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Summer Reading

August 9th, 2017 · No Comments

The importance of reading outside of school is critical for students to develop their love of reading and knowledge about our world. Books can be “mirrors and windows” for readers to learn about others and themselves.

At Lane we have a summer reading program which is outlined here on our librarian’s site. Please take the time to review it with your child.

If the students need some inspiration, here are a few pics of Lane staff doing their summer reading.

Ms Herman and Ms Nolan in the mountains of Central America.

Ms Mickle reading near Niagra Falls

Ms Weinstein reading at the beach on the North Shore

Ms Smith reading in her backyard

Ms Villarroel on the Jersey beach

Ms Zavalick, Ms Curro and Ms Williams in Times Sqaure…reading of course

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Jessica Castelline- new Gr 5 teacher

July 25th, 2017 · No Comments

Jessica Castelline has been hired as the new Gr 5 teacher, replacing Mrs Dick who retired last year.  She is going to be an excellent addition to our school community.

Here is a short Q and A with Jessica.

Why did you decide to become a teacher?

I love learning. I love the feeling of satisfaction after struggling through a problem for awhile and then figuring it out. I love teaching people to fall in love with learning. It is something I want to do every day of my life and a passion I want to share with kids. I grew up playing sports my entire life and thrive when I work and collaborate with other people toward a common goal. I want my students to wake up every morning excited to come to school, wanting to learn, and making connections daily. My dad was a principal for 19 years and I remember him coming home telling me stories when I was in elementary school and thinking I want to be like my dad…and here I am more than ten years later making my dreams come true!

What makes you excited about coming to the Lane School?

I get excited answering this question, because I am thrilled to be working at the Lane School. From the moment I walked in for my interview and talked to Mrs. Lua I could sense a special sense of community within the school, staff, and students. I remember her telling me about the chickens and gardens that the students take care of and I remember thinking how cool it is to have those opportunities at school. From that conversation on I have been more and more impressed by the sense of comradery, unique opportunities, and support that Lane provides for all their staff as well as their students. When I went on a tour of Lane with Mr. Ackerman students came up and talked to him and engaged in conversation, showing that the students feel a sense of comfort within the school, which I believe is vital to learning. The piece of Lane that I am most excited about is the opportunity to work alongside a close-knit and strong team of professionals who are all working together toward a common purpose: to positively develop and influence the lives of each student.

What is your fondest memory when you were in Gr 3-5 as a student?

My entire fifth grade year was by far the best memories I have. I loved my fifth grade teacher, and I am still in contact with her today. (I hope this becomes a reality for some of my students in the future.) However, my favorite memories from fifth grade were the “outside of the box” projects we got to do. There were two I remember in particular, one project was we had to create a slogan for our name and pretend we were running for President. I remember my slogan to this day… “Cast-a-line for Castelline”. I made fishing poles out of pipe cleaners and attaching a bell as the “bait” to the end of the fishing pole. The second project I remember was that we were given a HUGE white paper bag and we were told to make something out of it and research about it and give an oral speech about our topic of choice. It was a pretty vague project, but that’s what I loved about it, because we could use our imaginations and get creative. We got to research something we were each passionate about and share it with our classmates! I chose Mother Teresa. I researched her and made a whole robe and veil using blue duck tape. I may even have a picture of me in it practicing my presentation…oh and my older brother tried it on too J I loved having the freedom to be creative with such an ordinary object.

Tell us one thing people might be surprised to learn about you?

I grew up in Concord, Massachusetts, only about fifteen minutes away from Lane School. I commonly would go to Bedford Farms to get ice cream, as it is my favorite summer treat, and I played lacrosse and basketball in high school. I played against Bedford in both sports all four years! I continued on to Gordon College where I played lacrosse for four years, was a captain my senior year, and broke the college’s points scored record. Now to compensate for the competitive drive in me I take my fiancé’s CrossFit classes daily.

Any highlights from the summer so far?

My fiancé’s uncle has a house on Rattlesnake Island on Lake Winnipesauke in Gilford, NH that we go up to every summer. This summer we went up and did some of my favorite things including jet skiing, going on boat rides to get ice cream, deep dive in the middle of the lake, tubing, reading, taking the dog on a hike, and having a campfire. It was a perfect weekend. I am hoping to go up one more time before the end of the summer, as it is by far my favorite place to spend the summer!

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Field Day Video

June 11th, 2017 · No Comments

A great day with our third and fourth graders for Field Day 2017. Enjoy the video!

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Staff showing some “talent”

April 8th, 2017 · No Comments

In honor of the Grade 5 Talent Show, here is our staff showing their stuff….

