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Room 211 Announcements 2010-2011
Speedy Passed On
Sunday, June 19, 2011 9:30 AM

Hello Everyone,
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads.

It is with sadness that I need to report that Speedy has passed away. He was at Nate’s house. He had developed what we thought was a respiratory illness, possibly from his bedding. Brenda, Nate’s mom, did much research and found that aspen bedding is less dusty, so she switched him over. She also found some over the counter antibiotics to give him. But in the end I think it was old age that took him. He was about 3 years old!! A big thank you goes to Nate and his family for all they did for Speedy in his last days!!


Speedy and Parent Surveys
Tuesday, June 7, 2011 6:35 PM

Lake Day was a hot but smashing success!!

Just a reminder that I am still looking for parent surveys and homes for Speedy over the summer break. Three families are willing to take Speedy but if you want a chance to have him for a bit of time just let me know what week works for you.



211 News -- 5/27/11
Friday, May 27, 2011 6:20 PM

Hi All,

I can’t believe summer is right around the corner!

Portfoilio Sharing: We have set the morning of Friday, June 3 from 7:30 to 9:00, for portfolio sharing. If you are able to contribute donut holes, orange slices or banana halves, let me know. The is a bring your own coffee party!!

Shakespeare: We began untangling our ideas in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. We discussed who loves who, who is under a spell, and who is in misery. To help us better understand what really happens that midsummer night we made a graphic organizer to help us understand which cast members are truly in love and which members are under a spell. Next week we will finish our organizer to solidify our ideas about the play.

Scottish Rite Field Trip: On Wednesday went to the Scottish Rite to see the play A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It was exciting to see some familiar faces in the play. After the play we got to ask questions about the auditorium to Doug and Mark about the Scottish Rite. For lunch we enjoyed our pizza party with pop and juice left over from the Duluth trip. In the afternoon we had the opportunity to practice our observational drawing skills in the red room where we drew shields, spears, crows, and costumes.

Math: We learned more this week about multiplying two digit numbers and started to learn about the standard algorithm for division. All you need to do is remember to Make Some Burgers; we used the steps of multiply, subtract, and bringing down to help us divide.

Read Aloud: We jumped right back into our regular schedule of our read aloud Jackie and Me this week. We had some big discussions this week about how it felt to be Jackie as he received hate mail and jeers from the opposing teams while he played for the Brooklyn Dodgers. We also talked about how Jackie Robinson made a difference in history and how this book is helping us learn about what is was like to be alive when black people and white people didn’t have equal rights.

Speedy: Summer is right around the corner and Speedy with need some friends to stay with! Sonya and Nate will work together to create a calendar for the summer of where Speedy will be staying. If you would like to keep Speedy at your house during the summer please bring in a note including the dates.

Lake Day: We are looking for some volunteers to help out at Lake Day. This year it will be on Monday, June 6. Please contact Sue B at 612-327-2547 if you are interested and able to help out.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

Ashley & Patty

211 News -- 5/22/11
Sunday, May 22, 2011 10:55 AM

Hello Everyone!

We had a very exciting week!! Magnetism and Electricity, Rivers, Lighthouses, Great Lakes and Duluth!!

Overnight Trip to Duluth: WOW! What a fabulous time we had on the overnight trip. I hope your child has given you all the details [see photos]. The weather was perfect and each of our stops proved to delight all the children. PLEASE make sure you have done a thorough tick check. We just found one more crawling across Doug’s shirt at 5 pm. today.

Science Museum: We had our final lesson with Kim from the Science Museum. Students had an opportunity to work in groups to create a mag/lev system. Kim commented on how well our class works together. What a great compliment to receive! Ask your child how they were able to create the mag lev system. They know an incredible amount about the properties of magnets.

Shakespeare: On Wednesday May 25, 2011 we will be going to see the play A Midsummer Night’s Dream. After the play we will have a chance to practice our observational drawing. Students do not need to bring a lunch to school on Wednesday because we will be having pizza after the play. It is our reward for meeting the school goal in plant sales! The permission slip for this field trip was sent home on Wednesday. If you have not sent it in yet please do! Thanks.

Portfolio Sharing: Our portfolio sharing day will be Friday June 3rd from 7:30-9:00. More info will follow, but I want you to get it on your calendars.

