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January 10, 2020

posted Jan 11, 2020, 11:08 AM by Christine Roman

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I read something from Brene` Brown that I thought I would share...

When you go home to your spouse/kids/dog etc...

Before you open the door

Put a smile on your face!

It doesn’t matter how your day went. Or what you’re doing next. Or if you’re starving.

For 30 seconds, at least pretend that you’re elated to see them.

Make them feel like you were looking forward to getting back home.

After all, they’re your favorite people in the whole world. I hope.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: That seems like a cheesy, tiny thing, man. Hardly an earth-shattering revelation.”

But your attitude sets the tone for the rest of the evening within 15 seconds of walking in the door.

So, really, it’s not tiny at all. It’s a huge deal.

Because you come home every day. And the things you do every day grind on you.

Jordan Peterson says if you can fix 25 little things like, “coming home,” you will have an extraordinary life.

Taking your family to Disneyland is insignificant.

Your kid’s expensive birthday party will be forgotten within week.

Coming home?

That’s your whole life. Fix it.

Start today.

What do you think?

Have a wonderful weekend!

January 3, 2020

posted Jan 6, 2020, 5:44 AM by Christine Roman

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Happy New Year! I hope you had a fun and restful holiday break. I think today, everyone is feeling the “Friday.” I believe some of this tiredness is from all the great fun our students had yesterday during our first winter activity day. These Thursday afternoons are one of the highlights of the year for me. I love that we are able to provide our students in grades 1-5 different opportunities such as ice skating, skiing/snowboarding, yoga, book study, building musical instruments, and technology fun.

Living in New Hampshire provides us with many opportunities to be active outside. Plus skating and skiing are life-long activities that take some risk and perseverance. I enjoy watching the students take their first ride on the ski chairlift or master skating around the rink without falling. 

I want to thank all of our parent volunteers that spend time with us at the rink, on the mountain or in the lodge. These programs would not happen without you! We are so fortunate to have the New Hampton School and Ragged Mountain partnering with us. Finally, we need a big shout out to our PTO and Ski & Skate Coordinator, Megan Magrauth! There are many hours of “behind-the-scenes” work that gets
done to make sure our program runs smoothly.

One of my presents was a journal from a friend. I have decided to write two or three things I am grateful for each day. Last night one of my entries included that I am grateful for all that it takes to provide our students these different learning opportunities.

I am already looking forward to next Thursday! Have a great winter weekend!

December 20, 2019

posted Jan 1, 2020, 3:34 PM by Christine Roman

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to our holiday break! I can’t believe we are already at this point in the school year. We are also finishing up one decade and moving into 2020 when we return to school. Saying 2020 is easy, but it sure feels strange to think we are twenty years into this century. Over the weekend, my college roommate and volleyball teammate found one of our roommates from our senior year of college. Clare was an exchange student from England. We had a blast that year learning from her. During her first week with us, Clare helped by washing the dishes. The next morning, Sue and I got up early for our morning classes and grabbed coffee mugs. We each poured our coffee and started to drink it. All we could taste was dish soap. We didn’t have time, so we dumped our coffees and went to class. Later that night, we were having a beverage out of our glasses. Again, there was this taste of dish soap. Finally, we asked Clare how she was washing the dishes. She explained that she would put some soap on the sponge, clean the plate, dry it and then put it away. We asked her if she rinsed the plate with water after cleaning the plate. She replied, “No.” So we had to teach her that new step here in the United States. During our time together, we also learned the English language terms for things such as trainers for sneakers, loo for bathroom, holidays for vacations, chips for french fries, and flat for apartment. Clare was a great addition to senior year and now I look forward to connecting again with her after 30 years.

I want to thank everyone who brought in items for our annual Holiday Sing-Along. It was a great way to end our week before break! I loved seeing the New Hampton Dining Hall packed with family, students, faculty, and staff. The food line went much quicker this year and I can’t wait to see all the pictures from this year’s photo booth. This year, the time went by quickly and I didn’t get to socialize as much as in years past, but I appreciate everyone for taking the time to attend. I loved seeing parents and grandparents singing with their loved one. I definitely have to get so out of my comfort zone to sing using a microphone, but the smiles on our students’ faces makes it a little easier.
The holidays can be a time of joy for many but I know that for some it is also a time of sadness. This is so true for the Holloran/McNeil family. We will gather as a whole family on December 28th at my parent’s house. I know there will be a lot of laughter but there will also be some tears. I hope that as we share stories of my Dad/Pup-Pup, Nana and Pop McNeil, and Grammy Stone that the feeling of love, family, and togetherness help us through. We are so blessed and fortunate to have so many happy memories and we can continue to make more with my Mom.

