Sunday Scoop 05-05-19

 

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Bang That Drum!
AES students and staff were treated to a special visit from Bolokoda Conde, a Master Drummer from West Africa, last Monday. Every student from Pre-K through grade 6 was given the opportunity to play alongside Bolokada during his two assemblies, and two lucky groups of students were able to participate in an extra drumming lesson. We learned about Bolokoda’s hometown and family by watching a short video and the students were able to ask many questions at the end of each assembly. Special thanks to the Andover PTA for sponsoring Bolokoda Conde’s visit to our school!

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On Wednesday, our students and staff participated in Project Aces (All Children Exercising Simultaneously) by walking laps around the lower playground from 10:00 until 10:15 AM. It was a perfect mid-morning break and we were able to dodge most of the raindrops!v

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What's Happening in PE?

Students in our 5th and 6th grade classes have begun our Volleyball unit which is always so much fun! We learned about serving, bumping, setting, rotating, the boundaries, the rules, game etiquette, and we practiced these skills. We make up some of our own rules to make sure that we understand how the game is played and how we learn and practice game etiquette. For example, if a student is passing the ball from one side of the court to the other, the ball must be rolled UNDER the net. If it it's thrown over the net, your team loses 2 points or if the ball is ever kicked, your team returns back to zero points (having these rules ensure that the students never forget these things!). The students understand that there rules that are made so that the game can be played safely and so that as they move forward, they understand how the game is played properly. This was the first year however, that we had to institute a “no fortnite dance rule” in some of the classes. We laughed, and I am sure that things like this will be memories that none of us forget (I know that I won’t!). Both 5th and 6th graders, after we were comfortable with the skills and rules, got into a round robin Volleyball tournament where all of the teams were mixed randomly and students came up with creative team names Each team had the opportunity to play all other teams and once everyone has played each other, the team with the winning record is our class champion. In 6th grade, the two class champions play one another one day at recess to see who are 2019 6th grade champion is for this school year. Results to follow soon.

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Students in our 3rd and 4th grade classes are finishing up their unit on badminton. Similar to the 5th and 6th graders during Volleyball, students learn how to serve, how to strike the birdie using a forehand and backhand hit, the rules, how to rotate, etc. We don’t always get into a tournament in badminton, but we do play some games, learning how to keep score and learn about healthy competition and sportsmanship. Badminton is a good sport for working on hand-eye coordination, and it’s also a good lead-up game for those students that may have an interest in a racket sport, such as tennis, that they can play when they get into middle or high school. Students in these grades are going to move into a short baseball unit reinforcing their batting and throwing skills that we learned when they were younger and that they continue to practice if they are involved in baseball or softball.

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Students in grades K-2 are currently finishing up their until on baseball. During this unit, we learned how to bat off of a tee (trying both righty and lefty swinging to see which was felt more natural) and to practice getting better at swinging from both sides of the plate. We learned and reviewed our hand and feet position and also our “step, swing, swish” cues to help students remember to have a nice even swing. Students learned what it felt like to try and swing from the side that was less comfortable and how that is one of the skills in life that can be practiced to perform either righty, lefty, or both (like kicking a ball in soccer, unlike writing in class so the teacher can read your handwriting).

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Students in Pre school have been working on a variety of activities including activities that they had to use hula hoops to perform different challenges such as, “can you place 3 different body parts into your hula-hoop” or,”can you make a bridge (plank) over your hula-hoop without touching it?” The students also recently did activities that dealt with learning and reinforcing their understanding and identifying of colors and shapes. Students did a song entitled, “Colors all around” where they had to find different colors around the gym and perform moments that rhymed with that color. “Be a clown if you see brown” or, “give me a wink if you see pink” were a few examples. Students also played a game where I taped down shapes on the ground on the gym floor and students had to skip to the star if they were wearing blue on their shirts, or gallop to the rectangle if they were wearing a shirt that had stripes on it. Students did a great job with identifying colors and shapes in class. Students will end the year with working on overhand throwing and also with reviewing skills that we have learned throughout the year . In addition, we need to get ready for the PreK Fun Day on Friday, May 31st so we have a lot to do!

