Oak Room Newsletter

Week of February 9, 2016

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No school next week! Have a wonderful mid-winter break!

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This week, as told by the Oaks:

We did a project about systems. Carmen wrote the morning message. The kindergarteners sand a new song at Community Gathering.

We got cards for MoMA. We went on a field trip to the Brooklyn Public Library to return our books and get new ones. Carmen and Rezia lost their teeth.

We had a field trip to the Lowline Lab. We explored plants there. We got to spray the plants with water bottles.
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Lowline Lab

The Oaks had a wonderful time at the Lowline Lab. They were fascinated by the giant terrarium, and drew and took notes on their clipboards. Thank you to all the chaperones that came!
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The Oak Carnival

This week some friends started working on miniature models of their carnival ideas. We brainstormed how we can transform the block area, dramatic play, and the sensory table to help us figure out answers to our questions about carnivals.
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Clinton Hill Library

We checked more books on Thursday. They are due March 3rd. We will most likely revisit the library on that day, but you are welcome to return them before then. I will send more detailed information after the break.
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In Writing Workshop we learned a strategy to spell fancy words that experts might use in their books. First you listen for and clap the syllables, then you write the sounds one syllable at a time, and make sure to use a vowel in each syllable. We worked on our class book about hermit crabs together to practice this new strategy.

In Reading Workshop we learned to continue using our tools for solving and checking hard words. We organized our tools into "Does that make sense?", "Does that sound right?", and "Does that look right?" tools.

At home: Encourage your child to write a non-fiction book based on your plans for the break.

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This week we compared repeating and nonrepeating sequences. We learned that the name of the part that repeats over and over in a repeating pattern is called the unit. We worked on identifying the unit of a pattern and figuring out how many units were in a pattern train.

At home: Practice creating patterns with your child and identifying the unit.

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Upcoming trips

We need one more chaperone for our trip to the Morgan Library and Museum on Friday 3/4. We will leave by school bus at 9:30AM and return no later than 1PM.

We need four chaperones for our trip to the Morgan Library and Museum on Thursday 3/10. We will leave by school bus at 9:30AM and return no later than 1PM.

Please email Pascale at pascale@brooklyncompass.org if you are interested!

Weekends with Hermi

Hermi, our class pet, is very popular! The Oaks are excited about the chance to take him home over the weekends. Starting this weekend, Hermi can go home with Oaks on the weekend. Please note, it's not safe for Hermi to travel on the school bus. We will randomly draw names each week and contact families to make sure it's okay beforehand.
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Contact Information

Feel free to email us anytime. Pascale can be reached at pascale@brooklyncompass.org and Lorna can be reached at lorna@brooklyncompass.org.