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Raise the Bar March 24, 2016

The Freetown-Lakeville Regional School District FY 17 Budget will be presented during a public hearing on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. in the Apponequet Regional High School library. The school committee and administration are working hard to restore staffing positions, address class size numbers, and to continue initiatives in the following areas: technology, instructional materials, security, and capital projects.  This commitment must be balanced with the fiscal parameters established by both towns. The latest budget presented to the school committee was a 4.1 % increase from the FY16 budget.  We will continue to work on a fiscally responsible budget that provides staff support and the necessary resources for all our children.        

The Assawompset Elementary Facility Study Sub-Committee held its first meeting this past Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria.  Sixteen interested members turned out to begin the process of evaluating the recently released Existing Conditions Report of AES.  The next meeting will be Thursday, April 7, 2016.  The meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. with a tour of the school and move to a regular meeting at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria to examine in detail some of the proposed work.  

The FLRSD voted to remain a School Choice District for the 2016-17 school year, but did identify grades 4, 6, 9, and 10 as the only grades to accept new students with a total of 16 slots open. The district currently has 43 school choice students attending the five regional schools.  The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, April 15, 2016.  All pertinent information on this topic including all forms may be found on our website www.freelake.org    

Our next school committee meeting will be Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at Apponequet Regional High School beginning at 6:30 p.m.  With the recent spring snow day, our last day of school is now, Thursday, June 23, 2016. There are now less than 60 school days remaining this academic year. Please enjoy your long weekend with family and friends.   I appreciate your support for all our schools and I look forward to our continued drive toward excellence.   If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call at 508-923-2000 ext. 1703 or e-mail me at rmedeiros@freelake.org.

“The greatest danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark” – Artist - Michaelangelo

Apponequet Regional High School           

Greetings from Laker Nation,

Quarter 3 closes on April 1, 2016 and will be posted on April 8, 2016.

On behalf of ARHS, I am  very proud to announce that Class of 2016’s Chelsea Coe and Chad Gaucher were recognized  as Apponequet's Dave Cowens Achievement Award nominees. Both represented Laker Nation with Pride and Character!  Special Recognition to Chad as he became the first male Cowens award winner in 19 years!

Class of 2016 Parents/Guardians:  An informational packet containing details and expectations for Graduation, Senior Banquet, Prom and other year end activities was emailed via OneCallNow on March 24, 2016.  This packet is also posted on our home page.  Please contact the Main Office should you have any questions.  The information in this packet will be reviewed at a class meeting in April.  As always, we look forward to your assistance as we usher our current grade 12 students into their new roles as ARHS Alumni.

All grade 10 students engaged in the ELA MCAS this past week.  Students engaged in the exam with diligence and attention to the test’s importance.  Their dedicated efforts were testament to the great work of their ELA teachers, as well as their teachers across all subject areas. Thank you, parents, guardians and community members for supporting our students during this high stakes test.  Math MCAS dates are as follows:  May 17 and 18, 2016.

The ARHS Guidance Department reports that, in addition to the 75% of our Class of 2016 members who applied to one or more four year colleges, forty three Class of 2016 members were accepted to Bristol Community College at our “BCC on-the-spot Admissions Day.”  Thank you Mrs. Fontaine!  

Congratulations to the Class of 2017 and their advisors Mrs. Motta and Mrs. DaLuz.  Last week’s “Spring Fling Family Fun” event was a hit.  Pictures are on our site and may be available by contacting either elementary school’s Main Office.

Come join the ARHS Players for their Spring Musical “Cinderella!”  Show dates and times are as follows:  Thursday, April 14, 7:00 pm, Friday, April 15, 7:00 pm, and Saturday, April 16, 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm.  Tickets are $12.00 for adults, $10.00 for seniors and students and $8.00 for children 10 years of age and under.

Ms. Lima and the ARHS Art Department are pleased to invite you to follow their great works on Instagram. The user name is:  arhs_arts_n_stuff

ARHS is pleased to congratulate Brooke Kramer and Victoria Tisser.  These two students are the uncontested representatives to the Southeast Student Advisory Council!

