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 Tardies support with this. Mr. David Huber September 96 October 118 Outstanding learning 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 here! 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! functioning independently within the classroom! News from Please continue to encourage them to try to do Kindergarten 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 year! phonics, we learned how to break words apart and Mrs. Clute and Miss blend them back together. Mahony 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 there. multiplication and division those products. We will Describe each in math and students will be combine the recipes into a adaptation and working on mastering their book and from these we will explain how it multiplication and division make a grade-level recipe allows the 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 etc. 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 Project Orientation Mrs. Rogan, Mrs. DeFeo, February 8th at 6:00 PM! Ms. Bolduc The 4th Grade Team Literacy News… 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 conferences. 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 regarding this. 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 27, 2011. 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 come. 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 email@example.com 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!!
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