Monday, September 22, 2014

Reading Starts Early at Macdonough

Thanks to the Lit & Laundry program offered on Fridays through the Family Resource Center. You can bring in a load of laundry to do and spend time reading with your young child. Call the FRC to schedule an appointment at 860.638.3742.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

First Grade Geometry

Mrs. Ciccia's students enjoy playing a game with their math partner.  This game was a fun way for them to discuss the different shapes and their attributes!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Apples in the Kindergarten

Today the kindergarten kids read a story about Johnny Appleseed and tasted green, yellow and red apples.  The children also graphed their favorite apple they ate. Yummy!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Ice Cream Cones in Kindergarten

Today the kindergarten students were treated to ice cream cones.  Did you know that on September 22nd Italio Marchinony filed for the patent on the first pastry cone.  The children are also learning about 3D shapes and ate a 3D shape cone. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Guest Reader In First Grade

Mrs. Ciccia's class had a special guest reader visit their class. 
They enjoyed listening to Mr. Romeo read to them!!

Monday, September 15, 2014

First and Fifth Grade team up for Book Buddies!

Today we had our first meet and greet with our 5th Grade Book Buddies from Mrs. Ellis' class! We were paired up and chose some of our favorite books to read. During this time we get to read to each other, make predictions, ask questions, and practice great reading strategies!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Guest Reader in Kindergarten

Today 4th grader Richard came down to kindergarten to read a story.  We love guest readers.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Tweet Tweet

Fifth graders in Mrs. Ellis' class have been "tweeting" in their classroom at the end of each day about. Rather that using an online twitter forum, students are tweeting on sentence strips on the classroom twitter board. Every day 3 students "tweet" about what they learned that day using an @ symbol and then their name so we know who is tweeting and using the hashtag #whatIlearnedtoday.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Macdonough Parents in Action

Parents in Action meet every Thursday from 9:00 to 11:00 in the Family Resource Center. PIA is a group of parent leaders who volunteer in the school to make a difference in their children’s school life, academically and socially. They spend time assisting teachers with classroom tasks, plan family activities and participate on committees that support the school improvement plan. Additionally on the last Thursday of each month, the Family Funds Macdonough subgroup of the PTA meets during PIA to discuss fundraising for our school. Join us!
Do not hesitate to call us in the FRC at 860.638.3742 if you have any questions or suggestions.

Little Red Hen

Today the kindergarten students heard the story The Little Red Hen. The hen asked her friends in the story to help her make bread, but they all said no. Today the students got to help make bread and share it at snack time. Yummy!

Friday is Bread Day at Macdonough!

Thanks to a generous donation from a local business, dozens of loaves of bread are delivered to Macdonough School each Friday afternoon. Families are welcome to take a loaf of bread, package of muffins or bagels, or other related product.

The bread is free to all Macdonough families.
This program is supported through the efforts of our friends from Wesleyan University

Connecticut's Run for the Fallen

Members of the Macdonough School Running Club participated in the fourth annual Run for the Fallen CT, held Saturday in Middletown.

The event is held to honor all servicemen and women who have lost their lives during their service in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Box Tops for Education at Macdonough

Help Macdonough School earn money by clipping Box Tops from your favorite products. This is one of the easiest way to earn, because we buy these products daily! All you have to do is Clip, Turn-In and Save!
Another great way to earn Box Top points is by registering online. Once you register through Box Tops for Education Website, you have the opportunity to receive coupons and promotions on Box Top products that you can use at the local grocery store.
You'll also get: Macdonough's complete Box Tops earnings details, money-saving coupons for Box Tops brands, over 100 recipes using Box Tops products, and exclusive chances to win Bonus Box Tops. Best of all, membership in is absolutely FREE!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Macdonough Students Take Action!

After reading an article about cities and towns that have poet laureates, 2 of our fifth grade STEM students took action.  They decided having a poet laureate would be an asset for our community.  So they decided to write a letter to Mayor Drew.  Together they brainstormed, organized, typed, and edited and revised.  When they finished they mailed off their persuasive letter to the Mayor.  If the mayor decides to create the position of poet laureate, we have 2 Macdonough students to thank.  Way to go!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program is Back!

Macdonough School was awarded a 2014-15 grant from the Connecticut State Department of Education in conjunction with United States Department of Agriculture to continue the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.
The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) provides the Macdonough School learning community with a variety of free fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the school year. It is an effective and creative way of introducing fresh fruits and vegetables as healthy snack options.

The goal of the Macdonough School FFVP is to:
• Create healthier school environments by providing healthier food choices.
• Expand the variety of fruits and vegetables children experience.
• Increase children’s fruit and vegetable consumption.
• Make a difference in children’s diets to impact their present and future health.

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program is coordinated by Mrs. Michelle Currier, a reading teacher at Macdonough School.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Ms. Jukins' Class Makes Time Capsules

On the first day of school Ms. Jukins's 2nd graders made Time Capsules. The students worked together to measure their height, trace their footprints and handprints, and write about themselves. The Time Capsules will be saved until the last day of school so we can see how we've grown and changed!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Welcome Back to School Macdonough Family and Friends!

Interested in getting involved? Read all about our MAC Families as Partners!
All families of children attending and in the surrounding community of Macdonough School are considered members of MAC Families as Partners. MAC Families as Partners is comprised of both group and individual efforts that aim to enrich the education, experiences and environment at Macdonough School for students, families, teachers, and administration. Values of respect, inclusion, responsibility and integrity are at the forefront of all efforts of MAC Families as Partners.
In order to organize efforts and achieve common goals, MAC Families as Partners is arranged into three areas: Parents in Action, Family Funds MAC, and Individuals. Any MAC parent, family member or community member can associate with any or all of these areas at any time.
Parents in Action Every Thursday from 9:00a.m. to 11:00a.m., the Family Resource Center (FRC) hosts Parents in Action (PIA). PIA is a group of parent leaders who volunteer in the school to make a difference in their children’s school life, academically and socially. They spend time assisting teachers with classroom tasks, plan family activities and participate on committees that support the school improvement plan. If you are looking for volunteer opportunities or to be a part of PIA please call the FRC at 860.638.3742.
Family Funds MAC Family Funds MAC (FFM) is a 501(c)(3) parent fundraising organization that abides by Middletown, CT and National PTA by-laws (,, FFM’s current primary fundraisers are two Book Fairs during the school year. Our current goal is to raise $7,000 to cover Macdonough field trip costs, teacher support and building improvements. FFM is looking to expand its fundraising and grant-seeking efforts and goals. If you would like to become actively involved with FFM or have an idea for fundraising, please email or attend a monthly meeting on the last Thursday of every month at 9:30am in the FRC at Macdonough.
Individuals Parents and other family members contribute individually to Macdonough every day. Through collaboration with individual teachers, parents have led activities in classrooms such as assisted students during computer classes, guided yoga sessions during classroom centers time or chaperoned for a class field trip. The options to help are endless. Some individual contributions to the MAC community are highlighted on the Macdonough blog: To get involved, ask your child’s teacher how you can work together with him or her.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Summer in the Family Resource Center

FRC Playgroups Mondays & Wednesdays 9:30 to 11:00 For ages 0-5
* Free Play * Snack * Circle Time * For more information, contact us at 860.638.3742

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Fun at Kid City!

First graders visited Kid City today!  What a fun field trip!



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