[HMS News] 3-25-05
bcarozza at hopkintonschools.org
Fri Mar 25 22:09:10 EST 2005
HMS News 3-25-05
CORRECTION: A flyer went home announcing the PTA sponsored Fisher Cats
game; the date was incorrect on the flyer. The correct date is Sunday,
May 22nd. Thanks.
PTA Family Night at the Planetarium
There is still space available on Saturday, March 26 for the PTA
sponsored Family Night. If you have not already sent in your form and
would like to attend, please join us Saturday night at the Christa
McAuliffe Planetarium in Concord from 6-8 PM. There is no admission
charge, we are asking parents to bring refreshments to share. There
will be two shows, tickets are on a first come, first served basis. If
you need further information, please contact Julie Morris at 746-4137
or email the PTA at HopkintonSchoolsPTA at yahoo.com. We hope to see you
Happy Spring from everyone here at HMS. It was truly a thrill to see
the snow melt on my treacherous driveway before I even had a chance to
clean it off. The sun is clearly in a warmer place in the sky and we
can begin to think about putting our winter clothes away. Notice I
said, “…begin to think”. We can all remember April snowstorms.
We have much to look forward to here at HMS, including PTA’s Fun Fair,
(one of Hopkinton’s biggest events south of the Fairgrounds), the
remaining sessions of “Reaching for the Stars”, our Second Grade
Musical, and HMS Movie Night at Maple Street. This is also a great time
of year for learning, when we see our students take leaps in their
reading, writing, and mathematical ability.
Enjoy Edna Marie’s “Music Notes” on p. 2, keep in mind the date for
placement letters to me (April 1), and have a great weekend with your
From Mrs. Henderson, PE
This is my annual appeal for parent volunteersto assist in spotting
students during their gymnastics unitin physical education classes.
Students will be performing on the parallel bars, balance beam,
vaulting horse, and climbing rope. I will need many volunteers to
"spot" the children while they are moving on these pieces of
apparatus. Request sheets with dates and time blocks to be covered
will be going home with students soon. Look for them in your child's
back pack. Any help that you can provide is sincerely appreciated.
We invite all Harold Martin School families to attend our next
PTA/ThirdGrade sponsored Movie Nightin the Maple Street School gym. The
date is Friday night April 1, the time is 6:30 PM, and the movie is the
Disney version of Robin Hood. The third grade will be selling
concessions and our ticket price is $1 a head or $5 maximum per family.
The donation goes to the Tsunami Relief Fund.
HEALTH, WELLNESS AND SAFETY
Mrs. Conley, school nurse, and Jackie Kleiner, Guidance Counselor, are
beginning the second year of teaching a unit on health wellness and
safety. Within the next few weeks all of the students will have
participated in the health classes.
The curriculum focuses on families, communication body safety, and
healthy choices. If you have any questions please call the school to
speak with either Mrs. Conley or Mrs. Kleiner.
Notes From the Music Room
In Step with March
In kindergarten and 1st grade, we began the month with a song about
March coming in like a lion and going out like a lamb. I'm hoping that
the kids' wonderful singing will influence our weather outcome! That
song also tied into our 1st grade study of The Carnival of the Animals
which begins with "The Royal March of the Lions." We will continue our
listening exploration of the orchestral depiction of the animal world
with related movement and coloring activities. The children also loved
singing and moving along with the book, The Animal Boogie. In
conjunction with our study of instruments, the 1st graders had a good
time singing and "playing along" with the song MacNamara's Band.It
features a variety of band instruments as well as the ever popular
kazoo. The song Green, Green, Green is a fun celebration of the season
and the Jelly Beanchant and the song, Tinga Layo provide some good
The kindergartners are doing a lot of movement activities related to
songs about March winds and the baby animals of Spring. They are having
a hopping good time. They have been dancing jigs and doing some
interpretive dance to an Irish tune. The kindergartners really enjoyed
making song and text connections between the song, The Wheels On the
Bus and the book, The Seals On the Bus.
The 2nd graders are "getting into the act" adding dramatic facial
expressions and movements to their songs in preparation of their
upcoming musical, Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock.The children have
begun voluntarily "performing" segments of songs for one another. This
is a great confidence builder, providing each willing volunteer the
opportunity to be the momentary "star of the class." It also encourages
the children, through both observation and experience, to loosen up and
develop some freedom of movement and expression. They are doing a
The third graders had a good time reviewing some rhythm patterns while
playing along on some percussion instruments to the song, Play Me A
Cowbell. They are decoding some word puzzles as a way of reviewing the
names of the notes on the staff. The students took a great leap forward
on the recorder with the addition of two new notes, "C" and "D,"
bringing their total up to five notes. These new notes are included in
their new song, A Little Jig. Although every student is taught the
fingerings for the song, the ability to identify the notes and finger
them quickly is something that only comes with practice. (As mentioned
in the information letter, children are not required to practice, but
are encouraged to do so as their interest develops. Exposure and a
basic understanding of reading music and translating it to the recorder
are the primary goals of the lesson. The children receive sheets of
music that contain more simplified tunes.) There is a recorded
accompaniment for A Little Jig that the students can play along with in
class, if they are up to the challenge. I try to accommodate a range of
interest and skill levels.
Finally, I wanted to mention a word of appreciation for the
wonderful Artist In Residence program that we enjoyed last month. Jeff
Warner did a super job of sharing a love of folk songs, instruments and
games. The children loved his music and were particularly fond of the
little wooden dancing man, often referred to as a Limber Jack.
Bill Carozza | Principal
Harold Martin School
271 Main St.
Hopkinton, NH 03229
p. 603 .746 .3473
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