Thursday, May 25, 2017

May 26, 2017 News

Field Day is tomorrow!  Thank you in advance to those parents that are able to come watch us “in action.”  Lunch is 12:15-12:45pm (BBQ outside) if you want to stop by and the events will take place from 1-3pm.  The theme is “Land of 10,000 Lakes” so children are encouraged to dress in blue or Breck spirit wear.  Children will need to wear tennis shoes, and may bring their swimsuit if they wish.  Hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen are good things to bring, too. 

This week, we looked at the important geographical features of Minnesota and took our map quiz.  Everyone passed with flying colors!  Tomorrow, each group will make a plan for their cookie map.  Next Tuesday, we will form the cookies in the shape of Minnesota.  Then, we will decorate our cookie on Wednesday morning.  The children will pass one more “quiz” before they get to partake in the cookie! 

In math, we have learned about equivalent fractions and fractions of a set (i.e. 2/3 of 15).  We also have learned different ways to compare fractions.  We continue to use our multiplication and division fact knowledge in all our fractions work.  I am sure your child is tired of hearing me, “The facts are important!” 

There will be no school on Monday, May 29th for Memorial Day.

Next Wednesday (May 31) is also the BIG DAY where we will debut our Minnesota Amazing Race Destination movie.  We will meet you in the Theater at 1:30pm for this special event!  Immediately following the movie, we will head back to the classroom for our Portfolio sharing.  The children will be able to recap their year with you.  We have been busy bees working on a digital portfolio, which we will be able to show you as well.  The children will also share their paper Portfolios with you, as well as the various projects we have worked on this year.  Please bring in an extra bag to help pack up materials.  (A handled bag is best.)

Next Thursday, June 1st will be a non-uniform day.


Lower School Closing Exercises and Reception will be on Friday, June 2nd in the Chapel at 1:30pm.  Please pick up your child from the classroom (after the program) and then head outside for refreshments.  There are no buses or Extended Day following the program.  Attire for this event is semi-dressy.   
Thursday, May 18, 2017

May 19, 2017 News

This week, we have been working on our Minnesota maps, along with learning about our state’s symbols.  Most of the children are done with their map.  Next week, we will discuss the important geographical features of Minnesota and take a map quiz.  We will also make plans for our cookie maps.  During the last week of school, we will have our map cookie project.  The children will need to pass one more “quiz” before they can partake in the cookie!

Fractions are all around us!  The children have been excited to study fractions.  This week, we discussed comparing fractions with like denominators and equivalent fractions.  We will continue our fractions unit for the remainder of the school year. 

The Read-In (or should I say Read-Out) is on Monday!  Children should bring a beach towel and books.

As you know, Field Day has been postponed until next Friday, May 26th.  The schedule will remain the same: we will eat lunch at 12:15pm and the activities will take place from 1-3pm.  Please join us if you are able!  The theme is “Land of 10,000 Lakes” and children are encouraged to wear blue or Breck apparel (it is a non-uniform day).  Please send your child in with a water bottle and they should wear tennis shoes.  Hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen are great items to bring as well. 

Important Events (Repeat from last week)

There will be no school on Monday, May 29th for Memorial Day.

MN Movie (Amazing Race Destination Project) will be shown in the Theater on Wednesday, May 31st at 1:30pm.  The movie will be approximately an hour.  Immediately following the movie, we will head back to the classroom for the children to recap their year with you!  They can share their Portfolios, various projects, and have your help packing up materials.  J  

Thursday, June 1st will be a non-uniform day for everyone.


Friday, June 2 will be a full day of school with our Lower School Closing Program at 1:30pm in the Chapel.  Children should come dressed in semi-dressy attire.  There will be a reception immediately following the program. 
Friday, May 12, 2017

May 12, 2017 News

Happy birthday to Minnesota!  Minnesota turned 159 years old on May 11th.  We were able to enjoy our state food and drink for snack (blueberry muffin and milk).  In honor of Minnesota’s birthday, we began doing some research on our state symbols.  Be sure to ask your child what (s)he has learned so far.  We will continue this research next week.  

