# The Buzz...from the Busy Bees

## April 11-15

Hello Busy Bee Families,

I hope you are all enjoying your weekend! Last week there was an incorrect date on my newsletter. I apologize to the families who showed up for All Pro Dad to realize that it wasn't, in fact, on the 7th. The date for the event was changed on Monday, and unfortunately, it wasn't communicated to teachers that the date changed. Sorry!

This is going to be a busy, but short, week! There is no school for students this Friday, April 15th. Third through fifth grade students will be taking the MAP test, so our schedule is VERY different this week including some of our special classes and lunch.

This week's schedule:

Monday - 10:00-11:00 am Library and Counselor *Please send LIBRARY BOOKS ON MONDAY! Lunch - 12:20-12:50

Tuesday - 10:00-11:00 am PE, Music

Wednesday - 10:00-11:00 Art

Thursday - 1:30-2:30 Counselor, Computer

Friday - No School!

Thank you for your patience with our schedule change. We are so excited for our 3-5 graders to show what they know on the MAP test!

Mrs. Michelle Slominsky

This week we'll be reading books about the Sun, Moon and Stars during our Reader's Workshop. We will use the OWL strategy for reading non-fiction texts. We'll make some observations about what we notice in the sky during the day and at night. Then, we'll think of what we are wondering. Finally, we'll read books to learn the answers to our questions.

## Writer's Workshop

This week's lesson focus will be on Excellent Endings. We'll learn some great strategies for bringing our stories to an end.

1. Ask a question (Ex: Did you have fun learning about __________?, Do you like _______ as much as I do?)

2. Tie-up (That is why _________ is the best!, My trip to the beach was a blast!)

3. Cliffhanger (I guess we'll never know for sure why...)

## Math Workshop

Kindergarten - This week we'll work hard on counting on from any number and writing numbers 0-30 without reversals.

First Grade - We are going to wrap up our telling time to the hour and half hour this week. Students are doing great with time on the hour, but we need a bit more practice with half hour. This week we'll be using a great digital tool called nearpod during our small group. We will also tie our telling time lessons into our science unit on Day/Night.

## Content/Language Workshop

Boy do I wish we had more time in the year! I would LOVE to spend another week on force and motion because we had a blast. If you don't yet follow me on twitter, please consider doing so. It is a great way to see pics of what is happening in our classroom. Check out @mmslominsky. My plan is to bring in some fun STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) challenges to keep kids using their critical thinking and problem solving skills. This week we'll be moving on to a science unit on Day/Night. Your child will learn about the presence of the sun, moon and stars in the sky. They'll be able to explain the differences between day and night and why we have day and night.