Tyngsborough Elementary School

March 20, 2017 Update

Kindergarten - Grade 5 Report Cards were sent home on Friday, March 17th. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to contact their child's teacher with any questions or concerns.

Little Einstein's 2nd Annual Science EXPO Information
Our 2nd Annual Science EXPO is around the corner!

3/22 - ALL projects are due by noon. Students are encouraged to store them in their classroom. Students will come to the gym around 1:00 p.m. to set up their displays (staff will be available to assist.) We can accommodate any outlet needs.

Please consider joining us on 3/23 @ 6:00 - 7:30 for the Little Einstein's 2nd Annual Science EXPO.

On 4/5, Science EXPO participants will enjoy an Ice Cream Sundae Celebration @ 11:00-11:30.

Our students, THS volunteers, after school staff, 3-5 math/science teachers, and committee members have worked to make this a successful event! A special thank you to Ms. Yandow, Mrs. Muraca, & Mrs. Viera for their tremendous efforts!

We're very excited for this event!

Message from Health Office for Grade 5 Families

Postural Screenings as Mandated by the State of Massachusetts; Department of Public Health will be held beginning the week of March 20th during PE classes and some other available times that week. Please have students prepared for that week.

It is just a visual inspection of the students back to look for any signs indicating concerns for scoliosis-curvature of the spine. Early intervention is the key for this condition.

Girls and Boys are screened separately.

We just simply look at the children’s backs and check for any signs of problems.

Girls should be prepared with a bathing suit top or suitable top to visualize the back. Boys should be wearing shorts.

(Please have available in students backpack for this week)

IF you do not want your child screened you must send in written documentation from their doctor that they have been checked. Postural screening will take place every year from 5th -9th grade.

All students will be checked unless Parents/Guardians let us know otherwise.

Thank you all for anticipated cooperation.

Sherrie Dunbar, RN

2017-2018 Placement Information

We are beginning our planning for the next school year. During the next month, we will be creating the 2017-2018 class lists for Preschool – Grade 6 based on our best estimate of the enrollment projections and current budget information. We would like to assure you that every effort will be made to create balanced classrooms that represent a range of styles, abilities, and interests so as to achieve an optimal learning environment for all students. The process of placing students appropriately is a complex one and involves a great deal of thought and effort on the part of the staff. Classroom teachers, special educators, special subject teachers, administrators, and other staff members all take part in ensuring classes are well-balanced, dynamic learning communities. Classes are carefully crafted to place students with appropriate learning peers and a well-matched teacher. We take great pride in making sure this process is completed with care, and, at the same time, that it takes into account the interests of each individual child. Factors considered include social relationship with peers as well as academic and emotional needs. While individual needs are given a high priority, they need to be considered in the context of the group. The consensus of our educators is that the dynamic of the total group is the most critical determinant of a successful classroom experience. It is important to recognize that individual needs are better met in classrooms that “work” as a whole.

As parents/guardians, you may have additional insight and information that will aid in the placement process. This type of information, which goes beyond the knowledge of your child’s teacher, should be communicated to us. This might include family and neighborhood issues, peer relationships within your child’s class or previous class, or other personal issues. Even if you think classroom teachers or administration is aware of a situation, parents/guardians are still strongly encouraged to complete the placement information form. Placement Information Forms are located on our website. (Please contact the main office if you need a hard copy.)

In order to create balanced classrooms and support the needs of all children, requests for a specific teacher should not be made. In fact, placement forms that request a specific teacher will be returned for you to edit. It is also important to remember that the staff will use the placement forms when completing the placement process. Therefore, it is inappropriate to make negative comments about a staff member or another student. If you have something private to share, please contact me directly. Your cooperation with this request will assure a fair and credible process for placement for all our students.

