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On behalf of the entire school district staff, I would like to thank you for all your support this past school year.  Please take the time during your summer break to relax with family and friends. This is also a perfect time to support leisure reading and to receive academic support in areas of growth for your children.  I am confident that we have many exciting programs and plans for our students in the upcoming school year.     

With summer approaching a reminder that our Campus Programs department is offering sports camps in the summer. For summer sports camps information, please visit our district page and click on the Campus Programs tab.  If you have any questions, please contact Diane Czapiga at dczapiga@freelake.org        

I am very excited to introduce several new and familiar administrators to the leadership team for next year:  Director of Curriculum and Assessment, Dr. Marlene Correia, Freetown Elementary School Principal, Michael Ward, Assawompset Elementary School Principal, Bethany Pineault, and GRAIS Principal, Dr. Elizabeth Sullivan.  In August, I will provide staffing and enrollment updates, in addition to the school opening day information.                                                                                                

Our first school committee meeting for the 2016-17 school year will be Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at Apponequet Regional High School beginning at 6:30 p.m.  There are only 4 school days left in the academic year. Our last day of school is, Thursday, June 23, 2016 and is an early release day.  I appreciate your support for all our schools and I look forward to our continued drive toward excellence.  The summer vacation is almost here, please enjoy the nice weather!  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 - Michelangelo       

 

Apponequet Regional High School           

Class of 2018 members enjoyed a trip to Newport’s Rosecliff in conjunction with their study of The Great Gatsby.  Special thanks to Mrs. Motta and Ms. Lippincott for taking the students on this journey!

Class of 2016 members donated their time and money to a great cause!  As a result of their efforts, a donation was made in memory of George Heath, beloved art teacher at GNBRVTHS.  This donation will go toward a scholarship in Mr. Heath’s memory.  A copy of the thank you letter Class members received is on our site.

Hey Class of 2017!  We will continue to offer our SRO Internship Program.  I am also delighted to announce that we will be expanding the grade 12 Internship offerings to include several with LakeCAM TV.  Students will hear about these courses during a voluntary presentation on Monday, June 13th.  Students interested in careers in law enforcement or careers in television production, should sign up to attend Monday’s presentation!

All students going into grades 10-12 will have received their ELA Summer Reading Assignments.  All titles and assignments are also posted on the District’s website.  Book titles have been disseminated to local book stores and libraries and, as always, titles are available via on-line merchants.  Here is a link to the book trailer for our Second Annual One Book:One School selection!

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Parents/Guardians of students in grades 9-11:  An informational hand out containing a Final Exam Schedule and End-of-Year Expectations was provided to students on Monday.  This handout, available on our site, was also emailed to you. Please review the information and contact the Main Office should you have any questions.  

Information about ARHS’s Summer School opportunities will be available via the Guidance Department next week.  This year, we are delighted to offer several high school level enrichment opportunities.  If you are interested in taking exciting online and on-ground classes, while earning additional credits and enhancing that transcript, see your Guidance Counselor.  Space is limited!

Upcoming Events:

June 17 - Quarter 4 Grades Close for Grades 9 - 11

June 20 - Final Exams Begin

June 23 - Last Day for Students - ½ day

June 23 - Quarter 4 and Final Grades posted for Grades 9 - 11

 

Freetown-Lakeville Middle School

Cards for Hallee:

The 6100 team was given a different kind of homework assignment for math last weekend, and the outcome has been the most rewarding to date. Students on 6100 had an OPTIONAL homework assignment this past weekend. As many of you may have heard/seen on the news or on Facebook, a  girl name  Hallee from Maine had her 19th birthday coming up. Last year for her 18th birthday, she just wanted to "bowl and have cake and pizza with my friends." Well, Hallee ended up eating cake all by herself last year because not one friend that she invited showed up. Her parents were hoping that for her birthday this year, that she could be overwhelmed with birthday cards from across the country. The 6100 team saw this as an opportunity to continue their project from December with Random Acts of Kindness (6100RAOK). I am happy to report that an overwhelming amount of students on 6100 completed this OPTIONAL homework assignment and actually mailed Hallee a card this past weekend. We are very proud of our students!

Young Authors’ Day

On Friday, June 17th, the sixth grade teachers will host their annual Young Authors’ Day celebration. This is a day for the students to show off some of the wonderful projects created throughout the year. Work from all five subjects will be displayed in each homeroom. Parents, guardians, and families of sixth grade students are invited to visit the classrooms. It will be a great day!

Promotion Ceremony:

The promotion ceremony for our eighth graders will be held in our gymnasium on June 22nd from 9:15-10:45.  

Fantastic PTO Socials:

Mr. Patota, Dr. Sullivan, the staff, and the students of FLMS sincerely thank the PTO for sponsoring three wonderful grade level socials this year.  A good time was had by all!

