Thursday, June 19, 2014

Parent Survey Update

Hello Everyone,

There was a glitch with the parent survey and it has been closed. You may have seen an email from Dr. Rhoads about this yesterday on the listserv. If you would like to provide feedback to me, please print the PDF that he sent or follow the link below. Then you can print it and mail it to me here at school or scan and email to me at

Have a great summer! Beth


Tuesday, June 17, 2014


Dear Families,
Below is information regarding a survey that all parents at WPS are being asked to participate in. Your feedback is appreciated. I have enjoyed working with your students this year. I hope you have a wonderful summer!
Beth Earle
At Windham Primary School, our staff is dedicated to supporting the learning of all students.  We recognize that the school is most effective for a child’s learning when there is a strong connection between school and home.  We are a learning organization that is always looking for ways to improve. We are creating another opportunity to provide feedback.  We value parent input.    This feedback serves the purposes of allowing families to give feedback to their child’s teacher on things that went well and things that could be improved upon from the parent perspective.  It also will hopefully strengthen the school to home connection for our future students. 

We are asking parents to take a few minutes to complete this brief survey.  The information you provide will go directly to your child’s teacher.  You have the option of adding your name or not. 

Your time in completing the survey is greatly appreciated by July 1st

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Scarborough Marsh Trip UPDATE ON WEATHER

Hi Families,

We will plan to go the marsh tomorrow unless it is threatening thunder and lightning. Please be sure you send your child with appropriate clothes/footwear for muddy, wet conditions. We will be outdoors for a total of 3 hours.

You might also want to pack dry clothes and shoes for them if they will be spending the rest of the day at school. They can leave dry clothes here and change when we return to school.

I plan to purchase a box of trash bags to make homemade ponchos for kids who don't come prepared. The kids think that would be fun to wear, but please send them in raincoats if they own them. The bag ponchos won't cover their arms very well.

The marsh has also been very buggy this week. If you would like your child to wear bug spray, please apply at home. The marsh is strict about not spraying bug spray near the wildlife.

I will be making a call in the morning on whether to go or not. Kids know there is a possibility of us not going. I will be sure to refund all of your money if we do not go. We will be having a picnic lunch in our room if we have to stay at school.

Cross your fingers and do an anti-rain dance tonight! :)


Thursday, June 5, 2014

Permission Slips, Volunteer Forms, Invitations, and Such!

Hello Everyone,

Tonight I'm sending along an invitation to the Ice Cream Social in all backpacks. Please consider coming to enjoy one last ice cream with the staff of WPS!

Also, you will see information about Field Day. I need you to let me know by Monday, June 9th whether your child will need a bagged lunch from our school lunch program. Read the form and return by Monday, please.

On Field Day we will be wearing coordinating colors. Please try to send your child in a MAROON t-shirt that day. If they don't have a maroon shirt, they can wear a color that's close to it OR just anything with Windham Eagles on it.

Last, chorus kids brought home slips yesterday regarding a field trip to Ledgewood Manor in Windham on Monday, June 9. If you haven't sent the slip back, do it asap. They cannot go with Mrs. Cash-Cobb if it hasn't been returned. If you don't have the slip you can contact her to arrange permission.

Next week our special days are
Monday--Sports Day (wear sporting apparel)
Tuesday--Tale of Despereaux Movie Day (if you have this on DVD, not blu-ray, and are willing to share for the day, please email me or send it in--also you may send popcorn for your child, but they won't be able to share
Wednesday--Step Up to Fourth Grade--kids will come home knowing their new teacher
Thursday--Mystery Reader Day
Friday--Field trip to Scarborough Marsh Day

It will be a busy last full week!


Friday, May 30, 2014

Reminders and Info in Backpacks

Hello Families,

Just a reminder to get field trip money in by Thursday, June 5. The more chaperones, the merrier!

Coming tonight to folks who don't get electronic communication are fliers about the FREE Summer Lunch Program for Kids and Teens and a WPS school lunch menu for June.

Those who haven't sent school pictures or picture money back will also be getting a reminder to do so ASAP. Let's have 100% participation this year!

Next week will be a busy one for the last 26 Days Calendar. It might be a good idea to organize things this weekend. Towels for read outside day, pajamas for pajama day, and red clothes for red day. The kids are having fun with each day and are really excited for new name day on Monday. You might want to talk about what they think would be a good name for them to try out. Last year we had some very interesting and creative names!