Are you ready to learn about many notable Minnesotans this afternoon at our Wax Museum?  If you are able, come join us at 2:30pm for our Doggy DJs Wax Museum.  We look forward to seeing you!

We have also been knee-deep in our Minnesota map study.  Most of the children are about hallway through the completion of their map, which is the first step on their way to the cookie project!  Next week, we will finish up the maps and look at important geographical features that children need to know and we will prepare for our map quiz. 

This week in math, we began our Fractions chapter.  The children have been very excited to finally get to fractions!  We will continue this across the next two weeks.  Homework will consist of practice with fractions and studying the basic facts (all four operations).  Soon, we will have our spring assessment on the basic math facts.

Our Word Study sorts will conclude next week.  We will spend the rest of the year brushing up on some grammar skills, along with assessments.

Important Events
Field Day is next Friday, May 19th.  Our lunch is 12:15-12:45pm and the activities will take place from 1-3pm.  The theme is “Land of 10,000 Lakes” so children are encouraged to wear blue.  It is a non-uniform day (dress in comfortable clothes and tennis shoes).  Children should also bring a water bottle and hat/sunglasses if they wish.  Join us for lunch and the activities if you are able!

There will be a READ-IN on Monday, May 22nd at 8:40am outside (weather permitting) on the Ottawa Ave soccer field.  Students can bring a beach towel/blanket to sit on and a variety of books to read.

There will be no school on Monday, May 29th for Memorial Day.

MN Movie (Amazing Race Destination Project) will be shown in the Theater on Wednesday, May 31st at 1:30pm.  The movie will be approximately an hour.  Immediately following the movie, we will head back to the classroom for the children to recap their year with you!  They can share their Portfolios, various projects, and have your help packing up materials.  J 

Thursday, June 1st will be a non-uniform day for everyone.

Friday, June 2 will be a full day of school with our Lower School Closing Program at 1:30pm in the Chapel.  Children should come dressed in semi-dressy attire.  There will be a reception immediately following the program.  
Thursday, May 4, 2017

May 5, 2017 News

What gorgeous weather we have enjoyed this week.  I hope you can get outside this weekend for family time!

The last swimming day is tomorrow.  On Monday, the children will need their tennis shoes for PE class. 

Repeat from last week: Thank you for your help and support of the Minnesota Amazing Race destination project.  You are cordially invited to the “release party” on Wednesday, May 31st at 1:30pm in the Theater.  The movie will be about an hour.  Immediately following the movie, we will head back to the classroom for the children to recap their year with you!  They can share their Portfolios, various projects, and have your help packing up materials.  Please plan to bring a sturdy bag with handles.

Lower School Closing Exercises will be on Friday, June 2nd in the Chapel at 1:30pm.  There will be a reception immediately following the program on the Chapel Green.  This is a semi-dressy event. 

Curriculum highlights

We have been busy practicing long division.  It is so important that your child keep practicing the basic multiplication and division facts.  We have discovered that not knowing the facts can cause delays in solving problems and make it more difficult to solve problems.  Next week, we will jump into our fractions unit.

We continue to read The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo.  We have enjoyed discussions about happiness and love, character traits, and what it means to be “real.” 

Your children have loved researching their notable Minnesotan!  They are almost done with research and then will move into writing their “script” for our wax museum.  We will do this next Friday, May 12th at 2:30pm.  Your child should come in his/her uniform and bring clothes for the notable person to change into before the wax museum.
Friday, April 28, 2017

April 28, 2017 News

The weather seems to be on a yo-yo, doesn’t it?  Hopefully, we will have more spring-like weather next week!

We enjoyed a fabulous Chapel this morning, led by Breck’s Native students.  Wyatt and Niya danced, showed off their regalia, and spoke about their ancestry.  Kudos to you both!  They also helped put up the Weston family tipi, which is located on the Chapel Green. 

We will continue to swim in PE class next week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Our last Word Masters challenge will be on Monday.  Your children have been busy studying analogies and all the vocabulary words, as some of the words from the first two lists may appear on this third challenge.

We will have three more spelling word sorts.  After that, the students will be involved in a few end-of-the-year assessments, as well as other activities that do not involve word study homework.

We continue to practice long division in math.  We learned how to do this algorithm without remainders.  Next week, we will practice with remainders. 

