April 8, 2016

Dear Allgrove Parents,

April showers bring May flowers but in our case Mother Nature fooled us again and brought us snow! The children are eager for spring so hopefully warm weather is on its way! Just a friendly reminder that next week is spring break and there is NO SCHOOL -

April 11th to April 15th. The 2015-2016 school calendar was revised in April 2015 and has been distributed as well as posted on Edline to reflect the change in date of the vacation.

Math Facts School Challenge Update: Ms. Helaine Smith tallied all of last week's data and reported that our students logged 28,533 math facts. Our total for the three weeks is 75,852 math facts. Congratulations to all our students for their amazing work with math facts. Stay tuned to next week's newsletter for the final count!

This week our first graders traveled to Bradley Bowl for a culminating learning experience of their science unit on Forces and Motion. By actually bowling several games, they had the opportunity to see the impact of gravity, friction and the forces of push and pull on the motion of the bowling ball as it traveled down the lane. Yesterday afternoon I stopped by one first grade class and listened in on their discussion about the field trip. The children were able to use the first grade science vocabulary to describe their observations. I watched them apply their knowledge as they wrote about and illustrated diagrams on the science concepts associated with the unit on motion. Thanks to the many first grade parent chaperones, who supervised each bowling lane, helping the children navigate the etiquette of bowling.

Also this week students a special group of students from Allgrove and Seymour Schools participated in the East Granby Invention Convention. Three Allgrove second graders, Anna Griffin, Ra’Miya Matthews, and Alyson Boateng, created inventions and shared them with two panels of judges. Not only did these students do a terrific job of talking about their inventions, they showed creativity, perseverance, commitment and courage. As part of this activity, the children identify a problem in their experience and then design and build a prototype of the solution. Along with this they document their work by completing a written log and create tri-fold display board. All three Allgrove participants clearly described their inventions and their thinking processes and were able to answer questions posed the “judges”. One of the Allgrove participants will be selected to go onto the Connecticut State Invention Convention, which is held later in the spring at the University of Connecticut. Congratulations to Anna, Ra’Miya and Alyson for a job well done! A special thank you to Mrs. Maulucci, a second grade teacher, who facilitated the Allgrove Invention Convention. She along with Mrs. Karlowicz from Seymour facilitated yesterday’s Invention Convention activity at Seymour.

Ice Cream Day News: I am happy to report the student's were able to purchase ice cream today during hot lunch! We had the freezer serviced and it was determined the door was not closed tightly therefore the ice cream unfortunately thawed. We will be extra diligent in checking the freezer door.

Please check out the PTO section down below. This year the PTO is initiating a new way for you to purchase school supplies for next year. The PTO has been working with each grade level to be sure all supplies are included. The kits are available for purchase now if you are interested. Log onto the website located in the PTO section below for more information. The deadline for ordering kits is June 30th. Kits will be delivered to the school over the summer. Thanks to the PTO for offering this new program!

Wishing you a safe and relaxing spring break!

Sincerely,

Maylah Uhlinger

Bus Line Winner for March

Congratulations to the students in the Bus 4 line for being the winners for March! The students are working hard to have their bus be the next winner. Stay tuned for updates!

Agenda & Minutes

PTO News

A message from the PTO:

*Save the Date - The PTO has another restaurant fundraiser scheduled for Monday, May 2nd, at Jake's Wayback Burgers in Granby Center. The PTO will earn 10% of sales from the entire day! No need to present a certificate. Stop in for lunch or dinner! They offer take-out too!

*Thirty-one fundraiser orders are due back after April vacation, April 18th. You also have the option to order online. Items will be in before Mother's Day, lots of great gift ideas are available!

*We're also excited to announce a new partnership with 1st Day School Supplies! We have collaborated with 1st Day School Supplies to help parents and teachers get the

exact supplies needed for next school year without the hassle and aggravation of shopping at Wal‐Mart, Target or Staples. It's convenient and easy! Plus, the prices are competitive! And the kits include labels with your child's name for their supplies!! You can make your purchase right now, get started by clicking the link www.1stdayschoolsupplies.com. \$2 of every kit sold will go back to the PTO to help fund the Curriculum Enrichment Program. You can order now up through June 30th. Kits will be delivered to school the week of August 22nd and we will have a pick-up date and time available before the first day of school or your child's kit will be waiting for them at meet & greet or on their first day.

Thank you.