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 

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