Suffield Public Schools

A. Ward Spaulding School

June 2016

945 Mountain Road | West Suffield, CT 06093 | 860-668-3826 |

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, June 1

Grade 3 Step Up Day

Friday, June 3

Kindergarten Circus

9:30 a.m.
Blais, Liss, Potter, Buckland

1:30 p.m.
Mrs. D'Aleo, Mrs. Lord, Mrs. Reinhard

Monday, June 6

Suffield BOE Meeting
6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 7

NCCC Support Groups
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
SHS Room 221, Pampered Palace, and LMC

Wednesday, June 8

STAR Assembly
2:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 9

Pre K Field Day (Rain or Shine)

Monday, June 13

K-2 Field Day

Field Day (Grade 1)
8:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Field Day (Grade K)
10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Field Day Lunch (Grade 1)
11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Field Day Lunch (Grade 2)
11:40 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.

Field Day (Grade 2)
12:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Field Day Lunch (Grade K)
1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 15

Preschool Graduation


K-2 Field Day (Rain Date)

Thursday, June 16

Early Release
Last Day of School
1:00 p.m.

Monday, June 20

Suffield BOE Meeting
6:30 p.m.

"Teachers have three loves: love of learning, love of learners, and the love of bringing the first two loves together." - Scott Hayden

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A Message From The Principal

Only a few weeks remain of school and our faculty and staff are busy organizing and facilitating many exciting events for our Spaulding Stars. Over the next two weeks, we will enjoy the Step It Up Day for our second graders transitioning to McAlister Intermediate School, the Kindergarten Circus, Field Days, and Preschool Graduation. All of these events serve to provide memories for our students and their families. Our last day of school is Thursday, June 16th with a 1:00 p.m. early dismissal time.

As we reflect on the school year, we are reminded of the collaboration among staff and families to provide students with a safe, nurturing, positive, and meaningful school experience at Spaulding. Thank you for your contributions to Spaulding School and for your feedback, suggestions, and great ideas. We wish for you summer months filled with sunshine, relaxation, and wonderful memories. See you in August!

Scott P Dunn

Spaulding Stars Shine at Assembly

There was a sea of blue in the auditorium on Thursday, April 28th when the school community gathered in their blue Spaulding star t-shirts to learn about and celebrate the character trait of respect. The assembly, attended by all students and staff members, focused on respect and the related expected behaviors associated with that important trait. The Spaulding Star Assembly Committee organized and facilitated an engaging assembly that included a video on respect, the singing of the Magic Penny song under the direction of our music teacher, Wyn Jespersen, the learning of how to communicate the word respect in sign language, and the awarding of respect certificates to students who consistent demonstrate that trait at Spaulding School. One highlight of this enjoyable assembly was the announcement of 1,001 stars earned so far during this school year! Spaulding School facilitates an assembly on each of the character traits of respect, responsibility, and kindness, and an end-of-year celebration in June.

ACES Event: Movin' and Groovin'

The Spaulding School community gathered together on May 4th to participate in the annual All Children Exercise Simultaneously (ACES) event. This opportunity, which was created by teacher Lee Saunders in 1989, is an international celebration that promotes physical fitness. Our physical education teacher, Matt Bourgoin, organized and facilitated the event in which over 600 people completed jumping jacks, ran in place, hopped, had fun doing the Chicken Dance, and other activities. All of these motivating and engaging exercises reminded us of the importance of staying physically fit!

Physical Education Happenings!

The rain held out for another successful ACES day on May 4th at Spaulding School. ACES (All Children Exercise Simultaneously) takes place annually for schools all around the world. Over 600 people did various stretching, exercises, and danced the morning away at Spaulding School. For the end of May and through June, students will be participating in Frisbee Fitness Golf. Students will navigate through a complex set of obstacles to complete the course throwing a frisbee in hula hoops throughout the course. Students will also complete baseball, mini golf, and fitness test units. Field Day will take place on Monday, June 13th. Students will be out in the sun participating in a variety of fun filled, team building events. Don’t forget your sunscreen and water bottle. It's going to be another awesome field day!


HSO Instrument Zoo at Spaulding!


Second grade students welcomed the Hartford Symphony Orchestra Instrument Zoo in May.  The children listened to demonstrations of each family of the orchestra. Two musicians from the orchestra, a clarinet player and a violinist, played for the children. The students were very excited to hear the clarinet solo from Peter and the Wolf, and identified it as the cat theme immediately!  The students enjoyed trying several of the instruments they have been learning about, including the trumpet, baritone horn, tuba, and trombone from the brass family.  The woodwind instruments from the zoo were the flute, and recorder.  The students also held the clarinet and saxophone from the woodwinds. The violin and cello represented the string family, and many percussion instruments were tried.  I was so impressed by Spaulding’s students!  They were already knowledgeable about the instruments, enthusiastic about trying them, and the most respectful audience we’ve had this year! commented Miriam Engel, the Music Education Coordinator for the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.  A student remarked, This is the very best day ever in the world!
Mrs. Jespersen, is very grateful for a supportive PTO.  Their willingness to fund such a wonderful event, and the help of so many parent volunteers that helped at the instrument zoo, made this a memorable day for our second grade students!


