Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Wise Owl: April 7, 2015

April 7, 2015

"Have You Seen the Owl Today?"
Some important news and fun celebrations to share as April finally arrives. Enjoy the warmer and longer days!

A few important dates and events for your calendar to get us started

Scholastic Book Fair: Thursday and Friday, April 9 and 10
April MSMS 5th Grade Transition Meeting: TONIGHT, April 7 at MSMS, 6:00 to 7:00
Family Fun Night! Come see Gnomeo and Juliet at UES Friday night, April 10! Go to this link for more info: http://1drv.ms/1FuvUbT
Upp Presentation: Come join us on Tuesday, April 28 at 6:00 to learn about the Union Playground Project! Students from CCV have produced a short film and presentation that will update all of us on the status of the playground renovation.
MPS Community Forum Thursday, April 30, MHS library, 6:00
Playground TAG and PLANT Sale: Saturday, May 30. Go to this link for more info:
Tag and Plant Sale

JUMP ROPE FOR HEART! From Ms. Jennings and Mr. Williams: "Last Month in physical education class your child learned about the importance of the heart and how to take care of it through the Jump Rope For Heart program. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! Your child should feel proud for making a difference in peoples lives. UES raised $ 8,935.66 to support the American Heart Association’s research and education initiatives that save lives in our community. We hope you are as excited as we are in our effort to make a difference with our funds raised.  IT TAKES A HEART TO BE A HERO!!"

Ms. Jennings, Mr. Williams, and Ms. Zurowski
UES Jump Rope Masters!
"READING TO END RACISM" "Reading to End Racism” will be coming for the 12th year to UES next Tuesday, April 14.  Each class will host a guest reader from the local community.  This reader will read a book to the class, talk with children about racism, listen to children talk about racism, develop awareness and discuss ways to work against racism, prejudice, and discrimination.  After the reading, students will bring home some information to inspire follow up discussion with family and friends.

We have matched trained readers with specific classrooms so please feel free to contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions.

THE 2015 PUPPET RESIDENCY Once again, the UES community was treated to a wonderful puppet and theater experience when the 3rd grade showed off their incredible puppetry skills last week! Their performance of Mimi's Village was highly entertaining and very well done! Thanks as always to the talented staff of the No Strings Marionette group for working with our students and giving them such a memorable experience! Some highlights:

BUS MONITOR NEEDED! Bus 24 is in need of an afternoon bus monitor from now until the end of the year. If your child rides the bus and/or you'd like to make a few extra dollars, we'd love to hear from you!

THE "COUNSELOR'S CORNER" School Counselor Suzanne Francke asked that I share her Counselor's Corner Facebook page with you. Here is the link:

The page was designed to provide information to parents, staff and others interested in Elementary School Counseling and topics that relate to young children.  Let us know what you think!

MSMS SUMMIT GREEN TEAM VISITS THE 1ST GRADE! Four 7th graders from the MSMS Green Team have been spending time with Mrs. Mello's and Mrs. F's 1st graders the last few weeks teaching them all about solar and wind power! The children have loved having these "guest teachers" share their love for science and the environment with them!

UES Alum Patrick, Gavin, Grace, and Catherine leading Mrs. F's 1st graders
HENNESSEY's HOOTS! A Hennessey Hoot goes to…

* 5th grader Sam Watson in Mrs. Pierce's class, who availed himself with honor at the Vermont State Scripps Spelling Bee last month at St. Michael's College! Sam made it through seven very tough rounds against the top spelling competition in the state. We get the sense that Sam's future as a spelling master is just beginning!

Sam getting through Round 5!

The beautiful setting
* 5th grader Piper Graves in Ms. Lloyd's class, who celebrated Pi Day on March 14 by memorizing the first 150 numbers of Pi, which begins with 3.14 and keeps going and going and going…. Think about memorizing 150 numbers in a row for a minute. Wow!

The tension builds...