The Mountain View News Mountain View Elementary School April 2010 Volume 1, Number 8 Principal’s Message CMT Testing Important Dates The Connecticut Mastery Testing for students in 3/29,3/30 & 3/31 – grades 3-5 is officially Parent Teacher complete. We are very proud Conferences of our students. The 4/12 DARE Graduation children worked hard each 6:30 PM day and gave it their very 4/13 Music Recital 4/14 PTO Meeting Cell Phones best. While the testing each There has been a noticeable 4/19 – 4/23 Spring Break day was a challenge, we did 5/7 Reading Assembly increase in students bringing take the time to have some 5/12 PTO Meeting cell phones to school. I refer fun together too. Thank you 5/18 Gr. 5 Science Fair you to The Parent Handbook, parents for getting the 5/20 Junior Achievement page 9, Electronic Devices. It children to school each day 5/26 VIP Day Gr. 2 & 3 clearly states that “cell phones, on time, rested and ready to 5/27 VIP Day Pre-School, personal entertainment, and/or go. School attendance Kindergarten, Grade 1 5/28 VIP Day Gr. 4 & 5 communication devices may during the nine days of not be used or turned on 5/20 Spring Concert testing was exceptional. during school hours unless Individual student results authorized by the principal.” and testing reports will be Students found using cell available in the early fall. phones or other electronic devices without permission will Tardy have the device removed to the A student is tardy office for the remainder of the when he/she is not in day and returned to them at his/her classroom by the end of the day. Parents will 8:55AM. Students who also be notified. Parents we are tardy need to first ask for your cooperation in this report to the office to be matter and that you reinforce this with your child. signed in and receive a pass to class. It is our policy to lock all doors Kindergarten Registration Time is Here except the front door by the office after 8:45 AM. Do you have or know of a child who will be ready to If you are running late start kindergarten in the fall? Children who turn five you must walk your on or before January 1, 2011 are eligible. child to the office using Kindergarten registration runs from April 26th thru the front entrance. May 28th. Please call (584-7726) or stop by the office so we can give the family a registration packet of materials. Month # of Tardies September 100 October 110 November 119 December 140 January 163 February 104 March and “under”. We continued to them in our courtyard… always Spring is Finally Here! practice our listening skills. We an exciting time! While our days will soon are having a lot of fun As always, I thank you for be warmer, the mornings improving our speech and working with your child at still remain very cool. A language skills! home on their letters and the number of our children sound that they make. Make have been arriving to school Mrs. Nancy Cirmo sure to continue to read to your without their heavy coats on Mrs. Marci Silverhart child every day, and fill out the mornings when reading log! temperatures have been Pre-K News 3 near the freezing mark. It is In preschool 3 we will be important for our children exploring Spring to start the to arrive to school dressed month. There are so many for the morning changes happening outside so temperatures. A helpful we are going on nature walks suggestion might be a and explore the outdoors. We sweatshirt or sweater worn will be making a flower garden under a coat to both real and pretend to record accommodate the warmer our observations and continue temperature at recess and our explorations. We would like dismissal times. to use recycled items in our flower garden if parents could Preschool please donate paper towel News from Kindergarten Speech/Language tubes, toilet paper tubes, egg The month of March was a News… cartons that would be great! busy one! We celebrated the Our many speech and The students have shown a birthday of Dr.Seuss on March language classes have been great interest in dinosaurs, so 2nd. We read many Dr.Seuss very busy working on lots of for the second half of the books, worked in Dr.Seuss different speech sound month we will be archeologists themed centers and graphed patterns to help us speak digging for fossils in the sand, our favorite Dr.Seuss books. clearly. These include the reading books, and dancing We are working hard to reach “s” (snake) sound in blends The Dino Stomp. the goal of reading 75 Dr.Seuss like “sp” (spot, spin, spoon), Please keep reading to your books to fill our “reading is fun" “sw” (swing, sway, swish), children and talking to them chart. and “ps” (caps, lips, wipes). about their day! In