Summer Family Reading

 

Longmeadow Elementary Schools…ONE BOOK , ONE COMMUNITY

Dear Families,

Through the generosity of our PTO, we are once again excited to offer One Book, One Community Family Read this Summer!  From the onset, our goal in this activity has been families reading together.  Once again, we are asking your help in achieving this goal.

Finding the perfect book that will appeal to all of our students, kindergarten through fifth grade, is a huge task. We realize our selection of Tony DiTerlizzi’s book Kenny & the Dragon may be a stretch for some of our younger readers.  So we are reaching out to you as parents, to find a few minutes each day, to sit with your child and share this terrific book.

“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents. - Author Emilie Buchwald

Kenny & the Dragon by Tony DiTerlizzi is a charming tribute to Kenneth Grahame’s children’s classic The Reluctant Dragon, which most people are familiar with through the Disney short film adaptation. In this beautifully illustrated volume, DiTerlizzi tells the story of a small, bookish rabbit named Kenny who learns that a dragon has been spotted on his family farm. Armed with a bestiary, he goes to investigate, and instead of a fearsome fire-spouting dragon, he finds Grahame, a dragon much more interested in poetry, crème brulee, and rearranging the rocks around his cave than in anything as savage as fighting. Kenny and Grahame become fast friends, but trouble rears its head when the villagers find out about the dragon and demand his extermination. (Fantasy Literature)

A bestselling retelling of Kenneth Grahame’s short story, “The Reluctant Dragon” marked Tony’s first solo venture as a middle-grade novelist.

Why retell a classic? Clearly, I am no Kenneth Grahame, but I adored this story so much when I was a kid that I wanted a new generation to enjoy this wonderful tale. -Tony DiTerlizzi

Local Author/Educator Jim Trelease states reading aloud to your child –- no matter what their age — is the magic bullet for creating a lifelong reader.  We hope as a family you find Kenny and Grahame’s adventure together an enjoyable read aloud.

         ★★★Author Tony DiTerlizzi will be visiting the 3 elementary schools on September 11, 2014★★★

Please pick up a copy of the book at Central Office or at Center School if your family did not receive it at the end of the school year.

 

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Congratulations Mrs. Fritz and Ms. Manna!!

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we honor our entire teaching profession.

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A committee of administrators and teachers across the district met yesterday to share the honor of selecting Longmeadow’s recipients of  the Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Awards.  Teachers nominate their  colleagues for extraordinary excellence in teaching practices and enthusiasm for teaching and working with children. Ms. Manna is the recipient of the honor in the new teacher category; and Mrs. Fritz the recipient in the “veteran” teacher category. Our teachers will be honored at a dinner at the Log Cabin in May. Well-deserved honor for two exceptional educators…
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Reminders…

IMG_2900 IMG_2902The snow around our school is lovely, but presents safety issues during drop off and pick up times. Please help us with the following:

  • The snow bank on the corner of Longfellow creates a blind spot on the carline. Students should not  be dropped off at any area around the school except directly in front where I wait with the safeties.
  • Please do not enter/ cut into the carline from Longfellow Street. This practice is frustrating to families who follow the carline procedures AND importantly, it increases the risk of an accident.
  • Longfellow Street drop offs/pick ups  in the winter (and throughout the year!) are unsafe. Students should not be climbing snow banks and crossing the street where there is no crosswalk.
  • Please please refrain from cell phone use while you’re in the carline. Our children’s safety depends on your full attention.
  • Dress your child warmly for outdoor recess. Hats, gloves, snow pants, and boots please, so your child may enjoy the snow with friends.

Thank-you for adhering to the school’s procedures. The carline may be a bit longer, but our students will remain safe!

February so soon…

5th Grade Chorus performing for all our students.

photo 2 photo 3 photo 4 photo 5Bravo  to Mrs. Drysdale and to our talented musical ensembles: Chorus, Band, and Orchestras!!  The Winter Concert at the high school was absolutely spectacular!! I have heard from many many families who were impressed and awed by the performances of our young musicians. Mrs. Drysdale is described as a ‘treasure” and a “gift” to our school community.  I couldn’t agree more!!IMG_2887IMG_2886IMG_2878IMG_2885IMG_2883IMG_2880IMG_2881IMG_2879IMG_2877

Happenings…

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“Mystery Reader” in kindergarten was Hayden’s Dad, an EMT, who read a playful book about ambulances and brought the students outside for a big surprise…

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Yes, there was dancing in the ambulance!

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Our very special visitor from the Japan Exchange Program at LHS - Mr. Hori-sensei.

Our very special visitor from the Japan Exchange Program at LHS -
Mr. Hori-sensei, sharing with Mrs. Mclean’s class.

Mr. Hori enjoying  Ms. Drysdale's music class.

Mr. Hori enjoying
Ms. Drysdale’s music class.

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Spectacular day….Spectacular fun!!

Our students LOVE their new playscape!  The project was complete on Friday, and today’s weather  was perfect  for both morning and lunch  recess.  The students explored the many choices for active play and the triple slide. The unanimous opinion from the students is  -“Awesome!!”

Families are invited to join  the PTO on Friday after school for a community “play date” on the new play ground. More information will be sent via PTO email.

PLEASE help us ensure our beautiful new field will be lush and green for many years to come.  The fence will remain on the perimeter of the field for many months and the field will be off limits.  If you enjoy our playscape after school hours, children should remain off the field at all times. You can help us enforce this critical rule with gentle reminders to all.  Thank-you for your full cooperation in the coming months!

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Halloween Hustle-10th Anniversary!

 

Congratulations to Amy Higgins for her phenomenal coordination of the Halloween Hustle!! Amy and  Simon were up with the sun to get things going the morning of the race.

Congratulations to Amy Higgins for her phenomenal coordination of the 10th annual Halloween Hustle!! Amy and Simon were up with the sun to get things going the morning of the race.

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Sam and Dad warm up before the race. Sam and Dad warm up before the race.

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Chris Regan organized the Krazy Kids Races on the Green-so much fun for our students!! Chris Regan organized the Krazy Kids Races on the Green-so much fun for our students!!

Mrs. Brydges with  her children before they ran the  5K.

Mrs. Brydges with her children before they ran the 5K.

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Hooray for Sam and Jack!!

Hooray for Sam and Jack!!

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Mrs. Cummings and Mrs. Griffiths -invaluable help!

Mrs. Cummings and Mrs. Griffiths -invaluable help!

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