“The greatest gift is a passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind. It is a moral illumination.” Elizabeth Hardwick
Yesterday, Winthrop Elementary School had another new principal – except this one has been here for many years. Antonio Ferreira was our “Principal for the Day!” He came to school early, and well-dressed, and readied himself for a busy day by studying our Google calendar and preparing morning announcements. After that were two performances by the New England Percussion Ensemble in which Principal Ferreira made introductions and helped with seating and organization of the students. He wrote some emails and a memo, assisted in the lunch room, helped teach a 5th grade class, and hung some signs up around the school. All-in-all a fairly typical day in the life of a principal – well done Antonio!
Each year the Winthrop PTO coordinates a holiday “Giving Tree.” This is a completely anonymous process that is supported by both the families of Winthrop and the staff. This year’s tree was unveiled at the Holiday Bazaar and has been well received, but there are still ornaments if your family is interested in helping out. Feel free to stop by the school and chose an ornament, or if you can’t get into school, email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will pick one for you and send it home with your student. We will continue to collect until December 20th, 2011.
I attended part of Science Friday in 1H last week. The students were working on a culminating activity for the first investigation in FOSS Air & Weather. After learning a ton about air, its properties, and what happens when its pressured, the students were launching air balloon “rockets” on tracks set up around the room. Their excitement was contagious! But even more impressive were their explanations as I sat and spoke with each group. I look forward to going back later in the unit and seeing how things have progressed.
It’s been a great start to the annual Holiday Bazaar – students in Kindergarten and 1st grade have completed their shopping, and 2nd graders are just getting started! The younger students have shopped with the help of their older “book buddies” and the amount of parent volunteers selling, manning the cash registers, and wrapping presents is awesome. It’s a great day to be a student at Winthrop Elementary School!