Dress for the Cold
As the colder weather approaches we ask for your
cooperation in assuring your child comes to school
dressed appropriately with a warm coat/jacket, hat,
mittens/gloves, and a scarf. Please label all items for Nov. 2 Election Day. Get out and
quick identification. Even on the coldest days, Vote.
teachers will bring their students out after lunch for a
breath of fresh air if the temperature isn’t extreme.
Students need that time to expend some energy and Nov. 11 Veterans Day ~ No School
to take a brain break. Your child will remain indoors
if they are not dressed properly.
Nov. 16 American Education Week
Dates ~ Dates ~ Dates Parent Visitation from 9AM to
Please refer to the dates given in our newsletters or 11AM
to the dates on the school calendar for school
*Thank you for drinking your coffee
activities or for early dismissals. Be aware that the
middle schools and high school are on different before your visit.
schedules than the elementary schools. The middle *Please check that your cell phones have
school and high school year continues to be divided been turned off.
into quarters while the elementary has changed to
trimesters. This translates into different progress
report dates, report card dates, and conference Nov. 23 Wacky Hat Day ~ $1 optional
dates. You may have an older child in middle or high donation. Wear your wackiest
school with a different early release day than your
child in elementary school. All the dates can get hat to school
confusing; try writing each date on a calendar to help
you keep all the upcoming activities/events in order. Nov. 24 First Trimester Ends
Safety Calling System
It is very important that you call us if your child is No afternoon session for Early
going to be absent from school. If you haven’t called Childhood
the school and your child appears on the absentee list Ms. Traci’s and Ms. Lori’s
on any particular day, we will be calling you to
confirm the absence. We firmly adhere to the classes will be dismissed at
district’s absentee policy which appears on page 2 of 11:30
the 2010-2011 Student Handbook. Remember Kindergarten dismissal 11:20
medical reasons are generally not excused. More
Grades 1-5 11:30 dismissal
importantly, your child needs to be here to receive a
high quality education.
Nov. 25-26 Thanksgiving Holiday ~ No
I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone School
in our school community a Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy
your family and friends as you gather together to
celebrate the holidays. Mrs. O’Connor
Ms. Lori’s Class Ms. Elizabeth’s Class
We continue to enjoy celebrating We would like to welcome all of our
Fall here at school. Our Fall new families to the Early Childhood
Festival Fun wall is filled with Program. This month we will be
students’ artwork including, leaf rubbings, apple studying People and Places. The
prints, and pumpkin paintings. We have kept children will be learning about
ourselves busy studying the alphabet to follow neighborhoods. We will explore types of
our Letter of the Week theme. Students are buildings and types of businesses.
working hard to learn the different letter sound We will also begin to learn about
combinations to promote early literacy skills. community helpers including policemen and
We now have incorporated working in firemen. As part of this unit, we will introduce
Centers into our school day. Students seem to our classroom job chart. By having a job, the
enjoy rotating through the variety of Centers children will discover that they can help take
such as, Art, Math, Writing, and Science. care of our classroom environment.
Ms. Elizabeth and Ms. Jodi
Ms. Traci’s Class
Your children are fast becoming
experts in the classroom, following
the schedule and routine with ease. KINDERGARTEN NEWS
They continue to work on gaining Mrs. Mantenuto and Mrs. Mastrangelo
independence with their morning jobs,
choice activities, and social interactions. They Happy Thanksgiving!
are enjoying new games like fishing, Barnyard Now that all the letters in the
Bingo, and Lucky Ducks. These games require alphabet have been introduced,
fine motor skills and enhance concepts of color students are now learning the
matching, counting and number sequence. Of sounds that go with them. Please
course rice, sand, and water are still the use the Family Times that come
favorites! home on Mondays to reinforce
Over the past few weeks we have read 5 the sound of the week. In math students are
Little Pumpkins and It Looked Like Spilt Milk. If learning to read, write, and count using the
you are at your local library or bookstore, be numbers 0-10. Continue to look for your child’s
sure to ask for these titles! Also we would love homework on Tuesday and Thursday nights.
to know what books your children love reading at Your involvement with their homework is
home. essential to their learning.
GRADE 1 NEWS GRADE 3 NEWS
Mrs. Doherty, Ms. Harris and Ms. McCabe Ms. Kielbasa and Ms. Roberts
November will continue to be a The third grade has started a new
busy month for all of our first read aloud called The Miraculous
graders. We have been Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate
learning lots about Animal DiCamillo. We are reading to find out
Habitats. what this journey will bring. In math
We have almost completed our first unit we are finishing up the topic of rounding. Please
in Reading and we will soon begin Unit 2. The Big continue to practice this skill with your child –
Ideas of Unit 2 are People in Communities and the supermarket or any store is a great place to
Communities in Nature. This unit will focus on round and estimate about how much money you
learning about long vowel sounds, digraphs (sh, will be spending. In science we are studying the
th, tch), contractions n’t,‘m,‘ll and inflected moon. All students have been assigned a moon
endings –ed. journal where they are drawing the phase of the
In our math program, we will focus on moon and writing down a moon fact. Four entries
learning Addition and Subtraction Facts to 12. are due each Monday. After this, we will start
We look forward to learning and reading about our study of the Wampanoags and Pilgrims.
