Friday, June 15, 2018

SUMMER READING PROGRAM

Summer Reading

Dear Families,
         
It’s hard to believe that another school year is over! Your child has worked very hard this year in Reader’s Workshop developing strong reading habits, building their reading stamina, and choosing “just right” books that fit their interests and reading level. Please help us ensure this great reading practice continues over the summer. Research has proven that the impact of summer reading loss can be significant. Students who do not read over the summer can lose as much as 22% (2 months of school) of their reading level! You can help prevent this summer reading loss by encouraging your child to read over the summer. Try to have them read something everyday. It can be a book, magazine, a recipe or even a menu. Every word counts!

Help your child choose “Just Right” books by visiting my website. You can access my website by visiting https://clarke.swampscottps.org/. Click on resources. Under that tab, click teacher sites and choose Ms. Anderson. My website includes student & parent resources as well as all of the summer reading information.  Any student who returns their “Summer Reading Passport & Postcard” will receive a prize and a summer reading certificate. As an added incentive, the PTO will provide each student with a free book during the Scholastic Book Fair.

Thank you for supporting our efforts as we continue to foster the value and enjoyment of reading. Have a safe and fun-filled summer.

Sincerely,
Paula Anderson
Literacy Specialist
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•  Don’t view reading as a chore
Create a positive environment for reading so that children look forward to it. You don’t
have to read, you get to read!                                                                                                                               
•  Reading doesn't have to only be books
Get a magazine about your child’s favorite hobby, turn on the captions and turn down the
volume on the television, look for information on the web.     
                                                                              
•  Your day to day routines can provide reading experiences
cooking, using the phone book, reading instructions for a new game,and reading maps or
brochures for your vacation spots are all authentic reading experiences
                                                                                                                     
•  Read during transitions times
Get some more reading time in during the drive to Grandma’s house or while waiting for the
dentist.
                                                                                         
•  Keep reading those old favorite
Reading books that are a little easy or are even memorized build confidence and fluency.
                                                                                   
•  Read to your child
You get quality time with your child, you are a great reading model and you have the
opportunity to talk to your child.   
                                                                                   
•  Talk about books
Ask your child open-ended questions such as “What do you think about that story? “
“What would you have done if you were that character?”  
                                                                                         
•  Visit the library
Not only can the librarian help you find
good, interesting books for your child, but they probably have a summer reading
program your child can participate in.    
                                                                                      
•  Support your child’s writing
There is no better letter/sound practice than writing. Provide supplies and opportunities for
your child to write—letters, lists, messages, vacation journal or scrapbook, etc.
Don’t worry about spelling—just praise your child’s efforts.    
                                                                                   
Information from: Mraz, Maryann & Rasinski, Timothy V. (2007). Summer Reading Loss.
The Reading Teacher, Vol. 60 (No. 8), 784-788.

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Online Books and Interactive Websites
                                                                       
Storyline Online - http://www.storylineonline.net

International Children’s Library -
http://en.childrenslibrary.org

PBS Kids -
http://pbskids.org

Starfall - http://starfall.com

Book Adventure - http://bookadventure.com

Magic Keys - http://magickeys.com

Abcya - http://abcya.com

Fun Brain - http://funbrain.com

Primary Games - http://primarygames.com/reading.php

Education.com - http://education.com/games/reading
                                                 
Mrs. Nussbaum - http://mrsnussbaum.com/readingpassageindex/
 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Spring Health Newsletter


Spring Health Newsletter

Spring is here and the glorious weather comes with health concerns…

Allergy Season is Upon Us!
Allergies can cause a multitude of symptoms including sniffling, sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes, puffy eyes, post nasal drip, headaches and earaches, to name a few. Be sure to consult with your doctor about the best treatment options and limit your time outdoors on the days your allergen counts are high. You can check daily particulate counts on www.pollen.com.   Be sure to take prescribed medications as indicated to get your day started right! Practice handwashing and keep hydrated for extra care. Don’t forget to send in a water bottle for your child every day.

Insects and Other Pests
Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac contain oil causing an allergic skin reaction that looks like swollen itchy red bumps and blisters appearing wherever the oil has touched the skin.  Check the areas around your home and teach your kids to recognize and avoid it. (Leaves of 3, let them be)

Stinging insects are back.  Mosquitoes thrive in warmer weather. As temperature rises, mosquito volume increases accordingly. Remember to apply bug spray if you are going to be out before/after dusk. The CDC recommends applying sunscreen first, then bug repellent. Spray the repellent on your hands, then rub into your child’s skin/face.  If you are stung by an insect,  remove the stinger as soon as possible with a scraping motion. Wash with soap and water and apply a cold compress.  Routinely check for ticks after being outside, especially if you are near wooded/grassy areas. Use tweezers to remove the tick. Grasp the tick near the head (near the skin) and pull firmly/steadily until it “lets go”. Put tick in a bag to identify later if needed.

Sunscreen
Please apply sunscreen to your child at home before sending him/her to school - Kindergarteners with morning recess & students with morning PE should have sunscreen applied at home, prior to arriving at school. If you would like to have sunscreen applied to your child at school for afternoon recess and PE classes, you and your child's pediatrician MUST  complete the Medical Administration Order Form-Parent/Guardian Consent Form, available on the SPS website and turn it into the nurse's office with a supply of sunscreen labeled with your child's name.  

