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Linda Boyd                                 Chelsea Hunnewell                
Principal Linda Boyd               Assistant Principal Chelsea Hunnewell
     lboyd@londonderry.org                      chunnewell@londonderry.org

Deb Setterlund             
     Director of Special Education Debra Setterlund
dsetterlund@londonderry.org
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January 18, 2019

 

Upcoming events:

 

Kindergarten Registration for 2019-2010 – Through January 31, Monday – Thursday, 9:00 – 2:30

No School – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – Monday, January 21

Hawk Shop Wednesday, January 23 – Grade 1, 4 & 5* (Note the grade level change.)

Hawk Shop – Thursday, January 24 – Grades 2 & 3* (Note the grade level change.)

Let’s “Glow” Dance Friday, January 25, 6:30 – 8:00PM

Fifth Grade LMS Book Fair/Ice Cream Social - Wednesday, January 30, 6:00 – 8:00PM

PTA Box Tops Competition Ends – Friday, February 1

Girls on the Run - Registration Opens Friday, February 1

Fifth Grade Parent Transition Meeting - Tuesday, February 5, 7:00 – 8:00PM in the LMS Cafeteria

 

Dear Parents and Guardians:

 

We enjoyed our TIGER friends Wednesday morning! The theme this year was Brand New Day:  Encouraging young people to be more resilient and stand up for themselves and others.” This very meaningful and timely program was sponsored by the South School PTA. TIGER is Plymouth State University’s professional theater company (Theater Integrating Guidance, Education and Responsibility). TIGER also stands for the message of the production:  T – Take care; I – Imagine; G – Grow your confidence; E – Empathize with yourself and others and R – Respect yourself and others to show resilience. The delightful performance delivered a powerful message to our learners. Students seemed to really connect with the characters and the situations portrayed. Please ask your child about this wonderful production. We are the only school who has hosted them for every one of the sixteen years since their establishment.

 

On this topic, our Student Council is moving forward with the IGYB (I’ve Got Your Back) Campaign. This week, classes developed lists of behaviors that demonstrate kindness and ways to spread kindness in the classroom and throughout the school. Some students have created kindness posters for the hallways. Teachers have read books to children associated with kindness. Here’s a link for some book ideas:  www.firefliesandmudpies.com/powerful-books-kids-encourage-kindness/. Next week, Student Council members will be distributing kindness coins to classes as a way to recognize acts of kindness. When each class fills their jar with kindness coins, they will bring it to the lobby to fill the all-school kindness jar!

 

Our next big family event is coming next week! Don’t miss the Let’s GLOW Dance, sponsored by the PTA, on Friday, January 25 from 6:30 – 8:00PM. Wear your bright colors or white shirt to decorate (Glow in the Dark theme)! Come enjoy snacks and drinks, dance and make crafts with your family and friends. The cost is $10.00 per family. Reservations were due today, however we will continue to take them up to and including the night of the event. For planning purposes, we ask that you please RSVP as soon as possible.

 

Please note that since 4th Grade Chorus meets on Thursdays, there will be a new Hawk Shop Schedule starting this month:  Wednesdays:  Grades 1, 4 & 5 and Thursdays:  Grades 2 & 3.

 

Congratulations to our Reflections winnersRachel Bailey, Visual Arts Intermediate; Charlotte Rolfe, Literature Intermediate; Isabella Zemetres, Literature Intermediate; Caitlin Batts, Dance Choreography Intermediate; Lila Smith, Photography Intermediate; Isabella Smith, Photography Primary and our legacy contributor, Jake Smith, Photography Middle School. They will be moving on to the state wide exhibit in March!

 

Registration for Girls on the Run begins on Friday, February 1. This is a 10-week program for girls in grades 3, 4 and 5. They will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:15 to 4:45PM. The start date is Monday, March 18. Trained volunteer coaches use research-based curricula to teach foundational lessons through dynamic discussions, activities and running games. The program culminates with a 5K event. For more information, registration or financial assistance, please visit their website at https://www.girlsontherunnh.org.

 

Important Notice from Moose Hill Kindergarten:  If you have a child who will turn 5 years of age by September 30, 2019, please schedule an appointment with Theresa Bertrand at the District Office at 6A Kitty Hawk Landing, Suite 101 to register your child for Kindergarten. Appointments can be made Monday through Thursday, 9:00AM - 3:00PM (last appointment at 2:30PM) for the remainder of the month of January. If you are unable to schedule an appointment during January, the district is offering two other days in February and March:  Wednesday, February 6 and Tuesday, March 26, 1:00 - 8:00PM (last appointment at 7:30PM). If your child currently attends Moose Hill, you do not need to register them for Kindergarten.

 

Fifth Grade Parents:  The LMS PTO invites all fifth grade students and their families to join them for their LMS Book Fair/Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, January 30 from 6:00 – 8:00PM. This is an informal event and will provide an opportunity for students and parents to see and tour the middle school with Mr. Zacchilli! The following week, there will be a Parent Transition Meeting to sixth grade on Tuesday, February 5 from 7:00 – 8:00PM in the LMS cafeteria. This evening will entail a brief overview of the middle school programs/courses and also provide an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have. A separate letter from Mr. Zacchilli was emailed to parents last week.

 

A friendly reminder from the library:  There are still quite a few students whose library books have not been returned since coming back from the holiday break. Please look around at home for any that may have been misplaced. Thank you!

 

We just completed our fourth and fifth sessions with our Literacy Lab Model, wherein teachers observe a class that is working in a readers or writers workshop, followed by a debriefing session with the host teacher, who is Maria Del Rossi at South School. This is called job-embedded professional development. Last week, our first grade teachers participated in the Lab and this week our fourth grade teachers participated. The teachers learned some new strategies for implementing the workshop routine and structure, while being introduced to small book club work with Ms. Del Rossi’s second grade class. Though there is an age differential, the practices are universal. Maria has honed this teaching practice over many years through self-study of research-based reading and writing workshop instructional delivery models (Calkins, Collins, Feigelson, Jacobson, Keene & Miller) and has much to offer in this regard. We are grateful for her willingness to share her expertise with her colleagues and for the level of trust and respect shared among our teaching staff.

 

Sincerely,                            Enjoy the fresh snow and the three-day weekend! GO PATRIOTS!!!

 

Linda Boyd