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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!!

Reston Zoo Visit

September 23, 2019

Our Kindergarten and first grade students had the awesome opportunity to go on an exciting field trip to Reston Zoo! Watusi, lemurs, and Buffalo frolicked happily as we observed and enjoyed their early fall festivities in our safari! We brought carrots and lettuce stocks to feed and pet many of the animals, including Waffles, the giraffe! In addition to our “Zoofari” and feeding experience, we journeyed to the aviary where we fed small birds and they perched atop our heads and shoulders. (A little scary for some, including Mr. Wait) It was a great trip for all and we look forward to learning more about animals later this year!

IMAX Viewing of Apollo 11

September 23, 2019

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, our 7th and 8th grade students voyaged to the Udvar Hazy IMAX center for a special viewing of Apollo 11. We marveled at the immense bravery of the astronauts and the brilliant chances the whole United States space team took to put man on the moon half a century ago! The film was inspiring, and visually nothing short of glorious! Following the film we exhibited the Space exploration portion of the museum and came up close with the Space Shuttle Discovery. We rode the elevator to the observation deck and watched some of the air traffic to and from Dulles Airport before venturing back to school for lunch.

Graduation

June 13, 2019

Our graduation ceremony was held at Patton Hall this year in Sterling, VA, a beautiful and convenient location nearby, where we all had ample space to see the graduates, watch the middle school performers in their “Show on Broadway”, peruse the Science Fair, and enjoy some social time & cake. We loved the new venue and plan to use it again for future events!

Congratulations to our Kindergarteners (Claire, Audrey, Mikael and Pierson) on moving up to first grade! We are so proud of the adorable group who made exceptional progress on following the group plan, responding with kindness, and having a Growth Mindset! And many thanks to their teachers, Mrs. Griffiths and Mrs. Bender for helping them achieve their goals!

With great sadness, we say goodbye to our 8th graders (Henry, Hailey, Erin and Walker) who will be moving up to high school – and they are ready for the next level of life’s challenges! They are off to Virginia Academy, Arlington Tech, LCPS and Fusion Academy – and a big congrats to them all for their accomplishments. They will all be missed!

We want to take a moment and thank all parents for such a great school year. We appreciate the trust in us with your child’s education. We love them all! Enjoy the summer!

Science Fair

June 13, 2019

Our students showed creativity, perseverance, and  impressive insights as they developed, executed and analyzed their Science Fair projects this year!  We had a wide range of experiments including a student developing a mathematical equation  to see if the calorie count on marshmallows was accurate (Noah W.), a group of 5th graders freezing igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks to see which was most damaged by the process (Claire H., Victoria and Patrick), to determining if and how plants would be affected by oily substances on their leaves (Noah H., Christian and Michael S.).  Each project was judged by our panel of scientists, and Science Fair awards were given at Graduation to our 26 students across all grade levels.  We know we have some budding scientists in the group and could not be more proud of their love of Science!!

Watershed Clean-up Project

May 29, 2019

Clean-up, clean-up, everybody everywhere! The 6-8th grade students of The Newton School took time out of their academic day this morning to contribute to the watershed clean-up project, in conjunction with the Reston Association. The students first got a quick overview on why keeping our areas near water litter-free is important and then put on their gloves and got to picking up trash and recyclables! Thanks to the students who put in the hard work for the environment and thank you to the Reston Association for having us out!

Teacher Appreciation Week

May 10, 2019

The teachers had an amazing breakfast spread on Friday for Teacher Appreciation Week! Many thanks to everyone who contributed to our baked good, Panera egg soufflés, delicious fruit, and Amazon gift cards. Thanks to Martha Lightener for helping!

It was a great way to end the week!

Ecology Day

April 24, 2019

Frogs, Turtles, Snakes, Oh My! Students in grades K-6 had an exciting day outside in beautiful weather at Claude Moore Park to learn about the biotic and abiotic factors in Northern Virginia. The small groups participated in a nature journey, a pond walk and a live animal show. In addition, each student had the chance to visit hands-on stations to interact with turtle shells, feathers, claws and observe tadpoles and insects. At end the day, there was an explore/play area that allowed students to dig like a paleontologist and create their own animal sounds using wooden instruments and sticks. An educational and wonderful morning outdoors!

Mary Poppins Show

April 11, 2019

The Newton School’s Lower School Students (K-4), Choir and Acting Club performed a magical adaptation of Mary Poppins for family and friends on April 11th. Featuring favorite songs  ‘A Spoonful of Sugar’, ’Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’, and ‘Step in Time’, the students dazzled the audience with their performances. The show featured extensive costumes, student made art work and fabulous choreography!  Many thanks to our students for the hours they spent learning their lines and songs, to Mrs. Sigety for ensuring each student had the perfect part, and to our families for all your support and enthusiasm for this amazing musical production! Take a look at the photos to see highlights from our performance!

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