The Mountain View News
Mountain View Elementary School
Happy Groundhog Day – Wednesday Feb 2, 2011
February 2011 Volume 1, Number 6
Principal’s Message everyday learning. You effort to get our children
can help us at home by outside for a 20 minute
always talking to your recess break at lunch time.
When will the snow end?
The month of January child about their reading
has been full of snow, and math computation.
snow and more snow – When kids read,
February can only get continually ask them
better…can’t it? Because what they are thinking,
of that, we have run out talk about their
predictions, and have Tardy/Early
of places to push the
snow, thus making our them jot down their Dismissals
questions. When doing A student is tardy when
parking limited at school. he/she is not in his/her
I am asking all families math, have them explain
classroom by 8:55AM.
to please fill all their thinking so you can Students who are tardy
available spots and to see exactly what steps need to first report to the
slow down while in our they are taking to solve office to be signed in and
parking lot. Children each problem. Together receive a pass to class. It is
are walking with their we can grow great our policy to lock all doors
parents as cars are thinkers who will be after 9:00 AM. If you are
quickly pulling out. successful in whatever running late please walk
educational task they will your child to the office using
Visibility is greatly
be presented. Thanks for the front entrance.
reduced due to the huge
snow banks. Thank you your continued help.
for your continued Month # of
support with this. Mr. David Huber
continues to fill the halls REMINDER: November 140
of Mt. View School. As February 21- 25 is December 131
our winter break. January 120
you know, our Mastery
Test is just around the There will be no
school for students. Morning Drop-Off
corner for our students in Parents dropping off
Grades 3-5. Our children in the morning are
emphasis is and will asked to please pull up to
continue to be on Winter is officially the far set of doors. Both
teaching strategies that sets of doors are open in the
all good thinkers need to morning. Please remember
It is important that our
to have your child quickly
know. There is nothing children arrive to school
exit the car so we can get
on the Mastery Test that each day equipped with
everyone inside and keep
we don’t want our kids to warm coats, hats, and
the traffic flow moving.
know how to do, but our mittens. Unfortunately,
Stopping at the first set of
focus is on the strategies we are still finding children
doors only backs up traffic
to be successful for arriving to school without
and make it difficult for the
winter coats. We make every
children to get to class on Preschool 4 News: their strategies to decode
time. January has been a very unknown words is a great
snowy month for us!! way to help your child.
Yearbooks Now on Luckily, we had plenty of Please remember to label
Sale! books about snow to read coats and other outerwear
The 2010-11yearbook is on the days we were here! and continue practicing
now on sale. The cost for the We enjoyed our visit from zipping. We ask that
yearbook is $16.00. Checks Daisy the pig and her friend, whatever footwear you send
can be made payable to Lillypug the dog. We all your child to school
Mountain View PTO. took the Daisy Pledge, wearing, they continue to
agreeing to read books every wear throughout the day.
day. Students are spending a
In February we will be great deal of time changing
reading books about their footwear.
Groundhog Day and
Valentine’s Day. We will 1st Grade News…
have a Valentine’s Day In the month of January,
celebration on Monday, first graders have been
February 14th. learning all about fairytales.
Our math lessons will We have been studying the
focus on designs and elements of a fairytale and
patterns, and the number 4. we have started to develop
Preschool 3 News: More at-home activities will our own characters for our
February will be a busy time be coming home for you to very own fairytale.
in preschool. We will start use with your child. Thank In Math, we are working
the month by continuing to you for trying these with tens and ones and fact
sing, listen to, and learn activities out at home to families. Practice with fact
Nursery Rhymes. The reinforce what we’re families helps the children
second and third weeks we learning at school. with basic fact fluency. This
will be talking about Please remember that if is an easy skill to practice at
friendship. We will be doing you send your child to home. If you give your child
art projects with a special school with snow boots on, the numbers in a fact family
friend and getting ready for they need to have a change such as 2, 3, and 5, he or
our "Friendship Day" of shoes to wear in the she can tell you the two
celebration on Feb. 14th. classroom. addition facts and the two
Remember, just sign your subtraction facts that
child's name to their correspond to those
Valentines. Do not address numbers.
them to a specific We continue to practice
friend. The week of Feb. 21 all of our reading skills
- Feb. 25th is February including retelling and
vacation. When we return written response to a text.
to school we will begin We are also practicing
learning about the zoo and reading with fluency.
circus. The children are all Remember to practice
making great progress reading every night!
within the classroom! News from
Please continue to
encourage them to try to do
This month we discussed
jobs by themselves and
the letter R, J, I and G. In
encourage any efforts they
math, we learned how to
make. After the vacation we
represent data through
will begin working on
creating a glyph. We
walking in line without our
practiced graphing and
rope, getting ready for next
adding numerals to 10. In
phonics, we learned how to
break words apart and
Mrs. Clute and Miss
blend them back together.
