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Principal Boyd                                       Assistant Principal Chelsea Hunnewell

                   Principal Linda Boyd Assistant Principal Chelsea Hunnewell

lboyd@londonderry.org                             chunnewell@londonderry.org

April 14, 2017                       

Upcoming Events at a Glance: ‚Äč

Easter Family Fun - Saturday, April 15, 9:00AM – 12:00PM, LHS Gym

School Spirit Week – April 17 – 21

                Monday – Mustache Day

                Tuesday – Sports Day

                Wednesday – Career Day

                Thursday – School Spirit Day

                Friday – Purple Up Day - Purple Up for Military Kids!

PTA Meeting – April 18, 6:30PM

Greek Mythology – 5th Grade KEY – Tuesday, April 18, 7:00PM, MPR

Administrative Professionals Day – Wednesday, April 19 (celebrated at South School)

Hip Hoppin’ Hawks Evening Performance – Thursday, April 20, 6:30PM

Spring Vacation – April 24 – 28

Third Grade SBAC Testing - Tuesday, May 2 – Friday, May 5

Sum-It Packets Due – Tuesday, May 9

BINGO Night! – Thursday, May 11, 6:30 – 8:00PM

 

*For a full list of events, visit http://www.southschoolpta.org/pta-event-calendar.html

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

In addition to School Spirit Week, we will be celebrating National Library Week next week! Along with their story time, first and second graders will each have a turn at the Mystery Box, where they will try to guess various library/technology items without seeing them. Then, by contrast, they will spin a wheel of pictures containing old/obsolete technology to test their knowledge of these “antiques”. Third, fourth and fifth graders will be challenged by an activity that is modeled after the escape room concept. BreakoutEDU encourages learners to work collaboratively with their classmates in order to find clues, in this case around the library, to help them solve puzzles which will, in turn, unlock a series of locks on a box. The result is the breakout. The idea is to foster cooperation, communication, creative problem solving and critical thinking.  It also cultivates grit, as each unsuccessful attempt to open a lock forces the players to try again. The librarians are very excited to try this out with our learners! Be sure to ask them about their experience with it.

 

We thoroughly enjoyed our fourth grade Images of Greatness KEY presentations this week. It was no surprise that our students displayed such polish and professionalism! The fourth graders portrayed their famous person in the costume of their time and recited first person accounts of their eminent lives. We look forward to our fifth grade KEY Greek Mythology presentations next Tuesday evening. We would like to thank Laura Lee for her guidance of the students’ projects.

 

Our Band, Orchestra and Chorus wowed us with a fabulous performance last night. We so appreciate their tremendous growth as musicians.

 

We are beginning to plan for our Memorial Day Ceremony on Friday, May 26. We would like to invite members of our military families to join us on that day. Please let us know if you have a serviceman or service woman in your family.

 

Our third graders will begin their Smarter Balanced Assessment testing the week we get back from vacation. If you have a scheduled appointment during your child’s testing days, please contact Chelsea Hunnewell (chunnewell@londonderry.org or 432-6956, extension 5203) so that we can plan for your child’s make-up testing. The schedule is as follows:

Third Grade:  May 2 – 5 & May 8 - 12

Fifth Grade:  May 11 & 12 and May 15 -19

 

The LHS Class of 2020 will be hosting Easter Family Fun, tomorrow, from 9:00AM – 12:00PM in the LHS Gymnasium. There will be an Easter Egg Hunt (11:30AM), visits with the Easter Bunny ($3.00 and bring your own camera), crafts and more! This is a free event for children 12 and under, though donations are welcome. Bring your own basket! Please email any questions to atebbetts@londonderry.org or hlafore@londonderry.org.

 

"Purple Up! For Military Kids" will be celebrated on Friday, April 21. This day provides an opportunity for us to recognize and honor our youngest heroes, military children. In New Hampshire alone, there are nearly 5,200 military children. Why purple? Purple symbolizes the combined colors of all branches of the military - Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red, and Navy blue. Here at South School, we have our All-School Meeting and Jump Rope performances scheduled for that day as well. What a great day for us to collectively show our purple solidarity!

 

Final Sum-It packets have been sent home and are due back by May 9. Students who complete all three packets will receive a certificate and a small prize.

 

We will be acknowledging our office professionals on Wednesday, April 19. The actual National Administrative Professionals (Secretaries) Day will be celebrated on the 26th which is while we are on vacation. We are so lucky to have such dedicated office staff here at South School – Josephine Simboli, Diane Fisher and Donna Stahl. They are our frontline personnel who assist staff, parents and visitors throughout the day, every day. Let’s let them know how much we appreciate them next week.

 

This week, Riley Sylvestre was awarded the GOLDEN “R” for his authentic act of respect. Riley noticed that there were plastic bottles and other items in the South School Garden. Riley took the initiative to remove the items from the garden and throw them away. Thank you, Riley, for your genuine respectfulness and kindness.

 

Sincerely,

 

Linda Boyd