Featured image of article: SEL Integration

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.

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Featured image of article: FES Open House

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.

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Featured image of article: Seed Exploration with the Harris Center

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,

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Featured image of article: Cornucopia Project

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.

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Featured image of article: Morning Meeting

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,

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Featured image of article: Welcome Back FES!

Dear FES Families,

Welcome to
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.

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Featured image of article: Lead Testing Results For ConVal Schools

In the spring of 2016, NH Department of Environmental Services issued recommendations for voluntary testing of lead in drinking water at all schools and daycares. This action was in large part a result of lead toxicity to children from the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

On February 8, 2018, Governor Sununu signed Senate Bill 247 Prevention of Childhood Lead Poisoning.

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Featured image of article: FES PTO Holiday Fair

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

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Featured image of article: Summer Food Service Program July-August

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), also known as the Summer Meals Program, provides kids and teens with free meals when school is out.

The program was established to ensure that children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. In 2018, the SFSP provided more than 1.5 million nutritious meals and snacks to children nationwide.

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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.

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