"Home of the Blue Wave" where our school motto is DYB (Do Your Best!)
Perseverance: The ability and self control to push through challenges, or “grit” as many would call it, is our focus for the month of January at I-LES. Students and teachers have been using our competency wall to display what these competencies look and sound like in our building. Ms. Mulcahy and I continue to have our monthly talks with each grade level about how important these habits of the mind are to our school and community.
With the snow that has accumulated so far this winter, the children are already sliding, climbing snow banks and building forts! We ask that students wear full winter apparel in order to play in the snow, so please continue to send your child with snow pants, boots, coats, hats and mittens/gloves.
The behavioral expectations at recess are the same, with a few added rules to help ensure everyone’s safety when there is snow and ice.
Now that winter weather has “settled in,” it seems like a good time to remind parents of the school’s guidelines regarding indoor vs. outdoor recess. If it is raining/sleeting, etc., indoor recess is held. If it is zero degrees or below (factoring in the wind chill), indoor recess is held. Please make sure your child is outfitted properly for recess on those colder than normal days!
Fourth Graders Are Witnesses To History!
On Monday, December 19th, the fourth grade traveled to the State House in Concord. This trip concluded the fourth grade unit on New Hampshire government. During a rare opportunity, half the students were allowed to sit in on the Electoral voting while the other half attended a dedication of a new portrait honoring Dudley Dudley. She is known for being the first woman to sit on the Executive Council of New Hampshire. Students were excited to see many elected officials like Governor Maggie Hassan, Senator Frank Guinta and Representative Herb Vadney. Students also got to sit in both the House of Representatives and the Senate where they learned some facts about New Hampshire Congress.
If your child receives Title I, then you will receive an invitation to attend a Technology Parent Learning Session that will take place on Wednesday, January 18th, with January 19th as a snow date. Mrs. Kathleen DeCamp, our technology integrator, will run the sessions showing you how to navigate through programs that your child uses here at school and can use at home.
Illness - Some illnesses are more common when the weather turns colder. Respiratory ailments, especially viruses like the flu, are prevalent because people stay indoors more and, thus, are exposed to more airborne germs. So get outside and enjoy the fresh air! Remind children to wash their hands often to prevent the spread of germs.