Conant School PTO Newsflash - Week of June 11, 2017
Enjoy your summer. 
The next Newsflash will be come to you in September!
Coming Up!
  • Last day of School: June 22
Trophy will be Coming to Conant Next Week!



On Tuesday, June 20th the trophy from the Boston Celtics will be visiting Conant! Each grade will be called down to the cafeteria and have a photo taken with the trophy by a local professional photographer - and Conant parent (Thank You Louis Calisi - see his amazing work here: http://www.louiscalisi.photos/). Class photos will be emailed to parents over the summer!

We also will be awarding the following prizes to a few lucky students, who will be selected at random:

1) a set of 2 tickets to a game in the 2017-2018 season

2) 5 kid spots to go to the Celtics training facilities over the summer

Have your kids wear GREEN or their favorite Celtics clothing that day!

A Sampling of Summer Escapades Offered by Mrs. Wilcox

July 10-154 (9:00 AM-12:00 PM)
Dive into hands-on exploration of origami, tangrams, tessellations, 3-D shapes, and symmetry. Each day we will focus on a different geometric concept that will be introduced through literature and explored through hands-on activities and art projects. Sara Wilcox is a grade 6 reading, writing, and science  teacher at Conant Elementary School.

July 17-21 (9:00 AM-12:00 PM)
How much weight can a table made from newspaper hold? Can you make a sculpture that moves in the wind? How can you design a bridge or a boat to hold 100 pennies? How long of a marble maze can you design? Answer these questions as you explore the world through the eyes of an engineer. Test your creativity and ingenuity as you design, build, and improve structures, watercrafts, catapults, vehicles and more.

July 17-21 (12:45 AM-3:45 PM)
Do you have a favorite stuffed animal like Knuffle Bunny or a best friend like Piggy and Gerald? What happens if you accidentally feed spicy tacos to dragons? What adventure would you go on with Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy? What would you do if your favorite toy decided to quit? We'll read together, create art projects, and write our own stories inspired by adventurous, popular children's picture books.

July 24-28 (9:00 AM-12:00 PM)
Read traditional fairy tales and compare them to fractured fairy tales such as Mo Willem's Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs, Jon Scieszka's The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, and Laura Numeroff's Ponyella. Explore the six motifs of fantasy: magic, other worlds, good vs. evil, hero's quest, special character types, and fantastic objects. Write, illustrate, and publish our own fractured fairy tale or original fantasy story.

Cooking and Crafting through American History with American Girl(Entering Grades 1-6) July 31-August 4 (12:45-3:45)
Discover what life was like growing up in America's past. Through cooking, crafts, games, and stories connected to the American Girl Dolls, we'll experience life as a young girl in America from 1764-1970.  Bring your favorite American Girl doll or borrow one of mine for the day while we explore the life of girls in the past.

2017 Boxtops Challenge - The Totals Are In

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Boxtops Challenge this year. Thanks to you, we raised $504 for our school! That's 5,044 Boxtops!

The winner of this year's Boxtops Challenge is GRADE 5, with 869 boxtops!! They will be enjoying an extra recess as a thank you for their efforts. 

It was a close call, with Grade 6 close behind. See the grade level totals below:

Kindergarten - 559
Grade 1 - 752
Grade 2 - 669
Grade 3 - 720
Grade 4 - 620
Grade 5 - 869
Grade 6 - 855

A special thank you to our parent volunteers who stepped up and counted so many boxtops.

NOTE: Someone accidentally sent in their son's Tiger patch for Cub Scouts with their Boxtops, please contact Nicole Patterson if it belongs to you.

Summer Reading Program

Each summer, as part of the Conant Summer Reading Program, we ask children to keep a list of the books they have read during the break. Reading during the summer is very important in helping children maintain and enhance their academic skills, continue to develop critical comprehension and thinking skills, and is also a great way to relax. Please encourage your child to read for the fun and enrichment that reading provides!
 
Children who participate in the Conant Summer Reading Program and who read at least 10 books, or read for at least 10 hours, will receive both a Certificate of Achievement and a Conant 2017 key chain. The key chain style is different each year so that children can develop a Conant key chain collection! Book log sheets and additional details will be enclosed with your child's report card and may also be downloaded here.
 
When school begins in the fall, please have your child(ren) return log sheet(s) to their new teacher no later than Friday, September 8, 2017. We hope that you have a wonderful and safe summer!  
Here is the link to the Reading Log : ReadingLog
Happy Reading!!
Siobhan Smith, Conant Media Assistant
Melissa Meek, Summer Reading Program Parent Coordinator
Conant School 6th Grade End-of-Year Calendar

Hello Parents,
Please mark your calendars for these upcoming 6th grade activities. If there are any changes, you will be notified via email. 

June 19th (Monday; 5:30pm-7:30pm): 6th Grade outing to Kimball Farms in Westford, MA.
This is an after-school activity. Parents will be responsible for dropping off and picking up their children. Please be aware that there will be no adult supervision and that all expenses need to be covered by the family. Rain date for this event is Tuesday, June 20th.
 
June 21st (Wednesday): Step Up Day.
Sixth grade students will go on a "field trip" to RJ Grey Junior High School from Conant (this will be a regular school day and students will need to go to school as they normally do).
 