Free Math and Biology MCAS tutoring is available.  Students in grades 9 or 10 seeking assistance with Math MCAS preparation are welcome to attend on Mondays, from 1:53 - 2:53 pm, in Room 111.  Students in grade 9 seeking assistance with Biology MCAS preparation are welcome to attend on Thursdays, from 1:53 - 2:53 pm, in Room 132.  If you have any questions, please contact your Guidance Counselor at (508) 947-2660.  

Upcoming Events:

April 1 - Quarter 3 grades close

April 3 - Health Fair

April 4 - Early Dismissal @ 10:27 am

April 6 - Mr. Apponequet

April 8 - Quarter 3 Grades Posted

April 14 - 16 Spring Musical - Cinderella

April 28 Annual Art Show Reception

 

Freetown-Lakeville Middle School

Destination Imagination:

The Freetown-Lakeville Destination Imagination team, The Awesome Possums, placed first for the Pace of Change Challenge (middle level) in the regional tournament this Saturday. They will be advancing to the state tournament Saturday, March 26th at WPI. They also won a Renaissance Award, which is given for outstanding design, engineering, execution, and performance. The team members are Rosemary Gagnon, Emily Thomas, Zachary Davenport, Robert Pacheco, and Nathan David. Their team manager is Robert Gagnon. They have worked so hard these past few months and we are very proud of their achievements.

Rubik’s Cube Event:

Students from schools across New England will be coming here to do team-solves of 25 Rubik's Cubes, along with individual-solves using both the traditional 3x3 Rubik's Cube, and the smaller 2x2 Rubik's Cubes. More information about this tournament will come at a later date, but mark your calendars for June 11th!

The Yearbook Club:

We have been working very hard since October, and the 2015-2016 edition is almost complete! We are always looking for more pictures, however. Anyone wishing to submit candid photos to be considered for publication can do so by uploading them to this website: https://images.jostens.com/403013609 before April 1st.

(Note: You will have to enter a name and a grade. If there are multiple people, you can simply add one name).

ELA MCAS Dates:

March 29 & 30Grade Six

March 31 & April 1Grade Seven

April 5 & 6Grade Eight

 

George R. Austin Intermediate School

Welcome spring!

This short week has truly flown by!  Term 2 grades closed on Wednesday, and hard copies of report cards were sent home for parent signatures as well as being posted to PlusPortals. Thursday we held our Austin Pride Ceremony where we honored our Homework Heroes (students that completed 100% of their homework) and three students from each class that exhibited all three GRAIS PBIS Core Values:  Safety, Respectfulness and Responsibility.  

Yesterday, the fourth grade students from the Freetown Elementary School received their yearbooks from last year.  They were delivered to the school and the boys and girls were provided with some time to get signatures from their peers.  

The next PTO meeting will be on Monday, March 28 @ 7:00 in the GRAIS cafeteria.

Yearbook order forms went home and orders are due on April 15. We will be accepting photos for submission until Friday, March 25.

SAVE THE DATE!

WORLD WONDERS

with Math and Literature

Fabulous K- 5 Family Fun!

Come and share stories from around the world and

play games from many regions of the globe.

Date and Time: March 31, 6:00- 7:30 PM

Location: Austin Intermediate School

Contests and Prizes!

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Please RSVP by March 21st with this link:

                        https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2MRJTB9

The dates for testing in the spring are outlined on our website and are below:

The dates for MCAS testing are:

April 5 & 6, 2016 - 4th Grade ELA

April 7 & 8, 2016 - 5th Grade ELA

May 10 & 11, 2016 - 5th Grade Math

May 12 & 13, 2016 - 4th Grade Math

May 17 & 18, 2016 - 5th Grade Science & Technology

4th Grade ELA & Social Studies:

Students are continuing to work on comprehension skills through a variety of texts, both fictional and nonfiction. In Social Studies we are travelling through the regions of the United States and learning much about the culture and natural resources of the different states.

4th Grade Math & Science:

Fourth graders are working on identifying and measuring angles in math, and continuing to learn about animals and their adaptations in science.

