The Eagle Express
Antrim Elementary School April 22, 2022
Greetings Friends and Families of AES!
What a wonderful event we had Wednesday night! With over 175 guests, our 3rd and 4th grade students proudly presented their research on their chosen animals. Concurrently, we learned all about owls from the Harris Center. Community guest readers Carole Lunan from the Grapevine and Laurie Cass-Griggs from the town library presented a nice literacy connection with the students. Thanks so much to the PTO for providing the yummy popcorn, and thanks to all of the teachers who donated their time to participate. A special thank you goes out to our 3rd and 4th grade teachers Mrs. Hill, Mr. Morris, and Mrs. Moore for organizing this grand experience. Finally, thank you to Mrs. Morrocco for helping Title 1 fund our field guides. It is very nice to memorialize our hard work in print!
In other news, we are excited to report that we are in the process of reinvigorating our relationship with the Antrim town library. Our classes will take a field trip to the library before the end of the year so that students can learn about all that the town library offers. They are conducting a summer reading program called "Oceans of Possibilities", and we hope to get as many AES students involved as possible. Does your child have a library card? If not, it's easy to sign up. Please click on this Tuttle Library Link and click on the sign up button in the upper right-hand side of the page. Use your phone number as the password, and you get your child set up with their very own library card.
We are on school vacation next week, so please don't expect a newsletter next Friday. We will see you back in person on Monday May 2nd.
Have a fantastic vacation!
3rd Grade News from Mrs. Moore
Did you know that birds act very differently in the spring than they do in the winter? Karen Rent from the Harris Center has returned to teach the 3rd graders in Mrs. Moore's class about spring bird activity in New Hampshire. They are learning about the return migration from the south, the preparations before the laying of eggs (going on now), and also what life will be like for hatchlings as they grow into fledglings and bigger and bigger through the summer. The students engaged in several games to simulate a bird's migration north, and caring for their nests. They observed nests from many types of birds; it was really fun to see some of the nests of birds they had studied for the Animal Symposium! To end the spring birding unit, they will take a walking field trip down to Mill Pond where the birds are very active and they can practice some "slow birding".
We're Very Thankful!
The PTO would like to thank Patricia MacFarlane and Jay Hale for doing a wonderful job cleaning up the front sidewalk garden at AES; the flowers are happy to have room to grow!
We would also like to thank our volunteers that served popcorn at the NH Animal Symposium and Owling with the Harris Center Event this week. A special thanks to Ashley Naglie, Ashley Tommila, and Carole Storro for your time!
Thank you also to everyone who purchased items from Square 1 Art; it was a record breaking year. Beautiful items by our AES students are beginning to ship out. Thank you Mr. Stulz and Mrs. Storro for making this fundraiser possible!
WE WANT YOU!
Many of our long time members are moving on and we are looking to recruit new members and new leadership. If you are willing and able, please consider taking a more active role in our organization; the PTO is integral in supporting fun events, activities, and materials for our students at AES. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for questions and interest.
The PTO will be holding our next meeting after vacation; more details to follow.
First Grade News
April is Poetry Month! First-graders have been learning how to write List Poems on different topics. We were happy to learn about this kind of poem from our friend Danny Dog! We've also been having fun with "You read to me, I'll read to you" poems. Even Mr. Stultz and Mrs. Donovan read them with us!
We're thinking and talking about Earth Day this week, and making some colorful textures for our special hall display. We read about our amazing Earth in Scholastic News and other texts. We even picked up trash to show our playground some love.
First graders are excited to be starting our garden learning with the Cornucopia Project teachers! We can't wait to get back into the gardens after the break.