 
June 22nd (Thursday): Graduation.
This is the last day of school. Students will arrive at school at their regular time. The graduation ceremony begins at 11am and runs approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. During this time, students will be given their diplomas. Refreshments will also be served. Families are invited.
 
Getting Connected - Junior High Communications

1.     Sign up for the RJ Grey Newsletter - for a daily student activity update: http://rjgrey.abschools.org/home

2.    Sign up for Principal Andrew Chen's weekly newsletter "Grey Matters": http://rjgrey.abschools.org/grey-matters

3.    Sign up for the Weekly Chatter from the PTSO to be active, involved, informed, and connected to their Junior High student: http://abrptso.abschools.org/

4.    RJ Grey Counseling Office Transition - the office provides several information services and support programs to assist students and their parents during the 6th to 7th grade transition. More information at: https://sites.google.com/a/abschools.org/r-j-grey-junior-high-school-counseling-office/6th-to-7th-grade-2

Coming in September: The Summer Photo Reading Collage

We are hoping to create a bulletin board in September featuring Conant students and staff enjoying a good book over summer vacation! If you'd like your child's picture included in the photo collage, please take a photograph of your child reading this summer, and then have your child bring the photograph to his/her teacher on the first day of school. Photos can be taken in your yard, at the beach, on vacation, on a mountain top, anywhere!!! The teachers will be participating too! Won't it be fun to see what everyone read over the summer?
(Please write your child's name and 2017-2018 teacher on the back of the photo, so we can return it to you later in the year, and a short sentence telling the location that the photograph was taken.)
Conant PTO Calendar 2017- 2018
Early Schedule
All Day K, Grades 1-6  - 8.20am- 2.50pm
K am session 8.20am- 11.20am
Every Thursday Early Release 12.20pm

August
  • 30th (W) Teacher Meetings
  • 31st (Th) Teacher Meetings; Teacher/ Staff Appreciation Luncheon* (noon)
  • 31st (Th) New family orientation

September
  • 5th (Tu) First day of school
  • 13th (W) Kindergarten to 1st Grade Transition* & Open House 6:30-8pm
  • 9th (Sa) Back to School Picnic*
  • 16th (Sa) Bowling Night*
  • 18th (M) K-3 Curriculum Night (NOT 1st Grade), 7-8 pm
  • 19th (Tu) 4-6 Curriculum Night, 7-8 pm
  • 19th (Th) Picture Day
  • 20th (W) Room Parent Meeting* 7 PM
  • 22nd (F) Breakfast with Families* 7:30am - 8:30 am; General Assembly PTO Mtg* 8:30am
  • 21st (Th) No School, Rosh Hashanah
  • 26th (T) PTO Team Leaders Meeting 7.30pm Conant Library 

October
  • 9th (M) No School, Indigenous Peoples' Day
  • 22st (S)  Craft Fair*
  • 14th (S) PumpkinFest*
  • 31st (Tu) Halloween Parade
 
November
  • 1st (W) - 9th (Th) Scholastic Book Fair*
  • 3rd (F) Movie Night*, Grades K-3
  • 10th (F) No School, Veteran's Day
  • 17th (F) Movie Night*, 4-6
  • 22nd (W) ½ Day
  • 23rd (Th) & 24th (F) No School, Thanksgiving Recess
  • Square1Art- Early Nov to Dec
TBD: Sargent Camp Dates
 
December
  • 6th (W) General Assembly PTO Meeting* 8:30 am
  • 15th (Th) Early Release
  • 25th (M) through Jan 1st (M) 2017 Winter Recess 
 
January
  • 2rd (Tu) School Re-Open
  • 3rd (W) Cultural Enrichment Assembly- Odds Bodkin Storytelling*
  • 13th (F) Breakfast with Families*, 7:30 am, General Assembly PTO Meeting* 8:30am
  • 15th (M) No School, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • 19th (F) Games Night*, 7 pm
TBD: Kindergarten Tours
 
 February
  • 5th (M) PTO Team Leaders Meeting 8.30am
  • 19th (M) - 23th (F) No School, Winter Recess
           TBD: KIndergarten Tours
 
March
  • 7th (W) Author Visit, Brian Lies*
  • 16th or 23rd (F) Ice Cream Social*
  • 14th (W) General Assembly PTO Meeting* 8.30am
  • TBD: Cultural Enrichment Assembly?* Amazing Nano Brothers Science Juggling
  • 30th (F) No School Good Friday

April
  • 6th (F) Movie Night
  • 8th (Sat) Festival of Cultures*
  • 13th (F) Movie Night
  • 16th (M) - 20st (F) Spring Break
  • 27th (F) Senior Community Service Day ( gardening)
  • Boxtops Challenge starts
 
May
  • 4th (F) Variety Show
  • 11th(F) Breakfast with Families*, 7:30am; General Assembly PTO Meeting* 8:30am
  • 28th (M) No School, Memorial Day
  • 31st (Th) Conant Arts Show
TBD: Conant Memorial Day Program
 
June
  • 1st (F)) ABRHS Graduation
  • 13th (Th) Polar Pride Day
  • 18th (M) Last Day of School
TBD: Conant Seniors & Retiree Reception; 6th Grade Graduation (moves with Last Day/ Snow Days)
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