Newsletter - 10_17_08.cwk (WP) by trendy3


Friday, October 17,
KINDERGARTEN - (Mrs. Smart/Mrs. Humphrey) Sadly we have to say good bye to Mrs. Savage in Kindergarten. She has been a great addition to our room for the past 8 weeks but is now leaving us. The good thing is she's only going across the hall to Mrs. Costlow's second grade. We'll still see her every day! We've been having a good time working on Brown Bear books. It is a favorite story which we've made into individual books and a chart story. It is so awesome hearing the kids read it to each other as they work on their books. In addition we've been continuing work stations with many literacy activities, writing in journals, doing math journals and activities, meeting new letter people, and all the regular routine activities of our days. A favorite activity was smelling, hearing and of course tasting popcorn to accompany Ms. P with pointy patches. Both classes worked together on a Ms. P project and had a great time eating and working. GRADE 1 (Mrs. Chandler/Mrs. Kimball)First grade has been very busy learning about spiders! We have also been learning about fire safety this month! We went on a field trip to the fire station and got to see firefighter Ken. He and firefighter Nick taught us all kinds of things about being a firefighter. We even got to sit in a fire truck. Did you know that firefighters are timed and they only have two minutes to put all their gear on? Thanks to all of the parent volunteers who went with us! Have a great weekend! GRADE 2 (Mrs. Costlow) We are learning about building cooperative group scarecrows! We are reading scarecrow stories, writing about our scarecrow's adventures and making scarecrow glyphs (a type of graph). Come visit our creations in the hallway outside our classroom. We are starting our next unit in math and are beginning Social Studies by learning map skills and about Depending on Others. Pumpkin Days are coming! We need pumpkins and parent helpers. More info to come. Happy October Birthdays to Bevin and Brogan Prince, Kohle Parker, and Emma Lynch! GRADE 3 (Mrs. Sanborn) Third graders made positive/negative jack-o-lanterns to decorate for the season. Their writing prompt was also seasonal-a story about a talking jack-o-lantern! In science, we've been learning about fast and slow changes to the landscape. We shook rocks in a jar of water to see what happens to rocks in a swift stream. Students made "land" of dirt, sand and pebbles, then dribbled water on it to watch erosion. We observed the expansion of water when frozen. We made mobiles to show some important things about Veazie. We're making jigsaw puzzles about Sitka, Alaska to show some important aspects of that community. We've started higher level addition and subtraction in math.

GRADE 4 (Mrs. Estes) We had such a great time on our field trip!! The kids really seemed to enjoy themselves, and I was very pleased with their behavior. Thank you to the parents that came with us!! The kids have a test on the trees and lumbering information that we've been studying. The test will be on Thursday, October 23rd. They should study the packets, as well as the study guides they completed in class and at home. They will also have their spelling test on Tuesday, October 21st. Have a great weekend!!

GRADE 5 (Mrs. Hileman) In science we are learning about cells. We have been comparing the structure of animal and plant cells. We have just finished an experiment that showed how the cell membrane of the cell lets substances in and out. In writing, we are working how to write a strong piece that is focused and stays on topic. We are learning to use a computer program called Keynote to present our pieces.

NO SCHOOL - A reminder that there will be no school for students on Friday, October 24th. This will be an in-service day for teachers only.

Friday, October 17,

HEALTH NOTES (Shelley Gilman, school nurse)- Now with students back in school, this is the time of year that we are bound to see cases of contagious illnesses. If your child is treated for anything contagious (ie. strep throat, bacterial conjunctivitis, head lice, scabies, etc.) please let me know so we can be alert to it in your childʼs classroom. Please check your children for itchy rashes and for head lice (live) and nits (eggs). Thanks for your cooperation. PHYSICAL EDUCATION (Mr. Smart)Students in grades 3-5 have finished units in punting and kicking. Middle school students have finished units in soccer, flag football and tennis. Grades 4-8 are beginning units in physical fitness. Students in grades 3-8 are participating in the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick contest. Winners will be going on to a competition in Dedham Oct. 25. Student Safety - As you are aware the front of the building is congested during morning drop off and afternoon pick up times. Please do not leave your car parked on the drop off loop. This can present a dangerous situation for students who are exiting between parked cars. The drop off area is for parents to stop, allow their children to enter or leave their vehicle, and then continue through the parking lot. Instead of parking on the loop, please park in one of the parking slots up near the cafeteria. We have asked staff to save those slots for the use of our parents. Thank you. PTO - The PTO would like to inform parents if they shop at Target to use any type of RedCard. Target has a program called Take Charge of Education. The user can sign-up on-line to designate the Veazie Community School to earn 1% on all purchases made on a RedCard purchase. Any person, friends, or family, can designate a school for RedCard purchases. Just go to and sign -up our school for the rewards. The Applebees Restaurant breakfast with Santa sponsored by the PTO will be held on Sunday, December 7 at 8:00 a.m. The cost is $5.00 a person.

LIBRARY (Mrs. Harrison) Will Hugo Cabret ever get his notebook back from the toy shop owner so he can continue working on the automaton? Fifth graders are anxiously waiting to find out the answer to that question as we continue reading Brian Selznick's Caldecott Medal winner, The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Fourth graders are learning all kinds of weird and wacky facts about author Roald Dahl and his many books as we share D is for Dahl. Third graders are enjoying The Water Horse by Dick King-Smith. Ask your third grader what a mermaid's purse is! Primary students loved the newest book by Laura Numeroff, author of the wellknown If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. Her latest is If You Give a Cat a Cupcake. Students in grades K-2 are also enjoying seasonal favorites about pumpkins, autumn and Halloween. Information on our upcoming Scholastic Book Fair will be going home some time within the next two weeks. Again this year, the book fair will be open during the week that parent-teacher conferences are held. Happy Reading!

HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL - The annual Halloween Carnival sponsored by the Veazie Recreation Department will be held on Friday, October 31st from 6:30 - 8:30 p..m. Free admission. For further information contact Rob Young at 478-6239.

FYI - Any person with a disability who requires auxiliary aids or services in order to fully participate in an activity at the Veazie Community School is requested to contact the office of the principal at 947-6573 (TDB Relay #1-955-3323) at least 72 hours in advance of that activity.

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