The Seabrook PTO is sponsoring a Fisher Cats fundraiser. See the New Hampshire Fisher Cats take on the Portland Sea Dogs in box seats along first base on Wednesday, May 27. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. at Merchants Auto Stadium, in Manchester.

Tickets are $10 each and available at both the elementary and middle school front offices, at various school events and at Seabrook's Recreation Center and during its activities.

PTO members will run a concession stand and will receive 6 percent of sales that night. A 50/50 raffle will also be available.

For more information or to help volunteer, please contact Gina McGinness at 603-479-931 or ginaleem@comcast.net

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It has been a busy spring at Seabrook Elementary School. Tammy Thomson's second-graders have experimenting and learning about evaporation and the impact of heat on water. Thomson reports that no cups spilled during the experiments.

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Paulette Bailey and Thomson's second-grade classes have been reading biographies. This past week, the two classes got together for buddy reading and sharing of information about their biography book.

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Lori McCullough's second-graders created their own biographies. Students interviewed each other and wrote three paragraphs about their classmates. The biographies were bound into a class biography book and sent home to share with parents.

Students have now moved on to animals, researching and learning interesting facts about various animals and recording the data in animal fact books. Once the fact books are complete, students will then begin the stages of formal report writing.

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Roving student reporters Kelsey Lennox, Kelsey Porter, Audrey Notargiacomo and Brandi Carrien, of Eris Hersey's fourth-grade class, say students in their class enjoyed a fun project by creating cereal box book reports.

Class members chose and read a book and obtained empty cereal boxes to use to create their book report.

Students named their cereal and created the cereal box, even putting a game on the back.

On the top of the cereal box, students wrote the title and author of the book and on its side, students wrote a summary of the book they read, complete with characters and setting of the book.

According to roving reporters, students even put a prize in the cereal boxes.

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First-grade students became traveling scientists this past week in classes led by teachers Shawn Valentine, Meg Bowersox, Cathy MacDonald, Jaclyn Claxton and Fran Kendellen.

Kids traveled to a different first-grade classrooms each day to participate in a variety of experiments that provided hands-on activities, based on the matter, or units in the form of liquids, solids and gases.

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Kate Cronin's third-graders are learning about the states, said class reporter Brooke Walsh, who is studying New York. The class plans to have a big celebration at the end of the unit, and students will be bringing in state foods for a buffet. Brooke reports that since her state is New York, she will be bringing in Buffalo wings.

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As the weather begins to warm, Cathy Arnault's students are thinking about outdoor spring activities and creating spring poems. Demarkus Rowe writes, "If I were a kite, I would zig and zag all day long, Can I play? One kite would say, I would say, of course, you can play with me! So we can zig and zag all day!"

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Principal Jeni Mosca's, thoughts are turning toward the summer months and the Summer Literacy Program, which runs from July 6 to July 30. Further details will be sent home with students soon.

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The school sends thanks to all elementary school volunteers. To date, a total of 1,404 volunteer hours have been logged in at school. Don't stop volunteering now; the goal is to reach 1,840.

There's still plenty of volunteer help needed. Jeannae Halliwell is in need of volunteers to help out at the school's Reading Carnival. Those interested should contact Halliwell at 474-2252

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Student are also busy working on a huge goal: They've read a total of 500,000 minutes since the beginning of the year. But, that means students have 500,000 minutes more to read by the end of the year to reach the Read A Million Minutes Goal.

The school Reading Carnival is scheduled for June, as a reward for reading all year long. Students earn carnival tickets by reading and logging those reading minutes on the monthly Read A Million Minutes calendar. On Reading Carnival Day, tickets will be used to play games, participate in activities and buy snacks.

Many students are faithful about returning their reading calendars; however, there are still some who haven't turned in a calendar all year long. The result is they have not earned any carnival tickets.

Carnival organizer Jeannae Halliwell would like to remind parents to make sure the reading calendars are returned monthly, so that all students will be able to participate in the Reading Carnival.

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Upcoming Spring Calendar Events

Through Friday: National Library Week

Friday: Jump for Heart

April 24: Progress Reports go home

April 27 to May 1: Spring break

June 19: Last day of school, dismissal at noon.

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Betsey Ross is the Seabrook School correspondent and can be reached at Seabrook Elementary School at 603-474-2252 or via e-mail at bross@sau21.org.