRADE NEWS FROM MISS PARKER AND MRS. LACHANCE
In October Mrs. LaChance’s and Miss. Parker’s class enjoyed a trip to the Wilderness Rehabilitation Refuge in Wilmington, NY. The Refuge Center includes two miles of educational hiking trails, and a Public Fishing Access trail, which winds its way along the West Branch of the Ausable River. The enclosures for education birds include Red-Tailed Hawks, Broad-Winged Hawks, Rough-Legged Hawks, Swainsons Hawks, Peregrine Falcons, Great Horned Owls, Snowy Owls, Barred Owls, Screech Owls, Turkey Vultures and Ravens. The refuge mascots are three gray wolves, and two black bears. Even though it was a chilly one, all of the students enjoyed learning about wildlife and how they save animals that are injured.
Third graders have also been working very hard in the classroom.
Miss. Parker’s class has been engaged in learning different writing strategies and applying them to their personal narrative stories.
In Mrs. LaChance’s class, students have been completing many hands on activities while learning their basic multiplication facts. Also, they have been in the Halloween spirit as they write spooky stories. They can’t wait to share them!
Both classes will continue to work on these strategies into November.
FOURTH GRADE NEWS FROM MS. WOOD, MRS. LAVIGNE, AND MR. GORDON
The Fourth Grade classes recently took their annual hike up beautiful Owl’s Head Mountain. This hike is close to 3 miles round trip! For many it was their first time hiking. On our hike we got to go into an old iron ore mine cave and in addition to that, the group experienced the bold fall foliage. We also had an added bonus upon reaching the summit of the mountain, we saw a hawk soaring above the trees! The group engaged in team work, helping and encouraging each other up and down the mountain, often using some fancy footwork to dodge the muddy and rocky terrain. Well done Fourth Grade team!
FIFTH GRADE NEWS FROM MISS HOLIDAY
FIFTH GRADE NEWS FROM MR. LAFLESH
NEWS FROM THE READING ROOMS OF MRS. HOOPER, MRS. LEROY, AND MRS. LAFLESH
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10. Make the most of rhyme and repetition
PHYSICAL EDUCATION NEWS FROM MR. GORDON
The Physical Education Classes completed a soccer unit. The students worked on in step
kick, foot trap, dribbling, throwing and shooting. Grade 3-5 students also played line soccer.
All classes worked on spatial awareness and locomotor skills. They are learning to move around safely and to stop on command (freeze). Prek - grade 2 students are working on galloping, skipping, jumping, hopping, leaping, and shuffling. Grades 3-5 students have been doing an introduction to football unit. We are practicing passing and catching.
All of our students at Flanders are doing a run/walk across New York. One day a week the
students are running and walking around the field. To keep track of the number of laps, I give
students a popsicle for each lap completed they have completed. At the end of class, the
number of popsicle sticks is converted to miles. We keep track of the number of miles on
posters outside the gym. Which class will run/walk across New York first?
Students in 4th grade climbed Owls Head Mountain in October. We had a great time, the
view from the top was beautiful. On the way up the Mountain, students are able to look into the bat cave (if they would like to). I also point out places/things of interest to them.
Please remember Physical Education Classes go outside. Send your children with coats,
hats, mittens/gloves so they are dressed appropriately for the weather.
ART NEWS FROM MRS. CROTEAU
PBIS Student Recognition:
On November 1st, we celebrated the end of the month of October by recognizing three students from each class who continuously exemplified "helpfulness"! Congratulations to those students!
The theme for the month of November is "Responsibility":
Responsibility means that you do the things you are supposed to do and accept the consequences (results) of your actions.
Jayce Carter, Izabella Magon, Jacob Murdock, Amelia Barbaria, Jude Ellis. Missing from photo: Garrett Humphrey
Mason Santamoore, Colin Merrick, Madeline Atkinson, Riley Shantie, Kole Dumas, Grace Patterson
Zeb Martin, Jenna Langdon, Kaelyn Russell, Mackenzie Saucier, Rayah LeClerc, Radence Conroy
Joey Trombley, Brooklyn Jarvisw, Luc Demers, Levi Leonard, Ava Brand, Karlee Ledger
Mason Tebo, Jared Dumas, Leeya King, Aubri Marshall-Hart, Presley Welch Missing from photo: Jacob LaFlesh
Logan Soucia, Nathan Allen, Lucas Ashlaw, Abigail Tylenda, Emma McBride, Darci Funk,
NOVEMBER DATES TO REMEMBER:
- 11/6 - Early Dismissal - Report Card Conferences
- 11/7 - Picture Retake Day
- 11/8 - Emergency Go Home Drill
- 11/11 - Veteran's Day - No School
- 11/19 - PTO Meeting at 3:00 pm
- 11/26 - School Spirit Day: Wear Your Flanders Shirt or Something Green
- 11/27-11/29 - Thanksgiving Recess: No School
- 11/30 - Festival of Lights
We want to wish the following children a very happy birthday!
- 11/01 - Jaxson Labare
- 11/05 - Leland Oliver
- 11/06 - Isabella Brown
- 11/09 - Merick Meacham
- 11/10 - Isabella Parrish
- 11/11 - Autumn Stevens
- 11/12 - Jacob Murdock
- 11/15 - Neven Harvey
- 11/17 - Cooper Pannhurst
- 11/18 - Jenna Langdon
- 11/20 - Presley Black
- 11/26 - Lilly Thompson
- 11/27 - Nikolas Ramirez
- 11/27 - Marcel Ramirez
- 11/29 - Ellie Dudash
- 11/30 - Brycen Russell