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March 30, 2018


Good Afternoon,
It was a pleasure to see many of you during the parent/teacher conferences last week.  As always, we appreciated the dinner provided by the PTO.  Thank you for your contributions.  We loved having the delicious choices for lunch the next day.  

Signs of spring are all around.  Students were complaining "it is too hot" during recess, the snow banks are getting too small to slide down, patches of green are visible on the field (with a lot of mud), and it is time to start thinking about the Nab Lab gardens.  We are looking for interested volunteers to prepare the gardens and work with students during recess to plant seeds.  We need a facilitator to pick up where the Fresh Start Food Garden farmers left off.  Perhaps someone has a connection to the Westford Garden Club.

Spring also marks the time to order field day t shirts. This year orders will be placed online for students, parent volunteers, and staff.  The link to order will be posted on our website from April 2nd through April 8th.  At the same time, we will have the online volunteer sign up.  Please be aware, this will be the only opportunity for signing up!  Volunteers must have an approved CORI on file.  If you have any questions, please contact the field day committee at NabFieldDay@gmail.com.

Seen around school this week…
Kindergarten students are working on an Ezra Jack Keats author study focused on characters, identifying the problem and solution, and the author’s famous collage technique.
Pre-first students are learning combinations of ten and subitizing.  The ability to subitize is an important part of developing a strong mathematical foundation.
Ms. Telles is teaching first graders about texture.  They made “fuzzy” bunnies dipping small sponges into paint.  First graders continue to make connections (text to self, text to text, text to world) to help improve their comprehension.  As they draw on prior experiences to help them understand the text better, they become more active readers.
Second grade students are learning about the metric and US systems of measurement.  They are estimating, measuring, and comparing items in centimeters, meters, inches, feet, and yards.  Second grade students are also learning about the continents.  

We started our traditional Pennies for Patients compassion project this week.  Donations will be collected for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society until April 27th.  Last year we were proud to donated $719.74!

The Cradles to Crayons box is filling up.  Thank you for donating clothes and shoes for homeless children.  We are proud to support Michael Shyjan, 8th grader, in his Project 351.org initiative.  The mission is to give back, reach out, step up, stand together and build hope.  The collection continues through April 6th.

Next Wednesday afternoon is an early release day (12:20PM) for professional development.  Staff will continue to work in their professional learning community groups.  

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Have a wonderful weekend.

Respectfully,
S. DuBois










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