These past two weeks have been full of fun and adventure for our Curious Koalas! Last week we had our field trip to Squam Lake Science Center, and we met all sorts of cool animals, and we learned about their habitats. I want to send a huge THANK YOU to all of the chaperones that attended that day. We could not have done it without you! Thank you for making it a great experience for the kids.
Today we had our field day and movie afternoon! We got lucky with such beautiful weather, and once again, awesome volunteers that helped the day go smoothly! Make sure to ask your student what their favorite station was!
I can't believe I'm saying this already, but Tuesday will be our final day of school. It is a half day, so dismissal will be at Noon.
Have a wonderful weekend!
We had our Market Day today, and it was amazing! The dedication and creativity each student put into their booths was something they should all be proud of. We will continue using their profits from today to purchase experiences around the classroom like picking our Go-Noodle, sitting in the teacher chair, or even sitting next to a friend for the day. Make sure to ask them about their Market Day experience!
Next week is a busy one! Our field trip is this coming Tuesday, June 4th. We will be returning to school around 4pm. Please make sure your child knows who will be picking them up! We go rain or shine, so your child needs to be dressed for the weather. Think layers! Students should be wearing their red NBCS shirts. Here are some field trip packing tips:
* Pack snacks separately from lunch items. Put snack items LAST in your child's backpack so they won't have to dig through everything when it is time to snack on the bus. They will need an AM and a PM snack.
* All backpacks and lunchboxes will be tossed (maybe even shoved) into a large bin. Please don't send breakable items! Nothing will stay on the bus. Food items will need protection to prevent from being squished.
* Please do not send your child with a lot of money for the gift shop. $10 or less is plenty. The shop is small and not staffed to handle 100 kids needing to make quick purchases. many times we don't have time to go in, but sometimes we do. (Many of the items same items can be purchased online for less.)
End of year things to know about:
Tuesday, June 4 - Squam Lake field trip 8-4pm
Wednesday, June 5 - Awards Assembly 8:30am
Thursday, June 6 - Celebration of Reading 1pm
Thursday, June 13 - NBCS BBQ lunch (free for everyone!)
Friday, June 14 - Grades K-3 Field Day 8-11am
Tuesday, June 18 - Last day of school. Noon dismissal
This week, students were introduced to an upcoming Market Day! Brochures were sent home with information so you and your child can discuss some fun ideas! Market Day aligns with our new Social Studies unit for Economics. They will learn how to be consumers and producers in a market setting; learn the difference between products and services; and gain social experience by interacting with others in a safe, respectful, and responsible manner. Students began collecting "Market Day Dollars" this week through attendance, and awesome behavior. They will use these dollars to spend on the different goods and services their peers will provide! We are so excited!
This week we also wrapped up Unit 7 in Math, and will be moving forward to Unit 8 on Monday. The upcoming unit focuses on Geometry and Arrays! We will also be starting to dive into a new science topic....PLANTS! Students will be learning about what plants need to survive and grow, why some plants may not need as much water, and what seed dispersal is!
A permission slip was sent home yesterday for an upcoming field trip at the Squam Lake Science Center. These are due back by May 23rd. Please let me know if you need another slip sent home.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Market Day: Friday, May 31st
Field Trip: Tuesday, June 4th
This past weekend, Mrs. Mitchell messaged me, Miss Welch, "Tag! You're it," with a beautiful picture of her newborn son, Christopher Thomas Mitchell. From there, myself, as well as the curious koalas, made our transition together. This was a busy week, and our students worked extremely hard. They all have been very helpful in this time of change, and have been so respectful and responsible in the process.
For curriculum, our Koalas completed four different assessments for their reading unit! Reading comprehension, grammar, and informational writing were the key concepts covered. We also wrapped up our science unit of "Material Magic," where students were able to identify the properties of different materials.
Next week, we will resume spelling, reading groups, and we will even start a new social studies unit!
I hope everyone enjoys their weekend! Happy Mother's Day to all!
See you on Monday.
We had an exciting visitor! Ms. Welch, who will be Mrs. Mitchell's long-term substitute once Mini Mitchell arrives, came to visit our classroom on Thursday. She jumped right in and will be such a wonderful addition to our classroom family as we finish out the year. Ms. Welch just recently moved to the area from New York and has been in the building subbing. She's taught first and fourth grade and we are so lucky to have her!
We finished up our Opinion writing unit. You may have received some demanding letters for things like tree houses and cell phones! The students were very excited about their writing, and although they may not be perfect, they are getting better at creating paragraphs, staying on topic, and using voice. These are all things that we will continue with in third grade! We also finished up another math unit. The students are gaining so many strategies to solve larger addition and subtraction problems.
