Room 304 Update

May 3, 2016

Math MCAS is coming up!

The Math MCAS will take place Wednesday, May 11, and Thursday, May 12. We have worked hard this year to learn the skills and strategies to be flexible problem solvers, and I believe our students are very well prepared for the test! This week, we are doubling back to review skills from earlier in the year--multiplication, division, area, perimeter, and geometry. The homework might seem like a blast from the past!

Next week there will be NO homework, so that students can focus on early bedtime routines (though nightly reading is always encouraged!). A good night's sleep and a healthy breakfast are the best ways to prepare for the test, in my opinion!

Chaperones Needed!

Thank you to the parents who have volunteered to be chaperones for our upcoming Whipple Hill field trip! To those parents, I'll be in touch shortly with more details; in the meantime, we still need one more chaperone! In order to be a chaperone, you must have a completed, current CORI on file with the Main Office. You can check with the Main Office to see if your CORI is still valid; they expire every three years. Turnaround time for a CORI check can be 3+ weeks, so if you need to renew yours, please submit the form to the Main Office ASAP!

Introducing the Fourth Grade Service Project!

For the very first time, the fourth graders at Estabrook will be undertaking a project to help serve others in our community and state! Much more communication will follow, but I wanted to share with you what we will be working towards over the next few weeks. Fourth graders will be selecting a charity to support, and operating a can-and-bottle drive to raise funds to donate. In addition, students will be engaged in research, persuasive writing, and math problem-solving around the issue they have elected to support!

So far, the students of 304 have identified 5 issues they are interested in learning more about: endangered animals, smoking, hunger, homelessness, and diseases. Now, I am in the process of reviewing nonprofit charitable organizations that address these issues--if you have worked with, or are familiar with, a nonprofit organization devoted to any of these issues, please let me know! I will curate a list of possible charities to support, and present that list to the students for a final vote. After that, the can-and-bottle drive will take off!

As I said, you can expect to hear much more about the project in the days and weeks to come, including dates for the actual drive, and the types of cans and bottles needed; in the meantime, I just want to put the word out that I will be needing volunteers to help run this project!! I've never done a project like this, so I'll need all the help I can get :) I'll be asking for help during the drive with collecting bottles and cans during arrival time, taking cans to the redemption center Thursday or Friday afternoons, and assisting with math problem-solving during the day in our math block. If any of that sounds interesting to you, please keep an eye out for further communication!

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!