It’s a short week this week! (And even shorter now that I am sending this at the end of the day!)
Wednesday, January 19 – Our last day of Technology/Applied Engineering with Miss Mammas. Starting next week, we will have Library Instruction with Mrs. Paules in place of Technology.
Thursday, January 20th – Book Exchange. Please be sure your child has their library book to return. Also, our special today is Art with Miss Fasnacht*
Friday, January 21st – In-Service – no school for students.
*The only change in our specials schedule is we will no longer have Technology/Applied Engineering for the second half of the year. The other specials – Music, Art and Physical Education – remain the same.
Since this is such a short week, there is no assigned spelling list. A new list will be sent home Monday.
Thursday, January 20th is the end of the second marking period. This school year is just about half over!
Thursday, January 27th– Eshleman Skating Party – click here for more details:
Tomorrow – Thursday, January 6th – is Book Exchange. Please be sure your child has their library book in their backpack to return to the library. Some students have already placed their book in the return bin but please check with your child so that they are able to check another book out tomorrow. Our special for Thursday is Art.
Friday, January 7th is a PM Pride/House Celebration Day. This will be the first opportunity for students to wear their house t-shirt that they received earlier this week.
There will be no spelling test this week, nor will there be any guided reading homework. I typically use this time as an opportunity to review the expected behaviors and expectations of the classroom. We usually do so at the beginning of the year, but the return from winter break and the arrival of a new student to our classroom provides the opportunity to introduce and review what is expected in our classroom. We have identified things we do well and other knowledge and skills that we would like to improve upon this year and will discuss additional social skills that will benefit us as individuals and friends. A spelling list will be assigned for next week (the week of January 10th) but guided reading groups will probably not resume until the week of January 18th (Monday, January 17th is a holiday) while I perform reading assessments in preparation for second marking period report cards.
On Monday, the district notified all parents via email with an update regarding school closing notifications. I have included a link to the information in case you did not see it. In addition, we as teachers were asked to send student computers home a daily basis, in the event plans change on short notice. Therefore, you should have seen your child bringing their computer home each day. If there are assignments to be completed on their computer, I will let you know; otherwise, they do not even have to take their computers out of their bags if you would prefer that they don’t. They are expected to bring their computers back with them each day in case we need to use them in school.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to ask!
Holiday Shoppe – This is a change from the original date. We will be shopping tomorrow (Tuesday) instead of Wednesday. Please be sure to send any money in an envelope with a list of who they are to shop for and how much they are to spend on each person. An envelope was sent home last week with the information; however, if you do not have that envelope, any type of envelope will do.
Physical Education with Mr. McCabe – please remember to wear sneakers!
Wednesday, December 15th
I will be out today (my youngest son is getting his wisdom teeth removed!) so there will be a substitute in for me.
Music with Miss Brennan
Thursday, December 16th
Applied Engineering with Miss Mammas
Friday, December 17th
Book Exchange – please make sure your child has their library book to return since this will be the last book exchange until the New Year.
Art with Miss Fasnacht
If you should have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. Have a GREAT week!
Just like in Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, yes, you can really eat the grass – along with the water, the mountains, the islands, the volcano – and the lava too! Miss Dominguez taught about landforms this week, and to wrap up the unit, the students designed and built edible landforms! We learned about a number of different types of landforms and what specifically made each landform different from all the rest. Students had to correctly label the landforms on their plates and then identify what made each of them unique. Although they had lots of fun building their final projects, I am sure some of them had as much fun eating them as well! And yes, Mr. Heiney may or may not have taken some of the Swedish fish that never made it onto a paper plate…
Good afternoon! I just wanted to share with you that our school participated in the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill today. Dr. Cox made an announcement on the PA system that this was simply a drill and provided instructions for students to follow in the event that an earthquake would occur while at school. Students practiced getting under their desks and holding on to the desk legs as a means of protection should things be falling around them. We then proceeded to practice our monthly evacuation (formerly known as fire) drill by exiting the building and lining up outside. When we returned to the classroom, there were lots of questions regarding earthquakes and although I feel I did my best to listen, empathize with the questions and address any concerns, your child may still have lingering questions or concerns regarding today’s drill. If your child should ask you about earthquakes, please know this is where those questions or concerns originated. Below is a link to the Great ShakeOut website:
Because of how well they followed directions during the entire drill exercise, they earned another potato head piece. After lunch, Dr. Garvey complimented everyone as we walked quietly back to the classroom, which in turn earned the last Mr. Potato Head piece needed for their reward. As a result, tomorrow (Friday) will be Bring Your Stuffie to School Day. Your child is allowed to bring 1 stuffed animal to school with them tomorrow. As I explained to them when they chose this reward, they can only bring one animal and it must be small enough to fit in their backpack (I’ve learned from experience to include that minor detail when choosing this reward!). Their stuffed animal will be allowed to remain on the desk for as long as it does not become a distraction. They will receive one warning if I feel it is causing them to not pay attention; if I must tell them a second time, the stuffie will be placed in their backpack for the remainder of the day. I am hoping that everyone is able to keep their stuffed animal on their desk for the whole day!
