Room 212 News #26

March 20, 2016

Tuesday - Bryant Science Night 6:00 - 7:30 pm

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Kensington Trip on Thursday - cross your fingers!

This is a full day trip (9:30-2:30). We will spend most of the trip outside. Please dress your child for the weather. Currently it looks WET. Boots and rain gear will be needed.

Also, remember to pack a lunch and drink. If your child will get a sack lunch from school, please let me know by Monday so I can order it. Lunch must still be nut-free.

A decision to cancel the trip due to weather conditions will generally not be made until the morning of, so please send your student ready, even if it is cold or wet.

Classroom Needs

We could use tissues, napkins and glue sticks. We are currently well stocked on snacks, paper towels, and disinfectant wipes. We also have had several recent donations of pencils, erasers and dry erase markers. Thank you for supporting the classroom!

RAZ Kids - Leveled Reading at Home

I've been adjusting levels on RAZ Kids to better match your child's independent level. For some students, this may mean dropping down a level or two, so reading can be fluent and s/he can answer the quiz questions more accurately. Other students may skip up a level or two, to provide an adequate challenge. Let me know if you, or your student, has any question about the RAZ Kids reading level or the website. Your child may log-in at:

Teacher - amedeiros1

Students have their own picture password.

If you do not have computer or tablet access for RAZ kids, or prefer your child read paper books - visit the Parent Library on Wednesdays in the Bryant foyer. Your child's reading level is marked on his/her report card. Books can be sent home if you are not able to visit the Parent Library, just let me know.

Windy March Weather

Last week we borrowed some flags from Mr. Hagen and went up to the field to make some observations about wind. There were two very windy days to notice how the wind feels, sounds, and what direction it was coming from.

Writer's Workshop - How To Books

We have started writing How To stories during Writer's Workshop. On Friday students actually made a peanut butter (pretend, used soy butter) and jelly sandwich, while writing about the steps. Thank you to Ms. Robbins for the activity and supplies! We've also worked with Ms. Robbins to write How to Blow a Bubble and How to Make a Snow Person. Soon, students will choose from their own "expert" list, and write a How To book with steps, using transition words. Some students may include an introduction and an About the Author page.

Read a Thon

Read a Thon has ended. Thank you for supporting your child's reading! Sponsor money is due by March 21. Medals will arrive soon!

Report Cards

Please sign and return the envelope - we'll use it again in June. Keep the contents of the envelope at home. I'm happy to answer any questions you may have after you have reviewed the report card.

Project Lead the Way has begun!

Our new science curriculum is here, along with Ms. Dawson the PLTW teacher. She pushes into our classroom twice a week to teach these exciting STEM based units. Our first unit is about coding. Please visit the PLTW website for more information.

Mystery Readers

Students are really enjoying all the mystery readers and all the stories from home! Thank you!

Volunteer During Centers

Currently we have help from college students or parents on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We welcome help during Guided Reading/centers or Guided Math/centers, if you are available.

  • Tuesday, 10:00am or 1:10pm
  • Thursday, 10:25am or 1:40pm

Let me know if you are interested!

Dates to Remember:

  • 3/21 Read a Thon sponsor money due
  • 3/22 Bryant Science Night 6-7:30pm
  • 3/24 Kensington trip - NEW DATE
  • 3/25 No school
  • 3/30 Spring Picture Day
  • 4/4-4/8 Spring Break
  • 4/19 - Volunteer Appreciation at Bryant 6pm
  • 4/22 Earth Day of Service - volunteers welcome