Carrie Busey Enrichment Program


Online Newsletter and Remind!

Eventually, this newsletter will be accessible online and sent to you as an email. I've run into difficulties getting the address list imported, but wanted to get this out anyway. I do have a form embedded into this document, so I'll it out online once the emailing option is working. Thanks for your patience!

I've set up accounts for 2nd Grade Enrichment and 3rd-5th Enrichment on Remind! Text the number 81010 with the message "@enrichcb2" to join the 2nd grade conversations and "@enrichcb35" to join the 3rd-5th conversations. I look forward to sending out quick updates on our progress! A How-To Flyer with the numbers has also gone home with your child.

2nd Grade Enrichment

Second graders started out the year working in teams to create a bridge using only straws. After practicing for awhile, they were given four paperclips to see if it helped in their construction. We saw some really great and innovative designs! It was pretty cool to see how different classes were able to solve the same problem in different ways.

Now, second grade has moved into computer skills. We are using first quarter to familiarize ourselves with the computer and mainly, the keyboard. We are using Typing Club, an free online program, to practice and track progress. Students will go through typing club at their own pace, ultimately learning to type without looking at the keyboard. Students can practice this anywhere they have internet. Each student was given a username and password that was sent home. After becoming more confident in computer skills, we will incorporate the computer into our projects for the remainder of the year. Visit to login and practice!

3rd-5th Grade Enrichment

After doing some "Getting to Know You" and expectation activities with students, we are ready to dive into academics! In ELA, students are learning about fables. After reading and examining the features of fables, students will be asked to pick one story. From there, we will look at some dramas and examine the features in this genre. We will then combine the two as students will turn the fable into a script. I'm excited to see what stories they pick out in the next week!

In 3rd grade math, students are starting a unit called "Math Merchants." In this simulation, students learn real-life money management skills, number skills, and mathematical reasoning by buying and selling goods and services in a classroom city they create. Daily challenges and questions will be used to extend and enrich the daily lessons, while also allowing me to track student progress. If anyone has large boxes or pieces of cardboard they would like to donate for students to use when creating their storefront signs, I would appreciate the donation!

In 4th and 5th grade math, students are reviewing geometrical terms before going on a school tour to capture examples of how and where geometry is used in buildings. From there, students will be presented with the challenge of "creating" a mini golf course for the World Professional Mini Golf Association. Using geometry, students will create courses that have appropriate angles for the ball to go around obstacles and into the holes. I can't wait to see what they come up with on their courses!


I have asked students to bring a notebook and a folder to enrichment that can be used for just that part of their day. If students have extra notebooks or folders in their classroom, they are welcome to use those. They may bring ones from home, or they can talk to me about getting materials from the school. If students are in ELA and Math Enrichment, they can use a separate notebook and folder for each, or just one and we will mark off the different subject areas. Thank you!


Each group has created a goal for how many Bobcat Paws they are going to collect by demonstrating exemplary behavior and work habits in enrichment. They also chose a service project they will complete to give back to the community when they reach their goal as well as a way to celebrate their achievement. Here is what they have decided on so far:

3rd Grade

  • Goal: 10 Paws
  • Service Project: Organize a fundraiser to raise money for Carrie Busey
  • Celebration: bring a small stuffed animal to enrichment

4th Grade

  • Goal: 10 Paws
  • Service Project: compile a care-package for a student
  • Celebration: kickball game

5th Grade

  • Goal: 15 Paws
  • Service Project: assist the custodian with a task in the school
  • Celebration: extra recess

I'm proud of the goals students made and look forward to seeing them reach these milestones!

Common Core State Standards We Are Working Towards:


Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas


Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details and well-structured event sequences.


Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

Draw points, lines, line segments, rays, angles (right, acute, obtuse), and perpendicular and parallel lines. Identify these in two-dimensional figures.

Classify two-dimensional figures based on the presence or absence of parallel or perpendicular lines, or the presence or absence of angles of a specified size. Recognize right triangles as a category, and identify right triangles.

Recognize a line of symmetry for a two-dimensional figure as a line across the figure such that the figure can be folded along the line into matching parts. Identify line-symmetric figures and draw lines of symmetry.

Understand that attributes belonging to a category of two-dimensional figures also belong to all subcategories of that category. For example, all rectangles have four right angles and squares are rectangles, so all squares have four right angles.

Classify two-dimensional figures in a hierarchy based on properties.

Fluently add and subtract within 1000 using strategies and algorithms based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction.
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