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Heeling House Visit

October 5, 2018

Our new neighbors, Heeling House, a non profit organization whose mission is to improve the lives of kids through the use of Animal Assisted Interactions, visited The Newton School yesterday! Jolene (who just had 10 puppies last summer) and Pika, were perfectly behaved as our students learned about service dogs, asked questions and interacted with our furry friends.

The organization will also be offering a dog training & interaction classes as part of our next session of afterschool activities (November – January 2019). It looks like the class for grades K-4 will be Mondays from 3:30-4:30, and the class for the students in grades 5-8 will be on Wednesdays. More info as the dates get closer!

Many thanks to Kathy, Brittany and Monica – and Pika and Joelene – for such a special afternoon! https://heelinghouse.org/

The Puppet Co. Visit

October 5, 2018

The Newton School’s kindergarten and first grade class crossed the over the river to Glen Echo Park to see the puppet show – Hansel and Gretel! The German fairy tale, performed by Christopher Piper (who also performs all the live vocal characterizations), was a favorite for the students. Afterwards, everyone had the opportunity to meet the puppeteer and ask questions about the scary “wicked witch”. Thank you to The Puppet Co. for the great show!

After school activities are in full swing!

October 1, 2018

The Newton School students have been taking on a number of different endeavors to foster social engagement, learn new skills – and have some fun! Whether it’s music to the ears at choir, having a bout at fencing, zooming through the courses at ninja training, preparing for a career with coding, or taking on the water at swimming, students are working and playing hard. The Newton School is a rocking place every afternoon with more then 70% of our students participating in after school activities!

Fencing!

September 24, 2018

ON GUARD!! The épée’s are in hand and our fearless students have been halting, attacking, and stabbing at Cardinal Fencing Academy. The students have been learning skills such as how to properly use the equipment, how to spar, all aspects of scoring, how to respect your sparring partners, and much more!  Thank you Cardinal Fencing Academy for hosting our class!

Check out some more pictures and a video here on Facebook!

Adventure Links

September 20, 2018

Time for some teamwork! The Newton School students in grades 5-8 took their problem solving skills to the Adventure Links 425-acre outdoor classroom in Clifton, VA for a full day of collaboration and learning. Adventure Links is an experiential education organization, located in the Hemlock Overlook Regional Park, designed to encourage learning in a group setting. The students were tasked to having 8 students standing on 3 small tree stumps simultaneously, leading blinded pairs through an obstacle forest, and slipping through the “human spider web” as a team. They also got an opportunity to fly through the forest on a zip line! The group was able to conquer many challenges together – which was great to see! Many thanks to Adventure Links for hosting such a wonderful day!

Back To School Night

September 18, 2018

Grab your backpack – you’re headed to Back to School Night! Over 90% of our parents attended The Newton School’s Back to School Night on Monday, September 17th and were able to learn more about their student’s curriculum, meet the teachers and hear about the School. Parents heard from Mrs. Abraham who spoke about key initiatives for the 2018-19 school year and heard introductions and “fun facts” from the nearly 30 teaching professionals. Later, parents spent time in their child’s individual classrooms to hear from the teachers and to see the brand new BrightLink boards in action. All in all, it was an informative evening, full of learning for parents! Thank you to those who attended!

Getting ready for the school year!

August 31, 2018

More than 25 professionals arrived at The Newton School on Monday, August 27th to prepare for the arrival of our nearly 90 students on Tuesday, September 4th. The group first participated in CPR/First Aid certification as, of course, the safety of all our students at school, in our enormous gym, or on our weekly field trips is important. Next, the group underwent multiple days of training to enhance our teaching skills and classroom management. Our most exciting morning was learning more about our newly installed Interactive BrightLink Systems (i.e. Smartboards) which were installed in all 16 classrooms over the summer. Many thanks to the anonymous donation from a family Foundation to get us started with this wonderful learning initiative! Our teachers also participated in a painting activity offsite to help us work together better as a group. You can now see these beautiful canvases of daisies up in the middle school area, helping decorate our four new classrooms that were built over the summer. All in all, it was an exciting week – and we are more than ready for our students to arrive on Tuesday!

2018 Summer Program

June 27, 2018

The Newton School Summer Program began on Monday June 25th and runs 8 weeks though August 17th! The program offers an opportunity for students to enrich reading, writing, and mathematics skills while getting lots of movement time in our 10,000 square feet of gym space including our trampolines, a foam pit, a ball pit, a basketball court and sports court! In addition to the classroom and gym activities, students enjoy special cooking, art and yoga classes, weekly swimming at Volcano Island Water Park and a field trip to exciting places like NOVA Ninja Training, the Fairfax Children’s Science Museum and the Herndon Farmers Market! It is a great way to have some fun while learning, and make some great friends for the summer!

Field Day!

June 14, 2018

As part of our annual end of year celebration, Newton School students celebrated Field Day at Northern Virginia’s Volcano Island Waterpark! Students enjoyed lots of swimming, daring water slides, and the massive dunk bucket at the park! It was a fun and fantastic sunny day to reward our student’s hard work this school year!

Congratulations to the Newton School Graduating Classes!

June 13, 2018

The Newton School would like to congratulate our graduating Kindergarten and Eighth grade classes! Completing their first year at The Newton School in Ms. Timmerick’s Kindergarten class were Ainsley, Amelia Beth, Kavish, and Lenah. We tearfully wish our older students, Aidan, Bryce, Sophia, and Cameron, the best as they move to the next phase of their educational journey – onto high school! In addition to the graduation ceremonies for these special students, parents and staff enjoyed the Science Fair awards, and a fantastic performance full of music and dancing from the entire school. Following the performance, students and families enjoyed desserts and toured science fair projects and artwork on display around the school. Many thanks to our Newton School families, students, and teachers for delivering another fantastic school year! Congratulations to the Class of 2018!

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