Open Circle Luncheon - Novemeber
A BIG thank you to all the students and staff who donated money for our annual “Hat Day” at Main Street School. Students and staff were encouraged to wear a special hat to school on Wednesday, November 19th for a small donation to the “Kids Helping Kids” campaign for the Exeter Area Children’s Chamber Fund. During this season of thanks, it is important for our students to understand the concept of giving to help others.
Our November Open Circle luncheon was held on Wednesday, November 19th. The theme of this lunch was problem solving and we acknowledged students who have demonstrated problem solving skills. As an opportunity for students to practice their problem solving skills, families were encouraged to attend our annual Family Math Night being held in the Main Street School gym on Thursday, November 20th from 6:00-7:30pm.
Principal's November 2014
November 7, 2014
Dear Main Street School Families,
Thanksgiving Feast for Grades 1 & 2 – This year we are returning to our roots and will be having a much simpler Thanksgiving Feast celebration. The feast is intended for our first and second grade students and their teachers to share a special lunch together during the month of November. Over the past several years it had been our pleasure to host a large community Thanksgiving Feast, inviting the families of first and second grade students to join their children in our cafeteria. This community event grew larger and larger and reached a point of size that was difficult for us to sustain and presented a few challenges. One of the challenges we faced was that some of our students had families or loved ones that could not attend due to work schedules. Another challenge was students becoming anxious about who would be attending and when they would arrive. By returning our feast back to its original design as a simple in school event, we expect that it will help all of our students to feel included in the celebration. I will miss sharing my Thanksgiving jokes with the community. So for those of you who liked my corny jokes, here is one of my favorites:
-Why isn’t it safe for turkeys to do math?
If they add 3 and five, they get ate.
Thanksgiving Feast for Kindergarten – Our Kindergarten Feast will continue with the format of students eating together in the cafeteria.
Moving to Learn- Each month the staff and I meet after school to discuss initiatives, share information, and recognize the contributions of different staff members. This year different teachers having been taking a few minutes at each staff meeting to share movement activities they incorporate into their classroom curriculum. As a primary school we recognize that our young learners benefit from having a chance to move as part of their daily routines. In her article titled, “ Don’t Just Sit There … Pay Attention”, Wendy Ostroff shares, “When teachers build movement into classroom lessons, they provide natural breaks in focus for children, enabling them to harness their attentional resources for short spurts and then seamlessly transition to their next item of interest.” Teachers have shared how they have students dance in the classroom, use the songs and tapes of Dr. Jean, and have students move as they imagine that they are standing on a large one hundred square grid. Many classes do exercise that are similar to yoga as part of a “Brain Gym” class.
Students who participate in regular aerobic exercise do better on a myriad of cognitive measure. We have two recesses built into our full day program and also schedule two Physical Education classes a week for our full day students. Ostroff emphasizes, “The ability to stay on task is one of the strongest predictors of success throughout school.” The Open Circle program is another way we support student attention by teaching them social and emotional skills, such as how to stay calm and control their emotions through different breathing exercises. Ostroff emphasizes the importance of building movement into breaks stating, “What kind of breaks propel attention best? Movement breaks! A student’s mind is like an Etch-A-Sketch; it needs to be shaken now and then, to rest the screen and maximize performance.”
Hero Badges- This winter all of the schools in SAU 16 will be using a new visitor ID system called the Hero Visitor program as part of our school safety program. Every visitor to an SAU 16 school will be asked to register at the school and share information that enables them to obtain a picture ID with their name on the visitor tag that they are asked to wear. We have a lot to learn about how this system will work. As we get closer to using the new ID system we will share more information with you about it.
MSS Students Cast Their Votes
VOTING DAY at MSS!
Students at Main Street School had the opportunity to cast their vote on Tuesday, November 4th during their lunch. The students voted between the books, “How Are You Peeling?” and “Pete the Cat and the Magic Sunglasses” as a theme for a January Open Circle luncheon.
And the winner is...................Pete the Cat with 259 votes!
Dec. 10 & 11: Hour of Code at SST
Open Circle Luncheon - October 22
Pictured above are students who were recently honored at an Open Circle Luncheon for their friendship skills. During this special luncheon, all students were encouraged to follow five tips for how to be a good friend. They include;
1) Treat other people the way you want to be treated (The Golden Rule),
2) Be honest and respectful of others,
3) Listen to what other people have to say,
4) Share your things with others, and
5) Be helpful and use kind words.
Nonverbal signals were also discussed during this luncheon, and students had an opportunity to share the many signals we use in school to help maintain a safe and orderly learning environment.