March 25th, 2016
Special Guest Reader: Mr. Arango
We are also grateful to all the parent volunteers who come in weekly to read to our students, who are room parents, who come to field trips, who help with the PTO, who give our class gifts of supplies, who contribute to our classroom CRES Fest basket, who share your time and talent to help us excel, who help with difficult homework. Your contributions are too numerous to catalogue, but we thank you all.
SPRING on our playground!
Spring Break Starts next week: No school next Friday
Planting our bean seeds
Writer's and Reader's Workshop: This week we focused on the main Idea in our reading, and talked about different strategies that help us determine main ideas. We also worked on getting more details about our "hero" and read our biographies.
Math Workshop: Our geometry focus is on learning all the attributes of different shapes. What is a polygon? What is the difference between a line and a line segment? Can a square be a rectangle? Can a rectangle be a square?
Science: We are exploring the surprising idea that plants can actually move around. The primary way they do this is by dispersing their seeds.
Your child chose one of three seed models to build, and practiced dropping the seeds from a height, in order to avoid the dreaded "zone of darkness" (i.e. the shade!)
Together you and your child can watch some really amazing examples of seeds being spread by wind, water, and animals here:
Some of these are examples we saw in class. But one very exciting category we didn't consider in class were seeds that explode! You can find them by fast-forwarding to the 15:15 mark at the above video (Episode 1: Travelling).
Don't miss it!
Common Sense Media
There are now Volunteer Spots up for 2016. Thanks so much to the Volunteers, you help is very much appreciated. The kids love it when you come in, too!
Here's how to volunteer in 3 easy steps:
1) Click this link below to see our Sign-Up on VolunteerSpot
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.
If there is ever a transportation change for your child please send your child into school with a note, or contact the office by 2:00 pm. I must have a note from you or the office stating a transpiration change. If I do not receive a note I will send your child home the usual way.
Snacks and Lunch
Snack: Students will be allowed to bring a snack in the morning since our lunch time is later in the day. Snacks need to be healthy and nutritious. Please refrain from bringing items with tree nuts due to allergies. Students can also bring a bottle of water to school each day.
Lunch: We will eat lunch each day from 1:05-1:35 in the cafeteria. Your child may eat school lunch or bring his or her lunch from home. Lunch options this year are hot lunch, turkey sandwich, peanut butter & jelly, chef salad, or pizza pack.
Lunch Visits and Background Checks
For more information on background checks and the anti-bullying webinar, please visit: