Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program is Back!

Macdonough School was awarded a 2014-15 grant from the Connecticut State Department of Education in conjunction with United States Department of Agriculture to continue the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.
The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) provides the Macdonough School learning community with a variety of free fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the school year. It is an effective and creative way of introducing fresh fruits and vegetables as healthy snack options.

The goal of the Macdonough School FFVP is to:
• Create healthier school environments by providing healthier food choices.
• Expand the variety of fruits and vegetables children experience.
• Increase children’s fruit and vegetable consumption.
• Make a difference in children’s diets to impact their present and future health.

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program is coordinated by Mrs. Michelle Currier, a reading teacher at Macdonough School.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Ms. Jukins' Class Makes Time Capsules

On the first day of school Ms. Jukins's 2nd graders made Time Capsules. The students worked together to measure their height, trace their footprints and handprints, and write about themselves. The Time Capsules will be saved until the last day of school so we can see how we've grown and changed!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Welcome Back to School Macdonough Family and Friends!

Interested in getting involved? Read all about our MAC Families as Partners!
All families of children attending and in the surrounding community of Macdonough School are considered members of MAC Families as Partners. MAC Families as Partners is comprised of both group and individual efforts that aim to enrich the education, experiences and environment at Macdonough School for students, families, teachers, and administration. Values of respect, inclusion, responsibility and integrity are at the forefront of all efforts of MAC Families as Partners.
In order to organize efforts and achieve common goals, MAC Families as Partners is arranged into three areas: Parents in Action, Family Funds MAC, and Individuals. Any MAC parent, family member or community member can associate with any or all of these areas at any time.
Parents in Action Every Thursday from 9:00a.m. to 11:00a.m., the Family Resource Center (FRC) hosts Parents in Action (PIA). PIA is a group of parent leaders who volunteer in the school to make a difference in their children’s school life, academically and socially. They spend time assisting teachers with classroom tasks, plan family activities and participate on committees that support the school improvement plan. If you are looking for volunteer opportunities or to be a part of PIA please call the FRC at 860.638.3742.
Family Funds MAC Family Funds MAC (FFM) is a 501(c)(3) parent fundraising organization that abides by Middletown, CT and National PTA by-laws (www.middletownschools.org, www.ctpta.org, www.pta.org). FFM’s current primary fundraisers are two Book Fairs during the school year. Our current goal is to raise $7,000 to cover Macdonough field trip costs, teacher support and building improvements. FFM is looking to expand its fundraising and grant-seeking efforts and goals. If you would like to become actively involved with FFM or have an idea for fundraising, please email macdonoughschool@gmail.com or attend a monthly meeting on the last Thursday of every month at 9:30am in the FRC at Macdonough.
Individuals Parents and other family members contribute individually to Macdonough every day. Through collaboration with individual teachers, parents have led activities in classrooms such as assisted students during computer classes, guided yoga sessions during classroom centers time or chaperoned for a class field trip. The options to help are endless. Some individual contributions to the MAC community are highlighted on the Macdonough blog: www.macdonoughschool.blogspot.com. To get involved, ask your child’s teacher how you can work together with him or her.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Summer in the Family Resource Center

FRC Playgroups Mondays & Wednesdays 9:30 to 11:00 For ages 0-5
* Free Play * Snack * Circle Time * For more information, contact us at 860.638.3742

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Fun at Kid City!

First graders visited Kid City today!  What a fun field trip!



Thursday, June 12, 2014

Parent Leadership Training Institute's 2014 Graduation

There were several Macdonough parents who graduated from PLTI today, a 20 week course which helps parents become leading advocates for children designed by the American Leadership Forum, Leadership Greater Hartford, and the Connecticut Commission on Children. This is a huge accomplishment! Congratulations to all the graduates. Additionally, a huge congratulations to Nikki Belton for receiving the Lillie Mae Fitzpatrick Alumni Award for all of her work recruiting and supporting so many parents through the program.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Kindergarten visits the Farm

The kindergarten classes visit Sycamore Farm in Higganum.  They got to see sheep, horses, pigs, piglets, cows, goats and chicken.  They even got to watch a horse riding show.  Thank you to Sycamore Farm!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Guest Author

The kindergarten students were treated to a visit from a local author and parent of Sadie and Eva, Mr. Jeff Cohen.  He read us his first book Eva and Sadie and the Worst Haircut Ever!
What a special treat.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Ice Cream Social

Thanks to the 2nd grade Parents for hosting our annual Spring Ice Cream Social. Students, parents and teachers enjoyed ice cream sundaes with fresh fruit and whipped cream.

Torch Run

Today our very own Unified Sports team joined the Law Enforcement’s Special Olympics Torch Run. Despite the rain, runners ran up Pease Avenue with support of the Macdonough cheering squad!

Saying Goodbye to Our Buddies

Last Friday, fifth graders took their final field trip to see their Equal This buddies from Jack Jackter Intermediate School in Colchester. All year long, students have been writing each other letters and getting together for field trips that focused on various mathematical practices. On Friday, students went to the New Britain Art Museum. Students first constructed geometric cubes out of folded pieces of paper (no tape!), then students took a tour of the art museum. We had a great time.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Macdonough Students To Take Connecticut River Trip!

The Jonah Center for Earth and Art invites the public to take part in a creative canoe and kayak paddle on the Connecticut River on Saturday, June 28, launching from the boathouse ramp at Harbor Park at 1 p.m. The event will include creation of a living art work: all the boaters will raft up their boats in a rosette near the southern tip of Wilcox Island, just north of the Arrigoni Bridge. The boats will then float slowly in formation under the bridge, where photographers will be posted to capture the art work in still shots and video from above. The group will then paddle upstream around Wilcox Island before re-gathering at the southern tip. From there, the boats will return in close formation to the launch area, this time being photographed from Harbor Park. The still and moving images will promote protection of local waterways and the creative possibilities of Middletown’s riverfront.

As in recent years, the paddle will include as many as 16 Macdonough School 4th-graders, most of them experiencing for the first time close-up the spectacular waterway that borders their neighborhood. The Macdonough School PTA, the North End Action Team (NEAT), and financial donors collaborate with the Jonah Center to support the involvement of these children.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Connecticut River Museum Visits Fourth Grade.

This week fourth grade had a visit from the Connecticut River Museum.  They participated in 2 programs, River Dwellers and Connecticut River in a Jar.  Students learned about the different people that lived by and used the Connecticut River from the Native Americans to the conservationists.  They learned about the impact each group had on the river and why the river was important to them.  Students also learned about how pollution is removed from water.  They were given some water that we "polluted".  They then used various tools to try to clean up the pollution in their little part of the river.  They recorded results and shared with others.

Thank you to the CAUSE grant program for supporting new and interesting learning for our students.

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