Fiske Monthly News

December 2016


Welcome to the home of the Fiske monthly news! We feature great news and updates by grade level and specialist teachers to help keep you informed about what our students are learning. Enjoy your reading!
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News from The Principal

Fiske Student -Community Give a WHOOT Challenge

It is that time of year again where we work as a school to begin our work around civic mindedness and community giving. As a school community, we work with our students to promote helping others that are in need, and supporting the community. This year, our student council selected three charitable organizations that we'd work to support as an entire school. We'll be participating in Pennies for Patients, Jimmy Fund and The Lexington Food Pantry.

In addition to those community organizations, classrooms will also have school and class goals that they will establish (students generate the work and ideas, teachers facilitate) that will support the school community.

Our hope, as a school, is that we help students see the value of helping others and the rewards of being civic minded. It certainly supports our school core values of Respect, Responsibility and Best Effort, and helps our children grow into being conscientious world citizens that want the best for their community.

Be sure to ask your student about their class and school goals (they'll be working on them this month) and thank you in advance for supporting our work with your children!

Fiske Focus: A Monthly Parent Forum

Over the past several years, I have tried several forums for providing information for the greater school community on a variety of topics. My goal has been to be proactive in sharing information about our work at Fiske so that the school community is informed and also so that there is not potentially misinformation that is shared either. It is also a great way to share information to larger groups as opposed to one on one meetings, which I am never opposed to, but may not always be the most efficient in regards to time.

This year, I will be holding "Fiske Focus" meetings once per month from 8:45am to 9:45am. In the past, day meetings were better attended than night, and therefore, I've only scheduled meetings for days during the current school year.

Dates and Topics for Parent Fiske Focus Sessions:

December 9, 2016 8:45-9:45 WIN (What I Need) time - Intervention

December 23, 2016 8:45-9:45 MCAS

January 20, 2017 8:45-9:45 Handwriting

February 17, 2017 8:45-9:45 Modular Classrooms/Space at Fiske

March 17, 2017 8:45-9:45 Student Placement

April 14, 2017 8:45-9:45 TBD

May 19, 2017 8:45-9:45 TBD

June 9, 2017 8:45-9:45 TBD

Each meeting will have a topic or focus that will be shared ahead of time, and time will be devoted to share information about that topic and then a time will be available for questions, comments, or other items that attendees may have questions about.

News from the Assistant Principal

Giving Presence

Whatever your family’s holiday or religious traditions may be, chances are you have been giving some thought to presents of some sort during the months of November and December. Your shopping may be finished, or like me, it may not yet be started. Whatever the case may be, I imagine the subject has been on your mind – perhaps too much on your mind. December always seems to be a month when we live in a rush, doesn’t it?

As we breathe a sigh and look forward to a well-deserved break, I hope we all can take time to give “presents” of a different sort. For me, the most rewarding part of working with your children, here at Fiske, is the way they live in the moment. I am sure, at one point or another, you have heard the Fiske students talk about writing a “small moment” or a “seed story” during Writer’s Workshop. Fortunately, for the children at Fiske, because of their young age, they don’t give thought to paying bills, running Saturday errands, or doing home repairs. Long range planning for many of them focuses on thoughts such as, what they will wear to school, whom to invite over for a playdate or what they would like for dinner.

They laugh often, find joy in the simple things, and start each day ready to learn the lessons that come their way. Of course, as adults we have to think ahead and be on the lookout for the best interests of our children. However, we also can learn from them about giving “presence” to the moment, about enjoying the experiences that are very small presents, all by themselves. Truly taking the time to live in the moment!

During the coming days with your children, I wish you the chance to live with them in the moment, as much as you can. If there should be some snow on the ground, take a moment to crunch it under your boots, roll it into snowballs and make a snowman. Enjoy a cup of cocoa by a warm fire. Play a game of family Monopoly, Scrabble or Uno. Make cookies or brownies from scratch and eat them warm from the oven. However your family defines holiday or December fun, give your “presence” to those moments and cherish them.

I wish you all a joyous holiday season!

