Sunday, January 20, 2019
Monday, January 14, 2019
Family Math Game Night is Thursday, January 17th from 5:30-6:30 pm!
Boston chaperone letters were mailed on Friday. If you requested to have your name in the lottery to be a chaperone and did not receive a letter, please contact me. Unfortunately, we could only take 13 chaperones and we had many more parents that wanted to go.
Cross-country skiing was a blast! Enjoy the pictures.
Sunday, January 6, 2019
This week we will go to the Flynn Theater on Monday to see The Phantom Tollbooth. Click here if you would like to learn more about the performance.
There is a late start this Wednesday.
We will start our cross-country ski program on Thursday. The weather looks like it will cooperate to allow for us to get outside and start skiing!
Our next writing and reading unit will be adapting and writing fairy tales. Fairy tales allow us to emphasize a clear event sequence that unfolds naturally, and the use of dialogue and description to develop the events, the language that signals event order. For example, as children read and think about phrases such as ¨Once upon a time,¨ ¨Later at Grandma's house,¨ and ¨Just then, along came a wolf,¨ fairy tales are perfect for teaching transitional phrases to glue scenes of their stories together. Our read-aloud for this unit will be The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer.
Enjoy your week,
Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Our cross-country ski program will start on January 10th. Please fill out the emailed ski waiver before the first session. All students were fitted for boots already. Scott Berkley, from the Ski Cubs Program at the Catamount Trail Association, will be the instructor and students will be in small groups. Parents are welcome to join us, however, Scott would need to be notified before you come. Please send me an email if you plan to join us.
We are going to do the lottery system for Boston chaperones this week. Unfortunately, we cannot bring everyone that requested to go. We had over 30 parents request to chaperone and we can only bring 15 chaperones.
Enjoy the pictures below!
Gifts for the students.
Making lanterns for the Winter Solstice.
Stringing cranberries for the birds.
Cooking bread over a fire!
Students make a seesaw! It really works!
Teamwork and focus on detail!
Holiday crafts and cookie decorating.
Saturday, December 8, 2018
The students did a great job hosting all school morning meeting on Friday!
In science, we are finishing up our unit on organisms. We focused on animal survival and heredity. Organisms have variations in traits and the traits that help them survive, are passed to future generations. Humans can impact selection by selective breeding of animals, including dog breeds and selectively choosing variations in vegetables and fruits that we favor. By understanding selection, students can imagine how some animals of the past became domesticated, but allows students to also imagine how they might look in the future. Our next science unit will focus on energy.
In writing and reading workshop, we read non-fiction texts and wrote informational books. Now that we have completed a piece of writing in each unit (narrative, opinion and informational), we will go through the units again, but with a different lens (a new focus) for each piece of writing. In narrative writing, we focused on elaboration. In opinion writing, we focused on structure, and in informational writing, we focused on the text features.
Tuesday is the Holiday Sing-along at 1:30.
During our Outdoor Day on Thursday, we will be celebrating the Winter Solstice. We will make lanterns, food for the birds, have hot cocoa, and make bread on sticks by a fire!
On Friday, we will have a holiday craft day.
Boston chaperone forms are due by the 21st. Unfortunately, we will have to use the lottery system to choose chaperones, due to the high demand. I wish we could take everyone!
Book projects are due January 4th.
Please remind your young person to bring a glass jar by Thursday.
Thank you for all the supplies that have been donated this week for our celebrations! We couldn't do it without all your support!
Have a happy holiday!
Our tea cups!
Sunday, December 2, 2018
Report cards will go home in your child's backpack on Monday. Please sign the envelope and have your child bring the envelope back to school.
This week is Hour of Code all across the world! You can learn about coding at Code.org or watch the video below.
Audubon field trip! Learning about tracks in the snow.
Sunday, November 25, 2018
I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving. I spent Thanksgiving in Pennsylvania with family.
We are starting our informational writing unit and our non-fiction reading unit.
On Wednesday, we will start nutrition with Alison. This will be every Wednesday for 15 minutes. I will be out on Wednesday for a math meeting and Ms. Scudder-Chase will be the guest teacher.
On Thursday, we will head to the Audubon for a lesson about winter wildlife. Please send your child to school with enough clothing to spend the day outside (10am-2pm). We will have lunch in the educational barn at Audubon.
Enjoy your week,