Want a wonderful engineering project your child worked on today! Above are pictures of students working with their study buddies on designing a "Bell" that could resonate sound. We have been studying the book, Polar Express and the activity encouraged students to make a bell similar to the one at the end of the story. Using only the following materials (aluminum foil, string, tape, straws, beads, metal nuts and styrofoam cups) students worked in their cooperative groups to design a "Polar Express" bell. It was a very motivating activity. Ask your child to explain to you their special design.
Here are some important reminders for the rest of the week:
Tomorrow Tuesday, 12/18 is Chorus Performance. Be sure to have your child bring their red chorus shirt.
Friday 12/22 is our Whoville Party from 8:10-9:45. Everybody is invited!
1) you do not need to feed your child breakfast for we are having a "Whoville breakfast" at school.
2) It is a free dress day - wear your PJ's day!
3) Be sure to bring your "Secret Santa" gift for our book exchange. It needs to have a label on it that shows who it is from and who the book is going to.
4) Thank you for signing up on "Sign Up Genius" to help with the party.
Winter Break is from December 23rd- January 6th
January 7th, Monday school resumes.
Hope to see you at the party!
Thank you to all the families who came last Friday to see our Pilgrim performance! The students worked so hard and did a fabulous job. I was very proud of them.
December is here and I thought you should be aware of some important events coming up:
December 14th - Report Cards go home
December 21st - Free Dress Day/ Winter Whoville Party (8:15-9:45 a.m.)
December 22nd- January 6th Winter Break (no school)
January 7th - School starts
I can't believe we are already starting the month of November! October flew by! I wanted to thank all the parents who made it possible for us to go to the pumpkin patch on October 26th. It was very informative to walk through a real farm and learn about the crops and animals. The corn maze and pumpkin picking was a highlight! We also had an awesome Halloween Party thanks to so many supportive parents. A special thank you to our room mothers Chelsea Goldenberg, Bre Christie and Beth Kizito who organized the party. It was filled with delicious treats and full of slimy fun!
Some important dates to put on your calendar for November:
Thursday, November 8th - Apex Fun Run 8:30-9:30
Friday, November 16th - First Grade Pilgrim Performance/ Feast 10:30 a.m.
(details to follow)
11/19-11/23 No school / Thanksgiving week
This is a reminder that on October 26th the first grade classes will be going to the pumpkin patch. We are visiting McGrath Family Farms in Camarillo. We will leave school around 9:00 and will be returning around 11:30a.m. Students who are buying can still purchase their lunch for we will be back from the pumpkin patch for lunch.
If you are a driver please arrive at school at 8:45 and park your car along the curb next to the office.
Students will need to bring booster seats if they are not riding with their parents.
The field trip uniform is the MATES blue collar shirt and black bottoms. The bottoms can be skorts, shorts or black pants. Be sure your child wears tennis shoes for we will be walking in dirt and uneven ground.
It is going to be a wonderful trip!
MONDAYS ARE ROOM 6's LIBRARY DAY!
We had our very first library last Monday. Mrs. Dake went over the library rules and talked to the students about how to check out a book. As you can see from the above pictures, the students were very excited to bring home and read their library books. A special thank you to Wes Roelke for volunteering. We still could use one more volunteer during library time (Mondays from 2:05-2:35). Also, I am not sure if you are aware but Mrs. Dake will be having some minor surgery and will be out for the next two weeks. Thanks to Wes we are still going to be able to continue library. He is very experienced in library procedures! Just a reminder to return any library books to school tomorrow so your child can check out a new book.
We have had a wonderful first three weeks of school! The picture above is shows the students last Friday learning in their first "Math Workshop". This is an extremely motivating activity which reinforces math skills, teaches to individual needs and allows students to work in cooperative group settings. Thank you to all the parents who can come and help with small group centers and/or specialist times throughout the week. Just a reminder that we will begin Reading Centers this Tuesday, September 10th. There are still slots open for both Math Workshop and Reading Centers. These time slots allow me to run small groups and provide individualized instruction. It is also a great reinforcement for parents to get a "first hand view" of how to help their child with reading/math skills at home. Please feel free to sign up on the Volunteer poster next to Room 6's door.
Lastly, I want to introduce you to Samantha Lipton (see the top left hand picture). She is a student candidate from CLU and will be co-teaching with me Monday thru Friday until lunch time. She is such an enthusiastic, positive, wonderful addition to the classroom. How lucky we all are!