Monday, May 22, 2017

LS Read-In

The weather cooperated and Lower School had an amazing time celebrating reading today with our Read-In (or Read-Out!!). What fun it was to be outside on the soccer field, cozy with towels and a good book! Most kids didn't want it to end! Thank you, Mrs. Jones, for organizing such a fun event! 

Room 16 LOVES to read! 



Alea & Akilah




Jack & Oliver







Sunday, May 21, 2017

5/22-5/26 Week at a Glance

Monday, May 22 (Day 5)
*Chess Club
- LS Read-In (bring a good book and towel)
- Music
- P.E.

Tuesday, May 23 (Day 6)
- P.E. 
- Spanish

Wednesday May 24 (Day 1)
- Spanish
- Music

Thursday, May 25 (Day 2)
- Spanish 
- P.E.

Friday, May 26 (Day 3)
- LS Field Day (no P.E. or Music because of this)
- BBQ Lunch, 11:50 (feel free to join us!)

Looking Ahead:
- Monday, 5/29: Memorial Day, no school
- Wednesday, 5/31: Portfolio Share, 8:30-9:30
- Thursday, 6/1: Non-uniform day
- Friday, 6/2: LS Closing Program, 1:30

That's a Wrap!

Wow! I am one proud teacher. The effort the students showed during our country research unit is commendable. They were all dedicated to learning about their specific country and it showed.

This unit focused on developing the following:

*Locating information using non-fiction text features
*Determine the importance of information
*Note taking
*Synthesizing information
*Organizational skills
*Communication skills
*Global awareness

The presentations were incredibly well done. Each and every child should feel proud. They were able to stand in front of the class poised and confident while presenting their information. Way to go, Second Graders!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Stone Soup at Stages Theater

Last Thursday we went to Stages Theater Company 
in Hopkins to watch Stone Soup! 

Weisman Museum Field Trip

Last Tuesday, we visited the Weisman Art Museum with Mrs. Grams and Ms. Schoenborn's class. Thank you to our parent volunteers for joining us and to Mrs. Grams for organizing it. If your family is looking for a nice weekend activity, I would highly recommend visiting this museum. We enjoyed it! 

The first sketch of the Weisman Museum, done by the museum's architect. 

Next: a formal rendering of the Museum.

Next step: build it with blocks! 

A piece of art - this is the Mississippi River! 

Frederick R. Weisman piece by Andy Warhol

Checking out the Weisman from the Washington Avenue Pedestrian Bridge

The fish was popular and familiar - it was most recently at the Sculpture Garden!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

5/12-5/19 Week at a Glance

Monday, May 15 (Day 6)
*Chess Club
- P.E.
- Spanish

Tuesday, May 16 (Day 1)
- Country Presentations (Wellstone, Ollie, Ellis, Anika, Erin, Mikey)
- Spanish
- Music

Wednesday, May 17 (Day 2)
- Country Presentations (Anna, Leo, Jack, Katie, Zach)
- Library
- Spanish
- P.E.

Thursday, May 18 (Day 3)
- Country Presentations (Alea, Julia, Akilah, Liv, Oliver)

Friday, May 19 (Day 4)
- Field Day
- Spanish

Looking Ahead:
- Monday, May 22, LS Read-In, 8:40-9:30: Students can bring a towel to sit/lay on, as it will take place on Ottawa Ave. soccer field
- Monday, May 29, Memorial Day, No School
- Wednesday, May 31, Portfolio Share, 8:30-9:30
- Friday, June 2, LS Closing Program, 1:30

Saturday, May 6, 2017

5/8-5/12 Week at a Glance

Monday, May 8 (Day 1)
*Chess/Mustang Club
- Spanish
- Music

Tuesday, May 9 (Day 2)
- All School Chapel
- Field trip to Weisman Art Museum
- Library
- Spanish
- P.E. 

Wednesday, May 10 (Day 3)
- P.E.
- Music

Thursday, May 11 (Day 4)
- Chapel
- Field trip to Stages Theater (Stone Soup)
- Art
- Spanish

Friday, May 12 (Day 5)
- Music
- P.E. 

