submitted by North Salem School
Here is some important news from the school district: school will be in session for students on Monday, March 29. At the School Board meeting last week, the Board voted to postpone the Teacher-In Service Day scheduled for Monday, March 29, until June 21. In addition, the last day of school for students will be Friday, June 18, barring any cancellations of school from now until then. The last day of school will be a half-day for students, with no afternoon kindergarten. The North Salem PTA, along with other PTAs in the district, have partnered with the Salem Kiwanis Club to present Rob Surette, the fastest portrait artist in the world. Featured on the Today Show, Good Morning America, and Jay Leno, Rob will be taking his show to Salem High School Auditorium on Saturday night, April 10, at 7 p.m. There is a cost for tickets, with a special rate for four tickets. Rob has gained international fame as the “Fastest Portrait Artist in the World.” As he propels paint onto a giant canvas, he creates unique, museum-quality portraits before your very eyes—often in less than one minute. Watch in amazement as Rob brings a blank canvas to life with color, realism, and striking detail. For a preview, go to www.amazingheroart.com and click on Videos. Students wishing to earn a gold medal for completing this year’s read- a-thon need to turn in all their reading slips by Monday, April 12. Medals will be awarded at our Spring Open House scheduled for Thursday, April 22. For every 20 minutes read at home, a parent or guardian may cross off or initial one symbol. When a block of 12 has been completed, sign the slip and send it into school with your child to his/her teacher. It’s time once again for our students to showcase those hidden talents. North Salem’s annual Talent Show will be held at the Salem High School auditorium on Thursday, April 8, at 7 p.m. A mandatory dress rehearsal will be held on Wednesday, April 7, immediately after school. Keep sending in those pennies for the Power Of The Penny contest,
which is in full swing at North Salem. Students are already waging wars by bringing in tons of spare change, but it’s the penny that yields the most power! Whichever grade collects the most pennies, wins! The goal is to stuff the opposing grades with quarters, dimes, and nickels, which are worth negative points. The winning grade level will receive a choice of either a pizza party or an ice-cream sundae party. All change collected will be used for the new playground proposed at North Salem. As part of the school’s Character Counts program, students caught being responsible include: Kristian Karibian, Mason Macleod, Lily Chartrain, Brian Hewett, Ellen Nolan, Mackenzie Svenson, Griffin Pendleton, Molly Goodnow, Julianna Cirella, Connor Silloway, Conor Moran, Sam Goodnow, Alexis LeFebre, Kyle Poulin, Taylor Vartanian, Emily D’Arcy, Alex Stift, Tyler Pratt, Anthony Bellomo, Curtis St. Cyr, Emily Gaudette, Katie Arcidiacono, Allessia Morganelli, Peter LeFebre, Nick Mulry, Abby Leandro, Kacie LaMarche, Brooke Naylor, Chase O’Dwyer, Will Pfeiffer, Matthew Bergeron, Nick Hayes, Emily Kierstead, Ashley Gee, Eddie Bradley, Angie Santiago, Hana Watanabe, Jacob Bennett, Trevor Kish, Leah Faber, Ryan Greeley, Elise Goss, Xiara Glickel, Nicholas Toupin, Luca Pappalardo, Mrs. Gilliland’s Class, Sophia St. Jacques, Brianna Marino, Kylee Tommasi, Kylie Ryan, Kali Bergeron, Tori Kish, Marissa Bradley, Sean O’Neill, Mitchell McGinn, Giovanni Qunital, Christian Fraser, Jessica DiBlasi, Tyler Bergeron, Raina Naylor, Mrs. Higgins’ Class, Adam Angelo, Zoe Fraser, Alyssa Daniels, Riley Herrick, Mackenna Fili, Austin Callahan, Anthony Conneilly, Madison Gee, Madison Ciarcia, Kyle Spaulding, Michael Martland, Marshall Donnelly, Sydney Chretien, Carly Saif, Sam Maietta, T.J. Tessier, Aliyah Horan, Tyler Glynn, Baily Coco, Tyler Bernard, Kyle Poulin, Ashley Gee, Elizabeth Miller, Torin Terry, Robert Martiniello, Mrs Covatis and her class, Austin Myrick, and Emily Mahoney. Billy Trainor, Caitlin McLaughlin, Kaleb Croteau, Julia DiBlasi, Timothy Spampinato, Dakota Santo, Audra Daniels, Riley Maynard, Marisa Hamman, Ashley Gee, Madison Gee, Damon Shay, Domenic Pappalardo, and Kenny Gouveia.
submitted by Soule School
Grade Two is marching into spring with a study of continents, maps, landforms, and oceans. We will be learning how to use a compass rose, map symbols, and grids. It is fun to discover how big our world is as we locate and name the continents. We will be creating a landform book that helps us to recognize geographical features. Finally, we will enjoy using compasses on “Pirate Day,” when we prove our map-reading skills by finding hidden treasure.
