Dinner Anywhere in the World: A Winner's Story

Last year's winning ticket for the first annual Dinner Anywhere in the World raffle belonged to Hannah parent Willie Young. We caught up with him recently to hear about his trip.

"We will be happy to share our journey to Singapore when we actually take it!" Willie said. 

The Youngs will finally redeem their prize in June.

From  Willie:

"We are flying there, staying two nights in a hotel, and then staying with a college friend to extend the visit to about a week total, not counting travel time. So, it is possible to extend the trip, even though the prize pays for two nights of lodging."

"We're going there to explore lots of different types of cuisine, especially the 'hawker' culture, in the food stalls, and experience a very multicultural and tropical city life. As a religion professor, I'm really interested to see the ways that Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, and Christianity have all intersected in the city's life. And, Melissa and I read the Kevin Kwan books (Crazy Rich Asians), which further made us want to go."

"We also considered doing a shorter trip to Rome or Paris, or perhaps to Tokyo, but the chance to go to Singapore was too much of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

"We were truly shocked that we won the prize. It has been a lot of fun thinking about this and planning it. My dad has been asking everyone for the last year what they would do if they won it. It's a fun thing to imagine, and even more fun to get to realize it!"

With one week left to sell tickets, we hope this story inspires you!  

Hooray for Health: Connecting Families to Farms

Happy National Nutrition Month!

Throughout March, Hannah Elementary will be celebrating National Nutrition Month in the classroom and cafeteria. Registered Dietitian (and Hannah mom) Abigail Sykes, School Nurse Lisa Carey, and P.E. teacher Roberta Brown are teaming up to run the fun, hands-on health and nutrition education program, Hooray for Health, for all grades. In the program, we will talk about how “eating the rainbow,” or eating fruits and vegetables of all colors, and other nutrient dense foods gives our bodies the fuel it needs to perform its best. Students will also take a tour around the body and learn how different body systems work.

The Hannah cafeteria is joining the fun by offering new fruits and vegetables throughout the month of March and providing samples of new side dishes. Students have the opportunity to try the sides and vote on their favorite. The winner will be incorporated into future school menus.

On Thursday, March 7th at 7pm, parents and caregivers can join a conversation about food systems and local food with an event hosted by Farmers to You, a year-round online farmers market. Farmers to You founder Greg Georgaklis and Christine Lazor of Butterworks Farm will lead the discussion. It is sure to be a fun, engaging evening. We hope a lot Hannah parents can join us!

This month is a fantastic time to try something new with your child. For example, you could make a chart to see how many fruits and vegetables of every color your family can eat this month. The possibilities are endless and whatever you decide to do, have fun with it. Let’s help show our children that eating the rainbow can be fun, delicious, and nutritious! 

The Hooray for Health program is supported and partially funded by a generous grant from the Beverly Education Foundation and the Hannah PTO. 

Let's Win the Doodle for Google Contest

Every year, Google holds a nationwide contest to find the best Google Doodle, those illustrations of the Google logo that appear at the top of the search page, drawn by a kid.

The winner gets their drawing posted on Google’s search page for one day, along with some other pretty sweet prizes including a $30,000 college scholarship and a trip to Google headquarters. Entry is free. Deadline is March 18.

This year’s judges are Teacher of the Year Mandy Manning, Jimmy Fallon, and Kermit the Frog.

This year’s theme is “When I grow up, I hope…” The rest is up to the kid.

Find out everything you need to know and get doodling!

Hannah Night At Fenway Park

Join classmates, teachers, families, and friends for a night of fun at Fenway Park. The Hannah Elementary School PTO has secured a block of tickets for the May 15th game. Get your seats now and cheer on the World Champion Boston Red Sox alongside the Hannah community.

Red Sox v. Rockies
Wednesday, May 15 at 7:10 p.m.
Seats are Bleacher 35 and cost $21 per person.
Deadline to order tickets: Feb 8

Please send any questions to ptohannahschool@gmail.com. We hope you can join us!

Get Your Polar Plunge On

Nothing beats jumping into the icy ocean on Superbowl Sunday while raising money for charity with your friends cheering and others watching in awestruck horror. Yes, you too can be part of this spectacular tradition.

Join the 2019 Hannah Schooners Polar Plunge team!  

Please check out our Hannah Schooners Team Page — and join in the friendly competition with the other Beverly Schools!  Help us have a great showing at Lynch Park on Super Bowl Sunday — and meet (or exceed!) our goal of raising $2,100 in support of the fine work of the North Shore CDC, Lifebridge and Riverhouse. Consider joining the team for the plunge or donating.  

Polar Plunge
Sunday, February 3
Lynch Park, Ober St., Beverly
Registration 11 a.m. - Plunge 12:30 p.m.
Post-Plunge Party at Beverly High School Cafeteria

For more information or with questions, please contact Hannah team captain Lizzie Dobkowski at ebdobkowski@mac.com.

Parent Resources: Technology In The Classroom

The January 8th PTO meeting featured a thorough and engaging presentation on the different technologies currently in use in Hannah classrooms.

Per the Massachusetts Digital Learning and Computer Science Frameworks, digital literacy and computer science knowledge, reasoning, and skills are essential both to prepare students for civic efficacy in the 21st century and to prepare and inspire a much larger and more diverse number of students to pursue the innovation and creative careers of the future.