Mr. Baker

Kindergarten News

It's hard to believe that we are almost through November. All of the K classes have been busy learning many different games from the Kathy Richardson and Everyday Mathematics Curriculum to develop mathematical concepts, such as Roll a Tower Race, Make a Train Race, Double Dice Throw, Build a City, Build a Staircase, Grab Bag Counting, Grab a Handful and Tell Me Fast. All of these games and others that we play during Math time help the children to develop numerical recognition, 1:1 correspondence when counting, instant recognition skills (both with numbers and number arrangements), rote counting skills, number comparison and many other foundational math skills. Additionally, we have been focusing on identifying colors and color words, recognizing and naming shapes and their attributes and sorting. We are working with teen numbers, writing and recognizing them and creating ten frames with a teen number. We will continue to focus on these concepts and others throughout the school year as we all follow the math curriculum scope and sequence

In Writer’s Workshop we want you to know that Kindergarten writers are amazing! We have been working on writing true stories in ways that are readable and interesting to readers. Using charts and checklists to keep our writing on track, we have begun to stretch out words to try to write all the sounds, leave finger spaces between words, draw pictures that match the words. Students are writing stories with a beginning, a middle and an end. Learning how to use speech bubbles to show dialogue is also a fun new technique children are trying in their writing. We have celebrated our writing within our classrooms and shared it either in our classroom libraries or on the wall for all to see the growth these writers have made.

Grade One News

Language Arts Happenings:

Congratulations to our first graders who have been actively engaged during the month of November in our daily writing lessons! All of that hard work paid off as each writer celebrated the publishing of a “How To” book. We are so proud of our first grade writers for working so hard at writing books that teach their readers a new skill. Writing continues as we move into “All About Books”.

During Reader’s Workshop the children have been working hard at becoming “Word Detectives”. This has been such a fun and engaging unit filled with mysteries and missions. Our first graders are always up for the challenge.

These missions work on skills such as:

  • Monitoring their reading

  • Developing word-solving skills

  • Become more adept at using letter–sound correspondence to tackle tricky words

  • Increase their bank of high-frequency words

  • Become more confident at using the words they know ‘in a snap’ to solve unknown words

  • Develop their fluency skills

Marvelous Math:

The children have been very busy during math workshop. We have been working on creating and solving interesting addition and subtraction story problems by modeling the situation with tools such as counters, number line, or ten frames. They are also working hard at being able to explain the relationship between addition and subtraction. Have you noticed your child interested in telling time? That is because we are hard at work learning time to the half-hour on analog and digital clocks.

Social Studies:

The children have been busy exploring the importance of communities. We are learning about the differences between urban and suburban. We are focusing on the communities of Lexington and Boston. We are learning the importance of their community that people live, work and play in. They are able to use vocabulary words such as: town, city, neighborhood, landmarks, transportation, recreation, urban, and suburban.

Grade Two News

Where has the school year gone? We can’t believe it’s already the end of November! What a great month of learning we’ve had!

Language Arts:

In Reader’s Workshop, students are reading nonfiction texts to learn more about a specific topic. Nonfiction readers study, notice details, and question information texts. Students are learning how text features help a reader process information. They also are learning how nonfiction readers tackle unknown vocabulary to learn more about a topic.

Writer’s Workshop is an exciting time of the day, where students are teaching others all about a topic they know about….by using all those text features they have been learning about in reading! Students are creating a table of contents, introduction to their topic, adding diagrams, captions, labels...we could go on and on. The topics students are coming up with are great! We can’t wait to share them with you!

Math Workshop

In this unit, students are developing their understanding of place value by:

  • Unitizing tens (knows ten ones is one unit of ten)

  • Knowing the number of tens in any two digit number

  • Mentally adding tens

Students will also explore time, money, and graphing.

Science Workshop:

The Second Graders just finished the first unit of the year on Soils.

By the end of the unit students were able to:

  1. perform simple tests to describe and identify soil components (clay, sand, and humus)

  2. Understand that soil is made up of both living and non-living materials due to weathering and decomposition

  3. Understand the important relationship between soil, plants, and the food chain

Second Graders did a great job of cooperating and following directions when the experiments took place!

Social Studies:

Let’s Learn about Ghana!

By the end of our unit, students will be able to:

  • Know the location of Ghana and major geographic features

  • schooling, language, history, symbols, agriculture, climate, and environment of Ghana

  • well-known sites, events, and landmarks in Ghana and their importance

  • cultural traditions are dynamic and change over time

  • how one person can work to change unfair beliefs or laws for a whole group

Throughout this unit, students will learn about the culture in Ghana through many avenues, including songs and games! We are so excited to begin this journey this week!

We hope all Fiske Families had a healthy and happy Thanksgiving. We hope the month of December continues to bring joy, peace and love to everyone. Don’t forget, if you ever have any questions related to the curriculum or specifically to your child, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher.

Happy Holidays to everyone!

