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.
Nationwide, some 2.5 million grandparents are parenting their grandchildren and not without a host of challenges and issues that come with the job, including mixed emotions, financial burdens, health concerns and keeping pace with the children.
Join us for a discussion on the joys and challenges grandparents face, hear from other grandparents and learn about some of the resources and supports available.
Students from the National Honors Society at ConVal High School has been very active at FES this year. We are very grateful that they have reached out to us to create and strengthen bonds within the school district. NHS students came to FES during our winter testing cycle to engage our students in some fun and relaxing activities.
FES was lucky to have six guest readers join our All-School Literacy Day on March 23rd, 2018. Dr. Forrest (Assistant Superintendent), Mark Swasey (ConVal Athletic Director – pictured above), Colleen Roy (GES principal), Dr. Lewis (School Psychologist), and Jennifer Swasey (School Counselor) read to multi-aged groups of students throughout the morning. The students then worked on an activity in these groups that focused on one aspect of Literacy.