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April 2018

It might be hard to tell, but spring is finally here! Let’s hope that mother nature starts cooperating and brings us sunshine and warmer temperatures soon.  April is a very busy month here at SES, with the awards assembly, drama show, chorus, spirit days, SBAC testing and more! Be sure to keep an eye out for the important dates listed below.  First we would like to congratulate the 6th grade class for their contribution to supporting the bill to increase the smoking age; presenting at the capitol is a fantastic opportunity!  Also a big congratulations to Gabe Victoria for being the SES Bananagrams champ two years in a row, we wish him luck at the tournament.

SES is going homework free for the month April, please keep in mind that students are likely to still have a nightly reading assignment however.  We are hoping this policy will allow students to relax and enjoy their afternoons and evenings and be fresh for SBAC testing!  In other academic news, both 5th and 6th graders are working on persuasive writing,  In science, 5th grade is finishing up a unit on the Earth, Moon, and Sun (They have prepared wonderful technology projects on this topic, so keep an eye out!), and 6th graders are moving on to a chemistry unit. In Social Studies, 5th graders have begun working on a unit focusing on how human activity impacts the environment, and 6th graders are finishing up a unit on Ancient Greece, and had a great time representing their assigned city states. In math, both classes have brushed up on their mean, median, mode, and range skills with fun hands on activities.  Ms. Wildowsky’s class is also working on expressions and equations, and Mrs. Coutu’s math class is continuing work on fractions and averages.  5th and 6th graders have been working so hard and we know they are ready for SBAC.

Important Dates:
April 5- Awards Assembly @ 2:15
April 6- Baseball Spirit Day
April 10th & 12th – ELA SBAC
April 11 – Drama Show @ 1:30 and 6:00
April 16-20 – April Vacation
April 24 – Field Trip to the opera
April 25 – Island Spirit Day

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February 2018

February is here, which means it is time for the Super Bowl, Go Pats!!!!!  Friday the 2nd is Football Friday, where students should wear the colors of their favorite football team and get to have fun enjoying the football themed activities of the day.  February also marks the start of the 2018 Winter Olympics both in South Korea, and here at S.E.S!  5th graders have been assigned France, and 6th graders have been assigned Bulgaria, both classes have been studying up on their countries and earning spirit points for their classes.  The first ever S.E.S Olympics will be held on Friday February 9th.  For the 100th day of school, S.E.S is trying to collect 100 pairs of socks for a homeless shelter, so any donations you can make will be greatly appreciated.  

In academics, 5th and 6th graders will be switching science and social studies the second week of February.  5th graders will be working on a unit involving the Earth, Moon, and Solar System. In social studies, 6th graders will be working on world geography.  Writing classes are finishing up their news stories, so keep an eye out for some exciting historical event broadcasts in the near future!  Both classes are continuing to practice for the SBAC testing that will take place in April by reviewing math and reading skills, as well as taking actual practice tests on the computer.  The more familiar the students are with both the content and the setup of the test, the more success they can expect!

It is hard to believe that the second trimester is already half way over!  With that said, conferences will be held the first and second of March, sign up forms will be coming home soon, so please keep an eye out and return as soon as possible!

Important Dates:
February 2nd – Football Friday
February 9th – SES Olympics
February 13th – 100th day of school (Weather permitting)
February 14th – Wear Red
February 19th & 20th – No School
February 28th –  Last day for the 100th day sock collection
Chorus:  Feb 6, 15, 22, 27
Drama:  Feb 5, 7, 12, 14, 21, 26, 28

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January 2018

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday break and is ready to begin the new year! January has been a crazy month!  The combination of vacation and snow days has made January fly by already.  Both chorus and drama have started, and it is great to see how many students are participating in these programs.

Ms. Wildowsky’s reading class is currently working on a mystery story called The Westing Game.  We have been doing an interactive simulation of the book as we read along, and the students are having a great time.   This book has so many twists and turns, it is difficult to put it down!  Mrs. Coutu’s class is finishing up Al Capone Does My Shirts, and will begin a new novel shortly.  In writing, both classes are writing a news story. Students have begun researching a historic event in which they want to write their story on.  Upon completion of the writing, we will be using the green screen to record our news in the format of a typical news broadcast!  6th graders are currently having science, and have just begun to design their roller coasters, a project that is always challenging and a lot of fun!  5th graders are in social studies and are continuing to work on Native Americans.  5th and 6th graders will be switching science and social studies in the next couple of weeks.

Important Dates:
January 2 – Welcome back to school!
January 11th – Wear White Spirit Day
January 15th – Martin Luther King Day – No School
January 16th – Chorus starts. (Tuesdays)
January 17th- Drama starts.  (Monday & Wednesdays)
January 26th – Class Color Spirit Day

 

 

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December 2017

It is hard to believe that December is here and that the first trimester is over!  Students have been working hard, and 5th graders have done a great job adjusting to the middle school model.  Report cards will be sent home on December 13th, so please keep an eye out and return the signed envelope as soon as possible.

