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Woodstock Elementary School
WOODSTOCK — Walk to School Day is Thursday, October 13, and the whole school will be walking to school. All buses will come to WES as usual. The Telstar High School and Middle School students will switch to the two buses that always take them to Bethel. The Woodstock students will get on the other two buses and be driven to Ginny Johnson’s house at the corner of Route 232 and Rumford Avenue.
All parents who are driving their children to school should bring the children to the Johnson home to meet the group. The walk will begin promptly at 7:45 a.m.
When students arrive at Mrs. Johnson’s, there will be muffins, juice, milk and fruit for breakfast. The group will eat, say the Flag Salute and talk about being healthy and exercising. Then the group will walk by classes back to school; The Woodstock Fire Department will have some coverage at each end of the road to let drivers know that the school is doing this special, once a year walk. The rain date will be Friday, October 14. Please join the group for this healthy walk.
Kindergarten, Mrs. Wilkey — The kindergartners are settling into school nicely. They have spent a lot of time getting to know one another and getting to know the school. The first few weeks of school were spent learning rules and routines. The class is off to a strong start in kindergarten and looks forward to another great month.
Grade One, Mrs. Wentworth — First graders have been reviewing estimating, graphing and counting and writing numbers 1-20. The children have also been working on calendar skills, comparing groups to determine greater than and less than and using a number line to determine which numbers come before, after and in-between a specified number(s). In the coming weeks the class is going to focus on addition facts to eight.
Grade Two, Mrs. Ferland — After the class finished DRA and NWEA testing for reading, everyone was placed in a reading group based on their reading level. Two groups are reading about the kids from Polk Street School. The class has been practicing fluency every day. As they read, they practice reading strategies and what to do when they don’t know a word. The group has learned the difference between fact and opinion. Thank you to all the parents who have been reading with their children. Mrs. Ferland has already seen an improvement as children read more and more. Keep up the reading.
Grade Three, Ms. Nichols — In math the children have been working on many different topics in preparation for the NECAP test. They have worked on comparing numbers greater than, less than or equal to. They have also been reviewing some strategies that they can use to solve word problems. Students have also practiced drawing fractions and identifying what the numerators and denominators can tell us. Third graders have also practiced making change up to $1. Remember that they can practice these skills at home by logging on to the IXL website and playing some of the review games.
Grade Four, Ms. Wilson — Math classes this month have centered around review. September is a review month of skills from last year, so students have been working on some trouble areas that were discovered on a classroom assessment. This has involved the study of place value, logical reasoning and review of computation skills and math facts. The class will continue to review for the next couple of weeks.
Grade Five, Mrs. Prentice — Fifth graders had the opportunity to travel on the Fish Bus to the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. Students used the scientific method to investigate why the Gulf of Maine has so many lobsters and how we can help their numbers from declining.
In science, students are designing their own dioramas. They are researching what carnivores, herbivores, scavenger, decomposers and abiotic things live in their biome.
Art, Ms. Ingraham — It has been a great start in Art class. Almost every single student is signed up on Artsonia. If you haven't signed the permission slip, please try to. Artsonia is an on-line gallery for friends and family to view your students’ artwork and comment on it. It is a great advocacy tool for art education.
Music, Mrs. Stowell — K students have been learning some alphabet songs and have met Pete the Cat, while first graders listened to the story of “Freddy the Frog.” Second and third graders learned “Gramma Moses” and added movements, while increasing the tempo. Grades 4 and 5 have listened to “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” by Irving Berlin and learned about this composer.
The concert date has been set for Monday, December 5.
Physical Education, Ms. McCarthy — Students in Physical Education class have been focusing on special awareness, teamwork and have just recently begun to learn the difference between their fruits and vegetables. Soon students will begin the Presidential Fitness Challenge that is done once in the fall and once in the spring.