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News & Events of Estabrook School | Lexington, MA | 02.19.16

FEBRUARY IMPORTANT DATES

MON. FEB. 15-FRI. FEB. 19 - SCHOOL VACATION / NO SCHOOL. (OFFICES CLOSED ON 2/15 - PRESIDENTS' DAY)

WED. FEB. 24, 2:00-2:30 PM - GRADE 1 ALL SCHOOL ASSEMBLY. PARENTS OF GRADE 1 STUDENTS INVITED.
  • ALL STUDENTS ARE INVITED TO WEAR RED, WHITE & BLUE FOR THE ASSEMBLY ON FEB. 24.

THUR. FEB. 25, 12:45-1:30 PM - ESTABROOK SITE COUNCIL, MAIN CONFERENCE ROOM, ESTABROOK.


THUR. FEB. 25 - MELP DAY

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MARCH IMPORTANT DATES

TUES. MAR. 1 - ELECTION DAY AT ESTABROOK SCHOOL. Estabrook School is a voting location. (http://www.lexingtonma.gov/town-clerk/pages/precincts-voting-locations)


THUR. MAR. 3 - WILSON FARM DAY (http://estabrookpta.org/). Also, FAMILY FRIENDS DAY!


WED. MAR. 9, 8:15-8:45 AM - SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL DAY (WALK, BICYCLE, BUS, CARPOOL). Wear yellow/black or School Spirit Wear. Donations for the food pantry will be collected.


WED. MAR. 9, 8:45-9:45 AM - PTA COFFEE IN THE CAFETERIA - REDISTRICTING UPDATE FOR PARENTS. More information to be sent by the PTA.


THUR. MAR. 10, 9:00 AM AND 11:15 AM: PRIMARY CONCERT (GRADES 1 & 2), Parents of Grades 1 and 2 are invited. (See snow date 3/11/16).


THUR. MAR. 10: MELP DAY


FRI. MAR. 11, 9:00 AM AND 11:15 AM: SNOW DATE FOR THE PRIMARY CONCERT (GRADES 1 & 2)


SAT. MAR. 12, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM: TOWN-WIDE REDISTRICTING MEETING WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS, HELD AT ESTABROOK SCHOOL, CAFETERIA.


THUR. MAR. 17, 12:45-1:30 PM: SITE COUNCIL, held in Estabrook School Main Conference Room


THUR. MAR. 17, 6:45 - 8:15 PM: DISTRICTWIDE KINDERGARTEN ORIENTATION NIGHT AT ESTABROOK SCHOOL. Open to all parents and guardians of incoming kindergarten students of all 6 Lexington elementary schools.


SAT. MAR. 19, 8-11:00 AM: ESTABROOK SCHOOLWIDE PANCAKE BREAKFAST! Join us for a a casual, fun-filled pancake breakfast to benefit the 5th graders and their Nature's Classroom overnight camping trip. The Nature's Classroom Camping Trip is an important annual tradition for every Estabrook 5th grade student. Please come out and support our students. Fun BINGO following the breakfast. Don't miss it!


FRI. MAR. 25: NO SCHOOL / OFFICES CLOSED

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REMINDER: 2015-2016 CONCERT SCHEDULE

Please take note of the 2015-2016 Estabrook Concert Schedule for your calendar and planning:

  • Thursday, March 10, 9 AM & 11:15 AM: Primary Concert (Grades 1& 2)
  • Friday, March 11, 9 AM: Primary Concert snow date

  • Thursday, April 28, 9 AM & 11:15 AM: Grades 3 & 4 Concert

  • Thursday, June 2, 11:00 AM & 6:30 PM: Spring Concert (Gr. 5 chorus, band, strings)

Classes will sign up to attend one of two concerts and parents will be invited to attend either concert (except for the June 2 concert).

Other concerts that gr. 4 and 5 Estabrook students may participate in:

  • Thursday, May 12, 7:30 PM: All-Town Elementary Concert (Band and Orchestra), LHS aud

The entire LPS performing arts calendar can be located at:
http://performingarts.lexingtonma.org/calendar/calendar.html

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MCAS 2016

All Grades 3, 4 and 5 students are required to take the MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System).

Please take note of the 2016 Elementary MCAS Schedule below. Consistent and on-time school attendance is always important, including on MCAS days. Part of the school's assessment includes attendance and participation. Please schedule travel and appointments around the dates listed below.