New Season, New Sports
Children are trying different sports and activities that require special equipment. Dust off old  helmets, gloves, goggles, etc and make sure they are the correct size and your child knows how to use and maintain equipment. Spring clean your bikes: check brakes, tires, bells and reflectors. Review bicycle/skateboard safety: wear a helmet, follow the rules of the road (ride on the right, use sidewalks).

Clothing 
Flip Flops are not allowed in school due to issues caused with tripping and falling at recess/on play structures and while negotiating stairs.  A flat sandal with a secure strap is acceptable.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Clarke Family Happenings 5/14/18


Clarke Family Happenings
Jennifer Hunt - Principal
Week of May 14, 2018


Tuesday
May 15th
* 3rd Grade Field Trip
   Boston Tea Party
   Museum
Wednesday
May 16th
* MCAS 4th Grade
   Math Session 1
Thursday
May 17th
* MCAS 4th Grade
   Math Session 2
Friday
May 18th
* Clarke School Spirit Day
   Please see info below
Tuesday
May 22nd
* Spring School Pictures
   SMILE  J
Wednesday
May 23rd
* A.L.I.C.E Drill
   Off-Site Evacuation
**More information to
    come soon.**
* School Committee 
   Meeting SHS 7:00
Friday
May 25th
* 2nd Grade Field Trip
   Boston Common
   Make Way for Ducklings
Tuesday
May 29th
* Shared Science Program
   Ms. Bruhm and Ms. Carli
* Nahant Marine Touch Tanks
   Kindergarten
   All Purpose Room
Wednesday
May 30th
* Shared Science Program
   Ms. Kielty and Ms. Correnti
* 4th Grade Spring Band   
   Concert 6:30
   All Purpose Room
Thursday
May 31st
* Early Release Day
   12:30 Dismissal
   Lunches Served
   Building Based PD
   Finalizing Class Lists

Sneak Peek at June

Friday
June 1st
* 4th Grade Puberty  
   Program
Monday
June 4th
* Curious Creatures 4th
   Grade
Tuesday
June 5th
* 4th Grade Field Trip
   Wolf Hollow
Wednesday
June 6th
* Shared Science Program
   Ms. Sudbey and Ms. Wood
Thursday
June 7th
* Final 4th Grade Leaders 
   Mtg.
* Shared Science
   Ms. Jalbert and Ms. Legere
* Staff Meeting 2:30
Friday
June 8th
* Field Day
* New Family Tour and 
   Popsicles in the Park
   More Info coming soon


On Friday, May 18, 2018, Clarke School will have a school spirit day!
The theme this month is:

Proud of Our Heritage/Celebrating Diversity

Students are invited to wear something that represents their family’s country(ies) of origin.  It may be a traditional outfit or piece of clothing from that country; they may dress themselves in a representation of a flag or flags from their countries; or dress in 
the colors of the country(ies). Creativity is encouraged!  
Always remember to prepare for outdoor recess and physical education class.
                                                         
                                               



                     Clarke School Spring Band Concert

Clarke School Beginning Band Concert will be on May 31st at 7:00 pm. Students in the band will report at 6:30 pm to warm up on the day of the concert. Please see our band website for additional details at: 

https://sites.google.com/swampscott.k12.ma.us/4thgradeband




                                               
Our next  Green Team meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 15th  at 7:45 am in Ms. Sudbey’s classroom. We will be discussing our upcoming plans for planting at Clarke School and an idea for a Green Team Fundraiser.  See you all then!

Sincerely,
Ms.  Hunt

Friday, April 27, 2018

Clarke Family Happenings Week of April 30th


Clarke Family Happenings
Jennifer Hunt - Principal
Week of April 30, 2018
Tuesday
May 1st
* 4th Grade MCAS
   ELA Session 1
* Professional Standards 
   Committee Meeting
Wednesday
May 2nd
* MCAS 4th Grade
   ELA Session 2
Friday
May 4th
* Bus Evacuation Drills
   9:30 am
Tuesday
May 8th
* PTO Meeting
   7:00 Panera Bread
Wednesday
May 9th
* MCAS 3rd Grade
   Math Session 1
* Primary Learning Center
   Field Trip
* School Committee 
   Meeting 7:00 SHS
Thursday
May 10th
* 4th Grade Leaders 7:45
* MCAS 3rd Grade
   Math Session 2
* Staff Meeting 2:30
Tuesday
May 15th
* 3rd Grade Field Trip
   Boston Tea Party
   Museum
Wednesday
May 16th
* MCAS 4th Grade
   Math Session 1
Thursday
May 17th
* MCAS 4th Grade
   Math Session 2
Tuesday
May 22nd
* Spring School Pictures
Wednesday
May 23rd
* A.L.I.C.E Drill
   Off-Site Evacuation
**More information to
    come soon.**
* School Committee 
   Meeting SHS 7:00
Friday
May 25th
* 2nd Grade Field Trip
   Boston Common
   Make Way for Ducklings
Wednesday
May 30th
* 4th Grade Spring Band Concert
   6:30 All Purpose Room