Reminding your child to use
News from Second complete Monday through are becoming increasingly
Grade Thursday nights. Please be challenging.
Let’s hope the ground sure that your child is using This month, we are
hog doesn’t see his shadow the new answer frames to completing Developmental
this month! complete their questions Reading Assessments
In Reading, students each night after they (DRAs), which measure
have been working on complete reading. students’ reading fluency
making connections to Students should now and comprehension.
character’s feelings. When be reading for at least 30 Continue documenting
reading at home, ask your minutes each night AND minutes read each day
child how the character is completing their book logs using the revised monthly
feeling and why? Then ask daily. reading log. Please
if they have ever felt the remember to total the
same way. minutes read by week AND
Students are learning by month, and to sign the
how to write persuasive log.
letters. In these letters, they Students have been
are trying to change assigned a science project
someone’s opinion by that aligns with our study of
providing reasons. habitats. For “Feature Your
Students are learning Creature”, they have been
how to count money up to required to research the
$1.00 using quarters, habitat of their choice and
dimes, pennies and nickels. Don’t Forget to Sign are designing a completely
In addition, they are the Planner! original creature that could
learning about telling to live in it. They will also
time to the quarter hour. make a short oral
Grade 4 News presentation introducing
We will also be learning how Students just finished
to understand and organize this original, never-before-
designing a poster depicting seen creature to the class.
data through various important aspects of the
graphs. Please continue to During the oral report, they
southeast, including tourist will:
practice fluency in addition attractions,
and subtraction math facts State the habitat in
weather/climate, landforms, which their
up to 18. products, and resources,
We have begun a science creature lives.
etc. They will continue to
unit on Matter. Ask your Describe the
explore the regions of the
child to name some solids, habitat,
United States as they begin
liquids and gases at home! remembering to
to examine the midwest. As
include one fact
they learn about products
about the climate,
Third Grade News: grown and raised in the
a landform, plant,
Another month has gone midwest, they will be given
and an animal
by here in third grade! We the opportunity to share
that already lives
are revisiting the topics of family recipes that contain
multiplication and division those products. We will
in math and students will be combine the recipes into a
working on mastering their book and from these we will
explain how it
multiplication and division make a grade-level recipe
tables. It is very important book.
creature to survive
that students practice their In math, students began
in its habitat.
multiplication flashcards learning about various types
of graphs including bar, Discuss what
each night to prepare for materials they
upcoming quizzes. line, and circle/pie graphs.
used to create
In the upcoming weeks They will also begin a study
of probability in the same their creature and
students will begin learning how they “built” it.
about regions of the United unit. Please remind
students that they should For example, “I
States in Social Studies. used a paint for its
Students have weekly continue learning their
math facts in order to build color, glue to hold
homework journals that the feathers on,
they are expected to a solid foundation, as topics
about and doing provided by their teacher.
The focus for Writers’ experiments with light We are constantly
Workshop this month is during science, and we are reinforcing the message to
realistic fiction. Students wrapping up our unit on students that “the more they
will use personal colonial America in social read, the smarter they
experiences to gather ideas studies. become”. Please help us by
in order to develop a reinforcing this message at
fictional story with Keep reading and thinking! home as well. Signed
believable characters and a reading logs for January,
realistic plot. This will with minutes totaled, will be
enhance their due beginning Tuesday,
understanding of setting, February 1st. They can also
problem, characters, and be returned on Wednesday
problem resolution. or Thursday. In the event of
a snow day next week,
One last thing…. January reading logs will
P L E A S E stop doing the also be accepted on Friday,
snow dance! February 4th.
Let’s help our students
REACH the MOON!
Remember Science Fair
Mrs. Rogan, Mrs. DeFeo,
February 8th at 6:00 PM!
The 4th Grade Team
5th Grade News In January, all students are
What a crazy winter we assessed with the
are having so far! Please Developmental Reading School Cancellations
remind students that when Assessment (DRA). Each and delays
they have a snow day they student has an opportunity Please make sure your
are still expected to read, fill to read to their teacher and family has a plan for when
in their book log, and do respond, either verbally or school is delayed or has an
their nightly journal in writing, to the text. The early release due to
question. They should also results of this assessment inclement weather
be thinking about what helps teachers to know what Announcements of no
science fair topic they would students’ strengths are and school due to inclement
like to research, as the first what they need to work on weather or other
phase of the project will be to become better readers. emergencies will be made on
starting soon. Due to the number of snow local radio and television
DRA testing is over! We days we have recently had, stations:
wish to thank all the the timeframe to complete WTIC
students for trying so hard these assessments has been Channel 3 WFSB
with their reading. I’m sure extended, so testing will Channel 30 WVIT
they can’t wait to be back to continue into February. It Channel 8 WTNH
their normal Reading is especially important This information is also
Workshop routine. In math that your child is reading (or available on the Board of
we will be starting a unit on being read to) on a daily Education Web Site:
volume, capacity, and basis, even on days when www.bristol.k12.ct.us
weight, and soon after that school has been cancelled.