5th Grade ELA:

In fifth grade ELA, the students are continuing to work on their opinion writing as well as exploring narrative writing from a certain point of view.  With the shortened week, classes are reading the Reading Street selection, The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins, and/or reading a sample MCAS selection to further increase their understanding of comprehension and response to text strategies.

.5th Grade Math:

In fifth grade math, we are continuing to work on our Operations and Algebra Unit. Students have learned how to generate terms when given a rule for a pattern. For instance, students would generate the pattern "0, 2, 4, 6, etc." when given the rule "add 2" and the starting number 0. Students would generate the pattern "0, 4, 8, 12, etc." when given the rule "add 4" and the starting number 0. Students are now learning how to compare corresponding terms in two patterns by writing the terms as ordered pairs. For example, students could create the ordered pairs (0,0), (2,4), (4, 8), and (6,12) from the the "add 2" and "add 4" patterns. By looking at those ordered pairs, students could see that the numbers in the "add 4" pattern are 2 times the corresponding numbers in the "add 2" pattern.

Art:

4th and 5th graders are finishing their logo designs and voting. They are doing a great job. The students are very excited that many of their designs will be featured in our school yearbook!

UPCOMING EVENTS:

March 23, 2016 - Report Cards Posted to PlusPortals and Hard Copy sent home for signature

March 25, 2016 - Good Friday - NO SCHOOL - BUILDING CLOSED

March 31, 2016 - WORLD WONDERS  6:00- 7:30 PM at GRAIS

 

Assawompset Elementary School

March 24, 2016

Dear Assawompset Families,

ASSAWOMPSET GYM MURAL

In the spirit of Martin Richard, the young boy who lost his life at the Boston Marathon bombings, the AES PBIS Committee has decided to create a mural that helps promote his message about peace, for which he has become well-known.  Below is an excerpt from the Martin Richard Foundation website:

In the days after the bombing, a photo of Martin holding a handmade poster that read “No more hurting people. Peace” was shared over the Internet and made many see Martin as a symbol of peace.  

Martin was an 8-year-old boy who loved learning, sports and the world around him.  Martin was a school peacemaker and recognized at a young age that while we are all different, we are all the same.  The way Martin saw the world anything was possible.

We have commissioned Miss. T., and a host of volunteers to put this project together. Every student, teacher and staff member will add their handprint to this mural with the idea that each new AES student will add theirs each year. Our hope is to have this completed before this year’s Boston Marathon.

In a world that sends us unsettling news, like the recent tragedy in Belgium, it is a pleasure to have a project like this channelling positive energy in our school. Special thanks to Jessica Bradley, for suggesting this idea.

Your child should have brought home a GREEN sheet explaining the mural. We will need 2-3 ADULT VOLUNTEERS PER CLASS, Current CORI CHECK NEEDED.  If you can help out, please return the sheet, or email Ms. T. at annetavares@freelake.org.

Any families that attended the ARHS Spring Family Day, may follow the link to pictures that were taken that day.

https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=C9F4F6C8CC50A7CF!741&authkey=!AC1T44BMPuuK7vA&ithint=folder%2cJPG

AES Facilities Committee: The first meeting of the AES Facilities Committee met last night at 7:00 PM in the AES cafeteria. The meeting was facilitated by Superintendent, Rick Medeiros who presented the AES Exisiting Conditions Report. The committee discussed ways to use this report and how it could help navigate any improvements that will be made to the building. A definite plan has not yet been created, but the committee has agreed to look through the report’s suggestions of probable renovations and upgrades and their estimated costs as a starting point. The committee also agreed to take a comprehensive tour of the building to better understand the report’s contents. The next meeting is set for April 7 at AES. The building tour will begin at 5:30 PM and the meeting 7:00 PM. This and all future meetings are open to the public. The Existing Conditions Report is available in the AES Activity Flyers folder on the school’s webpage.


World Wonders Math and Literacy Night: This event being hosted on March 31 will take place at GRAIS and is sure to be a fun night! Get ready to travel to different lands and get your ‘Passport’ stamped along the way!  All you ‘blokes’ (boys) and ‘sheilas”(girls), will find Mr. LaBelle in “Australia”, sharing some Australian folktales he has collected on his many travels ‘down under’. He will also demonstrate a didgeridoo (an Aboriginal instrument), and kids will have a go trying to play one too. 

