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NEWS & EVENTS OF ESTABROOK SCHOOL | MAY 14, 2016

GRADE 5 MOVING UP CEREMONY IS WED. JUNE 22, 9:00 AM. DOORS OPEN 8:15 AM FOR SEATING.

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL IS THURSDAY, JUNE 23, 1/2 DAY (12:15 DISMISSAL)

CALENDAR

MAY


SUN. MAY 15, RUN OF THE MILL -
Kids' Fun Run 9:30 AM, 5K Run & Walk 10:00 AM, Post Race Party - Immediately Following. Click here for more information, also listed in this newsletter.


THURS. MAY 19, 6:30-8:00 PM, ESTABROOK AND HASTINGS PTA MEETING IN BOSTON, Twelfth Baptist Church, 142 Warren Street, Roxbury. Pizza supper provided by the Hastings & Estabrook PTAs. Families, please bring dessert. Children are invited - we will enjoy dinner together. Children will play board games with LHS students while parents/guardians meet. PLEASE RSVP via SignUp Genius by Wednesday, May 18

so we can plan how much pizza to order. Thank you!


MON. MAY 23, NATIONAL CHILDREN'S BOOK WEEK AT ESTABROOK SCHOOL


TUES. MAY 24, READ ALOUD DAY AT ESTABROOK SCHOOL. Guest readers will read to classrooms at Estabrook!


THURS. MAY 26, STAFF APPRECIATION LUNCHEON AT ESTABROOK. A very special thank you to all the parents for donating and coordinating this beautiful luncheon. We are so grateful!


MON. MAY 30, MEMORIAL DAY / NO SCHOOL


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JUNE


WED. JUNE 1, 2:00-2:30, KINDERGARTEN ALL SCHOOL ASSEMBLY. STUDENTS ARE INVITED TO WEAR GREEN TODAY FOR OUR SCHOOL SPIRIT DAY!


THURS. JUNE 2, 11:00 AM AND 6:30 PM, GRADE 5 CONCERT, ESTABROOK


WED. JUNE 8 - FRI. JUNE 10, NATURE'S CLASSROOM FIELD TRIP - GRADE 5.


THURS. JUNE 9, FAMILY FRIENDS DAY


THURS. JUNE 9, 2:00-3:00, KINDERGARTEN VISIT DAY FOR INCOMING KINDERGARTENERS & THEIR PARENTS TO ESTABROOK SCHOOL


THURS. JUNE 9, 12:45-1:30, SITE COUNCIL, MAIN CONFERENCE ROOM, ESTABROOK


TUES. JUNE 14, 6:00-8:00 PM, GRADE 5 BBQ, ESTABROOK


WED. JUNE 15, 8:15-8:45 AM, SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL DAY. Students are encouraged to walk, bicycle, bus or carpool to school. Let's make this our biggest and best Safe Routes Day yet! PLEASE BRING A NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEM FOR THE MERRIMACK VALLEY FOOD PANTRY! Let's make this our best contribution before summer. STUDENTS ARE INVITED TO WEAR YELLOW/BLACK OR SCHOOL SPIRIT WEAR.


WED. JUNE 15, VOLUNTEER BREAKFAST AND ESTABROOK PTA MEMBERSHIP MEETING, 8:45-9:45 AM, CAFETERIA - Immediately following the Safe Routes To School Morning, please join us for a spring-filled breakfast from the Estabrook faculty & staff to thank all volunteers for all their support this school year! The Estabrook PTA will also hold a membership meeting, where the proposed transition of the Estabrook PTA to a PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) will be discussed. Then there will be a request that members vote to support the change. More information on the transition is forthcoming in future communications.


FRI. JUNE 17, 6:00-8:00 PM, ESTABROOK PTA SPONSORED ICE-CREAM NIGHT. Free ice-cream for all K-5 students and their families. Join us for ice-cream and playground time to welcome summer!


