Friday, June 17, 2011

June 17, 2011

Greetings LGN Community!

It has been a great week for Norton and a great week at the L. G. Nourse School!
Our week started with the Tricentennial Parade Last Sunday. Jake M., Abby L. and Amy E. were the lucky winners of the raffle we held to see who would ride with me on the Elementary School float. We had a great time, it was a wonderful parade and we were proud to represent the school!

We had a fantastic spirit week this past week! Thank you for the effort that the students (and the parents) made to dress up for our theme days and show their LGN spirit. Today the students and staff surprised me with a special "dress to impress" day, I loved seeing everyone dressed up in their finest!

We were thrilled that Mrs. Capalbo's fifth grade class was able to visit Mrs. Gallagher's third grade class today. The two classes have been pen pals all year long, and it was nice to finally meet in person today.

Today was preschool graduation for our Project Early students going to kindergarten next year. It was a wonderful ceremony, thank you to the Project Early staff for working so hard to make today's graduation special. Good luck in kindergarten!

Until next week...

Mrs. Danielle Klingaman, LGN Principal

Friday, June 10, 2011

June 10, 2011

Greetings LGN Community!

It was another fun and exciting week at LGN! Kindergarten enjoyed their field day on Tuesday, and the third graders visited the Yelle School to see their new school and meet the teaching staff. Third grade parents, don't forget that there is a 3rd Grade Parent Night on Monday, June 13th at 7:00. Mrs. Farrell will present to parents about the HAY school and answer any questions you may have about 4th grade.

We enjoyed the annual LGN Ice Cream Social on Thursday evening. The stormy weather didn't keep people away, and we all had a fantastic time. Unfortunately, all of the great pictures I took were erased from the camera today. :(

Today was a big day for our kindergarten students. Mrs. Hanewich, Mrs. Sedell, and Mrs. Branco's classes presented "The Grouchy Ladybug" and "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" plays to their family and other guests. The students did a wonderful job with the production.

Sunday will be the big Norton Tricentennial Parade! The parade will begin at the HAY School and go all the way to the JCS School. The parade begins at 12:00. Lucky LGN students Jake M. from Miss Grant's class, Amy E. from Mrs. Bjork's class, and Abby L. from Mrs. Charpentier's class will be riding with me on the elementary school float. Be sure to look for us at the parade!

Have a great week!

Mrs. Klingaman

Friday, June 3, 2011

June 3, 2011

Greetings from LGN!

Today was one of our favorite days of the year! We started the day with field day for grades 1-3. Thank you to Mrs. Rezendes for getting everything set up, and to our parent volunteers who came in to assist with the grade level actvities.

Johnny the K visited the school this afternoon for his annual performance sponsored by the PTA. He entertains the students with music and a wonderful message of being respectful and kind to others. It is a wonderful show for our students and the adults alike.

Yesterday the thrid graders went on their walking field trip to Wheaton College. While there, they were able to learn about the history of Wheaton College from Wheaton's archivist, visit the solarium, and participate in the traditional hoop rolling that has been enjoyed by many present and former Wheaton College students. A big THANK YOU to Susan Hayes who works in the president's office at Wheaton College for organizing our trip.

Just a reminder that there are many important events occurring next week. Monday is the Norton Town Meeting where the high school building project will be voted on. The meeting will take place at Norton High School at 7:00. Get there early!

On Tuesday, June 7th, the 3rd graders will visit the Yelle School to prepare for their transition next year. There will be a 3rd Grade Parent Night on Monday, June 13th. More information will follow about this Parent Night.

Congratulations to the Norton High students who are graduating this evening. We are proud of all of you and wish you the best of luch as you move forward!

Danielle E. Klingaman, Principal

Friday, May 27, 2011

May 27, 2011

Greetings LGN Community!

Today our second grade graders did a wonderful job with their two Memorial Day concert performances. This morning, they performed for the preschool through third grade students, and this afternoon they performed for their families and friends. We were so impressed with their rendition of the National Anthem and recitation of the preamble of the constitution. A great big "THANKS" to the second grade teachers: Mrs. Bjork, Mrs. LaConte, and Mrs. O'Hear as well as Mrs. Morley who has done an awesome job as our substitute music teacher this spring. Thank you Tom Araujo for all his help with setup for the concert rehearsals and performances. We were proud to have several veterans in the audience today: Mr. Albert Watson, Mr. Warren Winship, Staff Sgt. David Schepis, Staff Sgt. Ryan Thurber, and Mr. John Francis.

Our third graders enjoyed "international food day" and brought in samplings of their favorite family recipes. There was a variety of delicious offerings from mutton to breads, to rice and beans, and cush cush. Thank you to all the families who took the time to bring in different foods for the students to sample.

We hope you enjoy the long weekend! Just a reminder that there will be no school for kindergarten students on Thursday, June 2nd. Next Friday is field day for grades 1-3 and all students will enjoy our Johnny the K concert that afternoon.

Mrs. Danielle Klingaman

Friday, May 20, 2011

May 20, 2011

Greetings from LGN!

We had another busy and fun week at LGN! Our third graders finished their last round of MCAS testing this week. The third graders worked extremely hard on the math MCAS and enjoyed a fun "crazy, mix-up" day today to end the week. Great job third graders, we are proud of you for doing your best on MCAS!