Happy Holidays and may the New Year bring you all—happiness, laugher, love and joy! See you on January 2nd.

Be well—

December 9, 2019

posted Dec 9, 2019, 5:28 AM by Christine Roman

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Progress Report Cards are coming home in a white envelope in your child’s backpack tonight. Please take them out and review them. This is a new format this year! If you have attended our Open House and/or Parent-Teacher conference, you have received some information about the manner in which we are reporting out your child’s progress. We also emailed out a district created memo the Tuesday of Thanksgiving week. Since I reviewed each child’s progress report this week, I thought I would also share a few things.
     This format can be overwhelming! It also includes a lot of “education” terms and jargon.
     We had some formatting issues—sorry that they couldn’t be done front and back to save paper. That will be something that we will try to fix for next term. We wanted our                 teachers to focus on teaching and learning.
     Remember all of these competencies/skills are END OF THE YEAR expectations!
     It is fine if your child has a lot of 1’s and 2’s on this report
        o This report only captures 57 days of learning. We still have 123 days of school and learning to take place!
        o In order to score a 3 your child needs to consistently and independently demonstrate the ability to apply and transfer essential content, knowledge, and skills.
     At this time of the year, most students still need practice and support.
     Reading texts become harder and more challenging as the year progresses, so that is why in our English/Language Arts the vast majority of our students will have scores of 1’s         and 2’s.
        o Some of the skills have two or three components and if a student hasn’t been taught or demonstrating the application of essential content and knowledge of all of those skills             in an assessment—they will have a score of 1.
     In the Habits of Learning section—each heading has at least 2 or more skills. For example, if your child actively participates in class, but is still working on listening, he/she will         not be receiving a 3 in that section because not all are showing proficiency.
     The Habits of Learning is scored by the classroom teacher that sees your child in both structured and unstructured times of the school day.
     Each student now has competencies for Specialists. These scores are what the student is demonstrating and assessed on during these once a week lessons. Students have been         to these classes only 10-11 times this school year. What should you do if you have any questions or concerns?

#1—Call or email myself or your child’s classroom teacher. We are more than willing to call and/or sit down with you to review your child’s progress report.
#2—Keep having your child read each and every night! Visit our NHCS ICT website for different resources.
#3—Talk and review the progress report with your child. Celebrate their progress and look for one or two areas, including the Habits of Learning section, in which your child can                work on improving over the next month.

I hope this article provided some information and relieved some stress and worry. Remember that scores are only one aspect of a child’s schooling experience. We want our students to feel safe coming to school, enjoy getting to know peers and grow friendships, feel supported and loved by our faculty and staff. In addition, we want parents to know that we are on this journey together and to reach out at any time.

Have a great weekend!

November 27, 2019

posted Dec 2, 2019, 1:03 PM by Christine Roman

We at NHCS are thankful for.....

Foster-going outside
Oliver-riding my bike
Raphael-my mom
Aria-everyone in my class
Allison-for going to see the hot air balloons
Preston-four wheeler
Sam-for my reindeer stuffy Comet
Gabby-toy kitties
Owen-everybody in the school
Evan-that I have my own race cars
Hayden-drinking water

1st Grade
I am thankful for my mom, my dad, my two sisters and my brother. -William
I am thankful for stuffing at Thanksgiving. -Paityn
I am thankful for my family. -Brody
I am thankful for my mom and my dad. -Colin
I am thankful for my family. -River
I am thankful for my friend Molly and submarines. -Christopher
I am thankful for mommy and daddy. -Walter
I am thankful for my lungs even though they aren’t the best anyway. -Liam
I am thankful for my house because it’s nice and warm. -Connor
I am thankful for my mom and dad. -Holten
I am thankful for my family. -Scotty
I am thankful for my school. –Molly

