BOSCAWEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE WORLD SCHOOL
Jeff Drouin, Principal Cindy Falabella, Guidance Karen Audet, School Nurse
Boscawen Elementary School
Dear Boscawen Families,
During the months of April and May the students in grades 3, 4, and 5 will be participating in the state Smarter Balanced Assessment. In preparation for these assessments, students are being introduced to practice tests and the digital tools that are accessible to them so they will be familiar and comfortable using the technology when testing. These practice tests are accessible to all through the Smarter Balanced website at http://sbac.portal.airast.org/practice-test/. There is no need to study for this assessment. We do, however, ask that you encourage your child to do his or her best and get plenty of rest in advance of the assessment.
We are approaching the time of year when we begin to look into class placements for next year. A lot of time and thought is put into determining which class a student will be placed in. Teachers look at a number of factors when making this determination. Parents are also welcome, but not required, to give their input during this process. We will not be accepting teacher names as a request. Instead, you are welcome to describe your child’s learning style and the type of classroom environment you feel will best suit your child’s educational needs. Please put this in writing and send it to school with your child. Address the letter to me and I will share your information with the appropriate grade-level team.
There is no school April 24th – April 28th as we break for our Spring Vacation. I hope everyone has an enjoyable one.
IB News – Transdisciplinary Themes– Week 2
Last time I introduced the organizing structure of the PYP’s six transdisciplinary themes. While all the themes are designed to help students learn across subject boundaries, most have a focus in one subject. That subject becomes the lens through which other subjects are studied. The first theme is “Who We Are.” The descriptor for this theme is: “An inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social, and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.” Very big ideas! But let’s translate them into the classroom. A kindergarten or first grade teacher might study families or communities. What kinds of jobs do people have? Why do we need those jobs? What do we look for in friends? How can you be a good friend? Fifth graders might be tackling how they best learn. What do they need to know about how they learn so they can take an ever-increasing responsibility for their own learning? Many teachers work with their students on health and nutrition through this unit. The students are constantly learning about how children around the globe live, take care of themselves, learn and play.
Nancy Webster, PYP Coordinator Questions? Email me at email@example.com
Important Upcoming Dates
Important Phone Numbers: School – 753-6512 SAU Office – 753-6561 Transportation – 753-1422 or 1421