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This year at Chickering School, Mrs. Loughlin moved from 3rd grade to 2nd grade, and Ms Cronin moved from 1st grade to 2nd grade. Please click below to listen to our chat with these teachers.



Reported by: Robert, Sam and Tommy

Learn, Laugh, Care, … and Make a Difference!

Do you like donating to various charities that help all kinds of animals and people? That is exactly what Chickering School is doing this year for the first time. The fifth grade students at Chickering vote to choose the charities that the school will donate to, and the rest of the school can donate (optional) in exchange to be part of a fun activity! Our first day of donating was titled: “Crazy Hat Day!”. A poster to promote Wacky Wednesday with a drawing of a small dog because all donations go to the animal shelter.On January 21st, the second fun activity was “Wacky Wednesday”, a day where you could donate one dollar to wear wacky clothes! Each dollar collected goes to the charity selected for the month.  This fantastic new idea is called Make a Difference Day!

This is Chickering’s first year participating in Make a Difference Day. Make a Difference Day is a day where the entire school gets together to help a charity around the world.  We are doing Make a Difference to help make the world a better place, one charity at a time.

How much of a difference do you think a dollar can really make? Not much you assume… Think again! One of the fifth grade classes was reading a TFK (Time for Kids) in the TFK, it talked about a charity called Aarambah, and they wanted to donate to it.

Aarambah is an organization that uses its donations to make help desks. What is a help desk you ask? A Help Desk is a desk that takes 20 cents to make.  Image of elementary student in India using the Cardboard Help Desk.These desks are made out of recycled cardboard and can be converted into a suitcase and backpack. When the kids use these desks it will improve their posture. How? Most kids in India don’t have desks and chairs like we do in here at Chickering. So, in school, they sit on the ground and hunch over their work. With the help desks, it will cause them to sit up and this will improve their posture. Our first Make a Difference Day we donated to the amazing charity…(drum roll)… Aarambah! Clearly, this is a very amazing charity that people all over the world can donate to.

The fifth graders run the Make a Difference program, because they are the student role models and the leaders of Chickering.  Every classroom in the fifth grade is assigned a grade by their teacher and there are groups in that classroom that are assigned a certain class in that grade.   The students talk to their assigned grade and tell them about the charity and the privilege that they will receive if they donate.  It’s great that the other grades are looking forward to donating and making a difference.

A bright neon green poster that reads Neon Day.Without a doubt, Make a Difference Day is a great way to get the community together and help the world!  With three or four more of these days, Chickering is sure to make a big impact! Our next difference day has already been scheduled! It is on March 11th and we get to wear all neon! Chickering is learning, laughing, and making a difference, one charity at a time.

Reported by Liza, Jane, Emily, Lauren

Image of Aarambah Cardboard Desk
< 13 March 2015 >

Wonderful Nonfiction Writer!

Cover of the book: Under the Snow by Melissa Stewart.Have you ever wondered what happens under the snow (Under The Snow)? Have you ever wondered how monkeys enable us to have chocolate (No Monkeys No Chocolate)? Have you ever wondered if all spit is the same (Spit-acular!)?  Then you will love Melissa Stewart’s books! Ms. StewarBook cover of No Monkeys, No Chocolate by Melissa Stewart.t came to visit the 4th grade classes on December 15th, 16th and 18th. She met with the whole grade and each class two times in the library.

Melissa Stewart, a Massachusetts author, shared some information about herself and some of her nonfiction books. She writes for all audiences. One Book cover for Spit-acular by Melissa Stewart.of the books she wrote is Spit-tacular, which is a book about humans’ and animal’s spit. She uses great adjectives to describe saliva … “drool, drivel, dribble, slaver, slobber, spittle, sputum, spew, loogie, lungie [and] gob”.

We wondered what influenced her to be an author. She explained, when she was our age, she loved science. When in college, working on a degree in biology, a professor suggested she should be an author.

She has written more than 150 nonfiction books and we were curious as to why she only wrote nonfiction books. “For me, I think there are some authors who love to create stories, make up stories and invent worlds. But for me, I think the real world is just so interesting and so amazing that I try to learn as much as I can and share it with other people. So that is why I write nonfiction books.”

Since she likes writing non-fiction, we wondered if she had a favorite topic to research. She shared the following topics:

  • “all science,
  • animals,
  • plants,
  • outer space, and
  • rocks and minerals.”

“Everything about the writing process,” is what she likes about writing. Her process is to begin with the ideas and the inspiration. Then she thinks about all the possibilities for the book. Next, she works hard to write her vision. Through this stage, she shares her writing with her writing group for comments and suggestions.

We were curious about what she wrote when she was our age. Picture of Melissa Stewart walking in the woods.She shared that she doesn’t remember a lot but in third or fourth grade, she wrote a report about pollution. In sixth grade, she wrote about the human heart. That is all she remembers when she was our age.

We wondered if she had a favorite book, one she didn’t write. She answered, she doesn’t have a favorite book, but she does have a favorite author, Steve Jenkins. She loves his art and his words, as well as the structure of his books.

We really like Melissa Stewart’s books. She doesn’t bore you because she keeps it interesting. She uses different strategies such as, metaphors, creative vocabulary, and entertaining expressions to keep the reader engaged. We learned a lot about the process of writing nonfiction. When you read her books, you can really tell she likes expository writing.  So if you are interested in reading remarkable, sensational, outstanding and spectacular books, you should check one out.

Reported by Luke R., Daniel, Luke B., Felix and Peter

Image of Melissa Stewart
Stewart. Melissa. Melissa Stewart’s Science Clubhouse. “Meet Melissa”. 12 March 2015 < >.