Friday, December 27, 2013

An Augustine Update

I thought I would share the big news of the day, Augustine gained 50 grams!  While that doesn't seem like much it is the biggest step back toward her birth weight that we have seen so far.  Other great news have been her coming off the CPAP machine and onto room air, which means nothing but her own lungs helping her breathe.

We are thrilled to see how she is growing and looking more like a "baby" than before.  We still anticipate another 5 weeks at least in the NICU, she has a lot of growing and developing to do before she gets to come home.


Friday, December 13, 2013

Newsletter December 13, 2013

Special Notes
*  Report cards go home this afternoon, please sign the envelope and send it back in for next trimester.  If you have any questions please let me know.
* Hard to believe break is only a week away, we have a great Skype call planned with Chris Grabenstein on Thursday.  He is the author of “Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library” and is very excited to speak to the students. 
*  Friday will also be a fun day with our buddy party in the morning, pizza lunch, and a culminating winter party at the end of the day. 
* Winter party will take place Friday, December 21st at 2 PM – more details to come.
*  All the students did well at the in school spelling bee, congratulations to Rose who moves onto the district bee. 
*  The only homework over break will be finishing their realistic short story, as well as reading.  I am hoping to load up all of the kids with books and we will set reading goals before the break.  Please help me encourage your child to meet their goals.
* I am getting to the 30 week mark in my pregnancy, which means I will be going to more appointments.  I will try to schedule these as much outside of the day as possible.
*  My maternity sub position will hopefully be posted soon, I will keep you all updated as to who the lucky person will be.  I plan on working until my due date of February 23rd and then returning April 14th.  It will be hard for me to stay away.
*  We were sad to hear that one of our former para’s passed away.  Cindy Leary worked here for the past 2 years and will be missed.
* Thea is actively pointing at every single toy she sees and asking Santa to get it for her, particular anything pink and sparkly.  We love the holidays and cannot wait to see her face on Christmas. 
* I have some dates for you to put on your calendars: Pizza lunch on Friday, December 20th, Winter Party Friday, December 20th 2 PM, and winter break is from December 21st through January 1st.
MathWe are almost done with unit 5, my favorite unit, and will have the test after break.  We will also celebrate the end of the unit with a pizza lunch on Friday.  Please send in $3 with your child to cover lunch.  The next unit is about collecting and processing data.
Science We have been working with our models and maps and know will create models of the erosion of the Grand Canyon.  I am thinking up ideas for a culminating project that will engage the students, hopefully inspiration will hit soon.
Social Studies – We started presenting the explorer projects, I love the wide variety of them and how many students have become experts on their chosen topic.  I am assessing the presentation as well as a peer to give them two different views; the students also create d the rubric they are being assessed with.
Reading We have been busy with our nonfiction unit and figuring out cause and effect, as well as continuing our work with main idea.  We also did an impromptu lesson on Nelson Mandela and summarized his life.  Next week we will focus on finding as many great book as possible for the winter break, so if your child has any extra books at home that belongs to the classroom, please send them in.
Writing The realistic short story unit is a short one due to the Yahara River Writers Contest deadline of January 3rd.  I will, of course, be available to the students for help with editing, revising etc over break as long as they email me.


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Yahara Short Story Contest

The students are hard at work on their realistic short stories for the Yahara River Writers Contest.  I have been giving them as much drafting time as I possibly can but have also realized that with the deadline being January 3rd, they may need to work on this at home as well.  The students should therefore write their story in Google Docs and then share it with me so that I can help revise and edit or whatever else they may need.

The formatting requirements for the story are as follows:

  • Length: Maximum of 850 words
  • Font:  Times New Roman, 12 point size
  • Spacing:  Double-spaced
  • Title:  Times New Roman, boldface, 14 point size
  • Name:  No name should appear on the story
Please let me know if you have any questions.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Check Out Hour of Code - We Did!

This week is Hour of Code week, created by Computer Science Education week to peak students' interest in computer programming.  With so many of the students being already invested in technology I found it only natural to embrace this wonderful initiative and donate an hour of our time this week to participate.  The students loved it, in fact, they loved it so much we will be participating Wednesday as well!  It has also made me want to re-investigate whether we can start to use Scratch or MinecraftEdu in the classroom as part of our projects.





If you would like to check it out yourself, warning - it is addicting, go here csedweek/org/learn - no sign up necessary.  Then have your child show you what they did or explore on your own.



