End Of Year Information

Wow- another year is over. It goes by so fast!

It was a great year. I love my students and families! Seeing all the learning and growth in the students is so rewarding. Thank you so much for all the support you provide. I am blessed and honored to be able to work with your child(ren). I would also like to thank you for all the smiles, hugs, sweet notes and gifts I get throughout the year.

Changes-Already planning for next year

Changing rooms

We will be moving to a new room inside the building. I am going to move toward “flexible seating” in the room with different kinds of chairs, seats, cushions, and table heights. I’ve also asked the students for ideas they would like to see implemented next year and got some great ideas. My “color scheme” for next year is navy, bright green, hot pink, light blue, and a lime color. I was worried, but asked a couple of the boys and they told me it wasn’t too girlie.

No spiral Notebook

We will not be using a spiral notebook next year. I’m going to try something different. I think it will work much better and be more efficient with paper use.

Supply list

I am not sending home a supply list for each grade level like I have in the past. We have a nice collection of items and should be ok. I do have a wish list. If you see these items on sale somewhere over the summer and can pick up a couple of things for us, it would be great.

  • Scotch tape
  • masking tape
  • throw pillows (to sit on/lean on while seated)
  • empty Pringles cans (for constellation scopes)
  • gel pens in cool colors

Need ideas on things to do over the summer to help prepare for next year?

Our first unit is Astronomy. We will be focusing on deep space/ outside our solar system. Space Center Houston is a great place. They will be opening a Mythbusters exhibition at the end of May. You can get a coupon at McDonald’s and order online to save $7.

Our second unit is Archeology. If you travel to other countries and see/visit any ruins or ancient sites, take pictures of the places. Sometimes students can use those photos for activities and projects during the unit.

Our third unit next year is Architecture. Take pictures of places you visit with interesting architecture for that unit.

For free/cheap places to visit in the Houston area, see http://www.visithoustontexas.com/things-to-do/attractions/free-things-to-do/ or http://www.bigkidsmallcity.com/free-things-to-do-in-houston/

There are lots of logic and math puzzles that can be done online at: http://www.puzzlebaron.com/puzzles/ You do not need an account to play the games. They are not made specifically for kids, but of all the ones I tried I didn’t come across anything inappropriate. The Jigsaw puzzle, Campsite, and Circuits were a lot of fun.

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Share your summer!

If you have a twitter account, you can send pictures of your summer to @FEChallenge. Use #HiRex (Rex is our class mascot- a blue stuffed dinosaur) I will post some of my summer pictures as well.

Google Drive

Your child can also put their pictures and any summer writing they do onto their school google drive. To log on, they put their school id with the school “email” address and their regular school password. I can email you this information if your child does not know it. The “email” address does not get email, it is just for the school account…

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Something I am implementing at home-

Tommy would wake up with his tablet in his hand and stare at it all day if I let him. I saw this online and am going to put Tommy, Rachel, and myself on this plan. I thought I would pass it along in case it would help someone else. (I didn’t include a TV in the pictures, because I need to watch the news and have a cup of coffee when I wake up.)
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Have a wonderful summer! I look forward to seeing you all again in August.