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February 5, 2019

 

Hello Tower families,

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

  1. Lower School Math Curriculum Night is on February 7.
  2. Auction Donations are requested by February 19.
  3. Our admission event, Bring A Friend Day is on February 20. 

For those of us celebrating the new year today, best wishes for prosperity and happiness.

 

Warmly,

Stephanie Curtis

Director of Marketing & Communication

WHAT TO LOOK FOR THIS WEEK

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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.

LUNAR NEW YEAR PARADE:  WEAR RED ON WEDNESDAY

February 6
Students in Pre-K through grade 1 will lead a traditional, noisy Lunar New Year Parade to, as Sarah Clark says, "ensure that evil spirits are totally intimidated and heading for the hills."


Red is the traditional color of the Lunar new year, as it is thought to bring good luck and good fortune. Students in all grades are encouraged to wear red to participate in this cultural experience.

ADMISSION EVENT: WELCOME WEDNESDAYS
February 6, 8:00-9:00 am

If you have a friend who is curious about Tower and would like to stop in for a tour, please let them know that tomorrow is a great day to do just that. 

MY BROTHER'S TABLE - COOKS NOTE

February 6
Our next opportunity to prepare dinner for our neighbors at My Brother's Table 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. Recylable foil pans are an excellent choice for delivering to Tower.

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.

Under the Tuscan Sun Auction Logo

EXTENDED! FEBRUARY 19 IS THE DEADLINE FOR AUCTION DONATIONS
If you've been meaning to fill out an auction donation form, now is the time! The deadline has been extended to Tuesday, February 19. The acquisitions team is still looking for even more great items and experiences (airline miles, anyone?!) and appreciates the amazing generosity shown so far. Thank you, Tower community!


If you're looking for a way to participate or extend your support, please consider a donation to help offset the costs of the outings and experiences that the faculty are offering—there's a suggested donation of $30/family but all amounts are appreciated and help underwrite the amazing efforts of our teachers!

 

Click below to get started. Thank you!

NEW TO THE AUCTION
Check your inbox for a room parent email announcing what is sure to be the start of a new Tower auction tradition—Battle of the Baskets! We hope you'll join in on the fun.

Tower's Battle of the Baskets Logo.

BRING A FRIEND DAY

February 20 (a vacation day for friends in the public school) 
This popular admission event is for students currently in grades 1-7. Perhaps there is a family on your radar who is interested in Tower, but isn't quite ready to apply? This is a wonderful opportunity for their child to attend a full day at Tower with your child. 

 

There is no cost to participate, but we do have limited availability. Please confirm with Reagan Kenwell that there is space in the grade before making definitive plans with the friend.   Please make final confirmation with Reagan by February 14th, to reserve a seat. 

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.)

02/07
3:30 PM
102 - Gym
 
3:30 PM
Brookwood School
 
3:30 PM
Brookwood School
 
02/11
3:45 PM
102 - Gym
 

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. 

STATE OF THE SCHOOL MEETING RECAP

Thank you to everyone who attended last week's State of the School Meeting.  If you were unable to attend, you'll find a summary letter from Leila Blodgett and a brochure in the backpack of your youngest child, which was distributed yesterday. Extra copies are available any time by contacting Kristen Baldacci.

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

Adventure at Tower, Rails and Trails     July 1- 5

GRAB YOUR BACKPACK AND SET YOUR SIGHTS ON FUN.
This camp combines train travel, exploration and hiking. Highlights include train travel to Singing Beach and Boston, plus exhilarating day hikes at Mt. Agamaticus and Mt. Pawtuckaway.

 

Adventure at Tower–Rails & Trails is run by Chris Field—one of Tower School's Physical Education teachers, plus Tower's staff of experienced outdoor counselors.

Summer at Tower logo
Pajama Day in Kindergarten

IN THE CLASSROOM

FIFTH GRADE MUSIC AT ASSEMBLY

February 13 
The fifth grade will be presenting music which they are learning on ukulele at the Lower School Assembly 

 

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY ARTS BLOCK

Students are working with the following applications: Note Flight, Garage band, Midiworld, Archive.org

 

LINGUA LATINA

Upper School Latin students are now studying noun cases, genetive and dative!

Delightful Derivative of the week: Here are a few of Mr. Shepard's favorites: from iter, itineris, (journey) itinerary;  and from humis, humis, (ground or earth) humiliate

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).

COMING RIGHT UP

FOURTH GRADE PRESENTS: DANCE DETECTIVES

February 22, 8:00am

Someone is dancing one of America's most favored dances in improper fashion! Goodness gracious! Who could it be? The DANCE DETECTIVES are on the case. 

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. 

FROM OUR WEBSITE

WHAT'S OUR SUSTAINABILITY STORY?

It's an evolving one; we're always looking to improve. Today, we're focused on our energy sources, conservation efforts, carbon offsetting, water and air quality, food choices and waste reduction.  We invite you to visit our sustainability page to learn more.

THANK YOU

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. 

 

Thank you to all of the students who demonstrated their fierce Patriots pride last Friday, securing another Patriots win. It paid off, big time.

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