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January 22nd Newsletter

January 23, 2017 · No Comments

Hello Lane Families….

Here are some notes and pictures to keep you updated on what has been happening at Lane recently:

-Hats off to the Bedford Education Foundation (BEF) for hosting a 1980s-theme fundraiser Saturday night at the Doubletree Hotel. For those who might not know, the BEF gives out grants to Bedford teachers to try out innovative ideas in the classroom.

-Our new cafeteria addition should be ready at the end of February vacation. The West Wing addition is still scheduled to be finished by the end of summer.

-Our Grade 3 students had a visit from Sarah Wroblewski, a meteorologist at local Fox News. All Grade 3 students learn about the weather as part of their science curriculum. I appreciated Sarah talking to the students about her job and how it involves science, math, and even some art.

Here is picture of Sarah talking with a few Grade 3 students

Our Grade 4 students visited Lowell Mills as part of their study of the Northeast region and the role of manufacturing.

As part of our library maker space, students in several classrooms got to build and program robots

Great picture of this Gr 3 student, who elected to “purchase” a fine dining experience courtesy of Ms Nolan (note the flowers and fancy glass)

When you read this, hopefully the Patriots will have won (that is Mr Kinney below on Friday)

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Mannequin Challenge…..Lane style!!

January 8, 2017 · No Comments

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

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Friday Video…Enjoy

October 31, 2016 · No Comments

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

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Grade 3 Recess Video

September 27, 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 17, 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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Q and A with Ms Salk (new Gr 3 SPED teacher)

August 17, 2016 · No Comments

What makes you excited about coming to Lane?

After working at Davis Elementary School in the past, I am looking forward to working in such a wonderful community. I think what excites me the most about coming to Lane is being able to work in a very supportive and welcoming environment. I am also excited to meet my new students as well as see some familiar faces.

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

One of my favorite memories from elementary school was when I was in the Fifth grade. I always loved to be in plays when I was younger and I remember auditioning for the school play, which was the Lion King. Although I did not get the part I wanted, I remember how much fun I had to get to dress up as a giraffe and do something I loved with all of my friends.

What made you want to be a teacher?

For as long as I can remember I have wanted to be a teacher. I have always loved working with children whether it was working at a summer camp, babysitting or working in a school. The main reason I wanted to be a teacher was not just because I love working with children but because I love seeing children succeed at school. I think what I love the most about teaching is that not only am I able to help my students reach their goals but how much I learn when working with each one of my students.

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

One thing that may surprise some people is that I am a very adventurous person and love trying new experiences. I have gone zip-lining, waterfall repelling and I even went skydiving wearing a Mrs. Incredible costume.

What have you been doing this summer?

This summer I have been spending a lot of time enjoying the warm weather and sitting out on my back porch trying to catch up on my own summer reading list. My dog Tessie has also kept me very busy and I loved taking her on long hikes this summer. I have also been able to spend time with my family and friends as well as doing some traveling before school starts.

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Meet Ms Herrick (New SPED Teacher)

August 10, 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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Meet Mr. Ferguson (new Gr 3 teacher)

August 4, 2016 · No Comments

Here is a brief Q and A with Peter Ferguson, our new Grade 3 teacher. And no….he is not related to our Grade 3 teacher, Mrs Fergsuon. : )

1. What makes you excited about coming to the Lane School?

First and foremost, I can’t wait to meet and work with my new class.  I love working with third graders and how enthusiastic they are to learn.  When I was touring the school I noticed that the school has live animals in so many places, which I think promotes questions and discussions for cross curricula learning opportunities.  I was also very excited to learn that Lane has a high ropes course and challenges its’ students more than just academically.

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

Third grade was when I moved from England to America and it was a very memorable time of my life.  So many things were different from what I knew.  Teachers and classmates helped make the transition such a positive experience.  People talked differently, the games were different and what we were learned in school was seemingly all new.  How people helped me and made me feel so comfortable has played a big part in who I am today.

3. What made you want to be a teacher?

In 2009 I started working with at-risk youth from urban areas.  I would introduce them to hiking and the outdoors and we’d camp up in the White Mountains.  I found that working with those kids was far more intrinsically rewarding than the work I was doing in the private sector.  I started taking classes at night and the rest is history.

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

I was once a caretaker for 4 donkeys, 8 goats and a bunch of chickens.  I now have a very health appreciation for roosters and learned that a chicken refusing to move from her nest means she’s trying to incubate her eggs.  When no one tells you these things, and you don’t have the internet, you have to figure these things out yourself!

5.  What have you been doing this summer?

I took my eldest son back “home” to England to meet his Great Aunt.  For the rest of the summer, when the boys were napping, I worked on building them a tree house in the backyard.  As a family our summer has been filled with music class, gymnastics, swim lessons, Walden pond, trips to the ocean and Drumlin Farm.  Myself, I enjoyed some time to get in some runs, ride my bike and catch up on my reading.

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June 12, 2016 · No Comments

Grade 3 Parents….Please take a moment and fill out the survey
Create your own user feedback survey

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Field Day 2016

June 3, 2016 · No Comments

Grade 3 and 4 had an awesome time at our annual Field Day. Our PE teachers, Ms Post and Mr Smith, do a great job setting up fun (and wet) games for the kids. This video will give you a sense of the day.

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