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Revolutionary War Days

October 30, 2018

Take a step back in time to the 1700s!

The Newton School hopped over to Claude Moore Park to learn about how Revolutionary soldiers and civilians lived during colonial times. The students had the opportunity to learn a blacksmith’s craft, discover how to card wool, grind up coffee beans, and see what types of clothing and household items were used during this time period. Students rotated through different outdoor stations located around the park. There was even a musket demonstration!

Check out pictures of the students engaged in all these learning activities on our Facebook page.

Author visit

October 27, 2018

This week Kentrell Martin, the author of the Shelly’s Adventures book series, came to visit The Newton School. Mr. Martin created the book, DVD, & online series to introduce students and parents to American Sign Language. He read his book, Shelley Goes to the Zoo, while our students learned more than 20 signs including “yes”, “no”, “ready”, “monkey”, “alligator” , the entire alphabet and how to applaud by signing (silently!). Mr. Martin then signed books and poster as a way to continue to practice and learn at home. Thank you for visiting Mr. Martin!

Service Project Day

October 17, 2018

We had a very successful service project with students in all grades participating in making lunches for the Embry Rucker Shelter in Reston. Our hardworking students made over 400 turkey or ham & cheese sandwiches, labeled with the ingredients and “eat by” date, and included fruit and granola bars in the meal assortment. Students also decorated the brown bags with positive messages – designed to brighten the day of the lunch recipient. Many thanks to all of you for your generous contributions – that was a lot of bread and deli meat!!

All in all, this was a positive experience for our school and hopefully, we all learned a little more about helping others in need. Check out our pictures of the event on our Facebook page!

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!

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