• 6/7/19 News & Notes

    Posted by Chris Denaro on 6/7/2019

    Hi Families,

    We released the turtles on Wednesday. They were the largest turtles that we have ever head-started!  Congratulations to everyone that contributed to their growth and well-being! Thank you to the many chaperones who came with us. 
    Students took on the roles of different people who lived in Concord on April 19, 1775. They learned about what "family members" did on the day of the battle and the impact it had on Concord. Next week each family will be interviewed to share what they learned. 
    We are going to do something special each day next week, starting with having some classes outdoors on Monday. There will be a reveal at the end of each day so that students will know what to expect the following day.
    No homework club all week
    Monday, June 10: Rob Buyea visit
    Wednesday, June 12: Kimballs 12:00
    Thursday, June 13: Move-up day
    Friday, June 14: Early Release (11:50), last day of school 😄
    Thank you for your support and help throughout the year,
    Jenn, Jen, and Chris
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  • 5/31/19 News & Notes

    Posted by Chris Denaro on 5/31/2019
    Hi Families,
    The last day of Homework Club will be Thursday, June 6.  There will be no Homework Club the last week of school.  
    If your child has not returned the Turtle Release permission slip and the Kimball's permission slip, please have him or her bring them in as soon as possible.  The trip to release the turtles is Wednesday, June 5 and the walk to Kimball's is on Wednesday, June 12.  
    Field Day is on Monday in the morning.  PE group "5-2" should wear blue and PE group "5-1" should wear red.  Students know what group they are in.  Please have your child apply sunscreen before coming to school and bring a water bottle labeled with his or her name.  Students may bring sunscreen and reapply if necessary.  They might want a hat as well.
    Monday, June 3:  Field Day (9:00-11:00am)
    Tuesday, June 4: Early Release, Talent Show (10:30) 
                                  Evening concerts:  middle school choirs (5:30-6:30pm), band (7:00-8:00pm)
    Wednesday, June 5: Great Meadows turtle release
    Thursday, June 6:  Road to American Revolution test
                                     Last Day of Homework Club
    Monday, June 10:  Rob Buyea author visit
    Wednesday, June 12:  Kimball's (12:00pm)
    Thursday, June 13:  Move-up Day
    Friday, June 14: Last day of school (early release 11:50am)
    A Note From Mrs. Levy (Gr. 5 Visual Art Specialist),
            This past spring Grade 5 students worked in small groups to create their own stop motion animation videos in visual art class with the help of Mr. Greenwood, our Technology Specialist.
    Below is the link to all of the students' videos, which are listed according to their weekly scheduled art times:
    Hope you enjoy the creativity and hard work they put into these projects!
    Thank you for your support,
    Jenn, Jen, and Chris
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  • 5/24/19 News & Notes

    Posted by Chris Denaro on 5/24/2019

    Hi Families,

    Tuesday, May 28: Permission slips for Great Meadows (Turtle Release) and Kimball's will go home
    Wednesday, May 29End-of-Year math test, Outdoor Ed Parent Meeting (6:00-6:45), Spaghetti Supper Meeting (6:45) - see details below
    Thursday, May 30: Music Assembly and Puberty Presentation
    Friday, May 31: Clark Farm
    Monday, June 3: Field Day (9:00-11:00)
    Tuesday, June 4: Early Release, Talent Show, Evening concert - MS choirs 5:30-6:30, Band 7:00-8:00
    Wednesday, June 5: Great Meadows (Turtle Release) morning
    Thursday, June 6Road to Revolution Test
    Monday, June 10: Rob Buyea visit
    Wednesday, June 12: Kimball's (after lunch)
    Thursday, June 13: Move-up Day 
    Friday, June 14: Last day of school (early release)
    Have a peaceful Memorial Day weekend. Go Bruins!
    Thank you for your support,
    Jenn, Jen, and Chris
    As you may have heard by now, next year’s 6th Grade Spaghetti Supper is scheduled for Tuesday, October 22, 2019.  Many of you have already signed up to help and we truly appreciate your prompt response to our call for help. In order to make this event a success we need ALL HANDS ON DECK.
    On Wednesday, May 29th at 6:45pm we have scheduled a Introduction and Kick Off meeting where you can come to learn more about the supper.  We will be distributing “How to” notebooks to the committee chairs at this meeting.  To make it easier for folks to attend, this meeting is being held immediately after the 6th Grade Outdoor Ed Meeting in the cafeteria, just a short walk from the auditorium.
    We hope to see you all there and if you have any questions, please reach out to us.
    Amy Caggiano &   Carren Panico
    781.454.6034       978-505-9668
    Spaghetti Supper Co-Chairs
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  • 5/17/19 News & Notes