WED. JUNE 22, 9:00-11:00 AM, GRADE 5 MOVING UP CEREMONY (GRADUATION). Parents and family of grade 5 students are warmly invited to join us at Estabrook. Auditorium doors open for 5th grade parents and families at 8:15 AM. The ceremony runs from 9:00-10:00, with a light reception and yearbook signing immediately following from 10:00-11:00. It is customary that some families of fifth graders choose to go to lunch or events in the afternoon (post ceremony). Some families choose for their children to stay at school. Either is acceptable. Please communicate early dismissals from school to your child's 5th grade teacher. Bring your cameras (and tissues!) This is a very special and memorable day at Estabrook School!


THURS. JUNE 23, 12:15 PM, LAST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR GRADES K-5 STUDENTS. IT IS A HALF-DAY OF SCHOOL. Please communicate any change in dismissal to your child's teacher in writing before June 23. Report cards can be accessed electronically through your child's Aspen portal. There will no longer be paper report cards sent home on the last day of school. Please see more information in this newsletter. IEP Progress reports will be mailed home. Classroom placement assignments for 2016-2017 will be mailed home in mid- August.


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PLANNING FOR THE 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR


CLICK HERE TO SEE THE 2016-2017 SCHOOL CALENDAR - THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL IN THE FALL IS TUESDAY, AUGUST 30. IT WILL BE A HALF-DAY (12:15 PM DISMISSAL).


AUGUST 30, AUGUST 31, SEPTEMBER 1 - 1/2 DAYS FOR KINDERGARTEN (12:15 DISMISSAL, LUNCH AT HOME). KINDERGARTENERS MAY TAKE THE BUS HOME ON THOSE 1/2 DAYS IF NEEDED AT 12:15 PM.


FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL 2016-2017 SCHEDULE


  • TUES. AUG. 30 - SCHOOL STARTS FOR GRADES K-5, 12:15 DISMISSAL.
  • WED. AUG. 31 - 1/2 DAY GRADE K (12:15 DISMISSAL). FULL DAY GRADES 1-5 (3:15 DISMISSAL). GRADES 1-5 - BRING OR BUY LUNCH.
  • THUR. SEP. 1 - 1/2 DAY GRADES K-5 (12:15 DISMISSAL).
  • FRI. SEP. 2 - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS / OFFICES OPEN 7:30-4:00.
  • MON. SEP. 5 - NO SCHOOL, LABOR DAY
  • THUR. SEP. 22 - BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT - ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

THANK YOU MRS. ZENDEH!

Estabrook School is honored to announce the upcoming retirement of Mrs. Christine Zendeh, School Counselor at the end of June 2016. Please join the Estabrook Faculty and Staff in recognizing her dedication and service to Lexington Public Schools and Estabrook School. We will miss Mrs. Zendeh very much!

FACULTY & STAFF APPRECIATION

May brings National Teacher Appreciation Month! I would like to recognize and applaud the Estabrook Faculty and Staff for their professional expertise and outstanding dedication to Estabrook students and families. We are so fortunate to have our teachers and staff at Estabrook School. It is a privilege to see their talent and joy shine through their teaching, care and support of Estabrook children. Please join me in sincerely thanking our Estabrook teachers and staff, who continually go above and beyond for the students everyday!


The Estabrook Staff would like to thank the Estabrook parents for planning and coordinating the Staff Appreciation Luncheon scheduled for Thursday, May 26, and the monthly staff appreciation breakfasts this year! On behalf of all of us at Estabrook School, thank you to all the parents and families for your unending support. We are so appreciative of your generosity and kindness. It has meant so much to us!


-Mrs. Trach, Principal

STUDENT REASSIGNMENT UPDATE (REDISTRICTING)

On May 10, the Lexington School Committee voted on student reassignment for incoming kindergarteners who are the only or oldest child of their family for the 2016-2017 school year.


For Estabrook, 6 incoming kindergarteners will be assigned to Estabrook from the Reed St. area (formerly the Hastings School area). These 6 families have already been notified by a telephone call and will receive a district letter regarding their child's school assignment. The 6 incoming kindergarten students from the Reed Street area will be assigned into Estabrook's 4 kindergarten classrooms.


