Dear SCS Families:

The new year is well under way, and we continue to work hard, be kind, and have as much fun as is allowed. Thank you for sending your children to school prepared for below average temperatures. I think that many of us pride ourselves on raising hearty New Hampshire children, and you know as well as I do it is all about the layers.

In case you did not hear, in the Fall of 2017 the students at SCS raised over five hundred dollars for Hurricane Relief. Over the Holiday break, sixth grade teacher, Justin Chapman, visited Puerto Rico with his family and delivered a check to fellow teacher, Jessica Ramos. With Jessica’s guidance the Chapmans used the money our students raised to help purchase beds for children in Puerto Rico. I am so proud of our students, our student council, and our faculty for reaching out and making a difference.

petittiThe students were so excited to share their portfolio with such supportive, engaged, encouraging parents.  Thank you for celebrating the growth your child made and being a part of their goal setting.
Reading, Writing, and Science:  During Writing Workshop the students brainstormed all their favorite locations in Sandwich.  Each student selected their favorite place.  They have been working on an opinion writing web to organize their thoughts. Students will turn this web into an opinion writing piece. Each student has been learning how to use "Book Creator" on the I-Pads with the P.S.U. students that are a part of class on Friday mornings.

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ELA: Ms. Busnach’s reading groups have been continuing to work on specific phonics skills.  Most recently, we studied the sounds of bossy r. Students have been reading stories with er, or, ar, ur, and ir words.  We have also read about Daylight Savings time and learned some new information about how time works. As April showers approach, we will be reading about the science behind rainbows!

Math: Ms. Busnach’s Rookies have been working hard in math!  They have been studying place value by using base ten blocks.  The Rookies have gotten very comfortable taking apart numbers to reveal the amount of hundreds, tens, and/or ones needed to make the number.  We are now moving onto measurement, starting with the foot. Students have experimented measuring the lengths of our actual feet. After listening to the story, How Big is a Foot? by Rolf Myller, we discussed why we need a universal foot to use when measuring objects.

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ELA:  Upper Multiage students are currently enjoying reading some new novels. The students have been spending some time reading independently and some time discussing the book with a group of peers and their teacher. Students have been focusing on character traits, plot development and vocabulary during this process. We thank ASC for purchasing us these high interest books!

Math: Rookies - Your child’s Unit 5 assessment was sent home this week.  We have now entered Unit 6, which focuses on division strategies and angles.  Since division is the inverse operation of multiplication, we will be using lots of our multiplication strategies to help us solve division problems.  Students were introduced to the partial quotients strategy for division today, which focuses on place value. We will continue to practice this strategy throughout this unit.

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