image of a blue sombrero with text of Cinco de May and AES updates May 5, 2024


Spring MATH MCAS DATES - GRADE 3 ONLY: May 8 and 9 - Math

May 14th - PTO Meeting 7:00 p.m. 

May 27 - NO SCHOOL

Save the date, The Assawompset PTO presents, Ready, Set, Glow! Someone Special Dance 2024 for all students and one parent or someone special (adult) to attend. Free admission. Refreshments served. Saturday June 1st. Assawompset Gymnasium. 1:00-3:00 PM for kindergaren and first grade, 5:00-7:00 PM second grade and third grade. Please direct all inquiries to More information to follow!

SAVE THE DATE!  FROM AES PTO - Our June Spring Dance Flyer 


GRADE 2 Contest for Agenda Books:  please see instruction here:


Need some inspiration?  Here is last year’s winner:

image of last year's agenda cover winter of a soaring eagle and text of achieve soar excel Assawompset Elementary school


Week 2 of making Jiji out of clay! Some are painting, some are using ceramic glaze. It’s been crazy in the art room! We love it!


K: This week we spent time learning about Presto vs Largo. We watched a few fun videos, one where the kids had to express the differences with their bodies. After, we played along to a song that switched tempos and then finished class reading The Tortoise and the Hare. 

1st: This week the 1st graders worked on playing Forte vs Piano. They did a play-along to Vivaldi’s Spring.

2nd: If you have not sent in a RED shirt for the performance, please send one in ASAP. The kids are getting really excited for their big performance on May 15th @ 10:00 am in the AES gymnasium! 

3rd: This week we put the recorders down and worked with the Jump Bands! We had a fantastic time jumping a specific pattern to some fun tunes! 


It’s that time of year again- please look for any library books you might have at your house as all of the books will need to be returned by the end of the school year!

Students in Kindergarten are taking a survey about our class reward system and reviewing typing skills learned earlier in the school year. Students in first and second grades are taking a survey on the  class reward system, graphic novels and presenting their penguin research from last week. Our third graders are either taking a survey and/or finishing their Scratch/Makey Makey projects,


This week during PE, we're honing our throwing and catching skills as part of our Lacrosse unit. Second and third graders are teaming up to practice overhand throws, while first graders and kindergarteners are mastering the technique by throwing against a wall and aiming at targets. Across all grades, we're revisiting and refining our scooping, raking, and cradling techniques throughout the lesson.


This week in Kindergarten we read the text Bringing Down the Moon and discussed the genre of fantasy. Students have spent time reviewing sight words previously taught and reading for fluency.  In math, students had fun using scales to weigh different objects.  Students estimated how much things would weigh and used math terminology such as heavier and lighter. Kindergarten had a blast on our field trip to Round the Bend Farm.  A HUGE thank you to the PTO for making this possible!


Our question this week was “What sounds can you hear” and “How are they made?”  Some of the selections that we read were The Squeaky Bed and Now, What Was That Sound?  In addition, we learned how sounds around us are made.  We continue to practice reading and writing words with vowel teams and the suffixes -ed/-ing.  Have a nice weekend!


On Wednesday, an educator from the Massachusetts Audubon Society visited the second graders.  The educator guided our students as they engaged directly with nature on our AES nature trail. The students were thinking like scientists as they engaged in meaningful discussions about what they discovered on the trail and as they reflected on their own connection to the environment.  The Mass Audubon’s mission is to teach our students to protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and wildlife.  Many thanks to the AES PTO for organizing this excellent experience for our second graders.

 image of a spider on a logimage of two students studying an insect on the ground


Grade 3 students have been working hard to prepare for Math MCAS! We are learning about quadrilaterals and special attributes of shapes. In reading, we have been reading biographies to learn about what it means to be a good citizen. We learned about Dolores Huerta and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, two influential citizens in history! In science, we are continuing to explore the difference between weather and climate. 

Counselor’s Corner:

Why Do Children Lie?

Many of us have heard of the fight or flight response when presented with a stressful situation, however, recently psychologists have added freeze, and have begun researching another possible defense mechanism: fib.

The ADDitude website references 4 reasons why a child would fib or lie: protection, deflection, extension and self-preservation. 

  • Protection: The child wants to avoid disappointing someone such as their parents, teachers, friends or coaches.

  • Deflection:  The child wants to avoid getting that person angry and then having to deal with any consequences as a result.

  • Extension:  The child is hoping to buy some time to think about the situation and if it can be fixed.

Self-preservation:  The child wants to preserve their perceived self-esteem and avoid feeling like a failure due to the possible negative consequence of the situation. 

Bethany Pineault, Principal

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