February News

posted Feb 7, 2014, 11:23 AM by Ellen Honan   [ updated Feb 9, 2014, 7:00 AM by Cathy Wolinsky-YES ]
Dear Families,

In spite of the frigid temperatures and indoor recesses, we have had a wonderful start to 2014. Mrs. Boutin’s class and Mrs. VanAlstine planned and presented our Community Meeting last week. The theme was Snow. We sang songs, made snowflakes, and acted out different winter activities. Perhaps this meeting brought the beautiful snow our way!

Our next Community Meeting is planned for the 100th day of school, which will fall on February 12. As part of our 100th Day Celebration, it has become our tradition to ask children to bring in 100 pennies, which we donate to a charity or organization in need. This year we would like to support the Coastal Humane Society in Brunswick. Starting next week, your child could count out 100 pennies at home to bring in a baggie to his or her teacher. As a classroom, and then as a school, we will count the pennies, which will be collected at our Community Meeting on the 100th day.

During these cold winter days, we have had many indoor recesses. The teachers have games, blocks, books, and arts and crafts activities for the students to enjoy. What we have observed is that many children have a difficult time taking turns, sharing, and losing. With a snowy forecast and an upcoming vacation, take some time to play board games and puzzles with your children. Not only are these fun family activities, games teach lifelong skills in working together and being a good sport. 

Getting plenty of sleep helps all of us, young and not-so-young, to be our best each and every day. Just like the rituals and routines we practice at Rowe as a Responsive Classroom school, a consistent bedtime ritual is vital to building healthy minds and bodies. Brain research tells us that an inconsistent bedtime is actually worse than a consistent late bedtime. At this age, a consistent early bedtime benefits children, teachers, and parents.

It may seem early to mention this, however, we will soon begin preliminary placement conversations. Over the next several months those adults who know your students very well expend extraordinary amounts of time, care, and thought in placement discussions, as it is essential that balanced groupings be created to provide equal opportunities for all students. We, therefore, do not honor specific placement requests. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

PTO has a new Facebook page.  Consider “liking” them on Facebook to stay informed.

Important dates and upcoming events to note:     

February 17-21                                          Winter Vacation

Ongoing, starting February 24             Kindergarten Registration for 2014-15 

Warm wishes,

Ellen Honan, Principal