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Update from our Head of School - June 17, 2022

Hello Families and Supporters,

Happy Friday! We had a great week this week with awesome field lessons and a wonderful Kindergarten Graduation ceremony. On Tuesday and Wednesday our students went to Tinker Falls for a short hike, a picnic, and creek exploration. The kids had a blast finding salamanders, toads, and crayfish. The water was so nice and refreshing that some kids basically went all the way in, while others just waded in the water. This field lesson was a hit and will become an annual tradition I am sure!

Thank you to Mrs. Francis, Ms. Elliott, and Ms. Bri for their wonderful words about our kindergarten students at the kindergarten graduation. There were other helpers behind the scenes too. Thanks to all those who made the ceremony possible and thanks to all the families who were there to celebrate and support their kindergarten graduates!

As we near the end of school, we are grateful for another wonderful year. For me, this year's end is bittersweet as I am moving on to other things, but will greatly miss our students every day. While my own children will still attend Truxton Academy and I will be here as a parent, it will not be the same and I will greatly miss these kiddos. On that note, The Head of School search committee is continuing the process in the search for the new Head of School. Three of the top candidates visited the school this week and were interviewed by our 4th grade class as a part of the hiring process. I didn't sit in on these interviews, but heard from those who did that the 4th graders did a great job in asking important questions, along with some more fun ones. Thanks to our oldest group of kids for helping with this process!

We are Hiring: We currently have openings for the following positions for this year or the upcoming 2022-2023 School Year:

- Head of School (2022-2023)

- Social Emotional Specialist (Social Worker or Social Emotional and Academic Intervention Teacher) (2022- 2023)

- Classroom Teacher (2022- 2023)

- Substitute Teachers (current and 2022- 2023)

- Teacher of the Arts: Music, Drama, or Dance (2022-2023)

All positions are posted on

If you know anyone who is interested, please ask them to send a resume and cover letter or letter of interest to

Important Note from the Office-

As the warm weather has arrived, we are experiencing several speeding vehicles in the school zone particularly at arrival and dismissal times. Please adhere to the 15 mph speed limit and remember these are all our children.

Donations Needed for our Garden: Our garden is progressing well, and we are in need of some materials for weed control. We are looking for: - non glossy black and white newspaper - well broken down hay mulch or any stage of straw - A large plastic rubbermaid-type container with a lid to hold the newspaper until we get it laid down on the garden bed. We are also looking into the idea of adding rain barrels to help with our garden watering. We are picturing a structure for them to stand on that is raised about 4-5 feet off the ground. If you are able to help us plan and execute this idea, please email Sara ( Upcoming Dates- Check out our calendar of events here: 6/17- 4th quarter ends 6/20- No School- Juneteenth 6/21- Kindergarten Field Trip- Ms. Elliott's Class 6/23- Last day of School 6/24- Professional Development Day for staff Updates from the classrooms (Due to this week's hectic schedule, not all classes have an update, but lots of learning happened regardless): Miss Elliott (K): This week in kindergarten we: *Had a fun field trip to Tinker Falls *Worked on decomposing 10 into two addends *Went on a treasure hunt on the playground using our maps and compasses we made last week *Found the missing addend when the sum is 10 *Learned what a landmark is while reading 'The Flag is Up' *Earned our diploma at the kindergarten graduation :) Mrs. Francis (K/1): This week in K/1 we:*we celebrated our amazing Kindergarteners at Kindergarten graduation! *had a blast on our field trip to Tinkers Falls! *worked more with vowel teams oa and ai *finished Magic Tree House book #1 and rated it 1 (or 2) thumbs up! *worked with adding and subtracting within in 100 using our sticks as 10s and beans as 1s *practiced adding within 20 *learned about New York State and worked on our My Place in the World project *practiced counting by dimes and pennies *brought Rosie out for recess! *earned another Warm Fuzzy Party for next week (way to sneak one more in k/1 ) Miss Smith (1st): This week in first grade we: *explored nature at Tinker Falls. *played with our Math manipulatives! *discussed the different types of families that exist. *celebrated people in our lives who are father figures. *finished our 'Our School' book! *Met Ms. Smith's puppy Codie! *Recieved personal superlatives! *Celebrated our Summer birthdays! *Spent our last day on! Please feel free to utilize this resource over the summer! ****Whenever the last day of school is for your child PLEASE have them bring an extra bag into school as they will be bringing home a lot of old work that we have been displaying throughout our school! Ms. Jess (2nd): Ask your Second Grader about...-their field trip to Tinker's Falls -their experiment transplanting tomatoes, basil and parsley from our grow tower to our garden, -the structures they engineered to provide the transplants shade and support, -France Day, their last reward party of the year, -what they learned about Flag Day, -what they learned about Juneteenth, -their Father's Day gift (that is in their purple folder!) **Please send in an extra bag for your student to bring home all their belongings. End of Year Events: -No School Monday June 20th -Teddy Bear Picnic and Awards Wednesday June 22nd at 1:45, please join us if you can! -Last day of school and walking field trip to The Truxton Outpost for ice cream at 11:30 on Thursday June 23rd Miss Madysen (3rd): Ask your third grader about…-our trip to Tinker Falls with the second and fourth graders, -listening to 6-Minute Podcast (find the link to continue listening here) -reviewing how to measure to the nearest 1/4 inch on a ruler, -reviewing how to add and subtract elapsed time, -our landscape directed drawing and watercolor painting for the letter W -organizing our class library for next year's 3rd graders, -finishing the documentary "America's Greatest Animals", -finishing and presenting our National Park Road Trips to our classmates! Have a great 3-day weekend! Ms. Chelsea (4th): Ask your 4th Grader about:- Interviewing candidates for Head of School! - The "Choice Board Activity" they've been working on and will present to the class - Weeding in the garden! - The zombie caterpillar virus they read about as a class - Our trip to Tinker's Falls: Catching newts, frogs, toads, and crawdads! Mrs. Boyden (PE): This week in PE we enjoyed some Hiking & fun games!

Mrs. Boyden (Makerspace): This week in Makerspace 3rd & 4th Grade tested out their s'more ovens! Kindergarten, first & second graders did maker stations using legos, playdough, kinetic, paper and straw builders to create a given maker challenge! Senora Herlihy: In Spanish we have been rereading some of our favorite stories and singing lots of the fun songs that we have learned throughout the year. Many of the students really like Rockalingua and Truxton Academy's subscription will last through the end of the summer, so here is the information if your child would like to listen to some fun Spanish songs, read stories, do crafts and more. (If they don't log in, they can see some of the content, but they can see much more if they log in.) Username: Truxton Password:12345

We have posted a lot of pictures of activities in the past couple of weeks. Check out our facebook and instagram pages for pictures of our students' learning throughout the year:

Thank you, as always, for your support of our students and our school family! Enjoy the 3-day weekend!

- Sara and the Truxton Academy Team

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