Questions about MCAS should be directed to Mr. LaBroad, Assistant Principal jlabroad@sch.ci.lexington.ma.us.


ELA Testing (March 28- April 12)


  • Mon., March 28, Grade 5, ELA Session 1
  • Tues., March 29, Grade 5, ELA Session 2
  • Wed., March 30, Grade 4, ELA Session 1
  • Thurs., March 31, Make Up Day (if needed)
  • Fri., April 1, Grade 4, ELA Session 2
  • Tues., April 5, Grade 3, ELA Session 1
  • Wed., April 6, Grade 3, ELA Session 2
  • April 7-12 Make Up Days (if needed)



Math and Science Testing (May 9 - May 24)


  • Mon., May 9, Grade 5, Math Session 1
  • Tues., May 10, Grade 5, Math Session 2
  • Wed., May 11, Grade 4, Math Session 1
  • Thurs., May 12, Grade 4, Math Session 1
  • Fri., May 13, Make-up Day (if needed)
  • Mon., May 16, Grade 5, Science Session 1
  • Tues., May 17, Grade 5, Science Session 2
  • Wed., May 18, Grade 3, Math Session 1
  • Thurs., May 19 Grade 3, Math Session 2
  • Fri., May 20, Make-up Day, (if needed)
  • Mon., May 23, Make-up Day, (if needed)
  • Tues., May 24, Final Make-Up Day (if needed)

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Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA), the Inspector General's Office, Superintendents, Principals, Architects and Town Managers Visit Estabrook for "Story of a School" on February 4, 2016

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Ken DiNisco (Architect), Sandra Trach (Principal), Pat Goddard (Director of Public Facilities) tour Estabrook with 150 Massachusetts Superintendents and Principals and discuss the importance of educational vision.

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Massachusetts Superintendents and Principals toured Estabrook School to learn how vision translated into design, and most of all, see teaching and learning. We are honored that MSBA selected Estabrook School as a Massachusetts Model School!

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Safe Routes to School

***** Chinese New Year Celebrations *****

***** Estabrook Staff *****

***** Art *****

***** Valentine Fun! *****

***** Wellness *****

MATH MATTERS

The eight Standards for Mathematical Practice in the Common Core and the 2011 Massachusetts State Framework for Mathematics represent what mathematically proficient students are doing as they learn mathematics.


Mathematics Practice Standard #2

Reason Abstractly and Quantitatively


Mathematically proficient students make sense of quantities and their relationships in problem situations. They bring two complementary abilities to bear on problems involving quantitative relationships: the ability to decontextualize –to abstract a given situation and represent it symbolically and manipulate the representing symbols as if they have a life of their own, without necessarily attending to their referents – and the ability to contextualize, to pause as needed during the manipulation process in order to probe into the referents for the symbols involved. Quantitative reasoning entails habits of creating a coherent representation of the problem at hand; considering the units involved; attending to the meaning of quantities, not just how to compute them; and knowing and flexibly using different properties of operations and objects.

-CCSS (Common Core State Standards)


You can help your child develop and apply this practice by encouraging him/her to persevere in order to reach a solution. Ask questions such as:


· Can you write an equation that represents the situation?


· Can you tell a story that describes the action that is represented in the equation?


· What do the numbers in the equation mean?


· How are the facts in the problem related to one another?


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Mathematics Practice Standard #3

Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others


Mathematically proficient students… Justify their conclusions, communicate them to others, and respond to the arguments of others. They…. Distinguish correct logic or reasoning from that which is flawed, and – if there is a flaw in an argument- explain what it is.


... Elementary students can construct arguments using concrete referents such as objects, drawings, diagrams, and actions. Such arguments can make sense and be correct, even though they are not generalized or made formal until later grades. … Students at all grades can listen or read the arguments of others, decide whether they make sense, and ask useful questions to clarify or improve the arguments. -CCSS (Common Core State Standards)


You can help your child develop and apply this practice by encouraging him/her to persevere in order to reach a solution. Ask questions such as:


· What does your answer mean?


· How do you know that your answer is correct?


· How can you be sure?


· Will that still work if…?


Did you try something that did not work? Why didn’t it work?