Summer Math Fun


Summer is upon us-a wonderful time for family, vacations and barbecues.  But did you know that the National Summer Learning Association says that students can lose up to three months of growth if they are not engaged in learning during summer vacation?  Here are some ideas to keep your kids and you engaged with mathematics during summer break!

  1.  Short mathematics articles on avoiding the summer slide.
  2. Don’t forget math and literature!   Find math where you least expect it-in your child’s books!  Here are some suggested websites, books and activities.
    1. “Figure This!  Math and Literature”
    2. The Reading Nook Math Literature and Concepts
    3. Popular Math Literature Books
  3. can be used to find the games that your child played during the school year.  Print out the games and play them at home.   Click the top left icon (under My Books ) to access the games and strategies that students used.

    Use the following usernames and passwords for each grade level below.
    1. For students who were in Grade K:  (Username) AWSGradeK   (Password) spaulding*
    2. For students who were in Grade 1:  (Username) AWSGrade1   (Password) spaulding*
    3. For students who were in Grade 2:  (Username) AWSGrade2   (Password) spaulding*
  4. Here is a list of interactive websites to keep your child thinking like a mathematician!
  5.  Parents, consider reading What’s Math got to Do with It? by Jo Boaler to help you understand best practices in mathematics.   It also includes practice tips to help your child develop a “growth mindset,” and it includes a range of advice to inspire you to give your child the best mathematical experience possible.  An easy and insightful read that will open your eyes to your own mathematical understandings as well as your child’s.

There are also many iPad apps and websites that you can find to have your child practice math skills.  Don’t forget to connect math to your child’s life as much as possible.  Enjoy your summer and see you next year!


Library Media Center News


“Those who read the most, read the best.”

(Jim Trelease, Children’s Reading Advocate)

It is hard to believe that it is almost time for summer!  As we approach the end of the school year, we remind students that all books are due back to the library by June 10th.   
Although summer is a fun and relaxing time for children, it is important that they continue to read daily. This will help them both maintain and improve their skills.  Research shows that “…children who don’t read over the summer tend to lose literacy skills while children who do read during the summer actually improve their reading ability.” (McGill-Franzen, Anne and Richard Allington. "Lost Summers: For Some Children, Few Books and Few Opportunities to Read." Classroom Leadership August 2001. )  All students may choose to participate in the summer reading program at Kent Memorial Library as well as Spaulding School’s reading program.  Keep an eye out for this year’s summer reading list, coming out in June, with book recommendations to keep you reading throughout the summer!
Below are some tips that may give you some ideas for you and your child to do together to encourage the continued development of literacy skills :

  • Set aside a special time for reading each day.
  • Share books when you and your child are both in a relaxed mood.
  • Take advantage of "waiting" times to share books--on trips, at the doctor's office, in line at the grocery store.
  • Read books together and discuss them.
  • Find audio books if your child is struggling. By listening to them and discussing them with your child, your child will learn new vocabulary and information.
  • Be a good role model.  Let your child see that you read for pleasure as well as information.
  • Give your child the chance to read aloud to you or a relative or friend.
  • Include your child in day-to-day reading experiences such as recipes, newspapers, magazines, cereal boxes, signs, etc.
  • Provide your child with lots of books to read.
  • If you are planning a vacation, go to the library to find some wonderful books about the location you will be visiting.
  • Have your child get their own library card.
  • Help your child learn a new “word a day.”
  • Many children may enjoy keeping a journal or diary of their summer events.
  • Talk to your child. Explain their environment. Listen to what they have to say.
  • Visit the library often
  • Read, read, read with your child!

Nurse’s Corner


As we head outdoors this spring and summer, let’s remember the importance of sun safety. Too much exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can be harmful, causing serious health problems such as skin cancer, cataracts, and immune system suppression. Overexposure is largely preventable by practicing sun-safe habits.

  • Limit time in the sun between 10am and 4pm when the UV rays are the strongest.
  • Put on sunglasses. Sunglasses provide 99-100% of UVA and UVB protection of your eyes.
  • Wear a hat for outdoor play.
  • Seek shade.
  • Protect other areas of your body with tight-woven, loose-fitting and full, length clothing.
  • Always liberally apply sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher.

Expected Behaviors in the Summer


As you enjoy your summer vacations, the great outdoors and time with family and friends, you can continue the purposeful work we have done on teaching expected behaviors at Spaulding School. Using our common language will help reinforce the skills your child has learned this year. For example, before you play at the park or go to the beach you could discuss expected and unexpected behaviors for these activities. You may also refer to the expected voice volume levels during different activities. For example, a level 1 (silent) voice would be expected while watching a movie at a theater and a level 3 (conversation) voice would be expected while talking in the car. Your support over the summer will help extend your student’s learning and will help prepare your students for when they return in the fall. Have a wonderful summer!


Suffield Public Schools
350 Mountain Road, Suffield, CT 06078
Phone: 860-668-3800 (Central Office)


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