Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Holiday Treats for Macdonough Students

As children from Macdonough School prepared for the holidays, they were given something extra to bring home for the upcoming break. Each of the students had the opportunity to choose a gently used book as a holiday treat.

The books, donated from a variety of sources, contained both fiction and non-fiction selections. Authors included Dr. Seuss, Judy Blume, E.B. White and more.

Increasing access for students to quality children's literature is among the goals of Macdonough's School Improvement Plan.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Holiday Choral Concert

Mrs. Hallie Sorensen, music teacher at Macdonough School, presented a Holiday Choral Concert on Monday, December 22nd featuring students in kindergarten, first, and second grade. A wide variety of seasonal tunes were performed for family and friends.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Book Donation for Macdonough Students

Children from Macdonough School received a wonderful holiday surprise as students from Xavier High School donated more than 250 books to the school. Boxes filled with fiction and non-fiction selections were delivered by members of Xavier's Ryken Service Society and the Interact Club.

The books will be used for Macdonough School's Free Book Friday program. The Free Book Friday program was designed to provide gently used quality children's literature to the boys and girls at Macdonough School.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Basketball Season at Macdonough

Each winter students in fifth grade are welcomed to represent Macdonough School as members of the school basketball team.

The Macdonough students play against each of the other elementary schools in the city. The team is being coached by third grade teacher, Miss Teresa Morello.

For information regarding the team's upcoming games, please visit the Macdonough School website at http://www.middletownschools.org/

Along with the basketball team, Macdonough School also fields a cheerleading squad comprised of fourth and fifth grade students.
The cheerleaders are coached by Miss Allison Monarca, a second grade teacher at Macdonough School.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Wesleyan Book Donations

Students from Wesleyan University donated two children's books to our library. The donations were made on behalf of college students who are volunteering in the WES Reads and WES Math programs at Macdonough School.

The donated books were Tomie DePaola's Big Book of Favorite Legends and My Dog May Be a Genuis.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Asian Brush Painting

Macdonough School students were treated to a three session after school program focusing on Asian Brush Painting. Hannah Jung, an art teacher at Middletown High School, offered the program to students in third, fourth, and fifth grade.

Students completed the program on December 4th having participated in experiences using the four foundational techniques of brush painting using four different plants (Orchid, Plum Blossom, Chrysanthemum, and Bamboo).

The Asian Brush Painting program was offered as part of Middletown's Professional Improvement Grant Fund.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Mobile Dental Clinic Visits Macdonough

The Health Center was transformed into a dental clinic this week as Macdonough School was visited by the Mobile Dental Clinic. Many of our students had the opportunity to see the dental hygienist for check-ups and cleanings!

If you would like your child to have access to this program, please call the school and ask for information on the Community Health Center at Macdonough School.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

PTA Book Fair

Parents and students are enjoying the PTA Book Fair this week. Each class has had the opportunity to visit the book fair to preview and purchase books. Parents have also been welcomed to visit during Parent-Teacher Conferences.

Proceeds from the book fair are used to offset costs associated with field trips at Macdonough School.

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