Monday, September 30, 2019

September at Metcalf!

September has been busy and full of excitement as we have welcomed LOTS of new faces at Metcalf this year!  We've happily welcomed our new second graders, all our students that are new to EWG, and our new additions to the Metcalf faculty & staff!

Our students have reached out to their new classmates to help them become comfortable in their new school and quickly make new friends. Our school psychologist, Mrs. Karen Murray and her intern, Ms. Lyman, have held many lunch-bunch group to foster these new friendships.  If your child is new to EWG and hasn't participated in a lunch-bunch group yet, no worries, these groups will continue in the weeks to come.

We are also lucky to have the following fabulous new educators join our Metcalf family!  Reach out and say hello to them when you have a chance.
  • Mrs. Allie Nascenzi, Vice Principal
  • Mrs. Stacey Ricci, grade 2
  • Ms. Kryslin Caldarone, grade 2
  • Ms. Nicole Chevrette, grade 2
  • Mrs. Amanda Leclerc, grade 3
  • Ms. Meredith Shepherd, grade 3
  • Ms. Kelly McPhillips, grade 4
  • Mrs. Muller, grade 4 long-term substitute
  • Mrs. Ashley Ewing-Chow, grade 6
  • Ms. Brittany Lavallee, special education
  • Ms. Vanessa Equitani, special education
  • Ms. Allison Haines, behavior specialist
  • Ms. Alessandra Lyman, psychology intern
  • Ms. Amber Wadbrook, lunch/recess supervisory assistant
Other Changes in our Faculty:
  • Ms. Lobo has moved to grade 3
  • Ms. Paquet has moved to grade 3
  • Mrs. Wilke has moved to grade 4
  • Mrs. Lavoie has moved to grade 4
  • Ms. Ryan has moved to grade 6
  • Mrs. Pigeon has moved to special education
  • Mrs. Lafrenaye has moved back to art 

Metcalf Mindfulness
Also new this year, we are incorporating a Mindfulness Program for each grade level once per week.  This program focuses on centering oneself for the day ahead, learning to quiet our bodies and minds to be ready for learning, and focusing on calming strategies.  I want to thank our specialists for researching the importance of mindfulness and age appropriate strategies with our new Vice Principal, Mrs. Allie Nascenzi.  The children love this new addition to their week!

Beautiful Landscaping Welcomes Us All to Metcalf!

Thank you to Brownie Troop 211 for all the beautiful improvements you made to the Metcalf grounds.  What a difference it makes to walk up to our front door surrounded by the lovely flowers, bushes, and painted rocks you so artfully incorporated to our landscaping.  We are lucky to have such kind and devoted families, students, and Brownies! Lily Chabot, Cora Cranston, Kimberly DePietro, Kennedy Fernstrom, Makenzie Fernstrom, Chloe Joseph, Katherine Larned, Haley Lennon, Cathryn McQuesten, Ella Moulton, Kate Nelkin, Natalee Steadman, Hannah Theriault, Arieana Thornley, and Tami DePietro, you all did a fabulous job!! Thank you from the entire Metcalf community for all your hard work and creative gardening. :)













Upcoming Events:
Tuesday, Oct. 8th - FLU Clinic, 4:00-6:30
Wednesday, October 9th - Metcalf WALKATHON to fund our field trips.  Please remember to send your envelopes in to your child's classroom teacher.
Wednesday, October 9th - School Culture/SIT Team meets at 3:15
Thursday, Oct. 24th - Early Release Day @ 1:00, Parent-Teacher Conferences by invitation
Friday, Oct. 25th - Early Release Day @ 1:00, Parent-Teacher Conferences by invitation
Oct. 28th - Nov. 1st - Scholastic Book Fair
Wednesday, Nov. 6th - FLU Clinic, 4:00-6:30
Thursday, Nov. 7th - LifeTouch Picture Day
Monday, Nov. 11th - No School, Veteran's Day
Tuesday, Nov. 19th - Grade 6 Scoliosis Screening
Wed. Nov. 27-Fri. Nov. 29th - No School, Thanksgiving Recess

And last but not least...please enjoy the following pictures from our first several weeks of the 2019-2020 school year!  :)    Metcalf-September 2019





Friday, April 19, 2019

Happy Spring!