    Posted by Chris Denaro on 5/17/2019

    Hi Families,

    Students finished building and testing their sound walls. Ask your child what they thought were the best materials to use to block/absorb the sound. They took the sound quiz today and it will be returned next week. Students took their unit 7 math test on Wednesday. These will also be sent home next week to be signed, corrected and returned. The math end-of-year math test is scheduled for Wednesday, May 29. This is a test to determine how much students have learned over the school year, so we WILL NOT be sending home review materials. Students are welcome to review on their own. They can review their home links, both math journals, and previous review packets.
    History quizzes and Roadshow rubrics will go home Monday. We'll be talking about new taxes and policies put in place by the British after the French and Indian War, and how colonists reacted to them. We're halfway through Number the Starskey question for the end of the book is, what does it mean to be brave? Have a conversation with your child this weekend. 
    Since there is only four weeks left of school, please be sure to have your child return any classroom books and library booksthat are past due.
    Tuesday:     6-7pm - 4th and 5th grade chorus concert
    Thursday:   5th graders will help with elementary field day from 9:45-11:15, students should dress appropriately
    Friday:        Memorial Day Assembly from 1:30-2:15
    Thank you for your support,
    Jenn, Jen, and Chris
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  • 5/10/19 News & Notes

    Posted by Chris Denaro on 5/10/2019

    Hi Families,

    MCAS are over for the school year. We are back to our regular schedule, except for all the assemblies, field trips, etc...Please keep checking Jenn's welcome page for calendar updates.
    Please be sure to contact us by Friday, May 17, if you do not wish to have your child participate in the upcoming puberty presentation.
    Monday morning, we start the day with an "Artist in Residence" assembly at 8:00. Students need to be in their classroom on time so that we can take attendance and get to the auditorium.
    Tuesday is an early release. Thank you in advance for sponsoring the delicious luncheon! We always look forward to it.
    Wednesday is the unit 7 math test. Review packets went home today in student's homework folders. This was not assigned as homework, but some students might want to get a head start over the weekend.
    Students are working on building a sound wall. They should finish it next week. 
    They took the Salem quiz this morning. Next we'll move on to the French and Indian War. They'll start writing narratives next week and discover whether Annemarie Johansen can be brave enough to save her friend from the Germans. 
    Thank you for your support,
    Jenn, Jen, and Chris
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  • 5/3/19 News & Notes

    Posted by Chris Denaro on 5/3/2019

    Hi Families,


    Math MCAS is over, we just have science/technology MCAS next week on Wednesday and Thursday (May 8 and 9)


    Students solved area problems with fractions and mixed numbers this week. Next week, we will continue to study fractions in a variety of ways. The unit 7 test will be towards the end of the week of 5/13.  In science, students are building a sound barrier between two rooms (in a box). Ask them what materials they will use for this sound barrier. 


    Students looked at just the first two pages of our new book this week. Number the Stars is set in Occupied Denmark in 1942. We finished learning about what happened in Salem and why. Next week students will be writing about what they learned. Students should bring their Colonial Roadshow artifacts home next week. 


    Supply Order Fundraiser - Go to https://1stdayschoolsupplies.com/list.php?school_zip=01741 to place your order by June 15th.


    There will be a brief informational meeting on Wednesday, May 29th from 6:00 – 6:45 in the auditorium for parents of current 5thgraders regarding the 6th grade outdoor education trip in October. The 6th grade team will be presenting a brief overview of the program and will have a question and answer session. A $110 deposit is required at that time in order to secure a spot for your child. If you have any questions prior to the meeting, do not hesitate to contact Bill Gale at wgale@carlisle.k12.ma.us.


    Thank you for your support,

    Jenn, Jen, and Chris

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  • 4/26/19 News & Notes

    Posted by Chris Denaro on 4/26/2019

    Hi Families,

    We had another rainy trip to Clark Farm. Hopefully our final trip on May 31 will be sunny!  Students carded wool, visited the green house, fed the sheep, looked to see what crops are already growing, and visited the chickens.
    Thanks so much for coming to the Colonial Roadshow and for your assistance with the project. Students were very proud to share what they learned with you and with each other. Artifacts can go home by the end of next week. 
    Math MCAS are Monday, April 29, and Tuesday, April 30. Students had an opportunity to practice some math problems on line to provide a sense of what to expect on the test. Science/Technology MCAS are scheduled for Wednesday, May 8, and Thursday, May 9. Students finished their sound investigation today and are heading home with their kazoos. Ask them how sound travels?
    Next week we'll talk about the chronology of the Salem Witch Trials and evaluate some of the theories of what happened in 1692. Students have had a lot of good questions during our discussion so far. Check Jenn's pages for links to videos and maps about the trials. If you are looking for something to do this weekend, head up to Salem and Danvers to investigate.
    Interim reports will be sent home on Friday, May 3. Please look for them in your child's backpack.
    We have a lot going on in the next 7 weeks. There is a 5th grade calendar on Jenn's welcome page. Please refer to it at your convenience. 
    Thank you for your support,
    Jenn, Jen, and Chris
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  • 4/11/19 News & Notes

