Friday, December 15, 2017

Shawsheen Book Drive

Shawsheen Book Drive for the month of January
In case you are cleaning out…..


We are looking for gently used books that families are no longer utilizing to donate to the school. No book is off limits, if we can’t use it we will donate the book or books to the Book Store Next Door in Wilmington. Poetry, different genres, series, picture books, etc. We will be developing a system to sort through the books, level them and distribute them to classrooms. We will send something out when we are looking for volunteers to help us with this.

December Updates and Happy Holidays

Good Afternoon,

We had a terrific December with lots of fun events happening in the school including enrichment programs such as Star Lab, author visit by Marty Kelley and our first grade concert. In addition, the students have contributed to the community by participating in the Festival of Trees by making kindness chains and donating books. Also, the collection of amazing toys for Wilmington children was spectacular. The generosity of so many families and students has not gone unnoticed here at the Shawsheen. Thank you again for all your efforts with community outreach and support.

Next week we will be having our Alice Practice Drill. Many of you recall that it had to be rescheduled. I will send out an update to families on how the drill goes. Students are well prepared and have gone through the practice with their class along with the review of the Alice Curriculum book.

On Monday, we will be having an all school meeting and discussing Resilience. Please have students wear their Shawsheen T-shirts for Monday. In addition, we will be acknowledging, Mrs. Darlene Duggan, our special education assistant who has worked at the the Shawsheen for over 20 years. She is retiring at the end of the month. We have hired a replacement for this position. I am pleased to announce that we have hired Mrs. Stephanie Donohue to replace Ms. Duggan after the Holiday break. Stephanie comes to us with an education background and she is certified in special education in NH. She has worked in a variety of environments and is an extremely positive energetic person.

On Friday, we are doing a school wide pajama day before the break. As you are aware, Friday the 22nd will be an early dismissal day and no lunches will be served. No afternoon CARES as well. If your child is going home from a different means of transportation for Friday, please send in a note.

Lastly, we are in the process of increasing our classroom libraries and we are going to do a book drive in January. More information will be sent out,  but in case families are cleaning out over the break, we are looking for gently used books from all different genres on all levels. The School Council will be working on a system for parents to come in and volunteer over a few days to sort all the books. For now, we are just looking to begin the collection process and more information will be sent out in January.

I want to wish each and everyone of you a wonderful vacation week where you can enjoy your children and your families. I look forward to greeting them all again next year!

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year,

Mrs. King

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Toys For Wilmington Children

Please Consider Donating To Toys for Wilmington Children







Organized By the Wilmington Firefighters


We will have a box at the Shawsheen School.
Donations accepted until December 15th

December Updates

Good Morning Families,

Thank you to everyone for all your donations for the Shawsheen Tree this year. The Festival of Trees will be this weekend and if you go you can look for your child's kindness chain on our Fill Your Bucket Tree.  We will also be collecting toys for Wilmington Children through the Wilmington Fire Department. The notice will be sent home shortly. Please consider contributing. We have many exciting things happening in the upcoming weeks prior to the Holiday break.

Next week we will be having an early dismissal due to parent teacher conferences. Please be sure that if your child is going home by a different means of transportation that they have a note. Also, no lunches will be served. On Friday, December 8th, the author Marty Kelley will be coming to do a presentation for all grade levels. A form will go home the day of the author visit if any parents want to order a signed book. The books will not be in until after the break.

Lastly we will be having an All School Meeting on Monday, December 18th to discuss Resilience so please have students wear their Shawsheen shirts. Also, we will be having an ALL school pajama day on Friday, December 22nd!

If you have not had a chance to review the information on the superintendent screening committee please see the attached information. Also, families may contribute through a survey which is listed below.

The Superintendent Search Survey is now available on the district website. 

To access the survey:

1)      Go to the district website: https://www.wpsk12.com/Page/1
2)      Click on the “Superintendent Search” link
3)      Click on the “Superintendent Search Survey” link

You can also access the survey directly by clicking this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JTRKWCY.  

The survey will be active until Friday, December 1st at 12pm.  Please consider taking a few minutes to complete the survey.  The data that is collected will be used to develop a profile for the new Superintendent that the School Committee will use when vetting candidates.  If you attended one of the focus groups you are still welcome to take the survey. 

Below are December Dates


Thursday, December 07, 2017Early Dismissal - Parent Teacher Conferences
Friday, December 8th, 2017Author Visit-Welcome Marty Kelley
Tuesday, December 12, 2017Gr. 1 Dress Rehearsal for Concert
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Grade 1 Concert @ Shawsheen
Thursday, December 14, 2017Picture RETAKES @ Shawsheen
Wednesday, December 20, 2017Snow Date if Needed for Gr.1 Concert
Friday, December 22, 2017Early Dismissal 12:00 ALL SCHOOL PJ DAY
Dec. 25, 2017 - Jan. 1, 2018No School - Winter Break

Friday, November 17, 2017

November Updates Continued!

Good Morning,

Thank you to parents and families for all your continued dedication with our students. It is great that with the change of weather comes a change of outdoor clothing. It is nice to see students with their coats, hats and gloves for those chilly days. Also, thank you to those families who have donated a book to the Shawsheen Tree for the festival of trees this year. The books are adorable and some lucky winner is going to be very happy! We will be collecting books for this up until November 30th.

We were going to do the Alice practice drill today, however it has been rescheduled. We will be doing it sometime after the Thanksgiving break. The students have practiced and read through the curriculum with the teachers.