Lake Day: We are looking for some volunteers to help out at Lake Day. This year it will be on Monday, June 6. Please contact Sue B at 612-327-2547 if you are interested and able to help out.

Have a great weekend.
Patty and Ashley

North Shore Trip UPDATE
Monday, May 16, 2011 3:25 PM

Good Afternoon families

The trip is coming up quickly. We are continuing to “get” ready here at school. We had a wonderful walk toady over to the Rose Garden area to practice our observational drawing one more time. We expect to have some opportunities for drawing on the trip. Attached are some last minute details to attend to. We hope we have thought of everything!! I will send a paper copy of this tomorrow with the kids. Let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Patty and Ashley

211 News -- 5/13/11
Friday, May 13, 2011 2:55 PM

Hello Everyone!

We had another great week in 211. This week we started getting ready for our overnight trip to Duluth.

Shakespeare: On Monday we solidified our understanding of the characters and events in A Midsummer Night's Dream. We made a very complicated character diagram to see which characters are in love, which are faeries, and which characters are in misery. We are going to let our writing rest while we prepare for our trip to Duluth.

National Geographic and Time for Kids: We had a great discussion this week about tornadoes. It was interesting to learn about how tornadoes form and how meteorologists are trying to learn more information about them. Coincidentally the same day we had our tornado discussion, there was a tornado warning that night! We also read about the Royal Wedding in Time for Kids and learned about the British monarchy and the geography of the United Kingdom.

Duluth Overnight Trip: In preparation for our overnight trip we read about lighthouses and Lake Superior throughout the week. Students filled out a graphic organizer about the lifestyle of a lighthouse keeper and the structure of a lighthouse. We are also filling out a timeline about important events that have happened on Lake Superior. Next week we will talk more about rivers, forests, and lakes.

Magnetism/Electricity: We had our final lesson this week about electricity. Students were given the challenge to set up a parallel circuit. The Science Museum has also come in this week to teach about how we can use magnets to set up a mag/lev system. Next week students will have an opportunity to create and set up their own mag/lev system.

Options: This was the final week of Options. Thursday was the last day.

Barton Cabaret: Friday afternoon we attended the talent show. We got to see Owen, Ava, and Sophie perform from our class!

Lake Harriet Field Trip: On Monday May 16 we will be walking to Lake Harriet to do some observational drawing. Don’t forget to fill out the permission slip.

Family Engineering Night: Barton 3rd & 4th grade families are invited to celebrate our science residency with the Science Museum of Minnesota Family Engineering Night on Tuesday May 17, 2011, 6:00-7:30 in the Barton Commons. The program will include an interactive presentation and hands-on activities. More details are on the web site. If anyone is willing to “man” or “woman” one of the activity, please let me know.

Enjoy your weekend,

Ashley & Patty

211 News -- 5/6/11
Friday, May 6, 2011 10:55 PM

Hello Everyone,

We seem to be getting closer and closer to spring. Now if only it would stop raining!

Shakespeare: We started reading A Midsummer Night’s Dream in our Lit Circle groups. Students began brainstorming what is true love and misery, the human world versus the fairy world, and what it means to be ruled by magic and ruled by law. We read through the entire book and met together with other groups to comb through the events in the play. Some groups presented their research topic from London in the 1600s. Next week we will break down the play into chunks to better understand what is going on in the story.

Magnetism and Electricity: This week we learned about a series circuit and how to change the circuit to make the bulbs shine brighter. The Science Museum was here on Friday to teach us a lesson about what a transportation engineer does. Students pretended to be motorists on a four-way intersection. They needed to figure out how to make the intersection more efficient and safe. One big idea was to ban cell phone use!!

Duluth Overnight Trip: This week we had our first big discussion with Penny’s class about our camping trip to Duluth. We discussed the itinerary for each day of camping and looked over the packing list. Students should have brought home a packet of information about the camping trip on Wednesday, which also included student agreement forms. Forms and money need to be returned to school by May 11.

Options: This was the first week of Spring Options. Students attended their classes on Tuesday and Thursday. The last days of Options will be next week Tuesday May 10 and Thursday May 12.

