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From the Principal – 5/18

From the Principal – 5/18

From the Principal – 5/18

Dear Families,

It was great that so many of you were able to attend our Principal Coffee this past Friday, May 11. The focus of the coffee was on how we grow young writers here at Mason-Rice. Mike Costello, our Literacy Specialist, and I put this presentation together in late November to share at a December Principal Coffee but didn’t have the opportunity to share it then. I shared information with regards to the importance of motivating and engaging students to write, how writing is taught here at Mason-Rice through the Writing Workshop model, our collective Writing Workshop goals for students across all grade levels, as well as meaningful ways that you can support your child as a writer at home. I have included a link to the slideshow below for those of you who were unable to attend. The slideshow also references Mr. Costello’s website, which is a tremendous resource to use to find online tools to support your child with writing using technology at home. The website is: https://sites.google.com/newton.k12.ma.us/mrliteracy/families. Once you arrive at the site, click on the ‘MR Literacy’ icon in the upper left corner. A drop down screen with a number of choices to click on will appear under ‘Families’, one of which is entitled ‘Supporting Writers at Home’. The two websites that were highlighted at our coffee were Popplet and My Story. I encourage you to take the opportunity to view Mike’s website with your child.

This week has been packed with an array of great events that have included Superintendent David Fleishman joining me to visit several of our classrooms, an incredible Grades K-3 STARS Assembly, author Matt Tavares visiting with our kindergarten and first grade students, in addition to our third, fourth, and fifth graders all engaging in Understanding Our Differences experiences. Thank you to all of our parent volunteers who supported with these UOD experiences for our students.

On Wednesday, May 16 and Thursday, May 17 each class came out and planted something specific in our Mason-Rice Garden with our kindergartners planting root vegetables (“Hidden Garden”), our first graders planting sunflower seedlings and rainbow flowers (“Flower Power Garden”), our second graders planting lots of flowers (“Butterfly Garden”), our third graders planting corn seedlings, beans, and squash (“Three Sisters Garden”), our fourth graders planting hot and sweet peppers, onions, garlic, and tomatoes (“Salsa Garden”), and our fifth graders planting herb seedlings, basil, and flowers (“Colonial Herb Garden”). Thank you very much to the following parents and teachers for all of your help ensuring that our garden is a success this year: Laura Tavares, Anne-Marie Oliphant, Karen Flood, Sarah Solomon, Missy Costello (Mike’s wife), Ms. Kelleher, Ms. Morrall, Ms. Nelson, Ms. Page, Ms. Hempton, and Ms. Liu. This is no small task and we truly appreciate all of your efforts.

I wish you all a wonderful weekend.


Jake Bultema

Link to Writing at Mason-Rice Principal Coffee Slideshow




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