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  • Fleming Flyer 10/5/2018

    Posted by Jillian Aldrich on 10/5/2018


    Classroom fun!

    Upcoming events of note:

    All dates are now located on the Main Page of our new website at EWSD.org/FLE

    Monday, October 8th- No Chorus Practice after school

    Wednesday, October 10th -National Walk to School Day

    Wednesday, October 10th- PTO Meeting from 6:30-7:30 pm

    Thursday, October 11th -Photo retake day as needed

    Friday, October 12th- 4th Grade “Egg Drop” 1:30 PM

    Tuesday, October 16th-18th-Scholastic Book Fair (Schedule is below)

    Wednesday, October 17th - PTO Fall International Harvest Potluck & Game Night 5:30-7:30

    Thursday, October 18th- Parent Teacher Conferences (Non Student Day)

    Friday, October 19th - No School

    Announcement Fleming PTO:

    *Save the Date*

    PTO Fall International Harvest Potluck, Game Night & Bookfair!

    Wednesday, October 17

    5:30-7:30pm @ Fleming Cafeteria

    Bring the whole family to share dinner & play games at this free Fleming event!  

    Provide a favorite dish or dessert to share and a game to play. Also plan to browse the Scholastic Book Fair which will have evening hours in the Learning Center. You are welcome even if you don’t sign up for food. There will be plenty to eat and fun to be had! Hope to see you there! Here is the sign up link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0E4FAFAF29A3F49-fleming

    The Scholastic Book Fair is coming October 16th-18th! Students are welcome to shop during the school day and the fair will be open to families before and after school and during conferences.

    Hours will be:

    Tues: 7:45-8 am and 2-3 pm

    Wed: 7:45-8 am and 3-4 pm, 5:30-7:30 pm (During Our Fall International Harvest Potluck)

    Thurs: 7:30 am - 3:30 pm

    Get a jump start on your shopping by checking out our online fair at http://www.scholastic.com/bf/thomasflemingschool

    National Walk to School Day: Walk and Bike to School

    Wednesday, October 10th is National Walk to School Day. For students who participate, Ms. McClintock will be outside handing out a small prize, and giving your class credit. The class with the most participations, will earn bragging rights, AND their class will get to hold onto the” Golden Shoe” for the remainder of the school year!

    Box Top Collection:Box tops

    With about two weeks left to go in our competition for box tops, the competition is really heating up! Mrs. Lemnah’s class is in the lead, but Mrs. Coviello’s class and Mr. Guilmette’s class are not far behind right now. There is still time to jump ahead and win the competition! We will be collecting box tops until October 16th for this round. Any Box tops that come in after that Date, will be counted in the next round.

    News from the Guidance office

    I am currently teaching lessons in the following classrooms for 9 weeks: Kenny, Coviello, Guilmette, Downing, Guntulis and Songer. The last 2 sessions we have discussed more about Bullying and how to be Assertive when communicating with someone; rather than being Passive or Aggressive. This week’s lesson focused on a book called, “Nobody”, where the main character feels like a “nobody” when he is constantly teased and bullied. The message at the end was: “I’ve decided that nobody can make me feel like a nobody. And there’s nothing wrong with being me, because I really am Somebody!”


    The Fleming School 5th grade Spelling Team has had 2 weeks of practice. We are getting excited for the competition on Saturday, Oct. 27th. More details to follow!


    I will be starting 2 small groups in the next few weeks, focusing on the topics of Separation and Divorce (I call these “Banana Splits” groups) and Emotional Regulation.  I will run different small groups throughout the year, including a Coping with Stress group as well as the 2 groups listed above.  If you feel your child would benefit from participating in one of these groups, please email or call me at: abigelow@ewsd.org or 857-7701.

    Fleming School Photo Day: Photos should be coming home today.  If you decide you’re not in love with your student’s photo, and would like to have it retaken, we will be doing retakes on Thursday, October 11th.


    23rd Annual Egg Drop:

    Egg Splatter Egg Splatter

    Come Join Us For the 23nd Annual EGGstravaganza On the afternoon of Friday, October 12th

    This Design Technology  contest is open to all 4th graders.  Eggs will be dropped from the Fleming roof at 1:30. Parents are Welcome to attend!


    A Note from School Services Clinician

    Hello! My name is Emily Jones and I am thrilled to be a part of Thomas Fleming for my second year, as the School Services Clinician from Howard Center. I am a clinical social worker with experience working with children, youth and families in the home, school and community settings. My role includes providing therapeutic supports to identified students and families, linking students and families with school and community resources, as well as supporting the larger school community. My work involves meeting individually with students as well as meeting informally with students in lunch bunch groups as well as social groups.


    It is possible that your child may be invited to participate in a lunch bunch group. If at this time, you wish to not have your child participate with me (Howard Center clinician) and would like them only to meet with Amy Bigelow (School Counselor), please email me by October 19th (emjones@ewsd.org).  Please note that I am part-time (20 hours) at Fleming, and am here on Monday afternoons, Wednesday’s and Friday’s.


    Below are the groups I will be offering for the beginning of the school year. I will also be offering more groups in the winter! Typically, groups are 6-8 weeks for 30 minutes. If you would like your child to participate in one of these groups, please send me an email with an indication of which group.


    Relax! - This is a group for students who want to feel more empowered to take an active and productive approach to handling stress at school, home and in the community. We will learn different ways to calm our bodies. Sometimes we may listen to calming stories, paint, play games, draw, use clay, do role plays, breathe and stretch.


    Social Skills - This group will consist of learning skills such as problem solving, creating and maintaining friendships and communication skills. Groups will mainly include activities, games, role playing, and open dialogue.



    Volunteers Welcomed:

    We are always looking for volunteers at Fleming school for in-school assistance and field trip chaperoning! If you would like to volunteer at Fleming School this year, we ask that you please go to the school website and read about how to volunteer at Fleming School, and complete the online application and background screening. This form needs to be done annually, so if you registered last year, you will need to do it again this year. We would greatly appreciate volunteers to work in our library-media center this year. Please contact our new school librarian, Carrie Speranza to learn how you could help her in the library.

    Traffic Safety at Afternoon Pick Up

    We still have safety concerns during afternoon pick up that need to be corrected. Do not park your car in the driveway entrance in front of the two signs that state “No Parking”. The orange cones are placed at the start of pick up loop to prevent vehicles from pulling into that lane to pick up students, it is unsafe to have them cross in front of cars in the curbside lane that are picking up students appropriately. Vehicles should continue to pull up in the pick up lane and have students enter their vehicles only on curbside of vehicle.

    If vehicles are backed up into Prospect Street they need to be directed to clear the entrance lane by driving behind the school in the big loop and picking up students on the left side sidewalk. All students exit through front door of school. They are to stay on the sidewalk until picked up curbside of vehicle or walked to the parked vehicle by an adult. The Essex Police will be issuing tickets to vehicles parked by the no parking signs on Prospect Street. This is very dangerous to have students cross traffic in the driveways and flowing on Prospect Street to be picked up. Please be respectful to crossing guards and to the two Fleming Staff members who are out front to help students exit school safely. They will at times have to direct vehicles to move up or drive around back loop to keep the end of the day pick up as safe and sane as possible. Thank you!

    Fleming School Mission Statement:

    Provide an education which challenges, nurtures, and supports each learner as a whole person, and offers them broad opportunities to engage in learning in a creative, safe, healthy, and equitable learning community.

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