Welcome to the Winthrop Friends of Ipswich Elementary Schools (FRIES) new website! Be sure to bookmark the site so that you can easily browse/search for the latest FRIES news, upcoming events, activities and ways to get involved with Winthrop! We appreciate your support! Have a question or an idea for FRIES? Please contact a FRIES representative by clicking on “Who’s on FRIES” above.
Spring 2019 Volunteers Needed!
The annual Winthrop Art Show is coming up on March 28th. There is still time to volunteer! We need lots of goodies and snacks for our artists and families. Please CLICK HERE to sign up!
June 1: Ice Cream Social – Sign up to volunteer!
May 17: Tiger Trot – Sign up to volunteer!
May 10: Teacher Appreciation Lunch – Sign up to volunteer!
FRIES has purchased a microwave to be delivered on May 8th to the Teacher’s Room. With that in mind Marissa has put together a “grab and go” buffet of quiche and granola bar for this Thursday! They can warm up their quiche in the new microwave!
The Winthrop Science Fair is from 6PM – 7PM on Wednesday, May 2nd 2018.
You are invited to participate in the Winthrop Science Fair! Winthrop students are encouraged to share anything related to science: Bring your collection, invention, observation, or experiment. More information in the link to our Upcoming Events Page
FRIES is in need of a treasurer for the upcoming academic year! We are a 501(c)3 charitable organization for which we need to keep detailed and accurate books. This role is critical to the operation. Please contact any board member for more information if you are interested! Thanks!
Ice Cream Social June 3 5pm-7pm
Come join us for this fun annual end-of-year celebration! Bring a blanket for the front lawn & a picnic dinner to enjoy with family & friends!
*PIZZA *Ice Cream *Face Painting *Cake Walks *Grab Bags
Pomodori’s Pizzaand White Farms Ice Cream for sale. We will have a water station. Feel free to bring water bottles.
*Please remember there is NO PARKING AT THE SCHOOL! Be advised & plan accordingly-all lots and driveways will be closed to traffic. (There is also no parking on Mineral St.)
We still need volunteers: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4fada822aa8-icecream
Tiger Trot May 20th
Schedule of when each classroom will run
sign up to help:
The 250 yard “tiger track” will be identified with cones and will be on the Winthrop front field. The children will go to the track with their class at their designated time. Students will be on the track for approx. 15 minutes and can run, jog or walk the track as many times as they want in the timeframe. All children will participate and all will receive a small gift. Water will be provided during the event.
Shorter course for younger students will be located on the grassy area in the front of the building near the kindergarten classrooms.
MINI TRACK SCHEDULE
9:00 Mrs. Zagarella – Room 16
9:30 Mrs. Gove – Room 13
10:00 Mrs. Archung – Room 14
10:30 Miss Borges – Room 15
REGULAR TRACK SCHEDULE
9:00 Miss Tlumacki – Room 4
Mrs. Zybert – Room 6
9:30 Mrs. Lacolla – Room 2
Miss Chaharyn/Mrs. McGowan – Room 23
10:00 Mrs. Lopez-Ryan – Room 25
Miss D’Andrea – Room 27
10:30 Mrs. Florez – Room 3
11:00 Miss Gouzie – Room 7
Mrs. Norris/Mrs. Marinopoulos – Room 9
11:30 Mr. Daignault – Room 5
12:00 Miss O’Reilly – Room 17
Miss Wolfrum – Room 19
12:30 Mrs. Wile – Room 22
Mrs. Herrick – Room 24
1:00 Mrs. Smith – Room 20
Mr. Archung – Room 21
Pledge sheets went home with backpacks. If you need additional copies click here:
Teacher Appreciation luncheon May 5
Thanks to all who donated food or raffle items to the teachers appreciation luncheon!
