Field Day - Thank You!!

posted Jun 19, 2017, 9:24 AM by MESA Secretary

A huge thank you to Alycia Dancey and Jennifer Norige for organizing the Robinson Field Day and for Chelsey Baez and Lisa Balzarini for organizing Jordan/Jackson Field Day!  These ladies went above and beyond to ensure that our students had tons of fun!! 

A big thank you to the field day committee and all of the volunteers, especially those that showed up everyday to set up and break down and run errands when needed.  Field Days couldn't happen without a dedicated group, to you we are so thankful.  We are thankful for those who volunteered their time during record setting heat last week -- it certainly was not easy, but you ensured the students stayed hydrated, safe and had an absolute blast!

At the Jordan/Jackson we want to thank It's A Party Rentals in Norton and Good Thomas DJ for providing entertainment at the field day! 

Bookworms

posted May 20, 2017, 1:15 PM by MESA Secretary

We just completed another successful week of Bookworms! Every student in Kindergarten and Grade 1 left school with a book he/she chose and a smile!  This is an early literacy program funded by MESA with books purchased through Scholastic.  We would like to thank the AMAZING committee of parent volunteers who make this program run smoothly!    

Jordan/Jackson Walk to School Day

posted May 13, 2017, 12:29 PM by MESA Secretary

Jordan/Jackson's Walk to School Day was a huge hit!  It was great to see so many students and families walking to school.  Thanks to all that participated!


Garden Wonders -- Thank You!!

posted May 13, 2017, 12:29 PM by MESA Secretary

We want to thank the 100 Kindergarten students and their parents who had tons of fun on Wednesday May 3rd attending MESA's Garden Wonders -- math and science night! These students learned how to measure bugs, weigh vegetables, create grassheads, make edible dirt, estimate butterflies, change the color of carnations and grow lima beans!! A special thank you to Keep Mansfield Beautiful and Garden Club of Mansfield for creating an amazing observation table where the students learned about milkweeds and butterflies as well as composting and worm gardens! We truly appreciate the time and effort they put into this fun night!! We also want to thank Stop and Shop, Shaws, Arts N Flowers and The Butterfly Place for their donations! Lastly a big MESA THANK YOU to our wonderful Garden Wonders co-chairs -- Lisa Beall and Ashley Smith and their amazing committee, as well as the numerous student and parent volunteers who helped set up, run the tables and clean up! We could not have put on this S.T.E.A.M. event without your hard work and dedication!!

Robinson and Jordan/Jackson students have been enjoying in school assemblies courtesy of MESA!

posted Mar 26, 2017, 11:35 AM by MESA Secretary

MEAC (Mansfield Educational Arts Council) enrichment programs are sponsored annually by MESA. MESA spends over $15,000 every year to bring exciting STEAM assemblies to all of the students.  This past week our Kindergarten, 4th Grade and 5th Grade students had fun and learned a lot at these events!  We want to take a moment to thank the Discovery Museum, Museum of Science, Wingmasters and Plimouth Plantation for traveling to our schools to enhance our curriculum and reinforce our learning!  Thank you to the staff at Robinson and Jordan/Jackson who organize these events! Lastly, we also want to thank all of our families who participate in our fundraisers throughout the year to make programs like this possible! 

On Tuesday March 21st, our 5th Grade students learned about Electromagnetism with the Museum of Science.  During this presentation featuring high-tech museum equipment, students explored voltage, current, resistance, and the interrelationship between magnetism and electricity. They got to see someone's hair stand on end, create a human extension cord by sending an electric current through several people, and shoot a metal ring to the ceiling of the school! 

 

On Thursday March 23rd, our 4th Grade students learned about Motion with the Museum of Science.  During this presentation, students learned students how forces create motion, what simple machines have in common, and why this helps us perform a large amount of work with minimal force. Students used mechanical advantage to turn a wheel and axle against a stronger opponent, hauled their classmates across the room using pulleys, and lifted a teacher using a giant lever.
 
On March 20th, 21st and 24th, our Kindergarten students learned about Weather with the Discovery Museum.  These young meteorologists learned about the important role weather plays in daily life as they practiced science and engineering by developing tools for forecasting and observing day to day changes and seasonal patterns over time.  

 

2nd Grade Math and Science Night -- Thank you!!

posted Mar 17, 2017, 5:30 AM by MESA Secretary

On Monday, March 13th, Michael, from Top Secret Science out of Woburn came back to the Robinson Elementary School to conduct several science experiments with our second graders. Each child sat at a table with their own set of materials, which allowed them to conduct all the experiments themselves.

