Tiger Insider

November 2021

October Terrific Tigers

Announcing our September Terrific Tigers representing COURAGE! This month's deserving students are Deanna (grade 6), Brianna (grade 5), Olivia & Hunter (grade 4), Alyjzene & Camden (grade 3), Sophia & Aaron (grade 2), Mariah & Kyn'shon (grade 1) and Louisa & Brantley (kindergarten)! When you see them, please congratulate them on being such positive influences in our school family!

November's PAWS-itive Character Trait Is...


The PAWS-ITIVE Character Trait for the month of November is RESPECT. Respectful people treat others the way they want to be treated.

Principal for a Day

Any student that earned 50 or more Tiger Points was put into a drawing to be Principal for the Day. This month's winner is Kenzie from Grade 4! Before Thanksgiving break, Kenzie will spend a day as the Principal of the Day! She will get to read the morning announcements, carry a radio, wear a name badge, visit with classes and sit in on meetings and shadow me for the rest of the day. I hope that the experience will prompt one of my assistants to choose education as a career.

Tiger Point Tallying

WOW! We are really racking up the Tiger Points around here!

Kindergarten - 4,089

Grade 1 - 4,851

Grade 2 - 4,813

Grade 3 - 4,124

Grade 4 - 2,713

Grade 5 - 5,537

Grade 6 - 5,480


2021-2022 PBiS Goal

Did you know that as of November 12 2021 95% of our students have one or fewer behavior referrals? 423 out of our 444 students have received one or fewer behavior referrals for discipline thanks to our school-wide support and commitment to PBiS (Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports)! Our students are making great choices and learning quickly to avoid repeating bad ones!

Our overall goal is to have 82% or more of our kids receive one or fewer minor/major behavior referrals this school year. We are on track to meet that ambitious and worthwhile goal!

Maplewood Moments

Bus Safety Week

Pennsylvania State Police Trooper, Cindy Shick, paid MES a visit on Tuesday, October 19 to do bus safety presentations with students in Pre-K - Grade 6. Her visit reinforced us reteaching and reviewing bus expectations this week with our students in support of Bus Safety Week.
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Halloween Fun

Congrats to Grade 3 for winning the team costume contest! And thanks to all of you who voted on our Facebook page! We had a ton of fun celebrating Halloween on Thursday, October 29!
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National STEM Day

November 8 was National STEM Day A big thanks to the teachers who are constantly finding engaging ways to teach the importance of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics!

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Grade Level News


Kindergarten is working hard on their "super reading powers", increasing their reading stamina. Our "snap" word list is growing as we continue to be word scientist as we look at our letters and sounds. We are finishing up our Looking Closely unit in writing and will be diving into narrative writing. In math, we are working on number sense. We are discussing healthy foods that is related to the first Thanksgiving Feast.

Grade 1

First graders have really been working hard at strengthening and building upon important lifelong skills!
In Reading, students are becoming "word detectives" by studying words closely and learning important strategies to solve unfamiliar/mystery words while reading. They are learning how to break apart words into parts and blend them back together.

For phonics, students are learning about words with the "silent e" and adding more snap words to the word wall. In math, students are continuing to build strategies for addition and subtraction. We have added in the use of a number line to solve problems. For writing, students are focusing on writing "How To" Books. These books will be teaching their readers how to do something step by step, using materials.

Grade 2

This month in math, 2nd grade is learning about addition and subtraction facts and relationships among numbers. In reading, students are learning to grow as readers by retelling, making jots in books, and scooping up words for fluency. In phonics, students are being exposed to second-grade snap words. We are also working on r-controlled vowels, capitalization, and punctuation. We are working on opinion writing. Students are working on persuading others by including reasons and details in their books.

Grade 3

Reading- In reading, we have been working on our non-fiction unit. The students have studied the characteristics of non-fiction books, how to locate the main idea and supporting details of a text and are completing a biography activity as a culminating project for the unit.

