Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Small Moments Publishing Celebration!


Authors in Room 16 have been working hard on their published books from Unit One: Small Moments. They are asked to think of a small moment from their life to focus their story on - really pulling out details, emotions, dialogue, etc. ... I am so proud of the stories they came up with! Today each had a chance to read their book to many different friends in our classroom. Ask your child about their published book!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

11/20-11/24 Week at a Glance

Monday, November 20 (Day 2) 
*Chess Club and Lego Robotics (Final week) 
- Library
- Cranberry Math
- Chinese
- P.E.

Tuesday, November 21 (Day 3)
- P.E. 
- Music
- Mindfulness

Wednesday, November 22 - Grandparent's and Special Guest Day (Uniform Day)
8:30 AM-Noon | Grandparents' Day | All students dismissed at Noon | Parents still have a chance to register grandparents or special guests by contacting Barbara Hedensten (or call 763-381-8129) in the Advancement Office. 

Click here to download the Grandparents' Day schedule.

Thursday, November 23 - Thanksgiving, No School

Friday, November 24 - Thanksgiving Break, No School 

Looking Ahead:
Friday, December 8 - Field Trip to The Landing, 9:10-12:30, Parent volunteers: Meg Murphy, Robert Prevost

Thursday, December 14 - Lower School Holiday Program, 6:30-7:30

Tuesday, December 19 - Winter Holidays Party, 9:15-10:15, Parent volunteers: Dara Maras, Connie Lahn, Megan Gehrman

Friday, November 17, 2017

Bulbs & Blossoms - MN Arboretum On-Campus Field Trip

Today we were lucky enough to have the MN Landscape Arboretum's Plantmobile visit for an on-campus field trip. The program presented was "Bulbs & Blossoms" and students learned about a bulb's life-cycle, compared and contrasted different bulbs (there are only two kinds of bulbs that you can eat: onion and garlic!) and we planted Paperwhite bulbs. We also dissected a tulip bulb to find the food storage areas, baby bulbs and the forming of leaves and flowers inside. 

Students had a blast, especially since we recently planted Tulip bulbs, so they had plenty of background knowledge! We have two additional times this year when the Plantmobile visits second grade and we are already looking forward to it!

Learning about the different parts & functions of a flower!

Lifecycle of a MN bulb in the winter (sorry I didn't get a picture of when it's planted in fall).


Spring to summer.

The Plantmobile!!

Story Skeletons

Before Halloween, students in Room 16 created their own Story Skeleton. Picking a favorite book to focus on, they had to write what the book was about, determine the main and supporting characters, setting(s), and write a couple of interesting facts about the book and/or why they liked it. It was a pretty open-ended assignment as far as how the skeleton could look ... and I couldn't have been more pleased with what came in! Thank you for your support at home!