Grade 3 MCAS Prep: If you signed your child up for the upcoming Math section, it begins on Tuesday, April 5 (not April 3). This runs for six weeks. Please note that the May 11 date is a Wednesday, all others are Tuesdays.

April 5, 12, 26, May 3,11*, 17 (* Wednesday)

Kindergarten Registration:

Any kindergarten registration packets that have not been returned during the registration week can still be brought to school.  

The PTO Kindergarten Welcome Day is set for April 30 and all incoming kindergartners and their parents are welcome to attend. Please RSVP according the invite you were given in the registration packet.

This week’s flyers:

  • Senior Breakfast at AES

  • Math and Literacy Night

  • AES Existing Conditions Report (index area of the Activity Files)

Please click on the March ACTIVITY FLYERS to access this week’s flyers.

All present and past flyers can be downloaded at the bottom of the Assawompset webpage under ACTIVITY FLYERS or by using the link above.

 

Grade 3 MCAS dates:

ELA- April 6 and 7Math-May 18 and 19

Parents please be mindful about making every effort to have students present on those days. We do have a few make up days set aside for illness but our window for administering this assessment is limited.

 

WORLD WONDERS

with Math and Literature

Fabulous K- 5 Family Fun!

Come and share stories from around the world and

play games from many regions of the globe.

Date and Time: March 31, 6:00- 7:30 PM

Location: Austin Intermediate School

Contests and Prizes!

************************************************

Please RSVP by March 21st with this link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2MRJTB9

SEPAC NEWS

Hello families, we postponed the March 15 technology/app presentation until the fall due to a few conflicts in scheduling. At this time, we have one fun event remaining.  Paint night will be held on April 12 at 6pm.  Place TBD.  All are welcome to attend. The cost is $15 per painter.  To reserve your spot please email ndeterra@hotmail.com.  This is to get a rough idea on the number of attendees and to reserve a space.

Our next meeting is April 13 at 6pm at ARHS in the library.  We look forward to meeting new faces and welcome your questions/thoughts about anything concerning special education.


Classroom Chatter

Kindergarten:

We welcomed the start of spring this week with bunnies and eggs sprinkled amongst our activities. Sight words one, two, three, four and five were introduced and  we shared a big book titled, One Little Mouse. Teen numbers continue to be the focus on math as we identify, count, compose, and decompose numbers 11-19.

Grade One:

Since this week was so short we did not begin a new week in Reading Street.  Each classroom took the time to review previous skills learned and celebrate Easter through various crafts and writing activities. We wish you all a wonderful Easter!

Grade Two: Second graders are welcoming spring with a variety of crafts and activities. They will be reading The Night the Moon Fell. This story is a beautifully illustrated myth, an old story that often explains something about nature. The students will review  plot and theme of stories and continue to practice the visualizing reading strategy.  In social studies, the students are exploring the continents of the world.

Grade Three:

Third graders are currently reading Charlotte’s Web during their ELA block.  In math, students are currently working on a measurement and date unit which focuses on concepts such as time/elapsed time, liquid volume and mass, along with various types of graphs.   Students are currently learning about electricity and magnetism in science.

Library

Kindergarten: Our kindergarten students are learning about series books. I am introducing them to several series, including Kate DiCamillo’s Mercy Watson. So far, they are enjoying them!

1st: In first grade, we are also looking at series books. We are reading a few chapters from Humphrey’s Playful Puppy Problem. This is a book from the series,  Humphrey’s Tiny Tales by Betty G. Birney.

2nd: In second grade, we are reading a chapter from  Midnight for Charlie Bone. This is the first book of Children of the Red King Series by Jenny Nimmo.

3rd:  In third grade, we are reading a chapter from Gregor the Overlander.  This is the first book of the Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins.

ART

Kindergarten children finished their study of Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky. Ms. Dmitruk is showing them how to use cut paper to make “Kandinsky circles” to decorate trees.

