We had a lovely week together. There was a lot of great work completed and we have a wonderful compliment from our substitute teacher on Monday afternoon. She shared with me that this was the nicest class that she has ever subbed for. How lovely is that? I am so proud of how respectful and on task they were for her while I was away.
Next week is conference week. This means that our schedule is a little unique. There is no school on Monday, Tuesday we have a field trip from 12-3pm, and Wednesday and Thursday are early release days. School is closed on Friday.
Our first mandatory parent meeting is coming up quickly for our SeaLife Center field trip. It is on February 28th at 4pm. We will meet in Ms.Goodman's room across the hall from us. I sent home paperwork on this earlier this week. Please let me know if you need to schedule and alternate time to meet with me. We will be handing out the permission slips at this meeting. The admission fee for each person is $60, including adults.
Have a great week!
This week was filled with a lot of learning opportunities for us to grow our social skills as well as our academic skills. We lost a lot of freedom and also gained some back. I am pleased to announce that we have ended the week on a good, respectful note. Yahoo!
This week some of the students learned more about fractions, angles, and how to use the Stamp Game for multiplication. We also talked about how to use apostrophes and contractions in our writing. Many of the kids are starting to work on their first or second book reports. I am looking forward to these projects as the first round were really lovely! This work should be completed at school as they have one full hour each day to read and write. They also have four weeks from start to finish to complete this work which is plenty of time if they are self-managing. We have also been learning more about Alaskan animals and got to do a create experiment with "blubber". Ask your child about this!
Next week we will be celebrating Valentine's Day on Tuesday, the 14th, in the afternoon. If you send in Valentine's, please be sure that there is one for every child. I sent home a form with all of this information last week. It would be great if you could send in a food dish to share as well but no sugary treats, please. I will provide sugar cookies and other activities for this celebration.
We have just enough chaperones for driving to the zoo on February 21st. If you have offered to chaperone and need to cancel, please let me know well ahead of time so I can try to find more drivers. Our chaperones for this trip are Tom, Laura, Caitlyn, Lynn, Jacob(?), and Richard. I will also be driving students to help with the seat numbers. Please send in a booster seat if your child rides in one in your vehicle. I want to keep your children safe.
On Monday afternoon I will be out for a training. Please remind your child of the expectations when a guest teacher is present. She is used to the Montessori classroom and knows some of the kids. I am sure that it will be a great experience for everyone.
Have a great day, and as always please email me with any questions or concerns.
This was a bit of a rough week. This kids were full of energy and it was tough to stay on task. I am pleased to say that Friday afternoon was great and our book report presentations were just lovely. We have a few friends that still need to complete and present their report on Monday.
Every child should have their snow gear at school every day. It should come until the majority of the snow is gone. It is important for the kids to be warm when waiting outside in the morning and at recess. Also, we are cross country skiing for the next two weeks in PE and they will be outside for a full hour. If they do not have the proper gear they will not be allowed to participate.
Parent Teacher Conferences are approaching quickly. The online scheduler is now open for scheduling. Please sign up for a meeting soon, many spots are already taken. This is a change for us to talk about your child's progress and to share their successes.
On February 21st we will be going to the Alaska Zoo for a field trip to learn more about polar bears. We will get to do some hands-on and hopefully behind the scene lessons. It is $10 per person, including chaperones. Currently we need $50 to help cover scholarships for students. The kids and I are going to brainstorm how to raise this money; we are thinking about doing popcorn sales. The field trip will be from 12:15 until 3pm(ish). We will need several drivers to get all of the kids there. Currently I have 9 kids covered- I need 15 more seats! :) Please let me know if you're available so we can make sure to get you approved and your insurance on file with Alicia in the office.
Our first Sea Life Center meeting is on Feb.28th. It will be right after school at 4pm in Ms.Goodman's room. All parents need to attend if your child is going on the field trip. We will discuss the agenda for the trip and pass out the permission slips for it. The $60 admission fee, per person, is due at the second meeting in March.
We will be celebrating Valentine's Day on February 14th in the afternoon. If you would like to come in and participate you are welcome to do so. I will bring in sugar cookies and decorations for the kids to decorate, we will pass Valentine's out, and I may have one or two other tricks up my sleeve. I sent the list of names home this week. Please send in a food dish, something other than a sugary treat, for all of us to share.
Below is a photo from our 100's Day celebration. The kids outfits were amazing!
You will also find one photo of each book report presentation. I am really proud of the work the kids did for this. It was a challenging project and they rocked it! We will continue to do these, once per month, through the end of the school year. Each report should be a different genre than the one before.
Have a great weekend and stay healthy! We had several friends out today for sickness.