Hour of Code
Ms. Baillargeon's class participated in an "Hour of Code" on Friday, December 12th. Students were very excited and had a great time coding!
Students were in the driver's seat as they programmed instructions for the computer to carry out. Coding is a way of thinking that develops problem solving skills and requires thinking in both concrete and abstract terms.
Try coding at home! http://code.org/learn
Open Circle Lunch - December 2014
The students pictured above were honored on Wednesday, December 10th for their friendship making skills. The theme of the luncheon was “Gingerbread Friends” and students had the opportunity to share the different things they do that make them good friends. One student replied, “I help my friends solve problems, and if they can’t solve the problem, then we can ask a teacher.” Congratulations to ALL students who continue to work hard at developing these skills!
Principal's December Newsletter 2014
MAIN STREET SCHOOL
40 Main Street
Exeter, New Hampshire 03833
Steve Adler ph: (603) 775-8900 Beth Cadorette
Principal fx: (603) 775-8964 Assistant Principal
December 8, 2014
Dear Main Street School Families,
As we prepare for the festivities of the holidays, the staff at MSS is mindful that this time of year can be quite difficult for some of our families. The staff has been collecting presents for a project called the Holiday Tree, which donates holiday gifts to families in need. Three folding tables line one wall of my office and students who visit me love checking out the different cardboard boxes filled with toys and games.
Last Friday I bought a delicious bowl of homemade chili prepared by a MSS teacher as part of our Souper Friday program. Money collected from Souper Friday is donated to local families who have children with significant health needs.
At our last Open Circle Lunch we had a special hat day and filled two large boxes with coins and bills. The Piscataqua Savings Bank in Portsmouth kindly counted all the money collected during hat day and sent us two checks worth over $900 that have been given to the Exeter Children’s Chamber Fund.
I am proud to serve in a school that has both staff and families who generously support multiple community service projects. Main Street School is deeply committed to the goal of the SAU 16 Strategic Plan to, “Recognize and support the value of community service.”
This past Friday and next Friday each of our first and second grade students will have spent time in the art room working with Karla Putney, our Curriculum Director. The students are using a variety of print making techniques to make a collection of print materials that will be used for the Picturing Writing curriculum. This program was developed by local UNH professor Beth Olshansky, who did some of her original work at MSS. Picturing Writing incorporates literature, art, and writing mini lessons to develop students’ ability to express their ideas.
Students use simple crayon and watercolor resist techniques to create collages. One of the unique features of the program is that the pictures are created first and then used to inspire students to write stories and poetry. A second grade student recently told me, “ I start out with a picture. The picture makes me feel like I have more to write about. I can describe how the picture makes sense. I write a lot. “ Storyboards and brainstorming sheets help them to organize their ideas and learn to read and write as a writer. Studies of the Picturing Writing process have shown that it has a very positive impact on students writing. It increases their use of descriptive writing, expands their understanding of the writing process, and supports higher level thinking skills.
Thank you for sharing your wonderful children with us. It truly is a pleasure to interact and work with them each day. I wish all of you a joyful holiday season.
Steven J. Adler
To provide a positive, safe learning environment that fosters a life-long love of learning for all with respect for individual strengths and needs.
Enterovirus Info for Parents
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PTO Needs You!
We are actively seeking volunteers. You can help out at one of our community or fundraising events, help us directly raise money, and / or assist on one of our committees. Plus, we're always
looking for more ideas, and people to help make those ideas come to life!
Questions? Want to volunteer? Unsure where you can help?
Contact one of our Volunteer Coordinators:
Open PTO Board Positions for 2014/2015, please inquire for details.
PTO Volunteers Wanted: Help needed in varying capacities with various events throughout the school
year such as the Get Fit In May Road Race, Boys/Girls Night Out, MSS Thanksgiving Feast, Dental Van, baking for PTO functions, and more.
To volunteer in the classroom or become a room parent, please contact your child’s teacher directly.
Other School-wide Volunteer Opportunities:
Library Aide: Complete various tasks at MSS or LSS libraries for the library staff, including re-shelving
books, making bulletin boards and assistance with book fairs.
Art: Assist art teacher as needed.
Music: Offer a performance or showcase a special talent.
Contact a volunteer coordinator to find out how. No amount of time is too small!