science we have been Some of us worked on learning all about weather, and sounds at the beginning of next month we will be words, like “k” (candy, kiss, learning all about plants. We cut), “f” (four, five, fan), “w” have discussed types of (wave, wink, window) and weather, the effects of weather, “h” (house, hi, hand). Still and what materials are best others worked on sounds at suited to protect our bodies the end of words, like “p” from the elements. Pre-K News 4 (soap, pop, hop), and “k” In math we have been Spring has sprung!! How (lake, rake, book). talking about coins. We are quickly the year is coming to We listened to stories learning about the names of an end! In April, we will be about springtime and each coin and how much they talking about nursery rhymes, Easter. For those students are worth, as well as how to Spring, and the author David working to improve their count dollar amounts! Please Shannon. When we come back language skills, we be sure to reinforce this from vacation, we will have practiced retelling the information at home whenever, some visitors in our classroom. stories, using words like there is an opportunity. Painted Lady caterpillars will “first, next, last”. We Students continue to work be coming to stay in our learned lots of new hard in guided reading and classroom for the month of vocabulary words and writer's workshop. We are so May, as we learn about their showed comprehension by proud of all the progress they life cycle and read books about answering questions about have made. As always continue butterflies. When the the stories. We have also to read, read, read from those caterpillars become Painted worked on concepts such as browsing bags. As the warmer Lady butterflies, we will release “top” and “bottom”, “over „‟ spring weather approaches please be sure to dress and World Units. Our field trip students appropriately and News from Second Grade to the Shop Rite grocery store, look in the handbook for Spring has sprung in second where we will participate in the seasonal weather guidelines grade! Young Consumers Program will (i.e. no flip flops etc.) In writing, students have be in May. Enjoy your spring completed and shared their All vacation! About Books. This month we‟ll be focusing on prompt Mrs. Brezicki & Miss LaRosa writing. In math, students are skip counting by 10s, 20s, 50s, and 100s. Students have learned to read, write, compare, and order numbers through 1,000. In April, adding/subtracting 2-digit numbers with regrouping. It is imperative that students become fluent with 1st Grade News… Grade 4 news: addition/subtraction math During the month of Students spent two weeks facts. Without fluency, March, first graders studied in March taking the students will struggle with more about communities. Connecticut Mastery Tests the new math skills they’ll be We learned all about (CMTs) and are now settling learning. In science, we are community helpers. Look back into their normal studying soil. Students are for our Community Helper academic routines. doing hands on experiments book and our special Congratulations to everyone for where they are comparing community helper working so hard! different types of soil. homework to come home This month, students have Remember to READ, READ, soon. In math, we have begun a writing unit on poetry. AND READ, especially during been practicing adding and They are finishing up Heart April vacation. Reading testing subtracting with different Maps, which are pictorial will start the week after strategies. We have been representations of what they vacation. practicing doubles, doubles feel deeply inside their hearts: plus one, number lines and people, places, memories, unifix cubes as strategies to moments, good/bad times, help add and subtract. Soon likes/dislikes, etc. Soon they we will be learning more will be introduced to the about measurement and process required for writing shapes. expository essays. Keep reading every night We are continuing our trek and each Wednesday we will westward in Social Studies, be sending home the stopping to explore the heritage retelling homework. First and history of the peoples of graders need to practice Third Grade News: the Southwest. Since grade retelling the stories that Happy Spring! The third grade four students have been they read during guided team is pleased with studying all the regions of the reading. This homework will attendance and effort from all United States, they will soon be help them become of our students during the assigned a culminating report independent and confident Connecticut Mastery Tests. In on one of the 50 states. They retellers! the upcoming month we will