Spring Fun at Metcalf!









Reading Week & Rooster Game Fun!








Thank You to Our Guest Readers!






Zumba Fun!




Grade 6 Wax Museum




The Metcalf School Committee Presentation and Celebration of Teaching & Learning was held on Tuesday, April 9th.  Please visit this link if you weren't able to attend to see some of the great things happening in our school:

THANK YOU to all our parent volunteers and local librarians for helping with Rooster Games!  We couldn't have done it without you!
THANK YOU to our PTA for funding the busses for our All School Field Trip to see Dumbo.  It was a huge success!  
THANK YOU to Mrs. Bouchard & Mrs. Laboissonniere for planning and organizing our Reading Week activities!  We all had so much fun!
THANK YOU to Mrs. Bressler & Mrs. Kilday for planning & organizing Rooster Games!  So much reading, so much fun, it was awesome!
THANK YOU to Mrs. Lawhead for bringing Zumba to Metcalf and to all our specialists for helping run this event on the Friday before vacation!  The kids absolutely loved it!  
THANK YOU to Ms. Pichette for hosting our fabulous Creative Arts Night and to all the teachers that helped make it a creative masterpiece! :)

Upcoming Events
-RICAS Testing sessions are scheduled for 9:00-11:00 on each of the following dates.  Please make sure your child brings their ear buds.  Thank you! :)
Grades 5 & 6:  ELA - 4/23 & 4/26,  Math - 4/30 & 5/2
Grades 3 & 4:  ELA - 4/24 & 4/25,  Math -  5/1 & 5/3
-PTA sponsored "Starry, Starry Night Spring Dance" on Saturday, April 27th
-SELAC Family Resource Fair, May 4th, 10:00-2:00
-Roald Dahl Musical presented by EWG JHS Drama Club, May 4th & 5th
-Memorial Day, no school, Monday, May 27th


Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Winter Fun and Learning!


GRADE 6 SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS

 


KIDS' HEART CHALLENGE!  
Lots of jumping and funds raised for a great cause!









“Help the Homeless” Fundraiser

The Grade 6 “Help the Homeless” fundraiser for the Welcome House in Peace Dale was a tremendous success. Headed up by Mr. Levett’s homeroom, the students organized a school-wide fundraiser after learning about teen activism. The students interviewed employees at the Welcome House to find out what their needs were. They then brainstormed ways to collect the items needed. Deciding upon a food drive, the students created posters, flyers, emails, and announcements to inform the school about the activity. Students collected classroom boxes each week, and tallied up the amount of items from each class and grade level. 

After four weeks, Metcalf raised 4193 items! 
The items will be transported to the Welcome House by some of the 6th grade students as well...GREAT JOB!!

GRADE 4 BLENDED LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES!









Math Night! Look Who's Counting!








Teachers and Students -Writing - Conferencing  
Expressing Ourselves!





UPCOMING EVENTS:
*Grade 2 PJ DAY is Friday, 3/22! Thank you grade 2 students and families for donating the most items for the Help the Homeless fundraiser!  Awesome Job!
*Metcalf Creative Arts Night: Blooming Artists: See how we have grown!
-Thursday, March 28th from 5-7pm!
-All students will have one unique framed self-portrait that can be purchased to be taken home that night.
-Framed student artwork will only be available to purchase from 5-7pm!
-Please be prepared to pay with cash or check only.
-March 28 will be the final opportunity to buy your child’s framed artwork.
-You'll also be able to enjoy refreshments at the Met Cafe run by our grade 6 students, music by our fabulous Metcalf students! 
-Don't forget to bring a canned good or paper good to support "Operation Stand Down" and win a chance for a free watercolor session with local artist Sue Greco! 
*PTA Sponsored Scholastic Book Fair during the week of March 18th!  Family Book Fair on Friday,  3/22, 6:00-7:00 pm.
*LifeTouch Spring Pictures on Wed., April 3rd