Thursday, January 26, 2017

January 27, 2017 News

Bonjour from Voyageur Day!  We had so much fun this week learning about the Voyageurs, specifically George Bonga (see if your child remembers this individual we read about in class), to bartering and trading with classmates, to watching a portrayal of the Voyageurs.  The children have learned so much!  Thank you for your support as they gathered items to barter. 

Other Curriculum Highlights: We wrapped up our bar modeling unit in math.  Next week, we will begin our multiplication and division chapters.  We will explore what these two operations actually do (multiplication is repeated addition and division is repeated division and equal groups) and solve problems.  We will continue practice the basic multiplication and division facts, too.  On Monday, the Raptor Center will be here with four different raptors.  This presentation will kick-off our Minnesota owl study.  Our science and writing will collide as we study Minnesota owls and learn how to research specific topics. 

Reminder: the Jump-a-thon is next Friday, February 3rd from 2:15-3pm in the Anderson Gym and the theme is Super Heroes.  Feel free to join us!

Has your child chosen his/her location for the Amazing Race Minnesota Destination Project?  The directions can be found on the “Helpful Info” section of our class blog.  Let me know if you have questions.  I have already received a few, so thank you!

All 3rd graders will have the chance to participate in the “I Love to Read” project for the month of February.  Please read the note (check briefcases on Monday) and let me know if you have any questions.  I hope this will be a fun opportunity and way to connect with your child over a love of books! 

We continue to practice our Word Masters words.  Your children have clearly been studying!  We will have some more analogy practice next week in preparation for the next meet on Tuesday, February 21st.
Saturday, January 21, 2017

January 20, 2017 News

Thank you to Noah Carlson, Susie Melnick, Robert Miller, Jakk Netland, and Julia Wilcox for accompanying us on our field trip to the Minnesota History Center on Friday.  We visited the “Then, Now, Wow!” exhibit that took us through different parts of Minnesota history.  We had a fun “scavenger hunt” that helped to guide the children through the exhibit.  We also took a class titled, “Logging in Minnesota” and had 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, Winona LaDuke, and we were excited when we saw her in a documentary we are watching about Minnesota history.  In conjunction with our study of Dr. King, we were

In math, we have continued our bar modeling chapter, including two-step problems.  The children have described this chapter as fun, but tricky.  Most agreed that they can solve it using addition and subtraction, but find it challenging to draw the bar models that represent the work.  We will continue bar modeling next week.   

Next week, we will debrief from our field trip and discuss the Voyageurs in depth as they relate to our Minnesota history.  A note is coming home today about a special event that will take place next Thursday, January 26th.  Children will be able to take part in a bartering activity (see note).  We will also play a different bartering game that involves no verbal communication (we shall see how that goes!).  Lastly, we will read articles about specific Voyageurs. 

On Monday, our student teacher from South Korea arrives!  Miss Seeun Park is coming to us from Seoul National University and I had the chance to meet her on Friday afternoon.  She is very excited to be at Breck School and she cannot wait to meet the class on Monday morning! 
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Box Tops!

Calling all BOXTOPS!  Please bring in boxtops by February 14th.  Containers are located near door D in the Middle School.  The money raised by boxtops supports student led Philanthropy Projects.  They do expire, so please bring them so that we can redeem them.  Thanks!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Breck Summer Programs

Breck Summer Programs 2017 Registration

Breck Summer Programs 2017 registration begins on Tuesday, January 17 at 8:00AM! We hope you will join us for "The Most Fun Under The Sun!" Please contact Katie Peterson, with any questions. The digital brochure is available on the Breck website or go to our online registration page here! 

January 13, 2017 News

We have been working through our Bar Modeling chapter in Math.  This is a brand new concept to the children, and they have been doing a great job with it.  It has given us another chance to demonstrate our growth mindset and how we can learn something new, even though the knowledge may not come right away.  We will continue to practice bar modeling next week. 

We have focused on studying the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. this week.  These conversations have tied into this month’s C.A.R.E. theme of Tolerance.  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 pictures, as well as watched part of 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.

We will travel to the Minnesota History Center next Friday, January 20th.  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 Tuesday, February 21st.  I plan to send home more 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.  
Friday, January 6, 2017

January 6, 2017 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 Tolerance.  We are talking about our differences and how we can celebrate those in a respectful way.  Please feel free to continue the conversation at home!

A highlight of the week was biddying!  From now until the end of the school year, we will biddy on Days 1 and 4 of the cycle.  This means we eat lunch at 11am instead of 12:40pm.  Tuesday was our first day and we were thrown into the mix with tacos for lunch.  So many choices!  Your children did a fabulous job and were eager to serve the younger students here at Breck.  Our next biddy day will be on Monday.  One student commented that he was nervous at first, but after, he felt confident.  A kindergarten student even gave him a hug to let him know he did a great job! 

Another highlight was traveling to Ms. Simonson’s classroom for our STEAM lesson.  The children learned about hammers and safety using them.  We donned safety glasses and inserted earplugs to practice hammering nails into wood blocks.  Thankfully, everyone was safe!  Next session, we will be making our own nail art designs.  Stay tuned for pictures after next week’s class. 

In math, we began a new unit on bar modeling.  This is a new concept for the children as part of our new Math in Focus curriculum.  We have gone back to the second grade materials to introduce this important concept to the children.  Our conversations about bar modeling have been fascinating and insightful thus far.  We discussed how bar modeling is yet another strategy to help us solve problems.  Right now, we are using bar modeling to help us solve addition and subtraction story problems.  In the future, they will be used to help us solve problems that involve multiplication, division, and even fractions.   

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. 

This week, the bar has been raised in nightly reading expectations.  The minimum is now 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 Tuesday, February 21st.  Both Quizlets are up on our class blog (your child can show you where). 

Thank you to all the parents that were able to help tie skates for the ice skating unit in PE.  Mr. Harris and I are very appreciative!

Also 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 3rd from 2:15-2:55pm.  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 on Wednesday.  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.  If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Harris or me.  This year’s theme is Super Heroes (so your child may wear any Super Hero themed attire)!  Parents are welcome to come for this fun event (located in the Anderson Gym).

The Lower School has a wonderful opportunity to host elementary teaching students from the Seoul National University, Korea, from January 23 February 3.  The students are undergrad education majors and are all English speaking.  We are very excited for this unique experience!  Our guest is Ms. Seeun Park.  More information soon about our special guest