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April 20, 2018

posted Apr 21, 2018, 4:58 AM by Christine Roman

We celebrated our last day of school before vacation with a pie eating contest and pie throwing at our principal! Fun was had by all! Our Pie trivia winners for week seven were: Gabe Eckert, Cassidy Rand, Deagan Smith and Mia DiFlippe. Our grand prize winners were: 1st place: Ceili Irving, 2nd place, Skyler Lacasse, and 3rd place, Ceili Irving. The winners of our pie contest were: best crust, by Ben Gilbert, most creative, Ryan Hennessey, and best pie by Cassidy Rand.

April 13, 2018

posted Apr 15, 2018, 2:27 PM by Christine Roman

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

Happy Friday! In your experience, do you ever feel that some days seem to go by slowly and others seem to just fly by? That is how I am feeling as I write this article. I had a long Wednesday and Thursday, and can’t believe it is already Friday! 

As a member of the Bristol Recreational Advisory Council (BRAC), we had our monthly meeting last night and our focus was on Strategic Planning. We had an outside facilitator run the meeting and guide our discussion. Although we meet monthly, this was our first attempt, in a long time, to talk about the TTCC and its strengths and ways in which we want to see improvement. The facilitator focused our discussion around 4 questions: 
 What is right about the TTCC? 
 What is wrong? 
 What is missing? 
 What is confusing? 

It was a great activity and allowed our group to visualize through different eyes. As we spoke, the facilitator was able to formulate our thoughts into different groupings. She provided guidance in ways in which we can “tell our story”, “improve our wins”, and “develop short and long term measurable goals.” This meeting had me thinking about NHCS. So I am going to ponder my thoughts for a while and seek opinions from colleagues. But don’t be surprised that in the future, I will be reaching out to the stakeholders at NHCS and ask you to answer those questions. Another thought I had last night was that if we want our children to have a growth mindset, we as a school community need to have one and continue to strive to “improve our wins”. 

Have a great weekend!
-Ann

April 6, 2018

posted Apr 7, 2018, 12:21 PM by Christine Roman

Dear Parents and Guardians,

What is a Penny Hunt?

On Wednesday, April 11th, we will host a Penny Hunt, play Hide ‘N Seek and have the option to shop at the
Book Fair, all from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Our PTO has generously purchased $75 worth of pennies. Prior to students
arriving at 5:30 p.m., I will be scattering the pennies around our classrooms, hallways, and common areas. In
addition, I will be hiding two figurines worth $5 each. Each student will receive a solo cup and once we are
ready, they will go around our school picking up the pennies and looking for the figurines. The students will be
able to take home all of the pennies they collect. In addition, our top hunters will receive gift certificates to the
Book Fair. After all the pennies have been collected, our students will have a chance to play hide ‘n seek in the
building. In addition, families may shop at the Book Fair.

Do you know our Book Fair is buy one and get one free! This is a great opportunity to shop for upcoming
birthday parties and summer reading books. Students will have previewed the Book Fair prior to Wednesday and
will have a list of their top book choices.

I hope you will come out for a fun family night!
Have a great weekend
-Ann

March 30, 2018

posted Mar 31, 2018, 2:40 PM by Christine Roman

Dear Parents and Guardians, 
It is starting to look and act like Spring. The snow is melting, boots are caked with mud, and it is Easter weekend. This year, the start of Passover also coincides with Easter weekend. Tomorrow, Loyola-Chicago will take on Michigan in the Final Four. The underdog team is still alive in the tournament! 

I have had a fun and busy week. I had the opportunity to teach on Monday, as we didn’t have a substitute teacher for Ms. Conway’s class. I enjoyed spending the day in the classroom teaching the students! A parent volunteer came in the afternoon to read the book Yucky Worms, talk about soil, and share with the class the potless plant she bought for the class. On Wednesday, I substituted for music. I was in each classroom and our students learned how to play the game, Left Center Right (LCR). The students learned that this is a game of chance. It was an enjoyable day. Plus, it was a great way for me to continue to build relationships with all of our students. Later Wednesday night, I helped with our K-2 Family Math Game Night. I taught the families a new game called Num Tanga. If you were not able to attend Math Night visit the website, http://gregtangmath.com to see and play the different games. Thursday was a busy day in my office catching up on my job as principal! 

Have you hear about 50 in 50? I don’t know if one of my high school peers made this up or not, but I am going to go with it. I am going to try to lose 50 pounds in my 50th year of life. So starting on Monday, I will be walking (and maybe eventually jogging) every day from 4:00-4:45 p.m. My plan is to pack a bag in the morning and then set my cellphone alarm for 4:00 p.m. At that point, I will get up from my desk at school and take a walk. So if you see me down on Main Street or even Route 104, don’t worry, I am not lost! To really make this goal happen, I also need to change my eating habits. More to come on that at a later date—one step at a time! 

