The Moreau Messenger
Mrs. Delair's Note to Moreau Families
Welcome to March! It’s hard to believe our winter is ending (was it ever here?) and we will enter a new month of exciting news and events. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Moreau community for the tremendous work and dedication to the fundraising efforts during the month of February. We had bake sales, Fun Fridays, HSA fundraisers and a Read-A-Thon that you gave to so generously. We are appreciative and grateful for all that you do for our school and the district.
As I enter into my third month here at Moreau, I can tell you that your child/children are smiling, learning and developing each and every day. They seem to look forward to their day as they walk in with a smile in the morning and walk out with a smile in the afternoon. We welcome what this month has in store for us and look forward to gaining more knowledge in the upcoming weeks!
Mrs. Delair, Principal
Incoming Kindergarten Children
Physical Education at Moreau
Grades K-2 continue to work on locomotor movements in the following progression.(Walking, Jogging, Running, Jumping, Hopping, Galloping, Leaping and Skipping) They are also continuing to work on recognizing personal space and how to play with others in general space. We have completed our unit on throwing and catching and are starting to work on ball handling skills with various types and sizes of balls.
Grades 3-5 just finished their Volleyball unit before break and will begin their unit on Ball Handling/4 Square games. They are working on using either hand when striking our playground balls and being agile players in the games of wall-ball and four-square.
*Winter is still upon on us, so please remember to pack sneakers to be prepared for PE class.
On January 29th and 30th, Jenna Carlton was a participant in the Saratoga-Warren County Music Teachers Association All County Festival, held at Schuylerville High School. There were over 100, 5th and 6th Graders who took part in the festival. They performed works by Vaughn Williams, Althouse and Childs, under the direction of Dr. Joseph Eppink. Dr. Eppink is a faculty member at the College of St. Rose in Albany, NY.
Congratulations Jenna for your hard work!
Kindergarten March Update!
March will hopefully…Come in like a lion and go out like a lamb! The children are really looking forward to some warm weather. This is a very busy and productive month in Kindergarten. Parent’s As Reading Partners will begin this month. Please be sure to make an effort to participate in this great program!
The children will continue to learn new sight words, bring home interesting mini-books, and explore with new Math concepts. Now that we have celebrated the 100th Day of school, your child has had lots of practice counting to 100 by 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. Please be sure to have your child continue counting to 100. The children should also be practicing the math addition and subtraction facts to 10. Please be sure to have a nightly review of these facts so your child can say them without hesitation. We will continue Writer’s Workshop with a focus on opinion writing. Please be sure to have your child write, write, write!!! Thank you for helping review all of the new materials with your child.
There will be an exciting assembly on March 24th with The Puppet People. Fundraising for the Marathon Dance was a huge success at Moreau Elementary. Thank you so much for supporting this wonderful cause! We will be celebrating the “Luck of the Irish” on March 17th. The First Day of Spring is the 20th.
Please tell your friends and neighbors that Moreau Kindergarten Round-up will be on March 21st and 22nd at Ballard Elementary.
Moreau Kindergarten Team
February was a very busy and exciting month for learning. We were most excited about receiving our Flat Stanleys in the mail. We would like to thank all the parents for participating in this fun-filled event. The children had a blast showing everyone where their Flat Stanley traveled. Hopefully, they learned a little about map skills from this event.
March is also filled with exciting things to learn. Two main topics we will be learning about are community and healthy eating habits. To celebrate these two topics, we will be hosting a POTLUCK dinner on Tuesday, March 29th, from 5:15 to about 6:45. All First Grade families are invited to attend. Please set this date aside. Information will be sent home soon.
Thank you for your continued support at home!!
The First Grade Teachers,
Mrs. Carayiannis and Ms. Kerr-Weir,
Second Grade News!
One of our largest challenges of the year in Math has arrived and I know we will get through it well. The fourth and fifth modules have similar skills that are extremely important. We will soon move away from three digit addition and subtraction and move right to module seven where we will work on collecting data for graphs. We didn’t forget about module six. We just moved it to the end of the school year.
In E.L.A., we will continue to work on the many skills that follow the Common Core learning standards.
The third trimester promises to be informative and exciting. We have a field trip scheduled for June. Please contact us if you’d like to know the date so you can make arrangements to go with us. As always, if you have any questions, please be sure to contact us immediately. We look forward to speaking with you all again soon.
Second Grade Teachers
Messages from 3rd Grade!
Wow, we can’t believe it’s already March! May the luck of the leprechauns be with you!
Reading is an important part of our school day. The students are working hard to build their reading stamina and use the strategies they’ve learned in class to understand the stories that they’re reading! It is so exciting to see them grow as readers and celebrate their accomplishments! Our NYS ELA test will be coming up in April. We have been working hard all year with our reading and writing skills to help us be successful.
In Math, we have moved on to Module 4, Area. We’re learning all about different ways to find area. We also continue to work on memorizing our facts for addition, subtraction, and multiplication and division. Practice is imperative and so helpful at home! Thank you!
In Science and Social Studies, we continue to learn about the Earth’s biomes. We have now started building our knowledge of the Polar Regions. We are becoming expert researchers. The students are learning how to use Pebble Go and other resources to find information on their assigned polar animal.
We are continuing to practice writing in cursive. We’re learning to connect each letter to make beautiful, fancy words! Cursive continues to be a favorite subject in 3rd grade!
Sincerely, Mrs. Becerril & Miss Baker J
The 4th graders are busy, busy, busy reading and writing everyday!
Reading: We are now working in teams to become historians! We are all reading TONS about the Revolutionary War and using some of the reading skills that we have acquired to determine the text structure of a book or article so that we can become better note takers! Each students will soon be choosing an event leading up the Revolutionary War to research!
Writing: Once we have researched a Revolutionary War event, students will be writing their own hard-cover book on what they have learned! We are very excited about this and can’t wait to show everyone our finished products!
Math: We are in the middle of our unit on geometry! Our students are working hard at learning how to use protractors and how to determine the measurement of angles! There are many vocabulary words to learn in this unit, so please encourage your child to study the words a lot!
Social Studies: In SS class, we have been learning many important vocabulary words to help us with our unit on the Revolutionary War. Along with the vocabulary words, we have been introduced to some of the events leading to the war!
Science: Volume and temperature have been the focus of our experiments over the last few weeks. Our students know how to use a graduated cylinder and thermometer. From here, we learn all about the phases and properties of matter!
The Fourth Grade Team
We had a special visitor this month. Dr. Breen was our guest teacher in Science class. He dissected a deer heart for each class, giving us a first hand look at the anatomy of this organ. We are all grateful to him for taking time on his day off to teach us. From the enthusiasm in the class, I wouldn’t be surprised if some of our Fifth Graders eventually enter the medical profession!
We continue to learn about Westward Expansion. Each student chose a Westward related topic, conducted research and wrote a detailed research paper. All of these wonderful works are on display outside of our classrooms. Please stop by and read them!!
In Math, we wrapped up our unit on multiplying and dividing fractions. Our next unit of study is geometry; specifically volume and plane figures. Later in March, we will take a break from the modules and review what we have learned so far.
Students also participated in a Take and Bake Pizza Fundraiser to raise money for our annual class trip to the Bronx Zoo. Students pre-sold over 100 pizzas and then assembled pizzas which were taken home and baked. Special thanks goes to Mrs. Loftus who organized this event. We also had several parents come to school, and help our students make and hand out the pizzas. We feel very lucky to have such supportive parents! It was a great deal of fun and a great way to earn some funds to cover the cost of our trip!!
The Fifth Grade Teachers