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November 17, 2017
Good Afternoon,
Were your child(ren) a little more tired after this 5 day week?  As I visited classrooms this week, I observed:

  •         *  kindergarten students stretching words, listening for sounds, and writing stories.  They also explored books during read to self.
  • *  pre-first students sorting leaves by properties, and learning about balance by weighing a variety objects on scales.
  • *  first grade students refining small moment stories by adding transition words, and discovering the difference between maps and globes.   
  • *  second grade students enjoying a read aloud.  In addition, second graders were practicing telling time with versatiles, board games, card games, and ipad apps.
Thank you for collecting the Box Top coupons.  Mrs. Carroll reported the current total for November is 1,007 coupons.  Mrs. Richard's class is in the lead with 152, followed closely by Mrs. Quinn's class with 144.  Which class will have the most Box Top coupons by the end of the month?  Please be sure to add your child's name to the collection sheet or in the baggie.  We had 412 coupons without a name.

We look forward to meeting with families next Monday and Tuesday for the first term parents/teacher conferences.  Thank you for following the online scheduling procedures outlined in the letter sent home on11/1/17 as well as included in the 11/9/17 email message.  

The conference schedule changes the daily routine.  School will not be in session on Monday, November 20th between 9:00 -11:00AM.  A day care option is available, in the cafeteria, during the 2 hour delay.  Mrs. Harrison's before school program (7:00-9:00AM) will not be available.  In addition, there will be no morning kindergarten classes.  Extended day kindergarten is available to both morning and afternoon classes at 11:00AM.  

We do not have school next Tuesday, November 21st.  Conferences are scheduled between 2:00-8:00PM.  

Mrs. Donaldson and Mrs. Berlinski had a successful first week running the Scholastic Book Fair with many volunteers.  The fall book fair is sponsored by the Parent Teacher Council and is supported by volunteers.  We are grateful to have so many parents joining library classes to assist students.  The book fair will be open next Monday and Tuesday.  Please stop by.

Next Wednesday, November 22nd we look forward to our second Race for Education event.  The students will walk, jog or run around the back field.  They will also have the option to take a break at the following stations located in the middle of the field:  jump rope, hula hoop, and dance.  

We need volunteers to help set up, greet visitors at the sign in table, and monitor the course and stations.  Can you help out?

So far the weather report looks promising.  We have our fingers crossed!  Please be sure your child dresses warmly, wears sneakers, hats and gloves, and brings a water bottle.  If it rains, we will move the event indoors.  In this case, unfortunately families will not be able to participate to minimize disruption to the instructional morning and for safety reasons.

The schedule is below:
9:30-10:00      morning, afternoon, full day and extended day kindergarten classes
10:05-10:50     first grade and multi-age classes
10:55-11:40     second grade classes

Several dedicated Race volunteers have continually worked together totaling the Paypal donations and the checks received.  Once again, the Nabnasset School has been blessed with incredible support and generosity.  As of 11/15 we have collected $9,046.  The funds will be used to enhance the playgrounds with a swing set and picnic tables.  The ipad carts we purchased with the Race funds last year are used daily in all grade levels in a variety of ways.  

Remember, Wednesday is an early release day.  Students will be dismissed at 12:20PM.  The morning kindergarten classes will be in school for a longer morning.  They will go home on the buses with the pre-first, first and second grade students.  There are no afternoon classes.

The Square 1 Art catalogs were sent home this week.  Be aware, we have a short ordering period.  The deadline is November 21st.  

Have a wonderful weekend.

Respectfully,
S. DuBois




Nabnasset School    99 Plain Rd, Westford, MA 01886    Tel: (978) 692-5583    Fax: (978) 392-9618

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