# Notes from the Learning Lab

## A Life Changing Week for Mrs. Jones

On Monday night, I got a surprising and frantic phone call from my mom explaining that something was wrong with my dad, who was visiting his sisters in Florida. He had been having headaches and dizzy spells for several weeks. We all noticed that something was different about him, but he insisted on driving to Florida. I hopped on a plane with my mom so that we could be by his side during this time.

He was admitted to Tampa General Hospital on Monday and by Tuesday we found out that he had a very large cancerous tumor and was scheduled for a 9 hour brain surgery on Thursday. His recovery has been amazing and he was cracking jokes and rapping and singing for the nurses shortly after surgery with no pain medication. Our family is grateful and continues to pull together.

Brain Surgery
The Rapper Patient

## How can you branch out and SHOW kindness?

This idea has been something we have really been asking ourselves over the past couple of weeks. How have the students branched out and showed someone kindness this week?

## Partnerships Read through the Inquiry Process

Thinking Using Chatterpix
Katie's PCQP

## Feature Articles

These past two weeks, writers have been transitioning from research to drafting. Each writer is using S'more to create an interactive article while crafting their words that show his or her own writing voice, which will make each article interesting to read.

## Inquiry Workshop- Robotics

Groups have been working hard on test beds, creating toys out of vex pieces, and using a digital notebook to show the group's thinking, research, and presentations to share with other groups.
Vex Toy Thinking

## Folkdancing

There is a group of girls who come upstairs several days a week to practice folk dances that they are learning with Mrs. Krent. It's a great way to spend recess and fun to watch the girls work together and teach others the dances.
Folk Dance 2
Folk Dance

## Math Workshop

5th (Kimmel)- Mr. Kimmel wrapped up Unit 7 on positive and negative numbers, order of operations, and line plots. Students then moved on to Unit 8 where the learning focuses around adding and subtracting mixed numbers and comparing fractions.

6th (Jones)- In Advanced Math, we began a new unit on Number Systems (Unit 6) where we have been studying multiplying and dividing mixed numbers, adding and subtracting positive and negative numbers, absolute value, and order of operations.

Colin Dodds - Number Types (Math Song)
Flocabulary - Order of Operations - PEMDAS
Integers - Rules For Multiplying And Dividing

## Jump Rope for Heart

We raised well over our goal to help the American Heart Association. Everyone had a great time during the stations.
Jump Rope for Heart
JR4H

## DARE

Officer G has been doing a great job of teaching our kids about making good decisions as well as drug, alcohol, and tobacco facts and prevention and more. Each person in the class is to write an essay about what they've learned and how it will impact their future.

## Valentine's Day Party

We learned history about Valentine's Day and the kids made super cool bags too!
History of the Holidays: History of Valentines Day | History