Maple Room

Children at Work 1.11.16 - 1.15.16

Celebrate Martin Luther King Day

We do not have school tomorrow in observance of Martin Luther King Day. There is lots going on in the city to commemorate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.. Here are a few events that you might want to check out!

2016 Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative March

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Monday, Jan. 18th

Starts at 150 W. 85th St.

Manhattan Country School eighth-graders will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by taking to the streets of Manhattan to speak out about what they consider to be the most pressing civil rights issues of their time. The theme of this year’s march is “The Unarmed Truth,” inspired by King’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech.

30th Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.

10:30 AM, Monday, Jan. 18th


BAM presents the 30th annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., New York City’s largest public celebration of the great civil rights leader. This year’s main event features a keynote address by prominent intellectual, professor, author, and radio host Michael Eric Dyson, with musical performances by Kimberly Nichole and The Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir.

Celebrate Dr. King Weekend

Brooklyn Children's Museum

The Brooklyn Children's Museum celebrates MLK throughout the three-day weekend with interactive activities that explore peace, empathy and togetherness.

Volunteer Opportunities with Repair the World

A list of different volunteer opportunities for MLK day, including some family-friendly ones for people of all ages.

This Week's Learning

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Our Trip to the Pet Store

We had an exciting trip to PetSmart on Atlantic Ave. this past Thursday! Children got to explore the store and closely look at some animals as part of our Living Systems unit. The kids were able to pet a bearded dragon lizard, a gerbil, and a guinea pig. They also observed cats, fish, snakes, birds, and hermit crabs. Children asked questions about how to take care of the animals, and what animals would make good class pets. We also got to select a class pet to keep in the Maple room. Thanks to our parent helpers Priscilla and Cliff for accompanying us to the store!
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A New Friend in Our Community

We are excited to introduce Bill, our new class hermit crab. He is living in a tank in the Maple classroom. The kids have been learning how to take care of him and keep him happy in the classroom. They have also spent time observing him and exploring Bill as a living system.

While this is still a bit far off, if you're around during mid-winter break, let us know if you would like to take Bill home to live with you for the week! He is very low maintenance and fun.

Reading Workshop

This week, the children began to prepare to share their nonfiction books with the kindergarten classes. They practiced skills they had learned over the unit altogether, marking important information with post-its, finding key words related to the topic of their text, and reading with expressions based off of the language and punctuation of the book. They also brainstormed questions to ask the kindergarteners about their text. Children read with partners to practice presenting and reading their nonfiction book.

Next week, children will culminate the nonfiction unit by sharing what they prepared with kindergarten students. The kids are excited to share what they learned!

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The kids played a new version of the game Bus Stop this week in which when the bus pulled up to the stop, passengers got off of the bus this time instead of getting on. The children discussed the difference between these new bus scenarios and the ones we studied last week and modeled the subtraction situations that arose from the new stories on the rekenrek. They also used strategies like counting back, counting up from the number being subtracted to the number subtracted from and finding the difference, and using related addition facts to find the number of people on the bus as the bus pulled away from the stop. At the end of the week, children began to write their own bus stop problems, choosing whether passengers got on or off(or both) at the bus stop.

Project Time

The Maple kids continued to explore living systems this week. They sorted out living systems from a group of living and nonliving systems and then took a closer look at one of the living systems. The kids worked in pairs to draw the living system that they were observing and then think about the questions "What are the parts of the system?" and "How do the parts work together to support the system?" Next week, they will work to label their drawings and make marks to show how the parts are connected.


This week, we reopened the dramatic play and hollow blocks center as well as the engineering centers. The kids talked about how they could safely play in and care for the supplies in these areas, plan for a collaborative exploration, and work together to create and explore. The hollow blocks station built and played in a house on the first day that it was open, and the engineering stations looked at the color printer and the laminator. Some of the kids were able to identify why the laminator had broken.

Next Week's Events

Trip to the American Museum of Natural History on Friday, January 22nd

We will be going to the American Museum of Natural History to see The Secret World Inside You exhibit this Friday, January 22nd. We will be traveling by school bus up to the museum. We will depart from Compass at 9:00 AM and return by 1:30 PM. We will eat at the museum, so please send your child with a bagged lunch.

We are still looking for 1-2 more family members to accompany us to the museum. Please let us know if you can join us!