Saturday, August 01, 2015

Partnership with Parents

Patty Lally & Brenda Perry, Lower Elementary Room 4 teachers
We’re thankful for so many aspects of teaching at LMS that it was difficult to choose just one topic to write about. When pressed to decide what makes our school a great community we always think of how we partner with parents to guide their children to become peacemakers.
We asked the students of LE4 who helps our classroom, other than the teachers. The immediate response was “our parents”. We then asked in what ways they could remember parents helping us in just this year. The list they created was extensive:
Apple Picking Chaperones
Apple Bakers & Servers
Celebrity Readers
Washing Classroom Laundry
Bringing Flowers for the Snack Table
Typing Fall Poems
Bakers & Buyers for Tastes of Fall
Teaching the 12 Days of Christmas
Bakers & Buyers for Secret Peacemakers
Harvest Fest Bakers
Earth-Day Co-Lab
Classroom Pictures
Family of Authors Display
Scientific Seed Study
Sound experiment materials
Designing Greek Temples
Making Greek Nameplates
Directing Minotaur Play
Making Greek Frescos
Greek Feast Chefs
We added to the list our own ideas about how parents help the classroom behind the scene. They laminate, cut, glue and type to prepare many materials in our classroom. Also, we can’t forget the organizing that comes from our room parents.
Partnering with parents goes well beyond volunteering for and in the classroom. As classroom teachers we partner with parents in many ways to help guide the growth and development of their child. We establish open lines of communication, observe and work with their child, talk and discuss their child’s progress, and make and assess goals for their child. We are fortunate that LMS embraces the three-year cycle in a classroom, giving teachers and parents the time to build their partnership, develop its strength and cultivate the next generation of peacemakers.

Family fun before the Ice Cream Social!  Musketaquid Earth Day Parade  - Saturday, April 27th

The LMS group will meet on Lowell Street in Concord, near the bridge, at 10:30am to line up for the parade. 
The route is 8/10 of a mile long, and there is an Environmental Expo with hands-on activities for kids and live music at the end (Emerson Umbrella in Concord center). 
Let Sue Galeros know you are coming and she will have a puppet for you to carry!

LMS annual All-School Arts Show - Arts Nourish

May 13th - May 31th with a Reception May 30th from 5:00 - 7:00pm

Every LMS student will exhibit at least one piece of artwork along with many collaborative class projects.   Please sign up to help for an hour or two: labeling or hanging artwork, helping at the Reception or taking down the show!
Thank you!

Check it Out 

Ice Cream Social: Saturday April 27th from 
1:00pm - 4:00pm  (that's tomorrow!)
Ice cream, sundaes, sorbet, games, raffle prizes, fun for all ages - proceeds help support the Upper Elementary BIG trip to Washington, DC in May. 
Senior Projects: Thursday April 25th and Monday April 29th @ 7:00pm, Upper Elementary 2nd floor 
Come to hear LMS 6th graders present their year-long research on a variety of topics.
Monday's presentations will include:Horse Breeds and their Uses, The History of Batman, The Three Sisters: Math, Art, and Nature, Medicinal Plants and Animals, Into the Wild, and Morgues, Autopsies and Medical Examiners
Join in the Fun...and Run, Run, Run!
This is the last weekend to register for the Kids Fun Run. Sign up by April 28th. 
Registration for the 5K will remain open until 9:30am on May 11th (race day). Register early to get an LMS/New Balance technical shirt and a reusable tote bag.
There will also be a registration table at the Ice Cream Social tomorrow!
Middle School Drama
On May 17th, the Middle School will perform a series of seven fabulous 10-minute plays. All of the plays are student-written and student-directed. The intended audience is adults and teens, but they would be appropriate for Upper Elementary students as well. 
Please come join us for a great evening of drama On Friday, May 17th, from 6:00 - 7:30pm (please note time change)


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