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Middle School: Wrapping Up & Spirit Week

It is an emotional time in Middle School during the last weeks. There is excitement for the upcoming summer and a break from school work, but there is also sadness over leaving friends and even the school. For our 8th graders, this was their last week at Fraser Woods. Some students joined the community in Middle School, and some in Kindergarten or Lower Elementary. While the anticipation of bigger high schools and new environments is something to look forward to, for some there is sadness and a feeling of leaving “home”.

We hope you enjoy your summer and, as always, we thank you for sharing your incredible children with us. It is truly a joy.

 

Peace & Love,

Michelle, Zak, & Megan


Mrs. Lopes’s Class: Happy Summer!

In the blink of an eye this challenging, as well as rewarding, school year has come to a close.  As we watch each child leave our classroom for the summer Mrs. Sharlene and I can’t help but remember their first days with us. It is always humbling to be a witness of the children’s growth and development throughout the school year.

While many of our children and families are returning, some will be moving on. To everyone, we wish you the best of summer and the best in the years ahead. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your help and cooperation throughout this journey of a school year that has been unlike any other.  We are so thankful to have gotten to spend this time with your children and know they will always have a special place in our hearts.  I will leave you with a poem that sums up our feelings at the end of the school year:

I have worked with your flower, and helped it to grow.

I’m returning it now, but I want you to know

This flower is precious, as dear as can be.

Take care of it, and you will see

A bright new bloom, with every day.

It grew and blossomed, in such a wonderful way.

In August, just a bud, then January, a bloom, now a lovely blossom

I’m returning to you.

Remember, this flower,

As dear as can be.

Though rightfully yours,

Part will always be with me!

Wishing you a peaceful, restful summer full of unforgettable memories!

Love,

Amanda and Sharlene


Mrs. Wilson: Beginning to End

The last blog of the school year. I can’t believe how quickly the school year came and went. Thank you to all the parents and caregivers for your support and for trusting us with your beautiful children. They have taught me so much and with that, I am happy to announce that I have completed my Infant/Toddler Montessori credential. So once again thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I now leave you with a gallery of photos for you to enjoy.

 


Lower El – Hello Summer!

How is it already the last day of school!? I think we can all agree this year flew by! As a tradition, we celebrated the time our third years spent in Lower Elementary. Each third year student shared something special to them about their time in Lower Elementary and then, crossed the bridge to be greeted by the Upper Elementary children and teacher. Afterwards, the first and second year students shared something they like about each third grader or something they will miss about them.

I have had an amazing year with this incredible group of children. The year always goes by much too quickly. I will miss the children moving on and up and wish them nothing but the best. Each child holds a very special place in my heart. I hope you have a wonderful summer!

Mrs. Doyle’s Class: What A Year!!!

The end of each school year is always an emotional time filled with wonder and pride at all that we accomplished and how much each child has grown.  This year it was nothing short of amazing!!!  The 2020-21 school year was a historic one and we all deserve a summer with time to just be. We wish all of you a summer filled with peace, love, happiness and the chance to make beautiful memories.  Enjoy the time with your loved ones and may you all have a chance to relax and enjoy a calmer time of year.  Thank you for sharing your children with us and thank you for all the behind the scenes help that made our year so much smoother!

We leave you with a poem that resonates deeply with us every single year.

Whose Child Is This?      

“Whose child is this?” I asked one day
Seeing a little one out at play.
“Mine,” said the parent with a tender smile.
“Mine to keep a little while
To bathe his hands and comb his hair
To tell him what he is to wear
To prepare him that he may always be good
And each day do the things he should.”

“Whose child is this?” I asked again
As the door opened and someone came in.
“Mine,” said the teacher with the same tender smile.
“Mine, to keep just for a little while
To teach him how to be gentle and kind
To train and direct his dear little mind
To help him live by every rule
And get the best he can from school.”

“Whose child is this?” I ask once more
Just as the little one entered the door.
“Ours,” said the parent and the teacher as they smiled
And each took the hand of the little child.
“Ours to love and train together
Ours this blessed task forever.”

—–Author Unknown

With much love,

Michelle & Lizette


Happy Summer!

Now that the end of the school year is here and I take a moment to reflect on all that we have accomplished over the last nine months, I am humbled by all we achieved.  Our community came together, protected each other, and flourished. For our children, our teachers, and our families, this has been a year of triumph, a year of success, and a year of growth. Our students were adaptable, responsible, and absolutely overjoyed to be together at school every day.

