Loopy Learner News

October 8, 2015

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The Year of Billy Miller - Global Read Aloud

This week, we met our new 3rd grade friends in Mrs. Landreth's class from South Carolina! We met via Skype. This wasn't just any Skype call, it was a Mystery Skype! Students practiced their geography skills by asking each other yes or no questions to try to determine what state they were located in. For example, is your state east of the Mississippi River? Or, does your state border an ocean? Students then used their maps and a dry erase marker to narrow it down. Both classes are reading "The Year of Billy Miller" as part of the Global Read Aloud. We have been asking each other questions about the book via Twitter. Follow us @loopylearners! We will continue to read the book together, as well as plan another Mystery Skype in the future. The next Mystery Skype will focus on numbers. Each class will pick a number and then try to guess the other's number through a series of yes or no questions. For example, is your number greater than 500? Or, does you number have an even digit in the tens place? Great FUN and LEARNING!
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Book Fair!

Ms. Davis is organizing the ERES Book Fair from November 9-14 and needs volunteers. Here is a message from her:

We're using VolunteerSpot to organize our Book Fair.

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our Sign-Up on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/5KLKkX

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.


This week in Wonders, our Essential Question is: "How can problem solving lead to new ideas?" We have learned about different inventors and vocabulary words, such as "solution". We are on day 1 of the lessons and will continue on Monday.

Every 5 lessons in Wonders, we will be taking an online assessment. We have also begun work on weekly spelling words. Students will be working on a weekly spelling words in class during word work centers within our English Language Arts block. This is not something that needs to be stressed about. I want students to focus on learning the spelling rules and not memorizing words.

Don't forget to check out Wonders online (log in information is in the "Usernames and Passwords" document that was shared with you).

Envisions Math

This week, we started Topic 2. We are learned about the properties of Addition:

The Commutative Property (Order Property) - You can add numbers in any order and the sum will still be the same.

7 + 5 = 5 + 7

The Identity Property (Zero Property) - The sum of zero and any number is that same number.

5 + 0 = 5

The Associative Property (Grouping Property) - You can group addends in any way and the sum will be the same.

(3 + 4) + 5 = 3 + (4 + 5)

Remember, to add what is inside the parentheses first!

Upcoming Envisions Topic 2 Lessons:

2-2 Subtraction Meanings

2-3 Using Mental Math to Add

2-4 Using Mental Math to Subtract

2-5 Rounding

2-6 Estimating Sums

2-7 Estimating Differences

2-8 Making Sense of Addition and Subtraction Equations

2-9 Problem Solving - Reasonableness

Don't forget to keep practicing multiplication facts!

Field Trip to the Eagle River Area Fire Department

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Thank you to the Eagle River Area Fire Department for the amazing Fire Prevention Program! We had a great time and learned a lot. Here are some Fire Prevention tips and facts to go over with your child:

  • Each bedroom should have a working smoke detector.
  • Kids should sleep with their bedroom doors closed and a working flashlight next to their bed.
  • Get out, stay out, and have a meeting place! If there is a fire in your home, GET OUT! Do not try to get belongings or pets. Stay out and do not go back in for anything! Have a meeting place outside of your home. Make sure that your meeting place is away from driveways.
  • Have 2 ways out of every room in the house.
  • Practice exit drills with your family.

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Mindfulness in Education Mini-Camp

Eagle River Elementary would like to remind you of the special opportunity coming up Monday, October 12th. Christian Meier, founder of an organization titled Mindful Learning, is coming to our district for a free Mindfulness in Education Mini-Camp. Mindfulness is a way to handle stress by offering relaxation techniques that are researched and evidenced based from the Growing Minds Curriculum. This free learning/informational session is open to all families and adults, as well as students in 3rd-5th grade. Please call or email Mrs. Bornberg if planning on attending. Thanks!


The Global Cardboard Challenge is an opportunity for children to play and learn by using simple materials to build the things they imagine.

The Cardboard Challenge:

  • Let children explore their interests and passions.
  • Teaches valuable "21st Century" Skills like critical thinking, resourcefulness, perseverance and teamwork.
  • Foster and celebrates child creativity.
  • It's FUN!

We had our cardboard challenge on Thursday. The kids collaborated and cooperated amazingly! Here are videos of each child explaining what they created. More pictures are posted on FB. Great job kids!

Ava, Emalyn, & Natalie - #cardboardchallenge
Natasha, Aurora, & Maya - #cardboardchallenge
Cole & Jason #cardboardchallenge
Brayden & Bowen - #cardboardchallenge
Johnathan, Trentin, & Mason - #cardboardchallenge
Mason, Hayden, & August - #cardboardchallenge
Abbey - #cardboardchallenge
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Remember to check out our Loopy Learners Facebook page to see more pictures of the daily happenings in our classroom!

NO SCHOOL - Teacher Inservice

Friday, Oct. 9th, 7:30am

1700 Pleasure Island Road

Eagle River, WI

NO SCHOOL - Parent Teacher Conferences

Monday, Nov. 9th, 11am-7pm

1700 Pleasure Island Road

Eagle River, WI

Parent - Teacher Conferences

Tuesday, Nov. 17th, 4-7pm

1700 Pleasure Island Road

Eagle River, WI

Eagle River Elementary School Spring Fling

Friday, March 18th 2016 at 2pm

1800 Pleasure Island Road

Eagle River, WI