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January 11, 2019

posted Jan 15, 2019, 4:55 AM by Christine Roman
Dear Parents and Guardians,

I am having a difficult time coming up with a topic for today’s newsletter. So here are some random thoughts:

 Boy is it cold outside! How fortunate am I to be able to afford heat and a house during these winter days. I know we have families that struggle financially and I hope they can find resources to stay warm. Community Action Program Belknap-Merrimack Counties can help. Call them at 225-3295 or 1-800-856-5525 or visit their website at https://www.bm-cap.org/fuel-assistance-program-fap

 Math facts—automaticity and accuracy. I was in 5th grade this week observing two different lessons. Our students were adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators. Wow—I remember doing that math in 8th grade when I was growing up! As I watched, some students that had memorized their facts appeared to have more success. They were able to find the common denominator quickly, perform the multiplication in their heads, and solve the problems. Other students were using effective strategies (using fingers, skip counting, using a chart), but this took some time and focus away from the higher level academic skill of solving fraction problems. Having students practice their math facts for 5-10 minutes a day-can make a huge difference.

 In Mrs. Gagnon’s school counseling classes this week, she was helping students understand that people can have two emotions happening at the same. I love that she is sharing this information with our students. Lately, in my life I often have mixed emotions of sadness and happiness. My heart is so sad to be a part of my dad’s declining health and losing the “dad I know” and also for the sudden death of my uncle. But my heart is also happy for the joy of a new relationship and the time spent with him. There is this tug of power between these emotions and my coping skills are trying to help me find a balance and not stay in one place for too long. It is challenging! We need to help our children through these times in their lives with dialogue, love and compassion.

 Another snow day—4th one so far! Yikes! This brings our last day of school to Thursday, June 20.

 The beauty of living in NH! Snow on the trees; a deer walking in my front yard; listening to the noise of skier “flying” by me at the mountain on Thursday; and sunrises while driving into work.

 The fun I am having being a DJ in our Friday lunch jam sessions. All week students in grades 3-5 leave me notes with suggestions of songs to be played. Using our new sound system, I surprise them with 5-8 selections. It has been entertaining to see the variety and types of music offered as ideas.

Have a great weekend and stay warm!
-Ann

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