nutOverall, food allergies affect nearly 15 million people in the United States. Peanut & tree nut allergies alone affect 3 million Americans, a number that, for unknown reasons, has risen 18% since 1997. Food allergy reactions can affect any of the four following areas of the body:
Skin: itchy red bumps (hives); eczema; redness & swelling of the face or extremities; itching & swelling of the lips, tongue or mouth.
Gastrointestinal tract: abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.

conference2Teachers in grades PK-6 will be holding Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences on October 20th. There will be no school on that day for students.
In grades PK-6, the goal is to hold Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences with every family as part of the PK-6 reporting process. The conferences allow students, parents and teachers to discuss progress and set goals for the first half of the year. If, for some reason, parents cannot attend a conference, the teacher and student will hold the conference.

Second graders are learning to observe the outdoors like scientists. Along with our environmental educator from Prescott Farm, we hiked the school grounds to take a close look at the foliage. We also noticed the different habitats of some of our animal neighbors. We are so excited to be working with Prescott Farm throughout the year.
In other news, we are preparing for our parent-teacher-student conferences! We have been practicing our reflection skills to better understand what we are doing well and what we can improve upon. The second grade teachers are looking forward to meeting with you and your child on October 20th.

notesBeginning band has begun! On Tuesday, September 26th, our newest members of the band program and their parents attended a beginning band night. Parents were able to purchase books, reeds and supplies, as well as rent an instrument if needed.
Students learned all about the band program and then had a chance to learn how to play their instrument with the correct embouchure and stick holding techniques.
The beginning band is very excited and promises to PATIENTLY, PERSISTENTLY PRACTICE to become great!

cabbagesDid you get a chance to check out the HUGE cabbages growing inside the greenhouse since last spring?  These were planted by last year’s third grades. There was some friendly competition going on to see which class could grow the largest cabbage.  The winners are....the students from MS. CURRIER’S class!  Their cabbage weighed a whopping 19.75 pounds!! 

compostThe first graders from Mrs. Salamanca’s class were the lucky students to be able to use our first batch of finished compost!  Mrs. Salamanca had shared the book, Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney, and had been discussing ways to make the world more beautiful.  Like Miss Rumphius, they decided to spread Lupine seeds, and, thanks to Mrs. Chappuis who brought in seeds and three small plants, were able to do just that.  The students first visited the compost shed where they saw fresh compost scraps from the kitchen, lunchroom and classrooms.  Then they saw the other side of the shed that had a pile of old compost. 

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