Grade one students are learning about Picasso’s cubism with help from Ms. Dmitruk and Mr. Potato Head toys. They will be making potato collages of Mr. Potato Head’s features, but rearranging them to look as if Picasso made them.

Grade 2 students have been asked to bring in a favorite stuffed animal to draw.  They completed this week in watercolor.

The third graders are beginning a project they have been anticipating since their first days at AES; THEIR TILES!!!  This has been an Assawompset tradition since 2004.  Each third grader designs a tile of his/her own, and it hangs in our halls.  It represents how part of them will always be here, as hopefully our school will always be in their hearts.

MUSIC

K: The K children are working on their mallet technique this week on the xylophones. We added playing with a few dynamics, piano and forte.They learned to play A Tisket A Tasket. We also played a rhythm game to review quarter and eighth notes and the quarter rest.

1st: 1st grade children worked on the song, Spring in Coming. We are also working on mallet technique on the xylophones and playing the steady beat with the dynamics, piano and forte. We also played a game in small groups matching plastic rhythm egg tops, to the correct bottom that had the name of music music note or symbol on it.

2nd: The second grade children are continuing to work on their songs, perfecting them for their big performance on April 12, 2016.

3rd: The third graders learned a fun four-part song, Tideo this week.  They used the xylophones as well, working on mallet technique and focusing on  playing on an assigned part.

Physical  Education:


All grade levels will continue with their yearly fitness testing this week.   Students have worked on numerous stretches, exercises, and fitness stations throughout the year, which should prepare them for this testing. At the end of the testing, students will receive a paper with all of their fitness testing scores.

Grades 1-3: This week, students will finish up with the V-Sit and Reach test (to test flexibility).  Students will be performing the Broad Jump (to test lower body strength) by the the end of the week.

Kindergarten:  Students will be introduced to a different fitness test each week.  Students will get a chance to try each test, however data will not be recorded.

 

A gentle reminder that Assawompset is a Peanut Safe school. Children may not bring in nuts or products that are made with nuts.

This includes: peanuts, all tree nuts and products like Nutella.

Products like Sunbutter are safe alternatives and are allowed at AES. If you do send a Sunbutter (sunflower seed butter) product it would be helpful if you include a note in your child’s lunch stating so.




Freetown Elementary

World Wonders Night: World Wonders is scheduled for March 31. Please remember to RSVP through the link provided in the OneCallNow correspondence sent on March 1.

Report Cards: Reports cards were distributed to students in Grades 1 - 3 today, Thursday, March 24.

Spring Photos: Class and individual spring photos will be taken on Monday, March 28. Class photos must be purchased in advance. Individual photos may be purchased once received.

MCAS Testing: Grade 3 students will be taking the Reading Comprehension portion of MCAS on Wednesday and Thursday, April 6 and 7, 2016. Please be sure your child is present for each day of testing and arrives on time. It is our goal to begin the assessment following morning announcements.

Early Dismissal: There will be a 12:15 dismissal on Monday, April 4 for the purpose of professional development.

Spring Fling: The FES PTO is sponsoring its annual Spring Fling on Friday, April 8, 2016 from 6:00 - 8:00. The cost is $10.00 per family.

Bingo for Books: Freetown Elementary School will be hosting a BIngo for Books event for FES families on Monday, May 2 from 6:00 - 7:00. Please mark your calendar. Details will follow soon.

Fox Festival: The second annual Freetown Fox Festival has been scheduled for Tuesday, June 21. Any parent interested in volunteering for this event in any capacity must have a cleared CORI and fingerprints on file with the FLRSD. There is still time to get this done if you have not done so already, but please do not wait much longer. We do not want there to be any disappointed students or parents!

Classroom and Teacher News:

Preschool:  After starting our week with a snow day, we jumped right into our respective lessons.  Mrs. Bacon introduced their next author, Laura Numeroff and discovered many things students had in common with her when looking at her favorite things. Mrs. Isaksen used Alan Baker’s concept books to reinforce preschool skills. There were bunnies all around in preschool to include bunny baskets, bunny centers and a spring egg hunt. We thank all those who donated little trinkets to fill our plastic eggs. On Thursday, the afternoon class was treated to a special performance through Young Audiences of America to bring “Brazilian Beats” to our school.  The preschoolers enjoyed the percussion ensemble and learned a little about Latin American music. We thank the PTO for sponsoring this performance.

