Thursday, January 17, 2019

January Happenings

Authentic Application of the Positivity Strength Perseverance
At our P2 assembly last week we discussed how different famous people had to show perseverance in order to meet the goals they had set for themselves.

The staff and I have challenged all children with the following goal: Between now and the end of February, all students will strive to learn to tie their shoes! We talked about how proud we will be as a school community if all children accept and work toward mastering the art of shoe tying. We stressed responsibility, safety and a sense of accomplish.  Many children can already tie their shoes so they have been recruited to teach a friend.  Once successful, each child will put their signature on the bulletin board located in the gym.  Please support your child in this endeavour - our hope is to have every name on the poster.  Happy tying!

Winter Wonderland
Save the Date! The sixth annual Winter "Wonder"land Open House will take place on Wednesday, February 13, with kindergarten from 6:30-6:50pm, first grade from 6:50-7:10pm, and second grade from 7:10-7:30pm. We have staggered the times to encourage children to experience the fun with their grade level friends.  This will also help eliminate any congestion and ensure parking.  If you have more than one student, pick a time that suits your family. Be on the lookout for more information to come home in your student's folder.

Teachers will soon begin the researching process for Project-Based Learning (PBL). For this two week period of time, students engage in a rigorous, extended process of asking questions, exploring resources, and applying information. Students are required to gain knowledge and skills in order to investigate their own “wonders” and engage in authentic and challenging learning. Students will then create projects for an authentic audience –their peers and families! Students make decisions about the project, employ their creativity and work with others to represent their vision and knowledge.

Merry-Go-Round Theatre Performs for First Grade
The Merry-Go-Round Theatre made a visit to Stonehedge and performed The Boy Who Cried Wolf for first graders. Prior to the performance they were introduced to the language, characters, setting, and cultural context for the play which helped the students make their own predictions about the show, and allowed for critical thinking to continue throughout the performance. 

Important Dates
January 21 - No school - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
January 28 - No school for students - Professional Development Day
February 4, 6:30 pm - PTA Meeting - Stonehedge Library

Stay warm!

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Happy New Year!

I hope you and your family had an enjoyable break. It was certainly nice for me to spend time with family and friends within a whirlwind of holiday activities. Fast, furious, and good to be back.

Students were ready to return. Smiling faces tell the story as students arrived for our first day back.

Positivity Project
This week’s character strength is perseverance. Perseverance means you complete what you start despite obstacles. You never give up. The concept of perseverance can most often be found in one’s active pursuit in overcoming obstacles. Perseverance is a uniquely human characteristic that identifies an individual’s ability to spend long periods of time devoted to a single goal or set of goals. Those who persevere are able to set goals for themselves and then take active, calculated steps toward those goals. People demonstrating high levels of perseverance are able to handle significant, sometimes repeated, setbacks in pursuit of goals.

A Toast to the New Year
Grade 2 is setting New Year’s Resolutions! Students read the book Squirrel's New Year's Resolution, by Pat Miller. Then they wrote down some things they would like to improve on in 2019 in school and also at home. Our second grade students have set goals for themselves and will build on their strength to persevere in order to accomplish these goals.

Kindergarten Registration
Kindergarten Registration for the 2019-2020 school year has begun and will go until March 29 at the Central Registrar Office located at 300 Sanderson Drive, Camillus, NY 13031.

For information about registering your student, go to the Registration Section of the website.

Prior to coming in to register, you will need to make an appointment by clicking the appropriate link on the Registration web page or by calling the Central Registrar at (315) 487-4683.

When registering, parents should bring: proof of residency (ie. mortgage or property statement or signed lease agreement); proof of immunizations; and proof of age.

A physical examination is also required and a dental certificate is requested for entry into kindergarten. These examinations should be done up to one year prior to the first day of school. Children who enter kindergarten this fall must be five years of age on or before December 1, 2019.

