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Classroom News ~ 5/6/16
Monday, May 9, 2016 6:50 PM

Dear Families,

We have been having a busy fun Spring in 116 & 118. 

During Writing Workshop we have been working on creating Realistic Fiction stories. We talked about the elements of Realistic Fiction: that the characters need to seem like real people, and the events that happen need to be things that could happen in real life. One morning we put on name tags and pretended to be our fiction characters. It was tricky keeping all the ‘new’ students names straight! (Jasper, Daisy, Pearl, Pete, to name a few). Now we are turning our stories into series. We would like empty cereal boxes to hold our writing collections. As your family finishes with cereal, send the boxes in!

Our current science unit is Air and Weather. Balloon rockets, pinwheels and bubbles are some of the tools we have used to find evidence about how air and wind move. We have been going outside more often to do our experiments and enjoy the beautiful spring weather.

We are having a guest teacher from the Midwest Food Connection. Emily Houser is doing a series of lessons on food, nutrition and gardening. Today children chose to plant kale, cucumber, or cherry tomato seeds. They will bring their plants home in three weeks.

Upcoming Events:

MAP Testing:

5/11 Reading: 7:45 – 8:45 116

8:45 – 9:45 118

5/12 Math 7:45 – 8:45 116

8:45 – 9:45 118

School Spirit Week The Middles students have planned a school spirit week. Here’s the schedule:

5/16 Lounge wear day (p.j.s or comfy clothes)

5/17 Kindness Day – wear rainbow colors, tie dye and do acts of kindness

5/18 Dress as your favorite book character

5/19 Dress wacky and tacky + Get Up and Dance day

5/20 Barton t-shirts day or wear Barton colors:red & black

Participation is optional. Whatever kids wear, they still need to be able to move freely and play at recess.

5/19 Chutes and Ladders Picnic and Field Trip  Field trip slips will be coming home soon. This is a fun end of year celebration. We love to have parent volunteers help with this field trip!

6/3 Lake Day- (It’s called Lake Day, but we never go anywhere near the water!) This is a school wide event at the Lake Harriet Bandshell, followed by a bring your own bag lunch picnic and play time. We need parents to help with this day. Let us know if you can come along.

6/7 Portfolio Sharing 7:30 – 9:30 am Plan on spending half an hour viewing your child’s work.

We need the following items:

Clorox Wipes, empty Cereal boxes, Snacks