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: 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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Featured image of article: FES Students in the Curiosity Cube

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.

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Featured image of article: Runner-Up in Poetry Contest

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.

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Featured image of article: NH Statewide Assessment System

Each year, elementary students in grades 3 & 4 participate in the New Hampshire Statewide Assessment System (NH SAS). Please visit this link to access the 2019 assessment window:

This year, the FES 3rd & 4th grade students will take the following NH SAS assessments:

  • English Language Arts
  • Writing
  • Mathematics

FES plans to test students during the following days from 10 am – 12:00 noon:

  • Grade 4: Monday 4/8,

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Featured image of article: Engaging Students

Last week, FES students had a new experience in our Library Commons. Knowing that students often stick to one kind of book Library Media Specialist, Nicole Murray, wanted to encourage students to branch out and get a taste for different genres. So, she transformed the Library Commons into a Genre Cafe. The tables were all set with (electric) candles,

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Featured image of article: FES says Thank You!

The staff and students would like to say thank you for the community show of support in passing the budget and the teacher contract last week. Because of your support, FES students will continue to get an excellent education as part of the larger ConVal School District.

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Featured image of article: The Power of Play

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.

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