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Hampstead Academy Weekly Newsletter 09/23/2023

"Creativity is intelligence having fun." - Albert Einstein

Invitations OPEN HOUSE October 19th 6PM-7PM Hampstead Academy will be hosting an OPEN HOUSE for prospective parents. Staff will be available to give a tour and answer questions about the academy and the admissions process. We would love to have one or two parent volunteers attend and speak about your positive experience at Hampstead Academy. Please reach out to Miss Kate if you are interested in speaking to prospective parents who may potentially join the academy.

Coffee with Mindy During the last week of each month, our Head of School will reserve a morning to spend with parents over coffee or tea. On Friday, September 30th at 9:00am parents are welcome to come on in and chat about how things are going, and share/discuss some fun ideas for future events and activities.

Hampstead Academy Makerspace with Ms. Cummings Wednesday October 5th 5PM - 6:30PM SIGN UP HERE and join us at Hampstead Academy for a Makerspace Night, where creativity and engineering practices unite to spark ideas, collaboration, perseverance, and joy! For this first time, you can arrive without supplies, but please bring your can-do attitude. Chances are, once you discover the many ways that you can upcycle your recycled materials, you will most likely be turning your recycle bin at home into a receptacle for a variety of ideas. We have limited space for 25 students to participate. Parents are welcome to come and have fun creating, but please keep in mind this makerspace is student driven and will be a chance for students to explore their own ideas and initiate design and construction. If there is space remaining for students outside of our Hampstead Community, we would love to have them join us. Bring a friend for a $5.00 admission fee to cover the cost of supplies. I hope to see you in the upstairs STEAM Lab on Wednesday, October 5, from 5:00 - 6:30, for our first Makerspace Night!

STEAM Club SIGN UP HERE Mr. Thomas Meehan, Mae Marie’s father, has been kind enough to lead the STEAM Club. The cost is $8/hour for students not attending scheduled Extended Day. Students scheduled for Extended Day are welcome to join the club in place of their extended day hour. Seats are limited to 10 and are first come first reserve. The STEAM Club Mission is to provide an environment where STEAM can be explored and practiced as a team of individuals that contribute to each other’s success. The core activities of the STEAM club will be a collaborative effort to learn how to navigate STEAM documentation and instruction in the form of digital and print materials where appropriate. The building of skill in quiet focus for observation and practice of STEAM where appropriate. Following instruction, using tools and technology, managing projects and other activities to support STEAM focused concepts.

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Thank you to all the families who connected this past Saturday at Applecrest Farm. The afternoon was filled with friends and fun! If you missed this one, we will have more events outside of school throughout the year for families to connect.

Our HA parent partner, Mr. Meehan visited our morning assembly and talked about how kids can be curious, creative, and collaborative in the HA STEAM Club! Sign Up HERE!

The Fall 2022 Fun Run was a BIG Success! Thank You to all the parents who supported our first fundraiser for project work this year!

Our Pre-K friends had fun apple tasting, graphing, and counting the seeds! We found out most of our friends like red apples!

Story time with friends and a special guest from our local Hampstead Public Library!

Students graduated to Blue-Bots this week! Students had to program our little friends to avoid obstacles and arrive safely at their destination.

Students across the academy have been studying ENERGY! For every Action there is a Reaction! Ms. Roberts’ class has been busy designing, building, and testing chain reactions.

Ms. Faro’s art class has been busy observing the shapes and colors of the leaves outdoors. Grades 3-5 students applied watercolors over oil pastel outlines creating more contrast in their leaves.

Ms. Faro worked with Grades K - 2 creating 3D paper sculptures inspired by the Cosmos! Students worked on composition and creating a stable structure using clothes pins, paper clips and weights to secure the structure while glue dried.

In gym class students played floor hockey and continued learning about ENERGY by practicing chain reactions with gym equipment!

Important Dates

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Tuesday October 4th School Pictures

Tuesday October 4th Community Connection Committee 4PM - 5PM

Wednesday October 5th Maker’s Space w/ Ms. Cummings 5PM - 6:30PM

Friday October 7th No School

Monday October 10th Indigenous Peoples Day (No School)

Wednesday October 19th 6PM OPEN HOUSE for prospective parents

Wednesday October 26th Teacher Development (Half Day, Dismissal at 11:45AM, no Extended Day)

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