Friday, March 15, 2013

Newsletter March 15, 2013

MathThis unit is perfect for the students as we near spring break; lots of review and creativity.  In fact, I have been really impressed with how hard they are working and how into coordinate grids they are.  The test will take place on Tuesday, April 2nd with the pre-test the following day.
Social Studies – The students have been very caught up in their Revolutionary War simulation and I presented them with their student-driven project today.  They will research one aspect of the Revolutionary War and then create something of their choice to present to the class.  We will have time here in school to research and work on it.  I am looking for passion-driven investigations, as well as projects, much like Innovation Day which will happen in May.
Reading We have been busy at work on our author study.  Students are reaching out to their authors, so far we have heard from 3 authors via Twitter and email.  The big question they are trying to answer is “How does your author’s life influence their writing?”  Their answer should be apparent in their project which is due April 4th.   
Writing We have been busy with our fantasy story developing our characters as well as figuring out our conflicts.  We are trying to have them done before spring break so that April can be dedicated to poetry month.
Science The landforms unit is halfway through and we have finished all of our investigation with the stream table.  Students will be determining our learning path next week as we look at the overall goals of the unit and design investigations to meet those goals.  I am excited to see what the students will think of.
Special Notes
* Thank you all for the wonderful discussion held during conferences.  I am fortunate to be part of your child’s journey and really enjoy discussing their challenges and strengths with you. 
* Thank you for an incredible birthday.  From homemade cards, bracelets and treats, I was spoiled.  Although the weather could have been warmer, the students were amazing and we had a lot of fun. 
* Remember to send in donations for the PTO Bowling if you have gift cards to donate. 
*The twins are very close to crawling, right now they scoot backwards and roll around.  I don’t know what we will do when they get mobile.
*  We said goodbye to Ms. Anma today who is leaving the district.  She will be greatly missed.
* The students continue to push themselves in their blogging.  We loved the challenge Ms. Kendra left for us and many students had thoughtful responses about what they would do in Saskatchewan
* Middle school is sneaking into our minds so next week my old student, Karina, will come and tell us more about middle school.  On April 16th the guidance counselor will come and speak to us and on April 30th we will be headed over for a visit. 
*   Engineering Expo details will be released after spring break, it is not too late to come with us for this great day of exploration.  Just email me and let me know if you would like to be a chaperone. 
* I will be out of the class Tuesday for training all day. 
* I have some dates for you to put on your calendars: Mrs. Ripp gone all day at training on March 19th, Report cards go home week of March 19th, Spring break March 23rd through March 31st, Engineering Expo April 18th, Guidance counselor from Glacier Creek April 16th at 1:30 PM, Middle School visit April 30th 8:30 AM, Track Meet May 2nd all day.


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