Friday, December 6, 2019

December 6, 2019 - Weekend Update


Stonehedge Weekend Update

December 6, 2019



Positivity Project


  • The Positivity Project (P2) strength for next week is “Kindness”.


Happenings Next Week 


  • Student Council Spirit Week (see schedule below)
  • Tuesday, December 10 - Stonehedge 4th & 5th Grade Winter Concert - 7:00 - 8:00 pm - High School  Auditorium
  • Thursday, December 12 – CODE Assembly Grade K-2 
  • Thursday, December 12 - 3rd Grade Spirit Day
  • Friday, December 13 - Report Card Distribution


In the Near Future


  • Monday, December 16 - 3rd grade speaker on ancient Rome
  • Wednesday, December 18 - Board of Education Meeting - WGHS Library - 7:00 pm
  • Thursday, December 19 - CODE Assembly - Grades 3-5


Not enjoying the snow? Bah-Humbug!  


This weather is perfect for sledding, making snowmen, throwing snowballs, skiing, hockey and READING!!!







                                     
Our Fourth and Fifth grades are carrying on a Stonehedge tradition and reading Dicken’s A Christmas Carol in a Readers’ Theater format during their Library special. Our students keep the classics fun.




The Stonehedge Giving Tree


Our Wonderful Stonehedge PTA is organizing the Giving Tree again this year.  This drive confidentially collects holiday gifts for Stonehedge families in need and the Samaritan Center.  Please consider helping out by picking up needed items with your child to donate.


To keep the donations coordinated, our PTA asks that third-graders donate soap, shampoo, toothpaste and other toiletries.  Fourth-grade students will focus on hats and scarves, while fifth-graders will bring in socks, gloves and mittens. This year’s drive will run from December 9th through December 17th.  Giving Tree Boxes will be in both lobbies to receive unwrapped donated goods.  A notice will be sent home with students with all the details.


Spirit Week


The 5th Grade Student Council would like to invite you to participate in
School Spirit Week from  December 9 - 13. Please see the calendar below for some ideas.  (participation is not mandatory)






 - Brent

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

November 26, 2019 - Weekend Update

Stonehedge Weekend Update
November 26, 2019


Positivity Project-


  • The Positivity Project (P2) strength for next week is “Gratitude”.

Happenings Next Week 


  • Wednesday, December 4 - Board of Education Meeting - WGHS Library - 7:00 pm
  • Thursday, December 5 - Kindergarten Family Night - 6:30-7:30 pm - Blue Cafe
  • Friday, December 6 – Blue Team P2 Assembly 

In the Near Future


  • Tuesday, December 10, 7:00 pm - 4th and 5th Grade Winter Concert at the High School Auditorium
  • Thursday, December 12 - CODE Grade K-2 
  • Friday, December 13 - Report Card Distribution


Thanksgiving is a great time for expressing thanks. I feel very fortunate and grateful that I work with such brilliant students, kind and supportive families and hardworking and caring educators.
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them” – John F. Kennedy

I hope that you all have a great Thanksgiving with your families and friends!

Brent

Friday, November 22, 2019

November 22, 2019 - Weekend Update




Stonehedge Weekend Update
November 22, 2019


Happenings Next Week 


  • Monday & Tuesday, November 25 & 26 - 1/2 Day for Students - 11:30 dismissal
  • Monday & Tuesday, November 25 & 26 - Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Wednesday - Friday, November 27-29 - Thanksgiving Recess


Positivity Project

  • The Positivity Project (P2) strength for next week is “Gratitude”.


In the Near Future

  • Wednesday, December 4 - Board of Education Meeting - WGHS Library - 7:00 pm
  • Thursday, December 5 - Kindergarten Family Night - 6:30-7:30 pm - Blue Cafe
  • Friday, December 6 - Blue P2 Assembly 
  • Friday, December 13 - Report Card Distribution

Dogs in Math Class Just Add Up

According to one study published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), having a dog present in the classroom promotes a positive mood and provides significant anti-stress effects on students.  Other studies have shown that the simple act of petting a dog has the effect of lowering blood pressure and heart rate.  It seems that just being in contact with a therapy-dog calms children down and helps enables them to focus on learning.


Mrs. Drake’s fifth-grade students wanted to give therapy-dogs a try.


Eight-grader, Jackson, volunteered to bring his pets, Buddy and Bailey, into Mrs. Drake’s Math class on Thursday to test the effects of having pets in the classroom.  



Mrs. Drake reported that her students responded very positively to having Buddy and Bailey visit their class. Perhaps we should consider inviting therapy-dogs into classes again. 


Shifting How We Think About Writing Instruction

Blue and Gold teachers met in the cafeteria this morning before the school day started.  Together, we worked to develop better strategies for teaching writing within academic content and using writing as a method for sharpening reading and thinking skills. 


Familiar Friendly Faces in New Places 

Stonehedge Gold School Secretary, Mrs. Magoulas will be moving across the parking lot to the district office to fill a position in Human Resources.  


Mrs. Farella, who has been the part-time secretary at Stonehedge Blue, has been appointed by the BOE to fill the full-time position at Stonehedge Gold.

Have a great weekend!

-Brent