Mother’s Day Gift: Students will be bringing home a special Mother’s Day gift today.

Video Taping: As a requirement of my student teaching I need to video tape a couple of lessons I teach. I will always inform students when I will be videotaping lessons. Know that they are only for my supervisor and me to see, so I can get better at teaching. None of the children are identified in the videotape.

Family Engineering Night: Barton 3rd & 4th grade families are invited to celebrate our science residency with the Science Museum of Minnesota Family Engineering Night on Tuesday May 17, 2011, 6:00-7:30 in the Barton Commons. The program will include an interactive presentation and hands-on activities. More details are on the web site. We still do not have anyone who has expressed an interest in tending to one of the table activities. please let me know if you would be able to do that..

Have a great Mother’s Day weekend,

Ashley and Patty

Handouts 5/4/11
Thursday, May 5, 2011 3:20 PM

A big packet of handouts came home today...

Duluth Trip Information (5/29-5/20):

211 News -- 4/30/11
Saturday, April 30, 2011 6:20 AM

Hey All,

The strange object in the sky is the sun. It makes a noticeable difference in the kids disposition!!
We had a great week. No Friday letter today as we were busy having fun roller skating!!!!

Shakespeare: We have completed the book: Stage Fright on a Summer’s Night. We gained a lot of knowledge about London in the 1600s. We have finished doing a very short research project on one topic we wanted to know more about. Now each pair of kids will present what they learned to the rest of the group. In the end we will have information on 26 different topics about life in the 1600s. Next week we will begin unraveling the complicated story of Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Math: We are continuing learning about polygons and their many important attributes. At this point geometry is a very hands on topic as we explore the concepts of line, line segments, angles, symmetry, perimeter and area.

Read Aloud: This week we had some big discussions about Jackie Robinson’s first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers. We learned that Jackie’s teammates would not talk to him and even created a petition saying they would not take the field with a colored man on their team. As we are learning about what it was like for Jackie the “N-word” was used in the context of the book. We discussed the severity of this word and how it is a part of history; we talked about how today this is an inappropriate word to use.

Book Order: The most recent book order was sent home on Wednesday. Most of the flyers had a least one title that made a great connection to what is going on in the classroom. This would be a perfect way to extend the learning that is happening in the classroom. It also its time to think about summer reading titles. Arrow: Build Your Own Remote Control Switch , Lucky: Deluxe Rock Collection, Clementine Trio and the Nate series are fun summer reads. Spring gift Books: The Bad Kitty Series is a big hit with kids., Leveled Nonfiction has 50 Amazing States and a biography Duo on Edison and Einstein, Amazing History: Chasing George Washington, The Civil War, Easy Biography Value Pack and Baseball Card Adventures Pack.

Duluth Overnight trip: The paperwork for our overnight trip will be coming home on Wednesday. Some of the information on the paperwork is necessary so we can finalize plans. So, if you could find the time to fill out the forms ASAP it would be helpful for our planning. Penny and I have scheduled a meeting for the chaperone volunteers for Tuesday, May 3 from 6:30 to 7:30. IF YOU HAVE NOT RSVPed YOUR ATTENDENCE , WOULD YOU TAKE A MINUTE AND SEND ME A NOTE?

Magnetism and Electricity: Ashley continues to do an amazing job with the lessons she is teaching. Right now she is teaching the magnetism and electricity unit. She will gradually take over more and more of the teaching, with my close supervision.

Family Engineering Night: Barton 3rd & 4th grade families are invited to celebrate our science residency with the Science Museum of Minnesota Family Engineering Night on May 17, 2011, 6:00-7:30 in the Barton Commons. The program will include an interactive presentation and hands-on activities. More details are on the web site. If anyone is willing to “man” or “woman” one of the activity, please let me know.

Patty and Ashley

MCA Math Testing
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 4:25 PM

They should have come home dragging. The second day of testing is completed. For the most part kids are DONE. A handful of students will be going to the testing lab tomorrow to finish up. The test is untimed therefore kids can have as much time to complete it as necessary.

The kids did an incredible job. The testing situation was very different from how we normally operate in the room and it caused a fair amount of stress and anxiety. I assured the kids that it was “okay” not to know all of the answers. I stressed that they have a chance everyday to show me and their parents how smart they are.