Last night we had our incoming kindergarten parent night and it was great to be able to share the exciting kindergarten information with the incoming K parents. Any parents who missed the meeting should contact Mrs. Flynn next week to set up your child's K screening appointment.

Today was a big day for our current kindergartners who presented their DINOSAUR MUSEUM to their family and friends. Mrs. Sedell's class, Mrs. Branco's class, and Mrs. Hanewich's class all completed many dinosaur activities: a sock-o-saurus, dinosaur fossils, dinosaur bones Q-tip counting, dinosaur eggs, and dinosaur stories, to name just a few. The kindergartners were so proud to share their work with their families.

Also in kindergarten, the chicks finally hatched! The kindergarten teachers and students are the proud parents of many adorable chicks that hatched earlier this week. The students have enjoyed learning about the life cycle in science and about how to care for their adorable little chicks.

Check out the article about Tom, our famous custodian, that appeared in today's Norton Mirror.

Mrs. Bjork's second grade class had a special manatee celebration today! For this priject, Mrs. Bjork's class worked hard to collect bottles and cans and raised over $100. With their donation, they were able to adopt a mischievous manatee named Howie. Today, the class received their certificates for the adoption and lots of information about manatees during their manatee party. To learn more about how to adopt a manatee, click here for the Save the Manatee Club.

Hopefully the next week will bring some much needed sunshine!

Mrs. Danielle Klingaman

Friday, May 13, 2011

May 13, 2011

Greetings LGN Community!

We had a great week at LGN! The students in kindergarten through third grade ended their week today with a fun assembly from the Officer Phil Program. Officer Phil is sponsored through the Norton Police department and teaches the students about safety and respect. The students thoroughly enjoyed the magic and JT's sense of humor during the performance.

Today, Tom had his second "Tom for the Day" assisting him with his custodial duties. Mason G. from Mrs. LaConte's second grade class enjoyed spending the day with Tom cleaning the school, sweeping the floors, picking up the classroom recycling, setting chairs up for our assembly and conducting safety checks of the buildings and grounds. It seems like Mason had a great day and worked very hard at school, just like Tom!

Last Saturday's Butterfly Garden Open House proved to be a fantastic day! LGN thanks Norton High School student Emily J. for choosing our school as the site to do her Gold Award Girl Scout project. The students and families that visited the Butterfly Garden Open House had a wonderful time doing the activities and seeing Mrs. Walsh's butterflies set free. We all had a great day!

Mrs. Charpentier's first graders recently completed a "Space Shapes" project. The students learned all about 3-dimensional shapes such as cones, cylinders, spheres, triangular prisms, cubes, and rectangular prisms. They then used common household "junk" or recyclables to create awesome robots, tanks, ice cream cone machines, and many other designs using their imaginations.

Next week is a big week for our third graders! They will be taking the math portion of the MCAS test on Tuesday and Wednesday. The teachers have done a great job preparing the third graders in math this year. There is a giant banner wishing them luck in the third grade wing!

Don't forget that Thursday, May 19th is an early release day for the district elementary students. Students in full day K through grade 3 will be dismissed at 11:30 AM. There will be NO PM kindergarten or PM Project Early that day.

Also on May 19th, we will have our kindergarten parent night at 6:30 PM in the LGN cafeteria. We will share a general kindergarten overview with parents and assign students a screening appointment on June 2nd. The Champions program will be there to share information about after-school care. We hope to see all entering kindergarten parents there!

We hope you have a great weekend!

Mrs. Danielle E. Klingaman, Principal

Friday, May 6, 2011

May 6, 2011

Greetings LGN Community!

We had a great week at the L. G. Nourse School! Fridays are always the busiest day of the week. Today we had our spring pictures and Tom and I enjoyed having student helpers of the day.

Ryan T. from Mrs. Walsh's class spent the day with me as "Principal of the Day". Ryan was able to help with bus duty, administrative tasks, announcing the Norton weather report over the intercom, and walk throughs. Ryan even gave the students in his first grade class extra recess for being the top class for returning Box Tops for the month of April.

Ryan D. spent the day with Tom as "Tom for the Day." Ryan D. was able to clean the cafeteria, sweep the hallways, complete a playground safety check, vacuum, and get foods out of the freezer for lunch. Ryan also assisted Tom with the various other work he completes during his busy days.

Tomorrow, which is Saturday, May 7th- will be the LGN Butterfly Garden Open House. Emily J., Norton High School senior, who created the Butterfly Garden for her Girl Scout Gold Award project will host students and their families at the LGN back playground from 11:00-1:00 PM. The beautiful perennial plants are beginning to grow in now that some warmer weather is arriving. We hope you can join us!

The Third Grade Writers/Workers of the Week were as follows:
Mrs. Gallagher's Class- Kyle s. and Morgan S.
Miss Carlson's Class- Victoria W., Nathan T., John B., and Jahlil T.

Don't forget that Monday, May 9th at 7:00 PM is Norton's Town Meeting. It is so important for our Norton parents to attend the upcoming town meetings and ballot voting on June 11th. Please note that the deadline to register to vote is May 21st. Go to the Norton Town Hall for more information.

Have a great weekend and Happy Mother's Day!

Mrs. Danielle Klingaman