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Grade 4 Online Testing

February 6th, 2017 · No Comments

In April-May, all Grade 4 students will take the MCAS test online. This will pose and interesting challenge since this is the first wide-scale administration of online testing we have ever done at Lane. Below is a short video I created to help you understand the testing experience for the students for the English Language Arts section.

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Mannequin Challenge…..Lane style!!

January 8th, 2017 · No Comments

Very proud of everyone’s efforts….lots of fun!

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Friday Video…Enjoy

October 31st, 2016 · No Comments

A brief look at Lane School…put to music of course.

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Grade 3 Recess Video

September 27th, 2016 · No Comments

Ever wonder what Grade 3 recess looks like? Take a peak.

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Q and A with Ms O’Shea (new ELL teacher)

August 17th, 2016 · No Comments

What makes you excited about coming to the Lane School?

I’m excited about becoming a part of such a friendly and welcoming learning community.   When I first walked into Lane School this spring, I was thrilled to have so many warm faces greet me.  While I have worked in K-5 schools before, I have never worked in an assigned grade 3-5 school, which I am really looking forward to.

What’s your favorite memory from when you were a kid in grades 3-5?

My favorite memory from when I was a kid in grades 3-5, was learning about Greek Mythology.   My third and fourth grade teacher, Mr. Mahady, was passionate about teaching us about the gods and goddesses and all of the stories/fables connected to them.   I was fascinated by the stories and I even named my cats after Greek/Roman goddesses!

What made you want to become a teacher?

First of all, my mother and my paternal grandmother were both elementary school teachers, so it’s in my blood.  In addition, I loved playing school as a child and even had a neighborhood school called “Happy Club.”   I decided to become an ELL teacher because as the grandchild of immigrants, I was very interested in the way we acquire a different language and culture and become part of a broader community.  It’s an amazing process to me!

Tell us one thing that people would be surprised to know about you.

One thing that you would be surprised to know about me is that four summers ago, in July 2012, our house was hit by lightning.  Luckily, no one was hurt, but our house did sustain substantial fire and water damage.

What have you been doing this summer?

This summer, our family has been in the process of moving and transitioning from Burlington, VT to Massachusetts.    Unfortunately, moving can be a stressful process!  Fun things that I have enjoyed doing include running frequently on the Burlington bike path and hiking with my daughter and friends in the Green Mountains of Vermont as well as the Adirondack Mountains in New York State.

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Meet Ms Herrick (New SPED Teacher)

August 10th, 2016 · No Comments

We hired Ms. Emily Herrick to be one of our new special education teachers. She will be working in Grade 5 and doing Wilson reading with students across the school. Emily worked in another Massachusetts school district for about 7 years. We are excited to have her join us.

What makes you excited about coming to the Lane School?

One of the reasons I am excited about coming to the Lane School is because of the wonderful school community.  Upon entering the Lane School, I immediately felt welcomed by all of the staff.  Everyone has been extremely helpful and welcoming as I prepare for my first year in Bedford.  I am very excited to be a part of this school community!

What is your favorite memory from when you were in grades 3-5 as a kid?

One of my favorite memories from my years in upper elementary school was a gifted and talented program called P.E.A.K. that I was selected for.  It took place during the school day and focused on project-based experiences.  In 5th grade, we had a photography class that was so much fun. We learned how to use 35 mm cameras and how to develop film in a dark room.  We were fortunate enough to travel around the city to practice using our cameras in different settings.  I even have some of my old photographs from 5th grade in my childhood bedroom!

What made you want to be a teacher?

I think that even as a young child I knew that I wanted to become a teacher.  I loved school, especially during elementary school, and I respected all of my teachers.  I played school at home lining up my stuffed animals as my “students” and was always able to picture having my own classroom.  I loved my third-grade teacher, Mrs. Labuski, and always wanted to be a wonderful teacher like her when I grew up.

Tell us one thing we would be surprised to know about you?

One of my personal hobbies since I was very young, has always been dance.  I decided to continue my passion for dance after college and I joined Boston’s largest performance-based dance company, DanceWorks Boston.  We rehearse several times a week and have two shows per year.  The founder and owner of DanceWorks Boston, Lisa Mara, also happens to be a Bedford native!

What have you been doing this summer?

This summer I have taken advantage of the warm weather and I have spent a lot of time outside and at the beach.  I’ve traveled to Cape Cod and spent time on my favorite beaches in Wellfleet.  I’ve also visited Montauk, North Carolina, and Charleston, South Carolina.   I’ve enjoyed relaxing with friends and family, going for long runs in the middle of the day, and catching up on some pleasure reading.

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