2nd Grade
Michael is thankful for his family, friends and NHCS
Nicholas is thankful for his life
Colten is thankful for the Navy that keeps us safe
Saygen is thankful for his brother, Connelly
Felicity is thankful for her big sister
Addison is thankful for her friends and family
Beck is thankful for his life
Eric is thankful for his mother, since she brought him into this world
Iris is thankful for books and reading
Lexi is thankful for the teachers at NHCS because they help me learn
Noah is thankful for his collectible coin he got from the bank
Evelyn is thankful for friends, books and N.A.S.A.
Peter M. is thankful for his friends, family and NHCS
Noelle is thankful for her family, books and outer space
Ben is thankful for collectible quarters
Peter R. is thankful for his freedom
Alex is thankful for her family, especially her grandmother who spoils her
Wyatt is thankful for his fast cars
Nikolai is thankful for his Pooh Bear
Cody is thankful for his family

3rd Grade
Danika is thankful for my family because I love them.
Bella is thankful for my comfy bed because I can snuggle up in it.
Miles is thankful for having a dog because he sleeps with me and keeps me company.
Addy is thankful for my family and my dog, Trixie.
Sophia is thankful for school because it helps me learn.
Bailee is thankful for my house because it keeps me warm.
Dameian is thankful for books because they help me learn.
Payton is thankful for my cat because she keeps the mice out of my house.
Axton is thankful for Thanksgiving because I love turkey and my family comes together to feast.
Shelby is thankful for my sister, Charlotte, because she gives good hugs.
Ben H. is thankful for my dogs because they are nice and cuddly.
Wilder is thankful for food because it tastes good.
Ben K. is thankful for school because we can learn.
Jesse is thankful for my sister because she keeps me safe.
Dominic is thankful for the army because they protect us.
Ethan is thankful for my friends because they play with me.
Cassidy is thankful for my house because it keeps me safe and my bed because it keeps me warm.
Clare is thankful for my friends because I like to play with them.
Tyden is thankful for electricity because I can watch television.
Joshua is thankful for his family and friends.

4th Grade
Madison A - I am thankful for my pets because when I’m sad they make me feel better.
Isabella S - I am thankful for my pets and family because they help me when I’m sad.
Molly B - I am thankful for my friends.
Connelly K - I am thankful for my family.
Ryan B - I am thankful for math.
Isaac K - I am thankful for my family.
Hunter L - I am thankful for my brother.
Renesmee I - I am thankful for trees because they give us oxygen.
Deagan S - I am thankful for my teacher and classmates.
Leif M - I am thankful for trees because they give us resources (for my chickens).
Ethan P - I am thankful for my family.
Jed M - I am thankful for books.
Ella L - I am thankful for my family.
Logan B - I am thankful for my four wheeler.
Damien S - I am thankful for my Nana and my Mom.
Katie B - I am thankful for books.
Ryan H - I am thankful for my Grammy.
Maggie R - I am thankful for my Nana and Grandpa.

5th grade
Aubrey-Lynn - Family, friends, food, my life, my dogs, my cat
Madeline- I am thankful for my kitten and my other cat. Kaya (the kitten) and Zane (the cat)
Trey- I am thankful for my mom and dad, my house and my phone
Lucas- I am thankful for my family
Mia- I am thankful for my little sister
Serenity- I am grateful for my family and friends
Jack- I am thankful for family
Hannah- I am thankful that my brother is alive from his punctured eardrum
Gracie-May - I am thankful for my new clothes
Jayden- I am thankful for all the sports I can do, my friends and animals
Lauren- I am thankful for my family and my cat
Gabe- I’m thankful for summer so when I relax with my family my dad doesn’t have to worry about
getting called out.
Zach- I am thankful for my family
Colin- I am thankful for my dog because she keeps me happy.
Madison- I am thankful for my cat
Ben- I am thankful for all the love I have found in my family and friends

