Mrs. MacDougall’s Newsletter

May 2019

 may flowers


Welcome May –

Can you believe that summer is right around the corner?! We are having a great time this year learning and growing as students.

kids showing empathy

Our May word of the month is EMPATHY – the ability to understand and care about how someone else is feeling. We will read some stories to help the students see the word through someone else’s eyes. Some great books that you may want to read at home include:

  • What’s Wrong with Timmy? by Maria Shriver
  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio
  • The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig
  • Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
  • Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
  • The Wall by Eve Bunting

    In reading we will continue to focus on sequencing the events in a story and answering the “W” questions: who, what, where, when, and why. We will also finish up learning about different types of poems – cinquain, shape, and haiku. We will also start to read about idioms – what they are and what do they mean.

    In math, second graders are learning time and graphs. They will be learning the parts of a clock, and to tell time to the nearest 5 minutes. We will also be learning about bar graphs, pie graphs, and pictographs. We will learn how to read the graphs and how to collect data to create a graph.

    Fourth graders are learning about decimals – how to read decimals, add and subtract decimals, compare decimals, multiply and divide decimals, and using money to understand decimals.

    In 7 habits we are working on habit 7 Sharpen the Saw – taking care of yourself. How to take care of yourself by eating right, exercising, and getting enough sleep. Spending time with family and friends and finding ways to help others.

    This month we have a few dates to keep in mind:

  • May 1 – PTO Meeting
  • May 7, 9, 15 - 4th graders – NHSAS testing
  • May 15 - Recorder Concert
  • May 16 - 4th grade to Alvirne for NH Farm Day
  • May 16 - Movie Night by Giving Gorillas
  • May 17 - DARE graduation Grade 5
  • May 21 - 5th grade Field Trip extended day
  • May 23 - Rally for Ally Trivia Night 5:30 - 7:00
  • May 27th – NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day
  • May 28th – Celebrate the Arts/Band Concert – 5-7
  • May 28   - 4th grade rooms 102 and 103 - field trip
  • May 30 - incoming 2nd grade step up day; popsicles and tours 5:30 - 6:30
  • May 31 -  4th grade rooms 104 and 106 - field trip


As always thank you for all you do each day for your children! If I can be a help at any time, please let me know of any concerns/questions at any time during the school year!  ~  Debbie MacDougall 😊



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