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Raise the Bar - February 26, 2016

February 26, 2016

Dear Parents and Community Members,

  “Raise the Bar”

The Freetown-Lakeville Regional School Committee approved the 2016-17 school year calendar at their most recent meeting (see attached).  The school year will start for staff on August 31, 2016 and for students on Tuesday, September 6, 2016.  Please review this advanced look for vacation plans for next year.   In addition, the school committee released the Assawompset Existing Conditions Report with the first meeting of the AES Facility Study Sub-Committee established for Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 7 p.m. at the Assawompset Elementary School.

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.  All pertinent information on this topic including all forms may be found on our website www.freelake.org    

The school district will continue to use the One-Call Communication System to provide all families with the necessary school cancellation or delay information.  Keep in mind that my decision will be based on multiple reliable sources and will focus on the safety of our students and staff. This remains the number one priority in all decision-making for our schools. In addition, to the One-Call System, we will utilize the school website and all local media outlets to communicate information in a timely manner for all our families in Freetown and Lakeville. Our last day of school is currently Wednesday, June 22, 2016.   

The Freetown-Lakeville Regional School District School FY 17 preliminary budget focuses on restoring staffing positions, addressing class size numbers, and continuing initiatives in the following areas: technology, textbooks, security, and capital projects.  We will continue to work together as a school community for all our children in both towns. The committee remains committed to providing staff support and necessary resources for all of our children.   

Our next school committee meeting will be Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at Apponequet Regional High School beginning at 6:30 p.m.   There will be an early release day for all schools on Thursday, March 10, 2016 for the purpose of staff professional development.  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 - Michelangelo

Apponequet Regional High School           

Greetings from Laker Nation,

Thanks to the dedicated work and fundraising efforts of our ARHS Student Council, we were treated to a day long visit from student selected motivational speaker Mike Smith.  Students attended a school-wide assembly and had opportunities to interact with Mike as the day progressed.  Our “Laker Leaders” also spent a period engaging in a break out session with Mike.  “Dude Be Nice”, his mantra and message, will remain with us as we continue to act in mindful and kind ways toward others.  Pictures of Mike’s appearance are on our site.  Please visit and take a peek at our surprise recognition event!

The boys’ and girls’ swim teams had sensational performances at their Sectional and State Championships.  The boys placed 17th out of 40 with a near school record breaking 200 free relay team of Cam DiBenedetto, Trevor Ragas, Nick Graca and Connor Lepage and the 400 free relay team of Trevor Ragas, Nick Graca, Cam DiBenedetto and Tristan Lepage. The girls placed 27th with help from Sarah White’s 14th place 100 butterfly and the near school record breaking 9th place 100 backstroke.  The 400 free relay of Brie Harrison, Victoria Ashley, Mackenzie Coogan and Sarah White had their best performance of the season. Congratulations to both teams on a great season!

Post season play for our Laker Basketball teams begins next week.  Please check www.southcoastconference.org for schedules.  Best wishes Lakers!

Great fun was had at ARHS’s Class of 2018 Paint Night.  Ms. Tavares, from AES, instructed students, as they created their own works of art.  Pictures of our budding artists are on the site.  Thank you to Mrs. Tavares, Ms. Lippincott and Mrs. Brown for making this event possible.

Two DECA participants, Kelly Emerson and Abigail Kieth, are students on the Fall River Municipal Credit Union Junior Advisory Board.  These two young scholars, along with DECA Advisor and Business Educator, Mr. Frank Rosa, were interviewed on WSAR 1480 last week.  Kelly and Abigail did a great job representing ARHS!  Listen to their interview on our site under Athletics and Clubs and then DECA.

Congratulations to the ARHS students who competed in the latest National Honor Society Honor Bowl at Fairhaven High School. The four-person team of Nathan Sylvia, Abigail Carchio, Michaela Arguin, and Cameron Sheedy made an impressive comeback in the first round to defeat Wareham High School but lost by a disappointing ten points to Fairhaven High School in the last round. Never fear, the Apponequet team remains in top standing in the conference!

Great news regarding the math team!  ARHS’s mathletes were one of the top 8 teams in points this year!  As a result, our team will be engaging in the playoffs in Dartmouth next month! Stay tuned for more details.

Congratulations to the following students who auditioned and were accepted to participate in the 2016 Senior Music Festival sponsored by SEMSBA (Southeastern Massachusetts School Bandmasters Association): Devin Christiansen, Arismendy Belen, Cameron Shippee and Victoria Ingargiola. The SEMSBA Senior Music Festival will take place at Milton High School on April 8-9 and these four students will be in the Festival Chorus.

