Did you know that the blue circle is the universal symbol for diabetes? Throughout the month of November, the NMS Health Awareness Club has sponsored a contest to see who can find all the blue circles posted throughout the school.The blue circles represent Diabetes Awareness. The circles are placed in all areas of our school, and it’s our students’ job to find them all! The person whose number is closest to the correct number of circles earns a reward. The American Diabetes Association reports that 9.3% of Americans are diagnosed with diabetes which includes 208,000 youth. To learn more, go online and visit the website for the American Diabetes Association. Students, make sure to turn in your “blue circle count” to Mrs. Larochelle. Also, keep an eye out for other activities we will be doing!
The 5th Grade Red Team conducted experiments with cranberries today. Students were asked to make observations about the berries, create diagrams, determine whether they sink or float and finally they dissected the fruit to determine why they float.
Fun Cranberry Facts:
- Native Americans used cranberries, fat and ground venison to make a survival cake known as pemmican. They also used the fruit in poultices and fabric dyes.
- Legend has it that Pilgrims served cranberries, along with wild turkey and succotash, at the first Thanksgiving in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
- Today, Americans consume some 400 million pounds of cranberries each year, 20 percent of that during Thanksgiving week!
Check out this easy to make cranberry sauce that you could make with your family! You could even give our experiments a try.
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 12-ounce package Ocean Spray® Fresh or Frozen Cranberries
Combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to boil; add cranberries, return to boil. Reduce heat and boil gently for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cover and cool completely at room temperature. Refrigerate until serving time. Makes 2 1/4 cups.
On Tuesday, November 10, Mrs. Carbone, Ms. Carlson, Mrs. Greelis, Mr. Noon, Mr. Worth and Mrs. Worth had the opportunity to attend the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Summit at the DCU Center in Worcester. They attended STEM workshops to learn how other districts are incorporating STEM into their schools. They saw many wonderful exhibits that provided ideas for our own STEAM Day. Governor Charlie Baker and UMASS President Marty Meehan spoke at the Summit promoting the advancement of the STEM curriculum. The Biogen Cooperation made a poster honoring Mr. Worth who was awarded a grant for $500.00 for our technology department! This grant has been used to start our Raspberry Pi Program. Please take a look at the poster in the lobby that shows off the Raspberry Pi program! NMS is fortunate to have a dream STEAM Team!
Mr. Taylor, Principal of the North Middlesex Regional High School would like to invite parents of current eighth graders to tour the high school during school hours. Tours will be held on Monday, November 30 and Wednesday, December 2 from 7:30am to 9:00am. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Sue Hamel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 6 Red team is continuing their study of the moon by designing and building a shock-absorbing landing system that will protect two “astronauts” when they land! They are being creative by using materials such as index cards, elastics, straws, mini-marshmallows, and a foam cup! Their astronauts are 2 large marshmallows! We hope for a safe landing! Check out the pictures and video!
November’s G.R.E.A.T letter of the month is E for effort. November is also “I am going to college month”. Our students were given the opportunity to see where their teachers attended college through a bulletin board in the main hallway. Also, each day a college is highlighted on our daily announcements, including which staff member and famous people attended that college. To wrap up our month, November 20 is “college sweatshirt day for our staff.” Staff members are encouraged to wear a college sweatshirt/shirt to school. It doesn’t have to be the college they attended! Students should wear red and white for a Student Council Spirit Day.
This year, the NMS Student Council is collecting donations for the PACH (Pepperell Aid from Community to Home). We are encouraging students to donate items from the list below. We are going to incorporate these items in a challenge on our January STEAM Day and will then donate the items to PACH. (Items will not be harmed in the process!) Collection bins are located in each team area. The team who collects the most items will receive a special prize on STEAM DAY!
- Canned meats, including tuna, salmon, ham, and chicken
- Healthy cereals
- Peanut butter and/or jelly
- Canned fruits and vegetables
- Pasta, pasta sauce, and macaroni & cheese
- Baked Beans, soups, chili, and canned stews
- Spaghetti O’s and canned ravioli
- Juice and juice boxes: preferably 100% fruit juice
- Milk: shelf-ready, non-perishable
- Children’s snacks
- Cake and brownie mixes
- Gluten-free, sugar-free, and low-sodium items for clients with special dietary needs
Personal Care Items
- Diapers (especially larger sizes)
- Depends & adult diapers or protective panties (especially larger sizes)
- Shampoo, Soap, Toothpaste, and Toiletries
- Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Tissues
The Student Council will also host a Color War on Wednesday, November 25. Grade levels should wear the following colors:
Grade 5 – Brown
Grade 6 – Yellow
Grade 7 – Orange
Grade 8 – Red