For more information visit our website or email the Central Registrar at

Important Dates
January 9, 6:30 pm - PTA Meeting - Stonehedge Library - 2nd grade and 5th grade teams are invited to talk about what is happening in their grades
January 11 - Kindergarten Spirit Day
January 21 - No school - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
January 28 - No school for students - Professional Development Day

Friday, December 14, 2018

'Tis the season for Positivity Project Character Traits

Friday’s Positivity Project assembly was a wonderful opportunity for students to learn more about the character traits we are all studying this month, Kindness, Humility, and Self-Control.

We were very fortunate to have a special guest speaker for our Positivity Project Assembly,  Alamin Muhammad.  Four years ago, our guest established a group called, We Rise Above the Streets.  It was a dream of his to give back to the community.  His goal is to make sure the homeless, poor and anyone who needs help in our community experiences genuine care. His mission encompasses what we talk about every day with our positivity project and #otherpeoplematter. Ask your child why accomplishing this dream was so crucial to Alamin.

Classroom teachers donated bread, granola bars, and other supplies in support of his organization. A special thank you goes out to Miss Emily Carlson for coordinating this experience for our children. Miss Carlson is a Social Worker intern working with Mrs. Sheehan here at Stonehedge.

CODE Presentations
Last week Officer Brand, of the Camillus Police Department, provided our second CODE assembly of the year. She spoke on different topics at each grade level.

Kindergarten – Students had a presentation with the staff at The McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center co-presenting with Officer Brand. The children learned a safety plan called “No, Go, Tell” to help them deal with situations that make them feel unsafe or uncomfortable.  They learned the importance of reporting certain situations to trusted adults. The children were read the book “Your Body Belongs To You.”

First Grade – The theme of this assembly was esteem building and the importance of positive self-esteem.  Accepting ourselves, and others, the way we are was discussed.  Being a good friend, and making good decisions, tie into self-esteem.  Officer Brand read the book “I’m Gonna Like Me” and "It's Okay To Be Different" and showed a Sesame Street video titled “I Am Special.”
Second Grade – The theme of the presentation was on bullying and bullying behavior, and being a bystander and being an “upstander.”  The students watched a video titled “Haines Elementary School” which showed how the children can properly handle bully situations.  The students also learned about the importance of reporting certain situations to trusted adults.

PTA's Giving Tree
I am very grateful for the generous outpouring of support for our Giving Tree project. With the donations provided we are going to be able to help make the holidays a little brighter for many Stonehedge families as well as supporting the Samaritan House. The Giving Tree project is a great way to teach the students kindness and that #otherpeoplematter.

Spirit Week
This week is Spirit Week.
  • Monday 12/17 - Tye Dye Day - Wear colorful tye dye or bright colors
  • Tuesday 12/18 - Twin/Triplet Day - Dress like your friends
  • Wednesday 12/19 - West Genesee Day - Wear blue and gold
  • Thursday 12/20 - Team Day - Support your favorite team or a team you are on
  • Friday 12/21 - Ugly Sweater Day - Wear a silly sweater or create your own silly shirt
Important Dates to Remember
Classroom Celebrations - 12/21 (morning)
Holiday Recess, 12/24 - 1/4
School Resumes, 1/7/19

Warmest wishes to you and your family this holiday season.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Building Character at Stonehedge

This week the Positivity Project's character trait that we studied was kindness. Aristotle defined kindness as, ”helpfulness towards someone in need, not in return for anything, nor for the advantage of the helper himself, but for that of the person helped.”

I spoke with children about the PTA's Giving Tree collection, encouraging students to be kind and reminding them that Other People Matter. Our two community projects include supporting Stonehedge families and supporting the Samaritan House.  I am very grateful for the generous outpouring of support already for our Giving Tree project. Please keep the donations coming as many ST children benefit from the kindness we generate as a community.

Mrs. Prosser's 2nd Graders created a kindness reindeer
A Special Night for our Kindergarten Children and their Families
A snowy winter night was the perfect scene for our Kindergarten December Get-together. Children had the opportunity to mingle with their classmates and introduce their families to their new friends.  Our PTA created a station approach in which they played board games (favorites included Pop the Pig and Shark Bite!), listened to a sweet story entitled "I Need My Monster" by Amanda Noll, made a popsicle stick snowman, and topped it off by frosting and decorating a cookie. Enjoy the pictures below.

