New Morning School Week 10 11.07.22
A Note from the Heads
Though short, we had another great week at New Morning School. Our personal highlight was visiting the K-1 classroom for their Haunted House Open House. We loved the enthusiasm for their work and the collaboration skills attained through this project!
We are looking forward to seeing you at Parent-Teacher Conferences over the next two weeks. Reports will be in your mailboxes early this week, so that you can review your child's report ahead of time. As a reminder, there is no school on Wed. November 9th due to conferences. If you are in need of child care that day, please sign up in the office by Monday.
Thank you to Heather Fowler for stepping up to co-chair our Holiday Workshop! We are in need of a second person to co-chair with her, so let us know if you are the person for the job. We also need many more crafters to support this family event. Please see the details and the volunteer sign-up link below.
Have a wonderful week!
Elaine Kennedy, Head of School & Pauline Nagle, Associate Head of School
Gratitude and Brain Research
The reasons why gratitude is so impactful to health and well-being begin in the brain. In a neurological experiment conducted by researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles, brain activity was measured using magnetic resonance imaging as subjects were induced to feel gratitude by receiving gifts. The areas of the brain showing increased activity were the anterior cingulate cortex and medial prefrontal cortex—those associated with moral and social cognition, reward, empathy, and value judgment. This led to the conclusion that the emotion of gratitude supports a positive and supportive attitude toward others and a feeling of relief from stressors.
3 Steps to Becoming More Grateful
Here are three easy ways to put yourself in the mindfulness of gratitude.
- Keep a daily journal of things you are grateful for—list at least three. The best times for writing in your journal are in the morning as your day begins or at night before sleep.
- Make it a point to tell people in your life what you appreciate about them daily.
- When you look in the mirror, give yourself a moment to think about a quality you like about yourself or something have recently accomplished.
Through the power of gratitude, you can wire your brain to be optimistic and compassionate, making you feel good. The more you look, the more you can find to be grateful for!
Wed 11/09: No School (All Levels) Parent-Teacher Conferences
Fri 11/11: School Spirit Day and Pizza Lunch Friday
Mon 11/14: Bylaws Engagement Session 6:30p
Tue 11/15: Elementary Explorers "Trip", Bylaws Engagement Session 6:30p
Thu 11/17: No School (All Levels) Parent-Teacher Conferences
Fri 11/18: School Spirit Day and Pizza Lunch Friday
Mon 11/21: Celebrating our 50th DAY OF SCHOOL!
Wed-Fri 11/23-25: No School - Thanksgiving Break (no childcare)
Tue 11/29: Half-Day for Elementary only (11:30 dismissal) Parent-Teacher Conferences
Fri. 12/02: Holiday Workshop Potluck & Crafts 5:30p - Volunteers Needed!
News to Note
Support New Morning School while you SHOP!
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Holiday Workshop is coming 12/02 - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
Do you like to craft? Do you like to organize parties? Then this volunteer opportunity is for you!
We need another amazing parent to co-chair this event with Heather Fowler. Co-chairs help us organize and plan the details. We also need 15 fun-loving holiday crafters that would like to provide a short how-to lesson on making a simple craft. Kids will make the craft at your table and take it home.
You can sign up to co-chair or for a crafting station using the Sign-Up link here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F054EADA72DA7FE3-holiday
Bylaw Engagement Sessions: There are 7 small group discussion meeting times over the next two months. Please RSVP for one group meeting. We encourage every parent to participate. Click on the picture below to sign-up. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054eada72da7fe3-small
Marisa Downs firstname.lastname@example.org
Danielle Provencher email@example.comPreschool Lead Aide: Crystal Gerwatowski
It was a short but sweet week with smiles and fun all around. 😊 Our “Teachers of the Week” this week will be Zoe and Felix in Marisa’s room and Mabel and Lea in Danielle’s room. They will lead us in learning the letter ‘Mm’.