Upcoming Field Trips:

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June 20th

Museum of Science

7100 and 700

June 22nd

Colt State Park

 

George R. Austin Intermediate School

 

I would like to take a moment to inform you that I will no longer be serving as the principal of the George R. Austin Intermediate School next year.  It is with tremendous gratitude that I say "thank you," to all of you for your continued support..  The relationships I have formed and the memories and celebrations that I hold so dear to my heart have truly made 112 Howland Road in Lakeville a happy place I have truly called "home." For the past six years the staff, students and parents have  made me proud to be a part of such an amazing school district and community.  My heart belongs to Freetown-Lakeville as I started teaching at the Freetown Elementary School, continued my path here as the principal and am now looking forward to my future endeavor as the upcoming principal of the Assawompset Elementary School. I am honored to continue serving the Freetown-Lakeville school district and thank you, again, for all your continued support.

This week has been extremely eventful as we enjoyed our visits from the two elementary school third graders.  The trip included a tour, a question and answer session and a few words from the principal. It was a great time.  The fourth and fifth grade students also enjoyed a presentation by James McCarthy.  James is a former teacher from New York who has been entertaining children for about 20 years with a program where he combines his love of reading with his love of music.  This was a great way to get the boys and girls excited about their summer reading projects.

The GRAIS LAST STAFF MEETING:

As a last staff meeting together as a GRAIS staff, we thought we would have a little fun.  We worked together in teams to design a “float” that could hold 5 eggs without breaking them.  Our “eggsperts” did an amazing job working together to promote our true number one core value:  TEAMWORK!  It was a great last meeting together and a perfect last one to take with me. A huge shout out to Kevin Stains, GRAIS Custodian, for volunteering to come back to work with staff on the roof!   Nice work everyone and continue being the amazing team you truly are!  

4th Grade ELA

After reviewing our growth charts on passage comprehension, we can say we are extremely proud of our fourth graders.  Their growth has been extraordinary!! Way to go fourth graders!!  Remember, continue that summer reading, and reading in fifth grade comprehension will be much easier!  You got this!

4th Grade Math and Science

Students enjoyed a wonderful concert from our band and chorus this week.  They also learned about their summer reading assignments.  We are looking forward to Survivor Day on Tuesday,June 21st!  Make sure to wear your class color that day!

5th Grade ELA

This week in ELA students have been working diligently on their Super Plant Encyclopedia entries and Civilization presentations.  Students and teachers alike are impressed with the creativity of the projects.  The evolving friendship between Matt and Attean, the two main characters in Sign of the Beaver, has also been a focus of our book study.

5th Grade Math and Science:

The fifth graders spent the week finishing building their inventions and creating and sharing advertisements for them. Next week, the best invention from each homeroom, as voted by the class, will be shared with the entire fifth grade. The fifth graders will then vote on their favorite invention in the fifth grade. In math, students have learned about real-life uses of positive and negative integers, including temperature, elevation, and credit/debit.

Music and Art:

All-School Collaborative Art Show & 4th Grade Recorder Concert June 17th @ 6:00

UPCOMING EVENTS:

June 13th-17th - PTO Sponsored Penny Race During Lunch Times

June 15th - School Committee Meeting at Apponequet

June 15th - AES third grade visit

June 16th - FES third grade visit

June 16th - Celebrate Summer Reading Assembly

June 16th - Band & Chorus Concert (GRAIS students) at FLMS - 6:30p.m.

June 17th - Grade 5 Reading Challenge Celebration

June 17th - Art and Music Show @ GRAIS 6:00p.m.

June 21st - Survivor Day

June 22nd - Rain Date for Survivor Day

June 23rd - Last Day of School - dismissal of students @ 11:00 - PLEASE HAVE STUDENTS WEAR THEIR AUSTIN PRIDE T SHIRTS.

 

Freetown Elementary

 

Summer Wishes: As this is the last Superintendent’s Corner of the school year, on behalf of the entire FES staff, I would like to wish all of our families a safe and fun-filled summer, complete with wonderful memories that last a lifetime!

Summer Reading: Yesterday an email was sent to all families detailing the FLRSD Summer Reading Program. A hard copy will also be sent home with report cards on the last day of school. We hope your child enjoys his or her new book donated by author Dav Pilkey!

Breakfast/Lunch Program Update: The last day that breakfast and lunch will be served is Wednesday, June 22, 2016. Grade 3 students should end the year with a zero balance in their accounts as they will be given new accounts when they transition to GRAIS. K - 2 student balances will be credited to September. Students with a negative balance are asked to kindly pay these balances by June 22.

Last Day of School: The last day of school is Thursday, June 23, 2016. Dismissal will be at 12:15. Breakfast and lunch will not be served. Additionally, there will be no afternoon session of the Fore and Aft Program. Please inform Mrs. Linda Sineiro of your child’s dismissal arrangements for the last day of school.