Fun in the Kindergarten classroom:
Students in Kindergarten classes are learning about shapes. Ask your child about using Geoboards! They've also been able to get outside at recess and enjoy the fresh air and the snow!
Mrs. Erwin's class has fun with Geoboards

Please come by the school to check for your child's lost clothing, backpack, or lunch boxes. Clothing and other items will be on display until the Holiday Recess. All remaining items will be donated after that. 
As a reminder, report cards go home today.
Important Dates to Remember:
Report Cards Go Home - 12/7
Giving Tree Drive - through 12/10
Classroom Celebrations - 12/21 (morning)
Holiday Recess, 12/24 - 1/4
School Resumes, 1/7/19


Monday, November 19, 2018

Feeling Grateful All Around Stonehedge

Out Of The Mouths Of Babes
Ever wonder why so many people in our world are unhappy or disenchanted? Perhaps it's because we need to increase the amount of time we spend reflecting on what is good in our lives. Take a look below at the many ways in which students here at Stonehedge are grateful. They had no trouble completing "I am thankful for..."

  • "my friends" - Jaxon, 1st grade
  • "my family" - Alana, Kindergarten
  • "dinner" - Mason, Kindergarten
  • "everything, just not the bad stuff" - Riley, Kindergarten
  • "my family" - Layann, 1st grade
  • "food" - Avant, Kindergarten
  • "my parents" - Alisha, Kindergarten
  • "my dog" - Jason, 2nd grade
  • "Fortnite" - Bowen, 2nd grade
  • "my dog, family, and toys" - Mia, 2nd grade
  • "cats" - Marlee, 2nd grade
  • "food and toys" - Bennett, 2nd grade
  • "hockey" - Dominick, 2nd grade

As our students have been studying the character trait Gratitude this week as part of the Positivity Project, they have demonstrated some ways they can be thankful and express gratitude in their lives.

You are aware of and thankful for good things that happen.

Positivity Project to Focus on Humility/Modesty and Kindness
As Thanksgiving approaches, it is fitting to study the character traits of Gratitude, Humility/Modesty, and Kindness as we approach the holiday season. 

Throughout the last week of November and into December, students will be exploring what each of these traits mean:
You do not seek the spotlight. You let your actions speak for themselves.

You are generous to others and you are never too busy to help out. You enjoy doing good deeds for other people. 

Kindergarten classes working hard on their turkey headbands

Mrs. Malbone's class modeling their finished headbands
Mrs. Stalter's class picks feather colors for their turkeys

First graders decorated placemats to be donated to the rescue mission

Kindergarten classes also disguised some turkeys. Shh, no turkeys here! 

Attention Kindergarten Parents:

You are invited to join your friends and classmates for a fun
Kindergarten Get-Together
Thursday, December 6, 6:30 – 7:30 pm.
Let’s play games, listen to a story in the library, make a craft, and enjoy a snack together.  Kindergarten children and their family members will have the opportunity to mingle with other families and get to know one another. 

Hope to see you on December 6 in the Blue Cafeteria!

Winter Has Arrived
When winter weather is predicted, stay tuned to Dr. Brown's twitter feed, the website, district Facebook page, the West Genesee app, and the local radio and television stations for information on delays and cancellations. In addition, please make sure that your child has appropriate clothing. Students not only walk to and from the bus, but also play outside for recess. We want to make sure they stay warm!

Blackboard communications software allows us to send emails, texts, phone app notifications, and make phone calls. (Phone calls will be used for emergency situations only) Parent/Guardians and Staff will NOT need to sign-up to receive information from schools that you are registered for in Schooltool. (You will have the option to opt-out if you choose not to receive emails, texts, and/or phone calls.)

For more information and/or to sign-up (if you are not a parent/guardian or staff in the Schooltool system) go to the website and click on the WG Communications sign-up/school app link.

Important Dates
Wednesday, Nov. 21-23 - No School, Thanksgiving Break
Thursday, Dec. 6 - Kindergarten Get-Together, 6:30-7:30

Enjoy this special time with your family and friends,