Thursday, November 17, 2016

November 18, 2016 News

Tomorrow, the children get to wear their pajamas as one of the incentives from the “Breck Scares Hunger” event.  Children may wear slippers, but keep in mind that we will still have our regular schedule so they will need tennis shoes for PE and recess.  We are also participating in the “Hour of Code” tomorrow morning.  Third graders will be working with the “Flappy Bird” application.  Pictures can be found on the "Photos" page of the blog.

Don’t forget that our first Word Masters “challenge meet” is Monday, December 5th.  We continue to practice with analogies at school.  You can help your child by continuing to study the 25 vocabulary words and their meanings. 

We are still in the midst of publishing in Writer’s Workshop.  Hopefully, the finished products will be done next week.  After that, we will dive in paragraph writing!

There will be no word study until after the Thanksgiving holiday.

We have spent this week adding with and without regrouping in math.  Your children have been so excited to finally add the numbers vertically!  They are very proficient at adding these numbers into the thousands.  Today, a few worked with sums in the ten thousands and they were amazed at themselves!  Be sure to ask your child how we used the place value chart to help solidify our place value skills.  We will wrap up this unit before we leave for the Thanksgiving holiday.  When school resumes, we will be focusing on subtraction with numbers in the thousands. 

We met with our preschool buddies this week and created “thankful turkeys.”  They will be on display inside our classroom so be sure to check them out if you are here at school.

Next week, we will celebrate our grandparents and special guests.  Wednesday’s activities are sure to be fun for students and their grandparents or special guests.  I look forward to meeting your family members and friends!  Since next week is a short one, there will be no newsletter.  I hope you all have a very happy Thanksgiving and safe travels. 


Lastly, the temperatures outside this weekend are forecasted to drastically drop.  We had a good run, didn’t we?  We will talk about appropriate clothing for outdoor recess, such as a warmer coat (not just a sweatshirt or sweater), hat, scarf, and gloves/mittens (when appropriate).  As the snow begins to fall (it may be here before we know it!), snow pants and boots are necessary.  I encourage the children (and/or families) to check the weather before they come to school.  Thanks for your support!
Monday, November 14, 2016

Winter Wear Collection

 Winter Wear Wanted!

The Lower School is collecting new and gently used Winter Wear for families experiencing homelessness.  There is a need for:

  • coats
  • jackets
  • boots
  • snow pants
You can bring donations to our classroom or deliver to the "Service Shelf" located near Gym C.

The Collection runs from November 29 through December 14.  Thank you!
Friday, November 11, 2016

November 11, 2016 News

We celebrated three important historical dates in class this week.  We discussed the electoral college process to help us better understand the election.  The 41st anniversary of the disappearance of the Edmund Fitzgerald was on Thursday, November 10th.  We read the story, The Edmund Fitzgerald: Song of the Bell by Kathy-Jo Wargin and watched actual news footage from 1975.  You can listen to the song by Gordon Lightfoot here.  Today, we will celebrate Veterans Day by learning about the history of the holiday from the History Channel.  We did some reading comprehension activities to go along with this special day. 

Curriculum highlights: In Writer’s Workshop, we are learning about different kinds of leads that writers use.  We are trying our hand at writing different leads and we will begin publishing next week.  Feeder Watch also begins next week!  Our birding station is in the Loon Lodge (in the Lower School Library).  We are looking forward to recording the birds we will see at our feeders.  In Math, we went over the chapter assessment.  This was particularly challenging as the questions were more application-based of the concepts and skills the children have learned.  This is a different way of being assessed than the children are used to and we had a great conversation about how we can really think about math, rather than just compute problems.  

Repeat from last week: Grandparents and Special Friends Day is just around the corner on Wednesday, November 23rd.  If a grandparent is unable to come, your child can invite a special adult friend (aunt, uncle, neighbor, godparent, etc.)  This is a regular uniform day for Lower School students, and there will be no Extended Day, with dismissal at noon.  Your child and guest do have the opportunity to ride the bus home.  All registration is done online this year.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. 

Next Friday, November 18th, we will celebrate the “Hour of Code” with all of Lower School.  Third graders will have the chance to work with the Flappy Bird coding activity on laptops.  Your child will use his/her headphones/ear buds.  If your child does not have these, please send them in by next Friday.  On top of this fun activity, next Friday is also Pajama Day (another incentive from the “Breck Scares Hunger” event).  
Friday, November 4, 2016

November 4, 2016 News

The children had fun at the parade and party on Monday.  They were able to play Bingo, play other games, and enjoy ice cream sundaes.  Thank you to Rachel Dana, Erica Dovenberg, Brandi Garnett, and Jakk Netland for helping to make it a fun morning!  There are some pictures on the Photo page of our blog.

In Writer’s Workshop, we chose our personal narrative small moment story that we want to publish.  Next week, we will learn about different types of leads and try our hand at writing a few.  Then, we will edit and revise and begin publishing!  The children are very excited to type their stories on the computers. 

Your children have thoroughly enjoyed learning how to identify birds.  They have been busy learning about different birds we see at our feeders.  We also spent some time discussing why the leaves change color in the fall.

In Math, we spent some time looking at how we can recognize if our answers are reasonable or not.  We also reviewed all the concepts and skills we have learned with this unit and working on the chapter assessment today.  Our next unit is addition problems up to 10,000.  Your children are excited to write the problems vertically! 

We have Community Meeting is next Thursday, November 10th.  Our next C.A.R.E. theme is Responsibility.  It is a non-uniform day and your students should wear their C.A.R.E. shirts.

Grandparents and Special Friends Day is just around the corner on Wednesday, November 23rd.  If a grandparent is not able to come, your child can invite a special adult friend (aunt, uncle, neighbor, godparent, etc.)  This is a regular uniform day for Lower School students, and there will be no Extended Day, with dismissal at noon.  Your child and guest do have the opportunity to ride the bus home.  All registration is done online this year.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.