Did your child tell you who (s)he is studying for their notable Minnesotan project?  We began our research this week and plan to have a “wax museum” as a culminating project.  We would like to invite you to our Doggy DJ Wax Museum on Friday, May 12th at 2:30pm.  Your child will have an opportunity to dress up in costume as their person and share “their” life story with you. 

This week in Reader’s Workshop, we began reading The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo.  We will discuss internal and external character traits of Edward Tulane, the main character, as well as other important characters.  We will build on our knowledge on how to build theories about characters and we will discuss how characters can change over time.  This book allows us to practice many reading comprehension strategies.  The children have been enthralled with the book so far.  You could hear a pin drop as I read the first two chapters aloud!  I love that your children love listening to stories and books. 

Thank you for your help and support of the Minnesota Amazing Race destination project.  You are cordially invited to the “release party” on Wednesday, May 31st at 1:30pm in the Theater.  The movie will be about an hour.  Immediately following the movie, we will head back to the classroom for the children to recap their year with you!  They can share their Portfolios, various projects, and have your help packing up materials.  Please plan to bring a sturdy bag with handles.  J  
Sunday, April 23, 2017

April 20, 2017 News

Your children did a wonderful job with the ERB standardized tests.  I think they are relieved to have them under their belt now.

Minnesota Amazing Race projects are due on Monday!  Please email me the video or send it in with your child on a flash drive.  Let me know if you need help or an extension. 

We began our second swimming unit in PE this week.  We will swim next week every day except Wednesday. 

Our last Word Masters challenge is on Monday, May 1st.  The children absolutely love practicing on Quizlet Live with the vocabulary words.  I feel like they are pros already! 

Curricular highlights

We began our long division math chapter this week.  We are also learning about division with remainders.  We practiced with cubes and smaller equations (i.e. 12/5 or 35/4).  We will continue this work next week.

The children have either finished their Minnesota owl PowerPoint or are almost done.  They have really enjoyed learning about this program.  We are also writing paragraphs about our owl research, too.  Once we are done, we will move into our map unit.  
Thursday, April 13, 2017

April 13, 2017 News

What a busy week!  We have enjoyed playing outside without our snow gear, despite that white stuff that flew into town earlier this week! 

Thank you for your help and support of the Minnesota Amazing Race destination project.  I have received several video clips.  I will be compiling them into one movie.  We plan to have a “movie release” party in late May (date TBA).  I am working on securing the theater!  Projects are due Monday, April 24th.

Our last Word Masters challenge is on Monday, May 1st.  The children absolutely love practicing on Quizlet Live with the vocabulary words.  I feel like they are pros already! 

We will swim again in PE beginning next Thursday, April 20th.  Your child will need to bring in their bag on or before that date.  As before, your child can decide if (s)he wants to hang their swim gear on our lockers or bring it home each night to dry.  Discuss what works best for your family. 

This week, Mrs. Heurung introduced Gratitude Journals to the children.  On Wednesday, they should have brought home their journal along with a letter from Mrs. Heurung.  We will be developing a habit or practice of gratitude for the next month as part of our Mindfulness program. 

Next week, the children will take the practice ERB standardized tests.  We spent some time this week discussing good test-taking strategies, along with practicing how to take a test online.  As Cathy Preissing mentioned in her letter, this is simply practice for the children.  We will have five tests and they are all scheduled for the mornings next week.  The different tests are Verbal Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, Writing Mechanics, and two sections of Math.  I am sure your child will tell you all about it! 

Curricular highlights

We are almost done with our longer multiplication chapter.  Your children are becoming quite good at multiplying with regrouping.  We spent a lot of time looking at the place value behind the algorithm.  Our next chapter will be long division!  You can help your child at home by practicing the basic facts (i.e. 7x8, 24/3, 9x4, etc.). 

We wrapped up our Minnesota owl research and now the children are working on their final projects.  All children chose to do a PowerPoint presentation.  As you can imagine, they are highly motivated and engaged with this technology tool, changing the theme and adding in transitions.  I keep reminding them that the facts they include are most important.  J

On the horizon we will study maps and the geographical features of Minnesota.