Last, I'm attaching some information on summer math learning opportunities that your child can access online. See below if you're interested.


Here are 3 great online summer math opportunities to help students maintain math skills through the summer.  This is a program that students use at school but can continue to use through the summer months.  Please contact your child’s teacher to get usernames and passwords if you do not already have them.



Fasttmath Stretch to GO

Fasttmath Stretch to Go  This is geared more toward students entering grades 3 and up.  It  provides computational practice.  Contact your child’s teacher for a username and password if your child does not already know it. 



Ten Marks is also an online math program that usually has a fee associated with it but it is free for this summer.  It allows parents to choose personalized  incentives that may motivate their child to practice math during the summer.  When signing your child up for the program, you can choose incentives that are personal to your child.  Your child could earn an treat or special activity for work completed in the program.


Monday, May 12, 2014

Last 26 Days of School

Hi Everyone,

Sorry for the 2nd post today. I was all set to send this home in hard copy and found a big error, so it's delayed in getting to you. I will send hard copies tomorrow, so you can post somewhere convenient to keep track of our upcoming events. I did go over this with the kids today and they are very excited! If you have any questions please get in touch!


The Last 26 Days of School

Dear Parents,
Believe it or not, the school year is coming to an end. During the last 26 days of school, our classes will be participating in the alphabet countdown. Each school day will have a different activity depending on the letter of the day. Your child may need to bring certain things on various days.


This sheet will help your child remember each day of the countdown. Also, check the daily schedule for reminders for the next day. I hope your child enjoys his/her last days in third grade!

Ms. Tompson and Mrs. Earle

May 13 Awesome Art Day
Students create original artwork.

May 14 Bedtime Book Share
Bring your favorite bedtime book that you either were read as a young child or read now.

May 15 Compliment and Caring Words Day
Come to school ready to compliment classmates and to find ways to care for each other.

(This is also Race for the Playground Day where students will be doing laps to raise money for our playground. Don’t forget those sponsor sheets!)

May 16 DEAR Day
We will take time to Drop Everything and Read!

May 19 Exercise Day
Wear comfortable clothes. We are exercising.

May 20 Fruit for snack
Bring your favorite fruit in for snack.  Fruit scraps can go in our worm compost bins.

May 21 Green Day
Wear green clothing and with weather permitting we will work in the school garden.

May 22 Hat Day
Bring your favorite hat to wear in class.

May 23 “In the Woods” Day
Bring good hiking shoes for a nature walk.


May 27 Joke Day
Bring in a school appropriate joke to share with classmates.

May 28 Kindness Day
Everyone will participate in a random act of kindness.

May 29 Learn Something New Day
Bring in an interesting fact to share.

May 30 Mix Match Day
We will wear mix matched clothes.

June 2 New Name Day
We will make up new names/nicknames for the day! We will make name tags and call each other by our new name all day!

June 3 Outdoor Reading Day
We will read outside today (weather permitting).  Be prepared to sit on the ground, bring a towel if you want.

June 4 Pajama Day
Wear your favorite clean pajamas to school.

June 5 Quilt Day
We will make a paper quilt to sum up 3rd grade.

June 6 Red Day
Wear red clothes.

June 9 Sports Day
Wear your favorite sport’s team apparel or a team uniform.

June 10 Tale of Despereaux Movie Day
We will watch the movie Tale of Despereaux.  Bring in popcorn if you want a snack.

June 11 Up to 4th Grade Day
We will take a trip to Manchester to meet your fourth grade teacher.

June 12 Visit from a Mystery Reader Day
Bring your favorite vegetable for snack.

June 13 Wetlands Day
We will go on a field trip to the Scarborough Marsh and Pine Point Beach.

June 16 X-tra Recess
Day We will enjoy “x-tra” recess!

June 17 Yellow Day

Wear yellow clothes.

June 18 Zip Up and Zoom Off Day
We will zip up our bags and zoom off to enjoy our summer vacation!


Third grade students at Windham Primary School  have been selected to participate in a school climate survey.  This is an electronic survey that will take students approximately 10 minutes to complete.  Our school will receive the results and will have the opportunity to use them to improve as a school.

Attached is the parental notification of the study with further detail.  If you prefer that your child does not participate, please sign and return the attached form before Friday. 

I will be sending home a consent form this afternoon. Please look for it in backpacks.