Below are the various tools that were described and discussed.

Lexia: Provides differentiated literacy instruction which targets specific student needs. The Lexia Core 5 program is used primarily with students in grades K-2 at Hannah. Students utilize the program for 20 minutes a day as part of their literacy stations in the classroom.

ST Math (a.k.a. Jiji): A personalized learning platform which presents students with puzzles which require critical thinking and visual problem solving. Students in grades K-4 utilize the ST Math program for 20 minutes a day as part of their independent math stations. Teachers extend the puzzles in offline Puzzle Talks which explore the concepts within a puzzle and the strategies used to solve them.

See Saw: A digital portfolio that collects students’ digital and physical work in one place. Everything is organized, making assessment and conferences easier. Built-in tools make it easy for students to capture their learning, reflect, and develop new skills. See Saw also allows parents to communicatewith and see what’s going on in your classroom, building a strong school-home community. Learn more about See Saw here.

Read Naturally Live Lab: This research based intervention takes place 30 minutes per day in a morning lab setting to support students with phonics, comprehension, vocabulary and fluency. Students are invited to participate in the lab based on DIBELS progress monitoring.

Digital Citizenship: Students are taught the importance of being a responsible digital citizen, including understanding digital footprint, cyberbullying, and how to engage positively. More information at Cyberwise.

Google (incl. Google Slides and Google Classroom): A personal folder of work throughout a student’s time in Beverly.

The presentation deck can be found here.

Beverly Public Schools policies around digital resources live here.

If you’d like more information or have questions, please contact ptohannahschool@gmail.com.

Welcome to Code Week

By Seton Wood, STEAM Specialist

We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly depend on understanding how technology works.

Only a tiny fraction of students are truly learning how technology is developed and innovated upon. Only 35% of all high schools in the U.S. teach computer science.

That’s why our entire school is joining in on the largest technology learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (December 3-6). More than 100 million students worldwide have already tried an Hour of Code. Our Hour of Code is making a statement that Hannah Elementary Scholl is ready to teach these foundational 21st-century skills.

To continue bringing programming activities to your students, we want to make our Hour of Code event huge. Please volunteer, reach out to local media, share the news on social media channels, and consider hosting additional Hour of Code events in the community. If you’ve never participated, this is a great event to experience with your child. Check in with your child’s teacher for dates and times.

This is a chance to change the future of education in Beverly.

Get more details on Hour of Code here.

It's a Wonderful Hannah: Gift Giving Board Returns

In the spirit of giving, the Hannah PTO has created the Annual Holiday Gift Giving Board. We are supporting local families in need, some of whom participate in the Home For Little Wanderers counseling and support services. The board sits on the wall between the main office and the gymnasium and is bedecked and bedazzled with tons of colorful gift tags.

How Can You Participate?

  1. Help make a child in need feel special this season by picking a gift tag on the board. Most tags have age, gender, and suggested gift item. Other tags are for general gift cards; one of the biggest needs this year is for grocery gift cards.

  2. Please leave your unwrapped gift in the front office with Mrs. Howell by Friday, December 14, to ensure the gifts are delivered in time.

  3. Be sure to attach the gift tag securely to your gift to make sure the child/family receives it.

Helpful Hints

  • Take a picture of your tag and the info sheet posted on the board in case it gets misplaced or forgotten.

  • Involve your child/children in the gift-giving process.

Please contact Cheryl Consedine with any questions.

Q&A: What the Heck is a Room Parent Anyway?

With Britta Panda, Perinatologist, Room Parent Coordinator and Hannah mom

How does one become a room parent?

Sign up at the curriculum night in the beginning of the school year to be a room parent and/or let your classroom teacher know that you are interested. Each teacher picks 2-3 room parents.

What does a room parent do?

In general, the job of a room parent is to facilitate communication between parents and the teacher, school administration, and/or parent-teacher organization (PTO), and support the teacher in needs that may arise. You might be asked to help organize class parties and it is typically the room parent who organizes teacher gifts at holidays and birthdays.

Who are the current room parents?

KG- Serra: Jennifer Kiesling, Lori Beal
KG- Morneault: Molly Rye, Mindy D’Ippolito
KG- Clancy: Abby Beaulieu, Eileen Moschella
1st – Milford: Kerry Addis, Jessica Lordan, Amy Benjamin
1st - Dempsey: Amy Paluzzi, Diane Grobecker, Erin Goodrow
1st - Quadros: Corie Quill, Heather Mason
2nd - Hewey: Cheryl Consedine, Gina Ferare
2nd - Mason: Ali Kearney, Meredith Benson
2nd - Shellgren: Danielle Ericsson, Liz Andersen, Bre McGahey, Leah Toppin
3rd - Hachey: Emily Belanger, MaryBeth McLaughlin, Molly Regan
3rd - Harwood: Michelle Pouliot, Erin Goodrow
3rd - Jones: Claire Slater
3rd - Stumpf: Eva Oliveira, David Foss, Heather Mason
4th - Barreto: Leah Toppi, Jordyn Reardon, Katie Litterer
4th - Moore: Emily Goodling
4th - Hatch: Katie Tuohy, April Nelson
4th - Ratte: Abby Beaulieau, Kristin Vona

To contact any of the above room parents, please use the directory.

Are there limits on gift-giving for teachers?
There certainly are.