we’ll be focusing on If your child brings home a
probability and statistics. reading bag, please be sure
Students have been learning they read the books
Current cafeteria prices students are forgetting to
are as follows: bring their sneakers for P.E.
Milk - $0.40 time. Please help your child
Hot lunch - $2.75 remember to put their
sneakers in a bag or
Breakfast - $ 1.25
backpack so they can
participate. Boots are not
safe to wear in the gym. As
always try to help your child
SAVE THE DATE: make healthy food choices
A Note From the READ ACROSS during the day. Thanks for
Cafeteria AMERICA TUESDAY your cooperation.
Just a reminder for snow MARCH 2ND!
days, the menu for a snow
day will be served on the Music Notes
next day of school. Natalie Stypulkowski and
NO BREAKFAST will be Jacob Taillon will represent
served on days when school P.E. News: Mountain View School in
is delayed. The month of February will the CAS “Celebration of the
Parents please try to be the start of a new unit. Arts” ceremony on February
keep track of the funds in All the grades will be moving 7th at the Aqua Turf. They
your student’s lunch onto the Rhythmic Unit. will be recognized for
account. If you are unsure That means we will be outstanding citizenship,
please call Mrs. Saucier in working on jump roping, cooperation skills, and
the cafeteria. Her extension musical /rhythmic games, excellence in music and art.
is 174. If you would like to dances, using the Congratulations on a great
prepay for your child’s parachute, and using job Natalie and Jacob! We
lunch, checks may be made aerobic steps. All activities are proud of you.
payable to Bristol School will be accompanied by
Food Service or online at music.
mylunchmoney.com. With all the snow we have
been having, a lot of
Mountain View PTO Minutes –January 19, 2011
Meeting was run by Donna Pelletier due to Laura Carter not being able to attend the meeting.
1. Mr. Huber spoke first –
He first thanked Mrs. Desjardins for attending this month’s meeting.
Discussed the new company that he met with regarding the yearbooks. We are
currently paying $16.00 for a black and white yearbook. The new company will charge
us under $11.00 / book for a black and white yearbook. The size would be 8 ½ x 11.
This is bigger than we currently have. If we wanted to go with a year book in color, the
cost would be under $16.00 / book. It is $.40 for a 4 page zoom and $.80 for an 8
page zoom. Sample books are available if anyone would like to look at them.
Planners – Mr. Huber announced that the cost of the daily planners for grades 2-5
has been cut from $1800.00 down to $800.00 per year. The same company will be
doing the work.
After School Program – Mr. Huber talked about the after school program for grades 3,
4, and 5 to assist those students that need extra help in Math and Reading. The
program meets two days a week and teachers are helping with the tutoring. It appears
to be a positive program.
Read Across America – This event is on March 3, 2011; however, due to the CMT’s
starting, Mr. Huber announced that Mountain View will be celebrating it on Tuesday,
March 2, 2011. Each classroom will have a guest reader in their room. There will be
an assembly held at 2:00 with Rocky the Rock Cat making an appearance. He is
looking for volunteers to help with the greeting and the refreshments for the
volunteers. If anyone is interested in volunteering for this event, please email Mr.
Huber at email@example.com.
Volunteers Needed – Mr. Huber will be sending out a letter to parents of students in
Kindergarten through third grade to ask for their assistance in running some of the
PTO events. Most of the officers will be leaving over the next year or two and
volunteers will be needed.
One School – One Book – Mr. Huber announced that this will be starting after April
Vacation (if we have one). Teachers will be discussing it at parent-teacher
Birth to Three – Mr. Huber wanted to thank Bill Fitzgerald for his help with the
playgroups that have been set up for those families not yet attending Mountain View.
We are also looking for donated books that will be placed in the office and library
where students and parents can browse while waiting or where students can come
and “swap” a book to read at home.
Intern – Mr. Huber announced that Kirsten McKinney, a student from UNH will be
our intern for the duration of the school year. She will be working primarily with the
Reading teachers, but will assist other teachers if substitutes are not available. He is
very happy with her work.