Four Senior Band members represented Apponequet at the 5th Annual High School Honor Band Festival at Bridgewater State University on February 11.  The day-long festival consisted of rehearsals, sectionals and clinics and culminated with an evening performance.  Apponequet band members participating were: Abigail Keith, Kelly Emerson, Nicholas Matson, and Cameron Roberts.

Save the Date for our Visual Arts display at The Great Ponds Gallery at the Lakeville Public Library.  Gallery attendees on March 5th, from 11:00 am - 1:00 am, will view the beautiful art work of students from ARHS and Old Colony.  For more information about this event, please visit our site.

The second “Quarter 3 Grade Update” is Friday, March 4, 2016.  Please save the date for our Spring Parent/Guardian Night scheduled for Tuesday, March 15, 2016, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.

Regards,

B. Starkie, Ed.D.


Upcoming Events:

March 04 - Grade Update Release

March 10 - 12 - DECA State Competition

March 14 - Prom Ticket sales begin after school

March 15 - Spring Parent/Guardian Night

March 18 - Grade Update Release

March 24 - Grade Update Release

March 25 - Good Friday/School Closed

 Freetown-Lakeville Middle School

Lights, camera, action!:

Peter Pan Jr. - March 4 at 7 p.m., March 5 at 2p.m. and 7p.m.

Tickets are on now sale for $7.00 and can be purchased through any cast or crew member or by emailing gjohnson@freelake.org. Tickets go fast so make sure to get yours in advance.

Majorettes:

The majorettes will compete on Sunday, February 28th at Seekonk High School.  The doors open at 12:30, and the competition begins at 1:00.

Mike Smith Live:

We are so grateful to Dr. Starkie and Rob Powers for sharing their magnificent guest speaker with our eighth graders this week.  The administrators of the middle and high schools were very impressed with Mike back in the summer when they saw him speak at a conference.  Luckily, Mr. Powers was already on the job arranging for Mike to visit our campus this year.

Mike sends a powerful message about building one’s character, achieving one’s goals, and just “be[ing] nice, dude!”

2016 ELA  MCAS Dates:

Grade 6 will test on March 29th and 30th.

Grade 7 will test on March 31st and April 1st.

Grade 8 will test on April 4th and 5th.

 
George R. Austin Intermediate School
Happenings This Week:

Welcome back everyone.  This week after a restful vacation has been quite eventful.  Last evening was the “Coffee with the Principal” and Superintendent Mr. Medeiros. I would like to thank everyone that attended as topics related to MCAS vs PARCC, homework, extra math and technology were discussed. Ms. Pineault will be holding her third “Coffee with the Principal” during the spring time so please look for information in the near future.

The next PTO meeting will be held Monday, March 21 at 7:00 in the GRAIS cafeteria.  We welcome any and all new participation to the meeting as we will be discussing the remainder of the events for the year.  

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:

This week in ELA, we are continuing to work on informational text and responding to text within their writing.  We are also continuing our exploration in social studies of the regions of the United States.

4th Grade Math & Science:

In math, our students are working on division with remainders.

Science this week is the beginning of our unit on animals, their habitats,  and the importance of their well being to our lives and the lives of other animals.  

5th Grade ELA:

In 5th grade ELA students are beginning a new unit which focuses on artists and inventors.  This week we are discussing how artists influence future generations. Classes are also finishing up their “Do The Right Thing” oral presentations.

5th Grade Math:

Fifth grade math is working on making line plots to display measurements containing fractions. A line plot is a data display consisting of a number line with x's above each number to show how often the number occurs in the data set. Students are also practicing interpreting line plots and using them to solve word problems involving fractions.

Music:

This week 4th grade students are finishing up "Hot Cross Buns" on their recorders and starting their next recorder karate belt "Gently Sleep." students will be performing B, A, and G pitches while using quarter and half notes.

5th grade students are finishing up their beginning composition pieces. Each student must make a four bar piece of music using line, space, quarter, half, whole, and eighth notes. Once they are finished, they get to hear what their music sounds like on the saxophone.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

March 10, 2016 - ½ Curriculum Day - dismissal of students at 11:00

March 13, 2016 - Daylight Savings

March 14, 2016 - Individual Spring Pictures & Class Pictures

March 16, 2016 - Grades Close

OUR NEXT PTO MEETING IS MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2016 @ 7:00P.M.

March 21, 2016 - School Council @ 2:30

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
Along with Groundhog Day and Valentine’s Day, Day 100 is a big day for elementary schools, especially our kindergarteners. Here are a few of the Day 100 projects that are on display.

Next week marks the beginning of Read Across America Week and Dr. Seuss’ Birthday. A list of Spirit Days can be found in the Activity Files link below.