While this week will carry no individual theme, we will explore different ways to create art through observational drawings, magic milk art, even painting with pasta noodles. We will host cool and colorful experiments at our discovery stations.🌈
✋🏽 Back by popular demand, slime and play dough will keep creative hands busy at sensory. 🤚🏽
November lets us celebrate Isaac’s birthday this month! 🎉
☀️Here’s to a positively magical week ahead. ✨
~Marisa & Danielle
*We will have a tornado drill @ 10am this Tuesday, 11/8
*Remember no school this Wednesday, November 9 for conferences
🌕We have a full blood moon 11/7 into 11/8… If you are up early enough in the AM on Tuesday, November 8, make sure to land your eyes upon the full lunar eclipse maximizing itself around 5:59am. Enjoy the view🌕
Primary Explorers (Grades K-1)
Teacher: Lucy Bratt firstname.lastname@example.org
K-1 Lead Aide: Shelley Blakeney
We had such a fun week last week, which started with celebrating Halloween at the BOOwl-a-thon and ended with us holding an open house for everyone in the school to come and view our spooktacular haunted house. We listed it for sale for $600,000. I don’t know if we managed to convince anyone to buy the house, it does come with some spooky roommates, but we’ll see if any offers come in!
I’m incredibly proud of how all the children worked collaboratively to build and decorate the house. They not only shared resources, but also ideas and kind words to get the job done. I think the thing they enjoyed most, though, was completing a directed drawing activity to create monsters and bringing them to life. The following link is to a video we showed prospective buyers at our open house! Other videos and photos of our fantastic project have been posted on social media. I hope they have caught your attention!
This week we shall be starting new units in Math, Reading and Writing. In Math we shall be working on our addition skills; in Writing we will be creating fantastic, descriptive sentences and in Reading we will be practicing our comprehension and inference skills. We will also continue with our phonics sounds, with l, f and d featured this week. Finally, I shall also be increasing the amount of time I hear readers on a one-on-one basis from this week. If your child mentions Bob Books, these are the leveled early readers we use with beginner readers. We have an array of more advanced, but still leveled, early readers for those who are ready and beyond that, we will tap into the Elementary classroom library.
Thank you to everyone who has signed up for parent-teacher conferences. There is no school on those days. Reports will also be available on Monday 11/7 in family mailboxes.
Have a great week!
Elementary Scholars (Grades 2-5)
Hannah Diaz email@example.com
EL Lead Aide: Karen Staples
We are working on items to trade when we go on our adventure. This week they will learn their jobs and what crew they will be traveling with. They will "build" their boats this week, "shop" for supplies, do an activity to practice bartering to get what they need. They will also learn some sailor games to get ready for the big "trip". It is going to be a busy week!
With the fall weather starting to be colder, please be sure your child has a coat and warm clothes (pants, mittens...) to wear when they go outside. We do go outside whenever possible, so it's especially helpful if they have what they need to stay warm and comfortable. Thanks for your help!
We are looking forward to meeting with you for in-person conferences, starting on Wednesday. Please be sure to read your child's report beforehand.
Thanks for all of your awesome children!
Christine, Hannah and Cynthia
Middle School Leaders (Grades 6th-8th)
Linda Hyde firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicole Matoian email@example.com
Hello Middle School Parents,
We have a busy week this week. Just a reminder that there will not be school on
Wednesday due to Parent Teacher Conferences. We look forward to seeing you then!
Remember conferences are designed for parents, but if parents desire, they can ask for
students to join the conference in the last ten minutes.
In Language Arts, students will make corrections to their Poetry Terminology test on
Monday. We'll also explore literature celebrating Native American History month and then
begin a literature unit with the theme of "The Outsider." Students will also take
their second Vocabulary Test on Monday, November 14 on 15. This will include the 20 vocabulary
words they've studied over the past few weeks.
In Social Studies, students are working on a deep dive into a chosen Renaissance
Period artist. These presentations are due on Friday and classroom presentations
begin next Monday, November 14. On November 11, we will remember Veterans
Day. Students are also working on an assigned portion of a slide presentation focusing
on "Then and Now," (how the times have changed between 1973 and 2023) to
celebrate the 50th Anniversary of New Morning School to be presented to the student
body on Monday, November 21.
This week, 8th Grade students will also be introduced to a Career Shadowing/Research
Project that they will complete over the next two months. Details will be forthcoming.
In Math, Group A will investigate equivalent ratios to double, triple, or halve a recipe or
mixture. This activity will build on their prior knowledge of simplifying fractions. Group B
will continue their study of proportional relationships by writing and solving equations in
the form of y=kx (where k is the constant of proportionality). Group C will be introduced
to the “slope” of a line as the quotient of the vertical distance and the horizontal distance
between any two points on a line. In future lessons, they will use slope to write equations for lines.
Have a great week!
Ms. Linda and Ms. Nicole
School Contact Information
Office Phone: 734.420.3331
Elaine Kennedy, Head of School firstname.lastname@example.org
Pauline Nagle, Associate Head of School email@example.com
Joan Barrett, Admissions Director firstname.lastname@example.org