 

Both classes have just finished up their first major technology project, which was on Google Slides, if you haven’t seen them, be sure to ask your child, they came out great!  Classes are now working on a combined writing and technology project focusing on various holidays around the world.  In reading, Mrs. Coutu’s class is reading Al Capone Does My Homework, and Ms. Wildowsky’s class is reading The One and Only Ivan.  In math, both classes have worked on powers of 10 and metric conversions, and Ms. Wildowsky’s class is currently working on the coordinate grid.  

December is a very busy month with a lot of school activities happening. 5th and 6th graders will be having an optional yankee swap on December 22nd, and we will be having a whole class party on the same day.  If you have any questions about either please email us for clarification!

 

Important Dates:

December 8 – Ugly Sweater Day

December 18 & 19 – Full Band 

December 20 – Christmas Concert @ 1:30 and 6:00 pm

December 21 – Awards Assembly @ 2:00

December 22 – Holiday Hat Day and early release for winter break!

January 2- Return to school


November 2017

 

What a crazy start to November!  November is a very busy month here at SES, so it is important to keep an eye on the upcoming events.  During November we will have parent teacher conferences, Thanksgiving break, and several spirit days!  All SES students worked very hard on their cartoon character scarecrows, so we hope that you enjoy them when you visit the building!

With just one month remaining in the first trimester, students have been working hard in all academic areas.  Math classes have been working on multiplying and dividing decimals and fractions, as well as several other high level skills!  Both reading classes are nearing the end of our second novel, Skellig for Mrs. Coutu’s class, and Al Capone Does My Shirts for Ms, Wildowsky’s class.  In writing, both classes are wrapping up scary stories that we will share with the class next week.  At the completion of scary stories, the writing classes will move on to writing expository pieces.  November also marks the time of the year when 5th and 6th graders switch subjects, 5th begins social studies while 6th begins science.  

As previously mentioned, there are many important dates to keep track of in November, so please add them to your calendar!

November 6th – Food drive begins

November 7th – No School for Students/Professional Development for teachers

November 8th and 9th – ½ day for students.  Parent/Teacher Conferences

November 10th – Veterans Day – No School

November 15th – Crazy Sock Spirit Day

November 21st – Food drive ends

November 22nd – ½ day and Pajama Spirit Day

November 23 – 24 – Thanksgiving Break

November 28th – Annual Pig Race

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October 2017

It is hard to believe that the first month of school is already behind us!  It has been great getting to know everyone and getting back into the swing of things.  5th and 6th graders have been very busy, together they created a middle school constitution coming up with rights and responsibilities that all middle schoolers will need to follow.  This was a great way to start the year, learning how to work collaboratively, and having the power to create rules for all to follow.

In academics, both reading classes have just finished Because of Mr. Terupt.  This was a great book that the students really liked.  As a cumulative project, students had to create a Voki from the point of view of a character from the book.  The Voki’s came out great, if you haven’t had the chance to watch you definitely should!  Both writing classes are coming to the conclusion of their personal narrative, and will begin writing scary stories just in time for Halloween!  Fifth graders are currently working on an engineering and technology unit in science, while sixth graders are completing a simulation in social studies.  Fifth and sixth graders will be switching science and social studies in the next couple of weeks as the trimester is nearly half over already!

There are many exciting things happening in October, including the annual scarecrow building and the exciting pig race fundraiser!  Other important dates are as follows:

October 9 – Columbus Day (No school)

October 10 – Professional Development (No school for students)

October 13 – Spirit Day – Baseball Day  –  Fundraiser begins

October 24 – Picture Retakes

October 27 – Fundraiser ends  –  Spirit Day (Wild West Day)  – Grandparents lunch

October 31 – Spirit Day – Crazy Sock Day

Have a great October!  Please contact us with any questions or concerns: mwildowsky@scotlandes.org   or    acoutu@scotlandes.org  

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September 2017

Welcome back!  We are very excited to start the new school year! It is wonderful to see both familiar faces, and several new students to grades 5 and 6.  With all of the forms coming home at this time, it is very important to read them over and return back to school as soon as possible! 

We will be beginning the year reading the same novel in both reading classes, Because of Mr. Terupt.  This is a great book that allows students to connect with characters and witness the evolution of characters throughout the book.  In writing, both classes are going to be starting a personal narrative.  We will be working on expanding thoughts, adding details, and catching the readers attention, in addition to grammar and editing!

6th graders will begin the year having social studies where they will be learning about explorers and will be partaking in an exciting discovery simulation!  5th grade has the chance to start the year with science, and be the first ones to experience our new science program!  Our new science program is extremely interactive and hands on, students are bound to love it!  In addition to the new science program, we are also going to be using Study Island, both in our classrooms and in the computer lab with Mrs. Morelli.  

September is a busy month, listed below are important dates to remember!

September 1:  First day paperwork is due

September 4:  Labor Day – No School

September 12:  Open House 6:00 – 7:30

September 15:  Spirit Day – Backwards day

September 28 – Picture Day

 

If you have any questions, please always feel free to contact us!

mwildowsky@scotlandes.org    or     acoutu@scotlandes.org