Faculty & Staff
Gayle Battersby- I am thankful for my beautiful life filled with love and laughter
Ashley Bureau - I am thankful for my family’s health and wellbeing
Lydia Cannon- I am thankful that I can enjoy the small and free pleasures of life.
Hannah Grady- I am thankful that I get to teach music every day.
Deirdre Conway is thankful for amazing family, friends, pets and having well water!
Shelley Doucette is thankful for my wonderful family and friends.
Nicole Eline- I am thankful for my supportive friends, family, and co-workers.
Amanda Seavey- I am thankful for health, family, lifelong learning and coffee.
Krista Morrison- I am thankful for my family, friends, and Pinterest.
Carolyn Mallahan- I am thankful for the unconditional love and support of my family and friends.
Samantha Austin- I am thankful for my family, friends and the beauty of nature.
Susan Schultz- I am thankful for my supportive husband and two wonderful sons.
Rachel Morrison- I am thankful for the health of my family and friends.
April Glenn- I am thankful for family, friends and my pets.
Christine Roman is thankful and grateful for my amazing family and friends
Doreen Troup – I am thankful for my wonderful family, health, my dog Al and beautiful sunsets
Brenda Deneault - I am thankful for my wonderful family, friends, and pets.
Jasmine Fayez- I am thankful for my family and support system.
Ann Holloran--I am grateful and thankful for my loved ones for their support, adventures, and
memories over the years. I am blessed to work with a great group of students and an amazing group
of dedicated and thoughtful adults.

Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at NHCS. Have a safe, happy holiday!

November 22, 2019

posted Nov 25, 2019, 5:42 AM by Christine Roman

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Lynn Lyons is a Licensed and Independent Clinical Social Worker out of Concord, NH. I have seen her speak on a few occasions, and read some of her books, Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous & Independent Children and Playing with Anxiety: Casey’s Guide for Teens and Kids and follow her blog. Here is her most recent blog:

Mr. Rogers was a part of my childhood, and when I watched the documentary, Won’t You Be Neighbor, I felt so many different things that I teared up throughout. I admit I ugly cried for the last five minutes. I plan to see the new movie as soon as I can (it opened tonight!). It’s telling that the trailer makes me cry. I know I’m not the only one. 

Not surprisingly as we head into 2020, we can’t seem to get enough of Fred. His simple and prescient message of connection rang true when I was tiny, truer as a parent to my little boys, and even more so now as I travel the country talking to parents, educators, and mental health professionals about the well-being of our children and families. 

So, I’ve decided to do my part…to facilitate some connection in honor of Mr. Rogers.

I’ll be in MY neighborhood of Concord, NH giving a talk, Can Mr. Rogers Save Us All? The talk is free, but I’ll be asking for donations that will go directly to the Junior Service League of Concord, a volunteer organization whose mission is to support local women and children in crisis. 

When I moved to Concord 20 years ago, I knew no one. I joined the JSL, a group that for 88 years has stepped in to help families in crisis that need their neighborhood the most. Won’t you join me, neighbors, on Monday, December 16th at 7:00 at the newly renovated Bank of NH Stage in downtown Concord? Grab your free ticket at Eventbrite. Children 12 and older are welcome, too.

I have reserved my ticket for the event and look forward to attending. I hope others will take the drive down to hear her speak and take home strategies to build joy and connections within their families. 

Have a great November weekend!

November 15, 2019

posted Nov 18, 2019, 4:57 AM by Christine Roman

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I can’t believe we are already halfway through another month! October seemed to go by rather slowly but November is just flying. We are not going to even mention how cold it has been this week! I saw this on Instagram and thought it would be a good topic for our weekly newsletter.

Elementary age children love to help and learn! We as adults need to provide them the opportunities and have the patience to let them try. It was painful to watch my nephew learn to tie his shoes and cut his food. However, my sister would make Ian try to do those tasks a few times (each time) in order for him to practice and develop those skills. It took a lot of time but not only did he learn to do those things on his own but he also learned perseverance, effort, problem-solving, and fine motor coordination. She had the rule that he had to try tying his shoes twice before she would do it for him. Did she have to get to soccer practice five minutes earlier because of this? YES! But she understood the importance of this concept.

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “It’s not the destination, It’s the journey.” The more we can help our children become self-reliant, problem-solvers, risk takers, and confident. The better they will feel about themselves and have the skills to live in our ever-changing world.

Have a great weekend!