With writing done, that means we will be starting science! Be on the lookout for emails requesting help and simple supplies you may have at home. We will be working on states of matter!
A Look Ahead
Monday - Mrs. Mitchell is out (not for a baby!!) and Ms. Welch will be running the classroom :)
Tuesday - Ms. Welch visits with us again
Saturday - April VaCaTiOn!!
The first week of April has come and gone! Although the weather is getting somewhat warmer outside, please have your child dress in layers (tshirt and sweater). It is already getting quite warm in our classroom and having short sleeves would be helpful. Having lots of water to drink will also help as the weather gets warmer. However, having a light coat or a warm sweater to go outside would keep them warm as they work out their energy. Thanks!
We've been finishing up our last big writing project this week. The students have been writing letters trying to convince the adults in their lives to do certain things. You may be getting letters trying to convince you of cell phones or sea turtle pets soon! The students have become more and more comfortable with technology and are in a great spot to head to third grade. We are also finishing up our unit in math. We've learned a lot of different strategies to adding and subtract larger numbers. As long as your student has one strategy that works for them, they are allowed to use that during any assessment or world problem. We will build on these strategies and eventually go to the shorter versions you were probably taught in school.
Before vacation gets here, we are going to start another science unit. Be on the lookout for emails asking for help with materials and classroom helpers! Also, today a paper went home to order classroom t-shirts! These will be used during field day, our field trip, and our performance after vacation. Please return the paper as soon as possible so our shirts will be in on time.
Have a great weekend!
Coming Up Next Week
Wednesday - Tshirt paper and $5 is due
Thursday - Band Concert at 8:30
We started our school wide theme of kindness! The students have been working on lots of ways to be kind to each other. They earn hearts when they are caught doing a kind deed. We've had students opening doors, helping friends, and much more! Students even painted kindness rocks with Ms. Brown today during their 2nd Step lesson.
We are also fully into our science unit. We are questioning and hypothesizing all the different ways water can change our world. They complete activities to discover where sand came from as well as where rivers start. What will we investigate next week??
We are finishing up our math unit this week and will be taking our assessment on Tuesday of next week. We also wrapped up our informational writing project. The students are working on using the skills they learned to write a story completely by themselves. They have been learning so many new skills with the computers as they work on all of these pieces.
Tuesday - Family Math Night! 6-7PM in the gym
Thursday - Down Syndrome Awareness Day! Wear crazy socks to show support. We are more alike than different <3
Friday - PTA Father Daughter Dance
After our first snowday of the year, we fit a lot into our week! We did a lot of reading this week. We visited the bookfair on Wednesday and participated in a half hour of quiet reading in the library for the Read-A-Thon today! The students did fantastic, some even reading an entire book in that thirty minute block.
We worked through many glitches on our computers to (mostly) finish our informational writing project. We will be printing out the last of our papers next week. We've also started a new science unit about how much the water can change our planet.
Tonight! - PTA Movie
Happy February Vacation!
We kicked the week off with our board game day and soda floats! There were so many fun games for the kids to play. Thank you for sending them in. I now have a few games I've added to my family's wishlist for game night!
When we get back from vacation we will be wrapping up our informational writing project and starting a science unit. We are nearing the end of the second trimester already! This year is just flying by!
Here's to hoping you make lots of memories with your family over the vacation week. I can't wait to hear all about them when they return.
The students completed the Jump Rope for Heart Challenge this week! They rotated in stations and definitely got their hearts pumping for a good cause. Our school was able to raise lots of money, too! We also enjoyed Valentine's Day with lots of stickers, stuffies, bookmarks, and of course candy and cupcakes!
In math, we will continue to focus on coins. We will also be working on more strategies to add or subtract bigger numbers next week. A refresher on adding and subtracting by 10s and 100s will also be on the docket. Writing is another area we've been focusing on. The students started using the program Word to type up their informational pieces. We are working on having paragraphs with one focus and using resources to get factual information. So far they are really enjoying using the technology instead of writing and rewriting their stories!
The class earned a reward and picked Game Afternoon and Ice Cream Floats. We are going to spend about an hour and a half playing board games and sipping on ice cream floats next week. Be on the lookout Monday for more information on how families can help make this a success.
One more week until February vacation! Woo!
A Look Ahead:
Friday - Game day with ice cream floats
Saturday - VaCaTiOn!!!!