Friday, May 18, 2018

NewsNotes 5/17/18

Carr School Update -  It appears at this point that we are very likely to be moving to the Carr School Building next summer and opening up in the fall of 2019.   The following notes are an excerpt from the School Committee meeting that took place on Monday, May 14th.  The notes discuss the preparations needed for the move:
"There are facility adjustments and costs associated with preparing the Carr building to become a permanent school, and other costs associated with moving the school. The district has begun to make rough cost estimates and to delineate the type of work that will be required. The following activities andprojects at the Carr building will be needed in the upcoming fifteen months to ensure a smooth transitionfor the Horace Mann community, including:
  1. Adding a separate bus lane
  2. Possible modification to two adjoining smaller size classrooms to create more flexible space
  3. Addition of a storage area because only crawl space storage is available in the building
  4. HVAC work to add cooling to the Carr building as a permanent school building (CIP funds)
  5. A furniture and equipment inventory (to facilitate move, reuse or surplus existing furniture and
    needs assessment for new student furniture; Carr was furnished with a mix of good quality used
    furniture and new items five years ago)
  6. Limited replacement of student furniture
  7. Teacher stipends; packing support
  8. Professional movers to transfer curriculum materials and limited furniture and equipment"

May Assembly - At this month’s assembly, we got together as a whole school to share a number of things that we wanted to celebrate:

  • Kindergartners in Ms. Seyferth’s class decided on their own to celebrate KIND WEEK in their classroom.  They started by making a giant poster for a new student, made an effort to do kind acts at school and at home, did a craft project where students created tiny cutout versions of their classmates, and talked about Kindness at whole class meetings throughout the week.  We also decided to make KIND WEEK an annual event for the whole school!

  • We recognized Erica Sato, 3rd grader in Ms. Rosen’s class who recently was selected as one of five national finalists of the Future Chefs Challenge, sponsored by Sodexo.  She won some cool prizes, including a scooter,  an iPad and more. Congratulations again to Erica.

  • We finally unveiled the Buddy Bench, complete with each student’s fingerprint creature.  The bench is aimed at providing students with an opportunity to connect with others at recess.  So far, we’ve seen students display tremendous empathy and kindness as they’ve reached out to one another to invite new friends to play.  

  • Mr. Feldstein’s class memorized and performed the poem Human Family by Maya Angelou.  I’ve included the text of the poem at the end of my NewsNotes section.

Newton Serves - A belated thank you to all of the families who came out on Sunday, April 29th to take care of the grounds around Horace Mann.   Volunteers came to spread fibar and mulch, do some trash cleanup, and otherwise take care of the area surrounding our school. Thanks also to Ashley Sullivan and Kristy Moore for coordinating this year’s event.

My Friends, My City - David Tynes, Priscilla Bartley, and Claudia Hoover have recently initiated an effort to connect Boston and Newton students and families.  We began by asking students in the Metco program to identify a friend in Newton who they would like to connect with.  On Thursday mornings, the two groups of children come to the gym to play basketball before school.  Later this spring, the students and their families will then spend a day in Boston getting to know more about one another as well as more about life in the city.  Our hope is to expand this program next fall!

Teacher Appreciation Week - Last week, the PTO provided a wonderful array of daily treats to show appreciation for the tremendously hard work that our teachers put in on a daily basis.  We had a nice, light breakfast and lunch, ice cream treats, classrooms supplies, and an array of appreciative cards and notes from students and families.  Thank you to all of the community members who participated.  Thanks also to Jess Schiefer, Jacqueline Freeman, and Megan Anapolle for organizing.  It was a great morale boost for staff.

Human Family
Maya Angelou

I note the obvious differences
in the human family.
Some of us are serious,
some thrive on comedy.

Some declare their lives are lived
as true profundity,
and others claim they really live
the real reality.

The variety of our skin tones
can confuse, bemuse, delight,
brown and pink and beige and purple,
tan and blue and white.

I've sailed upon the seven seas
and stopped in every land,
I've seen the wonders of the world
not yet one common man.

I know ten thousand women
called Jane and Mary Jane,
but I've not seen any two
who really were the same.

Mirror twins are different
although their features jibe,
and lovers think quite different thoughts
while lying side by side.

We love and lose in China,
we weep on England's moors,
and laugh and moan in Guinea,
and thrive on Spanish shores.

We seek success in Finland,
are born and die in Maine.
In minor ways we differ,
in major we're the same.

I note the obvious differences
between each sort and type,
but we are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

We are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

We are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike. 


Fitness for Life
Friday, May 25

No School-Memorial Day
Monday, May 28

Family Appreciation Night and PTO Open House
Friday, June 1

Deadline for ordering School Supplies
June 15

Parent Pick-Up Basketball
Friday, June 15

5th grade Graduation
Thursday, June 21 

Last Day of School-noon dismissal
Friday, June 22
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From the PTO

to all who helped at
It was a great day, despite the rain. Lots of volunteers helped pick up trash and spread mulch and Fibar. A big thanks to our organizers Ashley Sullivan and Kristy Moore. 