This time of year is certainly a happy time. The weather becomes more pleasant and we are all able to enjoy some time relaxing without being tied to the strict schedule of school, sports, dance, music lessons, scouts, etc.

As my first year as interim head of school comes to a close, I would like to thank all of you for your support, feedback and encouragement throughout this year. I look forward to next year and all of the promise and excitement a new school year brings. I am grateful for your dedication to FWM.

 Here is some information for you as the school year ends:

  • FWM teachers will send Summer Learning Resources and a Suggested Summer Reading List to all families next week.
  • Please encourage your children to read over the summer. Summer vacation allows us to relax, but is also a critical time to ensure students keep learning.
  • New school year instructions and supplies lists will be emailed to families in August. 

Wishing you and your family a happy, healthy, and fun-filled summer!

Stay safe, 

Gina


Upper El – Thanks for a great year!

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” -Aristotle

When I was sharing my thoughts on the school year in class today I told the kids that they are the best class I’ve ever had. It was such an incredible blessing for me to make the move to Upper El with the fourths and to gain a bonus year with the fifths. These children are such an amazing group of humans and I am truly grateful for the time I have spent with them.

For this last post of the 2020-21 school year, I will share their advice to incoming fourths and fifths.

  • A good way to start off your year is to have a lot of confidence when you come in because that will help when making friends. It will be hard at times, but just keep on trying. Some of the work can be hard and intimidating but that won’t be that big of a problem because you can do it. Try not to leave work until later because you can forget it and end up without it. You have to make sure to do your work.
  • Here are some tips on surviving fourth grade. 1. Plan ahead. Figure out days that you will work on assignments. That way you will never have an overdue assignment. 2. Your classmates can help you, not just the teacher. Ask your classmates for help. 3. Listen to the teacher. Don’t start to daydream. Focus on the teacher, that way you can remember the assignment.
  • Don’t wait around on work next year. Ask for help if needed. You may feel like you’re the youngest and the smallest, trust me, you have a grade number that most people think of as a baby, but you have a smart and big life to come.
  • You can work as hard as you can and complete as much as you can.
  • Finish your assignments and keep a pencil in your pocket when you get your work done.
  • I think how you’re going to be successful in fourth grade is by: 1. Being kind 2. Don’t be mean to anyone 3. Bring your homework to school 4. Have fun!
  • How to have a successful school year: You need to make friends, make jokes, and just have fun.
  • One thing to know about fifth grade is that anything can happen. One day you might be on decimals but the next day you might be on multiplication. So get your work done, focus, and listen the best you can.
  • My advice to you for next year in fifth grade is do your best and even if you think you can’t do it, just try and do it in the most fun way possible.
  • Get all your work done. Don’t be behind on work. Fifth grade is exciting, fun, you learn new work like fractions and decimals. Even if you mess up, Mrs. Sankey will help you do your best.
  • Let me tell you, being in fifth grade is very fun and exciting. I loved being in fifth grade because there is a new lesson to be learned every day. Also, with a great teacher such as Mrs. Sankey, she can also help you get to new academic levels you maybe thought you could never achieve.

Thank you for sharing your beautiful children with me!  I hope you have a fantastic summer!

With love,

Karen


Upper Elementary Field Day Fun

Our second to last week of the school year has been a full and fun one! We’ve continued having lots of wrap-up lessons to end the school year, but the highlight of the week was definitely Field Day. The fourth and fifth graders participated in lots of games carefully planned by Mrs. Pascarella involving two of their favorite elements: water and laughter. We ended the day with some refreshing ice pops.

Next week we will continue Spirit Week. Here is the schedule:

  • Tuesday, 6/1
    • Pajama Day
    • Choose your favorite, cozy pajamas.
    • Bring a favorite stuffed animal and your pillow.
  • Wednesday, 6/2
    • Wacky Wednesday!
    • Different shoes? Funky hair? Come to school with any style you consider wacky.
  • Thursday, 6/3
    • Decades Day OR Sports Day
    • This fun day allows you to style yourself from the 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s, or 90s for the day! Choose a fun outfit and hairstyle….OR
    • Wear clothing representing a team or sport of your choice.
  • Friday, 6/4
    • Movie Day
    • Dress up as your favorite movie character! (No costume masks please.)

Have a wonderful long holiday weekend!