[HMS News] Parent Flash 6/8/12
wcarozza at hopkintonschools.org
Sat Jun 9 09:17:44 EDT 2012
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Parent Flash 6/8/12
As you may have heard, HMS is piloting a new pilot Full Day Kindergarten Program beginning next school year. If you have a child entering kindergarten in the next school year, you are invited to attend a meeting at Harold Martin School this Tuesday night, June 12, from 6:30-7:30 in the HMS Preschool Room. We will explain the pilot Full Day Kindergarten program as well as our half day program. Call 746-3473 if you have questions. This meeting is for all incoming kindergarten students.
For more information, head to our web site at: http://bit.ly/Kj4c9D
One of the most common questions the HMS staff receives from parents is: what can I do to support my child's learning this summer? Here are some of my thoughts as we head into the last seven days of the school year:
1. Let summer vacation be a vacation.
Be sure you give your children plenty of time to relax this summer. The reality is that your kids work pretty hard at school for six and a half hours a day and the summer needs to be a time to recharge the batteries.
2. If you can, try to get away.
I realize that taking a trip may not be financially feasible for everyone, but there are trips that are less expensive than others:
* Washington D.C. is nearly free, apart from hotel and gas money. From the historical monuments to the engaging Smithsonian Museums, it's your tax money at work for you, so take advantage of it.
* Quebec City is not as inexpensive as it used to be, given the exchange rate, but if you have a passport, you can drive a relatively short distance and experience a piece of Europe within a day's drive.
* Other "local" trips: Amish country and Hershey Park in Pennsylvania, the great history available in Boston, Lake George in New York right over the Vermont border, and the great bike trails in Stowe, VT.
The key to a trip is simply finding the time to just be together. I have been fortunate to have my two adult kids and my high schooler join my wife and me every summer for at least a week or two since they were born. With two of three out of college and joining the work force, our streak may have ended but we grew as a family considerably during these vacations. It's really about time to talk in a place away from the normal stresses of life.
What would you expect to hear from an elementary school Principal? There is nothing that will prepare your child more for next year's school year than investing time in books. My old school district in St. Louis has a great book list at: http://www.pkwy.k12.mo.us/panda/subjectlinks/elemreading.html.
You can check out books from our own library too. Head to our web site at http://bit.ly/KmMJZh for more information.
4. Discover your inner mathematician
With the help of the Internet, math is more fun than ever. Our own second grade teacher Joan Follansbee maintains an excellent list of math web sites. Check it out at: http://follansbeeclass.weebly.com/math-links.html
Be sure to build in times for exercise. We are raising a generation of digital natives who are more comfortable exercising their thumbs and watching a screen than moving their bodies outside. Try finding an hour after dinner twice a week to take a family walk. Summer is a good time to build habits and this is one that could continue into the fall.
I am in the building much of the summer so feel free to call or visit me at HMS.
Enjoy the weekend.
Bill Carozza, Principal
Mexican Quest at the Library
Have fun learning the meanings of these Spanish words!*Have someone take a picture of you doing 10 out of the following 16 things:
Wearing your zapatillas, a sombrero, and guantes
Using an aspiradora
Bake a pastel, decorate it, and take a picture.
Brushing your dientes
Using a tenedor
Eating el helado
At a caramelos store
near an árbol
Riding a bicicleta
Watering with a manguera
Building a castillo de arena
With a gato or perro
Using a martillo
Doing a rompecabezas
Playing a juego de mesa with your family
At the biblioteca
* Spanish dictionaries can be found at the Hopkinton Town Library.
Bring your photos ready to be displayed in a format of your own design (mounted on foam board, in a book, etc.) to the Hopkinton Town Library by July 31. Your team will be entered into a raffle for 2 entrees at Margaritas® Mexican Restaurant in Concord. Come celebrate your success with us at our Summer Reading Program Grand Finale Fiesta, on August 9 at 10 AM. Your team will be recognized and may choose a prize. We’ll also pick the winning team from the raffle.
‘Tween School ‘n Home
Week of June 11 - June 15, 2012
Monday: Splatter Art
Tuesday: Beach Wreath
Wednesday: Wacky Wednesday
Thursday: Flag Wind Socks
Friday: Dad’s Day Crafts
Tuesday, June 12—
Boys bring a parent to the Scout Cabin on Kimball Lake at 6 PM to learn about all the fun you can have in Cub Scout Pack 77!
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Bill Carozza | Principal
Harold Martin School
271 Main St.
Hopkinton, NH 03229
p. 603 .746 .3473
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