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Newsletter -- May 21, 2012
Monday, May 21, 2012 8:10 PM

Click here to read more news about Rooms 116 & 118. 

With the school year coming to an end, we are running out of supplies. If you are able to donate any of the following items, please send them in with your child:

• clorox wipes
• tissues
• scotch tape
• paper towel tubes for
trolls
•toothpicks for bridges

Chutes and Ladders Field Trip
Monday, May 07, 2012 9:15 PM

Rooms 108, 116, 118, and 120 are going on a field trip to Chutes and Ladders play area in Hyland Park on Thursday, May 17, 9:00-1:30.  Click here for more information and the permission slip.

April Newsletter
Sunday, April 29, 2012 9:15 PM

Click here to read about what the students in Rooms 116 & 118 have been doing.
 

Reminder about Friday's Revision Museum
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 7:35 PM

Hello Parents,

Here's a reminder about our upcoming Revision Museum on Friday, April 13th from 12:15 – 1:00. Our booths will feature student work where kids will demonstrate examples of how they’ve revised their writing. While our goal is not to have all parents come on that day, we would love to have some volunteers to view our exhibits. The children have a large collection of writing dating back to the first day of school! We have been learning how writers revise their work. The first step is to read over what you’ve written. Here are some of the things we have learned to do:

•add dialogue
•write better leads (beginning sentences)
•spell word wall words correctly
•delete unnecessary or confusing information

R.S.V.P.
to Julie or Patrice.

News from 116 & 118 -- 3/26/12
Monday, March 26, 2012 1:30 PM

3/26/12
Hello Families,
Here are the highlights of what we’ve been doing in 116/118 . . .

Science
•We wrapped up our science unit on the lifecycles of insects. We had a beekeeper visit our room to talk about honeybees! Victor, the beekeeper , is the brother of Chris Potter, one of Barton’s Americorp Reading Tutors.

•We started a new science unit on Air and Weather. We have been experimenting, with how air can be captured, compressed and how it can interact with other objects.

Writing Workshop
We were excited to have such a large representation of kids participate in student author night.
The children have a large collection of writing dating back to the first day of school! We have been learning how writers revise their work. The first step is to read over what you’ve written. Here are some of the things we have learned to do:
•add dialogue
•write better leads (beginning sentences)
•spell word wall words correctly
•delete unnecessary or confusing information

Our classes will be hosting a Revision Museum on Friday, April 13th from 12:15 – 1:00.. Our booths will feature student work where kids will demonstrate examples of how they’ve revised their writing. While our goal is not to have all parents come on that day, we would love to have some volunteers to view our exhibits. R.S.V.P. to Julie or Patrice. Also, if there is a family that would donate a treat for our writers, it would be much appreciated. (For example, cookies and juice boxes for 54 kids, or popsicles).

Specialists
We have switched specialist classes.

116 is in Music
118 is in Art

Social Studies
Erin and Elizabeth, student teachers extraordinaire, are teaching a mini unit on social studies. They are building student understanding of our place in the world by having children create an ever expanding model of the Barton block, street, city, state, country, continent and the world.

As usual, we could use Clorox wipes and snacks!

Update -- 1/25/12
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 10:10 PM

Hello Parents,

Quick Update:

Thank you to all the volunteers who came along today and helped with our field trip to MIA. We couldn't have done it without you.

Valentine's Day
February is sneaking up on us and Valentine's Day is around the corner! We'll be sending home a pink class list with your child so s/he can start working on valentines. We will send a list of your child's home room and the expectation is to include a valentine for everyone on the list.

Change of Date for Portfolio Sharing
We need to change the date of our upcoming portfolio sharing. We had originally communicated that it would be on 2/24. We need to reschedule. The new date for Portfolio Sharing is February 23rd. It will be an Open House from 7:30 - 9:30 am. Plan to spend half an hour viewing your child's work with him or her.

Julie and Patrice

January 12 News
Friday, January 13, 2012 8:15 PM

Click here to read classroom news from Rooms 116 & 118.

Board Games with Upper Buddies
Monday, December 19, 2011 4:15 PM

Hi Parents,

This Thursday we will be playing games with our upper buddies. If you have a fun board game we can use for the day, please send it in with your child. Make sure your child's name is on the game.
If you would like to join us, we will be playing games bright and early from about 7:30-8:30.
 
Thanks,
Patrice & Julie
News from 116 & 118 - 12/10/11
Sunday, December 11, 2011 3:15 PM

December 10, 2011

Dear Families,

I am drinking coffee and watching the moonset bright and early on a Saturday morning and thinking, “It’s been awhile since we’ve posted a letter to families!” Here’s a synopsis of what’s been happening in our classrooms.  Read more...

News from 116 & 118 - 11/11/11
Sunday, November 13, 2011 3:20 PM

Hello Families!

We are beginning our study of electricity. We read Peppe the Lamplighter , and tried to imagine what life was like before electricity was something we all take for granted. A major part of our unit is to help students recognize the importance of electricity in our daily lives. Our unit will last the next few weeks and we will be asking for your help. We are asking that you help your child count the number of lights in your home. These lights might be regular reading lamps, overhead lights, night lights, or lights in appliances such as ovens, refrigerators, or indicator lights that help us to know if an appliance is on or off or any other kinds of lights at home.

Please make a home tour with your child and have him/her count the number of lights.

Send in a piece of paper that has your child’s name on it and says:
Number of Lights _______________________.

We need the following items for upcoming projects:

C batteries

Whole cloves (can you guess what we’re making?)

An ongoing need is Clorox wipes


In addition to posting the newsletters on our classroom webpage, we are sending the newsletters out via email.  If you have not received the newsletters in your email, please let us know so we can add your email to our list.

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