West Elementary News
Electricity and Circuts
4th graders have been learning about electricity by learning how a circuit works. Coming up they will attach a switch to see if it is an insulator or conductor.
Ways to Make 10
Kindergartners have been working on ways to make 10.
Second grade has been busy in the month of March! To start the month they celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday with a special guest reader and made Cat in the Hat hats. Before spring break students worked on a STEM kit to design beautiful mosaic stained glass windows. During the month of March Caitlin, our Naturalist from Palo Alto County Conservation, came and talked with students about the watershed we live in.
Electricity and Circuts
Sleepy- time Math
● Read aloud to your youngster, and encourage her to find math in the words or pictures. She might spot number words like first or seven, or numerals like 10 or 12. Or maybe she will count the animals or people on a page.
● Close your eyes and count how many different sounds you hear. Maybe your child hears a truck rumbling by (1), the buzzing of cicadas (2), a car horn beeping (3), and soft music playing (4).
● Make up story problems together about your day. Your youngster might say, “In our one-on-one basketball game, I got 21 points and my brother got 19. How many points did we get in all?” (Answer: 40, because 21 + 19 = 40.)
© 2021 Resources for Educators Math + Science Connection
Dr. Seuss' Birthday
Third graders enjoyed celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday with Thing 1, Thing 2, and The Cat in the Hat. They also had a special visitor read them a Dr. Seuss book while they enjoyed some popcorn and M&Ms that were provided by our PIE (Partners in Education) group.
Preschool in March had several fun activities. They participated with ISU Extension to learn about seeds and chickpeas with the program Pick a Better Snack. Preschoolers also visited the Palo Alto County Nature Center and they learned about bunnies and rabbits.
First graders have been studying sound. Here you see students making sounds by plucking rubber bands on a book fiddle.
Dr. Seuss' Birthday
News from Mr. Bjustrom
Reading Tip- Retell the Story
How can you help your child with this strategy at home?
1. When reading with your child, stop to think about what you are reading. Model this process aloud. Stop and reread if you don't remember.
2. When reading with your child, stop and have your child tell you what is happening in the story using the words: first, next, then, last, and finally.
3. Use the following questions to prompt your child to think about the story being read:
- Who were the main characters?
- What problem did the main characters experience?
- How was the problem solved?
- How did the story end?
- What happened first, next, and last?
4. Allow your child to become comfortable with the strategy of retelling by retelling events they are familiar with. This is where you can help your child focus on weeding out minor details be centering their attention on what's important. Use some of the following prompts or come up with some of your own.
- Tell me about the last time your family went out to dinner.
- Tell me about what you did at school this week.
- Tell me about a time when you went to a birthday party.
- Tell me about the first time you lost a tooth.
The CAFE book, Gail Boushey and Joan Moser
Readiness Field Trip
K-1 Literacy Night
Thank you to all the families that came to our K-1 Literacy Night last week.
PBIS/ SEL (Social Emotional Learning)
Our Social Emotional Learning (SEL) focus in February and March was on responsible decision-making. We worked with the students to better understand how their decisions impact themselves and others and how there are consequences to all decisions, sometimes positive, sometimes negative. Asking important questions along the decision making process can help choose the right decision for the moment.
Thank you to B&I Electric for sponsoring the donuts for our PBIS students of the week during the month of March!
March 29 Grades 2-4 Literacy Night at West Elementary 6-7pm
March 30 Kindergarten and Readiness Open House 5-6pmMarch 31 Grades 2-4 Music Concert at 7
April 1 PIE (Partners in Education) Meeting at noon @ West Elementary Library
Week of April 4 ISASP State Testing at West Elementary in Grades 3 and 4
April 6 Preschool Open House/ Registration 4-5:30 at West Elementary
April 8 1st Grade Field Trip
April 6 2 Hour Early Out
April 15 No School
April 18 No School
April 20 2 Hr Early Out
April 21 Motivational Speaker, Joe Beckman, will talk to grades K-12
April 25-26 Preschool Round Up
April 26 No Preschool for current preschoolers
April 29 4th Grade Field Trip
May 6 Elementary Track and Field Day