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January 10, 2017 E-News
January 10, 2017 E-News
Posted on 01/03/2017
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January 10, 2017 E-News

"You have been my friend, replied Charlotte.  That in itself is a tremendous thing." ~ E.B. White

Dear Parents,

Everyone is buzzing about two things these days:  The
freezing temperatures 
and New Years' Resolutions.  Today I would like to throw two other things into the mix:  Reflex Math and Typing Pals.  I do not have much control over the
 or your resolutions, but I can certainly spread the word about the value of these two online programs that provide a wonderful opportunity for your students to practice and improve their fact fluency and typing skills.
​​ is an online math fact fluency site
​.  ​
n addition to feeling like a game, it pinpoints weak areas for students and provides brief instruction around those identified fact families. 
The development of automaticity for math facts is critical so
​ your​
student can concentrate on higher order thinking in math.  Students achieve automaticity with math facts when they can directly retrieve the correct answer without any intervening thought process and in a brief time period (three to five seconds per fact).  
​However, l
ike any automatic skill, it requires repeated practice
​ ​
​, in turn,​
requires extended time, which we are always short on in school!  As parents, you can support the development of this skill through regular practice on  
​​ is another online site that supports a similar goal in keyboarding skills:  automaticity and accuracy in typing.  Again, in order for online writing to be productive, students need to have a comfort level with typing accurately so that their brains can focus on the heavy lifting: developing and organizing ideas!  When students are bogged down with finding the "g", it hampers their skill.  Only regular practice with typing will improve their ability. 
While we provide opportunities to practice TypingPals in school, and assign online writing tasks in school, it is important that students supplement this time via practice at home.  
Automaticity or rote learning is certainly not an exciting part of education.  However, as a wise set of psychologists stated in 1898 (Bryan & Harter), "Automaticity is not genius, but it is the hands and feet of genius."  Growing students in all ways is our goal and I ask that you support this endeavor at home as well.
Dr. Oates

LOST AND FOUND- Missing Something?

All of the lost and found items are now displayed on two tables in the main hallway of the school.  If there is an article of clothing that didn't come home with your child, it may be waiting on the table for them to claim and take back home!  If you happen to be in the school, please take a look also.  After January 20th, all items will be donated to goodwill.


Broadway Bound is Back!

Broadway Bound is a club open to all fifth grade students that are interested in attending a Broadway show.  This year, students will be going to see a matinee performance of Charlie and the Chocolate factory on a Wednesday in March or April.  Before the show, club members will meet three times to learn about the plot and production enabling them to have a better appreciation of the performance.  We will also meet after the show to share our thoughts. Stay tuned to e-news for sign-up information.  As soon as the date is confirmed, a sign up form will be sent home via your child's teacher.

Below is the link to this week's eNotices.  Please remember to scroll down for any notices that you may have missed!


Hello Somerville Families!

GROCERY CARDS: orders are due TODAY! Tuesday January 10th.  Purchase $100 cards from either Kings, Fairway, Stop & Shop or Shop Rite for face value, and the HSA makes 5% back on every purchase.  (Fairway increases its percentage as we spend more throughout the year, to as high as 10%.)  Be on the lookout for envelopes going home in backpacks this week.  Questions?  Email Karyn Erb; Amy Marlin;  or Rhonda Marx

BINGO NIGHT:  NEXT FRIDAY Jan. 20th, starting at a new time - 5:30pm - 7:30pm in Somerville’s auditorium.  Brought to you by our amazing hosts, Scott Orr and Anthony LoSauro! 

Just getting home from work at 5:30pm?  No problem!  We are offering pizza this year - it’ll be a Bingo-Playing-Pizza-Eating-Bonanza!  Please order in advance if you would like pizza

$12 per person.  Includes 2 slices of pizza per person.  Please send in a check made out to Somerville HSA, with “Bingo Night” in the notes.  On the front of the envelope, please note family name, and how many will be attending.  We will need pizza/pre-orders by Thursday Jan. 19th.  You may also pay at the door, but pizza is not guaranteed.  (Please bring your own beverage.  Non-alcoholic of course!)  :-)  Questions?  Email us at

JANUARY HSA Meeting: Next Tues. Jan. 17th @ 1:30pm in Dr. Oates’ office.  Mark your calendars.  It’s a great way to catch up on the happenings here at Somerville. 

Interested in Helping Bring GIRLS ON THE RUN back to Somerville? We’re still looking for a few parents to run this amazing program. Registration begins at the end of January and the season starts in March. Girls on the Run is an after-school program which combines interactive lessons and running to inspire self-respect, self-confidence and healthy lifestyles in young girls. It's open to girls in grades 3-5 and meets twice a week after school, working up to a season-ending 5K run in May. We are looking for two or three Moms or Dads to run it. Any questions, please check out and contact Melissa Fagersten (GOTR Program Coordinator) at or contact Heather Wilke(Somerville mom) at

REGENT CLEANERS: Sign up today!  Regent Cleaners will donate 20% of the total dollar amount purchased to the HSA. In addition, they will add a 10% bonus for every customer on the amount purchased. For example, if you purchase $100, you pay the HSA $100, but receive a $110 credit at Regent Cleaners. The HSA then will earn $20. You can purchase any amount from the HSA. Just write a check to Somerville HSA with Regent Cleaners in the memo. This money will be applied against your dry cleaning bill. Drop your dry cleaning off at 45 Broad Street or call for pick up. Pick up and delivery are free. If you have any questions, please call Karin Boucher at 201-251-0773 or email  She’s collecting checks this week! 

Reminder: School is closed Monday January 16th - Martin Luther King’s Birthday in observance. 

Have a great week!

Denise DeAngelis, HSA President

Alexa Wagschal, Vice President

Whitney Klein, Treasurer

Kate Harbour, Assistant Treasurer

Tammy Juco, Secretary