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The entire Fourth Grade enjoyed a field trip to Mystic Seaport on Thursday, May 2nd as they complete their study of the Northeast. Students stepped back in history as they participated in a guided tour program called, “Life in a Seaport town.” During the tour, students learned about whaling ships and dory boats. They boarded the Charles W. Morgan ship which is America’s last wooden whaling ship. They also toured the L.A. Dunton, a fishing schooner from the early 1900’s. Students then had the opportunity to work together in a rope making activity, simulating what sailors during the 1800’s would have done. They also learned about colonial home life by touring colonial homes and buildings such as the schoolhouse, cooper’s shop, printing press shop, and general store to name a few.

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This weeks Silver Sneaker Awards go to Ryan in Mrs. Hand’s preschool and Nate in Mrs. Bech’s 4th grade class. Congratulations to both of them for their hard work!
Ryan has worked very hard this year to improve in many areas. He has been a patient mentor to younger students, always willing to work or play with someone who needs a little help learning how to be a friend. He tries to be a role model, which means that he learns how to do things really well, and shows others how to do it, too! Ryan has persevered at these tasks, even when it is difficult. He keeps smiling and working to help others, no matter what. Ryan has also put a lot of effort into improving his handwriting skills. He has learned to write his name this year and it has been wonderful to see his proud smile when he sees the results of his efforts! Way to go, Ryan!

Nate has been persevering during term 3. He comes into school each day ready to learn. Nate works diligently on his assignments and tries to get all assignments done to the best of his ability. He consistently helps his classmates on math problems and perseveres on challenging word problems. Furthermore, Nate always completes his homework assignments to the best of his ability. Way to go Nate!

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This was our last week of choosing students who showed Perseverance during the month of April. Starting next week we will be on the lookout for students who being safe and making safe choices.

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Andover Summer Camp

Andover Recreation Commission is sponsoring this Pilot Program in Andover. The Recreation Commission, ALPOA (Andover Lake Property Owners Association), Andover
Library, and Andover Senior Transportation are working together to put on a Summer Camp utilizing some of Andover’s own Resources. The camp will include a variety of activities for all ages, including; gardening, hiking, arts and crafts, building, sports, nature study, games, water play, woodworking, science exploration and more. Children going into First Grade and up will visit Andover Lake daily, and receive swim lessons for 4 weeks of the program. There will
be visits to and from the Andover Library. The children will play on the playground and use the gymnasium at AES and explore the Trails and Woodlands behind the Town Hall and School.
This Pilot Program will run from the first full week of summer vacation until August 2nd.
Registration begins March 1st. There will be a limited number of openings each week so register early.

Speech and Language Tidbits:


Check out Mrs. Keedy's AES web-page for her April posting related to Understanding the Importance of Language Development.
Anne Keedy's webpage 

April 2019: UNDERSTANDING the IMPORTANCE of LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT (see: Early Childhood Education Zone for Information and strategies/activities to support language development and literacy.)

From the Nurse's Office

SAVE TREES!! SAVE INK!! Save money!! As a parent myself, we all know that not everything sent home from school makes it into the parent’s hands. When we return from April vacation, all Health Room visit sheets will be emailed home. What does that mean? Any time your child visits the Health Room, you will know right away why they came in and how long they stayed. This will ensure parents are receiving visit reports and allow you to track your child’s health better.

When a visit report is sent home, you will receive 2 emails. One will have a password that is case sensitive. The other will have an encrypted message. Enter the password and the visit report will appear.

So your job.....Please make sure the school has an up to date email. If you do not have email, an old fashioned paper report will be sent home.

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Join us for a Be Internet Awesome family workshop!
You’ll learn about how to be safe and smart online.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Andover Elementary School
6:30-8:00 pm

From the Nurse’s Office


SAVE TREES!! SAVE INK!! Save money!! As a parent myself, we all know that not everything sent home from school makes it into the parent’s hands. When we return from April vacation, all Health Room visit sheets will be emailed home. What does that mean? Any time your child visits the Health Room, you will know right away why they came in and how long they stayed. This will ensure parents are receiving visit reports and allow you to track your child’s health better.