Grade Three News


The third grade just finished “The Big Dinner!” This is a comprehensive, challenging, and fun unit that helps the children develop an understanding of multiplication. It requires them to use what they already know to discover and learn more efficient strategies to solve problems. On the first day, the students were presented with the context of planning for a big turkey dinner.

The students were presented with the problem of figuring out the cost of a turkey (and all of the fixings on subsequent days). After being presented with a price chart and the per pound value, they used various strategies with their math partner to problem-solve. They were then required to show their strategies on a “poster” (a map of their thinking), and then explain their thinking. It is amazing what the children have learned from each other! Their strategies included repeated addition, skip-counting, partial products, ten-times, and doubling and halving. Children thought about ways to stay organized when presenting information to the class and worked on using a T-chart (ratio table) to show work. Most often, the children used more than one strategy when solving a problem. As they try various strategies, they develop more sophisticated concepts such as unitizing (recognizing a group as one whole), the distributive and commutative properties, recognition of place value patterns and proportional reasoning. They have seen the benefit of finding more efficient strategies, and have all further developed their understanding of multiplication. This dinner was delicious!

Our next unit focuses on more multiplication and division strategies.

Writers' Workshops

We recently concluded our narrative writing unit, “Crafting True Stories.” Our third grade authors did a wonderful job taking their “seed stories” through the entire writing process to develop them into published personal narratives. Please ask your child to tell you their story (and ask them how their story changed from beginning to end)!

The children have been beginning to plan and draft informational writing pieces. Every student will eventually choose a topic that he/she feels knowledgeable and enthusiastic about. Through various writing exercises and lessons, the students will learning how to plan, revise, and refine their topics. They are being very thoughtful about the chapter topics (sub-topics) and how they can effectively present the information.

Readers' Workshop

During Readers' Workshop, third graders have been learning about non-fiction reading strategies. The children are “reading to learn.” We have been examining the various text features that help readers navigate non-fiction texts. This non-fiction unit complements our Writers' Workshop and Social Studies units nicely.

Social Studies

In Social Studies, we are learning about the people and places of Plymouth Colony. Our textbook, Massachusetts Our Home, is an important resource. This is a great opportunity for the children to rehearse their non-fiction reading strategies.

Recently, we have learned about the natural resources found in the different regions in Massachusetts. The children are learning about aspects of daily life in the mid-1600s for the Wampanoag people and the Pilgrims. Our field trip to Drumlin Farm and our fall Big Back Yard walk let the children experience hands on learning around natural resources and way of life for each group of people.

Soon the children will learn the main reason the Pilgrims came to America, and some details of their voyage on the Mayflower. An essential idea we will address throughout this unit is that where people live significantly affects how they live. We will deepen our understanding by studying the challenges and successes the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag people faced upon the Pilgrims' arrival. Further, we will explore the many ways both the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag changed as a result of their interactions with each other.

Please continue to encourage your child to talk about school and what he/she is learning in third grade. Of course, reading every day, and playing games together regularly, will help your child practice and enjoy so many of the skills that are learned in school.

Grade Four News

Twas’ the month before vacation,

And all through fourth grade,

There were students reflecting

On the progress they’ve made!

We’re very proud of how much our fourth graders have learned this school year, and we’re looking forward to an exciting and engaging year ahead in 2017!

Our fourth graders recently became U.S. Senators on a field trip to the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. In conjunction with our study of immigration, our young political scientists discussed and debated how to pass a “bill” on Pathways to Citizenship. It was exciting to see our foruth graders sitting in an exact replica of the Senate discussing and debating issues around immigration.

In math we just wrapped up our unit on big numbers, estimation, and multi-digit multiplication featuring the partial products algorithm and a mini-unit on area and perimeter. We will soon begin our unit on division with a focus on the partial quotients algorithm. Stay tuned for more information!

In writing, our fourth graders are working on personal, persuasive, and literary essays. During this unit, students will create strong thesis statements and will work to develop supporting evidence in the form of examples, anecdotes, facts, and information to strengthen their opinion. Graphic organizers and other resources will be utilized to support students with this genre of writing.

As part of their study of animal adaptations in science, the students have been learning reading strategies for tackling non-fiction. We are excited to begin historical fictiion book clubs with a focus on immigration. Students will be thinking deeply and discussing the historical context, setting, theme, and characters of their book club texts.

Here’s to a happy and healthy 2017!