be will research and write about covering subtraction with interesting places to visit, regrouping, fractions, and famous people from their state, capacity in our mathematics and weather/climate. They will curriculum. Students will also complete product and begin learning about animal physical features maps, along and plant habitats and with an expository essay adaptations in science. Look detailing why they would or for an upcoming science wouldn‟t like to actually visit research project. In social there. studies we will be incorporating “Flat Stanley” into our Regions In Science we are currently exploring forces and motion and, among other things, will be examining how force, acceleration, gravity, position, and similar things affect the movement of objects. As part of this exploration, they will be conducting an “Egg Drop” experiment. They will design a capsule for a raw 5th Grade News: egg that is intended to Fifth graders have now protect it from breaking. completed the CMTs. Thank Students will hypothesize you for putting forth your best Literacy News and observe the outcome of effort! In social studies, we are We are still working on the those designs, as they test coming to the end of our “surfing” part of the Mountain them by dropping the American Revolution unit, and View Reading Initiative. The encapsulated eggs two will soon begin to study U.S. classroom surfers are riding the floors down! government. In science, we are Reading “wave” (on the bulletin In math, students have finishing up our unit on light board near the office), with been investigating and color. Mrs. Pratt‟s class in the lead, multiplying by tens and Looking ahead, April but Miss LaRosa‟s class close two-digit numbers. Next, promises to be a busy month! behind at this time. This part they will explore measuring On April 6th, we will visit the of our Reading Initiative will be to the nearest ¼ and ½ cm. Connecticut Science Center. ending on April 30th, with our Keep practicing those math D.A.R.E. graduation will be on rewards assembly on May 7th. facts! Monday, April 12th, at 6:30 Don‟t forget to read and Congratulations to the p.m. Please plan to attend and complete your reading log following students who have support our students as they during April vacation!!! Please reached various milestones celebrate this important remember that Mr. Malavenda in our “Multiplication achievement. challenged us to reach a License” math fact program: We have almost reached the specific goal…EVERYONE halfway point for Science Fair. needs to be doing their part by MULTIPLICATION LICENSE Students have finished their reading daily at home and Jackson Collin research, written their outlines, remembering to return your Nicholas Cote and will soon be working on reading logs on Mondays. Ryan Dall‟Aste the first draft of their research David Luukko reports. Once again, remember Happy reading, to check out our Science Fair Mrs. Rogan, Mrs. DeFeo, and ROAD TEST page for checkpoints and Ms. Bolduc Noah Corliss important updates. Nicolas Kaczan http://www.bristol.k12.ct.us/p Logan Levesque age.cfm?p=5253 A Note From the Cafeteria We are looking forward to Parents please try to keep Don‟t forget Parent- seeing you at parent track of the funds in your Teacher Conferences at the conferences next week student‟s lunch account. If you end of the month! Just a are unsure please call Mrs. reminder, this year they are Saucier in the cafeteria. Her being held on Monday, extension is 174. You can Tuesday, and Wednesday – prepay for your child‟s lunch. March 29th through the 31st. Checks may be made payable See you then! to Bristol School Food Service. You can also prepay on The Fourth Grade Team mylunchmoney.com. coming up very soon. This will also be held at the Board of Education. I will announce all names of the students chosen next month. Mr. Filipiak News From P.E. Our student teacher left Mt. View Greetings from the on March 26,2010 . All of the classes Art Room. are now working on Cooperative This month at the Board of Games and Invasion Games. That Education ten students includes using the parachute, noodles, from Mountain View were partner activities, and team or group chosen and honored for activities. The 3rd, 4th and 5th graders outstanding artwork. From will be working on offense/defense first grade Jeremy Morin during invasion games. The vocabulary words they are working on and Amiya Raskar/Second are cooperation, teamwork and grade- Annika Fitzgerald and Isabella Torres/ Third Music Notes communication. In April we will be grade-Kyla Pinette and An instrument Recital will be returning to our fitness units and I will Morgan Matos/ Fourth held