May 1st, 2016
Glass Barn Field Trip
Field Trip Details
- Monday, May 9th
- Leave school at 9:15
- Return to school at 2:00
- Dress for the weather
- Sack lunch needed - no carbonated drinks
I will send home the fairground's permission slips on Monday. This is different from the school's permission slip. Please return by Wednesday. If your child does not show you this slip, please let me know.
Writer's and Reader's Workshop: Most students are done with their lap books. There are a few students still finishing their books and may have to work on them at home.
Our next unit is Forms of Fiction. We will be deepening our understanding of describing characters (traits, motivations, and feelings); we will also focus on how their actions play a part in changing the story. We learn how to recognize common themes in fiction texts. This unit is a good way to summarize and reinforce a lot of the thinking we've been doing all year.
Math Workshop: We created a survey on Survey Monkey and sent it out to the rest of the school so they can have a voice about the type of tree we will pick for our playground. This week we will be analyzing our findings and graphing them.
Mrs. Frye, from Allisonville Nursery, came to help us narrow our choices of trees. She was wonderful! She was very knowledgable and able to field the rapid-fire questions from our students with a deft touch. She helped us narrow down our inquiry into the types of trees for our playground to four. Our next step was to present our learning and proposal to Mrs. Lederach.
Many of the kids were SO nervous, but one they started talking and answering her questions they shined! I was beaming with pride, it was obvious that they've learned a lot about trees and fielded the questions with great alacrity and depth of knowledge.
We also came up with a plan to help raise funds. The students drafted a proposal (and Mrs. Lederach agreed) that teachers could wear jeans for Teacher Appreciation Week for a donation toward our tree fund. We are also going to make posters to put around the school and send out an "advertisement" to teachers to include in their newsletters if any families would be willing to donate. (If your family is able to donate that would be wonderful, but please don't feel any pressure.)
Thanks Mrs. Frye for your help!
Scholastic Flyers went home on Friday. I'll be placing orders Friday, May 6th. If you prefer to make your order online see below.
Class activation code: P6Y3H
ISTEP and NWEA
Students will take the second portion of the ISTEP Pilot test this Friday, May 6th. Remember this one is not graded!
NWEA will take place on May 11th and 12th!
A note from our librarian, Mrs. Hicks
- May 2-6: This is the last week that you will bring your class down to check out books.
- May 9-13: All books will be due during this week, on your usual checkout day. (If students are using books for a project, they may keep them until done.)
- May 9-26: The library will be open. If you would like to schedule the library for a special activity, Makerspace, etc., please let me know! I will continue to update the weekly schedules online so that you can see when it is available during these weeks.
Finally, I will be offering summer library hours and the summer reading program again this year. I would like to talk to each class K-3 during the last couple of weeks of school to let students know how this program works.
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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.
Lunch Visits and Background Checks
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