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May Newsletter

 

Thank you for the wonderful support with our play! It was great to see so many of you in the audience. The whole project was a great success! Students built confidence and community. They had a great time preparing for and presenting the show, I don’t think any of them will ever forget the names of the planets! We will be singing one of the songs at Kindergarten Roundup at 9:30 this Thursday (5/6). I am integrating this performance with our unit of writing non -fiction. The students are working in teams or groups of 3 to research one planet, make a poster about the planet, and present their report to the class. Research should be complete by Wednesday; presentations of the planets, in order, will begin on Thursday (5/6). Read More....

Star Search Play

 

Our class performed our Star Search play on Friday April, 23rd. Thanks to everyone who came and helped! Our class had a lot of fun, and everyone learned about the planets.

To see a slide show of the performamce, come inside....

Earth Hour, March 27

 

       Claire, from our classroom, shared some wonderful news this morning.  She reminded me that “Earth Hour” is coming up next Saturday, March 27th, beginning at 8:30 p.m.  This is a global event that started in Australia to draw attention to greenhouse gas emissions.  The students in our room thought it would be cool if everyone from Classroom 120 tried to participate and turn off all lights for one hour next Saturday night.  Thanks to Claire for her special sharing.  I always appreciate when kids bring in news to share!

          Here’s to making the world a better place!

March 8 Newsletter


We are starting to receive a few “Flat Students” back from their journeys.  It’s so exciting to have the student open the mail in front of everyone and see what’s inside.  So far the responses have been great!  We have learned about Montana, Arizona, Hawaii, and Italy.  Please pass along our thanks to those you know who are participating in this fun and educational project. 

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January 8 Newsletter

Happy New Year!  We’re off to a great start!  Everyone is working on a paper word chain of the words we have studied and posted on the word wall.  Each week we continue to add 7 new words; five from the list of most common words in the English language and an additional two from the point in the list at which the second graders left off with last year.

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December 18th Newsletter

     The school year is going so fast, it’s hard to believe that Winter Break is already here! I am enjoying the kids in our class very much. We have a cohesive, supportive group, and we’re able to get a lot done each day. Here’s a bit of what we’ve been doing...

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November 24th Newsletter

              A few weeks ago the Sinfonia Orchestra came to Barton to play classical music for us.  We invited one of the musicians to our room.  His name was Chris and he played the trumpet professionally--he used to play with Prince!  He was terrific with the kids! He showed them the valves of the trumpet and described how it worked, shared stories, and played a few songs that the kids were familiar with.  He even played “Happy Birthday” to Ella while we sang to her!  This concert seemed to have sparked some kids to decide they would like to play an instrument. 

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School Spirit Day, October 31!

      This Friday, October 30th, is our first all school spirit day. Students are welcome to wear a costume to school. We will be getting together with our Big Buddies 7:30-8:00. Then 8:00-9:30 we will be having a party with Rebekah’s class. I am looking for a few parents to help out with some of the planned stations. Those stations include: 2 relays, face painting, ghost writing, and a ghostly balloon zip line! Please let me know if you’re available; my e-mail, or a note sent with your child is a great way to let me know: jspicer@mpls.k12.mn.us. It’s really important that kids wear clothes under their costume and shoes designed for going outside. They need to be able to get out of their costume at 9:30 to go out for recess. You may want to send a bag for your student to put the costume in after they take it off.

October 29 Newsletter

Goal setting conferences have been terrific; insightful and rewarding; thank you for your great participation. I have seen many of the kids working toward their goals.
      Students have been reading in groups and discussing books. Some have been working on some basic phonics with me. We also finished the first unit of writing; I plan to start the next unit next week. It’s called “small moments”, and focuses on teaching how to stretch a small moment across many pages. Students will be working to include interesting details about a small true moment from their lives.

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September 28 Newsletter

It was wonderful to see so many of you at Parent Information Night. Conferences are also off to a great start. I appreciate how candid and authentic so many parents seem to be regarding their children and how they can grow to meet their challenges. It’s also very apparent how much so many of you work to support and encourage your children. I can see why I have such an eager group of learners, thanks for instilling the love of learning. If you still need to schedule a conference, see the attached schedule. Read More...

September 8th Newsletter

We’re off to a great start in our classroom. The students have done a wonderful job of learning routines, brainstorming hopes and dreams and setting rules that will bridge our way to achieving our hopes and dreams. We’re having fun, playing games together, and making new friends.  The children are doing a great job of asking questions, helping each other, and cooperating; I’m truly excited to be working with such a nice group. Read More...

First Day of School

The first day of school is September 1, 2009!