Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Final Day Before Holiday Break!

Tuesday, December 19th was a fun-filled day 
for a variety of reasons: 

  • The final day of Advent was hosted by Mrs. Murphy and Ms. Tonkin's classes, where plenty of holiday cheer and spirit was in the air!

  • All of second grade had their Winter Holiday Party! Students played games, made a reindeer headband and were invited into the Holiday Cafe where they were seated for delicious treats like latkes, hot cocoa and a peppermint stick, as well as a game of Dreidel!

  • Check out the link below to view holiday celebrations throughout all of Lower School:

I hope you all have a very relaxing holiday time with plenty of time for family, friends and yourself! Looking forward to a great 2018 in Room 16!!

Happy Holidays!!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

12/18-12/22 Week at a Glance

Monday, December 18 (Day 1) 
*Non-Uniform Day!
- Chapel
- Chinese
- Music

Tuesday, December 19 (Day 2)
*Non-Uniform Day!
- Advent
- 2nd Grade Winter Holiday Party
- Library
- Chinese
- P.E. 

Wednesday, December 20 - Winter Vacation Begins
8:00 AM-3:30 PM | Mustang Vacation Program | There is still space for P-4 students to enroll in our MVP Program! Full-day child care will be offered the first 3 days of winter break. Join us for a few fun-filled days at Breck! Questions? Contact Katie Peterson. Register here.

Thursday, December 21
Winter vacation
8:00 AM-3:30 PM | Mustang Vacation Program

Friday, December 22
Winter vacation 
8:00 AM-3:30 PM | Mustang Vacation Program (last day) 

Looking Ahead: 
Saturday, December 23
Main campus closed 

Sunday, December 24
Main campus closed

Monday, December 25
Christmas Day | Entire Breck campus closed

Tuesday, December 26
Winter vacation | All-School Holiday | Main campus closed

Wednesday, December 27 - Friday, December 29
Winter vacation 

Monday, January 1
Happy New Year! | All-School Holiday | Main campus closed 

Tuesday, January 2
Last day of winter vacation

Wednesday, January 3
8:30 AM | School reconvenes

Thursday, January 4
Community Meeting - Wear C.A.R.E. t-shirt

Hour of Code

Last Friday morning, all of Lower School participated in the Hour of Code, which is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code," to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. This was the second year Breck LS has participated. Students had fun, were engaged and found success in coding! 

Brecken is focused while it looks like
Linus found success in the background! :)

Siena is pretty excited ... after a lot of trial and error, she completed the level!

Lower School Holiday Program

On December 14th, all Lower School students gave the most wonderful Holiday Program performance. I can't help but smile non-stop throughout the show ... but especially when watching the students of Room 16. They did amazing!! 

Below are the only photos I took: one of Bennett and Carley in their matching Christmas suits and the other is a class photo before we headed down to the Chapel. I hope you enjoyed the evening as much as I did!

Great minds think alike! Very festive!

How darling are these kiddos? 

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Heritage Dolls!

Hadley - Sweden

Mallory - Norway

Calvin - Norway and Sweden

Malachi - Kenya

Brecken - Italy

JJ - France, Africa and Germany

Avery - Ireland

Linus - Italy 

Maria - Germany

Siena - France

Adele - France

Marcelle - Germany

Nicole - Ireland

Justin - Portugal

Jaryn - England

Bennett - England, Poland/Ukrainian/Dutch/Ireland

Boden - Germany 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Learning Update

Reading: We have been learning about how a setting is not only where a story takes place (location), but when a story takes place (time and environment). They have been working on connecting this near learning to their own reading. 

Writing: Students are writing Fairy Tales! At the beginning of this unit, we discussed the different elements that make up a Fairy Tale. We also explored and read the many different Fairy Tales that we have available in the classroom. Then, students mapped out their own Tale in a graphic organizer... before any writing took place, they needed to think of Good Characters, Evil Characters, Setting, Magic/Spells, Conflict and Resolution. Then, they began to write! Ask your child about their Fairy Tale!

Math: Last Thursday, we wrapped up Chapter 4, which was an introduction to Bar Models. This was a tough chapter with many different steps and ways to set models up, but the students did well. They will continue to see bar models pop up in future chapter lessons. Today we started Multiplication! Some were already familiar with it, while others were not. After today's introductory lesson, I want them to get another day of practice under their belts, so I decided not to send home multiplication homework. In its place, students are to work on a logic puzzle. I'm hoping this will be fun!