So give them a hug and maybe let them have an extra scoop of ice cream tonight. Oh wait, maybe with snow falling it should be hot chocolate and cookies!!


211 News -- 4/16/11
Saturday, April 16, 2011 8:35 AM

Hi All,
I’m not sure what happened to Spring!!!

STUDENT TEACHING: Ashley continues to have a very positive influence on our classroom I am lucky to have such a capable partner in the classroom and your children are also greatly benefitting from her presence. She will continue to become responsible for more and more of the teaching, with my constant guidance of course.

MCA READING TESTS: As I said in my earlier message this week the kids did a great job on the reading test. They put in their best effort and that really is all we can ask of them!!

MCA MATH TESTING: My room is scheduled to take the math test online on Monday and Tuesday afternoon. It is important that the kids get a good night’s sleep the night before. A healthy breakfast is a must and I will be insisting that kids do a whole lot less talking and much eating of their lunch on both Monday and Tuesday. Again please sent a nutritious snack and beverage for each day of testing. Our hope is to break in the middle for a snack, outside of the testing lab.

SHAKESPEARE: Thank you to all who have contributed to the fund to help us buy texts for our current study of Shakespeare. If you have not and still wish to send in a contribution that would be great. We finished our first book: Stage Fright on a Summer Night. Much was learned about London, England in the 1600’s. Many wonders have been noted about the time also and we will begin researching our questions in the coming week.

MAGNETISIM AND ELECTRICITY: This week we did some in depth exploring with magnets. We found objects around the room that stick to magnets and discovered that magnets don’t stick to all metal. Through exploration and questioning we found that magnets only stick to metal with iron or steel in it. The students were introduced to the vocabulary attract, repel, and force to describe what happens when two magnets come together. Next week we will continue to discover the strength of force between two magnets.

UPCOMING FIELD TRIPS: Two field trips are on the horizon. Our roller skating field trip is scheduled for Friday, April 29 from 8:00 TO 10:!5. The field trip slip came home today.

Our State Capital field trip is scheduled for Monday, May 2, from 10:30 to 1:30. More info about that trip will come home soon.

Have a great weekend and be on the lookout for SPRING!!

Patty and Ashley

MCA Reading Tests Done
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 2:00 PM

WOW!! Give those wonderful children of yours a BIG HUG! They all did an awesome job during the testing. They are all great readers. The hardest part was not talking for almost THREE hours.

They read carefully, proved their answers, double checked their work and were satisfied that they put in their BEST effort. Results will come to your home sometime in late summer or early fall.

Know that this is just a two day snapshot of your child under some not very kid friendly circumstances. I am privileged to have an everyday all day snapshot of how much your child is learning!!!

Put them to bed early tonight, I expect that they will be exhausted! I am!

211 News -- 4/8/11
Friday, April 8, 2011 6:55 PM

Hi All,
Finally warmth and sunshine at the same time.

Several people expressed to me that they could not open the Word version I am using so the news will just be the text of the email.

Swimming: What a beautiful week to take a pause in the middle of the day and jump in the YMCA pool. This was our last swim session and many of us have made significant improvement in our swimming skills. A few kids tried, but did not make it, to get the pink wristband to swim in the deep end. If you are interested the Y does offer swimming lessons and scholarships are available if needed. Check it out for a summer activity, then come fall even more kids can practice their cannonballs.

Strings Concert: Congratulations for a job well done to our strings players: Isabella, Maddie, Sha’Myra, Gillian and Lauren. If you were unable to make the day time version a night concert is planned on May 24th at 7 pm.

The statewide school testing season is upon us. I am asking each family to make sure their child has a good night’s sleep before the test and a healthy breakfast before they come to school. We want to have the maximum amount of time so it is IMPERATIVE that children do not arrive at school late. It is also NOT an opportune time to have dentist and doctor appointments.

TEST DATES ARE : TUESDAY, APRIL 12 AND WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13. The estimated time for testing is 2 hours each day, however some children will need and be allowed to have much more time than that. We will break for a snack in the middle of the testing period. I am asking for each family to send a small but nutritious snack for each day of testing.(crackers, pretzels, fruit, granola bars etc. Also each child should have a juice box or water bottle.)

