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November 15, 2013

posted Nov 15, 2013, 11:56 AM by Admin Windham

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

Nov. 15 2013

Safe, Responsible, Respectful, Ready to learn”

Thursday, Nov 21, preschoolers and kindergartners will be going to Grafton Nature Museum. This month is turkey time, following a young turkey through one year of its life. If they have a puppet show with the turkey and the other creatures of the woods like they did last year. It will be a great program.

Thursday, December 12, our Parent Group will be having a Spaghetti dinner with an art and craft show following.

A note from our music teacher, Ms. Ullmann: Congratulations are in order for Alex Beshay!  This Fall, he auditioned for a highly selective national honor choir.  The choir is sponsored by OAKE, a national music educators' organization based on the teachings of Hungarian composer, teacher, philosopher and ethnomusicologist Zoltan Kodaly.  Alex will learn choral music over the coming months which he will perform in Atlanta, GA, at Symphony Hall, in a choir comprised of approximately 150 6th-8th graders from all over the country.  Congratulations, Alex!

 From Alex: Alex said he and his mom did a quick calculation and thought there were maybe 6000 contestants, with perhaps 300 runner ups, which he was part of. Yaaay..................

Today, (Friday) we made our annual winter trip to Valley Cares to sing to the residents. This is a wonderful afternoon for us and them. They so appreciate seeing the kids. Actually, even if the kids did not sing and just stood and smiled they would be just as big a hit. Apologies for not notifying you about this earlier in the week. We went by bus so car transport was not an issue

Sally's classroom is studying Native Americans. Mr. PJ's class will be doing some of it with them. Right now Mr. PJ's classroom is reading: “If you Lived in Colonial Times by Ann McGovern. So far this book has been an eye opener for them. Examples: did colonial kids go to a store and buy their clothes, did they need table manners and what type of dishes did they use? What did people eat? Corn, corn, corn and more corn. Children did not have to worry about manners, because they were not allowed to speak. They ate with their hands, because they did not have silver ware. They ate out of a shared trencher. Children went to school, but schooling was only really important for boys. Just these few examples were eye openers for them. Actually pretty difficult for them to conceive of a life like that.    

The Windham parents group has decided to do a holiday wreath fundraiser this year. If you normally buy wreaths for your home, car, workplace, or to use as gifts, please consider buying them through the school this year instead. The price is $20 per wreath,  and these are nice big wreaths. If you are interested, please contact Amy Carson ASAP. Thanks so much for your continued support.