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Karen Tripoli, K-5 Mathematics Department Head

email-tripoli@sch.ci.lexington.ma.us

February 2016

***** Literacy ******

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SAVE THE DATE! PASSPORT NIGHT! (formerly International Potluck Night) - FRI. APR. 29!

Friday, April 29th, 6-8pm

Estabrook School, 117 Grove St. Lexington, MA 02420

PASSPORT NIGHT is the NEW International Potluck Night!


Join us for a festive event of homemade/potluck family food dishes, music, dance, performances and family heritage experiences. You won't want to miss this event - great fun for the whole family!


We need your help! Families are invited to:



  • Bring a family style dish for 12-15 (or more), pre-cooked and ready to share on a buffet table (the dish typically reflects your family's heritage)

  • Wear native dress, if desired, but not necessary

  • Consider hosting a table that shares your family's heritage with others. Families may want to bring photos, a flag or artifacts that would be educational for students. Students will have a "passport" that will be stamped from table to table, as they visit each family. Families are welcome to partner together on a table!

  • Consider having your children share a dance or performance from your heritage



If you would like to host a family table to share your heritage or have your child(ren) perform on stage, please contact Mr. Richardson at jrichardson@sch.ci.lexington.ma.us.


We appreciate your help! Don't miss this amazing event on Friday, April 29!

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Support the Pancake Breakfast - Saturday, March 19

Support the 5th Grade and Buy Your Pancake Breakfast & Raffle Tickets NOW!


Enjoy a short stack for a tall cause! Join us for a fun filled morning with a delicious pancake breakfast, music, raffle, game zone, and free bingo! The Pancake Breakfast is run by 5th grade parents and served by 5th grade students. All event and raffle proceeds will help fund the 5th grade Nature’s Classroom 3-day field trip. Nature’s Classroom is the culmination of our children’s educational journey at Estabrook. Families of all grades: please join us and support our 5th graders!


Pancake Breakfast Flyer


Click here for all the information on the event and purchasing breakfast and raffle tickets.


Please email estabrook.pancakebreakfast@gmail.com with any questions.

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TALENT SHOW - SAT. APR. 9, 5:00 PM

We are happy to announce that the Talent Show will be held in Estabrook School’s Auditorium on Saturday, April 9th at 5 PM.


We are calling for actors, dancers, singers, musicians, magicians, and any other kind of performer you could imagine. This is a really fun, fulfilling family and community event!


Auditions will take place after school on Thursday, February 25th, and on Friday, February 26th. The sign-up sheets are on Sign-up

Genius:http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b084aa4ae2e5-estabrook


Thank you so much to the people who already signed up to volunteer – we really appreciate it! We are still in need of more volunteers, so please let us know if you can help.


Looking forward to seeing you all!


Questions? Please Contact Olga Moroz at olga.friends@gmail.com

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ESTABROOK FACULTY AND STAFF PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

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Thank you Lexington Education Foundation (LEF)

Estabrook School would like to express our greatest thanks to the Lexington Education Foundation for two exciting professional learning opportunities, that will improve learning for our students and support the district curriculum:


First, Ms. Verity and Ms. Amy Royal, Grade 2 Teachers; Ms. Hundley, K-5 Social Studies Department Coordinator; and Ms. McCarthy, K-5 Science Department Coordinator were approved to go to Earthwatch India this April!


This "Earthwatch trip" is entitled “Butterflies and Bees in the Indian Himalayas." http://earthwatch.org/expeditions/butterflies-and-bees-in-the-indian-himalayas. The team will travel to the Indian Himalayas from April 10 - April 21, 2016. They will learn about the cultural, social, artistic and historical aspects of India, as well as the scientific aspects of STEM (science, technology engineering and mathematics) and climate change; and specifically their application in educational practice.


Second, Ms. Kramer, Ms. Thompson, Ms. Affronti and Ms. Barnhart, Estabrook Special Educators were approved to attend the ASCD Annual (National) Conference in Atlanta this April!


The team will attend the ASCD [Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development] Annual Conference, April 2-4, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. They will learn from the premier educational speakers, including Carol Dweck, author of Mindset, among many others! This professional opportunity supports Estabrook's goals of studying "mindset" with the best researchers and speakers in our field, with a focus on integrating this research into teaching and learning for our students. www.ASCD.org/Annual-Conference


THANK YOU LEF!