Can’t wait to see what they choose as their next reward!
Monday – Spirit Day – Wear Your PJs to School – Students are welcome to wear their pajamas to school today. Pajamas must be school appropriate. If your child wears slippers, they must bring sneakers to wear on the playground and during physical education.
Special – Physical Education
Tuesday – Special – Music
Wednesday – Special – Applied Engineering
Thursday – Special – Art
Friday – Special – Physical Education and Lesson Six Spelling Test
Hello all! There is one assignment for your child to complete this weekend in SeeSaw. They are to take a picture (using their laptop camera) of their favorite toy and write one sentence about why it is their favorite toy.
Please remember to place their charger in the computer bag along with their laptop and return to school on Tuesday.
Here is a look at our schedule for next week:
Monday, October 11th – No School
Tuesday, October 12th – Day D – Physical Education (please wear sneakers!)
Wednesday, October 13th – Day A – Music and School Picture Day*
Thursday, October 14th – Day B – Applied Engineering
Friday, October 15th – Day C – Art , Lesson Five Spelling Test and Book Exchange
Mrs. Chura’s last day with us as a Student Teacher will be this Thursday, October 14th. She has been a tremendous help in our classroom so far this year, and we will miss her as she moves on to her next student teaching assignment before graduating in December. Our next student teacher, Miss Dominguez, will start in our classroom on Monday, October 18th.
*If you would like to place an order for pictures, you may do so online at mylifetouch.com with the Picture Day ID of EVTHBZW8S.
Monday, September 20th – Lesson 1 Spelling Test Special – Music
Tuesday, September 21st – Special – Applied Engineering
Wednesday, September 22nd – Book Exchange* Special – Art
Thursday, September 23rd – Special – Physical Education – wear sneakers!
Friday, September 24th – Lesson 2 Spelling Test Special – Music
*This is our first time for Book Exchange. Students will select a book to bring home and then return it in 8 days. Reason for 8 days? We have book exchange every other day C. (Don’t worry – I will try my best to remind you. Even I have trouble keeping it straight!)
St. Patrick’s Day provided the opportunity for some creative writing assignments and the results were so special I had to share.
Students were asked to identify someone (or, in a few cases, some thing) that was more important to them than a pot of gold, and identify three Here are some of their responses…
My mom is more important to me than gold. She takes care of me. She makes hot chocolate. She loves me. (Finn)
My brother is more important to me than gold. He is always nice to me. He plays with me. He makes me feel loved. (Molly)
My brother is more important to me than gold. He plays with me a lot. He helps me. He talks with me. (Sylas)
Natalia is more important to me than gold. She takes care of me. She plays on the monkey bars with me. (Noelle)
My blankie is more important to me than gold. I had it since I was a baby. I bring it places. It give me all its love. (Morgan)
Mr. Heiney is more important to me than gold. He is my teacher. He teaches me math. He makes everybody smart. (Liam)
Emma and Hannah are more important to me than gold. They are my best friends. They are funny. They make me happy. (Thea)
Mrs. Nadu is more important to me than gold. She gives me hugs. She loves me. She helps me. A pot of gold can’t do that. (Cheyanne)
Dad is more important to me than gold. He loeves me. He tucks me in. He plays games with me. (Keeley)
My cousin Mason is more important to me than gold. He plays with me. He goes to the pool with me. (Carter)
Another assignment was to Make a Wish. Students were asked to make a wish for their family, a wish for the world, a wish for a friend, and a wish for themselves. Here are some of their wishes…
A wish for my family: to not have a fight with my brother. A wish for the world: that everyone is quiet and has a good home. A wish for a friend: that they could be my friend forever. A wish for myself: that I look good. (Thea)
A wish for my family: the whole house to be clean! A wish for the world: no fighting! A wish for a friend: for Morgan to have a unicorn. A wish for myself: for me to have a unicorn! (Cheyanne)
A wish for the world: I wish that the world could be nicer. (Finn)
A wish for the world: that nobody was mean. (James)
A wish for the world: to be nice to each other. A wish for myself: to be in school forever. (Lilah)
A wish for the world: for the world to love me. (Emma)
A wish for the world: to be full of chocolate. A wish for a friend: that they can have chocolate. (Mason)
A wish for the world: for the world to not be homeless. A wish for a friend: to be friends with Morgan forever. (Keeley)
A wish for the world: no more fighting. (Carter)
A wish for my family: that my family is healthy. A wish for the world: no more fighting. A wish for myself: that I can get along better with my brother. (Sylas)
A wish for my family: for them to not have to do everything. A wish for the world: for the world to have no more homeless. A wish for a friend: for my dad to have time to sleep. (Logan)
A wish for my family: I wish that my family is lucky. A wish for the world: that noone gets hurt. (Aidan)
A wish for my family: to have 1,000 puppies. A wish for the world: that people don’t get hurt. A wish for a friend: for Morgan and Molly to be my friends. (Landon)
If only the world would stop and listen to a child…