Room 18 News

11 December 2015

Furry Friend Drive to Benefit the Monroe County Humane Society through December 17
School Wide Field Trip to see Mary Poppins December 17th
Quarter Ends: December 18
Winter Break: December 29 to January 3
Classes Resume: January 4th

Our Week

Dear Families,

Our work this week has followed our pet theme. Students are researching a pet of their choice to write a research guide. We dove in to books and internet searches to help up gather information about caring for our pets. We’re working on our books in sections: interesting facts, a science drawing with labels, diet, movement and behavior. We're practicing reading for information and taking quick notes to help us write our paragraphs next week.

Following our theme of furry friends, our workjobs have had a pet theme. We worked with the book White House Pets. This book tells about all of the varied and odd pets that have lived in the White House. Students worked to identify the main idea of the book and write a brief summary. They worked to identify the animals named in the book and to tell one detail about that animal. They worked to sort animals into categories two different ways. The first time, we sorted the animals in a T-chart into three groups: normal pets, farm animals and zoo animals. The second time, we sorted the animals into a Venn Diagram: lays eggs and has four legs. We’ve been working on learning to distinguish (and clarify some confusion) the difference between a possessive s and plural s in our sign-ins. The book White House Pets gave us a number of opportunities to work with the plural possessive s. To quote a first grader “There sure are a lot of different esses!

In Math, we are working on expanding our number sense and understanding of place value. We started making number scrolls as we explore patterns found in numbers. We're using base 10 blocks to help us visual numbers and increase our fluidity adding and subtracting mentally. We're practicing telling time to the hour and half hour and have quarter hours with the expressions quarter past and quarter to .

We continue our community service project with a food drive for the Bloomington Humane Society. We will be collecting: dog and cat food (dye free, Purina or better) cat litter (non-clumping), towels (clean, old or new), dog toys (Kyla or Nyla brand), catnip and washable cat toys until December 17th. If you’d like to participate you may send items in with your student or just drop them off in Room 18.

Have a great weekend!

Laura B.

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They're going to start the game. Let's go find our seats.

Rogers School Drop off in Room 18

Our community service project for this season is helping the Bloomington Humane Society by having a Furry Friend Drive. We are collecting new bags of :

· dog food -(Purina or better)– dye free dry or canned

· cat food– (Purina or better)– dye free dry or canned

· dog and cat treats

· dog or Cat toys

· e.g. catnip and washable cat toys

· Kongs or Nyla brand dog toys

· cat litter-not the clumping kind

· towels-clean- old or new

· spare change

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On Thursday, December 17th, 2015, all Rogers Elementary School children will be attending the Cardinal Stage Production of Mary Poppins. The musical will be presented at the Buskirk Chumley Theater. All students will be transported to and from the performance via MCCSC school buses. The cost of the field trip was paid by the Rogers' PTO and an anonymous donor; therefore there is no charge for the children. If you do not want your child to attend the performance, please return the lower half of the informational flyer that came home on Wednesday to opt out. Due to the limited number of seats at this sold-out event, we do not have extra tickets for additional adults to attend.