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April 5, 2013

posted Apr 8, 2013, 10:05 AM by Admin Windham

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

April 5, 2013

Safe, Responsible, Respectful, Ready to learn”

Please Note: The cakewalk and dance for tonight has been canceled. Michael Donahue broke his wrist and would not be able to play an instrument. We hope to reschedule in May.

Our trip to the Londonderry Rescue Squad was impressive. They divided us into three groups, and proceeded to explain their three different vehicles. One idea was to make the children comfortable with being inside an ambulance, understanding what would be done to help them if there was a need for them to ever be in one. The rescue squad will be coming here later in the spring to show us how to do CPR. This is always reinforced by drawing pictures of what they saw, talking about what their favorite part was, what they learned etc.

One of our subs has a son who has outgrown some of his clothes and toys and she has brought in snow pants and sweatshirts for anyone who might need an extra pair. Every time she subs she brings in some sort of fruit, yogurt or cheese sticks for all the children to share. Last week she brought in a wonderful wooden firehouse. There is a fire truck, hoses, dressed wooden firemen, and a two story building along with a box of furniture to decorate with. This has been quite a hit with the kids at choice time. It it actually good timing coming along the same time as their trip to the rescue squad.

This week Mr. PJ's sixth graders piloted the new SBAC, Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium test for sixth graders in language arts. It will be the new national test in spring of 2015 so we were lucky to get the opportunity to practice it before it become official.

Don't forget. One more week and then it is vacation time.

If you need to get out of the house for a few hours, don't forget that the Town Library is open every Wednesday from 3:00 until 5:00. They have a nice selection of best sellers. The library is not only for adults, there are hundreds of children's books too. The other nice thing about time at the library is getting a chance to meet some of the townspeople you may not have seen for awhile. Stop by and check everything out.

While this is being written, I am listening to the pre-k's with our librarian. They are picking out a book to take home. This is a huge event for them. There are so many books to check out. There is everything from animal books, true stories designed to be read by children, nature books, weather , series for the older kids, Dr. Seuss, and truly wonderful picture books. Check out the books sometime and see the diversity of books.