Some students in Mrs. Jackson's groups have been learning how to increase their focus and attention in the classroom. They've been identifying what distracts them inside and outside of their brain, and learning strategies on how to block out distractions in the room, how to use a fidget to improve focus, and ways to keep their brain and body in the group.
Last week our class worked to build our group work and cooperation skills by completing tower building challenges. Between sessions we debriefed on what we learned about how to work together as a team. Students discovered that they were most successful working together when they focused their attention and listened to each other's ideas and then came up with a plan and executed it together. By working together, groups were able to build towers over 18 inches tall using only 10 sheets of paper, 2 rulers, 12 dixie cups, and 2 unopened containers of glue!
Reminder! The deadline to order food-to-go for Distance Learning is TODAY at 3:00.
This is my favorite wall at Wells Road School. Not only are there so many handprints of former students and teachers in here, but the number of math questions that can be asked about this picture are tremendous! For example: How many fingers are here? Right hands? Thumbs? How many students does this represent? How would the spacing be different if the hands were closed? This is a reminder that math is all around us, all the time. We just need to see it! Kristin Rice - Math Coach
PJ Day at Wells Road tomorrow!
Wells Road progress reports can now be viewed through the parent portal. Happy Thanksgiving!
Tomorrow is Dobby Day at Wells Road. Students and staff should remember to wear their most unique socks!
Wear Granby clothing or colors tomorrow for Elementary Granby Spirit Day!!
Learning from home? Here are some helpful tips! • Create a learning space just for you. Make sure it is quiet and clutter free. • Gather all the materials you will need for the day. A checklist might be helpful! • Set up a routine and stick to it! This is especially important in the morning! Get dressed, eat breakfast, and get ready for school just like you would do if you were attending in person. • Reduce distractions. Headphones are a great way to block out background noise. • Take brain breaks and screen breaks regularly. Go outside, stretch, exercise, read a book, or get some fresh air! • Participate in break out rooms. Get to know your peers and teachers. • Stay positive! Most importantly, ask questions! Don’t hesitate to reach out to your teacher. Communication is so important. We are all in this together!
Fifth grade students, from Mrs. Ferrando’s class, continue their work on Genius Hour projects during specials this week. Genius Hour provides students an opportunity to choose a topic, a passion, or an interest as their project. Then they spend time researching, learning by doing, collaborating with each other or experts, and designing a culminating project to share with their peers. - Katie Busbey, Enrichment Coach
İBienvidos a todos! Welcome to Everyone! La Clase de español (the Spanish class) is where students are building community by using Spanish language within the classroom. They are also building connections with communities outside the classroom. What’s the secret to all of these community connections? Questions! Keywords you are bound to hear in our virtual and on campus classroom are: • ¿Quién? Who?, • ¿Qué? What?, • ¿Cuándo? When?, • ¿Dónde? Where? • ,¿Por Qué? Why?, • ¿Cómo? How? Students are asking and answering questions to build our community within the Spanish classroom. Students are asking about each other’s experiences, interests and preferences. Students also ask and answer questions to become acquainted with people who have made significant contributions throughout the Spanish Speaking world. They are becoming more familiar