Thursday, January 18, 2018

January 19, 2018 News

Thank you to Abby Kordosky, Jenny Martel, Jamie Rice, and Laura Russ for accompanying us on our field trip to the Minnesota History Center on Friday.  We will visit the “Then, Now, Wow!” exhibit, taking us through different parts of Minnesota history.  We will have a fun “scavenger hunt” that helps to guide the children through the exhibit.  We also will take a class titled, “Logging in Minnesota” and have fun in the Grainland activity area.  Be sure to ask your child what (s)he learned at the museum. 

What a wonderful All-School Chapel we had on Tuesday to honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The children were so attentive!  We had a chance to hear from the guest speaker, Mohammad Lowal, a Breck parent and architect.   

In math, we continue to practice our multiplication and division facts.  We are working our way systematically through the fact families.  Be sure to help your child continue practicing the facts!   

Next week, we will debrief from our field trip and continue to discuss the Voyageurs in depth as they relate to our Minnesota history.  A note is coming home next week about a special event that will take place on Thursday, February 1st (Voyageur Day).  Children will be able to take part in a bartering activity.  We will also play a different bartering game that involves no verbal communication (we shall see how that goes!).  Lastly, we will read more articles about specific Voyageurs.  More information to come home next week. 

The Lower School has a wonderful opportunity to host elementary teaching students from the Seoul National University, Korea, from January 29 February 7.  The students are undergrad education majors and are all English speaking.  We are very excited for this unique experience!  Our guest is Ms. Jieun Yang.  I will have a chance to meet her next Thursday. 

We are skating again in P.E. class.  The dates are as follows: January 22, 23, 25, 26, 30, and 31.  If you are able to help tie skates, plan to meet at the Ice Arena around 2:15pm.  Thank you!

Don’t forget that the Jump Rope for Heart event is Friday, February 2nd.  The theme is “RED-OUT” for the American Heart Association.  You should be receiving (if you haven’t already) an email from Merrill Harris about how your child can set up his/her own webpage to raise money (this page would be connected to our Breck School page) for this cause.  Let me know if you need help.
Friday, January 12, 2018

Breck Summer Programs

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

January 12, 2018 News

We have been working through our multiplication and division facts in math class this week.  Many of us are watching songs or raps to help us remember the facts.  Practice is key!  Your child has an IXL “checklist” with all the modules listed for these particular chapters.  IXL is a great way to practice. 

We have focused on studying the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. this week.  During Writer’s Workshop, the children chose a quotation of Dr. King and wrote what it meant to them.  We sang and danced to songs about him.  We also practiced finding the evidence in an article about him.  Lastly, we read some poems and looked at pictures, as well as watched his “I have a dream” speech online.  Next Tuesday, we will honor Dr. King during our All-School Chapel.  We will talk about peace and what that means to us.

Next week, we will study the Voyageurs and their part in our Minnesota history.  This will help us prepare for our visit to the Minnesota History Center next Friday, January 19th.  This is a REGULAR uniform day for the students.  Thank you in advance to our parent volunteers! 

The second Word Masters meet will be on Monday, February 26th.  I plan to send home some practice analogy tests over the next few weeks.  Keep studying the new words, but don’t forget the old ones, as some of them will appear on this second meet. 
Thursday, January 4, 2018

January 5, 2018 News

Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a wonderful, fun, and restful winter break with your children and loved ones.  We are back in the swing of things.  I think most of the children were eager and excited to return to school.

Our new C.A.R.E. (Character Always, Respect Everyday) theme for the month of January is Perspective-Taking.  We are talking about how we all see things differently and come to the table with our own perspective.  Please feel free to continue the conversation at home!

In math, we began a new unit on multiplication and division.  You should have received an email from your child’s math teacher with the chapter goals and IXL practice modules.  We have talked in class about how important it is to learn our math facts.  In the first semester, it is the expectation that children master their addition and subtraction facts.  Now, with our new unit on multiplication and division, the children will be practicing these facts.  Children should have mastery of the multiplication and division facts by the end of the school year. 

Our next focus in reading and writing will be informational (nonfiction).  We will be learning about the various text features and structures of informational books.  This knowledge will tie in with our Minnesota owl project and paragraph writing. 

Next week, the bar will be raised in nightly reading expectations.  The minimum will increase to 30 minutes daily.  For those children that find the jump challenging, I will tell them they could add a minute each night until they get up to 30 minutes.  Please let me know if you have any questions. 

This week, we began studying the next set of Word Masters words.  Please help your child to learn these words and we will also practice at school.  Remember, there may be more than one definition for some of the words.  The children will need to know all definitions.  Your child will also want to refresh his/her brain of the first set of words, since some of them will appear on the second meet.  The second meet will take place on Monday, February 26th.  Both Quizlets are up on our class blog (your child can show you where). 

