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Parent Survey Results

June 21, 2015 · No Comments

A few weeks back, we asked parents to answer one question to help us gauge our level of success as a school. We interpreted the results as a sign we were doing what the parents expect from us. But we also know there are some areas for improvement.

95% of responses marked either "good" or "excellent"

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10 Pics in 10 Minutes (June Edition)

June 8, 2015 · No Comments

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Its more than just fashion…..

May 1, 2015 · No Comments

What a morning we had at Lane. The first ever Lane Trashin’ Show was held. Designers and models from all three grades showed off their Spring Collection of recyclable clothing. You can watch the Runway Show below. Lots of creativity and fun!!!!!

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Grade 5 Talent Show

April 11, 2015 · No Comments

Our annual Grade 5 Talent Show took place this past week. I like to say “this event is about the kids, not the adults!!”

A few quotes from parents:

The support that I saw students giving one another was something that will bond them together as a class as they grow throughout the next stage in their school experience.

I think everyone worked so hard, and it was so wonderful to see so much talent in the Bedford 5th grade class. These are very driven children- it’s amazing to see such talent- both raw and totally developed. I loved it!

This Talent Show has been an incredibly positive experience for our son

It is a wonderful event and so amazing how these young kids have the courage to go up on stage and perform!

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March 21, 2015 · No Comments

The Lane School will be administering the PARCC test to all students starting next week. Here is my FAQ based on questions I have received from parents.

What is being tested?
Reading, Writing and Math in March and then again in May

Is it being administered online, like JGMS?
No, we are doing ours with paper and pencil

How long does the test take?
Each session is timed at about 75-90 minutes, depending on subject and grade.

Do Special Education Students get more time?
yes, as do English Language Learners and some students on 504s

Was the MCAS timed?

Is the PARCC going to be harder than MCAS?
We don’t know, but our best guess is ‘yes.’

Where can I see sample questions?

What if my child is sick on a test day?
We will have him/her make it up

Does PARCC impact my child being promoted to the next grade?

Are we doing PARCC next year?
We don’t know yet. The State will vote on this in October.

Let me know if there are any other questions…

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Transformative Technology

March 19, 2015 · No Comments

Over the past few days I have been collecting some samples of great uses of technology at Lane. We do not want technology which simply substitutes for paper and pencil work. We want technology which can transform the learning experience for our students. Here are a few examples:

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A Note of Appreciation

January 22, 2015 · No Comments

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10 Pics in 10 Minutes (or maybe 11)

January 22, 2015 · No Comments

Here’s a glimpse of a what goes on at Lane.

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Executive Functioning– What is It?

January 7, 2015 · No Comments

There are many educational terms which can be confusing for parents to understand. In this post, I hope to help parents understand one of the terms, which causes confusion. Nowadays the term “executive functioning’ gets used to describe the type of cognitive processes which can help students be successful in school and life.  Harvard University uses this analogy to describe it:

Just as an air traffic control system at a busy airport safely manages the arrivals and departures of many aircraft on multiple runways, the brain needs this skill set to filter distractions, prioritize tasks, set and achieve goals, and control impulses.

Colleen Farnham, Bedford Schools Psychologist, writes:

Executive functioning is an umbrella term for the regulation and control of certain mental skills that help the brain organize and act on information. These skills allow us to plan, organize, remember, prioritize, pay attention, and get started on tasks. They also help us to use information and experiences from the past to solve current problems. The most widely recognized executive functioning skills include

Response inhibition

Flexibility/mental shifting

Self-regulation of affect and of emotional control

Task initiation and completion (persistence)

Working memory

Planning/Prioritization/Time Management

Organization of materials


In terms of what parents can do to help strengthen these processes, Ms. Farnham suggests two for planning and time management.

1. Make checklists. Listing the steps involved in a task will make it easier for your child to see how to get started. It also may lessen her anxiety around planning. Checklists provide a visual reminder of where your child left off if she got distracted. You can make checklists for everything from the tasks she has to do before school to how to make a sandwich.

2. Set time limits. Your child may struggle to budget time for an activity and also for each step of that activity. On your checklists, consider giving a time estimate for each step. You can put some inexpensive kitchen timers around the house. Set them for the amount of time your child should be spending on everything from completing a math sheet to brushing her teeth.

For further tips on what parents can do, check out this link from Harvard University and watch this video as well.

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Souper Bowl

January 5, 2015 · No Comments

From Mr Kinney…..

Lane School’s 3rd Annual



January 19th through January 30th 2015

What is the challenge? Your class is challenged to bring in XLIX (49) OR MORE non-perishable items before January 30th!  This number is less than our school goal!

Where will the items go?: The items will be donated to the Bedford Food Pantry.

  • We will be collecting non-perishable food items each morning after announcements and keeping a running tally of how many we get each day.  Our school goal is 2,350 – but we can do better!
  • All collected items will be displayed in the front lobby and students will be asked to help sort and count the items.  PLEASE MAKE SURE ITEMS ARE NOT EXPIRED
  • Let’s pull together support our local team- THE TOWN OF BEDFORD!
  • The winning class will have their class name placed on the Soup-er-Bowl trophy that is placed in the lobby display case!

** Last year we exceeded our goal.   Let’s see if we can do it again!

Suggested Items: soups (all kinds), meals in a can (Spaghetti O’s and ravioli…), and pasta (all types), pasta sauce (jarred and canned), canned fruits and vegetables, tuna fish, macaroni and cheese- just to name a few (the list is really endless)!!!

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