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.

Podcasts for Better Thanksgiving Roadtrips

At this time of year, many of us are hitting the open road to spend Thanksgiving with family and friends. To entertain small friends on long drives, check out these podcasts designed for kids but entirely enjoyable for adults as well:

This Podcast Has Fleas – Hilarious comedy about a dog and a cat with dueling podcasts, living in the same house. Features Alec Baldwin as a Zen goldfish.

Pants on Fire – Nobody can spot a liar better than a kid. Or can they? This gameshow brings two adults before a child contestant: one adult is an expert on the topic of the day while the other is a no-good dirty liar. Will the kid detect the imposter?!

Brains On! – Science that feels like a cool news magazine.

The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel - a scripted podcast for middle grade kids, performed by middle grade kids. It is a fun, high-quality, serial mystery that can be described as Goonies meets Spy Kids meets Stranger Things for 8-12 year olds.

When the kids fall asleep, or while you’re out for a pre-turkey jog, here’s some fantastic listening for adults.

Last Seen - WBUR’s podcast about the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum robbery, the biggest unsolved art heist in history.

Bear Brook - New Hampshire Public Radio’s podcast that investigates a cold case of murder in Bear Brook State Park.

Gladiator - The Boston Globe’s Spotlight Team takes a hard look at the crisis facing football through the lens of Aaron Hernandez’s life and terrible crimes.

Radiolab - Various topics, all of them thought-provoking and fascinating.

99% Invisible – Design-focused podcast that goes way way beyond architecture.

Empire on Blood – True crime about a 1992 Bronx murder case that questions the nature of justice and redemption.

Wooden Overcoats – Fictional radioplay about a small town in the Channel Islands that has one funeral home. Until one day, it has two.

Ear Hustle - Made by the inmates of San Quentin Prison, this podcast offers a glimpse into a world that may surprise you.

Serial - Season 3 is now available and details a full-year immersion in a courthouse in Cleveland as a microcosm for the entire justice system.

These podcasts (and more) are available on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you find your podcasts.

No Mistletoe Required: Kissing Balls For Sale

As the leaves and temps drop, we start thinking about holiday greenery to add color, decorate our homes or to bring as gifts for the start of the Winter season.

Please support the Hannah school's 4th grade in purchasing beautiful holiday kissing balls created for us by Country Gardens in Rowley. Balls are $27 with your choice of ribbon and pine cones. See the order form here.

Proceeds from this fundraiser go toward supporting exciting 4th grade initiatives such as Project Adventure and the Express Yourself program and performance at the Wang Theater. 

The history of Christmas kissing balls dates back to the Middle Ages when villagers would wind together twine and evergreen branches in the shape of a ball. Learn the story behind this odd tradition.

The deadline for kissing ball orders has been extended to Friday, November 16. Kissing balls will be ready for pick up at Hannah on Tuesday, November 20, between 1:45-2:15 p.m. and 3:30-6 p.m.

Questions? Contact Melissa Perry at mgreenperry@gmail.com

Your PTO Needs You: Open Committee Positions

The success of the Hannah PTO rests on the shoulders of volunteers, parents and guardians who work part-time, full-time, or in the home. We are commuters and caregivers who carve out time to support our favorite school. We’re looking for a few good volunteers willing to drive the following efforts:

• Welcoming Committee - Help recruit new PTO members, run table at PTO and school events, coordinate special projects and initiatives to promote diversity and inclusivity within PTO and the school.

• School Committee Liaison - Represent Hannah School at school committee meetings, report back to PTO board on meetings, communicate school committee representatives when Hannah PTO meets.

• Hospitality Coordinator

• Grants - Research, write, and apply for grants throughout the year. Work with Beverly Education Coordinator to encourage teachers and parents to write Bev Ed grants.

• Polar Plunge - Promote event through flyers, social channels, and coordinating morning meeting event with principal , recruit a Hannah team, make signs, serve as Hannah’s team captain on the day of the event (Superbowl Sunday).

Sound like your kind of challenge? Please contact ptohannahschool@gmail.com. We’re looking forward to working with you.