The student placement process is a long, involved process, and, whether or not you return a placement form, we will work hard to ensure that your child is placed in a classroom in which he/she can grow academically, emotionally, and socially. If you would like to provide input before we create class lists, please do so by completing and returning the Placement Information Form to your child’s classroom teacher no later than Wednesday, March 22nd. Information after that date may not be considered. No changes to class lists will be made once they are complete. We feel making such changes may seriously impact the classroom balance we strive to achieve. Moving just a single child can cause a ripple effect that could impact many children.

On behalf of the TES staff, we ask that you respect our experience and professional judgment regarding the best class assignment for your child(ren) in the coming year. As always, we have your child’s best interests in mind and appreciate your trust and support.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the main office.

Message from Mrs. Ferchette

HOLA ! TES is celebrated Foreign Language Week last week. The Massachusetts Foreign Language Association’s theme this year is: LANGUAGES TRANSFORM INDIVIDUALS INTO COMMUNITIES. And reminds us that learning a different language helps us understand other cultures.

AT TES this week , Grades 4 and 5 will be exploring great websites to practice and learn new Spanish skills. The websites can be accessed at home too. Feel free to explore the world of languages on : Duolingo.com, Onlinefreespanish.com, quizlet.com, and abcya.com. Thanks for supporting Foreign Language learning.

Message from Mrs. Muraca

Hello from Science & Technology,

I have some updates and information to share.

The 3rd, 4th and 5th graders have been given a competition of sorts in typing and the deadline is Friday, April 21st. Here are my guidelines: Students must practice using thewww.edutyping.com information that I have passed out in class with their license identification: tyngsb13, username: firstnamelastinitial (some students have a number too due to other children with same name and last initial), password: 123456.
Next, I will check the report information at 5pm on April 21st and observe who has the top scores for each grade level. The top score will be the person with the highest words per minute (wpm) and with the highest accuracy percentage (100% being the best). I will have the top 3 from each grade come to me to perform a speed test and the winner gets the prize. If there is a tie, we will have a typing speed test in class to see the tie breaker. In addition, the students can see the scoreboard for their class only and the competition will be for the highest score in 5th grade, the highest score in 4th grade and the highest score in 3rd grade. Remember: Students can win competition only when using the correct formation of fingers and using the home row way of typing. You must complete all lessons (Tyngsborough Library has computers) to ensure you have learned all of the keyboarding keys. The winner from grade 3, 4, and 5 will each be awarded a prize gift certificate to either Sullivan Farms Ice cream stand or Max's Golf. Good luck!

During the month of March, the 1st and 2nd graders have been working hard to keyboard using a silly sentence:
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. The sentence has each letter from the alphabet in it. They have been learning to open a new document, save a document, retrieve a saved document, change the size, color and style of the font, use the bold, italics, and underline keys. In addition, they have learned to minimize the page in order to open the internet using our kid-friendly search engine Kiddle.co to search for images of a fox and dog to copy and paste using the right click of their mouse into their silly sentence document. The children did a great job and truly thought they had some magic powers!!!

The 3rd graders have been busy typing a 3 paragraph Google Doc activity about Pangolins. It has taken a bit of time, but now we are using our Google docs to learn alignment, font search styles, changing size, indent alignment and how to add a bullet list. The kids are pushing through and once they are finished they will be more knowledgeable for their future.

The 4th graders have been working hard to learn the Google Sheets apps. They all did a fabulous job completing their Average Day Length Charts that most brought home to share after they printed. Now, we are working on a Moon Phases book using drawing tools in a Google document. BE VERY PROUD!!! I keep telling them that I am 45 and have just begun learning all of these amazing tools the past few years and they are 9-11 and will be experts soon!!!

The 5th graders will be completing the Moon Phases book as well, but have been given a Google Classroom activity that will be explained in class first and then they will complete online. They need to go into their Google Drive for this Google Classroom app to appear. We will practice an open response Science MCAS activity and I will give them the opportunity to actually simulate the problem if they want to do so in class. I am very excited for them to be using this wonderful tool for they will use it weekly at TMS. The deadline for this activity is March 31st.