Classroom and Teacher News:

Preschool:  This week we have been working on an overall review of our readiness skills, singing some of our favorite songs and going back to play some of our favorite games from this year. Throughout the week, we have been completing all our secrets and surprises for Father’s Day. We enjoyed the Flag Day presentation on Tuesday and had a fun pirate adventure on Thursday.  

Kindergarten: The students completed many activities in conjunction with Flag Day. They also completed another week of Reading Street about construction. In math, the students reviewed concepts. The students are very excited for the end of the year activities!

Grade 1: This week we did an overall review of first grade skills. In honor of Flag Day, we made paper American flags and participated in various patriotic activities in the classroom. In math we finished our math program and finished up our coin lessons. The students enjoyed our field trip to the Boston Science Museum.

Grade 2: The students were very excited this week about a presentation regarding our world.  Mrs True, a parent of a 2nd grader, brought Earthview to FES, a gigantic inflatable globe that the students were able to “walk into”  and identify all the continents and oceans along with landforms that we studied throughout the year.  A very special thank you to Mrs. True for taking the time and effort to bring this to our students! Almost as exciting, the students are also learning how to write in cursive!   

Grade 3: Our final week of 3rd grade has arrived!  We will finish up our biography research project. A few of our parents will be coming in to share their careers with us! We will also be participating in our Fox Festival and sharing our wonderful memories of Freetown Elementary School! The staff at FES wish the 3rd graders a safe and fun summer. Best of luck in 4th grade; we will miss you!

Specialists:

Music: What a fantastic year for Music at FES! We were lucky to have some awesome music events this year. In December, the 3rd Grade Chorus Winter Concert took place as well as the School-Wide Holiday Assembly where each grade level shared a song with the school and we even had a surprise performance from some FES elves! In March to celebrate “Music in Our Schools Month”, Brazilian Beats Band came and delighted us with a performance of Latin American Music. Also in March, the 3rd Grade Chorus performed at a Providence Bruins Game. This May, the 3rd Grade Chorus put on their final performance of The Spring Chorus Concert for the school as well as families. On June 14th, we celebrated Flag Day by joining together to sing patriotic music. Music is an essential part of educating the whole child and at Freetown Elementary we pride ourselves on developing a music program that creates connections, fosters creativity and promotes musical exploration! Looking forward to continuing to build and progress forward next year. Have a wonderful summer!

Art: Grade 1-3 students brought home their portfolios last week. Besides being a wonderful keepsake, each portfolio shows your child’s journey of growth and improvement of fine motor skills and art concepts!  Our units of study and every lesson was based on one or more of the elements of art: line, shape, color, texture, space and form.  It was a great year in the art room!

Physical Education: All grades practiced the events for the upcoming Fox Festival including: Water Bucket Challenge, Spoon-Egg Relay, Gopher Ball Pass, Walk With Me, Soak the Sponge, and Get in the Pool. Thank you to the PTO for hosting the event! Congratulations to Mrs. Veilleux’s first grade class for winning the Golden Sneaker Award this year! All the members of her class received a special golden foot token and have an extra PE class this week. It has been a fun year. Thanks for the memories!

Important Dates:

Monday, June 20, 2016 - Preschool Graduation Ceremony at 10:00

Thursday, June 23, 2016 - Last Day of School - 12:15 Dismissal

 

Assawompset Elementary School

 

Dear Assawompset Families:

Mrs Deletetsky’s celebrates Flag Day with her kindergarten class.

This is my last Eagle Eye for the year and our school is just bursting with activity. Teachers are engaged in data meetings, reviewing student progress while making instructional plans for next year...a teacher’s year may end but the planning never does. Students completed end of year benchmarks and are bringing the rest of their content studies to a close. They are taking advantage of some closure activities as a school, grade level and class. Poetry readings, ice cream parties, book talks and kindergarten design projects are all in full swing, not to mention Friday’s Field Day. It is safe to say that we will be busy right up to the last day.

Flip Flops: Parents, a gentle reminder that students should not be wearing flip flops to school. These are unsafe for the playground however, Sandles with a back strap are fine.

Last day for students is Thursday June 23, this is a half day of school with a 12:30 dismissal. Your child is expected to be dismissed as he/she is every Thursday.  If there is a change of this dismissal, you MUST send in a note stating this change to avoid any last minute confusion.  Thank you.

Happy Summer!!

Field Day: Tomorrow is  field day for all grade levels. There are no spectators for this event as we will be using the entire campus. All parent volunteers should wear their appropriate colored shirt that day and please remember your parking is at Ted Willams Camp.  There will be no parking on the main campus. Please see Mrs. MacDonald to sign in and out.

