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 Working on Math Skills at Home

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:

Time

  •          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?”

Measurement

  •          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)

Money

  •          Have your child help count coins
  •          Ask, “How much change will I get?”
  •          Ask, “Will this be enough money to buy these items?”

Geometry

  •          Discuss shapes around you
  •          Ask, “How many sides does the stop sign have?”

Data

  •          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

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Whittemore

PTO 2015-2016

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!

 

                        


Dual Language Immersion Program

Click here for Program Information


School Supply Lists 2015-2016

Grade K

Grade 1

Grade 2

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5 

 

Volunteer/Chaperones

 

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.

 

For Fingerprinting information please click here

 

 

District information on Fingerprinting is available at

http://www.walthampublicschools.org/Fingerprint.cfm

 

If you would like to volunteer please email

whittemorelementarypto@gmail.com  

 

 

Teachers Get Funky for MCAS Testing

 

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!

 

 Important Dates


Friday, January  15, 2016

Early Release Day 
Monday, January 18, 2016 

Martin Luther King Day

NO SCHOOL 

Monday, February 15- Friday February 19, 2016

Winter Vacation Week

NO SCHOOL 


Friday, March 9, 2016


Class Picture Day 
Friday, March 11, 2016
Early Release Day

 

 

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Important Information

 

Absentee Line

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.

 

Dismissal

 

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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Electronic Backpack

Notices/ Flyers for the week in electronic format. Click on the date below to get notices for that week.

 

                             iPad Newsletter                        

  (for students entering grade 6)

         English      Español       Krevòl  

January 15, 2016

January 8, 2016

December 18, 2015

December 4, 2015

October 14, 2015

 

 

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Whittemore Newsletter

December 2015

English
Spanish

January 2016

English
Spanish

February 2016

   

                March 2016

   

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Health Office Information 

     Flu Checklist 
Flu Information English    Flu Information Spanish 

 

Past Events

Whittemore receives Music Drives Us - Ernie Boch Jr. Foundation Grant

Museum of Science Electromagnetism Presentation for 2nd Grade

iRobot STEM Presentation for 4th Grade

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A.L.I.C.E Curriculum

A.L.I.C.E Curriculum for Parental review

K-3                           4-5

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