Starting in April, MCAS 2.0 will be taking over the 304 Computer lab, so that means 5 weeks of STEM and Makerspace activities!!! Yahoo! I believe that some of the best creations and activities come from things that we have no more use for, so I have included things below that we would love to take off your hands if you have no more use in your homes while Spring cleaning.

Take Apart/Create area, if you have old electronics, printers with the toner removed and properly disposed, used toys to be taken apart, clocks, old phones (cordless, not smartphones) etc. No TVS please.

Creative Arts area, if you have unused and unwanted rainbow looms, elastics, clasps, jewelry wire, beads, buttons, unwanted fabric, batting, thread, fabric paints, unmatched clean socks, any type of craft items.

Architecture Station, we would love more LEGOS! No matter how old the kids get, the Legos never get old!!!

Engineering Station, we welcome empty water bottles, rinsed soda bottles with the labels off, paper towel rolls, craft sticks, PVC pipes, matchbox cars, etc.

Electronics area, we welcome unwanted AA batteries and 9V batteries, non-working or working stringed (Christmas lights) colored or white, electrical tape

Thank you for any support you can give.

Mrs. Kristin Muraca, M.Ed.

Science & Technology Specialist

2017 Summer Adventure

At this point, feasibility of the 2017 Summer Adventure Program is at risk due to low enrollment. If you are interested in registering your child(ren), please submit the registration form by noon on Friday, March 24th. Payment for your total program cost must be received by Friday, May 12th in order to receive an additional 5% off your total tuition. A decision will be made on Friday, March 24th regarding programming.

Please visit our online payment site and click on “Summer Programming” in order to make your payment for Summer Adventure. https://unipaygold.unibank.com/customerinfo.aspx




  • 3/22/17 - Science EXPO Projects DUE
  • 3/22/17 - Placement Information Forms Due
  • 3/23/17 - Little Einstein's Science EXPO Fair @ 6-7:30
  • 3/30/17 - O'Connor Studios Spring Photos & Grade 5 Panoramic Photo


  • 4/3/17 - Autism Awareness Day (Students & Staff are encouraged to wear blue!)
  • 4/4/17 - Matt Tavares, Author Visit http://www.matttavares.com/
  • 4/5/17 - Early Release Day (Preschool @ 11:30 & K-Grade 5 @ 12:00)
  • 4/7-4/13/17 - Spring Scholastic Book Fair
  • 4/13/17 - Community Reader Day
  • 4/14-4/23/17 - April Vacation


  • 5/1-5/5/17 - Staff Appreciation Week
  • 5/9/17 - No School - Staff Professional Development Day
  • 5/19/17 - Kindergarten Celebration (Half-Day @ 9:30 & Full-Day @ 1:30 - Details to follow)
  • 5/26/17 - Early Release Day (Preschool @ 11:30 & K-Grade 5 @ 12:00)
  • 5/29/17 - Memorial Day - No School


  • 6/2/17 - Field Day
  • 6/7/17 - Early Release Day (Preschool @ 11:30 & K-Grade 5 @ 12:00)
  • 6/8/17 - Field Day (Rain Date)
  • 6/15/17 - Celebration of Learning (details to follow)
  • 6/16/16 - 5th Grade Moving On Ceremony @ 9:30
  • 6/21/17 - Tentative Last Day of School

TES will administer the Next-Generation MCAS in Spring 2017. Details to follow.http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/nextgen/default.html

Grade 3: April 25-27 ELA

Grade 4: April 10 -12 ELA

Grade 5: April 3, 6 &7 ELA

Grade 3: May 1,2 Math

Grade 4: May 4,5 Math

Grade 5: May 11,12 Math

Grade 5 MCAS Science: May 16,17

These are tentative dates and are subject to change. There are a total of 3 ELA sections and 2 math sections for each grade level. There are 2 Science MCAS tests as well.

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