with cultural practices and products around the world. As students practice Spanish language with routines, stories and games, they also show how to be kind (ser amable) while laughing and learning together! We celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month! During Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct.15) we take this opportunity to kick off a whole year of diverse cultural appreciation! Please consider exploring biographies and other rich children’s literature related to Hispanic Heritage Month: Cesar Chavez: https://video.link/w/NjdM Celia Cruz: https://video.link/w/raeM Sonia Sotomayor: https://video.link/w/PIEbb Sylvia Mendez: https://video.link/w/BdeM Mariachi: https://video.link/w/zbeM Cuba: https://video.link/w/pKEbb You may also be interested in resources available through the Smithsonian Institute’s Kids’ Corner: http://latino.si.edu/KidsCorner/index.html Doña Alicia Budney
Welcome Back Wells Road! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Jco7d9cfRXGvVp0OpKin9fBooRjswdLm/view?usp=drivesdk
Please join us for the Wells Road Wave 👋🏾 9:00-11:00 https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DWIOyBfjuqga8BGD6XY8vLFVellbcNad/view?usp=drivesdk
Morning Message ❤️ 6/11 https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dbmOaW4TzMBvEi5UbJjoN1WHevgZKJjl/view?usp=drivesdk
WELLSness Wednesday- Special SHREK edition 6/10 https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-C3koo9vEoUiif_il2d-RgZnPAfDRLqU/view?usp=drivesdk
Morning Message 6/8 (better late than never!) https://drive.google.com/file/d/1HMOv7KwmD6KBQRi212DO7qVgZSqym7g-/view?usp=drivesdk
WELLSness Wednesday 6/3 https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1vIjQeTkONWzcYExSq_AHX1KY1HU_7ZCWxwCsYnR5QSo/edit
Morning Message 5/29 https://drive.google.com/file/d/160J-dUZHsC6DBuTDjghx2rpYJe2vlJpP/view?usp=drivesdk Thank you parents! https://youtu.be/W6JGmmfqge4
Morning Message 5/28 https://drive.google.com/file/d/1FhyBN0OKQhIRKy8Dz-GQYTQURxNJCmNN/view?usp=drivesdk
Morning Message 5/22 https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tH-Ptn-XBxNADLfPTyuyWngYxVW1kw-O/view?usp=drivesdk
Morning Message 5/21 https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Op907wOWawRkEc5_LDrGPrzV_Ld0rytx/view?usp=drivesdk The Most Magnificent Thing https://drive.google.com/file/d/1UQ3ujRucaHZTUb7p2e0Zon8Xitg_HrOi/view?usp=drivesdk
WELLSness Wednesday 5/20 https://drive.google.com/file/d/1d5M4Q1f5ghl8cD5-THgIl42KgUovWyVK/view?usp=drivesdk
Morning Message 5/19 https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wqB76uSmNGAKa4uu3IyYXTb-Bp32e8Lh/view?usp=drivesdk
Morning Meeting 5/14 https://drive.google.com/file/d/1EYe_dWt9iJIYatjoYpOoKPdMfuTvouVf/view?usp=drivesdk
WELLSness Wednesday 5/13 https://drive.google.com/file/d/1pLMqaJfDjsuesX39nw4JsCr9k2Rk4NYm/view?usp=drivesdk
Morning Message 5/12 Find the Bright Spots! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1HHbSU4ztyNSEAbFgJpC-t7BUqGd86IVX/view?usp=drivesdk
Morning Message 5/11 https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DASzdKeKlEblPdyDhIiHOH5YbIkfISiA/view?usp=drivesdk
WELLSness Wednesday 5/6 https://drive.google.com/file/d/1K0Qf-OpPPDeHBZU6DiWzMfBRfZMTxonM/view?usp=drivesdk
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week. Thank you to our wonderful Teachers! VIDEO: https://youtu.be/VXDomTsSAjY
Morning Message 4/28- If plan A falls through, try bananas! https://drive.google.com/a/granbyschools.org/file/d/1RRSrPDMOWY_BJmWPmv_D6IChveBtEzy6/view?usp=drivesdk
Happy WELLSness Wednesday and Earth Day! 4/22 https://drive.google.com/a/granbyschools.org/file/d/1lgZ4Ir25aLymFNen82Tk2QjA0zGQtx4g/view?usp=drivesdk The Great Kapok Tree https://drive.google.com/a/granbyschools.org/file/d/141iy7JjHesI_eCBaKuLM1KOauKtlFFXg/view?usp=drivesdk
April 10 - 17 - No School - Enjoy the holiday and Spring Vacation!
