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Rebecca Till -- Room 216
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Welcome to Room 216. I am glad you are here. I am excited to be part of a school that allows children to learn and grow in a supportive and nurturing environment. We encourage development of both knowledge and self confidence, and I will use a variety of teaching techniques that encourage learning in different ways.

Room 216 News 5/25/17

Dear Parents,

Please send the transportation form back to school tomorrow if at all possible. Thank you!

Camp - We are finalizing camp plans. If you need another packing list, let me know.Please remember that no aerosol sprays are allowed at camp.If you agreed to send a box of granola you can send it tomorrow or Tuesday and we'll Throw it in a Rubbermaid tub and put it on the bus. If you agreed to chaperone, You'll be receiving a separate email right after this one.

We have a busy schedule at camp.Students move into cabins, then eat lunch and have an orientation afterwards. Next we take four outdoor classes with snack breaks in between. After dinner, students have free time before we go down to the lake for s'mores and possibly some skits. We head back to cabins for reading time (so please pack  a book) before lights out at 10.00. On Wednesday there is one more class after breakfast and then we clean up our cabins, eat lunch and head back to school. We should arrive back at about 1:30. All students will need a thorough tick check when they get home.

Language Arts - Two groups have finished reading their books and three are still reading. Thank you to lit. circle volunteers for helping to make this happen!

As you probably already know, spelling groups are finished for the year. A BIG thank you to Vic for being our "King of Spelling" again this year!

Persuasive essays are complete and we are working on our last writing project of the year, which is poetry. We began with, Love that Dog and Hate that Cat by Sharon Creech. This led us to writing concrete poetry and This is Just to Say  poems inspired by William Carlos Williams. We are now reading other apology poems, either false or genuine. Next we will dive into the wacky world or Jack Prelutsky.

Math - We are almost through with multiplication fact quizzes. There are about five students left who have not passed through all facts up to 12 x 12. Both grades are close to finishing their last math units of the year as well.

Social Studies - We are learning about the Three Branches of Government and making pop-up books.

Science - Hannah is teaching the Physics of Sound unit.


Important dates:

Camp Pepin May 30 and 31

Swimming June 6-9

Band and strings performance June 7

Last popcorn day June 9? Let me know if you can help

Lake Day June 12

Portfolio Share June 13

Como Zoo June 14 (chaperones needed!)

So much to do with only 13 days left!!

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First Assignment of the Year. Due Tuesday, September 6

Your writer's notebook is going to be your most important writing tool this year, and you'll be using it almost every day.  Often writers decorate their notebooks to make them uniquely theirs.  Because what's inside your notebook will be different from what's inside anyone else's, you'll want to make the outside of your notebook different than anyone else's as well.  You'll want to make it a writer's notebook that reflects who you are and what's important to you.

Your homework assignment is to collect materials you'd like to put on the cover of your writer's notebook so that it reflects who you are.  You might find special photos, quotes, words, or drawings.  Bring these to school on Tuesday and we'll save some time to decorate our notebooks.  This is a "no stress" assignment.  Be creative and have fun!