Category: For 5th Grade

Cyber Safety – Principal Coffee

Dear Parents and Guardians of children in grade 4 and 5,

I would like to invite all of you to a Principal Coffee on Friday, November 20, 2015 from 8:30-9:15 a.m. in our Music Room. The goal of this meeting is to be proactive and review strategies that the school and families can and will do to help our students use technology and cell phones safely. Our Instructional Technology teacher, Lisa Vancans and our Library Teacher, Stephanie Golas will be presenting very important information. The intent of this meeting is keeping all of our children safe.

While we want to express our confidence and trust in our children, the Internet can be a very tricky and dangerous tool to navigate without the guidance and support of teachers and parents.

I look forward to seeing you on Friday, November 20th.  If you are unable to attend the coffee you will be able to access the the presentation on the Memorial-Spaulding website on Friday afternoon.

Best,

Lisa McManus

Principal Coffee- Cyber Safety

Dear Parents and Guardians of children in grade 4 and 5,

I would like to invite all of you to a Principal Coffee on Friday, November 20, 2015 from 8:30-9:15 a.m. in our Auditorium. The goal of this meeting is to be proactive and review strategies that the school and families can and will do to help our students use technology and cell phones safely. Our Instructional Technology teacher, Lisa Vancans and our Library Teacher, Stephanie Golas will be presenting very important information. The intent of this meeting is keeping all of our children safe.

While we want to express our confidence and trust in our children, the Internet can be a very tricky and dangerous tool to navigate without the guidance and support of teachers and parents.

I look forward to seeing you on Friday, November 20th.

Best,

Lisa McManus

Bus Packets

Dear Oak Hill Families of Incoming 6th Grade Students,

I have received some questions from parents about transportation information for next year. I spoke to the Director of Transportation, Regina Moody, and she shared the following with me. The transportation department will be sending out school bus packets for the 2015-2016 school year in the next two weeks. If you live more than 1.5 miles from the school you should receive a packet. If you live less than 1.5 miles from school, all the information will be available on the [ http://www.newton.k12.ma.us/Page/214 ]NPS Transportation website or http://www.newton.k12.ma.us/Page/214 by the week of July 13-17.

For incoming sixth grade students, all students who wish to ride the bus must obtain a pass, however, students in sixth grade who live further than 2 miles from the school will not have to pay the fee. Please remember all students who ride the bus must obtain a bus pass regardless of distance.

Thanks, John

Moving On Ticket Reminder

“Moving On” tickets

Due to limited seating, each family will get two tickets for two seats for the ceremony. If you have extenuating circumstances regarding tickets, please email Ms. McManus directly. Only people with tickets can use the seats. There will be standing room available in the back.

Lisa

Music Concerts

There are two upcoming spring concerts.

The 4th grade spring concert will be on Wednesday May 20th at 10am and 7pm.

The 5th grade spring concert will be at 9am and 7pm.

Students should wear regular clothes to school for the morning concerts. Evening dress code is black/dark bottoms and a white top. All students should report to the gym for 6:45pm. Hope to see you there!

Letter to Parents for PARCC

March 2015

Dear Families,

As you know, our third, fourth and fifth grade students will take the PARCC Performance-Based Assessment in both English Language Arts and Mathematics later this month.  This assessment is new and we continue to make the best preparations we can with the information received from the state. We are treating this year as a baseline experience for gathering information about both the test and our performance. We will use the results of the assessment to plan for growth in future years and determine if additional shifts in our curriculum are necessary.

Our goal is to guide students through this experience with as little stress as possible. To that end, students will explore practice tests to become familiar with the assessment format over the next two weeks. The following points are being emphasized as we introduce the practice test to students:

  • This is a new test that may replace MCAS. As we have made changes to what we teach, it was decided by the state of Massachusetts that schools would have the opportunity to try this test.
  • We know very little about the test because students have never taken it. As a result, students should do their best but know they may not feel totally successful or prepared and they may not finish the test. All of that is okay.
  • During practice test sessions, the primary goal is to learn the technology aspect of the test; navigate the testing site, use the tools, and learn how to answer the different types of questions for ELA and Math.
  • During the real test sessions, students should work through the test and do the best they can but remember that they are trying a test for the first time. The results will let us (teachers) know if we are focusing on the right things in our teaching.
  • Again, students may not finish the test, which is just fine.