Additionally, any K-5 students who move into the Reed Street area will now be assigned to Estabrook School (instead of Hastings).


In 2016-2017, Estabrook will continue to have 24 classrooms (4 classrooms at each grade level K-5). Class sizes for 2016-2017 are all within district class size guidelines (no Overmax Aides needed at this point.) School enrollment and class size is continually examined by the district and Estabrook office.


To review the past presentations to Lexington School Committee and to stay up-to-date on redistricting information, please go to http://lps.lexingtonma.org/Page/5740.

PRINCIPAL ROUNDTABLE WAS HELD APRIL 3

Estabrook hosted a principal roundtable on April 3 at Estabrook School, where Principal Trach overviewed the Lexington Middle Schools and High School Youth Risk Survey results, which can be found here. Parents discussed a range of timely topics that impact student well-being, including:
  • Homework
  • Student Stress Levels
  • Substance Use
  • Internet Safety
  • Friendships
  • Parenting


Here is a small snapshot of a few parent viewpoints that were shared:


On academics:


"We need to help children manage short and long term planning responsibilities - how to break tasks into short term pieces - it’s about management. When students struggle with this, this is how stress builds up."


On homework:


"All students do not learn the same - let's keep varying homework expectations."


On student stress:


"There is a difference between helping students cope with stress and the need to minimize/eliminate the stress."


On community well-being:


"We need to think as a townwide community as a series of tradeoffs.... When we favor academics, are we impoverishing our community in other ways? And can we find a way to communicate those trade-offs (i.e. What is being gained, What is being lost?)


On student well-being:


"Setting limits is healthy for students."


"Can we include mindfulness, yoga, etc. into the educational program to slow students down?"


"Let’s take the long view on child development."


On Internet safety and social media use:


"Socializing virtually is like “the new playdate”."


"When kids are using social media, what are they not doing?"


On friendships:


"We worry about students on their own after school with no friends."


On mental health:


"Is there a way to talk about/teach mental health in the way we talk about/teach human growth and development? Can we “normalize” mental health for students in school, so they can develop understanding and better seek help?"


On substance use:


"How can positive peer pressure reduce unwanted behaviors?"


On parenting:


"We as parents cannot do for kids - we have to give them the space. We want to insulate them from pain/discomfort. We have to give them the right environment with immediate feedback."

Estabrook School sincerely thanks parents for their valuable feedback and looks forward to holding more roundtable discussions next year with parents and staff!

SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL - MAY 2016!

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PRINCIPAL COFFEE ON DIVERSITY IN CHILDREN'S LITERATURE & RESOURCES

A Principal Coffee was held on Wednesday, May 11, 8:45-9:45 AM entitled "Diversity in Children's Literature" shared by Mrs. Kuhn (Librarian) and Ms. Glenn (Literacy Specialist), with support from Principal Trach and the Estabrook PTA.


We discussed the importance of diversity in the books that children read. This TED talk by Grace Lin, renowned children's book author, is a wonderful resource on this topic. http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/The-Windows-and-Mirrors-of-Your.


Please also view our library page that has both the picture book guide, and the windows and mirrors guide we discussed:



Link directly to the Windows and Mirrors page:


Thank you to all the parents who were able to join us!

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RUN OF THE MILL - SUNDAY, MAY 15

The Estabrook PTA is proud to sponsor its 8th annual Run of the Mill! On Sunday, May 15, 2016 all families and friends of Estabrook School are invited to join in this healthy, fun and exciting community event. To kick off the day, we will begin with the Jim Banks Kids Fun Run, followed by the main event, the 5K Run/Walk. (The Kids Fun Run does not require registration.)


Starting at Estabrook, the winding, hilly 5K course takes runners and walkers through the beautiful Turning Mill neighborhood, finishing back at the school. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Estabrook Elementary School. This USATF sanctioned event will be chip-timed by RaceWire. After the race, participants and spectators are invited to join in the post-race party.


Registration

To register click this link at RaceWire and follow the instructions.


