Friday, February 16, 2018
Lori McDermott and I had so much fun at this week's STEM fair! There were 73 projects and 125 students participating in the fair this year. The student engineers and scientists were so excited to share their projects and scientific knowledge with me. I enjoyed learning all about infinity mirrors, how suction cups work, and the various properties of slime. One of our students had a prototype for a cam that can actually send images of the interior of your mailbox to your smart device. Another group of boys used coding to plan a path for a robot to pop balloons with a carefully placed pin. A third grade group created a simple machine to launch food.
The atmosphere of the STEM fair was quite dynamic with the sounds of balloons popping and rockets launching. Children were immersed in slime, water, paint, and sand. Underlying all of this fun were the foundations of scientific inquiry and discovery. Students provided charts and graphs to explain their experimental trials. They provided photos of their engineering designs and redesigns. There were so many facts and figures to make Einstein's head spin. What a joyous time of learning!
I would like to thank elementary science curriculum coordinator Elaine Santelmann for making the STEM fair possible. Additionally, Day School 4th grade teacher Jason Fligg and Living Lab educator Ali Sacknowitz did a phenomenal job coordinating our STEM clubs.
To see photos of the 2018 STEM fair, see the Norman E. Day Elementary School Facebook Page.
Chris Louis Sardella, Principal
Norman E. Day Elementary School
February Shining Stars
Each month, faculty and staff at the Day School have the opportunity to nominate students for STAR certificates in one of five categories for upholding the Day School Code of Conduct: Respect, Responsibility, Participation, Communication, and Improvement.
Here are February's Shining Stars:
Perry Whitmore (Responsibility), Joslyn Pannese (Responsibility), Vienna Wilhelm (Participation), Zachary Tian (Responsibility), Carter LeDuc (Respect), Bruce Davies (Responsibility), Naaisha Agarwal (Participation), Amitha Shanmuganath (Responsibility), Navya Balineni (Participation), Mairead Catalano-Foley (Improvement), Daniel Winsor (Respect), James Hickey (Participation), Benjamin Zukowsky (Participation), Addison Chandler (Communication), Zayden Yong (Responsibility), Elizabeth Bellomy (Responsibility), James Hickey (Respect), Andrew Tang (Improvement), Christopher Davis (Improvement), Nathan Stewart (Improvement), Katie Sporel (Participation), Ian Skinner (Improvement), Andrew
O'Brien (Responsibility), Ashley Vinith (Responsibility), Daniel Winsor (Improvement), Maura Hogan (Improvement), Ethan Gilmore-Wahlberg (Responsibility), Katie Dang (Responsibility), Tilly Emmett (Responsibility), Veronica Vidoli (Responsibility), YuTing Lin (Respect), Jaxzon Giannangelo (Respect)
Extra Clothing in the Clinic
The clinic stores a limited supply of extra clothing for students who may need an emergency change during the school day. Unfortunately, the clinic is not in a position to provide extra clothing for all students who may get wet or muddy at recess. Students may choose to bring their own change of clothes or choose to stay on the pavement if they do not want to risk getting wet or muddy. I would like students to have the freedom to choose where they want to play. At this time of year, I cannot guarantee everyone will stay dry.
Notes from the School Nurse
I received the following from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, New England Chapter and would like to share details of this extremely worthwhile, and easy study. If you cannot participate, please join me in letting others know of the opportunity. One day a researcher will find the key to unlocking the mystery of food allergies and eventual prevention and cure.
The Role of Gut Microbia in Food Allergy and Tolerance
A study by Boston Children's Hospital Food Allergy Program to better understand the relationship between our body and bacteria in our gut. Food allergy is a frequent problem in young children and has become more and more common. Evidence suggests that the bacteria in the digestive system might be related to who develops food allergies and who does not. We need healthy infants WITH and WITHOUT food allergies, aged 1 week to 12 months, to participate in our study as allergic subjects or healthy control. This study involves answering questionnaires and providing up to 9 samples of your child's stool over 3 years as well. Compensation will be provided. We can pick up the samples, so no visit to the clinic or hospital is necessary. If you live within a 1 hour drive of Boston Children's and are interested in having your child
participate, please contact Shervin Rezaei at 617-919-1566 or email@example.com
Cheryl Carpenter, RN
Support the Day School Playground
There are many ways to support the Day School Playground. Please consider contributing to any of these fundraisers. Thanks for your continued support!
Blaze Pizza Fundraiser
Join us for fast-fired pizza at Blaze Pizza at the Pheasant Lane Mall in Nashua on Saturday, March 3 from 11AM-10PM. 20% of all proceeds will be donated to the Day School playground. Please present a copy of this flyer when making your purchase. Go to www.helpdayplay.org for a copy of the flyer.
Patriots Fathead Raffle
Pats fans deserve something bigger and better than traditional posters, wall stickers or cheap décor. This piece of wall art features vibrant, licensed artwork that's quick and easy to put up. We have a New England Patriots Helmet Fathead to raffle for the Day School playground. See the design at fathead.com. If you are interested in owning this wall art, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our table at the Blaze Pizza fundraiser on Saturday, March 3.
Day School Playground Bricks
Support the Day School Playground project and leave a lasting legacy by BUYING A BRICK! Bricks can be engraved with a special message or names and will be used on the pathway leading to the new playground.
Playground bricks can be engraved for a variety of reasons:
- Memorialize or celebrate a loved one
- Recognize a special relative, spouse, child, grandparent, teacher, or pet
- Commemorate a special occasion
- Inspire others with an uplifting message
You can also make a direct donation to the playground fund by simply writing a check to the Day School PTO. Be sure to note your donation is for the new playground. 100% of your donation is tax deductible.
Monday, February 19-Friday, February 23: Winter Break-No School
Tuesday, February 27: Newspaper Club @7:25AM (Computer Lab)
Tuesday, February 27: LYF Club @2:30PM (Library)
Tuesday, February 27: Board Game Club @2:45PM (Room 203)
Wednesday, February 28: Student Senate @7:30AM
Thursday, March 1: Public Speaking Club @2:30PM (Library)
Saturday, March 3: Blaze Pizza Fundraiser at the Pheasant Lane Mall in Nashua, 11AM-10PM
Chris Louis Sardella, Principal
Norman E. Day Elementary School
75 East Prescott Street
Westford, MA 01886
(978) 692-5591 ext. 11