Sunday Scoop 11/17/19

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We Won!

Our fifth graders have just completed a unit on government in the state of Connecticut and participated in CT Kid Governor, which is a state-run program. Over the past few weeks students have learned about the three branches of government, the role and responsibilities of the Governor, as well as how to run for Governor. Students took part in activities that reinforced lessons on the history of voting, and the importance of just one vote. To complete this unit, students registered to vote, listened to Kid Governor Platforms, and held an election within the classroom where each student was able to vote for the 2020 Kid Governor. On Election Day, students ran the polling place and the process was photographed. Those photographs were sent to the state as part of a state-wide photo contest and we won! Congratulations to the AES fifth grade class for winning the contest!

On Friday, Kindergarten students spent the afternoon with Mr. Nick, a presenter from the Connecticut Science Center. This program was called “On a Roll” and it coincides with our pushes and pulls science unit. The students explored homemade pinball stands and had to figure out how far to pull the ball launcher to make the ball land on specific targets. They worked with partners to place a magnetic block and a ramp on a cookie sheet and had to observe the direction the ball moved when it hit the block. Through these challenges and free exploration, the kindergarten scientists learned that the ball can change direction based on where obstacles are placed. We had lots of fun and encourage families to explore the science center together.

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On Thursday, the 5th grade traveled to Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Massachusetts as an extension of our 5th grade Social Studies Curriculum. The students walked through a “living museum” based on life in rural New England back in the 1790’s through 1830’s. They explored “changes in the land, early American culture, and life in early America.” Students walked through the entire village asking a variety of questions to acquire as much information as possible. Our students found many interesting aspects of life during this time period, especially visiting the schoolhouse and believe it not, stacking wood outside the Small House alongside two men from the village. Talking while they worked and learning valuable information. Our fun filled day of learning ended as the entire class boarded the horse drawn wagon for a peaceful ride back to our bus.

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First Grade

Last week Mrs. DelMastro’s 1st Grade took a trip down the trails behind the school to Nature Pond. Their nature walk allowed them to explore the trails as well as the pond. The students had a blast catching tadpoles and bugs with nets.

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Silver Sneaker Award

The two students who are receiving the award this week are Brayden in Mrs. Delmastro’s class and Max in Mrs. Paquette’s class.

Brayden is so deserving of the Silver Sneaker Award. He is a hard worker and an active member of our classroom community. Brayden is a thoughtful and kind friend to all his classmates. He also goes above and beyond to be helpful in and out of the classroom. Mrs. DelMastro says, “We are so grateful to have Brayden in our classroom.”
Max is receiving the award this week for being someone who is responsible, hardworking, respectful, and caring towards others. Max always shows gratitude towards his peers and teachers by thanking them and being a good friend to his classmates. We are lucky to have Max in our school and to be able to work with him each and everyday.
Congratulations to both Brayden and Max on working hard setting good examples for others! Keep up the good work!

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(Brayden was absent so we will get a picture with him for next week).

From the AES Student Council:

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers:

We are excited to share with you that our school community will be celebrating Unity Day on November 22 this year. Unity Day is an annual event that promotes joining together to create healthier communities through kindness, acceptance, and inclusion. It was started by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center in 2011 and is now celebrated around the world.

We will be having a march around the school at 2:00. This walk will end in the gym for a special Unity Day Assembly. We encourage you to come enjoy this special event with your children.

We hope you’ll take this opportunity to talk to your children about bullying prevention and all the positive things we can do to make healthier communities. For more information on the history of Unity Day and its impact, please go to https://www.PACER.org/bullying/about/history.asp.

Sincerely,
Sixth grade Student Council
Andover Elementary School

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Fourth Grade students recently created “x-rays” of their hands during Makerspace. They learned that there are 206 bones in the human body that play an important part in keeping us upright and our organs protected.

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First graders were challenged with the question of whether they like spiders or find them creepy during their Makerspace time. After learning about some interesting kinds of spiders, including the Happy Face spider and Trap Door spider, the students made their own spider sliders. They had to follow the directions carefully and have the help of a partner to complete their projects.

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Reminders from the Office...

Yankee Candle Pick-Ups are Monday from 3-4 and Tuesday from 5:30 until 7:00 PM on the stage.

Unity Day is Friday November 22, 2019. Stay tuned for more information.

Intergenerational Day will take place on Wednesday November 27th. Mark your calendars!

November lunch menus are posted on the website. If you would like a paper copy, please contact the office by calling 860-742-7339 or sending an email to crandallr@andoverelementaryct.org.

Stuff a Bus will take place on December 18th. Stay tuned for the Stuff the Cruiser date!

Free tickets are still 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!

We look forward to seeing everyone on Monday!

John