The staff at FES believe that play is a very important part of education. That’s why we have a morning recess from 8:20 – 8:35 and a midday recess from 12:30 – 1:00. Here you see a collaborative project where students created “Heart Island” when the sun (finally) came out after a few days of ice and rain.
FES is dedicated to educating the whole child. Part of this is allowing students to learn about and express themselves creatively. We are thrilled to have Mark Ragonese join us again for another art project this week. This installation focuses on the characteristics that FES students identify within themselves as something they project outward to the greater community.
Do you wonder why your child’s math homework looks so different from what you brought home in elementary school?
Then join us for an interactive and fun evening! Learn from the FES staff how the focus has shifted in mathematics instruction and why we do what we do. Play some of the same math games your children play.
On Friday December 14th, students at FES learned about how people around the world celebrate winter holidays. One of the countries students learned about was Germany. A big tradition in Germany is baking and decorating gingerbread. We are so lucky to have a connection with Frederick’s Pastries through our third grade teacher, Ms. Robert. Sue from Frederick’s came to FES with homemade gingerbread and decorating tools for the kids to have some hands on experience like the professionals.
FES is very proud of the many community connections it has with the Town of Francestown. Just recently, members of the PTO worked with 18 students and other young people in the Francestown community to rehearse some holiday songs. They all came together in the newly renovated Town Hall for the annual tree lighting ceremony sponsored by the Francestown Improvement and Historical Society.
FES is starting a new practice called Good News Phone Calls.
Each week a few students will be identified by the principal and other staff members for doing good things that promote the values of Francestown Elementary School (Positive, Responsible, Independent, Determined, and Empathetic). These students will make a phone call home with the principal to share the Good News.
On December 6th, children’s author and illustrator David Ira Rottenberg will be coming to FES. He will be reading his book Gwendolyn the Graceful Pig and dancers from the Peterborough Dance Theater will be performing a dance choreographed to the book. This is the kickoff to FES’s All School PRIDE day during which students and staff will participate in activities focused on our school values of Positive,
Miss Shannon from Fresh Picks Cafe delivers the lunches everyday to our students at FES. Students have many healthy choices for school lunch this year: a daily hot lunch, deli, salad, sun butter and jelly, and new this year – a lunchbox! There is more information on our website about the lunch program. If you would like information about applying for Free or Reduced lunch,
All Conval Elementary Schools have made a commitment to delivering a school curriculum that includes Social Emotional Learning (SEL). Teachers are working together with School Counselors, Special Educators, and Occupational Therapists to create lessons using Responsive Classroom, Zones of Regulation, and Social Thinking resources. One of the major ways to create a positive atmosphere in the classroom is to develop the classroom rules together.
Our Fourth grade class might be small in numbers, but they are anything but small in their desire to learn and be great role models for the rest of FES! The staff welcomed this class and all the other students back today.