• j               JEN's SEPTEMBER NEWS
      
                                                                                              
    WELCOME Ms.McNeil's and Ms. Armstrong's 5th Grade Families!!!

          I wanted to introduce myself to you all.  My name is Jenny EasterNelson, and I am the Special Educator who will be Co-Teaching with Ms. McNeil and Ms. Armstrong this year.  This is my 35th year as an educator.  I received my B.S. in Elementary Education at the University of Vermont and worked with Kindergarten and Early Childhood students in Brookline for a number of years in the 1980's.  I then moved to Boulder, Colorado and went to the University of Colorado where I received my Master's Degree in Reading.  After that, I moved back East (missed the ocean a lot!) and did Title One Reading work with Elementary aged students in grades 1-5 in Somersworth, NH in the early 1990's. During that time, the education bug bit me again, and I decided to go to the University of New Hampshire, where I received a Master's Degree in Counseling. 

         At that time, I also got certified in Special Education, and that is what brought me to the Duxbury Public Schools twenty years ago.  I was a Special Educator in the sixth grade at DMS for my first six years, then moved to Alden School, and have worked here happily for the past fourteen years! It has been a wonderful journey, and my "learning feet" are beginning to get itchy again!  When my children get a bit older, I think it will be time to begin my PhD! My husband, Derrick Nelson teaches in the Science Department at Duxbury High School.  We live in Marshfield and have two wonderful children, Dell in the 10th grade and Sarah in the 8th grade at Furnace Brook Middle School.

         Ms. McNeil, Ms. Armstrong and I want to make sure that you are aware that if you need to send an e-mail regarding information about your child, please mail it to both myself and the classroom teacher. I am looking foward to a terrific year with your children, and hope to see you all at Parent's Night on September 12th!

                                                                                                     Sincerely,  JEN

     

      Poem of the Month               

               
                                        The Starfish
     
    There was a young man walking down a deserted beach just before dawn. 
    In the distance he saw a frail old man.
     
    As he approached the old man, he saw him picking up stranded starfish
    and throwing them back into the sea.
     
    The young man gazed in wonder as the old man again threw the small starfish from
    the sand to the water.
     
    He asked, "Old man, why do you spend so much energy doing what seems to be 
    a waste of time?"
     
    The old man explained that the stranded starfish would die if left in the morning sun.
     
    "But there must be thousands of beaches and millions of starfish!" exclaimed the
    young man.  "How can you make a difference?
     
    The old man looked at the small starfish in his hand and as he threw it to the safety                                   
    of the sea, he said, "It makes a difference to this one!
                                                                                              ~Author Unknown                                                                                                                                                                                                                     starfish