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Fourth graders making the most of a snowy recess last week.

January 22, 2019

 

Hello Tower families,

Below, you'll find the news of the week. If you're short on time, here are the four big take-ways that I'd like you to note:

  1. Tower's Annual State of the School Meeting is on January 29.
  2. Lower School Math Curriculum Night is on February 7.
  3. Auction Donations are requested by February 1.
  4. NFL Jersey and Jeans Day  is on February 1.

Have a great day. 

 

Warmly,

Stephanie Curtis

Director of Marketing & Communication

WHAT TO LOOK FOR THIS WEEK

SECOND ANNUAL STATE OF THE SCHOOL MEETING

January 29, 6:30 pm 

We hope that you'll join us for an important evening meeting at Tower. Leila Blodgett, Chair, Board of Trustees will provide an update on Tower's Head of School Search; Dean Sidell will speak about school finances; Liz Buchan and Ryan Buckley will talk about the importance of Academic Leadership.

 
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PATRIOTS' PRIDE JEANS AND JERSEY DAY

February 1
The Student Government leaders have called for a dress-down day to secure the Patriots' win on Sunday night. Wear your blue, white and red and bring all of your team spirit. Team t-shirts and jerseys are welcome, as are jeans. (Sweatpants, slippers and pajamas are not included in the dress-down day.) Another excellent choice: Tower t-shirts.

THIS FRIDAY IS THE DEADLINE FOR TOWER SCHOOL AUCTION DONATIONS!

  • Items that the Auction Committee is in hot pursuit of include:
  • Tickets to a sporting event, concert or cultural performance

  • POINTS!  If you have points accruing in an airline or hotel program and are able to gift or transfer them, they have fantastic appeal as part of a travel/getaway bundle item

  • Gift certificates for a restaurant, retail business or leisure experience (like lift tickets!)

  • Vacation home access for a weekend or week-long stay
    100% of auction proceeds fund Cultural Enrichment for students and Professional Development for faculty – many thanks in advance for any and all contributions!

Click below to donate. Thank you!

ATHLETICS NEWS: BASKETBALL GAMES
Keep an eye on the basketball schedule and come in for a home game. The Tigers love a crowd, and cheering loudly is known to be a great way to relax after busy day. (Possibly true.)

01/29
3:45 PM
Landmark School-Middle School
 
01/31
3:30 PM
Brookwood School
 
3:30 PM
Brookwood School
 
3:30 PM
102 - Gym
 

PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES REGISTRATION

Registration is still open. Be sure to reserve your time soon.

THURSDAY CONFERENCE HOURS
February 14, 2019
Conferences: 1:20 pm-8:00 pm

All-school dismissal at 12:30

FRIDAY CONFERENCE HOURS
February 15, 2019

Conferences: 7:30 am-12:00 pm

No school, all day

To reserve time:

  • Access Tower's parent portal via the button below.
  • Log in, then click the bar labeled, Parent-Teacher Conferences.
  • Select your preferred conference times for each teacher.*
  • Click the Reserve Times button to save your selections.
  • Reserve conferences before February 7 at 12:00 pm.

CONFERENCE DAY CHILDCARE IS AVAILABLE!  REGISTER BY FEB 8
Childcare is available for enrolled students while parents are in conferences. In order to staff properly and plan activities, we ask that you register for childcare by February 8.

GIVING TO THE ANNUAL FUND
Tower has been a leader in bringing engaging, growth-oriented teaching to students for more than a century. Your gift to the 2018-19 Annual Fund helps perpetuate our legacy to the great benefit of our students, today and for years to come. 

MY BROTHER'S TABLE - COOKS AND SERVERS WANTED

February 6
Our next opportunity to serve dinner to our neighbors is just a few days away. The recipe, Picadillo, is made with simple ingredients and is fun to make with young cooks of all ages. If you would like to prepare a pan of Picadillo, click below to get the recipe and details about when to drop it off at Tower. The pans will be available in the front office on February 1. 

2019 SUMMER AT TOWER: THIS WEEK'S CAMP PROGRAM HIGHLIGHT

InSPURation at Tower, July 29-August 9

InSPURation at Tower empowers teens to realize their potential to impact the lives of children in the community while developing:

  • architectural and building skills
  • project planning and leadership abilities
  • a passion for volunteerism.

