Bruneau Elementary Newsletter
Thursday, December 8th BES Christmas Program 6pm
Tuesday, December 13th School Board Meeting 7pm @ Rimrock
Thursday, December 22nd End of 2nd Quarter
Friday, December 23rd-Sunday, January 8th Winter Break
Monday, January 9th School Resumes
A Note from Mr. Meyers
Habit 3 - Put First things First • Work First, then Play
It’s funny how kids will spend thirty minutes complaining about their chores, not realizing they could have completed them in the same amount of time they spent complaining. Go figure.
Indeed, putting first things first is hard. In fact, of all the habits, it’s the hardest one to keep. Why? Because we’re all somewhat addicted to doing the urgent thing or the easier thing first. Yet if we don’t teach our kids to delay gratification and do the hard thing (or first thing) first while they are young, they may learn too late or not at all. In this story, be sure to point out how awful it can feel when you procrastinate and put things off, like when Pokey crammed the night before the test. Contrast that with how good it feels when you are prepared. As a wise person once put it, “Do what you have to do so you can do what you want to do.”
Here are some discussion questions for you and your student after watching the story:
1. Why did Pokey put off studying for his spelling test? What did he do instead?
2. How did Pokey feel the night before the first test?
3. What does procrastinate mean? What did Sophie teach Pokey about procrastination?
4. How did Pokey feel after he studied all week and aced his spelling test?
5. Why is it so important to put first things first?
K/1 Miss Wampler
2/3 Mrs. Jones
4/5 Mr. Orban
During the daily math lessons, the fifth-grade students made the transition from adding and subtracting decimal numbers to learning different methods needed to add and subtract fractions. These lessons reinforce various concepts these students need to successfully work with fractions as well as mixed numbers. Meanwhile, the fourth graders explored various strategies needed to multiply multi-digit numbers before they began work on using similar math concepts to divide pairs of multi-digit numbers.
In language arts, students from both grade levels continue to study ways that authors tell stories through various genres and text elements during daily reading lessons. These lessons connect to daily writing lessons in which students work on weekly writing assignments that deal with specific topics. For example, students shared their opinions on an assigned topic and then turned their attention to telling stories that include text and illustrations.
In social studies, the students are continuing their exploration of the 13 colonies. During these lessons, the class is building on their understanding of the challenges the settlers of the New World faced as they sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in search of starting a new life in what is now the United States as well as the exploring the reasons why this part of the world led to a number of conflicts between various nations.
During the science lessons, the class has started the first in a series of engineering challenges to help them understand the challenges that people faced as they created and continue to enhance the technology that has allowed society to grow. It’s allowing them to understand that it takes plenty of testing, data collection and revisions to create various types of technology.
BES November Students of The Month
November Cape Run
Colt Fowers, Eluterio Lemus, Carlos Juarez, and Case Fowers.