Upcoming in P.E. classthe Jump-a-thon!  Third and fourth graders will have a chance to participate in the Jump Rope for Heart’s Jump-a-thon on Friday, February 2nd from 2-3pm.  It is a non-uniform day and your child should wear comfortable clothes and tennis shoes (or change into their P.E. shoes here at school).  Your child brought home an information packet today.  All donations will go directly to the American Heart Association.  On the sheet that came home, it mentioned registering online; you and your child can decide if that is something you want to do.  It is a safe and secure website for any donations.  Your child can collect checks in his/her envelope or collect online.  This year’s theme is RED OUT!  It is National Wear Red on this day so want to support this endeavor.  If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Ginsburg or me.  

The Lower School has a wonderful opportunity to host elementary teaching students from the Seoul National University, Korea in late January/early February.  The students are undergrad education majors and are all English speaking.  We are very excited for this unique experience!  More information soon about our special guest! 
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

News Tidbits

There will not be an official blog entry this week.  Here are the newsy tidbits:
  • Thursday is the Holiday Program!  Semi-dressy attire and kids should come to the classroom no earlier than 6:15pm.
  • Friday is a non-uniform day and the Lower School Code-In.
  • Our Third Grade Holiday Party is next Tuesday, December 19th from 8:50-10:00am.  It is also a non-uniform day.
  • Be sure to check the Lost and Found items displayed in front of Gym C!  
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!  

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Update from Mrs. Zosel

Our Lower School Winter Wear Collection has been extended through Monday, December 18th.  Donations will be delivered to Jefferson School in Minneapolis, where one out of every five students is unsure where they may be spending the night.  Thank you for your generous gifts of new and gently used winter wear.  Boots, jackets, gloves, mittens, and snow pants for ages 5-10 are the most needed items. 
Friday, December 8, 2017

December 8, 2017 News

WOW!!!  What incredible scores on this week’s Word Masters challenge!  Your children seemed so proud of themselves.  They had an incredible time practicing the words with “Quizlet Live.”  What a motivating game to help study the words!  Be sure to ask your child how to play the game.  Our next “meet” will take place on February 26th.  Some of the vocabulary words from the first list may appear on the second and third meets, so children should continue to practice the words.  The second list of words are coming home today.  Like with the first set of words, we will practice 2-3 each night to help break up the task of learning the new vocabulary words.  This process will begin after we return from winter break.  The new Quizlet site will be up later today on the blog.

We have been busy bees working on a variety of writing projects.  The children were eager to take a couple of weeks and work on their own creative writing.  Most are writing fiction stories, and they have enjoyed the time to write freely.  We are also learning what makes a good paragraph.  Ask your child about the components of a paragraph (topic sentence, supporting details, conclusion).  See if they can remember what colors we are matching them to on a stoplight, or a train. 

The last word sort before Winter Break will come home today.  The quiz will be next Friday, December 15th.

In math, we are wrapping up our Bar Modeling chapter.  This is a challenging chapter, but an important one.  We will use these skills moving forward as we solve real-world problems with multiplication and division (and fractions later in the year).  Next week, we will finish up the chapter, take an assessment, and then have some fun coding.  After Winter Break, we will begin our Multiplication and Division chapter. 

Next Thursday, December 14th, is the annual Holiday Program in the Chapel.  The program for the whole Lower School community (Pre-4) will begin at 6:30pm.  Children should dress in semi-dressy attire and arrive to the classroom no earlier than 6:15pm.  ALSO, if you wouldn’t mind helping your child clean out his/her locker before or after the program, that would be wonderful!  Children can leave their winter gear (for recess), but everything else non-essential should go home.   

Speaking of winter gearthe temperature sure has dropped outside this week!  I think we were all in shock on Tuesday as the blustery winds almost carried us away!  Now is a great time to make sure your child has all his/her winter gear available each day.  This includes: winter coat, snow pants, snow boots, hat, mittens or gloves, and anything else to keep your child warm.  We haven’t had much snow yet, but it’s only a matter of time, right? 

Next Friday, December 15th, is a non-uniform day.  It is also our Lower School Code-In. 

Our Holiday Party is coming up on Tuesday, December 19th, from 8:50-10:00am.  Like Halloween, all third grade classrooms will be open for business and the children can visit each room.  This is a non-uniform day for everyone. 

Lost and Found items will be set out on tables in front of Gym C next week.   Please ask your children to check for their lost belongings before winter break.  Feel free to come take a peek, too!