Looking Ahead:
- May 16-18: Country Presentations
- Friday, May 19: Field Day/BBQ Lunch, 9:30-11:30 (Lunch to follow)
- Monday May 29: No School, Memorial Day 
- Wednesday, May 31: Portfolio Share, 8:30-9:30
- Friday, June 2: Lower School Closing Program, 1:30 (No Extended Day)

Wacky Dress Day!

On Friday, all of Lower School had fun with Wacky Dress Day! The creativity throughout the room and halls made everyone smile. Here is a class picture in front of the beloved fort they've made on the 234 Playground!

Silly/Wacky picture!

Monday, May 1, 2017

A Note from Mrs. Jones

Volunteer Opportunity: 

Mrs. Jones needs willing volunteers to help tidy and pack up the library in advance of the summer renovation project. 

Please email if interested.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Learning Update

Math: Students in Room 16 recently finished Chapter 11 which focused on Money. They really enjoyed this unit! They continued to learn the different types of coins and their respective values. Money also provides a natural introduction to decimal notation. Your child learned to how write money amounts as dollars and cents. They also learned how to compare amounts of money with the aid of tables. Just as place-value tables group numbers into hundreds, tens and ones, the dollars and cents table group money amounts into dollars and cents. Finally, students continued to practice bar models to solve real-world problems involving addition and subtraction with money. 

Next up: Fractions! Your child learned how to differentiate between shapes with equal and non-equal parts in first grade. Now, they will be taught how to model and name halves, thirds and fourths. Bar models will come up again - as these can be used to show fractional parts in different ways. Using visuals will be a big part of this unit - allowing students to compare fractions and distinguish a greater fraction from one that is less. 

Writer's Workshop: We are in the third and final writing unit of the year! Unit 3 is titled Writing About Reading and students are learning to write about beloved books in ways that persuade other to love them as much as they do. Second graders are forming opinions about the books they read and thinking deeply about characters and favorite parts. The goal of this unit is to state clear opinions and support these ideas with evidence. 

Students began this hard work last week by writing letters about a favorite character they've met in books they love. Opening with a catchy introduction, they then give their opinion on why this character is a favorite and provide reasons to support their claims. Ask your child what character they love and have chosen to write about!

Science: Recently we had the Arboretum visit our classroom for an on-campus field. The topic was Sunflower Supreme. We learned about sunflowers and their special features. We planted sunflowers and they are currently growing in our Grow Lab (some students have chosen to take them home). Students are also excited that our tulips (planted last fall) are blooming! They have been dormant all winter and now we have beautiful blossoms! Pictures to come on the blog soon!

Reading/Writing/Social Studies: Students are fully engaged and loving their country project! Research continues to be in full swing as they read more about their country from books or websites. They are working diligently to find information for five categories: Geography, Landmarks/Monuments/Symbols, Government/Economics, History and Lifestyle. This learning is then written in their research packets. As they find information for each category, they then transfer this into their accordion book. They have had fun looking for images that mirror the information in their packets and then creatively bringing the book to life! There still is a lot of work ahead of them, but they are really looking forward to presenting to you on May 16, 17 and 18 (schedule of presentations to come soon).

5/1-5/5 Week at a Glance

Monday, May 1 (Day 2)
*Mustang/Chess Club
- Library
- Spanish
- P.E.

Tuesday, May 2 (Day 3)
- P.E.
- Music
- Religion

Wednesday, May 3 (Day 4)
- Community Meeting
- Art
- Spanish

Thursday, May 4 (Day 5)
- Music
- Mindfulness
- P.E. 

Friday, May 5 (Day 6)
- Non-Uniform Day --- Wacky Dress Day!
- P.E. 
- Spanish

Looking Ahead:
- Tuesday, May 9: Field Trip: Weisman Art Museum, 9:30am-noon
- Thursday, May 11: Field Trip: Stone Soup production at Stages Theater, 9:20-11:30am
- Friday, May 19: Field Day and BBQ
- Monday, May 29: Memorial Day, No School

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Lower School Art Show

This past Tuesday was the LS Art Show and boy, was I impressed! Check out your child's work below!