I will be providing a variety of gums and mints to suck on during the test. Rumor has it it helps focus the brain and it makes me look like the good guy by providing gum!!

Ashley is back fulltime and we are all so excited!! Below is her take on the week.

Have a great weekend.



This was a very exciting week as it was my first full week back with Patty and the students. I have completed all of my graduate classes and will finish out the school year at Barton. Each week, I will slowly take on more teaching responsibilities in the classroom with guidance and support from Patty.

This week, I taught a series of comprehension lessons using articles from National Geographic. Students learned how to determine importance when reading a non-fiction article and we also worked on inferring the meaning of what the author writes.

Also, I began a new read aloud entitled Jackie and Me By: Dan Gutman. This book is about a boy who has the power to go back in time and meet famous baseball players; the main character travels back to the 1940s to meet Jackie Robinson. The book ties in the topic of social justice, as we will begin to discuss how Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in professional baseball. In addition, I chose this book to correspond with the start of the Twin’s baseball season.

Have a great weekend,

Ashley Gonwa

Three Forms
Saturday, April 2, 2011 9:45 AM

Three forms came home this past week:

211 News -- 3/18/11
Friday, March 18, 2011 7:10 PM

Well a much needed Spring Break is finally here. Now if the weather would just cooperate and get rid of the last signs of winter!!

I hope everyone who is going on a spring break trip travels safely and has much fun. I hope all of us who are staying put rest up and have some sunshine to enjoy the days.

Strep Throat: We have a confirmed case of strep throat in 211. Be aware of the signs: sudden high fever, red sore throat, swollen glands and headaches may occur. Antibiotics kicks it, but I am keeping my fingers crossed that no one catches it, as I know many of you are traveling.

Drawing: Our drawing lessons will continue when we get back from Spring Break. On Monday, we are asking each child to bring in an apple to use for the drawing lessons on Monday and Tuesday. While I will have some apples for those who forget the lesson will be much more meaningful if your child has their own apple. Thanks you to Lizzie’s dad, Andrew, for supplying us with a city drawing to practice our color mixing.

Barton Cabaret (formally kjnown as the “talent show”) Tryouts are on Thursday, April 7 at 1pm. We are encouraging “group” acts so many people can participate. A permission slip needs to be signed and returned. They will be available after Spring Break.

PALA Awards: Certificates, patches and medals were awarded to those who completed 6 weeks of being physically active for an hour or more 5 times a week. Congratulations to all for the effort put into the program.

Kleenex: Thanks for the donations. We have enough for now. Hope for a sniffleless spring. Now if we can get the snack cupboard beefed up that would be great.

Recess: The playground will become a soggy, muddy mess as we progress through spring. As much as the kids HATE putting on snow pants anymore it really is helpful for the condition of our classroom. Wet, soggy, muddy pants and shoes do not make for a very dry and clean classroom for learning. SO -- could I please continue to insist on snow pants (or a dry pair of pants in the backpack) and boots!! (Rain Boots are welcome if you have them!!)

Mammoth site: A few weeks ago we read in TFK about cloning a mammoth. Maddy was kind enough to bring in her book from the The Hot Springs Mammoth Site in South Dakota. As you can imagine the kids thought it was very cool. I promised them I would share the website with families.

211 News -- 3/11/11
Friday, March 11, 2011 7:35 PM

Plant Sale: Today your child brought home the order forms for the plant sale. We have an ambitious goal of $85,000 for the school. The entire school will earn a pizza party if we meet our goal. The upper primary rooms are going to have a little friendly competition and see who can raise the MOST money. Part of our math lesson today consisted of figuring out how much each person in our room (27 students PLUS 2 teachers) needed to sell to reach our goal of $4000.00 No we did not use calculators. We found out that 29 times 138.00 equals $4002.00. I will treat the class to ice cream if we go over our goal of $4000.00.

Field Trip: We will be going to the Como Conservatory to practice our observational drawing skills. Kate came this week and did two more drawing lessons with us. We learned how to “mix” colors. A few kids still need to bring in permission slips.

