Dear Newman Families,
It was another fabulous week at the Newman School! Many thanks to the Newman PTC for their generous donation of Amazon gift cards for classroom supplies to
all of our Newman teachers--we appreciate your support. As a reminder, please be sure to ask your children to check the Newman lost and found--it is growing daily with many lovely hats, coats, and gloves, which children are sure to need next week. We hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Newman School Report Card
Attached is the 2013 Newman School Report Card for your review. Please contact Jessica Peterson if you have any questions.
5th Grade News
Over the last two years, Middle School
teachers and students have been engaged in an exciting 1 to 1 iPad Pilot. Participating cluster teachers in 7th and 8th grade have taken bold steps in re-envisioning their teaching through technology and we have seen positive differences in student learning as a result.
Students, teachers and parents reported that pervasive access to technology has had a positive impact on student organization, more frequent peer collaboration and the benefit of immediate access to information. Students remarked that the iPads are a great device that allows you to learn things in ways you couldn't before and teachers reflected that because of their access to resources, [students] can be more creative in their work. 1 to 1 isn't just a great sounding slogan. Our experience and research suggests that 1 to 1 computing produces impressive results for student learning.
These positive teacher and student learning experiences have led us to take our next steps towards fully implementing a 1 to 1 iPad program, with a parent-supplied device, at the Middle School. Pending School Committee approval and with sufficient family participation, the program, iLearn: Anytime Learning, Anywhere!, would begin in grade 6 in the 2014 - 2015 school year.
We are choosing to start at High Rock so that students can use the device for their
three years at middle school. Our focus will be on using the iPad to help students develop strategies for organizing their learning as they enter the middle school environment and begin adjusting to having a teacher for each subject area. Over time, our hope is to significantly reduce the number and size of binders that students are carrying around in their backpacks. Ultimately, we would like to be able to provide students with digital versions of their textbooks.
Our intent is that clusters that are currently using the iPads at Pollard would continue to do so during the 2014-2015 school year as colleagues at grade 7 spend the time learning about new possibilities in teaching with the iPad and preparing for the arrival of the High Rock students in the following year.
We realize that this message brings many questions to mind, from logistics to financing. In upcoming weeks, we will be providing you with detailed information about this initiative as well as opportunities for you to learn about what teachers and students have been doing. For now, we just want to make you aware of this exciting possibility and what we hope is on the horizon for your child.
Director of Technology and Innovation
Stay tuned for information regarding our "Newman Parent Math Night" hosted by Lindsey Sawyer, Newman Math Coach. We hope that this event will give parents more information on ways to support their children with the Think Math! program and how to foster the love of math!
The Hour of Code campaign is a massive campaign to recruit 10 million students across the globe to try one hour of coding during Computer Science Education week,
December 8-14. Some of your children will have the opportunity to participate at school. I encourage you to take a look at the website and decide if you would like them to try it at home as well. I have included a flyer for additional information.
Instructional Technology Specialist
Please save the Winter Concert Date: Wednesday, January 28th at 9:45 a.m. in the Newman Auditorium
Check out our two music program websites:
Ms. Tryon at heathertryonmusic.weebly.com/
Winter Weather is Here!
Ready or not, the cold weather has arrived. Please remind your students to dress for the weather--we believe activity for young students is very important, and conduct outdoor recess whenever possible and safe to do so. This means students should bring boots, gloves, hats, and heavy coats so that they may participate in our recess. In addition, if your child walks to school or rides a bike, please encourage them to dress warmly. Often, students arrive 5 minutes prior to the building being open and will need to wait outside until supervision arrives--please
ensure that they are dressed appropriately for this time. Finally, we have attached the district No School 2-Hour Delay procedures for your review in the event that school is cancelled or delayed due to weather conditions--please make sure all of your PowerSchool information is up to date so that you receive this important information.
The Giving Project
This year the Newman School will again participate in The Giving Project. This is open to all of the staff and parents of the Newman community. Mittens will be displayed outside our library and each will have a label of a needed gift card for one of our Newman families. Please consider taking a mitten with you. Any amount is appreciated! Return your gift card by December 16th with the mitten attached and place it into the donation box located at the main office. All of the gifts collected will be distributed to Newman families by Ms. Reid, Ms. Murphy and Ms. Person.
Thank you for your helping hands!
Arrival and Dismissal News
The Needham Police Department reminds all visitors that parking in a handicapped parking spot without required tags is illegal and punishable by fine. Please use Newman Visitor parking during the hours of 9:15 am-2:30 pm or the back parking lot for arrival, dismissal and
other needs. PRESCHOOL Parking is reserved for PRESCHOOL PICKUP and DROP OFF only!! Thank you!