Run Date: May 15, 2016

Kids’ Fun Run: 9:30 AM

5K Run & Walk: 10AM

Post Race Party: Immediately following the race


Fees:

Pre-race entry (before race day): $25

Race Day entry: $30

Kids’ Fun Run: Free

First 200 entries include a Run of the Mill T-shirt. Register by March 20 to guarantee your T-shirt size!


Course Map

Please click here for the Course Map.


Parking

There will be limited event parking in the school parking lot. Additional street parking will be available in the neighborhoods surrounding the school. We will have police detail directing cars starting at 8:30AM.


Directions to Estabrook School

Follow this link for directions to Estabrook School: http://lps.lexingtonma.org/Page/229


Post Race Party

Immediately following the 5K, there will be a post race party for all runners and spectators to enjoy. We will have food, drink and fun for the kids.


Bib/Number Pick-up

Bib pick-up will be available on Saturday, May 14 at a time and place TBD. (We will notify all registrants once determined.) Pick-up will also be available Sunday, May 15 beginning at 8:30 AM before the start of the race.


Timing Chips

Every participant must wear their numbered bib because it will contain the timing chip. Every participant’s time will be recorded with the aid of the chip that is in the bib. The bib will be included in your registration packet. You must wear the bib to be timed and scored.


T-Shirts

T-Shirts will be available for the first 200 entrants. Please specify size on the registration form. To guarantee your T-shirt size, register by March 20.


Rules for Kids 10 and Under

Kids 10 and under running the 5K course must be accompanied by an adult. The parent or guardian of that runner must sign a waiver. All 5K registrants with a number will be timed and listed on Racewire’s web site.


Contact Us

Email estabrookpta@gmail.com with questions or to volunteer.

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BUS REGISTRATION SIGN-UP - SIGN UP BY MONDAY, MAY 16 FOR THE LOWEST FEE

The 2016-2017 Transportation Registration form is now available online. All students need to be registered each spring for the following school year. If you go to the LPS website, or your individual school website, you will find a “Quick Link” for “Transportation.” Once on our page, you can click the link for the “2016-2017 Transportation Registration Form.” Bus registration will be open from 4/4/16-5/16/16 for the lowest fee. Payment for the school bus is due on or before August 1st, 2016. If you are worried about forgetting to make the payment, you can schedule it now for a future date through your eSchool online payment account. There is a link to the online payment system on the transportation page.


A mailing was sent on 4/1/16 and will arrive at your house. It contains your child’s student ID number and date of birth which are required for the form. Please save the letter for future reference.


If you are applying for Financial Assistance, please be aware that all bus deadlines are the same for all families. No financial assistance application is required to register for the bus, just be sure to submit it by August 1st when the payment is due in full.


Not sure what your child’s after school schedule will be for the fall? That’s okay. If you know they need the after school bus (elementary), you can sign up now and let us know when the schedule is finalized. You can also cancel the service before you make your payment on Aug. 1st if necessary. Just call or send an email.


If you have an outstanding balance from the 2015-2016 school year, your bus registration will be placed on hold until all balances are taken care of.


Attached, please find a generic copy of the letter that was mailed home last Friday.


Any questions can be sent to transportation@sch.ci.lexington.ma.us or call us at 781-861-2580 x68063.


Elaine Celi
Transportation Coordinator
Lexington Public Schools
146 Maple St.
(Access via 328 Lowell Street)
Lexington, MA 02420
office: 781.861.2580 x68063 {New telephone number as of February 20, 2015}
fax: 781.861.2560
email: eceli@sch.ci.lexington.ma.us
website: http://lps.lexingtonma.org/Page/659

ESTABROOK & HASTINGS PTA MEETING IN BOSTON - THURSDAY, MAY 19. (PLEASE SIGN UP BY MAY 18)

Please join Hastings & Estabrook families for a PTA Meeting in Boston


Date: Thursday, May 19, 2016


Time: 6:30-8:00 pm


Location:

Twelfth Baptist Church
142 Warren Street
Roxbury, Massachusetts


pizza supper provided by the Hastings & Estabrook PTAs


***families please bring dessert****


Children are invited: we will enjoy dinner together


Children will play board games with LHS students while parents/guardians meet


PLEASE RSVP via SignUp Genius by Wednesday, May 18

so we can plan how much pizza to order. Thank you!