School Parking on June 17: The main entrance to the school will be closed off after morning drop off...the same as we did for the Fun Run. If you have business in the school please follow the signs for appropriately entering the visitors’ parking lot. These spaces are reserved.


Congratulations to Ella Nickerson, from Mrs. Dube's class, on creating the winning cover for the 2016-2017 third grade agenda books!

Yearbooks will be released on Monday June 20th for all of those who placed orders.. Grade three students will have a signing party on that day with their grade mates. Thera a few yearbooks left for anyone that missed the opportunity to purchase one, contact Mrs. Anderson at Sandyapto@yahoo.com,   First come first serve. 

Boosterthon Update:

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    The boosterthon was a huge success.  96% of all pledges have been collected. There will be no fall fundraisers because of this success. Details for next year’s Fun Run to come later.

Classroom Chatter

Kindergarten:

This week in Kindergarten, students have been busy working on their transportation projects.  Students have been hard at work researching different modes of transportation that they want to learn more about.  Students are having fun working in small groups to build models and create an informational display.  In Science, our caterpillars have finally turned into butterflies and it has been so exciting to see them change through all the cycles of life.  Thank you to Mr. Stapleton, the PTO, and all volunteers who are helping with field day.  We are looking forward to a fun filled day!

Grade One:

This week has been a busy one!  The children have completed their end-of-year benchmarks and writing samples which included writing a letter to next year’s teacher. As you can imagine, they were really excited to introduce themselves to their new teacher! The week will end with our annual “Field Day.”  A huge thanks to Mr. Stapleton and the PTO  for sponsoring this activity.  We hope you all enjoy your summer and remember to keep on reading!  

Grade Two:  On Tuesday June 14th, Flag Day, Mrs. Martin visited all of the second grade classrooms to teach  the students about the history of our country’s flag. Mrs. Martin’s lesson made a connection to last week’s reading lessons about our traditions and celebrations which involve our country’s flag.  The students discussed the importance of the American flag, the history of the flag, and how we honor the flag. They also  applied their new knowledge while playing a bingo game at the conclusion of the lesson.  Thank you so much Mrs. Martin.  

Grade Three:

Students will be looking forward to some exciting events during our last week of school.  They will be going on a field trip to GRAIS, will be taking part in field day, will be signing year books and will be headed off to Plimoth Plantation.  What a perfect way to end their time at AES!

Library:

All library books are now due! Please send in library books on any day, it does not have to be on your child’s library day. Overdue notices will be going out again, and if you find it to be an error, please email me at msylvain@freelake.org. Thanks so much!

Kindergarten: This week, we are continuing to read different books by Robert Munsch.  His books seem to offer something for everyone! We have read Smelly Socks and Alligator Baby - two very funny stories!

 

Grade 1 is finishing their Google Slide on dinosaurs and presenting their research to the class. I will post the slides to the Library’s Website when they are finished!

Grades 2 and 3 are going to make an interactive book using Scratch and Makey Makey! This week, most students have finished their project in Scratch and are creating their books. Once the books are finished, we will hook them up to Makey Makey and finish our cool project! Scratch can be found at https://scratch.mit.edu/  and it is a link off of the library’s website.

ART

Kindergarten heard the story, Should I Share My Ice Cream? by Mo Willems.  We used bingo markers to paint ice cream cones.  How fun!  

In grade one, we did a follow up lesson.  Back in September, we made self-portraits.  They were told that over this year, they would grow and change an awful lot.  This week, we made them again, and compared drawings.  Wow, have we grown!

Grade 2 students began their last project of the year, Stretched Sea Creatures.  They used their prior knowledge of symmetry to make these.

The third graders began making name abstractions.  They were told to write their first names in CURSIVE, then traced it over to make it symmetrical.  Once that is done, they will add details to make it look like a bug or monster.  The hardest part, of course, was writing their names.  We practiced them on penmanship paper before going to the drawing.

Physical  Education:

Thank you to everyone who has decided to volunteer for Field Day this year!  We have reached the required number of volunteers that this event will need.  If you would still like to volunteer, I can add you to the backup list, in case individuals are not able to assist.  I look forward to making this a memorable event for all the children!  Thanks Again!

ALL Grades:  Students will be finishing up their year with a “Sacketball Unit.”  Sacketball is a variation of kickball, where students try and throw a kicked ball into a net before the kicker reaches his/her base.  Students love this game, and I look forward to ending the year with it!

 

A gente 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.


Students in grade 3 are required to have an updated physical examination form for their record.  I will be sending home a reminder to all grade three students who are in need of a current form.  Physicals may be faxed (508-947-7068), emailed (jbullock@freelake.org), or sent in to the office.  

Warmer weather is on the way, please send your child with a water bottle to help them remain hydrated during the school day.  

Students that have medication at school:

Parents are required to pick up student medications.  Medications that are not  picked up by a parent will be discarded.  

Have a healthy week!