Next week the second graders will be going on their Plimoth Plantation field trip on Monday. This has been a tradition for many years and I am hoping for nice weather. On Tuesday, grade 3 will be having an enrichment program called Eyes on Owls. This has also been a tradition here and the students and staff really enjoy it. Lastly, Wednesday is a 1/2 day and there is no afternoon cares. Please be sure to make arrangements, dismissal is at noon. No school on Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Also, we have been very fortunate to secure Marty Kelley, author and illustrator for our Author Visit. This will be on December 8th and will include one show for each grade level. We are very excited to have him come and do a presentation. Below is a link to his website and books.
http://www.martykelley.com/

Upcoming Dates:


Monday, November 20, 2017Grade 2 Field Trip to Plimoth Plantation
Tuesday, November 21, 2017Eyes on Owls for Grade 3 Classes
Wednesday, November 22, 2017Early Dismissal 12:00
Thursday, November 23, 2017No School - Holiday
Friday, November 24, 2017No School - Holiday
Thursday, November 30, 2017Gr. 1 Starlab Enrichment Program
Thursday, December 07, 2017Early Dismissal - Parent Teacher Conferences
Friday, December 8th, 2017Author Visit-Welcome Marty Kelley
Tuesday, December 12, 2017Gr. 1 Dress Rehearsal for Concert
Wednesday, December 13, 2017Grade 1 Concert @ Shawsheen
Thursday, December 14, 2017Picture RETAKES @ Shawsheen
Wednesday, December 20, 2017Snow Date if Needed for Gr.1 Concert
Friday, December 22, 2017Early Dismissal 12:00
Dec. 25, 2017 - Jan. 1, 2018No School - Winter Break

‘TWAS THE NIGHT OF THANKSGIVING

Twas the night of Thanksgiving, but I just couldn’t sleep.
I tried counting backwards, I tried counting sheep.
The leftovers beckoned–the dark meat and white,
but I fought the temptation with all of my might.

Tossing and turning with anticipation,
the thought of a snack became infatuation.
So, I raced to the kitchen, flung open the door
and gazed at the fridge, full of goodies galore.

I gobbled up turkey and buttered potatoes,
pickles and carrots, beans and tomatoes.
I felt myself swelling so plump and so round,
till all of a sudden, I rose off the ground.

I crashed through the ceiling, floating into the sky
With a mouthful of pudding and a handful of pie.
But, I managed to yell as I soared past the trees…
happy eating to all—pass the cranberries, please!

By anonymous

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy next week,

Mrs. King 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Festival of Trees Dec 2nd and 3rd

Shawsheen Elementary School
Will be participating for the
4th year donating to the WOW Festival of Trees

We will be creating a Kindness Tree to go along with our school theme this year “How to Fill Your Bucket”. Under the tree will be buckets filled with books and messages from each student, staff or family who donates. Please have your message written in the book. This could be a note on why you chose that book or just a kind message and first name.  Decorating the tree will be words of kindness that the students wrote during our Anti-Bullying week.
Please consider donating a book. Books can be a classic, chapter books, drawing books, books for any age or level. The more of the variety the better! Some lucky winner, hopefully another student will be very happy!
We will have a bucket at the main office and will be taking donations up until November 27th.
Thank you very much,
Mrs. King
2016 Dr. Seuss Tree                      2015 Favorite Books         2014 Books/bookmarks

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

November Updates

Good Afternoon,

Thank you to all the families and students who contributed to the Joanne Benton WEF walk. We raised over 1000 dollars just for the school. I will keep parents posted on what we spend the funds on but we are looking toward adding more books to our classroom libraries! Thank you to the Tewksbury/Wilmington Elks for your grade 3 dictionary donations. The students will carry those with them through life and it is a much appreciated tradition. November is a busy month with the Thanksgiving Holiday. Next week we will be having our ALICE practice drill. The teachers will be discussing the ALICE book and practicing the drill. I will send out an email after the drill to let families know how it went. As you are aware, on the principal blog is information on the ALICE protocol and the book that staff utilize to go over with the students. Also, this month teachers are finishing up some benchmark assessments in reading and continuing on pace with envisions math topics.

We are continuing on with our PBIS vision of Respect, Responsibility and Resilience. We had another successful all school meeting where we discussed what respect looks like. We had some amazing examples of student work that was presented. The students all wore there Shawsheen T-shirt and participating in showing respect! We will have another all school meeting toward the end of November to discuss Responsibility.

Lastly, we are still collecting books for the Shawsheen Tree for Festival of Trees. Students are contributing with the them of Fill Your Bucket. We will have buckets under the tree filled with books. If you donate a book, please have you, your family or child write a message in it. The tree will have a chain of kindness that the students had created during kindness week.

Below are some pictures from the last month and upcoming dates:


Friday, November 10, 2017No School - Holiday
Monday, November 20, 2017Grade 2 Field Trip to Plimoth Plantation
Tuesday, November 21, 2017Eyes on Owls for Grade 3 Classes
Wednesday, November 22, 2017Early Dismissal 12:00
Thursday, November 23, 2017No School - Holiday
Friday, November 24, 2017No School - Holiday
Thursday, November 30, 2017Gr. 1 Starlab Enrichment Program
Thursday, December 07, 2017Early Dismissal - Parent Teacher Conferences
Tuesday, December 12, 2017Gr. 1 Dress Rehearsal for Concert
Wednesday, December 13, 2017Grade 1 Concert @ Shawsheen
Thursday, December 14, 2017Picture RETAKES @ Shawsheen
Wednesday, December 20, 2017Snow Date if Needed for Gr.1 Concert
Friday, December 22, 2017Early Dismissal 12:00
Dec. 25, 2017 - Jan. 1, 2018No School - Winter Break

Thank you and have a great long weekend,

Mrs. King