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This Week

Good morning Families,

T'was the week before Christmas, and all through the school, each child was hoping this week would be "cool."
This teacher worked hard at coming up with fun games, and called on each weekday, happily by name.
On Monday- the students will work really hard, on math and writing, and a holiday card.
On Tuesday- the students will spend time reading,
 a story about an orange in this season of giving.
On Wednesday- the students will assess math skills so far, and then get a taste from a country afar.
On Thursday- the students will learn how to dress, 
a tree for the holiday without leaving a mess. 
On Friday- the students must be at their best, to present to the 2nd grade, and for all of the rest;
That will happen on Friday-parties and treats-to celebrate the coming of the holiday feast.
So with that, my letter is finally done, Merry Christmas to all, and enjoy all the fun.

Mrs. Perelli

P.S. No homework this week. Hope to see you on Friday- 2pm. 

Blizzard Bag

November 17, 2017

Dear MVSD Elementary Families,

During the course of a typical New England winter, inclement weather occasionally necessitates the cancellation of school.  This year the Merrimack Valley School District will be piloting one Blizzard Bag Day in place of a traditional Snow Day.  The goal of this day is to minimize disruption to the continuity of learning without extending the school year.  On Friday, November 17th, elementary students will bring home their blizzard bag assignments in preparation for the change of the seasons.  Families will be notified of a Blizzard Bag Day via the District’s Rapid Alert Notification system in the same manner that we have previously been notified of a Snow Day.  Teachers will be available for support on this day through email between the hours of 8:00am - 12:00pm.  Assigned work should be returned to classroom teachers on the following school day.  

A few things to keep in mind as we “test drive” this alternative learning opportunity:

  • Only one day will be a Blizzard Bag Day.  Be sure to listen to the recorded message you receive notifying you of the cancelation for this information.  

  • Students’ assignments will be sent home in a Envelope on November 17th.

  • Copies of all Blizzard Bag assignments can be found on elementary school websites under the “Quick Links” tab at the top of the web page.

  • Blizzard Bag assignments can be turned in at any point in time following their distribution, up until 2 school days following the designated Blizzard Bag Day.   

  • In order for this day to count in lieu of an additional day at the end of the school year 80% of students within the district will need to participate.  

  • Parents are invited and encouraged to support their students in completing the Blizzard Bag assignments.  It is suggested that you review the information included in your student’s Envelope in advance to ensure clarity in the expectations.

    • Remember: You only have to do the Specialist work for the given Specialist day.

      • Monday - Library

      • Tuesday - World Language

      • Wednesday - PE

      • Thursday - Music

      • Friday - Art

  • Feel free to contact your child’s teacher with any questions you may have.  Staff will be available for support on the designated day!  

We are approaching this new experience with an open mind and optimism.  Our primary goal remains ensuring the academic well being of our students.  We welcome feedback on this day.  If you have any questions or concerns,  please do not hesitate to contact me.


Mrs. Wheeler


Homework will resume January 8th

  • Spelling Packet- due Monday, Quiz on Friday.
  • Time for Kids reading and  "3-2-1" sheet, Due Monday.
  • Reading Log, turn in whenever full for a fresh log.
  • Reflex Math or Pearson Math- NOT an assignment, just an encouragement.

Finding Just Right Books

Basically this is how it is taught:
1. Choose a book based on interest- read the back.
2. Do the "5 finger test" which means you read a random page in the book, (preferably a whole page) and count how many times you either come across a word you don't know, or can't pronounce. If you have only 2 or 3 fingers up, great. If you have 4 or more- too hard. If you have 2 or less, too easy.
3. Listen to the way the book sounds either out loud or in your head- are you stumbling, stuttering, stopping and starting, or are you reading smoothly, hear the characters voices, understanding what is going on.
4. Check the range or level. It should be in your range. If it is in your range, #2 and #3 will probably back it up.
5. Read the first chapter to see if you still like it, and are still reading it well.

Check out books your are unsure of, either through me or through these websites:

Scholastic Book Wizard (http://www.scholastic.com/bookwizard/)
 Lexile Framework for Reading (https://lexile.com/)
 Accelerated Reader (http://www.arbookfind.com/)

You  may need to cut and paste the web addresses into your search window. 

Important Reminder

As the weather gets colder, please ensure that your child comes to school with enough to wear to keep them dry and warm. Thank you.

Scholastic Book Clubs

Click here for Scholastic Books

Books can be ordered at any time through the web-site. I will be sending another flyer home some time in November. 

Our Class code is GVL2R

And for a great resource try:

Thank you!

Webster Elementary School Calendar

Quote for the Week

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Classroom Schedule

Daily Schedule
8:45- Arrival
9:00-9:45- Math Inquiry
9:50-10:30- Special (Mon-Lib, Tue-Lang, Wed-Gym, Thur-Music, Fri-Art)
10:45-11:00-Morning Meeting
11:00-11:20-Math Follow-up
11:20-12:00- Science/Social Studies Inquiry
11:55-12:55 Recess and Lunch
1:00-2:00- Reader's Workshop
2:00-3:00-Writer's Workshop
3:00-3:20- Read Aloud
3:25- Dismissal

Important Reminders:
    A snack & drink every day and/or money for milk or juice.
    Bring your lunch, or money for lunch every day.
    Bring your homework folder every day.
    Wear sneakers for Gym class every Wednesday.
    Bring Library books to school every Monday.

Think About it

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