Campers, skilled architects and experienced builders will design, build and deliver a playhouse to a direct service agency in Salem, MA.

Summer at Tower logo

We know that imaginative play is essential to children's development. Leveraging SPUR's relationships with service agencies, campers will support children's imaginative play with a gift of a custom-designed playhouse.

InSPURation at Tower is a collaboration between SPUR, a Marblehead-based community service organization and Summer at Tower. 

FROM OUR WEBSITE

Thank you to the parents who joined us for coffee after the Founders' Day Assembly last Friday. Dean Sidell shared archival photos of Tower—from the earliest years on Pine Street in Salem right up to this year's Backyard Project. If you were unable to attend the assembly, but would like to see the plan for the backyard, click below.

Recess

COMING RIGHT UP

LOWER SCHOOL MATH CURRICULUM NIGHT  

February 7, 2019,  6:30-8:00

Learn more about Tower's Lower School Math curriculum, which has its foundation in Singapore Math (published as Math In Focus in the U.S.). Our program is intentionally designed to build fact fluency and challenge students with conceptual understanding and problem solving skills.

 

Learn why we do what we do, hear answers to math curriculum FAQs, and learn how to solve word problems using bar modeling—a strategy used by students through the years. Spend time with fellow Lower School parents and try your hand at bar modeling. You'll likely come away with a fresh understanding of the work that your children are doing in the Lower School, and feel better prepared to approach familiar problems with a new set of options.

 

The evening will be led by Head of Lower School Liz Buchan, 1st grade Teacher Susie Schneider, and 4th grade Teacher Erica Osattin, with a guest appearance by 7th/8th grade math teacher Deacon Chapin, to learn where your child's math journey is headed.

IN THE CLASSROOM

5th grade woodworking

EIGHTH GRADE SCIENCE  
KINEMATICS, THERMODYNAMICS AND ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING

Students are wrapping up their physics study of motion, forces, and momentum and are looking forward to learning about thermodynamics and basic electrical engineering. Their upcoming project will require them to build windmills that will generate power to charge cell phones. 

 

THIRD GRADE HISTORY

Students have been learning about the Puritans and the establishment of Salem, and continued on to the events leading to the American Revolution. 

 

THIRD GRADERS LEARN TINKER CAD TO CREATE 3D MODELS

Students have been studying Massachusetts and learned to create detailed models of landmark buildings using Tinker Cad and the 3D printer.

FURTHER AFIELD

SPEAKER SERIES EVENT: RACHEL SIMMONS

THE IMPORTANCE OF TEACHING SELF-COMPASSION
February 26, 2019, 6:30 PM  

Rachel Simmons is the author of Enough As She Is: How to Help Girls Move Beyond Impossible Standards of Success to Live Healthy, Happy and Fulfilling Lives, and the New York Times bestsellers Odd Girl Out and The Curse of the Good Girl.

As an educator, Rachel teaches girls and women skills to build their resilience, amplify their voices, and own their courage so that they—and their relationships—live with integrity and health.

AUDIENCE
This evening event is for parents, caregivers and educators of boys and girls.
Admission is free and open to the public.

RESERVE YOUR SEAT
Be sure to indicate the number of people in your party.

SPRING DRAMA PRODUCTION: THE LITTLE MERMAID

February 28 and March 1  

Save the dates for this tremendous production by students in grades 6-8. 

BITE-SIZED NEWS

ORDER LUNCHES 

Marblehead Community Store delivers lunch to Tower students every day (except on TSPA Pizza Days.) To order a lunch for your child click below and select the day of the week for the menu on that day.

First time orders require setting up an account (quick and easy).


38 DEGREES THEN JUST 5.

We try to get outside for recess every day and ask that all students dress appropriately for any weather. Elena Arthur, RN, monitors the temperature and windchill and makes the call for indoor or outdoor recess daily. 

thermometer with snowflakes

SCHOOL STORE ITEM: FLEECE GAITERS 

IN STOCK NOW, AVAILABLE IN THE FRONT OFFICE
My photo does not do this cozy item justice. It's super plush and warm, and proudly features our school lighthouse. This $15 gaiter is available for just a short time, and can be purchased only in the front office. 

 
school store neck gaiter sample

THANK YOU

good books and good friends.

Thank you to all of our admission volunteers who offered their time this week to greet prospective parents at the door, offer tours and make families feel at home at Tower.  

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