On Monday, October 31st from 1:30 - 2:45 your child will be participating in a very fun and exciting activity in the classroom called Pumpkinology. Your child will be "dissecting" a pumpkin using math and science skills. We cannot do it without your help. Here is what we need:
6-8 PARENT VOLUNTEERS - will be in charge of a small group of students and in charge of cutting the pumpkin.
We will need the following supplies:
- PUMPKINS FOR CARVING (various sizes-we want them to be different)
- PLASTIC TABLECLOTHES - we will be scooping out the insides of the pumpkins
- LARGE SPOONS FOR SCOOPING
- LARGE KNIVES FOR CUTTING THE PUMPKIN (PLEASE WRAP IN A KITCHEN TOWEL)
- SMALL PAPER CUPS FOR SEED COUNTING
- BATHROOM SCALES for weighing the pumpkins.
Be on the look out from an email from your child's teacher or room parent with further information about signing up to help out.
CORIs (Criminal Offender Record Information) Required
It is important that EVERYONE must be CORI'd to go on field trips and/or come into the classroom to volunteer. Please go to the front office to fill out a CORI form. A government-issued ID (e.g., driver's license, passport) must be presented with the completed form. Thank you.
We are off to a great start in Fourth Grade! Students and teachers are excited to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones. Please click PARENT INFO to access the powerpoint presentation and handouts. We look forward to working with all of you this year.
*Picture Day - September 19th
A message from Principal Harvey in regards to presidential elections and political points of view:
Parents, as you might imagine, last week’s primary presidential election evoked some strong emotions and conversations among our students. As educators, we want to encourage students to think critically about candidates’ platforms and to learn about civic responsibilities and processes such as voting. Certainly, in all our work with students, we are teaching respect for differences of opinions and consideration for others’ perspectives. Please help us in this work as you talk with your children about your political views by reminding them of the importance of responding with kindness and tolerance to viewpoints and ideas different from their own.
March 15, 5:00pm - Backpack Auction Bids Due
March 20th - Spelling Bee
March 25th - No School
March 30th - Bus Driver Appreciation Breakfast - Volunteers needed-VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/1tCky7
Weds March 23rd 2-3pm - Claypit's Got Talent Auditions
Thurs March 24th 3-4:30pm Claypit's Got Talent Auditions
Tues April 5th 3-4:30pm Claypit's Got Talent Rehearsals
Thurs April 7th 3-4:30pm Claypit's Got Talent Rehearsals
Friday, April 8th @ 7pm - Claypit's Got Talent
May 7th - Florence Adler Walk/Run
Grade 4 PARCC Testing Dates
Grade 4 PARCC Testing Dates
* The fourth grade will be participating the global day of play tomorrow February 3rd. Please watch the video to understand more about this day.
* 14th Annual SOUPer Bowl of Caring
The SOUPer Bowl of Caring coincides with the NFL Super Bowl which takes place on Sunday, February 7. How about just two cans of food from each student and teacher in the school? We could get over 1,200 cans of food!
*Author visit on Feb 5th - Jarrett J. Krosoczka
* Lost And Found To Be Donated On Friday, February 12th
*Donate A Ball For The New Recess Ball Bin!
* Family Fun Math Game Night
Thursday, March 3rd 6:30pm-7:30pm
Loker School Cafeteria
*PARCC testing dates
Grade 4 PARCC Testing Dates
*Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration - January 22 @6pm
*Report Cards go home - January 26
*The PTO purchased a large wire cage on wheels to hold soccer balls, footballs, four square balls, basketballs, frisbees and jump ropes for use during recess hours. Your donations to fill the bin would be so appreciated by the kids! You can drop off any donations in the front office and they will be added to the bin for immediate use! Many thanks!
We hope that everyone had a restful and enjoyable vacation and time with family. Here are some updates and information about what is happening in fourth grade and here at Claypit Hill in the New Year.
*Please remember that our doors open and supervision begins at 8:30am. Particularly as weather declines, it is important that children are not dropped off to wait outside. Additionally, please refrain from illegally parking in the handicapped spots while you quickly run into the school. Thank you for your cooperation.
*Winter Weather - We will continue to enjoy outdoor recess unless wind chill temperatures dip below 20 degrees. Therefore, please make sure your children bring BOOTS, SNOW PANTS ,COATS, and MITTENS to school every day.
*Please check out the new math challenge problem on the math link.