Grade Five News

One of the things that us fifth graders look forward to is getting our personal laptops, either a MacBook Air or a Chromebook. We were visited by Mr. Martellone and Mr. Baker on Friday, November 4th, who told us about the expectations he had. Some of the main rules Mr. Martellone mentioned are these:

  1. No food or liquids near the laptops.

  2. No pencils or other writing/drawing utensils near the laptops.

  3. Always carry the laptops firmly with two hands and close to your chest.

  4. Only use the laptops for school purposes.

On Monday, November 7th, 2016, Ms. Rhodes, the technology teacher, taught us how to use our Google accounts and reminded us of the rules. Our Google accounts are to be used for school assignments.

Since we have been using non-personal devices for a while now, it’s nice that we have our own personal computers. We fifth graders understand that the computers are a big privilege and are very glad to have it. (Arushi and Jack, Mrs. McMahon’s Class)

The Silk Road was a path from Europe to what is now India. It was how Europeans got silk and spices. The silk was used to make clothing. The spices were used to preserve meat and make spoiled food taste better. But the Silk Road was a long hard journey. For instance crooks could steal, the trail ran through deserts and over mountains and the trip could take years to complete. explorers wanted to find a different way to reach India. That is just the beginning of The Age of Exploration. That is what we have learned so far about the age of exploration. (Connor, Peter and Zach, Mrs. McMahon’s Class)

Our grade is about to start a new unit that combines learning and writing about the Age of Exploration. We are going to pick a topic that relates to the Age of Exploration, learn about that topic by taking notes from books and websites and write our best research paper using our notes to guide us. We will also make a museum exhibit about the Age of Exploration. (Ethan, Ms. Gavrin’s class)

Here at Fiske School, math is very creative. We support a “growth mindset” and believe that “Mistakes are valuable! Mistakes are where the new learning goes!” (Abigail, Ms. Gavrin’s class)

In fifth grade, we have been learning about place value, multiplication, division, decimals, rounding, and do tasks from “the Week of Inspirational Math.” Ms. Rawding, the math specialist, visits every once in a while and brings fun new challenges and tasks every time. We work in small groups, and alone, too.

We learned to multiply 3-digit by 2-digit numbers. One way we did this is with the partial products method, we split the numbers into hundreds, tens and ones, then multiplied. The second way we learned to multiply is the standard/ traditional method. These are the ways we learned to multiply so far.

In 5th grade, we learned to divide 2 ways. One way we practiced dividing was using the partial quotients method, similar to the partial products method, but for dividing. We also used the traditional way. Dividing wasn’t really hard either. There was more than one symbol for division . Division looks hard but when you get used to it, it’s very easy. In 5th grade, we already started dividing before so in 5th grade it’s not too challenging. That is division in 5th grade and after. (Clifton, Ivy & Mateus, Mrs. McMahon’s Class)

In reading, our teachers read aloud the book Home Of The Brave. It’s about a boy named Kek, who moved to Minnesota from Sudan, Africa, and learns to live in America, with new words and new people. He makes a friend, Hannah. Kek’s mom is missing, and Kek hopes that she is still alive and that she is somewhere safe. His mom has been missing since the war, and his brother and father died before he left Africa. When he gets to America, he meets a guy named Dave, who works at the Refugee Resettlement Center, and Dave helps Kek get around, and find his new home. His new home is in an apartment with his aunt and his cousin, Ganwar. Kek gets a job at a farm, working with the farmer, Lou, and a cow. Kek names the cow “Gol,” which means “family,” in Kek’s first language. Throughout the book, Kek continues to hope for his mom to come and find him. Will they meet, or will Kek’s mom stay in Africa… or is she perhaps, even, ... dead? Find out in Home Of The Brave. (McKenna, Ms. Gavrin’s class)

Every day except Thursday at W.I.N. time at the beginning of the year we learned cursive! (It is very fancy!) Some kids already knew cursive while others didn’t. But it was a fun experience for all of us! In school students used to learn cursive in third grade but after kids started using computers, we stopped learning cursive. But when scientists discovered that learning cursive helps brain growth, we started learning cursive again! A lot of kids enjoy cursive. Some kids say that it calms them down after math. We are having a lot of fun with cursive! (Hania, Ms. Gavrin’s class)

Specialist News

Counseling News

Teaching children to give


Start small when the kids are small.

Your young child might be happy to help bake cookies for a friend but end up wanting to keep the gift herself. Plan for this by baking enough cookies to keep and enough cookies to give. Young children need help in learning to share.

