Principal's Message

BOSCAWEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE WORLD SCHOOL

1 B.E.S.T. Ave, Boscawen, NH  03303                        Phone: (603) 753-6512               Fax: (603) 753-8140

Jeff Drouin, Principal                   Cindy Falabella, Guidance                 Karen Audet, School Nurse

 

Boscawen Elementary School

Monthly News

April 2017

Dear Boscawen Families,

During the months of April and May the students in grades 3, 4, and 5 will be participating in the state Smarter Balanced Assessment. In preparation for these assessments, students are being introduced to practice tests and the digital tools that are accessible to them so they will be familiar and comfortable using the technology when testing. These practice tests are accessible to all through the Smarter Balanced website at http://sbac.portal.airast.org/practice-test/. There is no need to study for this assessment. We do, however, ask that you encourage your child to do his or her best and get plenty of rest in advance of the assessment. 

We are approaching the time of year when we begin to look into class placements for next year. A lot of time and thought is put into determining which class a student will be placed in. Teachers look at a number of factors when making this determination. Parents are also welcome, but not required, to give their input during this process. We will not be accepting teacher names as a request. Instead, you are welcome to describe your child’s learning style and the type of classroom environment you feel will best suit your child’s educational needs. Please put this in writing and send it to school with your child. Address the letter to me and I will share your information with the appropriate grade-level team.

There is no school April 24th – April 28th as we break for our Spring Vacation. I hope everyone has an enjoyable one.

IB News – Transdisciplinary Themes– Week 2

Last time I introduced the organizing structure of the PYP’s six transdisciplinary themes. While all the themes are designed to help students learn across subject boundaries, most have a focus in one subject.  That subject becomes the lens through which other subjects are studied.  The first theme is “Who We Are.”  The descriptor for this theme is: “An inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social, and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.”  Very big ideas!  But let’s translate them into the classroom.  A kindergarten or first grade teacher might study families or communities.  What kinds of jobs do people have?  Why do we need those jobs?  What do we look for in friends?  How can you be a good friend?  Fifth graders might be tackling how they best learn.  What do they need to know about how they learn so they can take an ever-increasing responsibility for their own learning?  Many teachers work with their students on health and nutrition through this unit.  The students are constantly learning about how children around the globe live, take care of themselves, learn and play. 

Nancy Webster, PYP Coordinator        Questions?  Email me at nwebster@mvsdpride.org

 

Important Upcoming Dates

April 10                  MVSD Board Meeting at BES 7pm

April 15                  D.A.R.E. Breakfast at the Masonic Lodge

April 20                  Incoming Kindergarten Screening Information Night 6pm – 6:30pm

April 20                  BES PTA Meeting 6:30pm

April 21                  Wear Purple to Show Support for Military Families

April 24 - 28           No School – Spring Vacation

May    3                  Combined Elementary Chorus Concert at MVHS 7pm

 

Important Phone Numbers:  School – 753-6512   SAU Office – 753-6561   Transportation – 753-1422 or 1421

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