Monday, October 31, 2016

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Halloween Supplies

Our class has been asked to provide paper supplies for the 5/6 Halloween party on Monday afternoon. Is you are willing to send napkins, cups, or small paper plates, please let me know. Thank you in advance.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

BYOM Wednesday, October 26

Our class has reached our PBIS goal again! Students have done an excellent job Taking care of themselves, Understanding others, and Safely learning together. To celebrate, students have chosen to have a bring your own music day. Students may bring in their own devices to listen to music during the work day. When not in use, devices will be kept in students' backpacks. If students choose not to bring a device, they may listen to music on their computers.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Updates: Conferences, Halloween, Walk & Bike to School Day, & Menus

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on Friday, November 4. Papers were sent home today with individual conference times. If your scheduled time does not work for you, please return the bottom of the slip with a better time or send me an email.
November conferences will focus on the first quarter of 5th grade and goals for the rest of the year. I will also have report cards to send home at conferences.

The morning of October 31 will be a regular school day. After Allied Arts, students will have an opportunity to change into a costume if they would like. Please keep in mind that students' costumes need to still be school appropriate. Younger students are very concerned about clowns this year, so discretion would be appreciated. The elementary costume parade will start at 1:30, and the 5th and 6th grade classes will have a celebration after the parade ends. The sixth grade students are in charge of music and games, and we have been asked to help with food. The student party planners were still working on the details, but I will have food information to share by the end of school on Wednesday.

Walk and Bike to School Day: 
You are invited to participate in the Walk and Bike to School Day this Thursday, October 27. There will be coffee and tea in the cafeteria for family members. You are also invited to the first TUS Rockstar celebration of the year starting at 9:00. This school-wide celebration highlights positive experiences throughout the school as well as students who have gone above and beyond the TUS expectations of Taking care of yourself, Understanding others, and Safely learning together.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Comfy Cozy Day

Happy Wednesday!

Our class has yet again reached our PBIS token goal. The standard goal for every elementary classroom is one inch of tokens for each student. We had reached that goal several times in the first several weeks, so we increased our goal by 3 inches. On Tuesday, we passed our goal. Students brainstormed and voted on celebration ideas, and the winner is comfy cozy day.

For comfy cozy day on Thursday, October 12, students may wear their pajamas, slippers, and other generally comfortable clothing, Students may also bring in a blanket, pillow, and/or stuffed animal to snuggle with during reading time. If these extra materials become a distraction, students will be asked to put their pillows, blankets, or stuffed animals away.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Homework Update

Happy Tuesday! I hope you enjoyed your extra Monday off.

Now that we are deeper into the year, our homework expectations will be shifting from a different assignment every night to longer term practice opportunities. This will be the last week of having Text-Based Tuesdays, Write About It Wednesdays, and Think About It Thursdays.

Instead, students will be choosing an independent reading book to reflect on and share with a partner ever week. We will be establishing expectations this week during school, and students will have their first partner review next Tuesday.

I am also looking to increase the frequency of math homework using a tool called Students have used this tool in school, and by using it for homework, students can practice the skills covered in class and have opportunities for more targeted practice.

Please fill out the form below or email me to let me know about students' internet access at home.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Classroom Updates

Happy October!

The first month of school has flown by! We have established classroom expectations and routines, had 3 successful ECO afternoons, begun the first research project of the year, had an amazing field trip to Northwoods Stewardship Center, started WIN reading groups, had our first round of genius hour, walked and biked to school, and explored multiplication, measurement, and volume. Not bad for 21 days!

Several students have memorized the names of our 50 states, but the first two who were able to recite all 50 were August and Cadence. Well done! For students who are still practicing, here is a video to help. The rhythm is a bit different than what we use in class, but this is an excellent tool to help you practice at home. The chorus starts at 0:45 in the video.

Save the Date - and your Cardboard

On Thursday, October 13, Twinfield Union School will be hosting a Cardboard Challenge Night from 5:00-6:30pm. K-12 students, parents, and community members are invited to come dream, design, and build something amazing out of cardboard, recycled materials, and imagination.

The building will take place in the cafeteria at Twinfield. There will be plenty of open space for design and building.
     Participants are encouraged to bring their own roll of duct tape. If you have cardboard of any sort (boxes, toilet paper rolls, egg cartons) that you would like to donate ahead of time, materials will be stored on the stage in the Twinfield cafeteria.