Why Use Social Media?

Over the past few weeks I’ve been working to create a social media presence for TMS. Yesterday I went live with both a Facebook page and Twitter account. I’ve used both in the past, and found each to be an excellent way to increase communications between school and home.

While nothing beats face-to-face interaction, in this face-paced world actual conversations are often few and far between. By reaching out to families on social media, it allows the school to communicate in a way that some parents access daily (or in some cases hourly), and for us to be able to share information that may or may not make the weekly email or website.

If you use social media, please consider following us on Twitter and/or “Liking” our Facebook page.  Either one can be accessed by clicking on the small icon in the top right hand corner of this page.

The Great Book Swap of 2012

This year Field Day will also serve as the kick off for our summer reading push!  During a break in the games, activities, and performances, all students K-5 will be able to attend The Great Book Swap.   This new event will take place on the grassy area outside the main office, and will be run by Mrs. Herrera and some literacy loving volunteers!

The rules are quite simple – for every book a student donates (up to ten) he or she will be able to swap for the same amount of new reading material.  Students can bring in books from Monday through Wednesday, and there will be donation bags set up in each classroom.

Families with overflowing bookshelves or personal libraries may donate excess books (that is – over the 10 book student maximum) at the main office!  If we have enough “extra” donations, we’re anticipating every student will be able to go home with at least one new book to read over summer break, regardless of participation.

Just a reminder that field day is Thursday, June 7th.  All students who chose to participate in The Great Book Swap should have books to their classroom teacher by Wednesday, 6/6/12.

Further Book Swap 2012 Information

Walk to School Wednesday – 5/2/12

On Wednesday, May 2nd, Mass in Motion© and Chartwells School Dining Service, are encouraging Melrose elementary and middle school students to walk/bike to and from school in order to promote healthier lifestyles. Encouraging healthy changes in our everyday behavior will promote positive changes in our students, parents and community.

Did you know that students are encouraged to get 60 minutes of exercise daily? Just by walking to and from school with a parent can give students a chance to gain some exercise, fresh air and quality one-on-one time. This dedicated day is an opportunity for Melrose children to get even more active!

Are you ready for a breath of fresh air? Parents, this is a chance for some volunteerism while reducing some traffic congestion and pollution. If your student is old enough to walk to school without an adult please encourage them to walk with other students. Otherwise, please join your child if you can.

Chartwells will be rewarding participating adults with a hot cup of coffee and students with a healthy frozen juice treat when they arrive at school.  I hope to see you all out and about Wednesday morning!

End of the Year Crunch

I was working with the third grade teachers the other day when one of them asked how many weeks were left in the school year. The answer (9 weeks plus a day) came as a bit of a shock to us, even though we were all fully aware of the date!

There are many opportunities for families to join us at the end of the school year, but those functions also put stress on working parents as they are primarily scheduled during the day.  Also, with May 22nd as the final testing date for the May MCAS administration, and our lack of snow days this year, most of our end of the year events are crammed into a short few weeks.

I hope with this much advance notice families will be able to prioritize and attend whichever events are most important to you and your child(ren.)

  • Wed, 5/23 Ice Cream Social and Family Book Fair Night
  • Tues, 5/29 Academic Day
  • Thurs, 5/31 5th Grade Parent Info Night @ MMVMS – 7pm
  • Mon, 6/4 Spring Concerts
  • Thur, 6/7 Spirit Day
  • Mon, 6/11 Gr 5 Moving On Ceremony

All spring concerts will be held on the same day this year, however to accommodate families in the All Purpose Room we will continue the alphabetical split.  Students with last names beginning with A-L will perform at 8:30AM, and students with last names beginning with M-Z will perform at 10:00AM.  Each concert is anticipated to last approximately 45 min – 1 hour.

Tuesday, June 12th is the last day of school, and it is a full day.

We’re on Facebook!

In the fall, I began speaking with the PTO about the possibility of creating a Winthrop Elementary page on Facebook.  Facebook is another way to foster communication between school and home, and will be specifically geared toward the learning that takes place here all day long!

  • The e-Notice is a great way to know about all the events and happenings in our school and in our community, and is delivered straight to your mailbox each Monday.
  • The website has specific information you may need (forms, notices, calendars, etc.)  However, you have to go to website and search for what you want.
  • My blog contains more detailed information about activities going on at school, or in the educational community.   You can subscribe to my blog and have it delivered directly to your in-box, or online reader.  The other option is just checking it when you’re interested in a topic.
  • Now, with our Facebook page members of the school community can “Like” us and have little bits of daily learning posted directly on their Facebook wall!

For those of you already on Facebook, a page is quite different from a personal profile.  There are no friends on our page, and you can’t see any one person or personal information.  Individuals can “Like” our page and therefore see what is posted.  They then have the ability to respond to posts.  The Winthrop Facebook page will never have student pictures, but will have posts that contain photos and explanations of student work, experiments, or places in our school where a great deal of fabulous learning is taking place.

For those of you not already on Facebook, consider joining.  It’s just one more way to stay connected with your children and Winthrop Elementary School!

2011 Giving Tree

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 (mherrera@melrose.mec.edu) and I will pick one for you and send it home with your student.  We will continue to collect until December 20th, 2011.

With thanks ….

At last week’s assembly for students in grades K-2, we discussed the many things in life that we are thankful for. There was much discussion about home, sprinkled with some school thanks (mostly about the monkey bars), and many, many good ideas. Students then wrote their thanks on a “turkey feather” which are now on display in the main hall at Winthrop. Take a look!