It was so wonderful to meet with many of you over this week to talk about your students. We are so lucky to have such a good group of kiddos! If you ever have any additional concerns, or did not get a conference slot but wanted one, please don't hesitate to contact me.
This week marks the end of the first trimester! Report cards will be coming home in a few weeks and will look very different than last year's report card. Students skills are broken down into more focused areas, called standards, so we can get a better picture of their strengths and areas of focus.
This week we just about finished up our first science unit. We have been learning all about some of the ways animals are different from one another. We sorted animals into groups (mammals, reptiles, fish) but also observed how even the same type of animal can have very different species (such as frogs). We ended discussing how birds also have different needs, and how engineers design their bird houses based on those needs. We are going to design and build our own bird houses on Monday and bring them home to test them out. Exciting! If you signed up for helping out with Science, look out for an email from me this afternoon. Even if you didn't sign up and this sounds like a fun project, reach out. We'd love to have you!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Thanks to a rain delay, the students enjoyed two field trips in one week! We went on a walk down town to see how much New Boston has changed. We learned that they moved an entire house (Nan's House) to build a library. Then the library was eventually moved away from down town to the newer building. We were also able to tour our new library and enjoy the trail and bridge that were recently finished.
Our second field trip came to us (thanks to our amazing PTA). Part of our science curriculum includes how certain animals are able to survive in their habitats. We had some owl visitors in the Art Room and learned all out how they survive in our own back yard. We then kept our scientist hat on and predicted what we would find in an owl pellet. We observed as we pulled apart the pellet and found lots of neat stuff!! We were able to identify different types of bones based of our research guides. There were hip bones, leg bones, shoulder bones, and lots of skulls!
A lot of grades went home this week. These definitely look different than last year, as they rarely have a traditional grade on them. Instead, the standards that were assessment on the assignment are listed along with the point value that the student earned next to them. More information will be included with the first report card that is going home next month.
The students also earned their first class reward this week! They chose to watch Peter Rabbit during a PJ day. We are going to have this movie on November 21st (the day before Thanksgiving). Students are allowed to wear PJs and bring in a pillow and blanket. They may also bring in a stuffed animal. However, they must be able to bring everything how. So nothing too large that wouldn't be able to bring it home on the bus. I recommend sending things in with a trash bag to it is easier to bring home.
A Look Ahead:
Monday: Veterans Day (No School)
Wednesday: Permission Slips for Link Activity is being sent home
The students have received new seats as November started this week. We are trying out rows instead of groups! We are finishing up our second unit in Math and in full swing of practicing our addition facts. Playing games and quizzing them at home will help them be more successful as we continue the year.
Halloween was a blast! Thank you so much for each parent that came in to help with the party or cheered on students as we walked by in the parade or who sent in the costumes they were so excited to wear. Lots of memories were made, for sure! If you have any pictures from the event, please send them in. I make an end of the year slide show to share all of our memories as we get ready for summer and the more pictures, the better!
Have a lovely weekend!
A Look Ahead:
Monday - Walking field trip in the morning
Tuesday - No School - Voting Day
Wednesday - In school field trip - visiting animals
Thursday- Unit 2 Math Test