Have a nice weekend!
Ann

March 23, 2018

posted Mar 25, 2018, 10:23 AM by Christine Roman

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

As many of you know I enjoy the game of basketball. I played growing up and was fortunate to have the experience in high school, to be on a team that was ranked 5th in the United States. I love this time of year— March Madness! This is when various college basketball teams participate in the NCAA Tournament to be crowded champions. 

One of my favorite parts of the tournament is when a lower ranked team beats a higher ranked team. I like the “underdog stories.” In order to survive and make it into the “Sweet Sixteen” or “The Elite Eight”, teams need to handle the pressure, compete against high quality athletes, and play in different arenas. In my opinion, one person on a team cannot bring you to this level, it must be a group effort. Teams must have well rounded skills both on defense and offensive. The coach must have developed a relationship with each of his/her players. There must be a positive culture build on hard-work, grit, character and pride. 

Soon our students in grades 3, 4, and 5 will be taking our state assessment. It is now called NH SAS. We will be asking our students to show similar characters as these college athletes. In order for our school to be successful, it must be a group effort. Each student’s score will matter. Our teachers have planned and taught lessons to prepare our students to be well-rounded in mathematics, language arts, and writing. We have talked, modeled, and provided opportunities for our students to develop traits such as perseverance, grit, hard-work, and determination. We have built relationships with each of our students . 

Unlike the college basketball tournament, there will be no crowning of the champion in our state testing. We will ask and expect each student to try their best, read all the passages, take notes, answer all the questions, write rough drafts, and produce high quality answers. We want our students to “read like a detective and write like a reporter.” We want our students to perform at their best and have pride in our school! So this weekend, I hope that Loyola-Chicago continue their run as an underdog and make it into the Final Four! As a school community I am confident that when our students take the test they will perform like champions. Have a great weekend! P.S. Good luck to our DI team, The Royals, as they compete tomorrow in the Regionals at Interlakes High School. We are proud of you!

-Ann

Summer Reading

posted Jun 19, 2017, 8:39 AM by Christine Roman

June 16, 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I can’t believe that summer is right around the corner! I am starting to clean out my Danbury office and packing up some books I have accumulated over the years. The books vary by topic and reading levels. I have poetry books, leadership books, cartoon books and picture books. In looking through my bookcases, I have started to comply a list of books I want to read this summer and flipped through some of my favorite books.

My favorite leadership book of all time is Shackleton’s Way by Margot Morrell, Stephanie Capparell, and Alexandra Shackleton. Also on my shelf was Quiet:
The Power of Introverts in the World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain and Russel Rules by Bill Russell with David Falkner. Over the years my staff have given me books and a few of those include: Looking for a Moose; The Giving
Tree and What To Do With An Idea.

Mindset and I Have Something to Say: An exploration into the heart and mind of Selective Mutism are books already on my summer reading list. 

Maybe as a family you can select a book or two to read together this summer. Did you know the Gordon-Nash Library has a summer reading program? Check it

out!

Have a great weekend!

Ian Lawrence McNeil

posted Jun 11, 2017, 4:19 PM by Christine Roman

June 9, 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Many of you have read my corner for several years and have heard stories of my nieces, nephews and godchildren. It has become a tradition that I celebrate them when they graduate from high school. Well, I can’t believe I am writing my piece for my nephew, Ian. 

Ian is my twin sister’s first born. Since I am very close to my sister, I have been fortunate to have experienced and shared many memories with Ian and his family. Ian was a happy baby and won over the hearts of many with his red hair and giggle. Once he started walking, there was no stopping him. We spent many summer days over at my parents’ trailer and I can recall my father walking with Ian all around the campground. They must have walked at least 3 miles every visit. As the years have gone by, Ian now drives over to camp and enjoys time with my parents on their porch. Ian has inherited my dad’s quick one-liners and ability to carry on conversations involving current events and sports.

Growing up with a mother and aunt who were athletes, Ian started to play sports at an early age. I would travel over to watch tee-ball and little-kid soccer games. From the beginning, I could see that Ian did not receive the dominant athletic gene in his DNA. However, his smile, effort and sportsmanship made up for his lack of coordination. Ian’s true gift in athletics has been as a peer athlete in unified sports. I loved going to his games to watch his interactions with his teammates, effort on the court, and his leadership throughout the games. It is my hope that he continues to pursue these opportunities in college. Over the years, Ian became interested in following professional and collegiate sports. It is now fun to verbally debate and text him about teams and players.

I have fond memories of our vacations to Disney, California, Six Flags, and the Basketball Hall of Fame. I am “the carrier of the bags”, as Ian loves to ride rollercoasters and crazy rides. I remember the time we rode Splash Mountain over and over because there was no line, and the time we rented a red convertible and Ian and his sister, Maggie, had to wear several layers of jackets while sitting in the back seat because my sister and I wouldn’t put the top up. 