Congratulations to MORE award winning writers- Maya D’amato and Dylan Mirro! https://drive.google.com/a/granbyschools.org/file/d/1UgUW0xgeqEIl123m1qELEM7ipQPKt1II/view?usp=drivesdk
We miss you Wells Road! Check out this video message from some of your teachers! https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vRO6oXoirBT2EZyVgDXjfTd2ztWDhq71jfGhX1aHzEmC-1kXJtTZzDEJUEkuW-cPl4GGfH8nC-Aj3bR/pub?start=true&loop=false&delayms=10000&slide=id.g730b7ad80b_0_2
Have a safe and healthy vacation! Don’t forget to check out the Distance Learning website (parent resources) for virtual vacations and other spring break ideas. https://drive.google.com/a/granbyschools.org/file/d/1t2P4ZOaKrhsQ7VihIz4_StyfgRCOTlYk/view?usp=drivesdk
WELLSness Wednesday. Take care of your mind, body and spirit and don’t forget to make someone smile today! https://drive.google.com/a/granbyschools.org/file/d/1TYJFo3v7pqsPmMSH95VhVZYPk2TO0IiF/view?usp=drivesdk
CONGRATULATIONS to our award winning artistic writers- Olivia Atkinson and Lily Vincenzo https://drive.google.com/a/granbyschools.org/file/d/16nkA5NB5-D5sfLZqxyC1TMnbRP_u2DWE/view?usp=drivesdk
Morning Message 4/6. It’s Artist Day! https://drive.google.com/a/granbyschools.org/file/d/1QiUgWeHSlOwgUXNH5LRSM-ldREmIufkm/view?usp=drivesdk
It’s #KindnessMatters Friday! 4/3. Send us pictures of you in your Kindness Matters shirts. We will add them to the slideshow. https://drive.google.com/a/granbyschools.org/file/d/1xgZjlJabsh1B58YXZMX0lF4FvShwDSR8/view?usp=drivesdk
Morning Message 4/2/20 Wear blue to support World Autism Awareness Day! https://drive.google.com/a/granbyschools.org/file/d/1IB8HWCeVT06yL7q-eRNjSi_sOfAHXzVX/view?usp=drivesdk
Happy April 1st! Make someone smile today! https://drive.google.com/a/granbyschools.org/file/d/1SICEHIYD2AFP9vPq0chYUt9XmNOF6vEp/view?usp=drivesdk
Morning Message 3/31 https://drive.google.com/a/granbyschools.org/file/d/1NGkht-fCGm7Uks0L5eZSdYPxz57s5uwL/view?usp=drivesdk The Art Lesson https://youtu.be/9TUQ4F27HMo
Morning Message 3/30 Granby Pride Day! https://drive.google.com/a/granbyschools.org/file/d/1t0ha5BR7M2NlXRjCumkbZfTXEHLrKFTM/view?usp=drivesdk
Morning Message 3/27 and Happy Birthday to Charlotte L on 3/22!! (I accidentally left her off my list.) https://drive.google.com/a/granbyschools.org/file/d/1DCTSYLBM7ugyDZwJMG1mMGDks0elUrx8/view?usp=drivesdk
Morning Message 3/25 **Revised Link** https://drive.google.com/a/granbyschools.org/file/d/1vRF6dIdzFikS5g-aQvTFvkMOSco0YuBZ/view?usp=drivesdk
Morning Message - 3/23 *Revised Link* https://drive.google.com/a/granbyschools.org/file/d/1-7IRjX01y82nsaMpVIf3YX_xe3kzPgBw/view?usp=drivesdk
On Friday, February 7th, 2020 the students and staff at Wells Road School participated in the Kids Heart Challenge for the American Heart Association. The entire school participated with fun activities coordinated by P.E. Teacher, Mr. Migneault. Some of the activities were jump roping, basketball, Heart Hero hearts, climbing the rock wall, and a special station with school nurse Mrs. Cosgrove where students learned to find their pulse. In all, 160 students raised funds totaling $12,008.11! This takes our grand total over the past 13 years to $131, 516.42. That is a lot of healthy hearts thanks to Wells Road. Our top fundraiser this year was 4th grader, Vanessa. Students earned a No Homework night and an extra recess to celebrate their great work as compassionate contributors. (Mrs. Pestana)
Mr. Whitten’s and Mrs. Toth’s classes have both been studying fossils. They are trying to understand what the living creatures looked like and how they acted based on evidence found inside the earth. Paleontologists have to create “stories” based on what they find. The students created some of these scenarios in class with clay and plastic dinosaurs. Some of these situations included dinosaurs walking across a path, eating on their hind legs and battling each other. (Jim Whitten)