In math, we are busy using our rulers, yardsticks, and meter sticks as we explore our environment in both metric and U.S. customary measurement. Our unit will include figuring out perimeters and areas. The children greatly enjoy using the measuring tools, and any practice at home will help with their mastery of reading units of measurement. During Readers’ Workshop, the students are learning to use their
schema and text clues to create inferences about their reading. Please ask your child to tell you about what they infer during their Wednesday reading assignments. They are also expanding their knowledge about the importance of effective word choice to enhance their story writing. We would like to thank all of you who were able to attend the “Grade
Two Celebration of Writing.” It was a wonderful chance to honor the efforts of our young authors. Additionally, we look forward to seeing you on April 15 at the school-wide Open House, where we will have our students’ work on display. This month, we have been busy working on Dental Health and Hygiene. The children took a good look at keeping their teeth healthy and clean. Soule School had a Dental Presentation on Wednesday, March 17. During this time, the children will learn more about the role of a dental visits and good hygiene habits. Towards the end of the month, the first graders will be learning about communities, creating a map, learning about a compass rose, and reading a map key. We can’t wait to get started! As part of our math curriculum on timelines, the children will be making Penny Books. This project chronicles a child’s life from birth to 2010. Each child needs to find pennies whose dates coincide with the years that he/she has lived. Once they’ve collected the pennies, the children find a photograph or draw a picture of an important event that happened during each of the years. Once the pictures are in sequence, the children write two to three sentences about the event. The best part of the project is sharing the books with other first graders and showing them off at our April Open House. Thanks to the PTA, we had an exciting assembly called BubbleMania on Tuesday, March 16. Ask your child all about it!
submitted by Barron School
February vacation is a thing of the past for the busy Barron School fifth
graders. It sure did not take students long to get back into the swing of things and pick up right where they left off before vacation. Students are learning so much throughout the day in all subject areas. In math, students are learning about fractions, fractions, and more fractions. Learning how to add fractions, how to change mixed numbers to improper fractions, and how to change improper fractions to mixed numbers. After wrapping up the unit on fractions, students will be all about the data and how to analyze it. Students will even be learning how to create a stem-and-leaf plot, which is another way that data can be represented. In reading, students are continuing to work on keeping track of our thinking throughout a variety of genres, including poetry. Many of them have earned Barron hats for reading at least 15 100-page books. The rest continue to work hard towards this goal, too, so that come June, many more will all have earned hats. Social studies and science continue to fascinate. Students are traveling back to the time of the Revolutionary War and are learning what it was like to be a Patriot or Loyalist during this important time in this country’s history. Students are being mesmerized by different experiments that are teaching about matter and the properties of matter, such as density, weight, and volume. Some of the fifth graders have even had the chance to make some oobleck, and are still wondering: “Is it a liquid? Or a solid?” In other news, students have wrapped up the ballroom dancing unit with some great performances in the talent show. Though students have mixed feelings about it, all agree that they found something valuable in the experience, whether it be dancing the foxtrot, the swing, the cha-cha, or learning a line dance. Now, it’s on to making Irish bread!
Spring time brings lots of fun and more new learning in grade four. The studies of New Hampshire history, geography, and government have begun. Students will experience colonial and contra dancing at the start of April with the artist-in-residence program, with a performance for parents on April 1 to get them to join in the fun. Students look forward to the annual trip to Concord to the History Museum and State House in May. Science studies have taken fourth graders deep inside the Earth to discover
the forces that are always changing our planet. Students have used frosting and crackers to simulate tectonic plate movement, have read about earthquakes and volcanoes, and have demonstrated erosion with “Shake, Rattle, and Roll” activity. Each month, more and more of the students have earned reading hats, Mighty
Math awards, and Herograms. Fourth grade is super here at the Barron School. Greetings from Grade Three and hats off to all the students who participated
in the African Drumming and Dance Night. Thank you to everyone whose contribution helped to make the evening a huge success. In Social Studies, students are continuing their research into animal habitats, having started with African animals, and will be writing reports that will be assembled into books in the classroom. Reader’s Workshop continues to be successful. It’s amazing to see the students thoroughly enjoying their independent reading time due to their increasing ability to choose “just-right books.” In Math, Grade Three is ready to begin a unit on fractions, keeping in mind that reviewing math facts, including multiplication, are obviously important. Simple machines are being examined in Science, and include discussions as to how these inventions make our lives easier. Spring has sprung and students are incorporating poetry into their writing. Grade Three students continue to bloom. And congratulations to Nathan Keller, a fifth-grade student, who has qualified to represent the Barron School at the state level of the National Geography Bee, scheduled for Friday, April 9, at Keene State College. One winner from each state and territory will advance to the national competition, to be held in Washington, DC, in late May. Congratulations and good luck, Nathan! Barron School Heroes for January/February:
Room 2: Brianna Mack, Abigail Martino Room 3: Anthony Mosto, Breanne Wolcott, Madison Burns Room 4: Janelle Barillas, Alex Roy, Kyle Whitley, Amelia Sweet Room 5: Emma Currier, Cameron Lacroix
Room 1: Connor Donohue, Devin Mack, Alexandria Harless Room 9: Anthony De Santis, Felicity Caracoglia, Jenna Bernard Room 10: Kristen Scalf, Kate Vachon, Joel McGrath Room 11: Camila Alonzo, Samantha Barbagallo, Eric McDermott
Room 8: Matthew Mullane, Emma
Bailey Room 12: Elizabeth Fallisi, Sydney
Parsons, Julia Auger, Massimo Stigliano Room 14: Michaela Sousa, Kylie Vittoria, Courtney Richards
Room 13: Nick Lahaye, Joshua Manning, Payton Lacroix, Haya Odeh Portable 4A Wilson: Alexis Ahern, Sam
Kinney, Haley Liptrap, Fifi Wang Portable 4B Tager: Kyle Czifrik, Kasey Hartmann, Alyssa Salvo Room 15: Audrey McQueen, Davin
Granahan, Manny Ortiz
Room 16: Ronnie Chirichiello, Jacob Attarian, Cierra Kayanja Room 17: Mackenzie Collett, Jacob Dumont, Drew Riddell, Megan Seely
Room 18: Tristan Logan, A.
Rivard, Megan Fialkowski, Rachel Morneau
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