Message from the Principal

Dear Memorial-Spaulding Families,

We started MCAS testing last week with 4th grade taking their long composition test and the 5th grade taking the reading comprehension test.  I want to commend all the children for their hard work and perseverance during these testing days.  This week the 4th and 3rd graders will both take the reading comprehension tests.  The best way for you to help your child is to ensure that he/she gets a good night’s sleep, eats a healthy breakfast, and arrives at school on time. MCAS directions will be given at 8:45am and students will begin the tests at 9am. Thank you for your continued support. Please remember that one test is not the whole child!

Budget Information:
Please stay updated regarding the NEWTON SCHOOL COMMITTEE FY13 BUDGET CALENDAR.  Below are the meeting dates and times for this week:

March 26 (Regular & Special Meeting – FY13 Budget) – Ed Center
Monday Superintendent’s Report – 7:30 p.m. Further Discussion/Final Vote on FY13 Budget

March 29 Extra Date for FY13 Budget Discussion/Final Vote
Thursday (if necessary) 7:00 p.m. Ed Center

Literacy Morning
This week we sent everyone an invitation to our literacy mornings.
Grades 3-5 will be         Monday        April 2        8:45-9:30
Grades K-2 will be         Tuesday     April 3        8:45-9:30

School Council meeting
Monday, March 26    Conf. room    4:00-5:30
Discuss Theme B of the School Improvement Plan
Theme B: PROMOTE LOCAL AND GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP THROUGH COLLABORATION

Alla Mantsur        ELL teacher
Sergio Furtado        Parent of two children in the ELL program
Student Council School Climate Survey
Teacher Inclusion committee survey and next steps

Budget SY12-13
Technology Update
School Committee visit- April 27th at Principal’s Coffee

Parent Information: The Cinnamon Challenge

From Mayor Setti Warren and Newton Health and Human Service Department
There have been recent reports of young people engaging in an activity called “The Cinnamon Challenge.”  This practice is being promoted via social networking and in You Tube videos.  The challenge involves an attempt to eat or swallow a tablespoon of ground  cinnamon in under 60 seconds without drinking.  This often causes coughing, choking, gagging, watering of the eyes and burning of the mouth and throat. Dr. Karen Sadler, Newton’s School Physician, said the fad is dangerous, particularly for children with asthma or other respiratory conditions.  “For many kids this is probably just a game that would result in coughing and gagging, but others could inhale cinnamon into the lungs and require emergency care,” she said.  Another concern is an ingredient in cinnamon called cassia that may affect blood clotting, blood sugar levels, or worsen liver disease.  “I encourage parents to talk to their children about why this is an unsafe game,” Sadler said. “This is one of those hidden dangers children may be unaware of. We want all of our children to remain healthy and safe.”  Please call your school nurse if you have any concerns or questions.
Upcoming Important Dates:
ELA MCAS Gr. 3-5            March 20-April 2

Grade 4             Monday, March 26               ELA I        9-12
Wednesday, March 28        ELA II        9:00- 12:00

Grade 3    Thursday, March 29           Reading I        9:00 – 12:00

Friday, March 30               Reading II     9:00 – 12:00

Book Fair                April 2,3, and 4
Literacy Morning
3-5                Monday, April 2        8:45-9:30
K-2                Tuesday, April 3        8:45-9:30