Arrival to School by Car:
If you choose to drive your child to school we strongly encourage you to utilize our driveline for drop off and pick up. However, if you choose to park your car and drop off your child please know that you must then walk your child across the driveline crosswalk. We believe it is not safe for children to be unattended in the parking lot and have had several scary situations in the past.
If you use the driveline -
- Pull all the way to the end of the driveline - this allows us to unload many cars in a short period;
- Please stay in your vehicle. If your child needs help getting out of the car an adult roll down your window and an adult will help.
Education Begins at 9AM:
Just a reminder to all families that our school day at Newman starts at 9:00AM. By 9:00AM your student should be in their classroom. If your child arrives at school after 9:00AM they are marked tardy and will likely miss the first instructional activities of the day. If your child walks to school please make sure that they leave with enough time to get here. Students who are chronically tardy will receive direct communication from the school.
Walking and Parking on
If your children walk to school please remind them to walk on the sidewalk. There are several roads in our neighborhood (such as Smith, Pond, and Gay Streets) that are private ways and do not have sidewalks. Some students have been in the habit of walking down these streets amidst the traffic or cutting across our neighbors' lawns. We ask you to help us teach the children to be safe community members and good neighbors!
In order to volunteer in the Needham Public Schools, we require that adults have an up to date CORI on file with the school (CORIs are good for 3 years). Many parents have sent in a completed CORI form, but in order to complete the process we need to to take a copy of your driver's license. Please stop by the front office and we will gladly make a copy and submit your CORI application. In the interest of student safety, this process is mandatory before you can participate as a volunteer.
Thank you for your cooperation!
A new Law enacted in early 2013, An Act Relative to Influenza Awareness (MGL c.111, s.229, Chapter 431 of the Acts of 2012), requires elementary and secondary schools and providers of early education to distribute information regarding annual flu vaccination for children 6 months to 18 years of age. The attached flyer may be used to meet requirements of law.
Thank you for your attention,
Shop Amazon for the Holidays and Support Newman!
The Newman PTC has worked with Amazon to provide a dedicated link that will allow Newman to receive 8.5% of everything that is spent
there. You can still use your Prime membership and the shopping experience is exactly the same. The only difference is how you start:
--Click the Amazon logo and shop as you normally would
--Bookmark the link for ALL your future
This will be available all year long, but why not take advantage during the holidays? Happy Shopping!!
Be sure to get the latest news from about the Newman PTC. Go to http://newmanptc.org for more information! Have you signed up for the PTC email newsletter? Sign up here to get the latest information
on upcoming events:
Honor Someone Special this Holiday: NEF Teacher Appreciation Card Orders Due Dec 13!
â€˜Tis the season to honor a special teacher or other important person in your childâ€™s life by making a donation in his or her name to the Needham Education Foundation (NEF). NEF Teacher Appreciation Cards make it simple to show your gratitude while supporting innovation and excellence in Needham Public Schools.
There are three ways to give:
1) Have the NEF send a Teacher Appreciation Card to your designated honoree(s) for a minimum donation of $15 each, $30 for a Pollard or High Rock cluster or honor 5 special people for $60.
2) Order NEF Teacher Appreciation Cards to personalize yourself and hand deliver. Single cards are $15 each, or purchase a pack of 5 for $60.
3) Donâ€™t worry if you miss the online deadline. Stop by Taylorâ€™s Stationery in downtown Needham (with cash or check) to pick up cards to personalize yourself and hand deliver.
How to Order
Visit www.nefneedham.org to order cards and pay online by PayPal or by check. The deadline for online orders is December 13th. About The NEF The NEF is an independent, community-based, not-for-profit organization that raises funds for the enrichment of public school children in Needham. Since 1990, the NEF has funded more than 420 grants totaling more than $1.9 million to promote innovation and excellence in education, including the largest grant in its history to launch interdisciplinary learning at the High School. To learn more about the Needham Education Foundation and how you can support it, please visit www.nefneedham.org.
Confused about conference days, early release and delayed openings? Please check this listserv and the district calendar for the Early Release and Delayed Opening dates. In terms of KASE, on Kindergarten Conference Days that are also early release days, there will be AM KASE until 12:30 and NO PM KASE those days. On Kindergarten Conference Days that are NOT early release days, AM KASE begins at 9 and PM KASE begins at 11:30. On Delayed Openings, AM KASE arrives at 11 am and PM KASE comes at 11:30 (parents most provide transportation). We have included all of the dates below for your convenience. Please be sure to check in with your child's teacher
if you have questions. Thanks!
12/10--Early Release, students dismissed at 12:30--NO PM Kindergarten and NO PM KASE
Dates to Remember:
12/10--Early Release Day (students dismissed at 12:30; no PM Kindergarten or KASE)
12/23-1/1--Winter Break! No School!
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