When a visit report is sent home, you will receive 2 emails. One will have a password that is case sensitive. The other will have an encrypted message. Enter the password and the visit report will appear.

So your job.....Please make sure the school has an up to date email. If you do not have email, an old fashioned paper report will be sent home.

From AHM

A new parent support group is starting at AHM Youth & Family Services for parents who have a child who has ADHD or ODD or any parent who has concerns that their child may have issues with inattention and/or impulsivity. This group is facilitated by the Clinical Director of AHM, Megan Aldridge. It is free of charge and meets twice per month on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:30, starting on March 27. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

From the Cafeteria

End of the Year Cool Café Lunch Contest

Every time you buy lunch or breakfast from Monday, May 13th through Friday, May 17th, you will be entered into a drawing to win an Amazon Gift Card!

If we sell enough lunches and reach our goals, we have some fun activities planned for the week. Check out the whiteboard in the cafeteria for more details.

Names will be pulled to:

- Throw a pie at Mr. Briody

- Duct tape Mr. Briody to the wall

- And more (It's a secret!)

So, buy lunch and breakfast this week, and increase your chances to win an Amazon Gift Card! See you in the cafeteria line! Let's have some fun!

***Help Wanted***

The library media center is looking for parent volunteers to come in on Mondays to help put books away. If you are available to help please email me at loteczkam@andoverelementaryct.org 

Spring has sprung and so has the Walking Club!  Walking club starts up again next week.  Please email Rosemary Crandall at crandallr@andoverelementaryct.org if you are willing to help out.

From the Early Learning Center:

We are pleased to invite you to a Family Science Night on May 29th from 6:00 until 7:30. Stay tuned for more details!

From the AES PTA:

Hi from the AES PTA!


Teacher appreciation week is right around the corner and the PTA is excited to reach out to ALL our Andover Elementary staff to recognize their hard work and dedication. We will be providing lunch, baked goods, and some other goodies to all. How can you participate?

During the week of May 6th you can...

  • For WEDNESDAY- Have your child write/make a card for his/her teacher, specials teacher, nurse, and/or custodian, etc.
  • For FRIDAY- have your child pick/ring in a flower or picture for his/her teacher, specials teacher, nurse, and/or custodian, etc.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at llpblake@yahoo.com

For anyone who purchased Yard Goats tickets- a message from the stadium


Good Morning,
Unfortunately last nights Hartford Yard Goats game was postponed due to heavy rain. Any tickets from the 4/26/19 game may be exchanged for tickets to any 2019 regular season Hartford Yard Goats home game. The exchange must be done in person at the Click-It-Or-Ticket Box Office and all exchanges are subject to availability. If you have any questions or need assistance please call or text 860-246-4628.

AS A RESULT- if any other families would like to purchase tickets now- since they can be traded in for a later date- please email me and let me know. We have a lot of tickets left. They are $13.00 each.

Hope your spring is going well. Thank you again for all your support.
Andover PTA ☺

Eco-Friendly Tip of the Week:

Shut off and unplug. Simply shut off all the lights before you leave in the morning, and unplug electrical equipment that you aren’t using during the day and while you sleep—especially your work and home computers.

Reminders from the Office

Teacher Appreciation Week begins Monday May 6th and continues through Friday! Let’s show our appreciation for everyone who works with our students here at AES this week!

Parents, please contact the office directly, either by calling or email, if your child will be absent from school. Thank you.

The Walking Club has returned to Andover Elementary School and will continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the remainder of the school year. We are always looking for parent volunteers to assist between 12 and 1:00 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please call Rosemary Crandall if you are interested.

The library media center is looking for parent volunteers to come in on Mondays to help put books away. If you are available to help please email me at loteczkam@andoverelementaryct.org Hebron Youth Running Club starts on Tuesday 4/23 6 pm - 7 pm. Please register your kids with Hebron Parks and Rec (link provided): Hebron Parks and Rec

See you on Monday!

John