Wednesday, November 26, 2008
University of Iowa's Amari Spievey, a resident of Middletown, was back home for the Thanksgiving holiday and made some time to visit his nieces at Macdonough.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
The first game of the season is scheduled for December 9th when the team will travel to Farm Hill School.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
For the past few years it has been Firefighter Al. He visits the third graders once a month for about an hour to discuss fire safety and prevention.
In the spring, the third graders will be walking to the fire station on Main Street to get a tour of the house and trucks.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
The Computer Club is funded in part through Macdonough's 21st Century School Program grant.
More than 100 parents and friends joined us to honor members of our learning community at the November SURFS Up Celebration. Staff from the Family Resource Center along with members of the Macdonough PTA coordinated a VIP reception prior to the assembly.
Students being recognized included members of the Scholars Academy, the Running Club, the Computer Club, and winners of the city wide Park and Recreation Art Contest.
Miss Sarah Claffey was also honored for completing the BEST Mentor Program, a three day program organized by the Connecticut State Department of Education. Miss Claffey is now certified to mentor new teachers and work with student-teachers from local universities. We are very proud of her accomplishment!
One child from each class was also recognized as the SURFS Up recipient. These are children who demonstrated Self-Responsibility, Understanding, Respect, Fairness, and Safety throughout the month. The families of these SURFS Up winners were also honored.
The next SURFS Up Celebration is just around the corner and will be held on December 5th!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Last month a new addition was incorporated into the SURFS Up Celebration - a food drive. Students and teachers were each asked to bring in one non-perishable food item. The thought was that if each person did a little, together we could do a lot. And we did! Over three hundred items were collected.
This month the cans are already rolling in as we prepare for the November SURFS Up Celebration. Thanks to all for your generosity!
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Each of the students had the chance to invite a special guest to participate. Many parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles were on hand to join in the fun.
Mrs. Maturo from the Family Resource Center began the festivities by reading the students a poem by Shel Silverstein. Miss Beideman and Miss Loiseau helped all of the students select "gently used" books to read with friends. More than two hundred books were donated for the read-a-thon!
The Macdonough School Read-a-thon is one of several activities included in the School - Family - Community Partnership Plan to increase children's access to literature for take home reading.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
In addition to the donation, the school was presented with a copy of The Trumpet of the Swan, written by E.B. White, to add to Macdonough's read aloud collection.
Students in Mrs. Lenihan's kindergarten class were treated to a special visitor in honor of Veterans Day! A sergeant from the United States Air Force came to talk with the class.
Children learned about how members of the armed forces keep our country safe. They also learned about the reason that our country honors soldiers and sailors each year on Veterans Day.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
The Macdonough School runners fared well winning first place in both the 1/4 mile race and the 1/2 mile race!
Macdonough School's participation in the race was sponsored by the Hartford Marathon Foundation and 21st Century Schools Program.
The Macdonough School Running Club will be taking a winter break and resume racing on Saint Patrick's Weekend in March with the The O’Hartford 5K and Wee Mile Race.
Friday, November 7, 2008
For the past 5 weeks, Laura has been offering Nurturing Pathways for babies ( birth to pre-walking) and caregivers. The classes combine developmental activities, music, movement and bonding activities. It really is a cutting edge program and the parents/caregivers coming just love it. You can tell the children also respond positively and are very engaged because everyone is ready for a nap afterward. They give it their all! Hopefully, the Family Resource Center will be able to offer classes again for "waddlers" and preschoolers.
The Family Resource Center is a "must visit" for families with little ones. For more information, feel free to contact Laura Maturo at Macdonough (347-8553).
The first Friday of each month, special friends are invited to Macdonough School to have lunch with our students. While many of guests are moms and dads, there are a fair share of grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and neighbors.
More than 75 "special friends" came to Macdonough on November 7th to enjoy lunch making this one of the best attended programs to date.
"Bring a Special Friend to Lunch Day" is part of Macdonough's School - Family - Community Partnership plan. The goal of the plan is to provide additional opportunities to involve families in the education of their children.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Members of the Macdonough School PTA conducted their November meeting on Thursday, November 6th at 3:30 p.m. in the school library. The group discussed the success of the Halloween party and made plans for another family event in late November.
If you'd like to get involved in the PTA, but can't attend a meeting, consider volunteering for a couple of hours at the PTA Book Fair during the week of December 1st through December 5th. Information will be sent home soon!
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Special thanks to the Middletown Rotary Club for providing each child in third grade with a brand new dictionary.
The gift was made possible through the Dr. Wilfredo Nieves Dictionary Project.