April 27, 2022
A message from the Principal
April break is always an important transition maker of the school year. It is a time of year that we look forward to more sun, warmth, and outdoor activities. It is also a time that we look to solidify and celebrate the learning that has taken place this year. While there are only 40 days left of school, it is not quite time to wind down. Forty days is roughly 20 percent of the school year. During the next week, teachers will be reinforcing the importance of the next 40 days with students. They also will re-establish classroom routines, expectations, and rules.
Throughout the year, the school district has used its professional development days to focus on Social-Emotional Learning. Teachers have been learning how to embed social-emotional learning into daily lessons. We have found that, more than ever, students need direct instruction about five key SEL core competencies. These competencies are self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making.
Coming out of the break, a renewed emphasis will be placed on self-management skills. Self-management skills include managing one’s emotions, exhibiting self-discipline, using planning skills, and demonstrating personal and collective agency. Before the break, we noticed that students needed more support in this area, especially at recess, and other less structured times.
In a different area, we noticed that many students were exhibiting challenges from the use of video games, social media, and cell phones. In the month leading up to April vacation, numerous situations arose where students were playing games at recess based on violent, action-based video games. These games often took the form of a tag-based games but focused on punching, stabbing, or other violent behaviors in videos games they play. This can lead to misunderstanding, concern, and accidental physical behavior. Teachers have been and will continue to talk with their classes about alternate games and safe behavior.
Lastly, another area of technology that is beginning to impact the school environment is cell phones. Recently, there have been more reports of students having cell phones on the bus. It is recognized that some of our older students may need access when they exit the bus for safety reasons, no student should have a cell phone out on the bus or during school time. Complaints of videotaping and posting to social media have recently been made. All students have a reasonable expectation of privacy while at school or on a bus. Students should not at any time have a phone out during a bus ride. Reports of students playing inappropriate music have also been brought to our attention. While cell phones and technology are ubiquitous, our students still need to learn the appropriate use of this type of technology and how it can affect themselves and others.
Your continued support and assistance in keeping students engaged with the learning and projects being completed at school are greatly appreciated. For our third, fourth, and fifth grade students, praising their effort on the MCAS testing in May and encouraging them to show what they know will be helpful. Continuing to support students by asking what they are learning, reading with them, and playing math games are ways to help keep them invested over the next 40 days. We look forward to celebrating the learning and success our students have made this year with you.
Dates to Remember
*Teachers will be sending out information about field trips, yearend celebrations, etc. as soon as details are finalized.
May Lunch Menu
MCAS Dates remaining
5/4 Wednesday, 4th Grade Math
5/6 Friday, 4th Grade Math
5/10 Tuesday, 5th Grade Math
5/12 Thursday, 5th Grade Math
5/11 Wednesday, 3rd Grade Math
5/13 Friday, 3rd Grade Math
5/17 Tuesday, 5th Grade Science
5/19 Thursday, 5th Grade Science
Nashoba SEPAC News
Special Education Parent Advisory Council
4/27 @ 7:00 PM - Typical & Atypical Reading Development: Neurobiology, Early Identification & Screening Strategies with Nadine Gaab
In Our Nashoba Community
Nashoba Youth Field Hockey
Nashoba Youth Field Hockey (new this year) is offering a field hockey clinic to ages K-5. Numbers will be limited due to coaching. Coach Casie Short and Coach Ashley Wing will be running an hour long clinic on Fridays teaching basic skills. This is perfect for beginners and those missing field hockey this spring! Friday 4/29, 5/13, 5/20, 5/27, 6/3, 6/10 from 5:15-6:15 at Derby Field which is behind the Florence Sawyer School in Bolton. We have some sticks available, but please bring a mouthguard, shin guards, goggles and a water.
To register, click on the following link: http://www.nashobayouthfieldhockey.com
Upcoming Musical Events at Nashoba Regional High School
Nashoba Regional High School will be hosting two fantastic musical events this spring!
- The Senior Showcase Concert will take place on Wednesday, April 27 at 7pm. This is an evening of entertainment featuring our senior musicians. They will be presenting solo and small group performances of their choice. The Concert Choir and Concert Band will offer a combined performance at the end of the concert to present a piece dedicated to our seniors. This concert has free admission.
- The Nashoba Symphonic Band, under the direction of David Wayne Bailey, will present its Spring concert, Moments to Remember, on Sunday, May 1st at 3 p.m. The program features the area premiere of the “Afro-American Symphony” by William Grant Still, in a transcription written for the band at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Also being performed will be “Hymn for the Innocent” by Julie Giroux, Vincent Persichetti's “Divertimento for Band,” and a unique mini-tone poem for band, “City Rain'” by Judith Land Zaimont. Admission is free to one and all (donations are appreciated).
These concerts are family friendly...younger musicians are especially encouraged to attend. Come and enjoy music in the auditorium at Nashoba Regional High School!
Friends of the Bolton Public Library to hold Book Sale
The Friends of the Bolton Public Library will hold their semiannual book sale on Saturday, May 21, from 9:30 am – 4. Rain date is Sunday, May 22, 9:30 am -4. Location is the Houghton Building, 697 Main St. There are over 5,000 books sorted and “not picked over.” Puzzles, CDs and DVDs. Please Note: masks are otional.
The book sale is the Friends' largest fundraiser. Proceeds from the sale support programs, events, museum passes, and our online newsletter Wowbrary.
I would like to take a moment to thank everyone for their participation in the Meadow Farms Spring Fundraiser for Student Activities! Funds raised from the event will be used for Nature's Classroom, recess equipment and additional student activities. I know everyone is busy and I appreciate you taking the time to help! Thank you! Sincerely, Mrs. Frommer