Teach your child that he doesn’t need money to give.

Help your child make gift certificates good for “one free car wash” or “breakfast in bed” that he can give to others in the family. Involve your child in selecting the gift.

You may think that donating to cancer research is important, but your child who is an animal lover may be more interested in making sure the dogs at the humane society have an extra treat at the holidays. Help her find a way to give the gift she feels is important.

Be a role model.

Volunteer your family’s time at a soup kitchen or senior center. Gather small-size toiletries, such as toothpaste and shampoo, and pack them in decorated gift bags to take to a homeless shelter. Ask your child if he’ll help you baby-sit for a neighbor’s toddler so she can do her shopping or help you rake the leaves for an elderly friend.

Personalize giving.

It’s faster for busy parents to write a check to a charity, but it has little impact on a child who can’t see where the money is going or imagine the people who benefit. Delivering canned goods to a food bank is more meaningful than dropping a check in the mail. Your family could “adopt” a needy family through a community organization, choose the gifts and wrap them.

Feeling too busy to organize an activity like this? Author Ellen Sabin has suggestions that can work for the most time-challenged parents. Sabin wrote The Giving Book: Open the Door to a Lifetime of Giving, an interactive workbook to help 6- to 11-year-olds discover the joy of giving and their power to make a difference. Sabin also offers free tools and guides for parents, teachers and religious educators to use with her book.

Sabin suggests having a family conversation about what you’re thankful for. That will help your child realize that what she values may be missing in other people’s lives.

Sabin also offers three activities to try. “These things don’t take huge amounts of time. They just take a few moments of thoughtfulness.”

  • Start a tradition in which family members set aside one of their gifts to give to someone less fortunate.

  • Think of someone without a family — a soldier, a distant relative, a friend in the hospital — and write a letter as a family to make the person feel loved and included during the holidays.

  • Talk about beginning the new year with a family giving box. Everyone can regularly add a small amount of money to the box to contribute to a group or cause the family agrees to support.

Giving gives children a sense of self-esteem and pride, says Sabin. “Giving is addictive. It gets in your blood. It makes you realize that you and your actions matter.”

Art News

Here are just some highlights of the projects we worked on in November

and through the December holiday break:

Grade K – Thanksgiving has been the theme this month. Exploring materials and learning about shapes in our environment have been stressed in our artwork. Look for mitten designs, snow globes and snowmen in December.

Grade 1 – Children are completing a “Celebrations” mini unit. During Art, we observed Native American ”Indian” corn and illustrated our own color pattern to create corn stalks. We celebrated Thanksgiving, by creating camouflage turkey scenes, using only neutral colors. Ask a 1st grader, what those colors are! We will soon use pattern to create our hand paintings. We will focus on line in December and will create a stain glass like line piece.

Grade 2 – During slipper day, Mrs. Carter’s class rotated and worked on five art activities. Art detective, art memory, hidden art words seemed to be the most popular. Students will soon be creating a model and positioning it to create the figure in action. Students will also design African animal drawings for a book and sculpture.

Grade 3 – After understanding and creating the color wheel primary, secondary and tertiary (analogous and complimentary) these students will create artworks with warm and cool colors. One will be the silhouette drawing of a scene from nature and the other will be a winter or underwater scene.

Grade 4 – Ms. Michael’s class also participated in a variety of activities during slipper day. We completing our classwork sketchbook covers, by drawing art tools and using opposite colors to make them look 3-D. We will design fine china using neutral colors and making food drawings that look 3-D by using opposite colors for shadows like the cover designs.

Grade 5 – These students amaze me every week! Their drawing skills and color mixing knowledge is the best in town! We will be working on a source of energy piece, where the power of an object (drawn in neutral colors) is illustrated through color rays, based on the color wheel. We will soon start a conceptual drawing piece, which will be astonishing! Students will choose a ½ of a magazine picture and will be asked to complete by blending colors etc. You will have a hard time finding the original! Student self-portraits done in the values of a favorite color will be on display near the gym, as well as birch trees with QR poems embedded in them.

Other info:

Keep recycling! The bottle cap murals are going through some revisions, but if you would like to come in and help work on them and other activities, just send us an email.

Happy Holidays!

ELL News

  • Students in the ELL program learned songs and created poems around a fall theme last month. They worked on using descriptive language and “fancy words” to make the poetry more colorful.

