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Summer Program

January 10, 2020

It is freezing outside but summer is just around the corner! The Newton School will be offering its “Learning, Fitness & Fun”program from July 6 – August 14, 2020, and we are now accepting enrollments! Hope to see you here!

2020 Summer Program Flyer

Summer Program Enrollment Form 2020

Multicultural Day!

December 19, 2019

Many thanks to all our parents for attending our holiday Multicultural Day Event! The students worked hard to learn about the 13 countries represented – from Australia to Finland to South Korea to the Bahamas. Our students in grades K-4 performed first including a drum performance, an umbrella dance, a rhythm stick medley and an amazing finale of the Finnish Polka by some of our 4th graders. We then all shared wonderful foods from our countries! Some highlights include Pad Thai, Persian Kabobs & Rice, Ethiopian Samosas, Australian Fairy Bread and Bahamian Coconut Bread – and some yummy Vegemite from Australia…. There was an amazing variety of items and many thanks to our families for such creativity! Finally after viewing our country presentation boards and stunning artwork, our students in grades 5-8 performed for our more then 250 guests, ending with a beautiful “We are the World” song for a holiday send off. Enjoy the Winter Break and Happy Holidays to all!

Reptiles & Amphibians

December 11, 2019

This past week the Kindergarten and First grade stepped out of their shells to learn all about our friends in the reptile and amphibian community. As part of a special program at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, the students spoke with a nature expert about the variety of amphibious and reptilian wildlife in our communities. We learned about the differences between the animal cousins and used to visuals to develop a further understanding of the frog lifestyle. Following our lesson in the classroom, we went on a nature hike to put our knowledge to the test! It was a wonderful morning of biological learning!  Check out the pictures on our Facebook page!

Thanksgiving Bingo

November 25, 2019

Many thanks to all of you for attending our holiday BINGO and dessert celebration. It was a well-attended event with more than 250 families coming to play the game, share delicious desserts, and socialize with our friends. We awarded more than 80 prizes to the winners of BINGO including many popular homework passes! Congrats to Ms. Swarns and Ms. Gebauer who won the teacher raffle and will be taking well-deserved vacations to Williamsburg, compliments of the Murphy family.  We raised over $2,000 to support future programs here at The Newton School.  We appreciate everyone’s generosity with the raffle and the selection of amazing desserts! Happy holidays to all!

Holiday Dinner Etiquette

November 20, 2019

Our students practiced their holiday dinner etiquette in our Social class this week, led by Mrs. Parks. First, the group set the dining table and figured out where to sit – that was a feat in itself! They then served turkey, salad, applesauce, rolls and cranberry sauce, along the pouring water and juice for their peers and teachers. As well, we learned about the best utensils for each item and improved our serving abilities.  After working on our conversational skills, designed to impress our relatives, we devoured a delicious pumpkin pie from Costco! We hope our students will show off their learning this holiday season!

Sully Plantation Historical Site

November 20, 2019

Last Friday grades 2-4 traveled to Sully Plantation Historical Site to learn about slavery and life during the 19th century. Sully’s Museum Education Program brings a hands-on, personalized look at life during the Richard Bland Lee family’s residency at Sully. We learned all about the cooking techniques, farming jobs, clothing, slave life, and schooling of the residents during the time. Thank you to the Sully Historic Site for having us out!

Natural History Museum Trip

November 13, 2019

Yesterday Grades 7-8 students traveled to DC to explore the Natural History Museum to further understand our world and our place in it. We began the trip with a special science program where students put the scientific method to practice – ask a question, do background research, construct a hypothesis, test with an experiment, analyze data, and draw conclusions. We examined insects like the New Guinea Walking Stick to marine creatures like ammonites and sharks. From there, we got to go check out the amazing exhibits the museum has to offer from the Hope Diamond to Narwahls to the amazing Fossil exhibit. We even got to spend time with some very friendly butterflies in the Butterfly Pavilion.

Reston Zoo Trip

November 8, 2019

A trip to the Zoo! Yesterday our 5th and 6th grade students had the opportunity to head over to the Reston Zoo! The group began the adventure with a “Zoofari” where we fed and learned about animals such as zebra, bison, buffalo, deer, and llamas. From there, we took a walk around the zoo, observing the likes of a giraffe – “Waffles”, cheetahs, sheep, goats, rabbits, many colorful birds, and even a few reptiles.

Service Project

October 3, 2019

All students participated in a service project on October 2-4, to prepare almost 200 lunches for families in need in our area. The Newton School conducted this initiative in conjunction with Cornerstones Embry Rucker Community Shelter located in Reston, near the library we often visit. Students learned about why families might be struggling and watched a short film on this. We then put out math skills and organizational abilities to work with each student making 2 lunches – 4 sandwiches – 8 pieces of bread – plus meat and cheese – to create a nutritious and filling meal. We decorated our lunch bags with positive and kind messages, and packed them all away for delivery. Our students did a wonderful job with this project and we were very proud of their dedication to service!

Internet Safety Presentation

October 1, 2019

Last week, Deputy First Class Ethan Martin from the Crime Prevention Unit at the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office came to The Newton School to meet with all students in grades 5-8 to review Internet Safety. He covered how to appropriately use technology including:

– The risks for social media
– Posting in general (Remember – Nothing ever actually goes away on the Internet!)
– How to use privacy settings
– Cyber-Bullying – what it is and how to prevent it
– How to spot people trying to get your personal information
– The risks of on-line gaming

He particularly emphasized not interacting with people you do not know on the Internet including playing online video games with strangers. This was probably the most engaged and knowledgeable that I have ever seen this group with an external presenter. Their hands were up before he even started to speak and they continued with questions and comments for the full hour. A few of them knew more than he did about some of the topics! Many thanks to the Loudoun County Sheriff Department and Deputy Martin for such an informative and engaging presentation!!

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