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					December, 2007 Sandown Central News
Sandown students. We have maintained our focus on learning throught our holiday excitement!! We are notifying parents of school cancellations, early releases, and delays with AlertNow. The calls go to home, cell, and work numbers. The call system begins at 5:30am if a decision has been made at that point. Please make sure that you inform the school if you have changed your phone numbers.

A FEW WORDS FROM THE PRINCIPAL....
Dear Parents: We have continued to enjoy the many volunteers that have come into our school to help out in the classrooms throughout December. Parents do, and continue to have, a large impact on their children’s education. The children have been busy making gingerbread houses and enjoying the festivities of the season. Mrs. Quigley and Mrs. Nelson delighted us with some holiday music and a sing-a-long and a “jingle bell” dance. We also held our annual holiday gift shop December 13th and 14th through the Sandown PTA. Thank you to our PTA members for coordinating this gift shop for our children!! A special “Thank you” to Sally Morris and Lorraine Beucler. Mrs. McLaughlin held our annual school read-in on December 12th. Thank you Mrs. McLaughlin for your continued support for literacy with all of our

REMINDER – and please make note that the school calendar has been changed for January 2008. The Professional Development (PD) date of January 22nd has been canceled and moved to January 8th as a result of the N.H. Primary voting. The early release on January 10th has been canceled. I would like to sincerely wish everyone a wonderful holiday season and a safe vacation!! See you in the new year!! Douglas E. Rolph Principal, Sandown Central School drolph@sandownschool.com

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Notes from Speech & Language
Presents that facilitate language learning… Children of all ages love to learn, and one of the best ways to accomplish this is through books. If you have young children, poetry books with rhymes help children hear the cadence of language. Poetry books assist with developing early phonological skills. Picture books can be used to develop oral language skills. In addition to reading the text on the pages, ask your child to tell you about the pictures. It will help them begin to explain things and describe things. For children of all ages, books on tape are a wonderful way to expose them to vocabulary and prose that can be challenging. Reading to your children is also another way for children to develop good listening skills, vocabulary, and language comprehension. Games can also facilitate language skills. Games such as Outburst, Pictionary, Tribond, and Scattegories often have junior versions that are perfect for developing language and vocabulary skills. These games assist in developing vocabulary skills as well as language comprehension. So, in choosing gifts this year, remember that reading and playing games with your children is still important for your children’s language development. And best of all, it brings families together! Happy Holidays!
Mrs. Hull Speech-language Pathologist

Music Notes
The Band, Chorus, and Strings are all making final preparations for our Winter Concert to be held at the PAC on Wednesday January 16, 2008. We are very pleased that we will have about 90 students involved in this concert! The Grade 3 String students from Sandown North School will join us. The whole school enjoyed a Holiday sing-a-long and even a little dancing last Monday. Now that’s the spirit! Have a great holiday and Happy New Year from the music teachers. We want to say many thanks to all the parents who support the music activities at Sandown Central. We couldn’t do it without you!

Mrs. Quigley, Music Mrs. Lincoln, Band Mrs. Nelson, Strings

CAROLS

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GINGERBREAD HOUSES – 4TH GR.

FIELD TRIP TO CONCORD – 4TH GR.

CAROLS & JINGLE BELL DANCE

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
12/24-1/1 Holiday Vacation– NO SCHOOL

The Governor addressing the classes.

1/2/08 1/8/08 1/21/08

Sandown PTA Board Mtg – 6:00pm Sandown North Professional Development Day – NO SCHOOL Martin Luther King Day - NO SCHOOL

MRS. RILEY’S 5TH GR. “REINDEER TREE”

For upcoming events at your PAC: http://www.timberlanepac.org/events.html

SEASON’S GREETINGS