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Room 116 & 118 Announcements
Chutes and Ladders Field Trip
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 10:50 PM

On Friday, May 22 from 9:30-1:00, Rooms 116 and 118 will be going to the Chutes & Ladders (Hyland Play Area) playground.  Click here for more information.....Click here for the permission slip and potluck sign-up sheet....

Poetry at the Rose Garden--Field Trip
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 10:35 PM

On May 15, 2015, Rooms 116 & 118 will be celebrating the end of their poetry unit by walking to the Rose Garden from 11:15-1:00.  Volunteers are needed.  Click here for more information and the permission slip...

Classroom News 5/1/15
Friday, May 1, 2015 9:15 PM

Hello Families,

It has been an exciting spring in our classrooms. Click here to read the full newsletter...

Upcoming Events

•May 15th – picnic lunch at the Rose Gardens and poetry treasure hunt.

•May 22nd Chutes and Ladders field trip 9:30 – 1:00 (permission slip coming next week)

•June 2nd Lake Day 10:30 – 1:00 (parent volunteers needed)

•June 5th Portfolio Sharing Open House -Parents drop in between 7:30 and 9:30 am. Plan to spend half an hour viewing your child’s work.


Barton Ordway Trip
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 8:55 AM

On Friday, April 17, 2015, all Barton students will attend the Diavolo performance at the Ordway Theatre in St. Paul.  Click here for more information and the permission slip...

Class News 3/20/15
Friday, March 20, 2015 4:35 PM

Dear Families,

We are thankful to have our two new student teachers, Melanie & Amanda, from the University of Minnesota. They both quickly learned everyone’s name and our routines and expectations. It is so nice to have them with us.

In writing workshop we have been working on writing informational books. Students have each chosen a topic in which they know a lot about and can teach readers. Each student is working on writing a table of contents, a beginning that gets readers’ attention, chapters with headings, and an ending. Next week we hope to focus on editing for spelling and punctuation.

This week each student got two mealworms to observe. Most of the mealworms are still in the larvae stage. We will be watching (and recording our observations) the life cycle of the mealworms carefully over the next few weeks. We will continue to observe structures and behaviors in different stages of the life cycle of other insects as well.

Next week is spirit week at Barton:
Monday - Pajama Day
Tuesday- Twins Day- dress up the same as your friends or wear MN. Twins apparel
Wednesday- Get up and Dance Day. We will go to the Commons at 9:00 and dance
Thursday- Crazy Hair Day

There is no school for students on Friday, March 27th.

If you are able to donate any of the following items, please send them to school with your child:
disinfectant wipes, clear tape, pencils, snacks

Thank You,
Patrice & Julie

Portfolio Sharing February 6, 2015
Sunday, February 1, 2015 6:30 PM

Dear Families,
We sent home an invitation with your child today to invite you to Portfolio Sharing on Friday, February 6th beginning at 8:00 AM.
Please send back the RSVP to school with your child.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
Patrice& Julie

Classroom News 1/15/15
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 12:50 PM

Dear Families,

Happy New Year!  We've been busy in Rooms 116 & 118.  For the month of January we have been working on "My Little Farm" a multidisciplinary unit that focuses on Money, Place Value and Mapping.  Read the full newsletter here...

Upcoming Events:

1/29 Children's Theatre Field Trip, 9:15-12:15

2/6 Portfolio Sharing 8:00-9:30 AM

2/12 Valentine Exchange (we will send home a class list)

2/13 Student/Parent/Teacher Conference Day (we will send home a sign-up sheet)


Portfolio Sharing--Friday, February 6, 2015
Sunday, January 11, 2015 2:15 PM

Rooms 116 & 118 Portfolio Sharing will be Friday, February 6, 2015.  Please put this important date on your calendar.  Plan to come anytime between 8:00-9:30 and stay for about 30 minutes.

Children's Theatre Field Trip
Sunday, January 11, 2015 2:15 PM

The first and second graders will be attending a field trip at the Children's Theatre on Thursday, January 29, 2015 from 9:15-12:15.  Click here to see the permission slip...

News From Rooms 116 & 118
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 3:30 PM

Dear Families,

We have been getting used to taking all of our winter gear on and off before and after recess!  Please be sure to send the appropriate clothing with your child for recess so he/she can still have fun and stay warm.

Writing Workshop:

We are just finishing our Writing unit on Small Moments.  Students have been practicing focusing in on one small moment of a day to stretch out across a few pages.  They have been carefully working with partners to add 'outside' moments about what happened in their story and 'inside' moments about what they were thinking or feeling during those moments.  We will be moving into revising and editing our work with our partners this week.

Social Studies:

In Social Studies, we have been thinking about the costs and benefits of different decisions.  We have been looking at different books and finding the costs and benefits of those stories together.  This week, we will be continuing to practice this with other books as students become more comfortable with the terms.

We have also been learning a lot of dances to take movement breaks throughout our day, which help get us ready to focus and learn during the next part of our day.  Ask your student to show you some of our dances!

Thank You,

Patrice & Brittany

Julie & Tina

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