November 8, 2019

posted Nov 11, 2019, 3:09 PM by Christine Roman

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

This week I had to attend a funeral for my sister's father-in-law. It was an emotional time as it brought up all the feelings of losing my dad. I was fortunate that my mom, siblings and their spouses were there to get me through it. During our time together, we were able to share stories about my dad and Pop McNeil. On the drive home late Tuesday night I started thinking about all the different values my parents modeled, expected and instilled in my siblings and in me. Character was unquestionably the most important among the other “biggies”, like respect for others and a solid work ethic. Dictionary.com tells us that character is “honesty, courage or the like; integrity.” My parents spoke often about character as something you “can’t turn on and turn off”. They told us that no matter where you are, what you are doing, and with whom you are hanging with, your character should not change. Strength of character is a constant—like a pole star against which everything else is measured. They taught us, by their example, how to behave in different places and situations. 

My mom and dad instilled in us the importance of always evaluating our own behavior and decisions, no matter what others were doing. There were logical consequences for the times when we made mistakes--apologies for being disrespectful, being sent to our rooms, helping to pay for the broken window-- we knew that we could make mistakes but that we needed to own our actions. For me, the greatest consequence of a wrong choice was the disappointment I knew my parents felt. Falling short of their hopes for me really hurt. 

This week, we held a dress rehearsal the day before our Veterans Day assembly. It was a challenging time for many of our students. I was a little more firm and maybe a little grumpy with our students as I reviewed the expectations we expect our students to show. Our students "rocked it" on Thursday morning! At the end of our assembly, I was able to compliment them on their behavior. I am trying to do exactly what my parents showed me so many years ago. I want our students to understand the importance of character, even when no one is watching. J.C. Watts states, “Character is doing the right thing when nobody’s looking. There are too many people who think the only thing that’s right is to get by, and the only thing that’s wrong is to get caught.” It’s my hope and dream that our students will want to do the “right thing” even when their parents, teachers, and administrators aren’t present. 

Have a great weekend!

November 1, 2019

posted Nov 4, 2019, 5:21 AM by Christine Roman

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As we move the calendar to another month, our school’s attendance committee will be meeting for the first time to review students’ attendance. We know that a child’s attendance plays an important role in their academic and social success. At the beginning of the school year, our speech pathologist sent me the graphic below. I found it to be very informative and interesting. So I thought I would share it at this point in the school year.

Along with teaching our students’ academic skills, we also strive to teach students life-long skills. Arriving at places on time, such as work, appointments, sports practices, and school is one of those important life lessons. Thanks for working with us to teach your child this valuable tool.

Have a great weekend!

October 25, 2019

posted Oct 28, 2019, 5:39 AM by Christine Roman

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

I can’t believe we are at the end of another month!  It has been a busy week for me and things will continue to be busy with our Annual Canned Food Drive, Halloween Parade, Veterans Day assembly, Parent-Teacher Conferences, and Thanksgiving.  Since we have a lot of events coming up, I thought I would highlight a few of them. 

Canned Food Drive & Halloween Parade 
     See the attached flyer regarding these two events upcoming this week  
Veterans Day Assembly
     Thursday, November 7 at 9:00 a.m.  We ask that all scouts (boys & girls) wear their uniforms as they will help welcome and seat our honored guests 
     Please reach out to any veterans you know around our community and invite them to join us. 
     All are invited to join us for this celebration
     The PTO will be provide coffee and small snacks for our veterans and their families 
Parent-Teacher Conferences 
     Thursday, November 7 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. 
     Friday, November 8 from 8:00 a.m.-Noon 
     If you haven’t scheduled a conference with your child’s classroom teacher please reach out to the teacher or call the main office at 744-3221 
No School Days 
     Friday, November 8 (Parent-Teacher Conference Day) 
     Monday, November 11 (Veterans Day) 
Potential Whole School Field Trip 
     We are waiting on School Board approval as the field trip is out of state 
     Our PTO received a grant and the school will use our Box Top money 
     Hoping to go to the Boston Museum of Science on Tuesday, November 12 
     This day would be an extended day for students 7:30-3:30 p.m.  
     Due to this time schedule parents will have to make arrangements to pick their child up at school 
     Project Promise will start when we return to school and end at 5:30 p.m. 
     We will look for district-approved parent chaperones to join us for this event 
     More information to come after Halloween 
Thanksgiving Break 
     Early Release on Tuesday, November 26—dismissal at noon 
     No School—Wednesday, November 27-December 1 
Have a great weekend! 

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