Monday, November 24, 2014

We Are Thankful

McGovern School hosted a Friday afternoon assembly last week focused on being thankful. The session began with the singing of "One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims" with our music teacher Miss Cronin and continued with the reading of the book: Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks. Mrs Yanuskiewicz led the group in thinking about being thankful and we took a quick whole school survey on the things we are thankful for such as family and friends, warm home and food, toys, books and games and school.  The results were placed in a graph and the children made observations and comments about what they noticed. 
This picture speaks volumes!

May your family enjoy the extra time to play and read together this holiday week.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Local Author and Illustrator Visit McGovern School

This week the children at McGovern School were treated to a visit by author Sue Berard-Goldberg and illustrator Ann Handy, both of Medway.  The author-illustrator team spoke to the children about their recent work: A Pumpkin for Thanksgiving.  The children listened eagerly as Sue and Ann described the story behind the idea as well as the process involved in writing a book.  Sue reminded the children that writers write best about what they know about and then told them that she KNOWS that they too are filled with lots of words to put down on paper.  What encouraging words for our youngest writers!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Family Literacy Month Fun

McGovern School students had loads of giggles as they walked into school today to see their teachers dressed as their favorite storybook characters.  The staff storybook character day is part of McGovern School's celebration of Family Literacy Month, a time aimed at boosting the excitement of literacy in the home.  Around the building teachers were dressed as the Cat in the Hat, Thing One and Thing Two, Amelia Bedelia, Mo Willems three famous characters: The Pigeon (who should NOT drive the bus), and friends Elephant and Piggie, as well as the much loved Mrs. Wishy Washy. Other activities are planned for our students this special month including an author visit from Medway resident Sue Berard-Goldberg. Last month, children received a special Literacy Month BINGO board of activities for the month of November that contained many fabulous ideas to extend the learning into the home. We hope you are working together towards completing all those squares all the while enjoying a variety of literacy fun!