Fitness For Life is getting greener! 
The PTO has approved the donation of individual, reusable water bottles for all students. These water bottles are BPA-free and feature exclusive Fitness for Life artwork designed by our very own Mr. Dailey.
In addition, Belmont Springs has agreed to donate 50 gallons of water to help us fill them! Thank you Belmont Springs.

Don't forget to pay on-line if you haven't already.

Order your
School Supplies
for next year


Horace Mann is again working with SchoolKidz.Inc. to bring great school supplies into our school. Skip the back-to-school lines and have your child's school supplies delivered to his or her classroom on the first day of school— it couldn't be easier!

Teachers have put together lists of required school supplies. To order, either fill out the form that was sent home with your student or: 

1. Go to
2. Enter Account 32991
3. Fill in your child's name and grade
4. Add to cart and checkout

Kits will be delivered to your child's classroom on the first day of school. As always, ordering an extra kit for the classroom is much appreciated. If you choose not to use this great service, (why wouldn't you?)  remember to print out the list of required school supplies for your child and purchase them on your own. (Avoid the hassle-order through us! ) 

Family Appreciation Night!
Bring the whole family to the Horace Mann gym on Friday, June 1 from 6-8 p.m. for a fun game of Bingo with prizes and refreshments.
Hosted by the PTO.
Let's gather together one last time before school lets out for summer!
Board members will be on-hand to answer questions about the PTO and offer a year in review. 
Let us know you plan to attend by signing up below.

Parent Pick-up Basketball
Friday, June 15
Horace Mann Gym
Just a $1!

Want to get involved?
The PTO needs help with two committees next year. We need someone to head up our Box Tops committee. This includes coordinating all of our purchase-to-donate programs, such as AmazonSmile and Stop and Shop A+ Rewards. We are also looking for someone to help run two (or more!) community building events. Ideas can range from a night at the Paint Bar to trivia night at a local pub or anything in between!  Please email if you are interested. 

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Tynes Times Spring Edition

The Tynes Times

 Spring Edition


April 25, 2018 – With spring finally here, the kids at Horace Mann are back outside enjoying the fresh air and running, jumping, hopping, skipping, galloping and leaping over some rain puddles. Now is a good time for families to prepare to “make time for exercise.” Family hikes, family workouts, or any physical activity that involves the family unit will leave a positive and lasting impression on most children. The following is one of many links that will help you get started:

What’s been going on in Physical Education? - We have finished our Striking Volleyball, Basketball units and we are preparing for Fitness For Life.

What’s Next? – We are now in the early stages of our massive unit on Fitness, Nutrition and the Systems of the Body with emphasis on the cardiovascular system. We will be focusing on food labels and comparing and contrasting the old and new ones that are soon to hit your grocery store. We will be learning about cells, DNA, and the amazing, incredible human body. The students will be working out with over 25 machines and pieces of fitness equipment.

Sneakers - Please make sure your H.M. student brings his or her sneakers on Physical Education class days.  Please no sandals, crocks or flip-flops!

Student Helpers from North - All year long students from Newton North’s Special Education programs come in to assist me in Physical Education classes. We have students every Tuesday and Friday. This continues to be an enriching program for our students and for the students from North, as well!

Save the Date - Fitness for Life is Friday, May 25th!
(Rain Date - 6/1) For those new to Horace Mann, this is an event that happens only at our school. We reserve the entire Auburndale Cove for the day and celebrate fun, families and fitness. This is an event that I encourage all families to participate in. It is a wonderful way to connect with the entire Horace Mann community. You will be receiving a lot of information in the next few weeks.

Parent Helpers – WE NEED YOUR HELP! We are in need of parent helpers to be part of the set up and break down crew on May 25th for Fitness for Life. Please let me know if you are able to help out.

SET UP - This involves meeting Mr. Tynes at the Cove to unload the truck and set up the stations. If you are available we will meet at 7:00am. I will have a map, tools, and instructions for each station.

BREAK DOWN - At 1:45 we will begin breaking down the stations. We will load up the truck and head back to Horace Mann.  If you have a pick up truck and don’t mind throwing some stuff in the back, this will be a big help.

As your children grow and begin to choose spring sports, chances are you may be asked to coach or help out with one of the teams. Here is some advice from a teacher and dad who has been doing both for over 30 years:

Four Tips for Family Members Who Coach - The students are just beginning to figure out how to use their amazing bodies. At Horace Mann, I encourage all children to give their best effort. As they grow and participate in sports, the right coach can shape, make, or break a child.
1.   Make sure you are familiar with child development and what research, data, and science says is best for a particular age group.
2.  Try not to punish with exercise (it is not what happens here in Physical Education class). Exercise should be meaningful and fun.
3.  Remember - it is about them, and you have a great opportunity to make a lasting impression.
4.  Make it fun, safe and “make their day.”

In The Sprit of Sportspersonship,
Mr. Tynes