  • This month our students are continuing to use academic conversations in preparation for writing about non-fiction. They will practice the skills of elaboration and paraphrasing. To help your children elaborate, you can ask questions like, “Can you explain more?”, or “Tell me more about ______________?” when they are telling a story or giving an opinion. To aid them in paraphrasing, you can have them use the sentence stems such as , “So what youíre saying is….”, or “In other words…..” when they are listening to you speak about a topic.

PE News

Happy Holidays!

We hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving break. We look forward to a fun December in PE playing games such as Handball, Cap-a-cone and Capture the flag. Please remember to send your child into school with sneakers on PE days. This is especially important in the cold Winter months when students are apt to wear snow boots to school.

Music News

Performance dates are set for the 2016/2017 school year:

  • Fifth Grade Chorus/Band/Strings: Wednesday, January 18, at 9 am in the Fiske Gym. Wednesday, June 7, at 9 am and 7 pm in the Fiske Gym

  • Fourth Grade "Informance": Thursday, May 18, at 11:30 am in the Fiske Gym.

  • Third Grade Recorder "Informance": Thursday, June 1, at 11:30 am in the Fiske Gym

Also, here are some of the things you might see and hear if you looked into the music room this month:

  • Kindergarten: Moving and singing about the Mother Gooney Bird and passing bears while chanting Fuzzy Wuzzy.

  • First Grade: Playing xylophones and singing Engine Engine Number 9.

  • Second Grade: Playing drums and chanting Jeremiah Blow the Fire, and playing the So La Mi game.

  • Third Grade: Recorder Madness has begun. Please go to and look for the Recorder Instructional videos.

  • Fourth Grade: Learning about woodwinds and playing This Is Cool….Two Days Off of School canonically in pairs.

  • Fifth Grade: Playing the emotion game and singing Crawdad Hole.

Thanks from Mr. Hart and Mrs. Larson

Library News

Digital Citizenship

The week of November 7 was Digital Citizenship week in the Fiske Library for grades one through five. These age appropriate lessons were developed in a summer workshop with faculty from across the district and many were co-taught in collaboration with Instructional Technology Specialist Lisah Rhodes. Topics covered included playing it safe on the Internet (with the video Pause and Think Online) and digital footprints (Follow the Digital Footprint). Much of the material for the lessons came from Common Sense Media,, an extremely useful web site for both parents and teachers. Check it out!


The week of November 28, students in grades two through five will be learning to use Flipster, the new online magazine database purchased by Lexington Public Schools. Your children may access Flipster at home by clicking on the link on the Fiske Library Home Page: Ask your child for the user name and password or email me for more information. Have fun!

New Books

Check out the new books in the Fiske Library by clicking on this link:

As new books come in, I will update this list, so check back often!

Math News

Each month I share a few resources for you to use at home with your child.

Math Fun: Color Puzzle

Have a discussion with your child to discuss strategies and to create a visual representation.

Book recommendations (all by Elinor Pinczes)

A Remainder of One

One Hundred Hungry Ants

Arctic Fives Arrive

Game recommendation: Qwirkle

Number Detective

Follow the clues to find the mystery number from the list below.

  • The number has two digits.

  • Both of the digits are even.

  • The digit in the tens place is greater that the digit in the ones place.

  • The ones digit is not in the three times table.

  • The tens digit is not double the ones digit.

  • The sum of the two digits is a multiple of five.

Literacy News

Staying Engaged in Literacy Over the Holidays

As we travel over the holiday season - whether to visit loved ones or to go on family vacations - there are so many opportunities to get our children engaged in authentic reading and writing projects! Here are some ideas:

  • Travel journal: together or independently, make a short entry about what you saw each day

  • Photo journal: after traveling, make a scrapbook/album with captions

  • Blogging: same thing as a travel journal….but digital!

  • Reading books about a certain destination prior to traveling

Health Office News

Head lice seems to “creep up on us” throughout the year. It’s good practice to “take a peek once a week”. This information is being shared with you so that you can become more knowledgeable about head lice.

Head lice (pediculosis) is a common problem unrelated to personal hygiene. Your cooperation in periodically examining your child’s hair as a precaution is essential.

  • Use a bright light to examine your child’s hair

  • Work in small areas, part the hair with a comb and look for eggs attached to the hair near the scalp

  • Adult lice are about the size of a pinhead and will move quickly

  • The eggs (nits) look similar to dandruff but will adhere to the hair. They may be gray or tan in color

  • Excessive scratching may be a symptom

  • It is recommended “Take a peek once a week” throughout the school year!

  • Lexington Public Schools does not have a “no nit” policy.