MCAS 2016

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

Please take note of the remaining 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.

  • 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)

REMINDER: CONCERT SCHEDULE 2015-2016

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

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

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

VIEWING AND PRINTING YOUR CHILD'S REPORT CARD

There is exciting news regarding our student information system called Aspen. Parents and guardians will now be able to access their child's attendance records, view contact information, and also view and print your child's report card via the Aspen portal. Parents and guardians should have already received an electronic notification from the district that contained your family's user ID and user password, which will allow you to access these features in Aspen. If you are also a parent of secondary school children, where the Aspen system is already fully in use, please note that you will continue to use the same ID and password to view all of your children K-12.


If for some reason, you have not received an electronic notification with user ID and password within the next day, please contact the district via the following address: parentportal@schi.ci.lexington.ma.us


Student IEP progress reports will be mailed home.

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. Each month, one of the Practices is illuminated.


Mathematics Practice Standard #6

Attend to Precision


"Mathematically proficient students try to communicate precisely to others. They try to use clear definitions in discussion with others and in their own reasoning. They state the meaning of the symbols they choose, including using the equal sign consistently and appropriately. They are careful about specifying units of measure, and labeling axes to clarify the correspondence with quantities in a problem. They calculate accurately and efficiently…. In the elementary grades, students give carefully formulated explanations to each other."


-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 do the symbols that you used mean?

· What units of measure are you using?

· Explain ________ (term used in a problem) to me.

· How did you know that your solution was reasonable?

· What symbols or notations are important in this problem?

· Does your solution answer the problem?

· Is there a more efficient strategy?

__________________________________________


Karen Tripoli, K-5 Mathematics Department Head

tripoli@sch.ci.lexington.ma.us

SOCIAL MEDIA

Social media use is on the rise nationally among young people, and this is also the case among students locally. I have compiled resources to help us collectively support students with their Internet and social media use.


The age limit to sign up for social media typically begins at age thirteen. This article is one resource that summarizes the age limits among many different social media sites: http://www.adweek.com/socialtimes/social-media-minimum-age/501920 (9/2014).


The school district recommends CommonSense Media https://www.commonsensemedia.org/ to find reliable Internet safety resources. There are excellent reviews of apps, games, videos, movies and more for all ages.


I encourage parents to specifically review the parent concern page https://www.commonsensemedia.org/social-media for more information on social media.


Parents may also want to hold a family conversation about texting, as well as Instagram and other social media platforms to clarify expectations around safety, conduct and screen time.


Last but not least, I am a strong proponent of parents checking their child’s digital devices routinely, and supervising their child’s technology usage.


As a school, we have Acceptable Use Policies, student contracts, content filters, digital safety lessons and active supervision to help keep students safe. Our home/school partnership around Internet safety and social media use is deeply appreciated, and will help us with our common goal of safe and kind peer friendships for all children. Thank you for your support.


-Principal Trach

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THANK YOU RECYCLING ROOM VOLUNTEERS AND TEACHER GREEN TEAM

Thank you to the teacher Green Team for preparing a delicious breakfast and gift of plants (lovingly prepared by Mrs. Linton, Kindergarten Teacher!) in appreciation for this year's parent recycling/composting room volunteers! The recycling room could not be operating without the efforts of the Green Team teachers, dedicated parents, supportive administrative staff, custodians and our very own 4th and 5th grade student recycling volunteers. We are so fortunate that all Estabrook students can benefit from the lifelong impact of learning environmental responsibility. If you would like more information about supporting recycling and composting at Estabrook, or joining our group of parent volunteers next year please contact summerbparker@gmail.com.

MOVING?

If your family plans to move this spring or summer, please contact Mrs. Carfagno tcarfagno@sch.ci.lexington.ma.us and your child's teacher to inform us.