Veterans’ Day and Thanksgiving.
GRADE 4 NEWS
GRADE 2 NEWS Ms. Brigante, Ms. Howard and Ms. Reyes
Mrs. Geddry and Mrs. Robinson
As the weather gets colder and
We have been learning a the days get shorter the fourth
lot in the second grade! grade continues to move forward
In math, we have been working towards the end of the first
with subtraction strategies and trimester with a positive attitude.
we are moving on to learn about The fourth grade has many things to
place values. Your children have look forward to this month. We have
been working hard on writing! begun our second unit in the reading program, and we
They are learning all of the important parts are learning many different algorithms for
of a story and how to add lots of detail to a story! multiplication to add to our repertoire of strategies.
When you go somewhere, ask your child to explain Our writing is getting stronger every week in
what they see around them by using their 5 senses! preparation for the MCAS long composition in late
This will help them become better thinkers and March, and our math minds are being filled with
writers! different tools we can use in the future. We have
Thank you for continuing to encourage your also begun reading The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B.
children to read at home! Reading at home truly adds White to move us forward in our Million Minutes of
to your child’s learning and understanding! Take time Reading.
to read your child’s school library book together! Friendly reminders:
Time reading together can also be added to the American Education Week Visitations-
reading logs! November 16th 9:00am to 11:00am
The weather is getting cold! Please Letters will be sent home the week of
remember to send your child to school with the November 8th to set up appointments for
appropriate outerwear. conferences on December 9th
Trimester 1 ends November 24th
We look forward to meeting with you to discuss
your child’s progress next month!
GRADE 5 NEWS Resource Room News
The Fifth Grade is gearing up
for another great month of
We have been very busy in the
learning. In Reading we will be
reading to answer the learning center this year!
essential question: “What Students are working together in
makes people want to do the reading and math to build on the
right thing?” Selection stories will focus on people, curriculum in the classroom. We
like Jane Goodall, who make a difference in the world spend many days reading stories and learning
by doing the right thing. We will begin another new spelling patterns we see in our everyday readings.
book for our Rocket into Reading, called The Pushcart At home students can continue reading
War by Jean Merrill. Students will finish
with a family member or friend. Some online
multiplication and move on to the inverse: Division.
resources for families are:
In Science we will conclude our unit on Earth
http://www.bestedsites.com/ which offers many
Science with climate and weather and a look at Earth
in space. Students will also participate in the different activities in various curriculums. Also
partnership: Science from Scientists (formerly called http://www.readingrockets.org/audience/parents
WhizKids.) Each month, Yvonne Yueng will be working offers resources for parents in choosing just the
with students on hands-on science experiments. In right books and other suggestions on working with
History, students will be studying European your student on reading. Happy Reading!
Settlements in North America. Because November
celebrates so much of what it is to be American, Mr.
Catyb will also be discussing voting on Election Day
(November 2nd), Veterans Day (November 11th), and
Thanksgiving (November 25th).
During the last week of October, the Peer Computer Room News
Leaders sponsored the Spooktacular Raffle. Mrs. McLaughlin
Haunting treats were raffled off to each grade. The
following students won:
Kindergarten and Grade 1
Kindergarten – Veronica Arango, Madison Lucchesi,
students are using the program
Sammy’s science house. They
Grade 1 – Angel Bilimoria, Sidi Chakkour, Daniel
Francione are sorting and classifying animals and plants.
Grade 2 – Amir Ayed, Kaitlin Mendalka, Carla Reis- They are also reading stories on Bailey’s book
Grade 3 – Destinee Baldi, Christian Prisco Grade 2 are telling time and counting
Grade 4 – Ouissal Ait El Hadj, John Gomez, Alexa money online using www.thinkmath.com.
Panzini, Olivia Sears Grade 3 researched facts about Massachusetts
Grade 5 – Faith Cook-Carter, Aimane Mahtar, using the website www.50states.com. They are
currently typing a paragraph using Microsoft
The Peer Leaders plan to hold another raffle
in December to help purchase gift cards for the
Grade 4 just completed Halloween poems and are
Beachmont Holiday Giving Tree. We thank all
students who bought raffle tickets to support our practicing math facts using flashcards on the
school. The Peer Leaders will be assisting with the website www.mathfactcafe.com.
