Monday, January 15, 2018

Monday News

Dear Families,

Tomorrow will be our first day of cross-country skiing. Please send your child to school with snow pants, hats and mittens. We will ski on the playground for one hour.

The students have started their informational books. Students are the experts on their subject of choice. We are learning about different text structures within our books.

Students are researching different countries. They are learning how to take notes, find the main idea, and compare different subtopics in non-fiction books.
Please follow this link to see pictures from the Outdoor Classroom.

Homework - Last week, the students worked on a paper about antonyms and did two pages of cursive. This week, students will do an antonym crossword puzzle and two pages of cursive. Please encourage your child to complete the homework and read for at least 20 minutes every night.

BPMS is having a Gratitude Challenge for 30 days starting on January 22nd. Each student is receiving a gratitude journal. Students and staff will write one thing they are thankful for everyday. There will also be a "Wall of Gratitude" displayed in the hallway.

We will also be focusing on mindfulness. I will be showing this video to the students to explain mindfulness and then we will do short mindfulness activities.

Enjoy your week,
Mrs. Carter

Monday, January 1, 2018

Monday News

Dear Families,

Happy New Year! Please look in your child's backpack for the permission slip and information about  nordic skiing. The students will ski on Tuesdays during P.E. All students were fitted for skis and boots before break. Students will need to dress warm on Tuesdays and Thursdays since they will be outside skiing on Tuesdays and outdoor classroom is on Thursdays. Skiing will start on January 16th.

During January and February, we will focus on nonfiction reading and writing. Below are the essential questions that will drive students' learning.

Reading Workshop Essential Questions:
*How can I use all that I know about nonfiction reading and writing in order to launch a research
inquiry about the factors that shape life in different countries?
*How can I think critically about the reasons that texts offer contrasting information on the same topic?

Writing Workshop Essential Questions:
*How can I organize my learning to record new knowledge about a topic and grow ideas?
 (observational writing, annotated timelines, embellished notes, writing-to-grow ideas)
*How can I organize my writing to share my new knowledge with independence?  
(box-and-bullets; compare and contrast)
*How can I revise and improve my writing using mentor texts?
*How can I use readers and authentic audience to improve my writing prior to publication?

Social Studies Essential Questions:
*How does the geography of a region impact its culture?

In December, we finished up our unit on Westward Expansion and the hardships that pioneers faced as they settled the west. Now we will learn about countries around the world!

Our read aloud book will be Save Me A Seat, by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan.

About the book: "Joe and Ravi might be from very different places, but they're both stuck in the same place: SCHOOL. Joe's lived in the same town all his life, and was doing just fine until his best friends moved away and left him on his own. Ravi's family just moved to America from India, and he's finding it pretty hard to figure out where he fits in. Joe and Ravi don't think they have anything in common -- but soon enough they have a common enemy (the biggest bully in their class) and a common mission: to take control of their lives over the course of a single crazy week."

We will continue to go outside on Thursdays for outdoor learning.

Enjoy your week,
Mrs. Carter

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Monday News

Dear Families,

This invitation will be in your child's backpack on Monday. Please return the bottom portion.

 Can you relate to this comic?
Come to the celebration on December 19th and find out.   

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Monday News

Dear Families,

Please check your child's backpack. Report cards will be sent home on Monday. Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

We will be leading all school morning meeting on Friday.

Save the Date

Tuesday, December 19th will be a Publishing Party in our classroom at 12:30, followed by the Holiday Sing-along at 1:30.

The BPMS students reached 5,000 acknowledgments for positive behavior. We had a whole school celebration with donuts on a string. Enjoy the pictures!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Monday News

Dear Families,

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. The Scholastic book fair is this week in the library.

We will be starting a reading and writing unit on Historical Fiction for the month of December.

The home microhabitats for the fall are due on Friday, December 1st. I do not need a picture of the microhabitat, but students should record their observations on the sheet. Book projects are also due on Friday.

Important Dates:

11/27-12/1 - Book Fair

11/29 - I will be at a writing training for the day. Ms. Stone will be the guest teacher.

12/4 - Play practice and try-outs. Report cards go home.

12/11 - Play practice

12/13 - Late Start

12/18 - Play practice

12/19 - Publishing Party and Holiday Sing-a-long

Enjoy your week,

Mrs. Carter

Pictures from Fire Safety Day

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Monday News

Dear Families,

Monday is fire safety day.

Students have started book clubs in reading and they are enjoying reading with peers.

Friday is the last day of the first trimester already. It's hard to believe we're already a third of the way through the school year. Report cards will go home on December 4th.

The book fair will be the week of November 27th. There will be more information coming home soon.

Enjoy your week,

Mrs. Carter

Pictures from our field trip to Audubon. We learned all about trees.

Measuring the circumference of trees.

Aging trees by the tree rings.

Identifying leaves by:

Flowering versus non-flowering trees

Coniferous versus deciduous trees

Opposite versus alternate branches

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Monday News

Dear Families,

There will be a couple changes to the homework starting this week. Your child will bring home a calendar with the changes. The students will continue to have 20 minutes of reading each night required. However, this may also include reading assigned from school. This reading can be used for book projects. Students will also bring home their cursive books on Mondays and return the books on Fridays. They will need to do 2 pages in their cursive books each week. We will also have weekly sight word lists assigned. Sight word assessments will be on Fridays. This homework is meant to be work that students can do independently at home. You can support your child by providing a quiet place to work.