Room 304 Update

May 15, 2016

Grade4Cares Service Project

In case you haven't heard, the grade voted overwhelmingly to support the Jimmy Fund, and by extension, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Many students in the grade know someone who has been affected by cancer, and this topic seemed to resonate for them. They are approaching this work seriously, and even asking for more ways to help!

This Wednesday is the first can-and-bottle drop-off, and to be honest, I'm not sure what to expect! I've tried to prepare the students that this first week will involve some trial-and-error as we see how all the components of the drive work together. Thanks to all the parents who have volunteered; I am still looking for someone to assist on Wednesday morning during arrival--let me know if you can spare the time!

Finally, this week we will start to engage in some math problem solving around the topic. I want to honor the students' curiosity and engagement with the topic of cancer, but also want to be very respectful of the fact that this topic hits close to home for many, and can be a sad conversation sometimes. I will be guiding the conversation, and keeping it age-appropriate, but if you think your child may be especially sensitive to a conversation about cancer, please don't hesitate to let me know.

MCAS is Done!

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We celebrated finishing the Math MCAS with a quick game out on the roof garden (it gets warm up there in mid-afternoon!) followed by relaxing reading in the classroom and some extra recess time. The students' perseverance and attention to detail was so impressive! They did a great job!

Special Thanks to the PTA

I had reached my limit of free flyers via the SMore website, and thanks to the PTA's Teacher Stipend program, was able to get funding to sign up for an educator membership. With the membership, I can continue to send out these classroom updates. We are so lucky to be supported by the PTA here at Estabrook School!

Whipple Hill Field Trip

Wednesday, May 18th, 8:30am

Whipple Hill, Lexington, MA, United States

Lexington, MA

A culminating field trip/Big Backyard Walk for our science unit on rocks and minerals. Stay tuned for more information!

Harvard Museum of Natural History Field Trip

Monday, June 20th, 8:30am

26 Oxford Street

Cambridge, MA

A special opportunity (in the last week of school!) to visit the Museum of Natural History to study rocks and minerals, as well as the other collections on exhibit. Stay tuned for more information closer to the date!