Sunday Scoop 09-22-19

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Music is in the air!

Music has returned to AES! The sounds of singing, clapping and piano playing filled the air this week as Sooran Sim joined the AES staff and began general music and chorus instruction.

The students were excited to get back into the music room and welcomed Mrs. Sim to Andover. Over the next few weeks, we will be starting instrument and band lessons, and will be inviting our fourth grade students to choose their instruments. Welcome to Andover Mrs. Sim!

Last Monday, all of our students practiced a Bus Evacuation Drill as they arrived at school. Each bus driver described and demonstrated emergency procedures and exits. Students then safely exited the bus, leaving their backpacks behind. Pre-K students and drop-off students were all given the opportunity to participate. Thank you to our bus drivers for helping to inform and prepare our students.

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What’s Happening in Tech Time?

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Students in PreK met a new friend in Tech Time. They were introduced to a robot named Dash who welcomed them to their technology class. The students have learned that Dash can change his light colors, move in different speeds and make a variety of noises. Using the recorded message feature, Dash was able to greet the students and ask them simple questions. Students were quite excited to learn that Dash is 3 years old and likes the color blue. The students are also learning proper use of the SmartBoard and how their fingers can move objects as well as how the pens are used to write.

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Students in Kindergarten, first and second grade spent their first Tech class watching a short video clip about Robot’s first day of school. Each student was presented with a picture from the video and the class worked together to place the story back into the correct sequence. Telling a story in the correct order was used as an example of how computers and robots need to be programmed to perform tasks in a correct sequence. Dash made an appearance to the students as a returning tech favorite and greeted them with either a question or command. Students needed to listen carefully to hear whether Dash was asking them a question or asking them to do a task such as give a friend a high five.

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Typing skills were the focus in Tech Time for students in grades three, four and five. They spent their time learning how to log into their Typing Club account and practice proper form with their fingers on the keyboard and their bodies in ready position. Typing Club is a web-based typing program that provides students with an interactive way to practice typing skills. Information sheets will be sent home this week with account information which will allow students to practice their typing skills at home.

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In celebration of International Dot Day, 6th graders worked to create a dot in a shared Google Slide. International Dot Day is a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration that is inspired by Peter H. Reynolds’ book The Dot. Students viewed the story and then worked to create a dot that contains images and words that describe themselves. These dots were then combined with the dots created by the first graders in a display located outside of the cafeteria.

Silver Sneaker Award

The two students receiving the Silver Sneaker Awards for this week are Sean in Mrs. Bech’s class and Robert in Mrs. Paquette’s class.

Mrs. Bech is proud and happy to nominate Sean Blake for the Silver Sneaker Award. He is being responsible, respectful, and safe in the classroom and throughout the day in the hallways and on the playground. For example, he always comes to class ready to learn with his assignment notebook, homework folder, and snack. In addition, he found a classmate's water bottle and lunchbox in the hallway after recess, and without being asked, picked both items up and returned them to that classmate. That is just one of the many examples Mrs. Bech could cite about Sean being respectful, responsible, and safe. Way to go Sean!

Mrs. Hartnett is happy to nominate Robert for having an incredible start to this school year by showing he has the skills to be respectful, responsible and safe. He is a great listener and is kind and helpful to adults and peers. Robert is very responsible when it comes to being on time, and is always prepared and ready to learn. He follows classroom and school rules and even reminds others. Keep up the great work, Robert!

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Curriculum Night

Curriculum Night is Tuesday, September 24th at 6:00 PM. This is an evening for parents to visit the classroom and learn about specific grade-level curriculum and expectations. The evening begins with a presentation in the gymnasium at 6:10 PM and moves to the classrooms at 6:30 PM. There will be two presentations at each grade level (6:30 and 7:00) so you can visit more than one grade level’s presentation. Each of the grade level presentations will be posted on our website after the evening event. Pre-K families will be able to visit the classrooms from 6:15 until 6:30 and then will travel to the library for a group presentation from 6:30 until 7:00. At that time, they are welcome to visit another grade level presentation or return to the Pre-K classrooms with the Pre-K teachers for questions and answers.

Reminders from the Office

Curriculum Night is Tuesday, September 24 from 6:00 until 7:30 PM.

Our first Spirit Day of the year is Friday, September 27th. It’s Crazy Hair and Hat Day!

Free tickets are available for families to visit the Connecticut Science Center or Lutz Museum. There is a limited quantity and they will be distributed on a first-come-first-served basis. If you are interested, please send an email to Rosemary Crandall at crandallr@andoverelementaryct.org or give her a call at 860-742-7339 and let her know how many tickets you would like for your family. Enjoy!

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New Pupil Data Sheets are being sent home for the 2019-20 school year. They have been attached to last year’s form for ease of reference. Please return the completed forms as soon as possible. Thank you to everyone who has completed the new form already!

Curriculum Night is Tuesday, September 24 from 6:00 until 7:30 PM.

We look forward to seeing everyone on Monday and all of our parents on Tuesday!

John