2009 02 February

February Newsletter

Dear Parents:

Family Math Night:  Last year the Mt. Lebanon School sponsored a Family Math Night.  Feedback from students and teachers was overwhelmingly positive and so shortly thereafter we decided to host another one this year.  We have set aside Thursday evening, March 5 from 6:15 – 7:30 to host this event.  It is our best hope that the students will run the show.  That is, we will set up activities, but your child will be the activity leader as they demonstrate to you what skills they have been learning, and the different ways in which problems can be solved.  Teachers will not be making any formal presentations of the program, but will be available to answer your questions and support your child. We will greet all parents in the multi-purpose room at 6:15 and explain our program to you.  Healthy snacks in the form of fractions of or oranges and apples will be on sale from 6:40-7:10 in two hallway locations.  We’ll have a short questionnaire for you to fill out at the end of the evening, along with math related materials for you to bring home with you.  
Our district math curriculum chunks math skills and content into math strand areas around the following categories: a. Numbers and Operations, b. Geometry and Measurement, c. Functions and Algebra, and d. Data, Statistics and Probability.  One of the reasons why the Trailblazers math program was selected by our math committee three years ago, is the way in which it is structured to address both instruction and assessment in the above categories.  Perhaps the greatest challenges found by teachers in the implementation of this program is the relatively amount of reading the students must do to understand the problems, and the fact that the program is spiral in nature.  That is, teachers are not expected to teach the students to mastery level when new skills and content are introduced.  Students are instead expected to master skills and content over a period of years, not weeks or months.  On math night you will see samples of the kinds of problems and activities the children practice on their way to mastery and understanding.  I’ve included the following site on my page for your reference, and the students’ enjoyment.  <http://www.mathplayground.com/games.html>
Board Meetings :  Last Friday a note went home from our superintendent, Dr. Harris, encouraging all interested parties to attend the school board meeting on Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM at the Hanover Street School.  On the agenda for discussion is the board’s proposed budget, and the discussion about district reconfiguration that includes the possibility of two Lebanon primary school closings.   On Saturday, Febrary 7, the Annual Lebanon School District meeting will begin at 9:00AM in the Lebanon High School gymnasium.  All are encouraged to attend.

PTO News:  This Friday evening, beginning at 5:00 in the multi-purpose room, the PTO is sponsoring the annual Spaghetti Dinner and Book Fair.  There will be two servings, one at five and the second beginning around 6:30.  Cost is $4.00 for adults, $2.00 for children ages 5-12 and children under 5 are free.  Additionally, there is a complete new boxed set of the Harry Potter series being raffled off.  Tickets are $1.00 or six for $5.00.  The set of these hardcover editions is valued at nearly $200.00.  All proceeds from the sale of the dinner tickets, books, and raffle tickets will go back to the PTO.  The PTO then uses its funds to compliment and enrich our offerings to the students.  To such initiatives that the PTO is helping to subsidize this year are the BAT (Books are Treasures) program, where all students may select a free book two times a year , and the Mt. Lebanon Friday morning Healthy Snack Store.  I’d like to thank the leadership and all PTO volunteers for their many hours of service to the community.  Completed forms may be sent in with your child.  Also, our PTO volunteers are organizing a Book Fair.  Please take the opportunity to buy a few for your child.  Literacy is the gift of a lifetime.

  Mount Lebanon Elementary School  5 White Avenue, West Lebanon NH 03784  Phone: 603-298-8202