Winthrop School Art Show from 6-7:30pm
17th Annual Author’s week
Monday April 11th– Jason Chin will be at the school to work with the students. Here is what he says “The presentation gives students an inside look at how I make a book. I talk about the science behind the book, my research process and how I write and illustrate the book. If I’ve gone on location to do research, the slideshow includes photos from my research trip.”
check of more about Jason: http://jasonchin.net/
Tuesday April 12th Author’s Night from 6:30-7:15
This is an evening in which children share the first of their writing with other members of our school community, listen and respond to the written works of others and end with an informal celebration of refreshments
Feoffee Grants Showcase from 5-7pm at the Dolan Performing Arts Center (IPAC)
At this event you will be able to meet the educators who have received Feoffee grants and learn about the enriching programs they are creating for all Ipswich students!
The Farm to School grant/ISE will have a table and we are excited to show you all that we have accomplished with this grant!
Casino Night update:
March 18, 2016 Turner Hill 7pm-11pm
Buy your tickets at :
2nd annual Science Festival
March 11, 2016 6:00-7:30 pm at the school
If you want to participate but have not yet registered, contact Charlie Flowers at email@example.com
Special Event: screening of “Most Likely to Succeed” Feb 25th @ 7PM @ PAC
Learn about and take part in the discussion of how to best prepare our students for the Innovation Era. What should education look like for all our children?
Most Likely to Succeed (MLTS) offers an inspiring look at what students and teachers are capable of-if we have the vision and courage to transform our schools. Directed by acclaimed documentarian Greg Whiteley, the film has been an official selection of two dozen of the world’s top film festivals, including Sundance, Tribeca, AFI, Cleveland, Dallas, Milwaukee, Sarasota, Seattle, Virginia, and Bergen. Audience members call it the most compelling film ever done on this topic of school.
To watch the trailer for this film go to: http://mltsfilm.org/
Click to read what Education Week has to say about the film. blogs.edweek.org/edweekmostlikelytosucceed
If you missed the screening and want to learn more:
Project Based Learning at High Tech High (15min)
RSAnimates: Sir Ken Robinson, Changing Educational Paradigms (12min. Illustrated)
TED: Ken Robinson (three talks, 18min each)
Food Drive Mini golf raised over $1400 for Open Door!
Thank you to all the volunteers, participants, staff and students!!!
January 29-31- Come play golf to benefit Open Door
Here is how it will work:
- Donate Non-perishable food items to the Winthrop School. Send canned goods, sealed boxes of cereal, pasta, sealed oatmeal canisters, with students or drop items off in the lobby by January 27th.
- Students Design and Build Indoor Mini-Golf Course: In a teacher-guided engineering design challenge, students will utilize the non-perishables to creatively design and build an indoor mini-golf course in the Winthrop School.
- Come Play the Course to Benefit Charities! Families, friends, and community members are invited to play the course for a donation. Thank you to the generosity of White Farms Mini Golf for the use of clubs and balls!
- Donations and Non-Perishables Gifted to Charity: On Sunday, January 31st, students and volunteers will pack and present donated funds and non-perishables to Open Door.
Come play mini golf**and support Open Door at these times:
Friday, January 29th:
Saturday, January 30:
Sunday, January 31st
**Any donation accepted $5 suggestion.
*volunteers need to help box food items for presentation to Open Door
Looking for Volunteers to help with Mini Golf Event:
Casino Night update:
March 18, 2016 Turner Hill 7pm-11pm.
Looking for volunteers to help plan the night! check out:
Friday December 4th- Come see “Elf” at the PAC. Doors open at 6:30pm. $5 donation to the IMS/IHS Girls Volleyball program.
Welcome back to school!
We have a couple flyers that will be going home in backpacks the first week of school. Just in case you need a softcopy, here they are:
Mums Fundraiser: MUMS flyer 2015
School Directory: Winthrop School Directory – New, Add, Change Form -2015
Volunteer opportunities: No Commitment necessary! Just share your contact information and we’ll keep you apprised of classroom or event volunteer opportunities that come up through the year! Sign up at:www.bit.ly/winthropvolunteers.
