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Mrs. Carroll’s Class: Our Inspiration

Another school year is coming to a close. As we watch each child leave our beautiful environment for the summer Ms. Kayser and I can’t help but remember their 1st days with us. It is always humbling to be a witness to their development.

While many of our children and families are returning, some will be moving on. To EVERYONE, regardless, we wish the best of summer and the best in the years ahead.

Thank you all for your inspiration. It is a beautiful thing to have a career and a passion come together!

With  peaceful hearts,

Samantha & Cindy


Lower Elementary – Cherishing each other

The last two weeks have moved very fast. The children have stayed focused and motivated to do their work right up until the last day of school, asking for new lessons and looking forward to work cycle time. We have wrapped up lessons, done final oral presentations on independent research, enjoyed field day with each other, and celebrated some special days during spirit week. One special activity was our bridge crossing ceremony. Our third year children each shared something special to them about their time in Lower Elementary and then, after hearing some words from their Lower Elementary teachers, crossed the bridge to be greeted by the Upper Elementary children and teachers.
We also celebrated many summer birthdays this week. We enjoy learning about one another by asking lots and lots of questions before writing a birthday poem. We end our celebration by singing a birthday song. We hope you enjoy the video of your joyful children singing to Simone. Thank you so much for all of the beautiful flowers and cards from you and your children.
We have had an amazing year with this incredible group of children. The year always goes by much too quickly. We will miss the children moving on and up and wish them nothing but the best. Each of the children hold very special places in our hearts. We hope you have a wonderful summer.

Mrs. Wilson- Fun Filled Week

Being a teacher is one of the most rewarding jobs out there. It was an honor to have been entrusted in the care of your child/children. I will miss their laughter, silliness and the unexpected hugs. Sharlene and I want to give a heart felt thank you to you all for the generous gifts you gave.

Lots of end of the year memories were made this last week. We had a blast using the parachute and doing the egg on a spoon race during field day! The crossing the bridge ceremony was beautiful and enjoying some time together on the playground was wonderful!

We hope you all enjoy your summer!

Cynthia and Sharlene


Mrs. Doyle’s Class: Make Your Summer Memorable!

 

It’s hard to believe we have completed the 2017-18 school year.  We wish you a summer filled with peace, love, happiness and the chance to make lifetime 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 makes 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

 

Michelle & Sonja


Mrs. Santayana’s Class: Have a Happy Summer!

 

This is our last week of school. As always, working with the children is such a pleasure.

We wish to thank you all for the wonderful experience. We would also like to thank you for your generous gifts! We wish you a safe and happy summer!

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!

With all our love, Mrs. Santayana and Mrs. Simmons


Middle School: The End of the Road

There are mixed emotions running their course throughout the middle school this week: laughter, tears, elation about the summer break, sadness over friends graduating, and nervousness over inevitable new beginnings. Graduation rehearsal really made this hit home on Thursday.

This week, ends were tied in all of the classes and fun was had. Some highlights were the rockets in 7th year and reaching the end of our novels in Humanities classes. Spirit Week, including Water Day, was a big hit!

It has been a pleasure to teach your children and reflect about them each week. Looking back at past blog posts, it is amazing to see all the wonderful experiences they have encountered this year. All of the middle school teachers have loved this group and we couldn’t imagine having more fun while teaching. They truly make our jobs a pleasure. We will miss each and every student this summer and look forward to meeting again in the fall.


Upper Elementary: Wrapping Up

 

As this school year comes to a close we recall many great memories shared with families, friends, teachers and students. Spirit week was a thrill as we enjoyed the themes of the day and participated in Field Day!

We wrapped up some final lessons, shared stories and many celebrations. This included our moving up ceremonies for the 5th Year students and the incoming 3rd Year students.

We ended last week with our last sandwich making event on Thursday. Thank you once again for the overall coordination by Michele Nieminen and the generous donations of food and supplies by parents to make this successful!

On this same day after school the students joined together for a large sport’s celebration with snacks, refreshments and playing games together. Thank you Liz Bashawaty for coordinating the donations and another thank you to those that contributed! We look forward to another fun-filled sports season beginning next fall.

Our final birthday breakfast of the year was a celebration of both June and July birthdays. This was a celebration for Ayden, Nadia, Logan and James. Thank you, Mary Knox for the additional breakfast snack!

Finally, we wish all of you a wonderful summer! As I told the fifth year class on their moving up day they are a very special group. They are like brothers and sisters to one another and we are going to miss their camaraderie in the Upper Elementary! This class is going to do great things!

With much love from your teachers, Mr. Comstock & Miss Hope


Keeping Summer Brains Active

This past week, Alison Kistner and I traveled to the Southbury Public Library where I presented on the topic “Preventing the Summer Slide.”  The talk focused on ways parents can help their children stay cognitively acute during the long, summer break.  Studies are consistent – children have the potential to lose two months of overall reading skills and one month of overall learning during the summer.  These numbers tend to be lower in higher income households, but there still is a negative impact.

Parents have a myriad of choices to help their child’s brain stay active during the summer.  Below are some of the options I shared in Southbury:

  • Become educated. Know your child’s developmental benchmarks before planning his or her summer learning.  Books like Chip Woods’ Yardsticks provides a summary of the cognitive, social, and emotional milestones children generally go through during certain times in their lives.
  • Make it fun! Children work hard at school.  Engage their interest and work in partnership with your children on fun ways to keep their brains active! 
  • Explore your local library. Many libraries even have free summer programs and offer online books. The American Library Association has great tips to make the most of your student’s trip to the library.
  • Encourage your student to read at least four to six books over the summer break. Research shows that reading just six books during the summer may keep a struggling reader from regressing. Make sure the material is age appropriate and matches the child’s interest and abilities.  Libraries often run summer reading programs that motivate kids to read, so find out what’s available in your area.
  • Read daily. Encourage your child to read something every day. Parents can help identify opportunities such as the newspaper, a magazine, recipes, an arts and crafts book, read to a sibling or friend, share a comic strip, while out in the car select a billboard or ad, and even a license plate. You don’t have to search far. The opportunities to read are endless.
  • Talk with your child’s teacher. Teachers can provide suggestions of grade level books and resources.
  • Read to your child. Reading aloud benefits all children (even in Middle School). Listening will help a child build listening comprehension skills with grade-level and above books. This will expand their experiences with text and will help them when reading alone.
  • Math websites. If you’re looking for a fun, web-based game for students, Calculation Nation from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is a wonderful resource. This is just one example; there are tons of awesome games. Also, check out Funbrain Math Arcade from Pearson, 10 Best Math Apps for Kids from Parents.com, and Cool Math.
  • Do science home experiments. The internet is filled with great websites to help parents plan easy and fun science experiments at home.  The local library and book store also should have wonderful books that provide step by step instructions on fantastic science experiments!  Some good ones are: The Everything Kids Science Experiments Book, Awesome Science Experiments for Kids, and Janice VanCleave’s 201 Awesome, Magical, Bizarre, and Incredible Science Experiments.

Summer is a wonderful opportunity for children to move at a different cognitive pace, but it doesn’t mean they should become disengaged.  Keeping their brains active and fresh will not only prevent the “summer slide” but will also keep learning alive and fun!