    Posted by Chris Denaro on 4/11/2019

    Hi Families,

    Students took the LA MCAS this week.  They worked hard and were a bit tired at the end of the day. Math MCAS are scheduled for Monday, April 29 and Tuesday, April 30. Science/Technology MCAS are scheduled for Wednesday, May 8 and Thursday, May 9.
    Students took the the unit 6 math test this week, so we will start the next unit when they return from vacation. We will also start the new science unit on sound after vacation as well.
    We're in the final countdown for the Colonial Roadshow. Tonight students are working through the pink revision checklist for their paragraphs as well as finishing the glossary. If your child is able to spend some time on the project over vacation, that would be helpful. Jenn will check their work every couple of days to provide feedback. Please join us on Wednesday, April 24th at 8:00 am to see the artifacts and presentations.
    Students will enjoy a game day in Mrs. Denaro's class on Friday. It's a nice opportunity for students to relax a bit after all the testing and to work on their social skills!
    Wednesday, April 24 - Colonial Roadshow 8:00 am
    Friday, April 4/26 - Clark Farm - if you would like to join us, please let us know
    Have a great break.
    Thank you for your support,
    Jenn, Jen, and Chris
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  • 4/5/19 News & Notes

    Posted by Chris Denaro on 4/5/2019

    Hi Families,

    LA MCAS is scheduled for  Monday, April 8 and Wednesday, April 10. Your child may bring in gum (no bubble gum) and/or hard candy to have during MCAS. Be sure that they are unwrapped and in a zip lock bag. We start first thing in the morning. It is important for students to be on time and eat a good breakfast. 
    Students received their corrected science test today. Their homework is to have it signed and corrected to be returned on Monday. The new unit is about sound. The next math test is Thursday, April 11. The review packet will go home on Monday. 
    Students started planning their presentations for Colonial Roadshow, either on paper or in google slides. For students who want to have a tri-fold or foam core poster, please send that in on Monday. This weekend students should be making final plans for the artifact and perhaps starting to make it. Please encourage your child to plan ahead, especially if you'll be away for vacation. In class, they will make final revisions to their paragraphs and get their text features ready. 
    Colonial Roadshow - Wednesday, April 24, 8:00 am
    Monday: LA MCAS
                   Book Fair visit
    Tuesday: Early Release
    Wednesday:  LA MCAS
    Thursday: Math Test
    Thank you for your support,
    Jenn, Jen and Chris
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  • 3/29/19 News & Notes

    Posted by Chris Denaro on 3/29/2019

    Hi Families,

    Please return the signed report card envelopes. Thank you to those families who have already done so.


    This morning we met with our 2nd grade buddies to help them with world geography. After lunch, we went to the MultiCultural Fair. Students enjoyed the interactive displays and learning about all the countries that were represented. 


    MCAS prep continues in LA. On Monday, students will practice reading and responding on the computer. Over the weekend, they should be thinking about whether they would like to do a poster or a slideshow for the Colonial Roadshow. They should also continue planning for the artifact. They will start collecting text features next week and revising their introductory paragraphs.


    We are nearing the end of the science unit on electricity. Students worked on making electromagnetic motors the past couple of days. It was a difficult task, but some students were able to get theirs to work. The test on this unit will be Thursday, April 4. Students already have their study packet (series and parallel circuits). They can also review Quizlet, unit 7. This can be found through Chris's web page. 


    Students are practicing making estimates with decimals. Then they are using traditional multiplication to solve and using the estimate to determine where the decimal should be placed.  Next week, students will use traditional long division with decimals.

    Intramural Ultimate Frisbee

    Attention: All 4th –8th grade students, Intramural Ultimate Frisbee will be offered after school on Spaulding Field from 3:00 - 4:30 pm starting April 26th.  The dates are April 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and June 7th.  Please sign up in the gym and get a permission slip from Mrs. Carmel.  The fee is $55.00! All you need is appropriate clothing, sneakers, signed permission slip, check made out to Town of Carlisle and transportation home.  Come and join the fun.  If you have any questions please see Mrs. Carmel or Mr. Greenwood.

    PLEASE NOTE: Please return your forms by April 22th.


    Cradles to Crayons Clothing Drive - This continues through April 5th. New and gently used clothing will be accepted for children in need in our local area and throughout Massachusetts. This is a friendly competition between the middle school grades.



    Thursday, April 4:  Unit 7 science test on electricity

    Monday, April 8:  LA MCAS test

    Wednesday, April 10: LA MCAS test


    Thank you for your support,

    Jenn, Jen and Chris

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