Issue 6 - February 1, 2017

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Information, News, and Knowledge from Shrewsbury Elementary
     Winter is upon us at Shrewsbury Elementary and we love it!  The students are buzzing with the excitement every time the weather forecasters call for snow.  
     We are still looking for ONE MORE volunteer for Junior Achievement in a fifth grade class.  Please consider giving your time for this awesome learning activity for our students!
     As we start the month of February, we have parent teacher conferences coming up on February 15 and 16.  These conferences can be scheduled by either the parent or the teacher.  We encourage you to bring any questions you may have to these conferences so that we can all work together to help students succeed. 
     You will notice a new event marked on our February Save the Date section.  Cookies with Cards is
a new idea developed by our teachers to help our students come together as a school community and spread joy to others.  All of our students will make cards that will be delivered to local fire departments, nursing homes, and others in the community.  We are excited for the opportunity to share the joy of giving with our students.
     With a PTO Family Night on February 10 and Battle of the Buildings on February 23, we do hope to be able to see all of you this month!  I hope you all have a Fabulous February!
Warm wishes,
Mary W. Dankosky

February 1 - 6:30 p.m. -Grade 6 Parent Scheduling/ Transition Night at SMS
February 3 - Favorite Jersey Day
February 7 - 7:00 p.m. - Elementary Orchestra Winter Concert
February 10 - Spirit Day, wear red and white
February 10 - Cookies and Cards day
February 13-16 - PTO Box Top Blitz
February 15-16 - Parent Teacher Conferences
February 17, 20 - No School for Students
February 21 - 6:30 p.m. - PTO Meeting
February 22 - 7:00 p.m. - Board Recognition Night
February 23 - 6:30 p.m. - Battle of the Buildings, SHS
February 27 - March 3 - Dr. Seuss Week

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Congratulations to our 2017 Geography Bee winners!  First place Mateo Ramiraz-Snell, second place Ethan Ewell, and third place Briley Jones!

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Martin Luther King

Still to this day we sing
In honor of Martin Luther King
When differences weren't right
He stood up strong and led the fight
He fought through hardships without darts
That changed many people's heart
He had a dream that we would stand
United together in this land
Martin’s life did not last
But his memory will still blast
Forever in my mind I stay
That wakes me up to start a new day
He loved this world and taught it right
That helped us share without a fight

Makani K. Ross, grade 6
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Hello!  What a productive start we’ve had for this New Year….our Lil’ Aevidum group has been busy starting us off with a new project, the “Shout Out” box.  The box is located in the front lobby with forms  available for the students to fill out.  Students are encouraged to write a nice note, a compliment, or kind words to any of their classmates. These messages will later be given to those students and some will be read aloud on the morning announcements each week.  A special “shout out” goes to this wonderful Lil’ Aevidum group for doing a great job keeping our school kind, compassionate, and a positive place to be!

A warm welcome to a few new students this month: Emilyn Bell, Mark Cloude, Dalton Hammock, Ryan Hommey, Betsy Morgan, and Eli Taylor.  We are excited to include these new students in our wonderful Shrewsbury family!

Spotlight on Specialists! 

My name is Mrs. Enck and I am a reading specialist at our school.  In my free time, I enjoy cooking, reading, exploring the outdoors, and spending time with my family.  During my tenure in the Southern School District, I have taught various grade levels at all three elementary schools.  I am proud to call Shrewsbury my home and love working with the students, teachers and parents in our building!
I have always had a passion for teaching reading.  As a reading specialist, I teach Kindergarten through sixth grade and work collaboratively with the classroom teachers to ensure the skills and standards taught in the classroom are carried through in my small intervention groups.  These groups are flexible and are based on individual student needs. 
In the primary grades, we are focusing on early literacy skills, such as decoding and encoding.  Another focus is building early connections to text through shared reading and writing experiences which focus students’ attention on textual evidence. We are also working on reading fiction and nonfiction text with accuracy and fluency.  It is exciting to watch our little ones put all these skills together as they learn how to read on their own! 
Our intermediate students are learning how to read more complex text and to write lengthy responses to their reading.  This can be in the form of a short answer response or TDA (text dependent analysis) which requires students to dive deeper into the text through close reading opportunities. We help students to read critically and analyze the author’s purpose while unfolding multiple layers of meaning in vocabulary and comprehension.  Our goal is to help give all of our students the tools and strategies needed to help them become lifelong readers. 
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”  Dr. Seuss



We are over halfway through the school year and the PTO has lots to share.
  • Join us on Friday, February 10th from 5-7pm for Family Game Night. The event is free but concessions will be available for sale. We will have games, cards & music but you can also bring your own game if you have a family favorite. We need volunteers (no clearances required) to run a couple activities. Please contact
  • Send in your Box Tops the week of February 13th - 16th. The winning class from each grade receives a free ice cream at lunch.
  • Make Valentine's extra sweet! Stop by Fractured Prune on February 13th - 17th and let them know you are supporting our school. They will donate 20% of the sales and the winning grade will receive a prize.
  • Don't forget Science Night on Friday, March 3rd from 6-8pm. This free event is always a hit and Melanie is planning lots of new activities and guest speakers.
  • Our next PTO meeting is Tuesday, February 21st at 6:30pm. We welcome you to join us and share your ideas.
Stay warm and stay in touch! You can reach us via or join our private facebook group page.

Interested in volunteering in our school?  Click on our volunteer application for more information:
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Mrs. Mary Dankosky, Principal -
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