Saturday, November 30, 2019

Classroom News

Dear Families,

I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving! We have 3 busy weeks until December break, so there is a lot to tell you. Please read this whole blog post and look at the photos.

Report cards will go home with students on Monday, 12/2. You will notice that the report cards are in a sealed envelope. I chose to do this because I want your family to be able to decide how to share the information with your child. The sealed envelope will also ensure students are not sharing report cards with peers on the bus. In school, students are given rubrics and assessments and I discuss strengths and next steps with them. The report card has number grades and this may or may not be something you want to share with your child. However, I do recommend you read the strengths and next steps sections under each academic area with your child.

We are starting our practices for the Third and Fourth Grade Play. Practices will be twice/week from 9-11am until the performance of the play. The play will align with our Westward Expansion Unit in social studies. We are still confirming the final date of the play, but it will definitely be an evening performance. Sally Hayes will send an email with more information soon. The first practice day will be this Friday, 12/6. The director of the play will be Jen Alred. Ms. Alred is a music director/accompanist with a private voice studio in Bristol. She has done the music directions or directed the fall musicals at Mt. Abraham UHS and has been doing it since 2000. She has also done a 4-5-6th grade play at Bristol Elementary every year for the past ten years. We are very excited to have her at BPMS!

Book Projects for the Mobile Project are due Monday. A new book project will go home this week. Here is a link to this month's project.

In Reading and Writing, we are going to continue our non-fiction reading and informational writing. In Social Studies and Science, we are working on our biome brochures and studying weather.

We are finishing up our read aloud, Escaping the Giant Wave. Our next read aloud will be The One and Only Ivan. We will see the adaptation of this book at the Flynn Theater on Monday, 1/6. An electronic permission slip will go home this week.

Please return the ski program waiver as soon as possible, so I can turn in the forms to Courtney, the director of the program. Let me know if you need another copy.

Save the Date - On December 11th, it will be a Late Start and on December 17th at 1:30, we will have our Winter Sing-A-Long.

Enjoy the pictures below!
Mrs. Carter

Cooking bread with our kinderbuddies!

Third and fourth graders recommend these books! 

Sharing the love of books during our school-wide reading celebration!

Engineering Task - Students test their roof designs! 

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Classroom News

Dear Families,

The students earned a celebration for positive behavior. They voted on "nap time". For 30 minutes, students will be able to have quiet music and find a cozy area in the room to read, draw, write, or rest. Students may bring in a blanket and pillow if they would like to have something comfortable to lay with during this time. 

During Writing, the students will make Flip Grids, short videos, to introduce themselves to their Underhill pen pals. 

We are working on graphing in Math. 

In Reading, we are making posters with our book clubs to encourage others to read. 

In Science, we are learning that although humans cannot stop natural hazards, we can take steps to reduce the risks from extreme weather. Students are on "engineering teams" and their job is to build and test a model of a roof on a house and make a claim about the merit of a roof material and its ability to reduce the impact of a storm. Students will "buy" materials, without going over budget, and will test their design this week.

Enjoy your week,
Mrs. Carter

Photos from the design process.

Our finished tea cups!

Classroom News

Dear Families,

 I hope you are all well after the storm. If there is anything you need, please let me know. This storm came right as we began our unit on weather in science and reading. We are continuing to explore reading and writing nonfiction for the months of November and December. We are still working on character traits and summarizing in book clubs and in our read aloud. 

The book fair has been delayed from the storm. It is scheduled to arrive at some point on Tuesday.  We are planning to extend the book fair into next week to accommodate the late arrival. 

Our Flexible Seating has been a success! Enjoy the pictures!

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Classroom News

Dear Families,

Does your child enjoy reading graphic novels? Here's a great article on the value of graphic novels.

Your child brought home a rubric for the November book project. Please help your child pick out a book make sure they read every night. If your child needs a book, they are welcome to borrow one from the school.

A permission slip for the ski program that begins in January will be going home on Monday in back packs. Please fill out the waiver and return it to school.

Have a wonderful week!
Mrs. Carter

Students glazed their tea cups. We dropped marbles in the cups to see what will happen in the kiln.

On Friday, we had kinderbuddies and made owls. The owls will be hanging in the hallway.