Some students in Mrs. Jackson's groups are learning about expected and unexpected behavior and language in the classroom, on the playground, and beyond. Students are learning how to use their "social smarts" to figure out what is expected and how other's feel. We are utilizing the book “You are a Social Detective” by Michelle Garcia Winner and Pamela Crooke. (Ursula Jackson)
Fourth graders on the Cloukey-Faber team had a fun week. We visited the New England Air Museum and tasted “Ugly Pasta,” a recipe from Patricia Polacco’s book, Because of Thursday. Also, our students set writing goals after analyzing their opinion essays. There’s always something exciting happening in 4th grade! (Joy Cloukey)
ELF grant approved for a Spanish Classroom Library! Congratulations Donia Alicia!
There will be NO PLC Thursday February 6, 2020
Students at Wells Road began their second round of enrichment clusters today. Some new clusters include: The Great Barrier Reef, Puzzled, Crafting 101, and Antique Sign Making. The students were very excited to start these clusters and we can’t wait to see what they accomplish over the next six sessions! (Katie Busbey)
Fifth graders have been learning about the Law of Conservation of Matter. Students watched videos of meteors streaking across the sky and created a scientific model to predict why. Then they watched a series of demonstrations about matter (including Elephant Toothpaste!) and recorded their observations in their science notebooks. Ultimately, they found out that you cannot create nor destroy matter; it can only be changed into a new form. Using this knowledge, they went back and revised their model of a meteor. (by Mr. Janski)
In Ms. Di Nuzzo and Ms. Proto’s Class, children were introduced to the Seesaw app…a tool to showcase what they are doing in school. Seesaw gives parents the opportunity to feel closer to the classroom. Seesaw gives parents a chance to share in their child’s lessons and activities. In the photos, students are navigating through their first hands on activity, complete with selfie taking.
Thank you Wells Road Families! Together we have raised over $300 for UNICEF.
This month in PE at Wells Road classes are starting lacrosse. The students are very excited to learn some new skills! We are learning how to properly hold the stick, how to scoop and how to cradle. Next up we will begin learning how to pass and catch with a little wall ball and some other fun activities! Students are enjoying this unit!
All students and staff are welcome to wear Kindness Matters T-Shirts tomorrow!
Students in Mrs. Lagano's science class are studying astronomy and trying to explain the phenomena of the super blue blood moon. After an exploration of stars, students are now investigating the phases of the moon. Each student is keeping a nightly moon journal with a sketch of the moon. Soon, the classes will define the phases of the moon and be able to explain its connection to the super blue blood moon. Students in Mrs. Martin’s Language Arts Class are sharpening their reading and thinking skills in Interpretation Book Clubs. Students are learning to use their book clubs as places where they can try out ideas, be challenged and engage in rich conversations using reasons and text evidence to support their ideas. Here’s an example of one way a book club reflected on their thinking about the book Wish by Barbara O’Connor.
Last week, in Mrs. Moran’s room, students are working on visualization as a language comprehension strategy. Language comprehension is necessary for students to understand what they hear and to understand what they read. Students are learning what visualization is and why we are doing it. What is visualization? Visualization is making a picture in your mind. Why visualize? Some students read words accurately, but have trouble understanding what they read. They may also have difficulty following directions. Words seem to go “in one ear and out the other”. Students are learning what visualizing means and how it helps them listen and read. Creating an imaged gestalt while listening helps them to understand and remember language.