Social Studies: All Heritage Dolls are in and boy... are they amazing!! Thank you for your help and support at home with this fun, learning assignment ! It is my hope that your child learned something they may not have known prior. Tomorrow, each will present their doll to the class and then they will be displayed into the new year. Next up: students will using CultureGrams to compare/contrast their family's heritage with another country in the world. They will look for differences and similarities and complete a Venn Diagram.

Science: Students most recently planted Paperwhites. They have enjoyed coming into the classroom each day to see growth. It is so interesting to see some bloom immediately and others take their time. Students will measure the height of their Paperwhite and make other observations, as well as draw a diagram complete with labels. These flowers will go home with students after the LS Holiday Program on Thursday night. 

Winer Wear Collection EXTENDED!

Our Lower School Winter Wear Collection has been extended through Mon. Dec. 18.  

Donations will be delivered to Jefferson School in Minneapolis, where one out of every five students is unsure where they may be spending the night. Thank you for your generous gifts of new and gently used winter wear.  

Boots, jackets, gloves, mittens, and snow pants for ages 5-10 are the most needed items.  

Sunday, December 10, 2017

12/11-12/15 Week at a Glance

Monday, Dec. 11 (Day 2) 
* Heritage Character/Doll Due
- Advent
- Music (make up from missing last Friday due to The Landing)
- Library
- Chinese
- P.E.

Tuesday, Dec. 12 (Day 3)
- Advent
- Mindfulness
- P.E. 
- Music Rehearsal for LS Holiday Program

Wednesday, Dec. 13 (Day 4)
- Chapel
- Art
- Chinese
- Music Rehearsal for LS Holiday Program 

Thursday, Dec. 14 (Day 5) 
- Music
- P.E.

Friday, Dec. 15 (Day 6)
* Non-Uniform Day
- Hour of Code
- P.E. 
- Chinese
- Religion

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

Friday, December 15 - Non-Uniform Day!

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

Wednesday, December 20 - First day of Winter Break 2017

2017 Advent

Last Thursday, Room 16 did an amazing job hosting Advent. We practiced our individual and group roles and it paid off! We had wonderful musicians to start off the show: Calvin on the guitar and Mallory, Siena and Avery on the piano. The children loved the color-changing tea light used in our very own light show! Here is a picture and video!


Our Visit to Sunrise Senior Living

Our second field trip last Friday was a visit to Sunrise Senior Living to give the residents a holiday musical program. We went with Mrs. Strohschein's class, Mrs. Mazion and Mrs. Z. The children did an unbelievable job of singing Christmas carols and Hanukah songs. Our very own Linus and Siena gave piano solos and did amazing!! Students also shared a family tradition they do and then asked resident(s) if they had a tradition that they do, as well. You could tell by the smile on their faces as the kids walked in that it made their day. As they started singing so beautifully... I was so proud of these kiddos and couldn't help but smile! It was a wonderful afternoon! 

The Landing

Last Friday was a busy day! For our first field trip, second graders visited The Landing to learn about the rich holiday traditions from ethnic groups who settled in the Minnesota River Valley in the 19th century. Do you have any family traditions?

Do you receive an orange in your stocking?

Maybe your eldest daughter throws a boot over her shoulder to determine whether or not she may be married in the upcoming year?

On Christmas Eve, do the children in your family sleep on hay under the Christmas tree?

Do you play dreidel?

Ask your child about the different traditions he/she learned about. Discuss your own traditions and why they are important to your family. 

We had a great time and learned so much!

Onto the German General Store!

Excited to go inside!
Christmas Festivals started in Germany and still are found today in areas where there is a large German population!

A little different than the stores we go to today!

 Christmas trees, ornaments, lights and Nutcrackers all are 
traditions/things that originated in Germany!

Next Stop: Sweden in 1889!

Onto the Jewish House!

The Czech House!

The Czech were very superstitious ... if they cut an apple in half and it had a five-point star,
they would have good luck for a year!

Another example of superstition ... light an almond with a flame and softly blow. If it floats in a straight line or in circles - all is well. If it sinks ... well, all will not be well. :(

The Norwegian House!

The Monrovian House!

The people of Monrovia really appreciated nature and didn't want to cut down an entire tree only for it to go to waste after Christmas ... so they take branches that have fallen to the ground that make their very own version of a Christmas tree!

The Monrovian people would carve and add
new pieces to the manger scene every year, hence,
so many pieces! 

The Monrovian Star!

Off to the Victorian House!

Students noticed how fancy this house was! Also, it was the only house that didn't have a coal-burning stove...
it had electricity!

Learning about Christmas Crackers! 

Hadley standing under the mistletoe! 

Ireland House!

On our way back to school!