Next week also hosts the start of the PTO Book Fair on Friday and Artapalooza on Saturday. Needless to say, both of these events are big events for students and their families. This year’s theme for Artapalooza is Mexico. It is such fun to see former students returning to AES to help with this event. A great tradition that is received with such anticipation. Hope to see you all there!

School Wide Elections: While the rest of Massachusetts is voting in the Presidential Primary, our students will be voting on their favorite Dr. Seuss character. Students will have to think of the character and how they know them from the story, what traits they possess and the qualities they like about them before casting their vote. The ”candidates” are: The Cat in the Hat,

The Grinch, Horton and The Lorax. 

We are grateful to Mrs. Martin (now a retired teacher) for returning to AES and spending time teaching our students about the election process. 

This week’s flyers:

  • Dr Seuss Spirit Week Schedule

  • Math and Literacy Night

Please click on February’s 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.

Lex Eaton, Nolan Robbins and Declan Ugi demonstrate that they are masters of construction with this giant dinosaur.


School Supply Drive for Kenya

Thank you so much for all your donations for the school supply drive!  We are so lucky to have such a generous community of families.  Our school collected five boxes of supplies!

A special thank you to Mrs. Sylvane for putting this project together and providing an opportunity for Assawompset students to make a difference halfway across the globe.

Kindergarten registration for 2016-2017 - Registration packets will be mailed out during the week of February 22. Upcoming information regarding registration and screening dates will be posted on our AES web page and this newsletter.

Kindergarten Registration:

Completed packets should be dropped off at the AES main office March 14, 15 and 16 between the the hours of 10 a.m. - 12 p.m and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Kindergarten Dr. Seuss Day Parade

Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 2:00 p.m.

Parents and guests are invited to view the parade in the gym.  Parking will be on the field.  Please plan to arrive after 1:45 so we can make sure all recess students are safely in the building.

The parade will start promptly at 2:00.  The kindergarten students will parade around the school and then head towards the gym. You will have the opportunity to see them march by and get a quick photo. When the parade has ended, you may leave the gym and head back to your car. We are looking forward to a colorful salute to Dr. Seuss!  Hope to see you there!

Licenses will not be collected for this event as parents will be limited to the gym.

**Please drop off floats Tuesday afternoon or before school on Wednesday.  

Reminder: Parents picking up children must send a note in with their child that morning. These students will be dismissed from the cafeteria immediately after the parade.

Friends of the Library Winter Book Sale!

Saturday, February 27th from 10-2

Join us for the Winter Friends Book Sale!  Used books of all kinds will be available for purchase at the Great Ponds Gallery on Saturday, February 27th from 10-2.

Members of the Friends will be able to preview the sale, Friday, February 26th from 5-7 pm.  If you are not yet a member or need to pay your 2016 membership, you will be able to do this at the door!

Classroom Chatter

Kindergarten:

This week the kindergarten children have read the classic fable The Lion and the Mouse.The children have learned that a fable often has animal characters and always teaches a lesson or moral at the end of the story. The children made lion and mouse puppets and have been practicing retelling this fable with a friend. In math we continue to work with addition and subtraction stories and writing number sentences to go with our stories.

Grade One:

This week we celebrated the 100th day of school!  We celebrated by doing various activities in the classrooms.  In addition, the first graders have been learning about our former presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.  Many of the classrooms were also visited by former Assawompset teacher, Mrs. Martin.  Mrs. Martin taught the children all about the voting process to prepare them for our upcoming election. We thank her for her continued devotion to the children of Lakeville.

Grade Two:

This is reading review week in second grade.  The students are reviewing the reading strategies and skills taught in Reading Street Unit Three, “Creative Ideas”.  The students will be adding three digit numbers in math.  Also, in preparation for the school wide elections on March 1st, Mrs. Martin will be visiting the second grade classrooms to teach lessons on the voting process.  

Grade Three:

This week grade three students are reading an expository piece called How Do You Raise a Raisin?.  They are also focusing on contractions in spelling.  Third graders have been working on an exciting project that calls for them to create illustrations about something a space probe might take a picture of in space, and then asks them to write captions for each illustration.  Students have been enjoying creating their own space probe with a unique name, researching more about the solar system and creating their final products.  In math, third graders have been learning more about fractions.  This includes concepts like equivalent fractions, fractions greater than one and plotting fractions on a number line.

ART

Kindergarten children are helping us decorate the gym for our art show.  They made hilarious Mexican roosters from paper.  Each certainly has its own personality!

Grade 1 students are finishing the paper version of Mexican Mola paintings.  Molas are traditionally done in yarn, but we are using strips of colored paper on black.  They will be on display at Artapalooza.

Grade 2 students completed their non-objective compositions.  They traced old CDs and triangles to create a balanced composition, making shapes overlap.  They used rubbing plates on each shape, then finished by painting them with watercolors.

