The Eagle Express

Antrim Elementary School January 8, 2020

AES Teachers are Life-Long Learners

Amidst a pandemic, remote-learning, and uncertain times, the teachers at AES have not waivered in their commitment to improve their craft and participate in targeted professional development this year about Universal Design for Learning (UDL). As a part of our school improvement efforts, the dedicated teachers at AES have been focused on learning ways to engage your children and provide meaningful educational experiences. As a staff, we have worked at the direction of CAST through the New Hampshire UDL Network. We are also about to embark on two book studies as an adult learning community to help increase our skills and confidence with UDL. For a brief summary about UDL, please click here. I hope you will join me in being proud of the AES learning team!

A Class Visits Antarctica

Mr. MacLeod's 4th graders read a text called "Antarctic Journal: Four Months at the Bottom of the World". We built our background knowledge by learning about Antarctica's features and wildlife, and even took some 360 degrees virtual field trips to learn about the work scientists are doing to study there. These helped us make some great connections while reading the journal. Did you know Antarctica is classified as a desert because this extreme continent only gets an average of 2 inches of fresh snow each year?

Science In Our Own Backyards

As a fun way to take a break from our screens and learn about the nature in our own backyards, Ms. Lawler's 2nd grade class did a fun outdoor BINGO scavenger hunt for Science this week. Students had to use all of their senses to observe things and were on the lookout for things like animal tracks (one student took a photo of bear tracks!), birds chirping, holes left in the snow or trees by animals, squirrel nests (which we learned are called "dreys") and sticks that were the size of their thumbs and feet. We had a lot of fun looking for these things and it's a great reminder that just beyond the four walls of our house or our school, there is so much wildlife and so much to explore.

Taking Care of Your Social & Emotional Wellbeing Is Important

The year 2020 may not have given us much to laugh at, but as we look forward to 2021 try to add a little more laughter into each day!

A good laugh has great short-term effects. When you start to laugh, it doesn't just lighten your load mentally, it actually induces physical changes in your body. Laughter can:

  • Stimulate many organs. Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain.
  • Activate and relieve your stress response. A rollicking laugh fires up and then cools down your stress response, and it can increase and then decrease your heart rate and blood pressure. The result? A good, relaxed feeling.
  • Soothe tension. Laughter can also stimulate circulation and aid muscle relaxation, both of which can help reduce some of the physical symptoms of stress.

Here are a few tips for bringing more laughter into your life.

· Watch a funny movie. · Surround yourself with things that make you laugh – such as funny photos, comic books. · Spend time with people who make you smile and laugh. · Make time for fun activities. · Spend more time with children and pets. · Learn a good joke to share with friends and family. Remember, even when times are tough, laughter can help relieve stress and provide a positive outlet. Go ahead…laugh out loud! You may discover there’s some truth to the adage, “Laughter is the best medicine.”

Mrs. Donovan's Class is Spying on Squirrels

Our K/1 class has been having a great time learning about some furry little neighbors!

With the help of naturalist teachers from the Harris Center for Conservation Education, we've looked at photos, drawings, and videos of four kinds of squirrels that live in New Hampshire.

We're "spying on squirrels" by going outside to look for them and see what they are doing, then keeping track of what we see like scientists do. We are excited to share what we discover!

We're also having fun with squirrel stories and action chants. Soon, we will be learning about more of our animal neighbors and what they do in the winter time!

Who Else is Studying Squirrels?

Ms. Hartshorne's class has been learning about our backyard friends, Squirrels! We are noticing signs of them in the woods such as places they have stored food, feeding stations, and tracks. We are enjoying watching their amazing movements and we are learning about the adaptations that make it possible to be the acrobats that they are!