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  

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