Grade 3 students are beginning Mexican mirrors with Ms. Dmitruk.  They will choose a paper from some traditional Mexican colors, creating patterns inside concentric circles with oil pastels.  The center of the paper will have aluminum foil to look like a mirror.  They will also be displayed at Artapalooza.

MUSIC

K: The children all learned a new song this week, Barnacle Bill and were able to take turns practicing a steady beat with their hands until it was their turn to use the instruments in rows. The children all did a fantastic job practicing and developing their instrument technique.

1st: In first grade, we worked on finalizing our songs for the big day! We also had the opportunity play a Valentine’s Day rhythm tic-tac-toe game to review the quarter note, quarter rest and eighth note.

2nd: The second grade children learned another new piece for their Ocean performance in April-this week it was a song about sharks! The song introduces the children to the many different types of sharks and teaches some really interesting facts. The children have also been concentrating on singing with a head tone and focusing on breath control.

3rd: The third graders are learning their third note on the recorder this week, letter G. They were also given the opportunity to play a rhythm game as a class where they had to identify the quarter note, quarter rest, eighth note, whole note, dotted half note, piano, and forte.

Library

Kindergarten:  We are finishing up our author study this week with If You Take a Mouse to School by Laura Numeroff.  The students have enjoyed learning about the author and like the cyclical nature of the books!

Grade 1: The first graders are wrapping up their videos and we are going to have a “movie day” when they are all uploaded. Great job learning about Hedgehogs and we will soon have a special guest come to visit -- more details to come!

Grades 2 and 3:  This is the last week we are working on our videos. Most students have finished and once they are all uploaded, we will have a “movie day” to see everyone’s hard work! I have really enjoyed doing this project with our students. If you would like to make videos at home, the name of the app is Green Screen by Do Ink.

Coin Drive Results

Thank you so much to everyone that donated coins for the program, All For Books. Our school raised over $1,300 and we are so appreciative of your generosity!

1st place: Mrs. Espourteille’s Class

2nd place: Mrs. Clerc’s Class

3rd Place: Miss Pacheco’s Class

Congratulations to Mrs. Espourteille’s class - they have earned custom made t-shirts for Field Day!

Other News:

  • Our Poster Raffle winner was Norah Whowell from Kindergarten. Congratulations Norah!

  • Our Shelf of the Week Award goes to Addyson Gates from Mrs. Maguire’s class! Great job keeping your shelf neat!


Physical  Education:

All grade levels will complete their “Four-Square” Unit this week.  Based on level of game-play, “Four-Square” helps practice numerous skills, including: catching, underhand toss, ball striking, hand-eye coordination, footwork, cooperation, communication, and teamwork.  Thus far, students have done an awesome job with the game and have improved tremendously.  Each grade level is playing the following versions of four square:

Kindergarten:  Will focus on a catch/toss/catch versions and will begin to understand court rotation.

Grades 1: Will focus on a catch/toss/catch, then move to a catch/drop/tap version.  They will also learn to fully understand court rotation.

Grades 2: Will focus on the catch/drop/tap version and eventually move to full game play. They will also learn to fully understand court rotation.

Grades 3: Will play actual “Four-Square” games and will fully understand the rules, rotation, and objective of the game.

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.

 

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.

 
Greetings from Freetown Elementary!

Grade 3 MCAS Math Night: Grade 3 teachers will be hosting an MCAS Family Math Night on Wednesday, March 16 from 5:30 - 6:30. We hope to see all of our third grade families there. If you have not responded to your child’s teacher, for planning purposes, please let her know as soon as possible.

FES Kindergarten Registration 2016: Kindergarten registration packets were mailed on February 22, 2016 to families who have children reaching kindergarten age (5 years old) by August 31, 2016. Contact information has been provided by Freetown Town Hall through data collected in the census. If you are expecting a packet and do not receive one by March 1, please contact the school office. We are looking for the Class of 2029! Please spread the word! Parents and guardians may register incoming kindergarten students during the times below. Student screenings will occur in May and appointments will be made at registration.

FES Kindergarten Registration

Date

Morning Hours

Afternoon Hours

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

10:00 - 12:00

1:00 - 4:00

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

10:00 - 12:00

1:00 - 4:00

Thursday, March 10, 2016

8:00 - 11:00

12:30 - 3:30

 

Read Across America Literacy Spirit Week

February 29, 2016 – March 4, 2016

Date

Event

Description

Monday

Hats Off to

Dr. Seuss  &

Frog Day/Leap Day

Leap into a Cat in the Hat or crazy /favorite hat and/or celebrate leap year by wearing frogs – pin, hat