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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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October 11, 2019

 

Upcoming events:

 

Eagle Scout Community Health Fair & Blood Drive! (Eagle Scout Brian Sullivan) – Saturday, October 12, 10:00–3:00PM at LHS

No School – Monday, October 14

Drama Club Organizational Meeting (Grades 4 and 5) – Tuesday, October 15, after school until 4:30

Picture Retakes – Wednesday, October 16

PTA Meeting Monday, October 21, 6:30, SS Library

Breakfast with Santa PTA Meeting Wednesday, October 23, 6:30 in the Library

Halloween Parade Thursday, October 31, 1:30

Donations for Veterans Day Baskets Due Date Monday, November 4

Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety Thursday, November 7, 6:30 – 7:30PM, Londonderry AMC Theater at 16 Orchard View Drive (appropriate for ages 10 years and up)

Warm Homes Donations Due – Tuesday, November 12

Hannaford Helps Schools Collection Ends November 30

 

Dear South School Families:

 

Once again our Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country Teams made us proud! They definitely showed POP – Perseverance, Ownership and Practice and STAMINA - in performing their personal best! We would like to thank all the families who came out to cheer on our children. We would also like to thank our coaches, Scott Lohnes, Leslie Schilling, and Shauna Massahos, for their fine training, which helped prepare our young runners for the mental and physical demands of the big race. We are especially proud of our team’s sportsmanship in encouraging all runners and clapping for all the schools.

 

Our top five finishers included, for the girls:  Bella Schreiner, Julia Morrison, Molly Leone, Lexi Padykula and Lianna Agri; and for the boys:  Sam Schreiner, Sully Daron, Caelum O’Loughlin, Gavin MacLean and Jack Collins. Our boys won the Elementary Boys’ School plaque and the girls finished in 2nd place overall! This was a memorable experience for all our runners who will be telling stories about that fall afternoon when they ran a mile with other Londonderry fifth graders.

 

Halloween at South School will be celebrated on Thursday, October 31. All grades will march in one long parade beginning at 1:30PM. Please be aware that costumes must be of a non-violent nature. Some suggestions might be:  fairy tale or Disney characters, storybook characters, sports players, seasonal figures (scarecrows or pumpkins), historical figures, career or occupational choices, or animals. Of course, we expect no blood, gore or weapons. Also, for safety purposes, face masks will not be allowed. We invite parents to stand in the front circle or on the edge of the blacktop on the playground to view the parade.

 

Many classes are keeping Choose Love Journals. This is a practice your family could do at home too. “Focusing on positive things can help change our feelings from scared to confident. We can use GRATITUDE to change our feelings from overwhelmed and nervous to calm. We can also take “gratitude time-outs” when we feel very happy or excited, as a way to celebrate all the good things in our lives.” (Scarlett Lewis, 2017) Scarlett Lewis describes gratitude time-outs as a time “when we drop everything we’re doing to make a gratitude list. We take gratitude time-outs when we need to focus on the positive things in our lives.” Our Choose Love Journals are a perfect place for our gratitude lists.

 

Look for some of these books on GRATITUDE:

All the World - Liz Garton Scanlon

An Awesome Book of Thanks - Dallas Clayton

Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? - Dr. Seuss

Just So Thankful - Mercer Mayer

The Secret of Saying Thanks - Douglas Wood

Splay Says Thank You - Rob Scotton

Thanks A Million (Poems) - Nikki Graves

The Berenstain Bears Count Their Blessings - Stan Berenstain

The Giving Tree - Shel Silverstein

The Thankful Book - Todd Parr

Those Shoes - Maribeth Boelts

The Most Thankful Thing - Lisa McCourt

Gratitude Soup - Olivia Rosewood

Bear Says Thanks - Karma Wilson

It Could Always Be Worse - Margot Zemach

There’s a Flower at the Tip of My Nose Smelling Me - Alice Walker

Milo Armadillo - Jan Fearnley

Last Stop on Market Street - Matt de la Pena

Our Student Council is sponsoring a fundraiser for the “Gift of Warmth”. This agency provides funds for home heating to families in need. Our council members will be making announcements a few days a week to remind our learners to bring in just one dollar for this cause. They will also be visiting classrooms to talk about “Warm Homes”. They are starting earlier this year to be more ready for the cold season. All donations are due by Tuesday, November 12.

South School will be joining all the Londonderry schools in providing gift baskets for veterans who attend the annual Londonderry School District Veterans Day Breakfast on Saturday, November 9. Our themes are “Winter Warm-Up” and “Movie Mania”. If you would like to donate an item, gift card or money towards this collection, please join us in making our local veterans feel appreciated for their service to our country. The donation deadline is Monday, November 4.

Londonderry, Merrimack, Salem and Hudson School Districts are excited to present Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety, an IndieFlix production. This film is appropriate for parents AND their children ages 10 and up. According to a National College Health Assessment survey given to teens ages 13-17, anxiety and depression are “major problems” for 70% of them. With teens viewing anxiety as having such a strong impact on their own and their peers’ lives, our Londonderry System of Care is recognizing the importance of listening to our youth and supporting them where they’re at. We would encourage parents with children in the fifth grade or higher to attend this free event on 11/7 at the Londonderry AMC Theatre to bring awareness to and an understanding of the rise in anxiety and the strong impact it has. For more information on the survey mentioned above visit http://neatoday.org/2018/03/28/the-epidemic-of-student-anxiety/. To view the trailer of Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety visit https://angstmovie.com/trailer/.

Breakfast with Santa will be here before we know it! Many local businesses contribute significantly to our Breakfast with Santa Raffle, coming on Saturday, December 7. If you have contact with possible donors to the raffle, please contact me at lboyd@londonderry.org.

 

We are planning to send invitations to local senior citizens to join us, free of charge, for Breakfast with Santa. If you have a senior citizen in your family who might enjoy receiving a personal letter from one of our students, please email me (lboyd@londonderry.org) or call me (432-6956, extension 5204) with their contact information.

Look for the South School slot in the Hannaford Helps Schools collection tower, located at the front of the Londonderry store, to submit the School Dollars! Thank you for your support! This program ends November 30.

Enjoy the 3-day weekend!

 

We Choose Love,           

 

Linda Boyd

Principal