Writing- In writing, we just finished the Personal Narrative Unit and are now onto our Persuasive Unit. The students are learning how to see problems around them and imagine solutions through this unit. They are learning how to write strong thesis statements with valid reasons and evidence to support their thesis statements. We will be looking forward to the final pieces to see what topics the students decide to persuade their audiences to do.

Math- In math, the students have been learning many different strategies on how to solve multiplication problems and now we are beginning to focus on fact fluency. The students have been renamed with a multiplication fact to help them practice their facts throughout the day. Each child wears their fact around their neck, on a lanyard, so they can see the facts all day. We are also learning about the different Properties of Multiplication and how they help the students solve multiplication problems.

Word Study- Over the next few weeks in word study, we will be focusing on consonant diagraphs, compound words and spelling words with the long e and i sounds spelled y.

Second Step- We have learned how to be good learners and now we are focusing on how to be empathetic towards others.

Grade 4

Writing - Students in 4th grade are finishing writing their realistic fiction stories and getting ready to move into persuasive writing. Students will be choosing a claim that they feel strongly about and working to support their claim with compelling reasons to persuade their reader to agree with them.

Reading - Students are diving into the world of nonfiction reading and pushing themselves to embrace the challenge that nonfiction reading can bring. They are tackling trickly vocabulary, digging into text structure, and making a commitment to learn something new as they read. They are also are learning about text structure including cause and effect, sequential order, compare and contrast, and problem solution. They are using informational books to find examples of text structure and text features.

4th Grade Math

We have been working hard on learning how to multiply multi-digit numbers by 1 digit, as well as learning how to solve equations using the Order of Operations. In the coming weeks, we will be learning how to divide 2 and 3 digit dividends by a 1 digit divisor. We love how we can relate the math we are learning to the world around us in real-life scenarios!

In Science students are learning about electricity. They are drawing series and parallel circuits. They also did an experiment with static electricity using balloons cloth, and hair. In some trial runs their hair stood up. They discovered that opposite charges attract and like charges repel.

Grade 5

We are finishing up addition and subtraction of decimals in math. We will be moving into multiplication and division of decimals next. In writing, the students will be working on writing Literary Essays. The students will also be working on improving their editing skills. On November 8, 5th grade students celebrated STEM DAY (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) by building and flying paper airplanes, recreating improved pitches from a story/lesson they had used, and built towers/structures from cups, paper, blocks, cubes, straws, etc. In Social Studies, the students will discover information about early settlers and colonists, The Lost Colony of Roanoke, and Pilgrims. For project-based learning, they will research and develop presentation of their topic from this unit.

Grade 6

Sixth grade has been super busy. In reading students are finishing up the unit on childhood. Next, will be one of our favorite units called “Animal Allies.” The students will read about how people and animals can work together, learn from each other, and form special bonds. In social studies, students will be building "sod" houses from a design students worked on in small groups. We will be starting a new chapter called "Industry and Immigration." Students will be learning about inventors and the technologies they created in the late 1800s and early 1900s that changed the way people in the United States worked and lived. They will also be learning about immigrants to the U.S. in the late nineteenth century and how that contributed to the nation's diversity, economic growth, and cultural achievements. In math students are learning how to compute and solve problems using decimals. After finishing decimals students will start to learn about variables and algebraic expressions. In science, students will participate in National STEM day by designing a Turkey Egg Drop Machine. Each team's simple machine must safely transport a turkey egg from a 20 foot drop! This project will introduce students to the factors relating to motion, force, kinetic, and potential energy. Students will then apply the Engineering Design Process and their knowledge of energy relationships to plan and construct working model roller coasters.


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Class Dojo

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Our Students ROAR!

We LOVE having the opportunity to help our students succeed and we're very proud of them for repeatedly making the right choices. We hope you are as excited as we are about the great work that the students have been doing. Our recent SWPBiS evaluation confirms what we already know..... MES is PAWS-itively the best!