*Here is an image of the Claypit Cares poster that was created by student drawings (one from each classroom). This poster can be available for purchase. There should have been information regarding this in the eNews that was just sent out.
1/8 Family Movie night - doors open at 5:30pm
1/11 All school Mtg at 9am
1/11 PTO mtg 7pm
1/12 JLM for Scarpulla and Foley
1/14 JLM for Postma and Biggs
1/15 Principals Coffee 8:45am
1/26 Report Cards go home
4th Grade - Just Like Me Volunteers Needed
Please sign up at the following link: http://vols.pt/dNyafn
Brief training session at Tuesday, January 5th from 7-8pm at Claypit Hill.
The last 4th Grade Just Like Me (JLM) Unit - Autism - will take place in the classrooms on Tuesday, January 12 and Thursday, January 14th.
Ms. Foley’s Class: Tuesday, January 12th from 9:00 am - 10:30am
Ms. Scarpulla’s Class: Tuesday, January 12th from 10:45am – 12:15pm
Ms. Biggs’ Class: Thursday, January 14th from 9:00am – 10:30am
Ms. Postma’s Class: Thursday, January 14th from 10:45am – 12:15pm
Parent volunteers lead small group activities with the students. We need 4 volunteers per classroom for the unit to run smoothly. The training session on January 5th will give you an overview of the unit and activities. If you would like to volunteer in the classroom but can't make the training session, please sign up on the Volunteer Spot and contact Jen or Meredith.
Health Room News December 2015
The most important first line of defense against germs is good hand washing. Please continue to reinforce this at home.
Dec 10 - Instrument concert @ 10am
Dec 21 - Fifth grade chorus concert @ 9:15
Dec 23 - 1:50 Dismissal
Jan 4 - School resumes
Letter from Mrs. Harvey in regards to recent current events
Dear Claypit Hill Parents and Guardians,
Over the past few weeks, a number of children have expressed anxiety and fear
stemming from the recent events in Paris and California. Additionally, a few parents
have brought to our attention that children are talking about these events with each
other. As I listened to the news last week, I cringed as I thought about how it would
sound and feel to a young child.
Although it is impossible to completely shield children and I do not advocate for
that, it is critically important that parents limit children’s exposure to the news and
take time to process it with them as they do hear or read it. Some simple messages
that Dr. Hehir, Mrs. McManus, and I say to children are:
o “We take measures every day to ensure that Claypit Hill is a safe place for
everyone. Our doors are locked all day. Adults in the building are noticing
people in the building and asking for identification when we don’t know
o “Your neighborhood is a very safe place in which to live. That was probably
part of the reason why your parents chose to live there. The local police are
working hard to ensure that it remains a safe place.”
o “Professionals in the state and across the country are working tirelessly
every day to keep us all safe.”
o “We choose to trust that we are as safe as possible so that we can enjoy each
o “In spite of all the bad news, the world is full of good people who care about
you and are here to help you.”
Parents, it saddens me that I need to address this with you. The situation in our
country has certainly changed since we were in elementary school. If you feel that
you or your child needs assistance, please let us know.
Thank you for the privilege of working with your children. I wish each of you could
have heard all 523 beautiful voices singing “Give Light” at All School Meeting
yesterday. It was truly heart-warming and uplifting.
Very warm regards,
Below is a letter from Karyn Saxon regarding the reading program Lexia
As many of you know, we have been taking advantage of the opportunity for students to practice Lexia Reading at home. This year we upgraded to their Lexia Core5 program, which offers a new interface, updated skills and activities.
Lexia Core5 is now available as a direct link on the internet. To access it, please go to your school’s home page. Under “for students” you will find a link to Lexia. Clicking on that link will bring to you the Lexia website. From there, students can type in their username and password, which is the same as their lunch ID.
If you would like to install it as an app on an iPad or iPad mini, go the app store and download “Lexia Reading Core5”. When you open the app, it will ask for your teacher’s email. Your student will then be able to sign in with their username and password.
Please remember: “Lexia at Home” is not required homework. It should also not be done more than 3 times a week and not for more than 20 minutes at a time. If it is used too often, it will no longer serve its purpose.
If you have any questions, you can contact us or Karyn Saxon, the ELA curriculum director, at (508) 655-0534 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming important dates
12/8 Band Concert at 7pm
12/9 Strings Concert at 7pm
12/10 Band/Orchestra Concert @10am