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Hampstead Academy Weekly Newsletter 09/30/2022

"The art and science of asking all questions is the source of all knowledge." - Thomas Berger

Invitations Clothes for Kids As we transition to colder weather we kindly ask that you ensure your child comes to school dressed to “weather” all days. Bringing extra layers and/or a coat to have on hand each day, especially for our Extended Day friends who often play until 5PM. Please label all clothing best you can, since many students wear similar items. We will also be doing a clothing drive for the Community Giving Tree of Boxford MA October 1st - October 29th. You are invited to donate good condition gently used or new Infant - Teenager cold weather clothing. This includes warm PJs, hats, gloves, etc.

School Picture Day Picture Day will be Tuesday October 4th in the morning. Please have your child dress in uniform attire. OPEN HOUSE October 19th 6PM-7PM Tell everyone! 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.

Cookies with Mindy During the last week of each month, our Head of School will reserve time to spend with parents over coffee or tea. On Friday, October 28th at 1:30PM parents are welcome to come in and chat about how things are going, and share/discuss some fun ideas for future events and activities.

Community Connection Meeting Agenda We are happy to share funds raised for project and STEAM work (so far) from the HA Fall Fun Run total $2,585! THANK YOU to all the parents and students who participated! Our first Community Connection Meeting to discuss school activities and fundraising efforts will be held Tuesday October 4th at 4PM. Students are welcome to join Extended Day for the hour while parents connect at the meeting. The agenda is as follows:

  1. Prior fundraising efforts and status of the HA PTA

  2. Community Calendar of Events

  3. Review Casual For a Cause Charities

  4. Brainstorm fundraisers and allocate the money raised toward specific events or projects.

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!

STEAM Club SIGN UP HERE 5 seats Left! 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.

Casual For A Cause Dress down donations from HA September Casual For A Cause raised $167 for the Salem Animal Rescue League! October donations will go to We Care Charity of Salem, NH whose mission is to provide food and empower children, individuals, and families in crisis in New England and beyond.

Highlights of The Week Stay updated on what’s happening in your Class DoJo and follow Hampstead Academy Events & News

Apples Up On Top! Our Pre-K friends have been exploring apples this week! From reading Ten Apples Up On Top, to tasting different apples and voting on their favorite! They even practiced counting the seeds! Our friends also practiced their fine motor skills through coloring, tracing letters, cutting, and gluing Apples Up On Top!

Pre-K also graduated to the Blu-Bot this week! They were very engaged practicing direction and programming their little friend to avoid obstacles using left, right, forward, and backward.

Lego Challenge! All students were given the same kit to create a working net. All students met the challenge in a slightly different way!

This is not your typical lesson on making change! Ms. St. Pierre’s class set up their own store to practice budgeting, counting, and making change! Students had to price their products, sell their products, ensure full payment and make change.

Our students are ready for their postcards to rocket into space! @clubforfuture inspires the next generation of dreamers and builders. Once these postcards are mailed they will be launched into space and return with an official “Flown to Space” stamp. What do you think the future of life in space looks like?

Perseverance is key to surviving. Our 5th graders were able to hear, smell, and feel nature as they read the last chapter in Hatchet by Gary Paulsen telling the story of a 13 yr old boy surviving 56 days in the Canadian wilderness.

During Genius Hour Ms. Cummings taught us all how to hand knit. It was a great exercise practicing focus and hand/eye coordination. We all learned a new skill and may have just found another tool to feel calm and happy.

In Art this week, students studied vintage posters and created their own! Some based their poster on the book they are reading in class “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”

“Ms. Farrell, what does the inside of a piano look like?” So we looked and studied how a piano works! Then we started talking about the different types of instruments. Did you know the piano is a percussion instrument? Our older students have been busy creating a class composition (so impressive)!

Important Dates Click Here for Calendar of Events 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 Thursday October 6th STEAM Club 3PM - 4PM 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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