The Blanchette Bulletin

Learn it, Love it, Live it at Lovin Elementary

March 6, 2015

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Lovin's 1st TIGERTHON!

We are so excited....information is coming home today and details are on our web site!

Are you receiving my text blasts? If not....

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Are you a Portal Parent?


In an effort to keep you informed (and in hopes of going paperless), we want to be sure you are taking advantage of all of the information that is available to you through our portals. There is a student portal and a parent portal.


The parent portal includes attendance, grades, discipline, lunch info., textbook info., clinic visits, testing history, etc. Teachers update grades in the portal weekly (grades 2-5 only), so you can view a current progress check at any time.


So much information at your finger tips.


If you haven't looked lately, and need help, there is a form on our web page (lovines.org/home.html). You will just need to come in and show your ID, and we will help get started or get you back into the portal.


There is also a student portal....just ask your child for his/her student number and password. That is where you will find a plethora of resources, games, leveled reader's and their textbooks. In the near future, students may even be able to makeup a snow day from their home, so we want to be sure everyone knows how to get into the portal.


This is a quick video that will help you get started:

http://www.powtoon.com/embed/bfSeP8pVEjK/

PTA

It is time to start recruiting for next year's PTA Board. If you are interested or know someone who may be interested, please email lovinpta@gmail.com


All nominees are welcome....


And don't forget Mother/Son Night at Sparkles on March 21 from 6:00-8:00 PM! Details coming home today!


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STEM Update

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A great link from Sesame Street for STEM activities at home!

10 Tips to Help Your Child Be a STEM Thinker


1. Be alert for opportunities to talk with your child about STEM-related topics. For example, talk about gravity when your child tosses a ball in the air. Discuss fractions or percent when you slice a pie. (Warning! Depending on the topic, you may need to do some brush-up research.)


2. Encourage curiosity and questioning. Rather than giving an answer or a solution to a problem, encourage your child to research information and/or to come up with several possible solutions for a problem.


3. View science and technology TV and videos with your child.Talk together about the program you viewed afterward.


4. Make your home a STEM-friendly place. Be enthusiastic about ideas that your child wants to test (within reason). Set up a place for experimenting and building prototypes. Provide materials for experiments. These don’t have to be expensive. Materials might include things like paper cups, craft sticks, glue, etc.


5. Organize groups of kids to participate in a STEM Invention Club. The Time to Invent website has all the information you need to guide kids in exploring and experimenting together.


6. Promote cooperation and teamwork as kids work together on STEM challenges. Before they begin working in teams, ask them to share behaviors they value in other team members. Guide them to develop a list of ground rules they will follow, based on their valued behaviors.


7. Search out STEM-related recreational activities such as a trip to a local science museum or a visit to an Exploreum. Visit robotics competitions or Maker Faires and encourage your child to ask questions and/or participate.


8. Stay in touch with your teacher and offer to help with STEM activities at school; or enlist help if needed with your STEM activities at home.


9. Direct your child to these websites for information and STEM fun:

  • Design Squad – This PBS site features creative activities, engaging video, interactive games, and exciting contests.
  • Discover Engineering – At this site children can view videos, play interactive games, and design “Cool Stuff.”
  • National Geographic Education – This website features educational activities and videos, including some STEM activities.

10. Display curiosity about things you see and show your own interest in learning. This may be the most important tip of all. Your enthusiasm will be the greatest motivator for your child’s interest in STEM.


Source: http://www.middleweb.com/3569/10-stem-tips-for-parents/


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