News From Mrs. Blaney
April - June, 2019
The End of a School Year
School officially ended on June 6, and it's pretty quiet around here, with the exception of the construction noises.This is an apt quote for teachers from Justin Minkel's blog post, 'We've Said Goodbye to This Year's Students. Now It’s Time to Take Care of Ourselves':
'"It’s a few minutes past 3 p.m. on that last day of school, when all the kids are suddenly gone, and the silence is deafening. No more shouts, no scrape of chair legs, no relentless grinding as the pencil sharpener gnaws painted wood to the nub.
There’s a deeper kind of silence, too: a momentary vanishing of our purpose. Who are we now, without those children who depended on us all year to create the conditions they needed to become stronger thinkers and better people?
Who is a teacher with no one to teach?"
I'm hoping our teachers are starting to take care of themselves this week!
Construction is Underway
Another area under construction is our playground. We are getting all new asphalt and soft surfaces as well as new play equipment. The old asphalt is being ground down to the core, and every surface will be graded and evened out before the new school year starts.
The last area getting a facelift is our library. This is thanks to the LCE PTA. The library will be getting new carpeting, shelves, and paint. We've had some great help from scouts who have emptied all the shelves so that the books can be moved out while everything else gets done.
The area you are looking at will become an L-shaped hallway that will end in a door that will lead to the campus inside the gates.
Work on the playground started today. The basketball backboards and nets were removed and the asphalt is starting to be broken apart.
Once these boxes of books are out, construction can begin in the library. Our custodial staff will help with this part of the process.
Learning Continued After Open House
4th - 6th graders benefitted from practice before Mathzilla. This included getting some tutoring from a high school student on how to solve a cube quickly!
Completing a novel like Charlotte's Web is a cause for celebration, and these third graders got to make paper mache pigs!
Math Scavenger Hunt
The fifth graders did a school wide egg hunt - but they had to solve math problems to locate each egg!
Screen Time vs. Play Time
This math program, in use by 1st graders in this photo, provides standards-based learning opportunities and is adaptive. Student are matched with activities that support wherever they are in their learning cycle.
Board Member Jeffries got to experience the wonder of Science with this TK student. Mr. Jeffries, Mr. Kuszyk, and Mr. Radabaugh visited LCE on April 23 and got to see most of the students learning and playing.
The foosball tables were hauled out of storage to allow our students with another option at recess. It looks like a perfect spot for setting down your bag of Cheez Its, too!