January 2016

Special Event: Mini-Golf

 Students to Design Golf Course Made of Donated Non-Perishables!

Donated Items and Player Participation to benefit Open Door

 Ipswich Community Food Pantry has merged with The Open Door to create a multi-service food and nutrition resource center for residents of Ipswich. With a mission to alleviate the impact of hunger in the community, The Open Door will provide fresh milk, eggs, fruits and vegetables along with canned goods and groceries to families and individuals in a 100% choice food pantry environment. The food pantry will be conveniently located in Ipswich and offer expanded hours for people needing assistance

Here is how it will work:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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:

10am-12pm &



Sunday, January 31st


**Any donation accepted $5 suggestion.

*volunteers needed to help box food items for presentation to Open Door Sunday 2 pm




Below this point is old content from the 2013-2014 academic year.


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:

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


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!


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!



13 &14th     Special Program: author/author’s week visit:


May 2015

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 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.


5th     Ice Cream Social


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