Sunday, August 30, 2015

Week in Review: August 24th -28th

We had another wonderful week in our room! The students are busy at work growing and learning as a community!

For language arts jobs, first grade students worked with compound words, sorted nouns,  and placed words in ABC order. Second grade students identified consonant blends, reviewed verbs and edited sentences for capitalization and punctuation. Third grade students reviewed how to compose a paragraph, practiced dictionary skills, and identified the different types of adverbs.

For math jobs, first grade students practiced solving addition problems, wrote numbers words 1-10, reviewed basic shapes, and were introduced to fractions. Second grade students practiced solving addition/multiplication problems, practiced telling time, and reviewed fractions and quadrilateral shapes. Third grade students reviewed fractions, solved multiplication problems using the checkerboard, completed a study of triangles, and reviewed elapsed time.

For cultural jobs, students continued to experiment with the three states of matter in science. In History, students acted out the next Great Lesson - The Drama of the Archeozoic Ocean. Students created a world map in Geography.

Next week, students will work with math operations, explore grammar symbols, identify antonyms and synonyms, work with microscopes, explore the layers of the Earth, and much more! We look forward to another wonderful week!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Week in Review: August 17-21

Wow! What a busy week we had in our room! Our normal schedule was in full effect! 

During language jobs, first graders explored nouns, compound words, and completed several phonics jobs. Second graders worked with noun families and put words into alphabetical order by looking at the second or third letter. Third graders reviewed grammar symbols and alphabetical order. 

During math jobs, first graders used the golden beads or stamp game to complete addition problems, practiced telling time, and used the bead chains to practice skip counting. Second Graders completed addition and multiplication problems, practiced telling time, and reviewed skip counting by 2's, 5's, and 10's. Third graders completed multiplication problems using the checkerboard, practiced telling time, and reviewed skip counting by 2's, 5's, 10's. 

These were just some of the many jobs students completed this week! Students were also extremely excited and engaged as they did science experiments which explored the states of matter, heard creation stories from different cultures, and explored globes and our Earth! 

This coming week, we will continue to work and grow as a learning community. Students will work with grammar symbols, telling time, phonics, fractions, and geometry (study of triangles, basic shapes, and quadrilaterals).  We will also continue science experiments which stemmed from the First Great Lesson - The Coming of the Universe. 

- All homework is typically sent home on Fridays and is to be completed during the week. It is due on the following Friday. The first homework packet should be returned on Friday, August 28th. 

-Reading Logs are to be signed each night. Be sure to return them each day in your child's red folder.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Week in Review: August 10th-14th

We had a terrific week in Lower Elementary! We spent time learning the practices and procedures of our classroom, playing community building games, and getting right to work with work jobs and presentations.

This coming week, our normal schedule will be in full swing! We will continue to familiarize ourselves with the materials in the classroom during work time, receive presentations in all subject areas, and participate in the steps of the scientific process while completing hands-on science experiments. What a wonderful week of learning it will be!

- Students are welcomed into the classroom beginning at 8:00 a.m. If your child needs care before 7:55,  they will be signed into Early Care. Early Care begins at 7:00 a.m.

-Students may bring a small snack of either fruit or raw vegetables.

-Homework will be sent home in red folders beginning on Friday, August 21st. Homework is due August 28th, 2015.

Classroom Scavenger Hunt 

Third Grade Interviews 

Work time! 

Listening to the First Great Lesson - The Coming of the Universe 


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Morning Drop Off

Students are welcomed into the classroom beginning at 8:00 a.m. each morning. If your child needs care before 7:55 a.m., we will sign them in for Early Care. Early Care begins at 7:00 a.m. Thanks!

Monday, August 10, 2015

First Day of School!

We are so excited to say we had an awesome 1st day back at school. We established procedures and got to know each other better.

There are a few housekeeping things to keep in mind :

1. Please remember that snack is one item of fruit or vegetable.

2. School dismisses at 2pm every Monday.

3. All children will need a pair of non-marking PE shoes to wear in the gym.

4. Located inside your child's red folder,  you will find their name printed on a yellow card. Please place this inside the front dashboard window to allow for an easier dismissal process.

5. Red folders were sent home today in backpacks. Please complete your child's reading log each night. 

Thank you all so much for allowing us to participate in your child's life! We look forward to a wonderful year learning and growing together!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year!

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It's beginning to look A LOT  like "Back to School" time! Teachers have been busy preparing our beautiful environment in eager preparation for the 2015-2016 school year.

We know that students can reach their highest potential when teachers and parents partner together. A strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child's education. As partners, we share the responsibility for our children's success and want you to know that we will do our very best to carry out our responsibilities.

We want to welcome Mr. Brad and Mrs. Naomi to our Lower Elementary team! They will be assisting the Lower Elementary classrooms throughout the day!

We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the Lower Elementary orientation on Thursday, August 6th at 10 am! We will discuss important information about the coming school year and will have an opportunity to answer any questions you may have. We are looking forward to a great year!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

End of Year Reminders!

Hello everyone! It is hard to believe that our year together is almost done! Just wanted to remind you of a few things that will be happening as we wind down the year.

WEDNESDAY -  Progress Reports are sent home. PLEASE sign and return the progress report by Friday. 

THURSDAY- Lower Elementary goes bowling! Be sure to wear or bring socks!   We will leave around 9:30 and return in time for lunch.

FRIDAY - Comfortable clothes/game day! Students may bring a non-electronic game to play and may wear comfortable clothing. The cafeteria will be closed, so we will be ordering pizza. Dismissal is at 1:00. NO AFTERCARE!