First Quarter, Erwin Montessori
There is something special at Erwin . . .
The Art Room
News from Ms. Young
Your children have been incredibly busy in the art room this year! My goal is to give them plenty of hands-on experience with wonderful art materials. We also focus a lot on looking at art and how to be a critical thinker.
When your children engage in art, they are using all their senses and practicing higher level thinking skills. The best way to encourage artistic behavior is to simply describe what you see. Rather than praise first, ask them to tell you about the work. Enjoy the stories!
Here is a little sampler . . . .
Exploring Art Processes | Learning about Materials | Learning about our World
The Community Foundation said that our table toppers amused the funders and added lively and meaningful conversation at the tables.
More to come . . .
Special Thank You to the family that donated a digital projector that will help me provide a much richer art education experience. Thank you so much!!!
Here is what we are getting ready for:
Weaving, Puppets, Native American Art, Coffee Stirrer Sculpture and more!
Here is how you can help:
ART ROOM WISH LIST
Elmer’s Glue (regular size)
Wooden Coffee Stirrers
Dollar Donations for Prang Watercolor Refills (I may have to order those)
Dollar Donations for Gel Printing Plates (they are about $18 each and it would be great to have 5)
The Music Room
Right now all students are practicing for the Winter Performance, which will be the evening of December 10. We will be excited to have families join us for this event.
In the fall, all students are taught Digital Citizenship lessons to help them be better, more discerning users of the internet and its varied resources. Younger students are taught to seek adult guidance when accessing the internet, while older students are exposed to internet safety guidelines and lessons.
Promoting reading and the use of resources to find information is at the forefront of school library programming. Here are a few ways we do that at Erwin . . . .
How much are we reading?
In September, Erwin students read for 115,940 minutes, for an average of 331minutes per student. The top class was Ms. MacClean's 3rd Grade. Her students read 15,250 minutes for the month and averaged 803 minutes of reading each.
The October reading numbers will be announced Friday, November 6. The top classes each month have their picture displayed in the main hall by the library and on the school website.
GCS and Erwin encourage students to read at least 20 minutes every night. Be sure to turn in your reading logs to your teacher so we know how much you are reading!
Read and Ride
This program promotes literacy as well as allowing students to be active, both of which are important for students' academic growth.
This program has gotten the school year off to a great start and everyone is excited about continuing it. There are several teachers who would like to add a bike to their classrooms. If you or someone you know has a bike that could be donated to expand the program, please contact the school.
Just make a mark and see where it takes you . . . .
All of the students read the book in library lessons and created dot art in art classes. Hanging dot sculptures were unveiled and the entire community was invited to decorate themselves with dots and show off their creative side.
Battle of the Books
Club members are reading more and varied books for a chance to represent Erwin at the regional Battle of the Books competition in March.
Question of the Week
On Friday, one response is drawn at random from the submitted answers and the winning student is announced on the morning announcements.
So far, four 5th grade boys have been the lucky winners.
All GCS students have access to eBooks. Login is necessary.
username: student ID (lunch) number (i.e. 1234567)
password : student birthdate (mmddyyyy) (i.e. 01012001)
All GCS students have access to streaming educational videos, games, and other resources. Login is necessary.
password: student birthdate (mmddyyyy) (i.e. 01012001)
All North Carolina students have access to online encyclopdias, magazine collections, eBooks, and other resources through this state database. A password is necessary to access subscription resources.
Coming soon to the library . . .
- Book Fair is the week of December 7-11
- 4th grade will be having a Family Reading Night event after Winter Break. This was funded through Donors Choose. Similar events will be planned for other grades if grant funding is available.