2. Secretary’s Report – Nothing to report this month.
3. Treasurer’s Report – Toosdi announced that the Holiday Boutique did make a profit of
approximately $1600.00. The actual profit is hard to determine since some of the items
sold this year were bought either last year or two years ago and the prices may have
changed. However, a profit was made. The Holiday Bingo also made a profit of $85.00 and
the wreath fundraiser made $439.00, which all of those proceeds went to Mrs. Stetson for
the Giving Tree. This is where less fortunate families in our neighborhoods are provided
with food, clothing and school supplies during the holiday season.
4. Year Book Report – Jennifer announced that the yearbook forms went out to all students
and they are due back on March 18, 2011. Mr. Huber is to put information on the website
5. President’s Report
Rock Cats Game – Date has been tentatively set for Friday, June 10, 2011. There will
be fireworks at the game for the kids. We are looking for volunteers to run this event.
Heidi to call the contact for the Rock Cats to inform her of the date chosen. Updates
to be sent out on this topic.
Ruby Tuesday Fundraiser – Set for Saturday, February 5, 2011 from 8-10 am. Notices
for this have already been sent out. Tickets to be given to students on February 3,
2011. A basket will be set up for non-perishable donations that will be going to St.
Vincent DePaul. The cost of the tickets is $6.00 per ticket, of which $2.00 will be
going to Ruby Tuesday.
Art Works Fundraiser – Mr. Filipiak is working with the students on their art work
and the order packets will be going out shortly. The items ordered will be in on April
Spring Book Fair / Raffles – Donna will be running this event. Kathie Kelher MAY be
interested in taking over the event once Donna leaves. She has volunteered to work
with Donna during the setup and taking down of the book fair this spring. The
monetary donations to purchase the gift cards for raffles was discussed and all in
attendance agreed on doing this again.
Casino Night – Kathie Kelher will be checking on dates for a bus trip to the casino.
Response seemed pretty good from those at the meeting tonight. More information to
Science Fair /Graduation T-Shirts – PTO is to purchase t-shirts for the Science Fair.
The 5th graders will design a t-shirt and then vote on the designs. The winner’s design
will be printed on this year’s t-shirt. Graduation t-shirts will also be ordered. Students
will be able to sign the t-shirts and the teachers usually sign the backs.
5th Grade Fun Day – This year it will be held on June 3, 2011 at the YMCA in
Plainville. It usually goes from 9-2 and lunch will be served. Students will be able to
rock climb, swim, hike and participate in many other activities. The cost is $10.00 per
student AND will be paid for in total by the PTO.
VIP DAY – This is usually a three day event where students are allowed to bring in a
“VIP” to eat lunch and spend recess time with them. A discussion was had regarding
the chaos and the safety of the students during the recess part of the event. Several
different ideas were brought up. Heidi and Donna will meet with Mr. Huber to discuss
his suggestions on this event. The students enjoy the event and we would still like to
have it. Updates will be sent out on this topic.
Valentine’s Day Carnation Sale - Heidi is to call Shop Rite and see what the cost is
and what the deadline would be to place the order. Flyers will be sent out to students
shortly. Looking for volunteers to help sort out the flowers and distribute them to the
students in the afternoon of February 14, 2011 (Monday). As of 1/24/2011 – I spoke
with Mary Lou from Shop-Rite and she is to call me back by Wednesday with the
information that we were requesting.
Bingo Night – Donna thanked Kathie Kelher for a great job on her Holiday Bingo
event. The cafeteria was packed and everyone had a great time. Donna also wanted to
thank Kathryn DIckman, Carly Boladz and Holly Caruso for volunteering their time to
help out. Kathie is in the process of setting a date for another Bingo night to be held
in the spring.
6. Enrichment – Bill announced that on Tuesday, February 15, 2011, a local author, Suzy
Kline will be here for an assembly for the students. She'll be doing two
interactive presentations, in order to cover all grades. He also has an assembly planned for
3/1/2011 for Black History Month and another one on 4/5/2011, recognizing Earth Day.
6. Bill Fitzgerald displayed a power point presentation from his meeting of the Parent Advisory
Council. This is where one representative from each school goes to meet with the Board of
Education to bring up their concerns. The topic of the new schools was discussed as well
as the financial planning and the community survey.
7. The PTO has a new email address that will be sent out to all parents so that they will be
able to contact us and vice versa. Heidi will be checking the messages daily. The email
address is firstname.lastname@example.org
8. The next PTO meeting will be on February 9, 2011. A reminder email will be sent out the
Monday before the meeting.
We have a lot of great events planned for the second half of the school year and we are
looking for volunteers to help out. Even if it is for a little while, every bit helps. If there is an
event that you would like to chair, please contact us – we will guide you through the initial
set up and then it is your event to run!!