Monday, January 19, 2015

January 16, 2015

BRRRR! January continues to be cold here at the Elementary School! We are hoping it will warm up enough to get outside for recess this coming week! Despite the cold weather, we have been very busy and even dressed to cheer on the Patriots this week!

Sam Cederbaum

Recess Reminder
As long as the temperature (including the "feel like" temperature) is above 25 degrees the students will be going outside for recess. Please be sure that your child is dressed accordingly and has the appropriate outdoor gear (jackets, hats, mittens/gloves, etc.)

Exciting Experiments
Mrs. Bronzo's students conducted an experiment this week testing various materials to see whether they were conductors or insulators.

Second Grade Math App

Mrs. Tedisky's students are practicing their GO Math skills on their iPads using the GO Math Daily App. 

New Year's Resolutions
Students in Mrs. Chauvin's class took some time to reflect on 2014 and think ahead to 2015! Here's hoping they can accomplish all of their goals this coming year!

Multiplication Monsters
Third grade students sharpened their multiplication skills this week by rolling dice, creating multiplication facts, and creating monsters to accompany these facts! There monstrous creations came out great!

Third Grade Science
Mrs. Gauthier's and Mrs. Jost's students learned about the rock cycle and the layers of the Earth during their recent science unit. They created their very own representation of the layers!

Celebrate the Life of Martin Luther King Jr.
Mrs. Doyle's class learned about the life of Martin Luther King Jr. They created timelines of his life that depict the major events of his life.

We donned our Patriots gear this week hoping it would bring the team good luck! Hopefully another Super Bowl is in our future!

MA Teacher of the Year
Each year the Massachusetts Teacher of the Year (TOY) program honors a Massachusetts teacher who exemplifies excellent teaching in the Commonwealth. Beyond celebrating the individual, the program looks at the complex work that is involved in educating all students through highlighting student achievement, commitment to the profession, innovations in education, and teacher leadership. It draws attention to issues of teacher quality and reiterates the importance of the teacher as the single most important school-based factor in improving student outcomes. For more information or to nominate a teacher, click here.

PTO News
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Upcoming Events
Monday, January 19 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - NO SCHOOL
Monday, January 26 - Mid-Trimester Progress Reports mailed

Sunday, January 4, 2015

January 4, 2014

Happy New Year! It was a very busy few weeks at the Elementary School as we closed out 2014! We learned all about winter holidays, displayed this month's character trait of GENEROSITY, and worked hard each and every day! Enjoy the highlights of our last few weeks! From all of us here at DES I hope you all enjoyed a safe and happy holiday season with your family! I'm looking forward to a successful remainder of the school year!

Sam Cederbaum
Tiger Choir Performance
Under the direction of music teacher Mr. Rheaume, the Douglas Elementary School Tiger Choir has been working extremely hard over the last several months. All of their hard work paid off as they performed for both their classmates and their families this month! 

These students have demonstrated that they are outstanding members of the Elementary School community. They have all been recognized by a staff member for their positive contributions! Congratulations to each of our Positive Referral recipients!

Wonderful Wampanoag Creations
As a culminating activity, third grade students worked in groups to create Wampanoag homesites. Some groups built the summer homes of the Wampanoag called wetus, while others constructed their winter homes known as longhouses.

Writing in a Winter Wonderland
Second grade students have completed several winter writing pieces that are decking our halls!

Fourth Grade Travels to Washington D.C.
Students in Mrs. Babola's and Mrs. Dagenais's classes created posters depicting national monuments, museums, and tourist attractions from the Washington D.C area as part of their social studies curriculum.

Hanukkah Hapenings
In Mrs. Martinsen's 5th grade class, students had the pleasure and opportunity to learn about Hanukkah from our guest and organizer, Mrs. Zetlan.  The students played the dreidel game and learned what each side of the dreidel represented.  They learned very quickly and had a great time in the process. Mrs. Zetlan also brought in snacks while they watched a few videos/songs/parodies about how Hanukkah came to be.  We thank Mrs. Zetlan, Joshua, and Shayna for helping in our classroom and giving our students this very educational and fun-learning experience.  Happy Hanukkah!

TAG.....You're It!
Mrs. Dupre's students have been working hard all year and earned some time in the gym to play scooter tag as a class! I joined them for a scootering good time!

In the Mood for Writing
Mrs. Babola's class participated in a writing activity demonstrating how it is more effective to show, rather than just tell, a character's feelings or emotions in writing. They started off by reading the story How Are You Peeling--Foods with Moods. Students then acted out particular feelings or emotions in front of the class such as angry, shocked, happy, tired, hot, and cold. They then used chart paper to list what the emotion looked like in terms of facial expressions, behaviors, etc. The students had a lot of fun with this activity, and are excited to incorporate the details the class compiled into their writing.

Holiday Fun!
Prior to vacation we all got in the holiday spirit! Teachers (and some students) dressed up in their "ugly" sweaters! We even did some Karaoke Caroling in the cafeteria!

 December Community Meeting

We held our final Community Meeting of 2014 before vacation. We recognized another group of Hard Workers. Through a community partnership with the Horace Mann company, one Hard Worker from the first half of the year was presented with an e-reader. Congratulations to Abigail D. for receiving this special prize! We also discussed coming back from vacation as energized and refreshed members of our community ready and willing to work hard, act responsibly, and be role models each and every day!

PTO Corner
The Douglas PTO will be voting to elect a new Treasurer and a new Secretary at our next PTO meeting on Tuesday, January 6 at 7 PM. The meeting will be held in the Elementary School Library. The newly elected officers will begin their duties immediately following the January meeting. If you are interested in applying for either position, please contact Melissa at 

The Community Cares Closet has moved to the Elementary School and is looking for your gently used clothing and accessories!  If you would like to support this valuable program that provides basic necessities to local families in need, you may send in your donation with your child or deliver it at the Elementary school to the attention of Mrs. Tracy Purvis.  Gently used clothing in all sizes is needed especially winter coats, hats, mittens, boots, etc!   

Upcoming Events
January 6 - PTO Meeting - 7pm DES Library
January 7 - School Committee Meeting - 7pm DHS C208