As we continue to make a conscious effort to minimize the anxiety and stress students feel about the PARCC assessment, it will be important for them to receive a similar message at school and at home.

The testing dates for Memorial-Spaulding were predetermined by the district so additional Instructional Technology staff could be assigned to support the proctoring of the test. On the days we are administering the PARCC assessment to more than one grade level, one class will take the test in the morning while the other takes the test late morning or early afternoon. The exact time is based on the current schedule of the grade level. Classroom teachers will communicate the testing time to families. As a reminder the testing dates are as follows:

ELA:

Grade 3: March 23rd, March 25th, March 27th

Grade 4: March 23rd, March 24th, March 26th

Grade 5: March 25th, March 26th, March 27th

Math:

Grade 3: April 8th, April 9th

Grade 4: April 8th, April 10th

Grade 5: April 9th, April 10th

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Lisa McManus

Principal

Newton Educational Workshops

“Newton Educational Workshops is a student-run program at Newton South High School for 4th and 5th graders in Newton public schools. Every year, a group of dedicated high school students teach classes to the elementary students for five Saturdays between February and April. There are classes for everything, from arts and crafts classes to sports and cooking classes. This program has been running for over 20 years, and we would love to continue the program this year and involve even more students than last year. In addition, our program donates all proceeds to a different charity every year, and we are going to be donating to the Make-A-Wish Foundation this year.

To register, go to: http://newtonws.wix.com/homepageRegister immediately because the deadline is Thursday February 12th.

Please sign up for this great program by sending a check for $50.00 to Newton Educational Workshops and mailing it to:

Newton Educational Workshops

140 Brandeis Road

Newton, Massachusetts 02459″

Do you ever wonder what your child can do with their phone, iPod, computer or iPad?

5th grade Parents and Guardians,

Each year, as students enter 5th grade, the faculty and administration as well as parents face challenges with the use of technology. We have a comprehensive K-5 technology and safety curriculum we teach at school.  We feel strongly that it is important to inform and educate parents on exactly how their children are using modern technology, and how to keep them safe.

We are inviting you to come to an important meeting on Friday, January 30th from 8:30-9:30 in the Memorial-Spaulding auditorium to learn safety strategies from Stephanie Golas, Instructional Technology Specialist and Jessica Lodge, library teacher about what you do can do to support your child at home and reinforce responsible technology use.

Looking forward to seeing you,

Lisa

Understanding Our Differences

Understanding Our Differences – Units and Presentation Dates for this Year

Dear Memorial-Spaulding School Community:

I am writing to let you know about the dates and topics that Understanding Our Differences has scheduled for presentation to our students this school year. As you recall, Understanding Our Differences (UOD) is a nonprofit organization working in partnership with the Newton Public Schools since 1978 to provide a unique, creative disability awareness program for elementary school children in grades 3-5.~ Note that these units are presented to all of our students, who learn together in grade-level groups.

Dates for Grade 3

Blindness/Low Vision – February 5, 2015

Deafness/Hard of Hearing — April 2, 2015

Coordinated by: Jamie Robinson, jlcinflorida@yahoo.com

 Dates for Grade 4

Learning Disabilities – to be decided

Chronic Medical Conditions – March 26, 2015

Coordinated by: Amy Masters, amasters@hearst.com

 Dates for Grade 5

Autism — November 13, 2014

Intellectual Disabilities — January 22, 2015

Physical Disabilities — March 19, 2015

Coordinated by: Eafat Newton, fromeafat@hotmail.com

Please address any questions you may have about these presentations to Jenni Acosta, UOD Program Director, at jacosta@UnderstandingOurDifferences.org.

Parent volunteers are always needed. If you would like to help with these presentations, please contact our School Coordinators of the UOD program:

3rd grade: Jamie Robinson, jlcinflorida@yahoo.com

4th grade: Amy Masters, amasters@hearst.com

5th grade: Eafat Newton, fromeafat@hotmail.com

To learn more about Understanding Our Differences, please view the website here: www.UnderstandingOurDifferences.org.

Sincerely,

Lisa McManus

Principal