This year, to help support the social emotional needs of our multi age classrooms, Jen Swasey, our school counselor, is integrating many of her lessons right into the academic day. This allows students to develop their social emotional skills right alongside their academic ones. Jen is currently working with Team Squirrel on how to take turns while playing a game with peers.
Next Wednesday, September
25th from 6 – 7pm.
The format will be a little different this year. We are
asking families to come promptly at 6 and go to your child’s classroom. There
you will get a tour from your child and complete a short activity with them
about your hopes and dreams for their year at FES.
Team Squirrel worked with the Harris Center to explore different kinds of seeds and how they travel. Students learned that some seeds are dispersed by the wind, others attach themselves to animals and take a little ride, while others get eaten by animals in one place and deposited later in a much different place. Students made scientific observations,
This year, the Cornucopia Project is working with our whole Team Squirrel. Students spent their time today weeding out the gardens, planting lettuce, spinach, and dill, and investigating what happened over the summer in the gardens. There was a lot of feeling, digging, smelling, looking, listening, and tasting. Students snacked on the kale that had grown tremendously over the summer.
Team Squirrel had its first morning meeting today. Team Squirrel is made up of our 27 youngest students and their two teachers. Morning meeting is a time to connect to each other first thing in the morning. It is an integral part of transitioning from home to school. The structure for Morning Meeting comes from Responsive Classroom,
Dear FES Families,
the 2019-2020 school year! It’s exciting for me to be entering into my third
year as the principal of FES. I am honored to work in such a supportive
community with amazing students and staff. In addition to our new Kindergarten
students, we also have a couple new families in the district whose children
will be starting at FES this year.
Every year the FES PTO runs a very successful Holiday Fair. It is one of their biggest fundraisers. They are currently looking for donations to the Silent Auction. Please click on the link below to learn more about this opportunity and to learn more about Francestown Elementary School. Holiday Fair Document
During its meeting on May 21st, the ConVal School Board expressed its support for Francestown to shift from traditional grade-level instruction to multi-age instruction. This is in alignment with the District’s Strategic Plan. FES plans to instruct students in two grade bands (K-2 & 3-4) as a pedagogical philosophy vs. a financial decision.
Thanks to the ConVal ATC department, FES fourth grade students spent some time in the Curiosity Cube. This is a mobile science lab that has been developed by MilliporeSigma and travels the country to deliver science lessons to thousands of children. The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript reported on this and FES staff and students were featured in the article.
On May 12, 2019 Charlotte from FES earned runner-up in the Elementary School Division poetry contest sponsored by the Peterborough Poetry Project. Congratulations, Charlotte!
The mission of the Peterborough Poetry Project is to promote the writing, reading, and thinking of poetry as part of everyday life. What does that mean? Writing poems is a way to have fun while sharing observations and insights with other people or just saving your poems to ponder later.