In the months of January and February Mac in Action has worked on a school wide initiative called Intentional Acts Of Kindness. The activity is modeled after Random Acts Of Kindness but MIA agreed that good deeds should not only be Random but be purposeful as well. Students have created I.A.O.K. Ribbon bracelets with special tags for teachers to give students who are displaying Intentional Acts Of Kindness. Teachers will return tags to be displayed in the Cafe on the bulletin Board. Students will be able to wear their IAOK bracelets with pride and also inspire their peers to show kindness.
Fifth graders in Mrs. Ellis' class keep on earning their 5th golden owl for great attendance. This week, they got to go outside to enjoy some extra recess time as a prize for their great attendance. It was a beautiful day and students enjoyed friendly games of basketball!
Fifth graders have been working for weeks to create paper mache snakes. Students first used newspaper and tape to put their snakes together, then they paper mached them. Students then painted them and added finishing touches. They came out great! Check out the pictures of students working on their snakes and if you want to see their final products, be sure to stop by the library to see them on display!
Fifth graders in Mrs. Ellis' class had visitor Jen Alexander (Kobi's mom) come into their class last Friday afternoon to tell some Greek Mythology stories. Jen used sticky notes to tell stories of various Greek Gods and Goddesses. Students enjoyed learning new information and we can not wait for Jen to return!
The Middletown Public Schools' Annual Art Show
is just around the corner!
The opening reception will be held on Saturday, March
8th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Zilkha Gallery on the campus of Weselyan University. Artwork from students, K-12, will continue to be on
display through Sunday, March 17th.
Congratulations to our young
artists and special thanks to art teachers Mrs. Alison Kaye and Mr. Sean
Callahan! Thanks to Mr. Marco Gaylord, Director of Fine Arts, for his work in honoring the art programs in Middletown!
Check out the "Macdonough Shake" our very own version of the "Harlem Shake!"
As some of you may know, an internet sensation called the Harlem Shake is when one person wearing a helmet dances, while the rest of the people either are frozen or don't pay notice to the helmeted person. Then everyone joins in with various costumes and or props for the remainder of the music.
Three lucky students had the chance to enjoy a special cupcake treat with Ms.Swan and took a walking field trip to NoRA Cupcake Company! Students were selected for this special treat for exhibiting SURFS Up behaviors at school (Self-responsibility, Understanding, Respect, Fairness, and Safety). Yummy!
A special thanks to all the family and friends that attended our pasta night last night. We enjoyed pasta with meatballs, rolls, and a salad as well as entering for a bike raffle, and receiving free books. Congratulations to Daphnie, Sean, Jenna, and Daniel for winning bikes.
Also a special thanks to our volunteers that helped make this such a special night!
Wednesday, first graders celebrated the 100th day! We counted different objects such as turtles, bears, and linking cubes and read a story, The Night Before the 100th Day. We also had a party to celebrate not only the 100th day, but Mardi Gras as well. One of our students went to New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras and brought us back beads, feather boas, hats, and so much more to celebrate with!
Thursday, students and families at Macdonough attended the SURFS Up Assembly. Students and families enjoyed singing along to "Knowledge is Power," and listening to the first graders story of what they did on the 100th day. The first grade teachers then did a read aloud of one of the new books about bullying to the students. We also welcomed new staff and family members to Macdonough. Afterwards, we watched a video of our silly staff members doing their own version of the "Harlem Shake." Other students and classes received certificates and books, and won golden awards. We ended the assembly by recognizing our SURFS Up winners.
A special thanks to all of the families that were able to attend our assembly today!
We are pleased to announce that Macdonough School has been selected to participate in this year's World Book Night celebration!
World Book Night is an annual celebration dedicated to spreading the love of reading, person to person. Each year on April 23, tens of thousands of people go out into their communities and give half a million free World Book Night paperbacks to adults looking to increase their reading for pleasure time.
World Book Night is about giving books and encouraging reading. But it is also about more than that: It’s about people, communities and connections, about reaching out to others and touching lives in the simplest of ways—through the sharing of stories.
Thanks to the Family Resource Center for coordinating this exciting initiative for the adults in our school community!
The Harlem Shake is an Internet sensation that went viral on YouTube this month. Macdonough's very own Harlem Shake video will be featured at this month's SURFS Up Celebration!
Harlem Shake videos last 31 seconds and feature an excerpt from the song "Harlem Shake" by electronic musician Baauer. Usually, a video begins with one person (often helmeted or masked) dancing to the song alone for 15 seconds, surrounded by other people not paying attention or unaware of the dancing individual. When the bass drops, the video switches to the entire crowd doing a silly dance for the next 15 seconds. In the second half of the video, people often wear crazy outfits or costumes while wielding strange props.
On Thursday, February 7, the third grade class went on a field trip with their writing buddies to the Connecticut Historical Society. There they met Leslie Conner, the author of the book "Miss Bridie Chose a Shovel", a book that tells the story of a woman immigrating to America. She read the book and answered questions.
The students also learned about the many reasons our family and ancestors immigrated to Connecticut.
Students opened suitcases and trunks of immigrants of long ago and learned about where they came from and what they brought with them.
Students also learned about jobs that immigrants did when they arrived in Connecticut.
They stacked bricks, hung tobacco leaves, and changed thread spools to see what it might have been like to do one of these jobs.
Thanks to the LEARN program for making this wonderful experience possible for our students.
Did you know that many of our classes take walking field trips each spring to the Book Bower on Main Street? This
wonderful store provides gently used books for very reasonable prices. They have
a wide selection of children’s books.
As part of our walking field trips, every child at Macdonough School
gets to select a book for free!
Fourth grade students dissect owl pellets as part of a
program called Biobuddies made possible by a grant through LEARN. Students
discovered the bones of moles, voles, mice, field rats, and pocket gophers.
They learned that the human body contains many of the same bones as these animals.
Students expressed enthusiam when they discovered the contents of the pellets.