Moriarty Magnet January Newsletter

Happy New Year!

Principal's Corner

It was wonderful welcoming students and staff back to school last week--smiles abounded!

I think it's this time of year that we really start to realize just how much students are growing, both academically and emotionally (as well as physically!). I never tire of seeing children actively engaged in learning at every grade level and in every classroom.

All grades are starting new units in reading workshop, which will inspire new thinking across different genres of literature. Reading at home continues to be an important focus because it really does promote student growth as seen in the classroom. Thank you for your diligence in ensuring that your children are reading daily and completing their reading logs! These logs provide important information about your children as readers, and both our teachers and students review them to assess growth and create new goals. If you have any questions about reading at home please don't hesitate to reach out to your child's teacher or me.

Other types of new learning and discussion will be happening soon as well... I am very excited to welcome parents to our school for our S.T.E.P. parent group beginning this Friday! This is a wonderful new initiative made possible by our family liaison, Susan Topping, and our magnet theme coach, Erin Conley. You will find more information about this opportunity below.

As always, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, suggestions, concerns, etc. Thank you for your partnership with Moriarty Magnet School.


Becky Pellerin

A note from our health office...

Hello Moriarty Families!

January is Cold and Flu Awareness Month at Moriarty Magnet School! The CDC states that a yearly flu vaccine is the best way to prevent the flu for children and adults. Vaccination is advised for all people 6 months of age and older, and is required for children in preschool programs. If you have questions about the flu or flu vaccine, please contact your doctor or the school nurse.

Another way to protect yourself from the flu and colds is to wash your hands often and thoroughly. Germs are spread is through hand contact, and the objects we handle the most every day are the dirtiest. Can you guess what they are? If you guessed the toilet, you’re right. But get this: a kitchen sink may be even dirtier than a toilet! A kitchen sink can be crawling with bacteria from leftover food particles. Other germy items include remote controls, cell phones, computer keyboards, door handles, coins, and paper money—the list goes on and on. Germs on your hands can enter your body through your eyes, mouth, and nose. What’s the first line of defense? Hand washing with soap and water! Clean hands are the best protection against colds, flu, food poisoning, and lots of other nasty infections. Let’s work together to promote good hand hygiene, both at home and at school. Even though we teach kids about hand washing early, research shows they need to be reminded throughout their teenage years. Reinforcing this lesson will help them stay healthy for the rest of their lives.

One last item- if you do keep your child home from school due to illness, please call the school to make us aware that they will not be in, and send in a note explaining the reason for their absence when they return to school. If your child has seen a doctor, we must have a note from the doctor's office.

Wishing you good health,

Mrs. Tramontozzi RN and Mrs. Geiler LPN

School Nurses at Moriarty

S.T.E.P. Parent Group Starting This Friday!

Being a parent is the most important job there is! Come learn and share strategies on how to effectively support your growing child. Coffee and breakfast will be served.

  • Where--Moriarty Lounge
  • When--Fridays from 9-11am, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5
  • Call Susan Topping at 860-823-4206 to reserve your spot today! Space is limited.

Our next PTO meeting is January 12th at 6:00 pm in the Moriarty library--please join us!

Moriarty Magnet Second Graders are Design Engineers!

By following the engineering design process, students have been able to build walls with rocks and mortar and towers of assorted materials: marshmallows and spaghetti, straws, pipe cleaners and tape. Their guiding question has been “How can we make a tower (or wall) that is strong and durable?” They have tested their building designs with demolition tests: earthquake test (wrecking ball) and hurricane test (fan). They have learned to revise their plans as needed. These experiments have also included writing lab reports. Students included materials used, questions, hypotheses, procedures and results and conclusions. They have read and learned about different building and structures around the world! Our second graders are very enthusiastic design engineers!

Fourth Grade Happenings...

Writers will choose a topic to research such as Native Americans, Pioneers or Explorers. Students will study mentor texts and discuss how we can write like 4th Grade Informational writer. Writers will learn strategies to help organize their research into an informational booklet. ~ Mrs. Bisson

Fourth grade mathematicians are currently studying fractions. We are naming wholes and parts of a whole using fractions and mixed numbers, and adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers.

~ Mrs. Kravitz

All fourth grade readers are just beginning a unit on historical fiction. Our read-aloud is Sign of the Beaver. We will be using the work we do in read-aloud to help students launch historical fiction book clubs.

Art Room News from Ms. Harrington

This month in the Art Room students are exploring color and techniques in a variety of ways. Kindergarten students are looking at the artwork of Piet Mondrian while they create their own “Primary Color Paintings”. First grade painters are learning about primary, secondary and complimentary colors as they create their “Color Wheel Puzzle Paintings”. Second graders are learning about Chinese dragon symbolism as they create moveable “Chinese Dragon Puppets” using paper-sculpture techniques. After learning about Claes Oldenburg’s monumental sculptures, third grade sculptors are creating deliciously realistic “Pop Art Ice Cream Sculptures” with air-dry clay and found objects. Fourth grade artists are exploring new color combinations with chalk and oil pastels in their “Abstract Reptile Drawings”. Fifth grade sculptures looked at how artists from around the world and throughout time use color in masks, before beginning to create their own “Papier-mâché Masks”. This is turning out to be quite a colorful time in the Art Room!

Musical Note from Mr. Varela

After the Moriarty Show Choir's strong debut performances in December, many new students became inspired to join the group. Now that January has arrived, students in grades 4 and 5 have been given another opportunity to sign up. The Show Choir is now roughly doubling in size, and these young musicians are excited to begin singing and dancing together in the new year!

Every Boxtop helps! Keep sending them in!

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