Music News

brementownThe second grades have begun working on their annual musical, “The Bremen Town Musicians”. Each class presents this short play in the music room and parents are invited. This year we will be performing it on Thursday afternoon, April 20th. Ms. Earl's class will perform at 1:30, Mrs. McNutt's class at 2:00 and Ms. Olson's class at 2:30. More information will be coming out shortly.

Upcoming State Testing for Students

Every year, students in grades 3 through 8 take the Smarter Balanced Assessments in Reading and Mathematics. These assessments measure achievement in Mathematics and Language Arts.
Students will, once again, be taking these tests between the middle of March and the end of May in schools across the state. These tests will give us information about how individual students are progressing and how our schools our performing as a whole. In third and fourth grade, approximately 7 hours will be needed to complete the test. The testing window is as follows:

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Physical Education News

Balls are very active in the gym for kindergarten through 4th grade. The kindergarten, 1st and 2nd graders are working on their kicking skills. Students are working in groups of 3 or 4 students on the positions of kicker, pitcher and fielder. All students rotate and get an opportunity to develop their skills. The students are cooperating to help their team to be successful. Also, the classes are playing NH 300 which is a tag game that helps the students develop their speed. Grades 3 and 4 are participating in a volleyball unit learning the skills of serving, bumping, setting and spiking. All of the classes are getting into games and the students are persevering to develop their skills in game situations.

Start the Day Off Right

sunnyStudents may enter the building at 8:25 a.m. and the bell rings to start the day at 8:40 a.m. Please help your child to get to school on time and be ready to start their day. Being late to school is difficult for children and they miss the important “opening of the day” routines and activities that help set the tone for the day. Coming in after 9:00 a.m. means a loss of key instruction! Thank you for your support. - Mrs. Wrath

Personal Competency for February: Organization

Organizational skills are key to student success! This month we will be highlighting this personal competency and its importance. Studies show there is a direct correlation between academic achievement and organizational skills. Organization is a learned skill; teachers will be modeling and teaching about how to best organize backpacks and learning spaces.

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Infection Control Update

achooPrevention is the key. Staying healthy during winter months can be challenging. The best way to prevent the spread of illness is to keep your child(ren) home if they have a fever of 100 degrees or higher, are vomiting or have diarrhea. A child needs to be fever free for 24 hours without medication before returning to school. Please keep in mind that, if your child is well enough to attend school, he/she will be expected to participate in PE and recess.

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Technology News

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Lights, Camera, Action!

Students at I-LES love to be stars. During tech time, one of the favorite activities is movie making. Students learn how to make green screen films using a simple iPod app called Veescope Live. With this tool, students are able to key out the color green and replace it with a background of their choice.
In Kindergarten, Mrs. Bunnell’s class wrote their own book back based on Harold and the Purple Crayon.

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Art News

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Clay, Clay and more Clay! In the art room, there is probably no medium more popular than clay. At the beginning of each year, one of my goals is to provide every student with meaningful experiences in clay. However, managing 400+ students working in this beloved medium is the ultimate challenge. It is a difficult and lengthy process which requires careful planning and the logistics can be daunting especially when so many classes are participating in it at one time.

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Personal Competency for January: Perseverance

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.

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Fun in the Snow

sleddingWith 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.

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