Kindergarten: This week, the students were introduced to beginning blends as well as reviewing sequence comprehension skills. We did many literacy and math based centers around spring, bunnies and eggs concepts. We continued to work on opinion writing and the students have been really engrossed in their writer’s notebooks. In math, we continued to work with teen numbers and how to make teen numbers with base ten and ones.

Grade 1:  This week in first grade, we read The Frog and Toad and discussed how plants grow and change. We introduced our first “r” controlled words and adding -ed and -ing to make words reflect the past or future. The students also discussed further about author’s purpose. In math, we are learning how to add tens and ones. In writing, we are working on opinion writing. Lastly, in science, we are enjoying our unit on changes/life cycles.

Grade 2:  In reading this week, the focus was how changes in the weather affect us. The skills were as follows: phonics was vowel patterns oo, ue, ew, and ui; comprehension skills were identifying plot and theme; fluency skills were expression and intonation. The students are also continuing to develop their research and writing skills. In mathematics, we started our lesson on time. In social studies, we are concluding our travels in the polar regions.

Grade 3: This week we will continue reading our extended text “Charlotte’s Web.”  We will also be presenting our president/first lady projects.  In science, we will be studying the life cycle of a butterfly and whale. Analyzing and drawing scaled graphs will take place in math.  We are also continuing our informative article in writer’s workshop.

Specialists:

Music: To honor “Music in Our School Month”, the PTO sponsored a special performance through Young Audience of Massachusetts to bring “Brazilian Beats” to our school! All students were delighted to hear this percussion ensemble from Brazil and learn about Latin American music!  Thank you PTO for continuing to support the arts at Freetown Elementary School! Kindergarten students heard the story of the “Singing Leprechaun” and made predictions of how a leprechaun would dance and move based on the song they heard. We concluded that they would probably move presto (very fast), but pianissimo (very quietly). We enjoyed putting the song into action while moving and singing. First Grade students learned how to properly form quarter notes, eighth notes, half notes and quarter rests this week. They had ample time to practice and gain feedback as they worked on white boards with partners. They should be professionals at forming all their rhythm notes! In anticipation for the percussion performance on Thursday, 2nd and 3rd grade students made a percussion ensemble of their own! Using our classroom percussion instruments (djembes, congas, tubanos, gather drums and claves), we formed a drum ensemble and practiced rhythm patterns through echoing and call and response, highlighting the difference between the two techniques.   

Photos of 3rd Grade Chorus Singing at the Providence Bruins Game on March 12, 2016

Art:  The PTO and I are collaborating to participate in the Display My Art fundraiser.  Students in all grades K-3 are creating an original work of art that will be sent to the company. Every student will then receive a free magnet with their work on it, along with an order form for those who would like to purchase items for the fundraiser. Look for more details in the coming weeks!

Physical Education:

Student continued learning and practicing basketball skills. Second and Third graders practiced dribbling, passing and shooting skills. Kindergarten and First grade students reviewed dribbling, and learned how to shoot the basketball.

Important Dates:

Thursday, March 24, 2016 - Report Cards Distributed - Grades 1, 2 and 3

Friday, March 25, 2016 - No School - Good Friday

Monday, March 28, 2016 - Spring Portraits and Class Pictures

Thursday, March 31, 2016 - World Wonders Night at FLMS

Monday, April 4, 2016 - Early Dismissal at 12:15

Wednesday and Thursday, April 6 & 7, 2016 - MCAS Reading (Grade 3)

Friday, April 8, 2016 - Spring Fling from 6:00 - 8:00

Wednesday, April 12, 2016 - PTO Meeting at 7:00

Monday, May 2, 2016 - Bingo for Books at 6:00

Thursday, May 5, 2016 - Grade 3 Parent Night at GRAIS (Details coming soon)

Wednesday and Thursday, May 18 & 19, 2016  - MCAS Mathematics (Grade 3)

Friday, May 20, 2016 - Freetown Family Night at Fenway Park at 7:05