on Tuesday, April 13th at be talking about those activities more grade- Sabrina Lumbra and 7:00 p.m. in the Mountain in the last few news letters. Now that Justin Jacques/ Fifth View School gymnasium. The the weather is getting nice outside, grade- Ethan Dorazio and same Recital will be held on please encourage your child to do Matt Checovetes. Wednesday, April 14th at 1:30 activities outside. Ride bicycles, ride Congratulations to these ten p.m. Any interested band skate boards, play tag, shoot hoops, student will perform as a kick a ball, jump rope, go to the park, students for the use of or go for a walk with the family. creativity and hard work soloist or in a small ensemble. with their artwork. Also, Come and enjoy listening to the end of the year art show our talented fourth and fifth grade instrumentalists. Mrs. St. Pierre (smART show) will be Mountain View PTO minutes- March 10, 2010 1. The meeting began with information that Fran Fillmore gathered about the 5 th Grade Fun Day. Healthtrax is $12.00 per student, Adults free, $50.00 deposit, 9:30-2:30pm, swimming and gym with a movie shown. YMCA Camp Chase is $11.25 per student or $13.00 with the climbing wall, Adults free, $250.00 non-refundable deposit, 9:15-3:00pm. Lake Compounce is $14.50 per person 9:30-3:00 pm, water park portion is not open at that time. YMCA in Plainville is $10.00 per child, she‟ll be hearing back if we need to pay for adults, 9-ish to 3pm, pool-gym-rockwall-outside activity (weather permitting). Chunky Tomato Pizza Truck is $9.00 per pizza (plus $1.00 per pizza for toppings), we would need roughly 13 or 14 pizzas. 2. The Secretary‟s report from January 13, 2010 was reviewed (since there was no February meeting because of inclement weather). 3. The Treasurer‟s report was reviewed and we are doing well right now. 4. The Spring Book Fair days have been changed. Parent/teacher conferences as well as the book fair will take place on Monday March 29- Wednesday March 31, 2010. Donna Pelletier proposed "One for Books" to collect spare change during the book fair. The money collected will be used to purchase books for our library. Mr. Malavenda gave the ok. She also requested that when making the schedule for the classes to visit the book fair, that there be a 15 minute gap between classes. This will allow for any reorganizing of the books from the previous class and will allow any stragglers to make their selections, pay, and exit the book fair before the next class enters. 5. Mrs. Pratt mentioned that she will begin her Science Fair artwork contest soon. The winning design will go on the t-shirts the PTO provides the 5th graders to wear during the Science Fair. 6. The 2010 Mountain View PTO Scholarship applications will need to be returned to us by May 7, 2010. The committee to review and score the applications will consist of Donna Pelletier, Christine Martin, Laura Carter, Mrs. Pratt and Mrs. Martineau. 7. Our Spring Bulb fund raiser notices will be sent out the first week of April. 8. Next month is the nominations for PTO board positions. Lori Holcomb will type up descriptions of the positions and send it home with the students. 9. We will once again have a Rock Cats Baseball game fund raiser. We are looking to book Sunday May 23, 2010 (not sure of the time). This game includes Mascot day and the kids get to run the bases. Prices and time to follow. 10. The information that Laura Carter gathered regarding 5th Grade Fun day was presented. The rental of a Moonwalk and Moonwalk/slide combo from Good Times Inflatables is $365.00, Two hours of Airbrush Tattoos from Amazing Face Art is $220.00 and Two hours of The Gamers Box is $198.00. Mrs Pratt voiced her concern that the moonwalks would cause a distraction to all the other students and Mr. Malavenda will contact the principal of Stafford school regarding liability issues and moonwalks. 11. Our Parent Advisory Council liaison, Bill Fitzgerald, discussed the meeting which was held on March 8, 2010. One issue which raised a conversation amongst us was the elimination of the Forestville Little League fields on the Greene-Hills school grounds. The league was told that the fields would be staying, but we are now finding out that is not true. Bill said he would mention our discussion at the next meeting. 12. The DARE graduation will be April 12, 2010 at 6:30pm. They will need a few volunteers to serve cake and punch. 13. Laura Carter spoke with Greg, the manager at Ruby Tuesday‟s. He has booked us in for Saturday February 5, 2011 from 8-10am for another fundraiser breakfast. 14. Mr. Malavenda mentioned that the CMT‟s are going smoothly. 15. "Waddle on" my Club Penguin friends!