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Feb. 13-16: Winter Break
Feb. 24: Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart
March 2: Read Across Andover Day
March 19: Egg Hunt
April 4: Science fair
May 20: Movie NightSpanish vocabulary lists for Feb.
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Friday Memo 02-05-16
Happy Snow Day Andover Families and Staff!
Just when you were starting to think we wouldn't have any snow days this year, Barbara stormed into town canceling school and our highly anticipated PTA Bingo Night. Don't fear though, Bingo Night will be rescheduled. We're hoping that it will be Friday February 19th. Stay tuned for more details.
Our annual school wide celebration of Read Across America Day on March 2nd has kicked off with Dr. Seuss's book What Pet Should I Get? as our focus. Students from Preschool through sixth grade will be reading and recording what they have read, trying to fill the bulletin board across from the library with their reading records. Each grade level has a grade 'pet' and we will see who can fill the bulletin board with the most reading records. Will it be the fish? the turtle? the rabbit? the...unicorn?? Other activities will take place during the month of February culminating in our day of celebration on March 2nd.
Monday was the hundredth day of school and we celebrated by drumming with Mr. Bob Bloom as participants in his Drumming About You program. Mr. Bloom is a certified master teaching artist who was sponsored by our AES PTA to spend the day working with our students. He made four presentations and every student and staff member had a chance to play the drums. The students truly enjoyed his presentation and their involvement. Check out the pictures at the end of this Memo.
Here's an update from Mrs Zujewski and the AES Library:
Primary grades have been focusing on literary terms, genres, book care, and literature enjoyment. Second grade has just completed a unit on Folktales and Fables. They are now learning the different text features of nonfiction books, including table of contents, glossary, and index. In the next few weeks we will be concentrating on how to use them to find information.
Third graders have become experts in understanding how the library is organized, both fiction and nonfiction sections. Students have become adept at locating what they need when given the call number. They are now learning how to use our online catalog, Destiny, to search for and find materials.
Looking ahead, grades one through three will be focusing on research skills, fact finding, note taking, and putting information into their own words. Geography Jamboree is just around the corner!
Preschool and Kindergarten classes continue to enjoy literature based on curriculum themes within the classroom and are becoming confident at independently choosing their own books.
The archery Club held its first class on Monday afternoon. Thanks to the generosity of the Andover Board of Education, we are able to offer three five-week sessions for our fifth and sixth grade students at no charge. Mrs. Robinson and Ms. Robinson are trained instructors through NASP (National Archery in the Schools Program) and they have planned out the basic archery course.
Here's an update from grade 5:
Fifth grade has been enjoying their work on their fourth new ELA unit titled Nonfiction Opinion Projects: Navigating Complex Informational Texts. During this unit students have been reading informational articles about high interest topics such as: the alarming statistics about student technology use after school hours; the debate about whether to allow buffalo to remain in a protected area in the Grand Canyon; and whether California should recycle waste water to help relieve the water shortage they are facing with the current draught conditions. Students loved discussing these topics and every one of them had a strong opinion! Students are learning how to state their opinion or claim and back it up with evidence from scientific articles. They have also learned how to recognize and state the counter-claim. Students are learning to make annotations on their articles to identify the evidence and deepen their understanding. They enjoyed reading about Michelle Obama's Healthy Lunch program and how that has changed school lunches. They also enjoyed reading about the debate about whether some food dyes cause hyperactivity in children and whether the FDA should require foods with these dyes to have a warning label on the box. This week, students read, discussed, and debated the pros and cons of deforestation. The debate was lively and very professional. Students addressed each other as Mr. and Ms. as they presented compelling arguments, backed up by statistics and quotations. Some students even enjoyed dressing up for the debate! In addition to reading and discussing articles, the students also love reading entire novels (instead of a small selection of one in an anthology) and completing performance tasks that so far have included creating a children's book about figurative language, creating a skit based on one of the themes of the much loved book Wonder, by R. J. Palacio, and creating an "artifact" and letter from early 15th century Jamestown. They are eagerly waiting to find out what their next performance task will entail!
The students all agree on one thing - the new reading curriculum (written by fifth grade teachers with the expert help of reading specialists Mrs. Krysta Cariboni and Mrs. Lisa Handfield) may be hard work, but it's also a great deal of fun!
Here's an update from Mr. Moynihan:
The latest information shows that we have raised $3,395.00 for The American Heart Association on-line. With 19 days left before our event on Wednesday, February 24th, we are off to an amazing start! Again, I want to thank you all for your patience, generosity, and support as we pull all of this together for an amazing cause. Please e-mail me if you have any questions leading up to the event:email@example.com Also, remember to check in on the PE website for information.https://sites.google.com/site/andoverelementarype/Your feedback on the website can also be e-mailed to me! I'd love to hear from you!
If you are a parent or community member from Andover, Hebron, Marlborough, or Columbia PLEASE take a few minutes to complete this survey from AHM below! The data you provide is invaluable to the CHEC Coalition and AHM Youth Services. All information collected will be anonymous. If you have already completed this survey, please do not take it again. At the end of the survey you will have an opportunity to be entered into a drawing to win one of four Stop and Shop gift cards for $25.https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/chec
If you know of any preschool-aged children who live in (or near) Andover, please share the following information with them: Andover Elementary School currently has openings in its preschool for the remainder of this 2015-16 school year for 3- and 4-year-old students. In addition, we are offering registration for the 2016-17 school year. The preschool is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and is offered free of charge. Please call Barbara Wilson for more information or to schedule a visit.
Reminders from the Office
Bingo Night is postponed for tonight. Stay tuned for the new date.
The Munson's Chocolate Candy Sale is happening now. Orders are due by February 19th and will arrive in time for Easter. See attached order form.
Registration for Andover Youth Soccer Association (AYSA) Spring season is now open. Players in Pre-K through Grade 7 for the 2015/2016 school year are eligible to play. Please seeAndoverCTsoccer.com for more details.
Need a night off from making dinner? Come support the 6th grade class and visit BurgerFi in Manchester on February 16th. BurgerFi will donate 10% of their proceeds from all patrons who visit from 5pm-8pm that evening.
If you are having trouble finding a place to park in the afternoon, please let me know so that we can make some adjustments.
All delayed openings this year will be 2 hours resulting in a 10:30 AM start time.
Registration is now underway for our 2016-17 Kindergarten class. Please contact the office for registration forms at 860-742-7339.
Appropriate winter weather clothing is required for students to participate in outdoor recess.
Please drive slowly and carefully in our school parking lot at all times (especially during drop-off and pick-up times.).
Game cards and electronics are not allowed in school or on the bus. If they are in a student backpack, they must remain in the backpack.
Parents are strongly discouraged from coming back to school and picking up student books or homework. Classroom teachers will work with students if homework is missing or late.
We are able to send text messages for late openings and school closings. If you would like to receive text messages, please send us the numbers you would like to include (two cell numbers per student).
Check out these photos from Monday's Drumming About You:
Have a great weekend!
John and Barbara