EVERYONE who registers between now and SEPT 25th will be entered into a drawing for a Pomodori’s gift card!
September FRIES Meeting is next Wed Sept 9 at 7:30 pm. Come meet new people, visit with old friends.
12th Trivia Night! Save the date. More details coming soon.
5th Annual Ice Cream Social Volunteers needed! Please return the form that was sent home with your child on Wednesday May 20th to sign up to help make this event a success!
22nd Tiger Trot! Donations and volunteers needed. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to help out.
7th Teacher Appreciation Luncheon check the board in the lobby for items to donate! Let’s show our appreciation for our wonderful teachers!
9th Playground Spruce Up! 9AM – Noon Calling for volunteers to spread mulch, help with planting, tightening up of playground equipment. Bring your rakes and shovels! If you have questions email Rob Donahue at email@example.com. Please sign up using SignUpGenius here: SignUpGenius
13th Last FRIES Meeting of the year 7:30pm @ the school Cafe.
22nd (Rain Date of 26th) Tiger Trot 8th annual event to raise money for the playground. Sponsor students with flat donations to run/walk the “Tiger Track” at school.
11th FRIES Meeting 7:30 pm in Cafe at Winthrop School.In addition to regular FRIES business, come hear from Principal, Sheila McAdams, about Project-based learning. This is a dynamic classroom approach where students actively explore real-world problems and challenges. Come learn more about how and why this approach will be adopted in our school in the coming year.
20th Science Festival 4:30-7 pm at the school. Come support our nearly 60 students participating in the 1st Winthrop Science Festival! Everyone is welcome to support our students!
topics like comparing power vs speed, how band aids stick, whether Boys or Girls have better reflexes, see demonstrations with a drone, volcanos and water power! See collections of sea glass, rocks and learn about gravity!
Check out photos from the event!
7th Chinese New Year Celebration. Event to be held at the IPAC. Ticket $10 each. Get your tickets at Chinese New Year Celebration
Count your loose change for Winthrop! The Institution for Savings is once again, donating 100% of the fee for using their coin counter at any branch. The C.O.I.N.S. for Cause program donates to all schools in the area, February is designated for the Winthrop school!
13th Special Program: storyteller Norah Dooley visits all grades to conduct a workshop where students explore the connections between life and stories. Working from a set of story prompts the students are guided to imagine a particular time in their lives. For more information on this award-winning author, please visit: StorytellerNorahDooley
14th FRIES Meeting at 7:30pm “Emergency Preparedness” is the focus of this meeting. Lt. Hubbard from the Ipswich Police Department will present on the FEMA program called “Ready Kids.” The program teaches children and parents about emergencies and how to prepare for them. Make a plan. Build a kit. Know the facts. Get involved. Included in the discussion is the topic of school safety and security. This is an important family topic. For more information on the program visit: http://www.ready.gov/kids
16th –Registration for Science Festival You are invited to participate in the Winthrop Science Festival this March! The festival will be held at 4:30 on Friday, March 20, 2015. Winthrop students are encouraged to share anything related to science: bring your collection, invention, observation, or experiment! Registration form: Science Festival 2015RegistrationForm
2-5thScholastic book fair at the Winthrop School stage. Shop with your child(ren)’s class or on your own Tues noon-3:30, Wed-Fri 8:30-3:30
6th Wreath fundraiser– If you’ve purchased a wreath, pick up date December 6th from 9-5 at Country Gardens 157 Central St Rowley.
11thDigital Citizenship:parenting the tech generation. National expert on student safety, Katie Koestner, will speak at Shore Country Day School at 8:15 545 Cabot Street, Beverly. Open to the public, free admission.
SPECIAL PROGRAMMING IN NOVEMBER: 16-18
Origamido Studios use origami in the classroom to augment various curricula and prepare tailored presentations that stimulate discussion and learning. Origami’s hands-on
approach really gets students’ attention. The lessons are always enjoyable and memorable. Follow-up exercises and challenges extend the benefits beyond the initial program.
