Monthly Archives: May 2017

Thank You, Volunteers!!!

We have benefitted from the support of volunteers in the classroom all year. We had loads of parents & grandparents in for our Halloween party. Parents volunteered to help at home by taping books from our classroom library. We’ve had parents come in to copy and bind books for us. On our zoo trip, we had almost as many parent volunteers as students in the class. For the generous gift of your time and energy as a volunteer, we are so thankful!

 

Important Notes: Week 37

THANK YOU so much to all the moms, dads, and grandmas that came with us to the zoo last Monday!!!  We had a great time touring the zoo, ate a delicious picnic lunch, and had lots of fun playing on all the playgrounds around the zoo and picnic area.  We couldn’t have asked for better weather!!!  It was a perfect day!!

May 29 – Memorial Day: No School

May 30 – PJ Day

May 31 – Twin Day

June 1 – Crazy Hair Day

June 2 – Hat Day

June 2 – Talent Show

The 3rd-5th graders are performing.  We get to watch the morning show!

Please make sure your child continues to come to school with their blue folder and backpack.  A lot of materials, creations, and goodies will be coming home over the next two weeks.  It is hard to believe that our year is almost done – only 8.5 more days!

One last note, I have received some chalk and bubbles donations so far (Thank you, Thank you!!).  If you have not donated anything yet, please consider the larger bottles of bubbles!! Feel free to send in your goodies anytime before that day.  Thanks so much!

Happy Memorial Day!!!

Important Notes: Week 36

We said goodbye to our chicks on Friday.  It was such a cool experience to watch them progress through their life cycle.  On Friday, we noticed their combs growing in and SO MANY feathers.  Mr. Stadt and I are becoming more confident in identifying the hens and roosters.  We’ll be keeping all the chicks in our garage for another week – let me know if you are interested taking one home! :) :)

May 22 – Field Trip to the Zoo

(We will leave school around 9:15 and meet are chaperones at the zoo @ 9:40ish.  Remember to dress your child for the outdoors, apply sunscreen, and send their sack lunch to school.)

May 24 – Last Library Day

Please send your child’s book back to school.  We will head down to the library to turn our books in and listen to one more story from Mrs. Van.

Learning Update:  We have been working on poetry and using our “poet’s eyes” during writing time.  The kids LOVE writing and sharing their poetry!!  During our readers’ workshop, we’ve been working on our fluency as we read our character books.  This week our first graders even became directors – giving their friends helpful tips to portray the characters’ emotions as they read: “a little more sadness”, “use a quieter voice”, or “try to be more excited”.  During math we finished up our unit eight: practicing two digit addition.  We have become experts at the: NEW 10 ABOVE strategy!

Important Notes: Week 35

HAPPY MOTHER‘S DAY!!!

I hope you had time to relax and enjoy those you love!!!  I also wanted to share how thankful that I am for all that you do each day to support your child as he/she grows in kindness, wisdom, and character.  We could not do what we do at school each day without your support, encouragement, and care!!  THANK YOU MOMS!!!

May 17 – Library Day

May 18 – Marco’s Pizza Night

May 19 – Math Assessment

May 19 – Last Day of Mileage Club

We finished up our nonfiction writing post assessment last week ,and have had some WONDERFUL parent volunteers that have helped to laminate, cut, remove staples, and bind books of each child’s portfolio of writing from the year!  These books are incredible!!  Thank you so much Mrs. DeGroot, Mrs. Pals, and Mrs. Barnum for your help!!!  We have a few more to finish up this week – I can’t wait to send them home!!!

Feathers are starting to grow in on the wings.

Chick Update:  Our chicks are doing well!  We’ve had lots of fun watching them, naming them, and even holding them at school.  (Check out the photo stream to see some cute pictures!!!)  I am planning to keep the chicks at school for one more week – unless they start to get too stinky!  Our family is going to keep a few of the hens in a chicken coop in our backyard.  I have some willing farmers that will take the rest, however, if you or someone you know is interested in raising chickens – let me know! :)

***Zoo field trip chaperones – check your e-mail for more information about the field trip tomorrow!!***

Important Notes: Week 34

Guess what?!?!  We have BABY CHICKS in our classroom!!!  I stopped into school each day this weekend to check on the hatching progress.  On Friday night, one egg was ever so slightly cracked.  On Saturday evening, two chicks had fully hatched and were drying out their wet wings.  A few other eggs were also starting to crack.  Today, I went in to visit we had a total of 16 chicks!!!  Here are a few pictures to share.  I also took a couple videos that I can’t wait to show the kids in the morning!!!  I’m hoping we’ll be able to watch some of the remaining chicks hatch tomorrow too!!!  SO MUCH FUN!!! 

May 8 & 9 – Nonfiction Writing Assessment

May 10 – Library Day

May 11 – PTC Meeting @ 6:30

May 12 – Scholastic Book Order Due

May 12 – Early Release Day

Students are dismissed from school at 12:15.  (Sack lunches can be ordered through Food Service and will be sent home with your child.  Please make sure your child knows if he or she needs to order a sack lunch.)

** This week we are switching our specials time with the 4th graders on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  They will be taking the M-STEP test during the morning on these days.**

We are getting excited for our field trip to the zoo and have loved studying animal life cycles – especially the chickens!!!  If you signed up to be a parent chaperone for the field trip, look for an e-mail early next week with all the details about the tour and your responsibilities.  If your availability has changed and you are no longer able to attend – just let me know!

Learning Update!!!

Reading:

This past week in reading, we revisited paying close attention to how our characters were feeling in the beginning, middle, and end of a book. Each day we read a story and stopped three different times to discuss the characters’ feelings.  We noticed that almost always our characters’ feelings do change!  Often the main character started off happy, in the middle something happened to make them feel scared, sad, or mad, but by the end the problem was resolved.  We compared the characters feelings in our books to a rollercoaster with lots of ups and downs.  We also noticed that when our characters’ feeling change they are learning an important lesson.

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Math:

This week, we took our Unit 7 assessment – our first graders did great!!!  Next week, we will start our last math unit on 2-digit addition!!

Important Notes: Week 33

What a wet, soggy weekend.  Here’s to a bright and sunny week!!!

May 2 – Happy Birthday Mia!!!

May 2 – Math Assessment

May 2 – Voting Day

May 2 – Nonfiction Writing Celebration

May 2 & 3 – Writing Celebration

May 3 – Library Day

May 5 – Popcorn Day

A quick egg update:  our eggs have been in the incubator for 15 days now.  On day 18, I will remove them from the egg turner so they can prepare to hatch.  The eggs should hatch around day 21.  Next Monday morning, we should have some chicks to greet us at school!  Here’s a picture of them staying nice and cozy.