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BINGO

November 23, 2020

Last Friday afternoon, students in all grades took part in our favorite pre-Thanksgiving game, BINGO! Social distancing was in place and amazing prizes were won by many. Students walked away with everything from cookie decorating kits, Amazon gift cards, free lunches at CafeSano, Gingerbread mansions, and even the ever coveted homework pass. Several rounds of BINGO were followed by enjoyable desserts including cookies, pumpkin pie and delicious chocolate cake from Costco.
The event also was a great opportunity for our 8th grade mentors to help out the students in grades K-2, making sure their Bingo boards were correct and the games went smoothly. It was a wonderful celebration although we did miss all our parents. Hopefully, next year everyone will be able to join us!

Thanksgiving – At School!

November 20, 2020

This week in Social Class led by Ms. Parks, all students practiced having a holiday meal including turkey, cranberry, salad, rolls & butter and pumpkin pie. We worked on “best practices” with eating gracefully, table manners and social conversation at holiday meals – even setting the table so you can see if they can do that at home! We hoped this helped a little with your holiday meals this season!

Community Service Project!

November 15, 2020

The students in grades 5-8 participated in a community service project this week in support of the Cornerstones Embry Rucker Shelter in Reston. The group worked hard to make 120 lunches – including 240 delicious looking sandwiches – to provide to the families in the shelter. We also decorated the lunch bags with positive messages and packed them with applesauce, granola bars, napkins, spoons and water. We watched a video on the impact of doing kind deeds for others, and each student wrote out on a note card what they were going to do for others that day. Hopefully, a little practice goes a long way towards helping others in need.

Election Day

November 3, 2020

In an attempt to instill citizenship responsibilities early, all Newton School students voted today in as realistic a setting as possible. First, students were required to register which they did last week to prepare for today’s election. Today, they went to the polls, following “VOTE” signs around the school to direct them to the voting booths. They followed directions to first vote for the Presidential candidates and then turned their attention to two special Referendums:
1) Should Newton School students have a free dress day on the last Friday of the month?
2) Should Newton School students not be allowed to have any more field trips so they can spend more time in class?
Polls were supervised to prevent any voter fraud and were hand counted at the end of the day – and checked many times for accuracy.. All students received a custom-made “I VOTED” sticker for their efforts.
Many thanks to Ms. Swarns, our US History teacher, with support from our Civic’s teachers, Ms. Agans and Mr. Wait, for an amazing day of election learning at The Newton School!!

Halloween Costume Contest

October 31, 2020

While things have been different this year, students at The Newton School were able to participate in a Halloween costume contest and a socially distanced trick-or-treat exchange with our middle school classrooms.  Check out the amazing costumes from some of our winners.

Amazing School Artists!

October 29, 2020

Mrs. Lopez and Mrs. Billingslea have been hard at work helping your student create amazing artwork – all in our new art studio with its own garage doors to the outside. Paintings have been coming home and then the students are on to the planter boxes with their own fresh flowers. It is an exciting time to be an artist here at The Newton School and we are seeing lots of creativity! Check them out!

Responsible Social Media Use

October 23, 2020

On Wednesday, Officer John Miller from the Crime Prevention Unit of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office arrived to speak to students in grades 5-8 about “Responsible Social Media Use’. He did an excellent job covering important topics such as oversharing of information, where information goes on the Internet (it never goes away!), cyberbullying, what someone can learn from what you post, and fake information and how to spot that. The overall messages were 1) Think before you share 2) Tell a trusted adult if you see something that is not right 3) Be responsible since the information never goes away.  It was an education, relevant and greatly appreciated presentation. Thank you so much to the Loudoun County Sheriff Department and Officer Miller!!

Great Country Farms Trip!

October 19, 2020

Students in grades K-4 traveled to Great Country Farms in Bluemont, VA to have a wonderful day of Fall Fun! During our trip on a beautiful 75 degree day, we explored the many play areas, saw pigs, turkeys, goats and many chickens, got our energy out on the huge jumping pillow, and rode the wagon to the pumpkin patch to pick our special pumpkins to take home – all while social distancing and keeping safe. It was a wonderful break from school and a perfect way to spend a fall afternoon in October! Check out the cute pics of our students!

Calleva Trips!

October 14, 2020

Getting outside and working better together – in a safe and socially distanced way!! The last two weeks students in grades 5-8 at The Newton School worked together in small groups to hone their team building skills – all while outside participating in Calleva’s Challenge Course in the woods of Northern Virginia! Students did everything from testing their climbing skills in the “Rage Cage”, solving seemingly impossible puzzles at “Think Tank”, ziplining through the 40 foot tall trees, navigating the human “Wrecking Ball”, and learning the basics of starting and maintaining a fire (with s’mores of course)! Enjoy our pictures from these challenging, and engaging days – all while working together!

Kindergarten Pollinators

October 9, 2020

The Kindergarteners have been learning about various types of pollinators and life cycles since the start of school. Today, they got to take on the adult stage role by dressing up as the pollinator of their choice and fly all around the school to share with their friends and teachers about what they are and why they are so important to our world! Our student pollinators were so excited to earn and spread their wings and pollen, they made everyone smile even bigger as they flew and flitted around!

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