Sunday Scoop 09-23-18

      Mrs. DelMastro's 1st Grade is learning about values that help them to be good citizens in the communities that they belong to.  So far, they have focused on Andover Elementary School's core values of respect, responsibility, and safety.  Over the last couple of weeks, they have learned what being respectful, responsible, and safe looks like when we are at school.  They have made a list of good school behaviors and organized them based on which value they mostly represent.  They have shared their ideas with the whole school community on a bulletin board outside the cafeteria.  Great job first graders!

     Curriculum Night will be taking place this Thursday September 27th from 6:00 until 7:30 PM.  All parents are invited to join us to learn more about what’s happening in your son’s and daughter’s classroom during the school year.  Each grade level will make two 30 minute presentations that outline daily routines, classroom expectations and grade level curriculum.  You will have the opportunity to visit more than one grade level during the evening and you will also be able to sign up for November Parent/Teacher Conferences.  Here is the Curriculum Night Schedule:

6:00  K-6 parents enter through the gymnasium doors and sign up for conferences in the gymnasium lobby. 

6:00  Pre-K parents enter through the gymnasium doors and proceed to their children’s classroom to sign up for conferences and view the classroom displays.

6:10  K-6 parents gather in the gymnasium for a 15 minute presentation with Mr. Briody.

6:25  Pre-K parents travel to the library for the Pre-K curriculum presentation.

6:25  K-6 parents travel to the classrooms for the K-6 presentations.

6:30  All curriculum presentations begin.

7:00  Announcement that first presentations are ending and parents are given the opportunity to travel to another grade level to listen to another presentation.  Parents are also invited to visit the library to see the new Art Room and new Makerspace area and meet with our Technology, Music, Physical Education, Spanish and Art teachers.

7:30  Announcement that Curriculum Night is coming to a close.

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Special thanks to Erin Boris who beautified the grounds around our school sign on Thursday!

From the AES Student Council: 

Sixth Grade Student Council is back and hard at work!  They are currently working on constructing two indoor garden towers which were provided by the Board of Education to last year’s council through a grant.  This year’s council will be in charge of maintaining and growing delicious fruits and veggies to be provided to the school cafeteria year round.  The students had to work together to figure out how to assemble these giant towers and will then have to work to check the water’s pH, water levels for the plants, how to work the LED lighting as well as pruning and weeding to keep the plants healthy.  They are looking forward to this project and seeing all the crops they will produce.  Look for updates from the Student Council throughout the school year.

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What's Happening in Tech Time?

     From preschoolers introducing themselves to Dash the robot to 6th graders completing their first digital portfolio entry, students have been busy during Tech Time on Mondays. Preschoolers participate in Tech Time once a week and have already learned about programming a robot to speak, how to make Codepillars perform commands and using the SmartBoard.

Students in kindergarten and first grade have reintroduced themselves to Dash and met Sphero which is a spherical robot that they will be learning with this year.

Second graders made some great observation about the inner gears and guts of Sphero  and  then created a class entry into Seesaw which is a digital portfolio.

Third graders through 6th graders all worked to make their first independent entry into their Seesaw portfolio. Their selfie had to include the use of the drawing tools and the labeling tools. Seesaw is a valuable tool in providing students with another method of recording their learning or documenting their work.

Throughout the year, students will be working on many skills in Tech Time. Students in grades 3-6 will all have their own Google accounts and will be learning how to utilize the many Google applications including Docs, Sheets, Forms and Slides. Having a Google account allows the students to easily access and share their work at home or school. Currently, our 5thand 6th graders are 1 to 1 with Chromebooks in their classrooms. Fifteen Chromebooks are accessible to our 4th grade class while our 3rd graders have a combination of Chromebooks and iPads available. These Chromebooks allow for easy use of their Google accounts and the Google Classroom application where teachers are able to assign and collect student work.

  In the younger grades, an emphasis on basic computing skills is applied through a variety of different applications in the computer lab. All students are taught about responsible use of the internet and how to understand what being a good digital citizen entails. Basic coding skills are also taught at all levels through the use of robots and several online programs including Scratch and Lightbot. 

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First graders getting active in Tech Time as they dance to a robot song. Third graders working on the iPads to add details to their photo in their digital portfolio.

