Newsletters

May 2017

May is well underway and is a very busy month!  As the year is starting to wind down there are so many fun and exciting activities taking place.  Unfortunately the Mystic field trip had to be postponed due to rain and high winds in the area, the make up date will be confirmed soon.  Although we are disappointed that the trip was cancelled initially, everyone will be in for a better experience when the weather cooperates! The student council trip to Mystic will still take place on Friday, May 19th, and the student council Memorial Day Cemetery Prep trip will be on May 26th.  Friday, May 26th is also the Spring Family Luncheon, so we hope to see many of you there!  In addition to field trips we have two spirit days this month, mustache day on the 16th and red, white, and blue day on the 26th.

In academic areas, 5th and 6th graders have been working hard! We are nearly finished with SBAC testing which has been challenging but students have done a wonderful job!  They have also been working on a project with Mrs. Lowney that correlates to their Mystic field trip; they have been conducting a lot of research, and will make a video to show their knowledge in the weeks to come!  Recently we also switched science and social studies classes, for the remainder of the year the 5th graders will be having social studies where they are learning about explorers, and 6th graders are having science where we are working on a unit on energy. Students have been doing a great job staying focused and keeping up the good work!

Let’s hope that the weather begins to cooperate so everyone can enjoy their end of the year field trips, and it starts feeling like spring!

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April 2017

Spring is officially here!  As we are preparing for the joys of April Vacation, things have still been quite busy here at S.E.S! The drama club did a fantastic job with the Pirates 2 play, it was clear that students and Mr. C had been working quite hard.  This past Monday, students had the opportunity to meet with 2 members of the Opera which we will be going to see on May 4th, it looks like it is going to be a great show!  

Immediately following vacation, fifth graders will be taking the science CMT.  Later in April and the beginning of May, students in grades 3-6 will begin the SBAC testing.  Aside from testing, we have several activities happening following the vacation including two exciting field trips.  Student council has a trip to Mystic, and 5th and 6th graders will be going on a boat to observe and learn about marine life, coastal ecology, and human impact of the environment.  To prepare for this trip, we have teamed up with Mrs. Lowney and Mrs. Bach to enhance the experience.  In art, students will be drawing ecosystems similar to that in which they will see on the trip.  In computer class, students are going to be split into groups and research information that will be beneficial for them when they attend the field trip, and then create an informational video.  Field Trip permission forms will be handed out soon, so keep an eye out for this important information!  6th graders have done a great job fundraising and will be going on their class trip to High Meadow in June.  

We hope that everyone has a fantastic vacation and students come back ready to finish up a great year!  


March 2017

It is hard to believe that we are already in the month of March, this year is definitely flying by!  6th graders are continuing to work on fundraisers for their class trip, and had a great turn out at the 99, thank you to all who came to support the class of 2017!  Both grades are also continuing to look into a field trip prior to the end of the year, more details to follow. 

Students have been working hard with Mr. C in both chorus and drama.  The drama club is putting on their performance on April 5th, and the spring concert is on June 7th.  We are all very excited to see their hard work pay off!  A reminder that many drama club members are also attending the Lion King on March 16th.  

Grades for the second trimester close on March 14th, with report cards going home to students on March 24th.  To finish out the trimester, both classes just completed a unit on geometry, and in writing 5th graders are wrapping up an expository paper, where sixth graders are finishing up persuasive writing.   5th grade students will be taking the science CMT in April, and all SES students in grades 3-6 will be taking the SBAC testing following April Vacation.  April will be a very busy month, but we know our kids are ready and are going to be amazing!  

Dates to remember:

March 9- Wear stripes day

March 17- St. Patrick’s Day (Wear green!)

March 30- Awards Assembly for grades 2-6

March 31- March Madness (Wear the colors of your favorite college basketball team)

March 31- Jump Rope for Heart envelopes due.

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January 2017

I hope everyone had a wonderful winter break!  We both enjoyed spending time with friends and family, and are now refreshed and ready to be back at school.  Prior to the break classes had the chance to decorate doors for the holidays, and create ‘no snow’ snowmen which were fun for all!  We are all hoping for snow, just enough for our winter field day!  Date for the winter field day will be dependent upon the weather, so stay tuned for details.  

In writing, 5th grade has just begun a unit on expository writing where they are researching a country of their choice.  6th graders are currently working on opinion writing. Both classes are very busy with their technology projects as well.  5th graders are researching Native Americans and creating a Google Slides show, and 6th graders are creating a Thinglink showcasing their knowledge of elements.  Fifth and sixth graders use technology every day and we are very grateful to have the Chromebooks! In math, both classes have now switched to a unit on area, surface area and volume.  Although we have switched to a new unit, there will still be a lot of repetition of fractions and previously taught skills.  

January is a very busy month with many important dates to remember, please see below!

Chorus- January 10, 18, 24, 16, and 31

Drama- January 23, 25, and 30

No School- January 2, 13, 16

Spirit Day (Class Color Day- 5th orange, 6th black) – January 27

I hope we can make it though January without too much more snow and without freezing! 

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October  2016

Fall is here and there are a lot of exciting things happening in 5th and 6th grade!  Last week was our adventure at Discovery Camp, and everyone who attended had a great time!  Discovery camp provided a great opportunity to meet new friends and try new things.  Classes have been working on their scarecrows, which can be seen outside of the building for the next couple of days, and outside during conferences as well.  Don’t forget that conferences are next week, November 9th and 10th, a reminder note with your confirmed meeting time will be coming home soon.  Just a reminder that next week is a busy schedule, students have no school on Tuesday and Friday, and have early release days on Wednesday and Thursday!

In academics, 5th grade has just wrapped up their science unit on cells and 6th grade has just finished their social studies simulation.  The grades will now switch and 5th grade will begin social studies learning about geography and Native Americans, and 6th grade will be starting a chemistry unit in science.  Both reading classes have finished their first novel of the year, and will be starting a new book in the next few days.  In math, Mrs. Coutu’s class is continuing to work on fractions, and Ms. Wildowsky’s class is in the middle of a unit on statistics and data (They had a lot of fun surveying their classmates and staff!).  

I hope everyone has a happy and safe Halloween!  As always, please feel free to contact us at anytime at acoutu@scotlandes.org or mwildowsky@scotlandes.org.

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September 2016

It was great getting to see so many of you at open house, the staff cash available sure did make the night interesting!  We  have really enjoyed reconnecting with the 6th graders and seeing how they matured over the summer.  We are pleased to introduce the 5th graders to middle school, and we are enjoying getting to know them!  This will be an exciting year for all.

Classes are now in full swing as we have begun switching for math and reading, and we are working hard in other areas as well.  Both math classes are working on a fractions unit, and both reading classes have begun reading a novel.  5th grade will have 6 weeks of science to begin the year while 6th grade will begin with social studies.  After 6 weeks, 5th and 6th grade will switch into the other subject.  

There are several important dates coming up that we would like everyone to mark on their calendar!  Thursday, September 22nd at 6:30 is the parents meeting for Discovery Center.  This meeting will provide valuable information for both parents and students about this unique learning opportunity.  September 29th is picture day, please make sure you send in the form!  A final reminder is that we are still collecting box tops!  Send in box tops with your child to earn money for the school and spirit points for our homerooms!

Please feel free to contact us at any time with any questions or concerns!
mwildowsky@scotlandes.org      and        acoutu@scotlandes.org