As a culmination to our Play to Learn and Learn to Play theme, CES families were invited to an evening of Pizza and Play on June 1. Approximately 115 people participated in a variety of games and activities including Pictionary, Scattergories, Yahtzee, math card games, old fashioned top spinning, the parachute, Lincoln Logs, and Legos. Fun and games were followed by a book give away and a pizza dinner. Families also went home with dice, cards, and a packet of math games for the summer. This enjoyable evening was funded by consolidated federal grant monies and CLiF (the Children’s Literacy Foundation). A great big thank you to all participants, helpers, and sponsors!
Central Elementary School was a proud recipient of the Children’s Literacy Foundation’s (CLiF) Year of the Book grant for the 2015-2016 school year. CLiF’s Year of the Book provides $25,000 worth of literacy programs, support, and new children’s books over one school year to help build a culture of literacy in elementary schools across New Hampshire and Vermont. This program targets schools that have a high percentage of students scoring below proficient in literacy assessments, and a high percentage of students receiving free/reduced lunch. To learn more about CLiF and the Year of the Book, please visit CLiF’s website. Happy Reading!
Last week, Mrs. Pickering and Mr. Lawry took some CES students to Walpole to spy on the Chickens.
Watch their surveillance footage!
During the morning of Friday, February 17th, Central School invited several members of the community in to school to share how they use math in their daily jobs! A dentist, a veterinarian, a labor & delivery room nurse, a farmer, a bookseller, a banker, a bike repairman, and an engineer were among the guests who shared their use of math with CES students!
On February 6th, Mrs. Pickering took the stage at Monday Morning Meeting to announce the third annual Rockin’Ham 5K, to be held on Saturday, April 8th!! With that news, Hetty the Hamster came running onto the scene, ready for what she called the Rockin’Hamster!! Mrs. Pickering set Hetty straight, letting her know that she can register for the 5K but it won’t take place for two months! Registration forms went home with students on Monday, and student registration for the event is only $8. The big news is that there is a new race course, and it will start and end at CES…AND be MUCH flatter! There will also be a raffle with a long list of great prizes!! Students will get raffle tickets to sell during March. Mr. Lawry will be having Rockin’ Runners club again this year, and he will announce the details after February vacation. In the meantime, Mr. Lawry led us in some warm-up exercises….just the first of many warm-ups for the big day!! Get ready!!
Fiddlesticks, a string ensemble from the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, performed at Central School on Friday, February 10th, to the delight of students and staff alike. They brought all the members of the string family: the violin, the viola, the cello, and the double bass, and they performed music from several different composers. Students tried to identify the animals different composers were portraying with their music; one was the swan, one was the mosquito! They learned about musical pieces with repetitive phrases called rondos, and one student even got to try out the violin!! Many thanks to Mrs. Daigneault and the Vermont Symphony Orchestra for bringing Fiddlesticks to Central School!
On January 9th, at Monday Morning Meeting, the third graders shared some of the poems they have been writing during their recent poetry unit. Students have been writing haiku, cinquain, acrostic, and rhyming poems. They have been placing them on white circles on a tree shape in the third grade hallway. They have made a poet-tree with their poetry! Here are a couple of the poems:
Moon (by Kiera)
High up above us / Disappearing in the clouds / We all say good night.
Special Season (by Kyleigh)
Important for flowers
Nature is beautiful
Ninjas (by Henry)
In the dark night, but
Now they are gone in
Ancient history by they
Still are not forgotten.
CES students and staff are supporting Joaquin, a fourth grader sick with leukemia. He has been in the hospital since November 1st. He will come back to school when he is feeling all better. The fourth graders made cards and banners for his hospital room, and they are preparing activity bags for him for each week he is in the hospital. The third graders raised some money for the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth where he is being treated. Everyone at Central School is thinking of Joaquin and supporting him and his family in fighting leukemia.
The first and second graders are using the 7 habits during reading block in Mrs. Bolotin and Miss Cloues’ classroom! Miss Cloues said, “I think I am seeing better reading every day. I also think that the kids love to pick special choices to do!”
Mrs. Bolotin said, “I like when the kids get to earn a point almost every day. I love to see them earn 10 stars and get to pick something fun to do.”
Kamdyn said, “I like when the kids in reading block work together and do the 7 habits.” The first and second graders are working hard to earn points to do special things. They are remembering to do the 7 habits!