Amaryllis Race: The amaryllis race is well underway. If you have any excuse to come and pick up your child do so. You can see the beautifully blooming plants. The delay in getting the bulbs back in January, due to the frigid cold weather, prevented me from having a “Flower Show” for you to attend before spring break. See photos...

Snacks: The snack cupboard is bare. If you have not had an opportunity to contribute to the snack shelf we would appreciate your donations. I will also be asking for individually wrapped snacks and juice boxes to use during MCA testing days. More info about that will come after break.

Wednesday Watchers: Several weeks in a row kids have brought in movies for our lunch time viewing on Wednesdays. They were disappointed when I had to send them back home because of the PG rating. We can only show G rated movies in school. Help your child pick appropriately rated movies to bring for sharing.

Kleenex: It is getting to be the time of year where we run out of some basic supplies. It has been a particularly brutal winter and we are using our last box of Kleenex. If you are able to send a box in to help us get through the rest of the year it would be appreciated.

Speedy: Our class pet, Speedy, is going to spend Spring Break in sunny south Minneapolis at Nate’s house. I know Nate is excited, as is his little brother, Ian. We will look forward to hearing from Nate about Speedy’s adventure at his house. 

211 News -- 2/27/11
Sunday, February 27, 2011 1:20 PM

Hi All,
Yikes, I’ve turned the page in my plan book and it is suddenly MARCH!!!

We have a field trip planned for Friday, March 4, to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. The permission slip will come home tomorrow. What I need is a large number of parent volunteers for this trip. Our intention is to have many small groups of kids visiting the pieces of art that intrigue them the most!!

Let me know if you can help out from 9:45 to 12:00 on Friday.

Other classroom news:
What a fast week it was for me with Monday being the holiday and my being absent on Tuesday. Michelle Dehn, the sub, reported that the kids were helpful, kind and respectful, while I was gone.

We are continuing to learn about Helen Keller. Michelle taught the kids some American Sign Language.

George Washington is the continuing topic in Literature Circles. There is a George Washington exhibit at the History Center in St. Paul. Many kids have expressed an interest in going. We will not be able to put it together as a school field trip. But, perhaps you could go as a family.

I am beginning to do some “test taking” strategy lessons in preparation for the state testing that will take place when we return from Spring Break. The big change this year is that the math test will be taken on the computer. We did a few practice math problems.

The field trip on Friday to the Ritz Theater to see The Little Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks Ballet was delightful. Many kids were surprised by the lack of pink tutus and the number of men who were dancing. The Friday letter’s topic was the ballet. I am seeing much growth in the writing in our Friday letters.

Visual Artist Visit: Penny and I receive a grant from the Honda Corporation that is enabling us to have a visual artist, Kate Smith, visit our classroom to “teach “ us how to draw. Our focus will be on plants and other organic materials. We hope to be able to draw on these lessons on our trip to Duluth.

Math Workbook pages sent home on Thursday should be turned in on Monday, February 28
February Reading calendar should be turned in on Tuesday, March 1
Presidential homework sent home last Wednesday should be turned in on Wednesday, March 2

Drawing Lessons with Kate: Feb 28, Mar 1, Mar 7, Mar 8
Field Trip to the St Paul Conservatory to draw plants
Spring Break March 21-25
Student Author Night Mar 31 (We have been talking a lot about this in class. Encourage your child to participate if you are available that night.)

Again, let me know if you are able to help on the field
trip on Friday.

211 News -- 2/11/11
Friday, February 11, 2011 3:40 PM

What a wonderful week, despite the cold, it has been great!!

Get up and Dance Day: The buzz today was WII dancing. Our spirit day stated with an all school morning meeting, including the teachers all taking to the stage and dancing for the kids. They LOVED it!! Each class then had the opportunity to sign up for a session in the commons to dance with the WII. Then Jay took the kids again for music class. We certainly got a work out!!

Swimming: We have now completed our second session of swimming. We had a blast. It was fun to be in the warm pool when it was so frigidly cold outside. We didn’t even get too many icicles in our hair on the way back to school.

Hot Chocolate: Next week is supposed to be quite warm but we may have a few more rounds of nippy weather. We could use a bit more hot chocolate and apple cider.

