STEAMy News 12/6/15

Celebrate Computer Science week December 7-13th.

Students will participate in coding activities this week

How will Hour of Code look in our class?

Our STEAMy students get coding instruction and experience every week with Mr. Vanloo. This week students will have opportunities to do some unplugged activities. These activities will allow them to physically engage in computer programming concepts without the use of an electronic device.
Hour of Code 2015 - WORLDWIDE

What is Computer Science Week? Why is it important?

  • Computer Science Week is just like reading month, 100th day of school, MLK day. It's a time when we focus on how important computer science is to our lives.
  • Computer science is the art of blending human ideas and digital tools to increase our power. Computer scientists work in so many different areas: writing apps for phones, curing diseases, creating animated movies, working on social media, building robots that explore other planets and so much more.
  • Everyday things that use computer science: a cell phone, a microwave, a computer, a traffic light… all of these things needed a computer scientist to help build them.
  • Toys you use, iPads, iPhones, VTech toys, Video games.

Winter Clothes

The weather has changed! Students go outside for recess every day unless the weather is inclement. Please send your child to school with proper outerwear. Students dress in layers provided by home during our class recess and for lunch recess. So make sure to send warm hats, gloves, snow pants, boots and scarves.

Math - Telling Time and Place Value

Unit 4 began last week with students learning how to tell time to the hour and half-hour. This week we will continue to work on telling time in smaller increments. Students will study place value this week: focusing on the value of digits such as the 5 in 25 and 52.

Writing - Small Moments / Personal Narratives

The small moments writing unit was paused for informational writing during Expo preparation. Students are working on creating small moments again. Last week we brainstormed the different areas of our lives that can provide writing material. This week, we will continue to use graphic organizers to help students see a growing list of writing topics.

Reading Logs

Students are expected to read at home 20-30 minutes each day. We have spent time as a class going over book genres and students are aware that they will be recording home reading each night. The reading logs will come home on Mondays and be returned the following Tuesday. Students are excited to calculate the number of minutes they will read as a class.

Health - Body Safety

Students have completed week 1 of the Body Safety Program. A letter summarizing the concepts taught last week is coming home tomorrow. Next we will begin talking about personal safety and how certain parts of our body are private, the difference between appropriate and inappropriate touch, and what to do if someone tries to touch us
inappropriately or wants us to touch them. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Variety Show Auditions This week!

Did you help your child work on an act for the variety show? If so, auditions are being held this week during lunch. Students will need to be performance ready for the audition (have any props/materials needed).

Report Card Envelopes

Please sign and return the report card envelope that was sent home before Thanksgiving break. These envelopes are used to deliver report cards all year. Thank you
Important Dates
  • 12/7 Hour of Code week @ A2 STEAM
  • 12/18 Variety Show
  • 12/21 Winter break begins