24th-Date Extended- Orders due for “Ipswich Pride” Nalgene water bottles. 16 oz ($10) or 32 oz. ($12). discount when you buy 3 or more. Turn your order form into the school or contact Marcia Gray @firstname.lastname@example.org
Save These Dates in November
November 3rd- 7th toy drop off bin in lobby
November 7th – Movie Night and Turkey Raffle
November 8th- toy drop at school 9-noon
November 12th- FRIES Meeting
November 24th-Order due for Nalgene “Ipswich Pride” water bottles
November 15th- Gently loved Toy sale at the school from 9 am-noon
Doors open at 6:00pm; Movie starts at 6:30. Enter the raffle for a Local, Fresh, Farm Raised Turkey from Tendercrop Farms! (form below) Drawing to take place at movie night!
It’s not too soon to round up the toys your children have out-grown and make room for new toys. Donate your gently loved toys to the 2nd annual Winthrop Toy Sale. Drop off at the school lobby starting November 3rd through the 7th and again on Saturday Nov 8th at the school from 9 am-noon.What are we looking for? Bikes, books, games, dolls, legos, dress up. Items should be in good condition for another child to enjoy
15th Toy Sale November 15th 9 am-noon.
12th FRIES Meeting 7:30 in Winthrop Cafe. During this meeting we will discuss and sample quick & healthy recipes for busy families. Do you have a “go to” recipe that even your kids will eat? Come share it and leave with many more quick, healthy and delicious recipes that fit our busy schedules!
Save These Dates in October
October 8th – Geneieves orders due. Purchase specialty gifts and earn money for Winthrop (return your order form to the school.)
October 21st – Town Meeting – Please attend town meeting Oct 21 to authorize funding for a comprehensive Feasibility Study for a new Winthrop school.
SPECIAL PROGRAMMING IN OCTOBER:
GEODOME WORKSHOP- OCT 6-7
Math, science, art, psychology, and architecture all converge as teams of students work together to build a variety of polyhedral geometric structures. By utilizing c-pvc pipe to erect large scale geostructures, students visualize the terminology, principles, relationships, and real world relevance of their constructions. An immensely rich source of ideas for integrating across the curriculum and reinforcing the STEAM frameworks. Learn more at: http://www.geodomeworkshops.com/about.html
SCIENCE IS NOT ALWAYS PRETTY- OCT 8
This beguiling program hits K-5 graders where they live. We cover a lot of ground, from snake skins to simple machines, superstitions to Isaac Newton. Each topic builds upon the last until we realize: 1. Science is simply the way we describe why things happen and how stuff works. 2. We don’t have to wait to become scientists before we can start enjoying science. For more on this visit: http://www.keithmichaeljohnson.com/science-is-not-always-pretty.html
FOODPLAY- OCT 28
Helping Children Take Charge of Growing Up Healthy and Fit! This national award-winning school assembly program brings the power of live theater, amazing feats of juggling, captivating characters, motivating messages, music, magic, and audience participation to turn kids on to healthy eating and active lifestyles. Read how this program has improved eating habits: http://foodplay.com/live-shows/foodplay/
FRIES Supports Throw Back Thursday with Book Donations to School Library
Did you know that Winthrop has it’s own version of Throw Back Thursdays (TBT)! The administration and staff are always finding creative ways to enhance the curriculum! 30-60 minutes each Thursday will be dedicated time for students to participate in a variety of activities including the already very popular “Drop Everything and Read!” to which FRIES is donating one book each month to complement the chosen theme. Other TBT activities will include STEAM building activities, community give back projects, and between grade collaborations. Ask your student(s) about the activities!
Register as an On-Call Volunteer
No Commitment necessary! Just share your contact information and we’ll keep you apprised of volunteer opportunities that come up through the year! Go to Volunteer tab or www.bit.ly/winthropvolunteers