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  • AES Weekly Blast 11-8-19 (Volume 10)

    Posted by Maureen Morine on 11/8/2019 2:00:00 PM

    AES Weekly Blast 11-8-19 (Volume 10)
    978-743-1005 (Main Office)
    978-743-1006 (Absent line)
    978-386-2492 (Fax)

    News from the Principal
    During the 10/31 professional development day AES paraprofessionals received a training on trauma.  Teachers received further training on our data software called I-Ready.  Speaking of I-Ready, all students take a grade level assessment in ELA and Math three times a year.  Grade 3 and 4 is now using an extra component that designs intervention practice sessions which we are using at school and at home.  The third and fourth grade teams began using the lessons two weeks ago.

    On 11/5 teachers were able to choose specific varying topics in different areas toward professional development.  Mrs. Whittier and I taught boosting Executive Functioning skills in children in grades K-4, Mrs. Rixford taught a class on math running records, and Mrs. Rollo on the family communication App called Seesaw.  I am truly fortunate to have such talented staff to be teaching others their specialties! 

    It’s that time of the year folks.  We are searching for one student who will be around at 4:00Pm on Sunday, December 1st on the Ashby Commons for the annual Ashby Tree Lighting.

    Don't forget we are collecting gently used Infant to adult coats to benefit the TEO. The TEO single handedly fill those weekly backpacks each week for those in need. 

    The Patriots red white and blue bracelets should be coming in soon.  If you haven't ordered yours yet, there is still time, e-mail Mrs. C. at to start your order.

    News from Kindergarten
    Kindergarten is in full swing.  We have the rules and routine down and we are on to Phonics, Reading, Writing, and Math skills.  We have introduced 17 out of the 26 letters. We have been practicing writing each of the letters and working on writing our name on lines.  In Reading, we are talking about characters and setting, sequencing beginning middle and end and noticing punctuation.  In Math, we are continuing to count to 20, writing our numbers and recognizing the numbers in ten frames.  Kindergarten will be learning about fall, friendships, Pilgrims and an author study of Laura Numeroff.  We are looking forward to seeing everyone at conferences on November 25th and 26th. Reminders will be sent home next week for the conferences.  Please remember to read to your child daily.

    First Grade
    First graders have been busy this month! In reading we learned about how tools make work easier. Now we are learning how to become an effective learner by using certain habits of character : Initiative, Collaboration and Perseverance! We are reading The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires. The little girl learns how to take initiative and persevere when things get tough.  In math we have been working on our doubles facts and now making ten to add. Please help your children practice their math facts at home. They need to be able to answer them with automaticity by the end of first grade.  In writing we practiced writing about small moments and using transition words, ellipses, ALL CAPS, and sound words to make our writing come to life. We just started discussing Veteran's Day and will learn the importance and the meaning behind the holiday as not just being a day off from school.

    If you have not checked out seesaw please check in often! Also, conference slips are due and spaces are filling up! See you November 25th or 26th!

    Dates to Remember:
    11/11 - No School
    11/12 - ½ day late start to school - AES students arrive at 11:20 AM
    11/21 - PTC meeting at the 873 beginning at 5:30
    11/25 - AES Turkey trot, ½ day dismissal at 11:50 due to Parent - Teacher Conferences (12:30-2:30 and 6-8 PM)
    11/26 - ½ day dismissal at 11:50, Parent - Teacher Conferences 12:30-2:30
    11/27 - ½  day dismissal at 11:50, due to holiday break – Grandparent’s Day
    11/28 and 11/29 NO School
    12/2 - AES School Council 3:15
    12/9 and 12/10 PTC Secret Santa Shopping event during school, schedule to be published soon
    12/11 ½ day, late start students arrive at 11:20 AM
    12/17 grade 3 and 4  Holiday concert 1:30 and 6:30, holiday grade level gifts due
    April 13-16 - 3rd grade ELA MCAS
    April 27-30 - 4th grade ELA MCAS
    April 27-28 No Kindergarten classes due to incoming k screening
    May 11-14 - 3rd Grade Math MCAS
    May 18- 21 4th Grade Math MCAS

    Community Events:
    Community VOICES - Proactive Community Awareness Forum

    Please join Community VOICES along with a member of the Pepperell Police Department for a public awareness forum:
    Thursday, November 14th @ 6:30 pm
    Peter Fitzpatrick Cafeteria
    45 Main St, Pepperell, MA
    Community VOICES ia a child protection and victim advocacy organization helping citizens take an active role in their safety through Advocacy, Education, and Awareness.

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