During the hour and a half long program the students got to use magnets to make a paperclip fly, learned about optical illusions and "put a hole in their hand". They tried really hard to get kinetic sand wet, but no matter what they did the sand stayed dry! They also made cups fly and watched jelly marbles grow. The night ended with a pretty cool number trick. 

The kids had so much fun that they probably didn't realize that they were in fact learning about science and math! Thank you to the second graders and their adults who attended the fun night and thank you to Top Secret Science for teaching our students in such a fun manner!

 

1st Grade Math & Science Night - Thank You!

posted Mar 10, 2017, 5:24 AM by MESA Secretary

On Monday, March 6th, Michael, from Top Secret Science out of Woburn came to the Robinson Elementary School to conduct several science experiments with the first grade students.  Each child sat at a table with their own set of materials, which allowed them to conduct all the experiments themselves. 

The night started with making instant snow!  The students learned about how combining two substances can create a chemical reaction.  They talked about how when the red food-colored water was combined with a polymer (they learned a new big word, too!), called sodium polyacrylate, a fluffy, warm, pink substance was created!  And it increased in volume too!  The students also created their own paper helicopters that looked like real helicopters floating to the ground when thrown up in the air. They learned how to balance popsicle sticks on their fingers and noses and how to keep a ping pong ball in the air with a straw, using the force of their own breath! The first grade students learned a lot about basic science concepts, without even realizing how much they were learning, because they were having so much fun!  

Thank you to the first graders and their adults who attended the fun night and thank you to Top Secret Science for teaching our students in such a fun manner!

MEAC Events This Week!

posted Mar 4, 2017, 3:17 PM by MESA Secretary

MEAC (Mansfield Educational Arts Council) enrichment programs are sponsored annually by MESA. MESA spends over $15,000 every year to bring exciting STEAM assemblies to all of the students.  

On February 28, March 1 and March 3, our 2nd Grade students were visited by the Discovery Museum in Acton, MA and learned about Physical Changes of Matter!  Investigating the physical properties of solids, liquids and gasses has never been so much fun! In this workshop, dry ice and liquid nitrogen make learning the phase changes very dramatic as together they changed liquid water to gas, shattered flowers and rubber bands, used a banana as a hammer, and even shrank solid metal in just a few seconds.

 

On March 2 and 3, the Pilgrims came to visit our 5th Grade classes.  The pilgrim portrayed a resident of 1624 Plimoth Colony.  The pilgrim spoke with a regional, English dialect of the 17th century and wore accurate reproduction clothing to bring the world of Pilgrims to life. Using reproduction artifacts to enhance the classroom's experience, the pilgrim shared their story, from hiring the Mayflower in England, through the journey and the first winter, to Thanksgiving in Plymouth. As a highlight of the program, several students were invited to try on Colonial clothing!

 

On March 3, the 4th Grade classes were visited by Wingmasters who taught their knowledge and appreciation of birds of prey.  The students were introduced to different type of birds of prey, owls and falcons.  The students saw these live birds of prey up close and learned about the special features these birds have that enable them to be successful predators, as well as viewing various artifacts.  



MEAC Events Coming soon:  
3/14 - 5th Grade - Magnets
3/20, 3/21, 3/23 - Kindergarten - Weather
3/22 - 4th Grade - Motion

United Skates of America Skating Party - Thank You

posted Feb 25, 2017, 7:21 AM by MESA Secretary   [ updated Feb 25, 2017, 2:45 PM ]

We had a great turnout for the United Skates of America private skating party on Thursday February 23rd. Thank you to all of the families that came out to skate with us during February vacation!  Not only did the children enjoy skating and rollerblading, but they also got to play in the arcade and meet and take pictures with Trolls characters.

Thank you to Mr. Cohen for his amazing skating demonstration.  We are so grateful he was able to join us at this event with his family! 
 
And a big MESA thank you to United Skates of America for hosting this family fun event each year!  

 

The Secret Life of Pets -- Movie Night Thank You!!

posted Feb 19, 2017, 5:05 PM by MESA Secretary   [ updated Feb 20, 2017, 9:16 AM ]

Thank you to everyone who came out and made Movie Night a success!  We had over 100 attendees and MESA raised $394.  

Families enjoyed The Secret Life of Pets and even got to create a puppy craft and color The Secret Life of Pets pictures!!

A special thanks to the MESA board, parent volunteers and NHS volunteers for putting together this fun family night!  


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