Kennedy Center – Alvin Ailey

February 7, 2019

The students in grades 6-8 traveled to the Kennedy Center to see the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater perform this week. The group had front row seats in the sold-out Opera House to see one of the limited performances. We learned about the background of the organization, how the group has developed over time and how they are working to use the power of dance to bring people together. The performers were amazing, using their bodies in miraculous ways to express themselves. We were honored to be part of their 60th year celebration and hope they return in future years!

Multicultural Day

January 11, 2019

Take a trip around the world! Just before winter break, the students of The Newton School put on a dazzling Multicultural Celebration for the families of the school. The countries represented from the lower school were Kenya, China, Greece, Russia, and Germany. Represented in the middle school we had Italy, France, Mexico, Brazil, Japan, and India.  The  students integrated their learning across many subject areas – they made flag t-shirts in Art, studied the music and theater from their areas, researched the food choices. Parents arrived on December 19th so see music, dance and video performances by all students, view the presentation boards on the countries, and enjoy some delicious food! Highlights were escargot from France, churros from Mexico, spanakopita from Greece, and individually prepared spicy African stew – among many, many choices. Many thanks for Mrs. Sigety for creating such an amazing learning experience for our students and many thanks to parents for your tasty contributions!

Happy Thanksgiving

November 20, 2018

Thanksgiving is almost upon us but at The Newton School, the spreading of gratitude and togetherness is already here. As part of our social curriculum, all students participating in Thanksgiving preparation including setting the holiday table, serving delicious food including turkey & cranberry sauce, salad, buttered rolls, and applesauce, followed by scrumptious pumpkin pie. Students worked on using proper etiquette and conversation skills among friends and family at holiday meals. Check out the pictures of the students and their teachers! We wish you a very happy Thanksgiving holiday from all of us at The Newton School!

Ball’s Bluff Trip

November 13, 2018

Our Middle School students had the privilege of a very special tour through Ball’s Bluff Battlefield Regional Park in Leesburg, VA. Our students simulated the moves Union and Confederate soldiers took through the damp, tree covered landscape, as they did their best charge and “Rebel yell” impressions. Students paid tribute to fallen soldiers just before Veteran’s day at the ceremonial burial grounds.  It was a fantastic trip adding historical experience and immersion to our Social Studies learning!

Science Center Visit

November 13, 2018

Last week, our Newton School students explored the Children’s Science Center in Fair Oaks Mall and participated in some eye-opening science at work. The students experienced four stations, taking in different aspects of science including at the experiment bar where students concocted their own study on density using soap, water, glycerin, corn syrup and plastics. From there, the students headed to the Innovation Hub where they tested hands-on weather-related activities, and then traveled to the Keva Plank Zone for some tower construction. Finally, the students created their own hovercrafts and launched them in the wind tunnel! Check out the pictures of all the learning!

Halloween at the Newton School!

October 31, 2018

Boo!! Today was full of fun at The Newton School as everyone was decked out in some creative, scary and exciting costumes! To begin the festivities, each student had the opportunity to walk the red carpet and show off what they came up with for All Hallows’ Eve. Then, there was a student vote on costumes with the categories of scariest, most creative, and best overall. After the winners were crowned, the students gathered with their classmates for some much needed trick or treating time. Last but certainly not least, the festivities concluded with Ms. Knight reminding us that science is a blast with a dazzling display including dry ice, explosions and “smoke”.

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!

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