There will be no school today, Thursday, October 17th, due to power outages.
Dr. MacDonald has recently started the Banana Splits group on C days. Banana Splits is a school-based group program for students who have experienced parental separation/divorce or death. Banana Splits provides a safe place for children to express their feelings about this life change. If you have any questions about Banana Splits or if your child would like to sign up, you can find the permission slip outside of Dr. MacDonald’s office or by contacting her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Both Mr. Whitten and Mrs.Toth were out at different times last week – both third grade classes wrote adventure stories about where they thought Mr. Whitten was and where they thought Mrs. Toth was when they were not in their classrooms. (These stories were inspired by the book Miss Nelson is Missing.) and are now on display, on the hallway bulletin boards for other classes to read as they pass through the halls.
Wells Road will wear blue on Monday, 10/7/19, to participate in the World Day of Bullying Prevention. Let's put an end to bullying! Remember . . . Kindness Matters!
Vision/Hearing screenings: Annual vision screenings for all grades will be done October 22 for vision and October 24 for hearing. Parents will be notified if a referral to your doctor is needed. Please call with any questions or concerns. We can still use volunteers to help make the days run smoother. October 22 has two shifts available at 8:30-12:00 and 12:30-3:30 and October 24 form 8:30-12. Please contact me vie email or phone if you can help. email@example.com Kim Cosgrove RN Wells Road Intermediate School Nurse
Mrs. Cloukey’s fourth grade writers are working hard to create realistic fiction characters with desires and difficulties. Students in Mr. Faber's class explore and comment on each other's work on Seesaw. Seesaw is an educational platform that allows students to share work, ideas, and feedback with each other. It also allows parents to get a glimpse inside their child's classroom through their child's online journal.
Wells Road phones are back in service!
Our phone lines are currently down at Wells Road. If you need to get a message to us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Estudiantes (students) defined their esperanzas (hopes) and sueños (dreams) for their learning İen español! this year. As students practice Spanish language in routines, songs, stories and games, they also show how to be kind (ser amable) while laughing and learning together! We celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month! During Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct.15) we take this opportunity to kick off a whole year of diverse cultural appreciation! Consider exploring the Smithsonian Institute’s Kids’ Corner: http://latino.si.edu/KidsCorner/index.html
Thank you Wells Road Families! Together we have raised over $600 to support the victims of Hurricane Dorian.
Thank you Wells Road Families! Together we have raised over $600 to support the victims of Hurricane Dorian.
Yesterday we began a very short three-day campaign to raise funds for the victims of Hurricane Dorian. As a school that promotes compassion, some of the students brought up their concerns and asked to help. There will be students outside the cafeteria for all three lunch-waves from Wednesday until Friday. Any donation would be very helpful! We will collect change, cash, and/or checks. If you are writing a check, please make it out to Wells Road Activity Fund. On Friday, the money will be totaled, and the amount will be split between two agencies. The first is Project Hope, and the second is The American Red Cross. If you are interested in learning more about how this money will be used, please visit their websites for more information. Thank you for your help!
Mrs. Bavol, Mrs. Fleming and Mrs. LaFlamme’s classes analyzed exemplar responses to reading by having a silent annotated conversation. Students were expected to comment on the text and each other’s ideas through writing. It was a great way to examine what is expected for their own reading responses.
Need a book to finish the summer? Want a sneak peak at what's new in our Media Center? Stop by on August 9, from 9:00-12:00! I'm looking forward to meeting you and hearing your summer stories.
Meet Pauline Greer! Please stop by to say hello or have a quick chat during our "Meet the New Principal" hours. Monday, July 29th from 1:00 to 3:00 - Tuesday, July 30th from 9:00 to 11:00 and Wednesday, July 31st from 1:00 to 3:00.
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