Working on Math Skills at Home
A new study has shown the significant effect that doing math at home has on students’ performance: “…if a school child's parents replace a bedtime story with a math discussion even one night a week, the child's math skills may improve markedly compared with peers who listen to nonmathematical stories, a new study shows.” A free app called “Bedtime App” makes it easy to incorporate stories with age appropriate math questions. If you don’t have a smart phone or tablet at home, it is still beneficial to talk to your students about math. Some ways to discuss mathematics at home include:
- Look at the clock with your child
- Ask, “What time is it?”
- Ask, “How long will it take us to get there?”
- Ask, “If it takes us _____, what time will it be when we get there?”
- Look at volume and weight on food packages
- Use the scale at the grocery store to weigh produce
- Include your child while measuring for cooking and baking
- Measure your child’s height to see how they grow
- Estimate and compare the sizes of items in various ways (height, length, weight)
- Have your child help count coins
- Ask, “How much change will I get?”
- Ask, “Will this be enough money to buy these items?”
- Discuss shapes around you
- Ask, “How many sides does the stop sign have?”
- Keep track of favorite sport statistics
- Ask, “How many goals did your favorite soccer player score?”
- Ask, “How many more goals did your favorite soccer player score this year compared to last year?
In addition to reading stories you can sing songs and recite rhymes that have numbers in them. Also, all students would benefit from explaining what they are learning in class. In doing so, having a positive attitude about math and valuing mistakes will continue to encourage our students to work on challenging problems and persevere even when they face difficulty. Your support in this way is crucial to their success. Thank you for all that you do!
For a booklet containing additional ideas (English and Spanish) of ways to incorporate mathematics at home, visit http://www2.ed.gov/parents/academic/help/math/index.html
For the full article, visit http://news.sciencemag.org/brain-behavior/2015/10/bedtime-problems-boost-kids-math-performance
Parent Engagement Survey
We are excited to announce that our Whittemore PTO Board
will be as follows for the 2015-2016 school year.
Estamos felices anunciar que nuestra junta para el PTO de la Whittemore será lo siguiente para el año escolar 2015-2016:
President /Presidente: Christine Crain
Secretary Secretaria: Alicia Hutton
Treasurer/ Tesorero: Shawn Aulenbach
Community Outreach Coordinator/ Coordinadora de difusión a la comunidad: Denise Sanderson
Bilingual Parent Liaison/ Coordinadora de padres bilingües: Marcela Ahlberg
Teacher Liaison/ Coordinadora de maestros: Hannah Lentini
Whittemore staff is excited to have their students back for a great year of learning!
School Supply Lists 2015-2016
Anyone who wants to volunteer on school premises must have a CORI completed and if you would like to volunteer off school grounds you need to have CORI as well as must be fingerprinted.
For CORI please go to thee School Main Office, you will need your ID and will need to fill up a form. It normally take 2-3 weeks for the CORI to come back.
District information on Fingerprinting is available at
If you would like to volunteer please email
With the MCAS testing underway Mr. Mulkerin and Mr. Duffy along with the teachers and staff at Whittemore found a new way to motivate kids for standardized testing. To pump up kids in grade 3, 4, 5 the Whittemore Elementary Teachers in this video rocked out to Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk" Monday morning during a flash mob. The hot choreography came from two teachers: Alyssa Escobar and Jamie LaCava.
Good luck with MCAS kids!
Friday, January 15, 2016
Early Release Day
|Monday, January 18, 2016||
Martin Luther King Day
Monday, February 15- Friday February 19, 2016
Winter Vacation Week
Class Picture Day
|Friday, March 11, 2016||
Early Release Day
If your child is sick please be sure to call the 24 Hour Absentee Line at 781-314-5790.
Arrival & Dismissal
Student Morning Arrival
All Students Enter on the Playground Side of the Building
8:15- Breakfast Students May Enter Cafeteria
8:25- First Bell: All Students Go to Classrooms
8:42- Second Bell: School Begins
Students entering after 8:42 must report to the Main Office for a Tardy Pass
Llegada de los estudiantes en la mañana
Todos los estudiantes deben llegar y entrar por el parque infantil que se encuentra en la parte lateral del edificio de la escuela.
8:15- Los estudiante pueden ingresar a la cafetría para tener el desayuno
8:25- Primer timbre: Todos los estudiantes deben ingresar a sus respectivas aulas.
8:42- Segundo timbre: Comienzan las clases
Los estudiantes que llegan despues de las 8:42 am deben reportarse en la oficina principal.
Students that are picked up from school are dismissed at 3:00 P.M. and will arrive outside by 3:05. Pick up is either the front of the building on Parmenter Road or on Hovey Road. Please make every effort to be on time to pick up your children. If someone else is going to be picking up your children we must receive a note or they should be added to the emergency card.
Hovey Road Parking Notice
Beginning February 9th, please use the school side of Hovey Road between High Street and Hamblin Road as a drop-off only. Parents should not park their cars on this side of the street. Due to the high banks on the opposite side of the street and the general condition of the roads, this will be in effect for the winter months. There will also be a crossing guard stationed at the cross walk to the school on Hovey Road for these months. Please have students cross at this point only. As a reminder, school staff are only posted outside the building at 8:15 to let students in for breakfast and posted at drive-ways and bus drop-off beginning at 8:25.
Lost & Found
There are many items in the lost and found which is located in the hallway outside the office by the Music room. Please check for your children's lost items.
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