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Preschoolers using the Smartboard markers. 

Our MakerSpace is in the Making!

teacher painting letters

Silver Sneaker Award Winners for this Week

Congratulations to Mason in Mrs. Bech’s class and Chase in Mrs. Adanti’s class for receiving the award this week.  

Mason is receiving the award for showing many examples of respect over the last week.  He held the door for the entire 3rd/4th grade chorus this week without being asked to, and he cleaned up someone else's spilled water bottle on the bus.  These are great ways of showing respect, responsibility, and safety. 

On Wednesday, at the end of PE class when Mrs. Bech and Mr. Moynihan were talking, Mason picked up a clipboard that had been left on the ground, again without being asked!  Thank you for being so responsible and helpful Mason!

Chase is receiving the award for an unfortunate circumstance that he turned into a positive one by being responsible.  His homework fell through a crack by a dumpster and he could not retrieve it, so he took it upon himself to look up the assignment on the computer and do it on a separate piece of paper.  He has been very responsible in turning assignments in on time, asking for help when he needs it and being a great participant in classroom discussions.  He is always polite and helpful.

Next week, adults in the school and on the buses, will once again nominate students who they see regularly showing examples of being respectful, being responsible, and making safe choices.  Have a great week and work hard! 

students of the week posing

 

From the Cafeteria

The Andover School Food Service offers an online service that will allow you to monitor your children’s meal time purchases.  Visit www.myschoolaccount to track what your child has been eating for the past 30 days, make deposits directly into their meal accounts through ACH payments, and have an email reminder sent to you when an account balance gets low.  Each child’s account will be updated nightly so that account balance information and payments will be current as of the following day. 

If you have questions or need more information, please contact Beth Pratt, Director of Food Services at 860-742-4535 or bpratt@coventryct.org.

From the Early Learning Center

The School Readiness Council is seeking preschool parent representatives.  This organization oversees and makes decisions regarding our Andover Elementary School Early Learning Center.  If you are interested in joining us once a month from 3:15-4:00, please inform your child's teacher or contact our school principal,  Mr. John Briody.

From the PTA

Welcome back families! We have another exciting new school year ahead of us and we are looking forward to it being a great one!  We would love your involvement and hope you consider joining the PTA. Please see the attached membership form and invitation to a dessert reception. If you have any questions, please contact us at llpblake@yahoo.com. Thank you! 

From the Cool Program

The COOL Morning Program runs on school days from 6:30 until 8:30 am and from 3:00 until 6:00 pm.  We accept Preschool through 6th grade students at AES.  Activities and art along with games and projects keep us busy.  Morning and afternoon snacks are provided.  If you might be interested in the COOL Program please contact us at:  coolaes35@gmail.com

Reminders from the Office

Vision screenings will take place on Thursday, September 27th courtesy of the Columbia Lions Club.All visitors need to enter through the Main entrance off the upper parking lot.

Please complete your BLUE Pupil Data Sheets and return them to school if you haven’t done so already.

School Picture Retake Day is Wednesday November 7, 2018.  Coffee Pond Photography is offering picture scholarship packages for any family who is interested in a basic picture package free of charge.  If interested, please contact Mr. Briody at briodyj@andoverelementaryct.org or 860-742-7339.  

Curriculum Night is Thursday September 27 from 6:00 until 7:30 PM.School Picture Retake Day is Wednesday November 7, 2018.  Coffee Pond Photography is offering picture scholarship packages for any family who is interested in a basic picture package free of charge.  If interested, please contact Mr. Briody at briodyj@andoverelementaryct.org or 860-742-7339.  

Our first AES Spirit Day is Friday September 28th.  It will be Crazy Hair and Crazy Hat Day!

Fire Safety and Bus Safety Day is Friday October 12, 2018

Each week we will be sending the Sunday Scoop to all families and staff describing the previous week’s activities and providing you with a preview of upcoming events here at AES.  You will also find attachments and inserts related to school and community events.  If you would like to add or subtract an email address, Please call or email Rosemary Crandall at 860-742-7339 or send an email to:  Rosemary Crandall.

We look forward to seeing everyone Monday!

John