Field Trips: Wow, February rolls around and it seems like a ton of field trip opportunities are upon us. Thank you for getting the slips in promptly and thanks for the scholarship contributions.
Upcoming dates: Tuesday Feb 15 Zydeco at the Ordway
Friday, Feb 25 Goldilocks and Red Riding Hood at the Ritz
Friday, March 4 Minneapolis Art Institute (info to come home soon)
Monday, March 14 Conservatory at Como Zoo (info to come home soon)

If you have not sent in the aye or nay for the Duluth trip could you do that please. It is not necessary to send money in yet, we just need a head count.

Class Web Page:
Thank you to Kevin Kinneavy, Dylan’s dad for keeping our class page up. Do take some time a check out the photos he posted for the Earth Balloon and the recent swim session!!

Have a great weekend.

p.s. Sorry I forgot one item:

Everyone is bringing home a dictionary donated by a local Rotary group. We looked up words and located things that we had connections with. Ask your child about the tabs in their new dictionary.

Ritz Theater Field Trip
Thursday, February 10, 2011 8:45 AM

We will be going on a field trip to the Ritz Theater in Northeast Minneapolis on Friday, February 25 to see a performance of Goldilocks & Little Red Riding Hood. See the information and permission form for details.

Valentine's Day Party
Thursday, February 3, 2011 7:45 PM

We will have a small Valentine’s celebration on Monday, February 14, at 1:00. I have attached a class list to aid in the addressing of valentines. We will have some time in class on Friday, Feb. 11, to decorate a bog or box to collect the cards. I can provide bags. If someone would like to decorate a shoe box or cereal box they should bring one to school by Friday, February 11.

I am looking for volunteers to provide:

  • Napkins
  • Juice boxes
  • Cookies

If you can donate any of these items, please let me know what and the quantity.

Updates - 2/3/10
Thursday, February 3, 2011 7:40 PM

Hi all,

All of a sudden it is Friday!!!

February calendar came home on Monday.

Wednesday I sent a math packet for the weekly homework. It is due 2-9-11.

Today I sent home a valentine letter and list of names.

I need items from a few students for:

If you have not talked to me about a conference let me know some times that will work for you.

Duluth Overnight Trip
Saturday, January 29, 2011 3:00 PM

The spring overnight trip for rooms 211 and 209 will be on the North Shore of Lake Superior May 19 and 20, 2011.  Mark your calendar!  Preliminary details are in the family letter.  Please return the participation form by Wed., Feb. 9.

211 News -- 1/28/11
Friday, January 28, 2011 2:40 PM

We had a short but busy week. It turned out to be all about flexibility.

Thursday’s Stamp Club was weird. We asked the kids to tell us everything they know about Duluth. After a short discussion period we then asked them to wonder, on paper, about what the possible connection to Stamp Club Duluth could have. Of course they all know now that our Spring overnight trip will be to Duluth and the North Shore.

We went to the Minnesota Orchestra to see Musical Tales on Thursday. As a result we missed gym. Instead we had time to draw our “Watch Me Grow gardens. WOW!!

On Friday morning we had a visit from a Rotary Club scheduled, as they wanted to give each 3rd and 4th grader a dictionary to take home. We don’t know what the mix up was but they did not arrive. Instead we had a chance to sing a few songs with our friends from the other 3/4 classrooms.

PALA started this week. While we have gym it is an easy goal to make: 60 minutes of active activity. It is not so easy to make when we can only count our 30 minute recess. So be looking for and helping kids find ways to be active.

I have about 1/2 of my conferences scheduled. I am looking forward to getting the rest of the times filled in!!

Reminders of Due Dates:
January Calendar and book jacket is due on Monday.

Aileen Fisher poetry is due on Monday.

Our next swimming session starts Tuesday, February 8. I am collecting permission slips.

Have a great weekend.

Conference Sign-Up
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 4:10 PM

In today’s homework folder you will find conference sign-up form, a copy of the goal setting form and a worksheet to help us complete our goals for the rest of the year!! I am looking forward to meeting with everyone. One scheduling note: I spaced out on the Family Roller skating event on Thursday, Feb 3. I plan on attending, so DO NOT sign up for 5:15, 5:45 or 6:15!!!

Upcoming Concert Field Trips
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 6:40 PM

Information and Permission forms:

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