Respect Core’s First Term Celebration. Grades 5 researched an explorer and are now
typing an explorer poem in Microsoft Word.
They are also adding science vocabulary to their
slides in PowerPoint.
Reading Coach ~ Ms. Murphy
Ways to Improve Reading Skills
The Night Before
Here is a list of ways to help your Thanksgiving by Natasha
children become more effective Wing, Tammie Lyon
A creative spin on the
1. Set aside a regular time to read to Clement C. Moore classic,
your children every day. The Night Before
Regular reading out loud to children of all Thanksgiving is a warm,
whimsical celebration of everyone's favorite
ages will produce significant gains in
reading skills. fun-filled, family-filled, food-filled holiday!
2. Surround your children with reading Follow along as the feast is prepared, cousins
material. are greeted, and thanks are given, all with an
extra helping of holiday fun. (from BN.com)
Have a variety of books and magazines at
their reading level in your home.
3. Have a family reading time. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi
Set aside 15 to 30 minutes daily when Barrett, Ron Barrett (Illustrator)
everyone in the family reads. Grab your plates! In the land
4. Encourage a wide variety of reading of Chewandswallow, meals -
activities. rather than rain or snow - fall
Have children read menus, signs, game from the sky. But something
directions and other every day goes awry: the food falling
information. from the sky gets larger and
5. Visit your local library regularly. larger, causing the residents to make an escape
6. Be knowledgeable about your children’s before being squashed by giant pancakes or rolls.
reading progress. Ron Barrett dishes up some droll art work in this
The school curriculum will tell you what zany tall tale. (from BN.com)
reading skills are expected at each grade
7. Use a variety of aids to help your
children. Greetings from the Auditorium!
Use textbooks, computer programs,
books-on-tape, and games to help improve We are working away on our
their reading skills. winter concert music with
8. Show enthusiasm for your children’s dedication and excitement! We
reading. can’t wait to show you all of our
Praise them for their efforts! hard work. Please stay tuned for
the date and time!
Before Handwriting Part II
It has been a busy month in the art
room at Beachmont. The students
We are continuing our series on
have been working hard to
activities to do at home to help with
understand new vocabulary such as
the prerequisite skills needed for
transformation. Please ask your child to show
handwriting. Here are the next two
you what we have been doing. They are all
prerequisite skills that children
learning new skills that are not only for the art
need before taking on the demands
room, but for any time outside of school.
of handwriting in school. These skills can be
Also, as we get closer to the New Year, I
worked on at home. Next month will focus on
ask that if you have old calendars that you plan
the perception of letters and understanding
to throw away, please bring them into the art
room. There are so many beautiful images on
calendars, and the students would have a lot of
Children must be able to
fun working with them. Thank you so much and
hold a writing tool before they can
enjoy this beautiful time of year.
write. Children will benefit from
learning how to grip other objects
before learning how to grip a pencil. Provide
children opportunities to use objects like
funnels, spoons and cups for sand and water play,
give them gardening tools and kitchen utensils to
play with to help prepare them for holding a
Ability to Make Basic Strokes
Most children learn to make lines and
circles necessary for handwriting before
arriving at Kindergarten, but these strokes need
According to ESOL specialist
to be refined. Circles need to be round and
closed. Lines need to intersect properly.
teachers should be
Activities such as drawing, painting and stirring
differentiating instruction and
give children the opportunity to develop these
using multiple intelligences when
designing lessons for ELLs and
students. Activities should include different
kinds of opportunities for individual, paired, and,
group work, as well as tasks that appeal to a
range of learners, like creating charts, drawing,
information, and presenting. Differentiating
instruction enables teachers to connect with
more of their students, especially ELLs.
Physical Education News FROM THE NURSE’S OFFICE:
This month in physical education October was a very busy
we are wrapping up capture the month, vision screenings for
flag with the older grades, and grades K-5 and hearing
parachute games with the screenings for grades K-3
younger grades. will continue this month.
We will be moving on to soccer with all grade
Also, cold season is starting so a few
levels, working on developing skills and improving
friendly reminders about good hand hygiene
students’ knowledge regarding strategies,
terminology, and rules to provide students with a
to prevent the spread of germs; wash hands
complete overview of the sport. with warm, soapy water more often and
remember to cover our noses and mouths
when sneezing or coughing. Thanks for
everyone’s participation in keeping
Math Corner Beachmont a safe and healthy community. As
Ms. Squitieri always feel free to contact me with and
questions or concerns
Here are some fun interactive
websites to help children Megan Pelletier, RN
practice telling time. Try them Ph: (781) 286-8312
at home! Email: email@example.com