Thursday, October 13, 2016

October 14, 2016 News

Thank you for attending conferences.  The children were thrilled to “run the show” and excited to share their stars and wishes with you.

We have been busy discussing our Word Masters words each day.  The kids are absolutely fascinated when they find one in their reading!  Continue to help your child practice the words, even the ones they already know.  We will discuss analogies over the next few weeks.  We have learned that an analogy is “the relationship between two pairs of words.”  We are learning that by looking at the first set of words, you can then figure out the missing word.  There are many different kinds of analogies.  We will talk about the various ways to make analogies: synonyms, antonyms, homophones, and part/whole are just a few.  I have already shown the class the Quizlet website for practicing their Word Masters words.  There is a link on the class blog under the Language Arts websites.  One caveat is that someone else created this list so the definitions are limited in the fact that they do not include all the definitions for each word.  We talked about that as a class and decided that this would be just one way to practice the words, not the only way to practice. 

Math Night for Parents is next Tuesday, October 18th.  Cassy Turner, our faculty trainer for Math in Focus, will be here for her presentation at 6:30pm in the Chapel.  If you are unable to attend, her presentation will be videotaped and posted on the parent page of Breck’s website. 

Reminder: picture retakes are on Monday.  Please send in the old package with your child if (s)he wishes to take retakes. 

Another Reminder: next Wednesday is our field trip to Gibbs Farm.  It’s a non-uniform day with comfortable, weather-appropriate attire and walking shoes.  This day is also Stand Up Against Bullying Day and everyone is encouraged to wear orange. 

There will be no school next Thursday and Friday for Faculty Workshop.  The long weekend is a great opportunity to visit that special place for the Minnesota Amazing Race project.  In case you need help, here is a link to a website that might give ideas of where to go to explore this wonderful state in which we live:

In early November, we will begin our Citizen Science project called Project FeederWatch. FeederWatch is a winter-long survey of the birds that visit feeders in backyards, nature centers, community areas, and other locales in North America.  Our class will count the birds we see at the feeding station outside the library windows from November through April and post our bird count data on the Project FeederWatch website.  The data we collect will help scientists track the movements of winter bird populations and long-term trends in bird distribution and abundance.  It is important work, which supports the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s study of birds.  We are providing the data these ornithologists need for their study, so they don’t have to come to Breck School twice a week all winter to collect it themselves.  We do that work for them and that is why it is called Citizen Science; ordinary citizens are helping scientists.  To be successful at this, we will be learning how to identify bird species and increasing the number of birds we can ID by sight.  For more information about either the Project FeederWatch or the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, visit http://www.birds.cornell.edu/pfw/index.html.

Lastly, Halloween is around the corner!  We will celebrate on Monday, October 31 with the parade beginning at 8:40am and our party immediately following.  In third grade, we party all together, so your children will have the freedom to visit all three classrooms as they choose.  Reminder that costumes should be school appropriate (no weapons, scary objects, or face paint).  Children may bring in a change of clothes if they want.  

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