May 10, 2019
Dates to Remember
** The remainder of the school year is packed full of fantastic events.**
**Updates to the list will be made as information is received**
May 14 - Parent Info Night for Incoming Kindergarten Students, 6:30 - 7:30, MRE Library
May 16 - PK Field Trip, Davis Farmland
May 23 - 3rd Grade Field Trip, Tower Hill Botanical Gardens
May 24 - Early Release, 12:15 PM - Lunch will be served including all half day K class
May 24 - Heart Challenge Event, Grades 1-5
May 24 - Spirit Day - Theme: Americana Day - wear red, white and blue
May 27 - No School, Memorial Day
May 28 - Digital Safety Presentation, 6:30, Florence Sawyer School
May 29 - 1st Grade Field Trip, Stone Zoo
May 29/30 - PTO Enrichment Event: Author Steve Krasner's Worshop, Grades 4 & 5
May 31 - Great East Music Festival, Grade 5
Jun 3 - Birds of Prey Show, Grade 2
Jun 3 - Author's Showcase for Mrs. Artim & Mrs. Harris classes, Time: TBA
Jun 6 - Spring Concert, 6:30, MRE Auditorium
Jun 6 - Field Day, Grades 1 & 2 - Rain or Shine
Jun 6 - 4th Grade Field Trip, Broad Meadow Brook (Primiano / O'Riorden)
Jun 7 - 2nd Grade Field Trip, Ecotarium
Jun 7 - Author's Showcase for Ms. Boissoneau's & Mrs. Begley's classes, 1:00 - 2:30
Jun 10 - 3rd Grade Wax Museum, 9:00
Jun 10 - 3rd Grade Song Flute Concert, 2:00, Auditorium
Jun 10 - 4th Grade Field Trip, Broad Meadow Brook (Braceland / Willard)
Jun 11 - Field Day, Grades 3, 4 & 5 - Rain or Shine
Jun 12 - Kindergarten Year-end Celebration, 9-10
Jun 12 - 4th Grade Event, Audubon to come and present to students
Jun 13 - Bingo for Books Event - details to follow
Jun 13 - Preschool Celebrations: 9AM & 12PM
Jun 14 - Lawn Party, details to be announced (rain date June 13)
Jun 18 - 5th Grade Recognition Ceremony, MRE Auditorium (time to be announced)
Jun 18 - Last Day of School - all students dismissed at 11:30
Library, Mrs. Ogborn
Kindergarten has finished reading soup stories and will now read about gardens and vegetables. We will start with Tops and Bottoms and the Giant Carrot.
Grade 1 is enjoying our Caldecott Medal books. We like this year’s (2019) winner, Hello Lighthouse, and will read the 1942 winner – Make Way for Ducklings later this month.
Grade 2 will start a new genre. We will read Tall Tales, beginning with Paul Bunyan and Davy Crockett Saves the World.
Grade 3 continues reading Greek Myths. We will read Echo and Narcissus, and Medusa. Also 3rd grade will begin using the library on-line catalog this month.
Grade 4 has finished our author study of Chris Van Allsburg. We will read The Scrambled State of America and then move on to solving riddles.
Grade 5 is reading The Legend of the Teddy Bear and Dolley Madison Saves George Washington in our study of U. S. Presidents.
Health, Mrs. Fredette
K - Safety skills: bike riding and being in the sun
1 - Safety skills: strangers and being in the sun
2 - Safety skills: outdoor activities/areas and being in the sun
3 - Communication: Emotions. Social skills: Making and Keeping friends
4 - Communication: The pro's and con's. Social skills: Peer pressure
5 - Communication: Listening skills. Social skills: conflict resolution
Technology, Mrs. Akdikmen
Kindergarten have created family portraits in Seesaw, our student driven digital portfolio. I believe all K teachers have sent home instructions on how parents can access their students portfolio. Coming up we will be working on dinosaur apps, and creating dinosaur pictures out of shapes.
Grade 1:has been diligently working on a Season Slideshow in our drawing program called Wixie. They are creating drawings, typing sentences, adding slide transitions, background music and recording their voices! These will be shared in Seesaw when complete. They will be moving into some basic programming skill work before we tackle Osmo Programming.
Grade 2: has started becoming more serious with developing good typing practices. They will be doing this along with developing some basic programming skills leading up to using the robots (Dash and Dot).
Grade 3: has started using Seesaw our digital portfolio app. Parents have been sent home information on how they can see their student’s portfolio. This month we will be focusing on showing what we have learned about robots by videotaping some of the things are robots can do. The first entry is teaching the robots to say a list of 10 nouns.
Grade 4: has continued to create and are starting to wrap up their Story, Game, Greeting Card or Nonfiction Piece Scratch programming projects. They have been writing about what their Scratch program is about and how to control it (keys, mouse, Scratch Green Flag. These description will be included with their submissions and eventually in an area where they will be shared with peers, the school community and families.
Grade 5: is getting closer to slideshows and reflection of the Drone project completion. We are hoping to complete this work after April break so we can further our coding exploration using the Lego Wedo systems.
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P.E., Mr. Berthiaume
Kindergarten and Grade 1: Sports skills: throwing, catching, dribbling, shooting, bounce passing, and handball.
Grade 2: African dance and line dance: Students are creating their own African style dances with a partner.
Grade 3: Native American Dance: Students are working with partners to create their own native american style dance.
Grade 4: Tango: We are learning a tango style line dance, and working in small groups to create dances with the same techniques.
Grade 5: Irish step dance: Students are learning three basic Irish step dance steps, and using these to create short performances with small groups.
Art, Mrs. Korn
Kindergarten and 1st Grade continue to work on our sculpting skills by making model magic pinch pots and decorating them. Then, we used our drawing skills and imaginations. We read "Harold and the Purple Crayon," and drew pictures of our dreams and wishes. After that we read, "Ten Minutes Until Bedtime," and used stick figures to show eight things we do before our bedtimes.
2nd & 3rd Grades reviewed, made and decorated pinch pots using our advanced skills. Then we began reviewing joining techniques using modeling clay. We will use air-dry clay after the break to make clay creatures.
4th & 5th Grades Most of us have finished our narrative paintings! We are reviewing clay techniques in preparation for spending May developing our 3D skills using air-dry clay.
Nashoba & Community Events
Presentation for parents
Code & Play
Lancaster Recreation Director
Understanding the impact of anxiety on motivation and learning