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Sandwich Central School

 

 

Dear Parents and Friends,

Along with today’s newsletter, you should find a notice about the November trip to the Boston Museum of Science for students in the equivalent of grades 1 to 6.  Please note that I need to know by October 3rd if you plan to accompany us on this trip.  We are able to subsidize the student cost because of the money raised each year during the Sandwich Fair parking cars at the school.  Please consider volunteering for a mere two hours on Saturday, Sunday or Monday (October 11-13) between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  We will have a signup at the school, or you can call Mrs. Adriance to have her add you to the list.  Due to safety concerns, only students in the 6th grade are permitted to help collect money; only parents and staff may direct the cars to parking spots.

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Mrs. Petitti’s Primary Multiage Class

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Reading and Writing:  The children have been practicing how to use their reading boxes during independent reading time and during Book Buddies.  We just started Book Buddies with Ms. Littlefield's class last week. This is a time when the children take turns sharing their books with their reading buddies. The Word Wall has been introduced and children are practicing how to read and write the following words: I, a, at, it, the.  They have been practicing how to form the letters "Tt" and "Ii" during handwriting.  We have been doing many activities that revolve around rhyming words. 

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Mrs. Beaudoin’s Upper Multiage

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Language Arts: There are many exciting things happening in the Upper Multiage Language Arts block. The class has done a tremendous job building stamina in the read to self and work on writing portions of The Daily 5. This past week, we launched read to someone. The students worked on three ways to partner read: I read, you read; choral read; and reading with different books. In addition, students have learned and practiced ways to check each other’s comprehension while reading, and to help coach his or her partner with unfamiliar words and vocabulary.

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Ms. Littlefield

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Math: The blue math group has been working on developing math routines such as working with a partner, using  whiteboards, and telling time. We also continue to work on counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s from any number into the 1000s.  In doing this the children are finding and using patterns in the counting which gives them better number sense.  We continue to work on mastering the basic addition facts and have been playing many games to help learn these. Any help you could give your child at home to review and master these facts would be wonderful.

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Mr. Hillger's 6th Grade

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Math: The Veterans are currently working through the last third of Unit 1 in the Everyday Math program. They have been practicing their multiplication facts every day, and are getting closer and closer to “automatic”. In addition to their facts, they have been working on factors, prime numbers and divisibility rules. They should be ready for their first unit test by next week. The Sixth Graders have wrapped up Unit 1, which focused mostly on data organization and analysis. They were responsible for several types of graphs, as well as identifying data landmarks. The Sixth Graders have also completed their Unit 1 test, and have broken the ice on Unit 2. I was happy to see our Veterans and Sixth Graders collaborate on our first FAI-TO victory. FAI-TO is an online math competition in which the kids compete with other middle school students from around the world. During this particular competition we faced off against Colegio Ferreira Master in Brazil. Way to go everyone!

Reading/Language Arts: We have been following Jason and Gareth through time, and around the globe, in Lloyd Alexander's novel Time Cat. We have met some interesting characters along the way and have learned some thought provoking lessons. To compliment the story, each sixth grader is responsible for answering a variety of comprehension questions from each chapter. In addition to Time Cat, we have been trying to improve our grammar by focusing on sentence fragments, possessive nouns and commonly confused words.

Social Studies: After establishing an ancient time line on our classroom bulletin board, the Sixth Graders quickly explored the Fertile Crescent and Mesopotamia. We have discussed the importance of artifacts, and even brought in some of our own personal belongings for investigation. By next week we will be head long into Ancient Egypt, which always proves to be a time period of great interest.

Science: The decision was made to start this year with chemistry, and what better way to do that than with a little slime. Using the slime, we established safe lab procedures and made observations about the chemical reaction we created. Currently, the sixth graders are working their way through atomic structure and understanding the Periodic Table of Elements. We have enjoyed making model of atoms and learning more about the physical world around us. Ask your sixth grader how many atoms are in a drop of water.

 



Sandwich Central School
28 Squam Lake Road
Center Sandwich, NH 03227
603-284-7712
John Hansen - Principal
john.hansen@interlakes.org