Room 105 Update

May 15, 2016

So much fun still to be had...

We have a lot to squeeze in during our last 24 days and I hope your students have been telling you how excited they are...I have been trying to encourage positive attitudes. We are so lucky to be a part of STEAM and are learning so much. Attendance is required just like the rest of our days. Here are some things we have in store:

-BABY CHICKS - Starting tomorrow we will be getting eggs and incubators from the MU Extension program. For the next two weeks we will be learning about life cycles, with some fun crafts and research, and learning to care for the eggs and the chicks. If you are interested in keeping a baby chick at the end of the unit, please email me. NOTE: these are meat chickens, not egg-laying chickens.

-Kaleidoscope / Hallmark Visitor's Center - We are taking our field trip on Friday, May 27th.

-School Kickball Game / Fundraiser for NEHS - There is still time for your student to sign up to be a kickball player or cheerleader for this event, which will be held during school hours. The cost is $2.00.

-Moon Rock Day! - Mrs. Ruckman, another 1st grade teacher, is certified through NASA to handle and present information about some REAL MOON ROCKS - 1st grade will have a day where we get to see them up close and learn more about the moon and its terrain.

-Read-a-thon fundraiser - details to come

-Field Day - such fun - want to volunteer?? Let me know!

-STEAM Night/Carnival - Come find out what we do at STEAM and help your child explore and play - fun for the whole family. What? You want to volunteer this night, too?? Let me know!!

Final PLTW Unit

Our final Project Lead The Way unit lets students further explore some of the coding activities we have practiced this year. Below, students work on a game called Rosie's Run where they practice getting a dog, Rosie, from point A to point B while attempting to get her bone and stay out of the puddles. This hands-on activity is a lead-in to actual programming and giving directions to the online program Scratch, Jr. The next two weeks will bring practice with that coding app, as well as show students how to animate stories using coding skills.
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Shoe Issues -

Please note that a lot of Hillcrest kiddos have been getting hurt at recess and breaking shoes because they are wearing flip-flops or high-heel type dress shoes. Please have your student wear comfortable footwear. Even on days where PE is not on the agenda, students need tennis shoes for recess.


It is important to note that, while other schools in the district have a half day on Thursday, we will be in session all day. Our final day in June will be an early release, but this week is normal for us.