Ian cares about his family and understands the importance of compassion, honor and commitment. As his grandparents have grown older, Ian can often be seen walking Pup-Pup to his car, taking the trash out for Nana H., sitting with his Nana M., listening to stories from the lake, and watching Fox News with Pop. Ian’s favorite week as a camp counselor at Fatima is Exceptional Citizen Week when children and adults with special needs attend camp. Ian’s patience, understanding, and sense of humor make him a favorite lifeguard and counselor during this time. Earning his Eagle Scout was a huge undertaking. Through that journey, Ian had amazing experiences (climbing a glacier in Alaska, West Point trips) and role models (Mr. Webber, Mr. Gebheart) in helping to develop his character and work ethic.

Ian, I am so proud of all the things you have already accomplished and what a great young man you have become. I can’t wait to see what comes next in your adventure at Keene State. I am honored to be your aunt. Love you, E-bug!

Memorial Day Weekend

posted May 29, 2017, 9:12 AM by Christine Roman

May 26, 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I am looking forward to this long weekend. Scott (my brother-in- law), Maggie (my niece) and I will be spending Saturday on the Saco River fly fishing with a guide. It was my Christmas present from them. As a child, my family camped for the summer at Saco River Campground. I have fond memories of camping, swimming and tubing down the Saco River. Later in the weekend, I will spend time with my parents and I have dinner plans with a friend.

Although I have a busy weekend planned, I will also take some quiet time to reflect on the real reason we have a long holiday weekend. It is to remember the sacrifices of the brave men and women that gave their lives to protect our freedom! On our school sign, we put the words, “May we never forgot that freedom isn’t free.”

Not only should we honor the fallen, but remember the families, especially the Gold Star mothers and fathers. Through small tokens of acknowledgement and actions we can show these families that they are never forgotten.

Have a nice weekend…

P.S. We held our annual YOU ROCK assembly with our students, faculty and staff. Please ask your child to share his/her “purple YOU ROCK card.” Each student received a personalized card in celebration of being a part of our school community.

Friendly Reminders

posted May 21, 2017, 12:53 PM by Christine Roman

May 19, 2017

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

It has been a busy week with our spring concert, students continuing to take our state tests and adjusting to the 90-degree weather!

 

·         Please look in your child’s backpack daily for important notices and field trip permission forms.  The end-of-the-year is very busy and we want parents to know and be aware of all the different events. 

·         Black fly season has started!  With our students going outside for recess and physical education classes, it is essential that each morning before coming to school parents apply bug spray on their children. 

·         Only water bottles are allowed to be kept at students’ desks throughout the day.  As the temperature starts to climb it is essential for learning that our students keep hydrated throughout the day. 

·         In addition to applying bug spray, families should be apply sunscreen in the morning too. 

·         With the sun setting later at night and many of our students participating in TTCC baseball and softball, families are very active and busy this time of year.  However, children continue to need consistent bedtime routines and plenty of sleep! 

·         Student safety is very important to us!  In our student/parent handbook on page 27 it states, “Due to safety concerns at the elementary level, flip-flop style footwear is not allowed.”  Students are very active on the playground during recess time, appropriate footwear is essential for their enjoyment and safety.”  

         Enjoy the beautiful spring weekend! 

Super Heroes

posted May 14, 2017, 1:23 PM by Christine Roman

May 12, 2017

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

Our PTO and families have done an amazing job this week, celebrating our faculty and staff by using the super hero theme!  Today our students, faculty and staff had an opportunity to dress as super heroes.  It has been fun to see the variety of t-shirts, costumes and masks.  I also loved that a few students dressed as military personnel, fire fighters, teachers and police officers.

 

Growing up with a dad in education and now with my years of experience, teaching has changed and evolved over time.  Even in my own experience, I would say teaching now is far more stressful and challenging.  You would think that now with advances in technology, expansion of resources (i.e., numerous curriculum choices/Teacher-Pay-Teacher) and assessment tools, teaching would be easier.  Sometimes more is not always the best!  Also, teachers can no longer be the adult at the front of the room, delivering their knowledge (which, in my opinion, is a good thing).  They need to understand and effectively manage classroom behaviors, engage students who have lived from birth with access to digital devices, know that their classroom assessment scores will be shared and ranked by the local newspaper and be diverse not just in their own curriculum but with assessment, special education and basic first aid.

 

This week, students and parents were invited to write words of appreciation to our faculty and staff.  Here are just a few:

·         You understand me and bring out the best in me

·         You are patient and kind

·         You always have a smile on your face

·         You help us when we are stumped or stuck

·         You help me with words

·         You come up with fun and creative ways to teach

We are fortunate to have a group of dedicated, talented and compassionate adults working with our students throughout their entire school day!  We are also lucky to have an amazing partnership with our families and support from our local community.

 

The best part of my day is seeing smiles on faces and the positive interactions between adults and children!

 

Have a great weekend!

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