Spelling Lists

Root Words Exploration Week
Name:  _______________________________________


Microfilm
Pseudonym
Compelling
Contractor
Repel
Microchip
Microscope
Pseudonymous
Repellent
Microcosm
Microbiologist
Subtraction
Propeller
Subaerially
Compactible
Pseudoscience

Group 1 Spelling List 5
Name:  __________________________

Pattern: Short-o and Long-o

lost
foam
drove
none
road
toad
chose
cross
goat
love
slope
knock
whole
load
soft
toast
float
coat
soap
stone
boat
couch
Group 2 Spelling List 5
Name:  __________________________

Pattern: Review of prefixes (un, re, dis, mis)

mislead
mistake
distrust
misplace
reconsider
disease
unread
reassure
disengage
discontinue
reform
misfortune
unglued
unheated
repackage
misconduct
reinstall
unattached
reaction
misstep
disorder
unopened
unplanned
disclose

Friday, December 6, 2013

Some Pictures from Winter Tea

I tried to get as many pictures as I could from the Winter Tea.












Newsletter December 6, 2013

Special Notes
* We finished our holiday cards today and will mail them out on Monday.  We have also started to receive ours in the mail; it is exciting to see where we are connecting with.
*  We need toilet paper tubes!  I have a special challenge for the students next week upon our return from the Overture center.  So if you have empty toilet paper tubes or paper towel tubes, please send them in with your child before next Friday.
* I will be at a technology conference Tuesday and Monday so Mr. Braun will be in the classroom for me.  If you need me, please do not hesitate to email me as I will check my email during the day.  I am excited to get great ideas for the classroom.
* It was great to see so many of you at the Winter Tea; it definitely hit me that this will be the last year of the event for the kids and me.  Weird to think that we will all be at the middle school next year.
*  We are excited to cheer for Kevin, Sydney, Rose, and Aunisa later today as they represent us all in the spelling bee.
*  The geo bee is coming, make sure you start practicing your geography!
* Book orders for December will be sent home next week; I know I have a few favorites picked out for presents.
* I have some dates for you to put on your calendars: Mrs. Ripp out for a conference December 10th and 11th, Nutcracker field trip Friday, December 13th, Pizza lunch on Friday, December 20th, Winter Party Friday, December 20th 2 PM, and winter break is from December 21st through January 1st.

MathWe are working our way through fractions and boy are there a lot of pages to this unit.  We have also restarted fact tests with many students testing out on their first attempt.  To celebrate the end of the fraction unit, we will have pizza for lunch on December 20th.  Please send in $3 with your child to cover pizza and juice.  The test for this unit will be after break.
Science Students created models of the playground and then transferred those to maps as we started our next unit on landforms.  This unit has a lot of vocabulary and we usually end it with a great hands on build project.
Social Studies – Students are finishing their self-led exploration inquiries.  I love the moments in my room where I am not needed because all of the students are so engaged in their project.  Students will present their projects starting Monday and will then be self-assessing along with my evaluation.  They are expected to be able to speak for at least 3 minutes about their topics, but preferably longer
Reading We have been immersed in nonfiction discussion main idea, ways to take notes, and cause and effect.  Students still meet with their partners and have created new reading goals for December.       
Writing We were introduced to our next writing unit yesterday, the realistic short story.  Students should pick something they have a little bit of knowledge on and create a story around this.  The maximum word count for the story is 850 words since these will be considered for submission to the Yahara River Writers Contest.
Special Notes
* We finished our holiday cards today and will mail them out on Monday.  We have also started to receive ours in the mail; it is exciting to see where we are connecting with.
*  We need toilet paper tubes!  I have a special challenge for the students next week upon our return from the Overture center.  So if you have empty toilet paper tubes or paper towel tubes, please send them in with your child before next Friday.
* I will be at a technology conference Tuesday and Monday so Mr. Braun will be in the classroom for me.  If you need me, please do not hesitate to email me as I will check my email during the day.  I am excited to get great ideas for the classroom.
* It was great to see so many of you at the Winter Tea; it definitely hit me that this will be the last year of the event for the kids and me.  Weird to think that we will all be at the middle school next year.
*  We are excited to cheer for Kevin, Sydney, Rose, and Aunisa later today as they represent us all in the spelling bee.
*  The geo bee is coming, make sure you start practicing your geography!
* Book orders for December will be sent home next week; I know I have a few favorites picked out for presents.
* I have some dates for you to put on your calendars: Mrs. Ripp out for a conference December 10th and 11th, Nutcracker field trip Friday, December 13th, Pizza lunch on Friday, December 20th, Winter Party Friday, December 20th 2 PM, and winter break is from December 21st through January 1st.


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Had to Share a Picture of Ida

She had just discovered that the little house lit up

Monday, December 2, 2013

Spelling Lists

Group 1 Spelling List 4

Pattern: Final “K” sound spelled either ck/ke/k

kick
cook
bike
smoke
shook
like
duke
took
strike
lock
sock
duck
truck
pack
take
lick
sick
look
shake
book
spoke
fluke

Group 2 Spelling List 4

Pattern: High frequency compound words

somebody
anything
anyone
yourself
something
somewhere
outside
somehow
sometime
checkout
sideways
everything
nothing
inside
myself
everyone
himself
beside
without
throughout
themselves
itself

Root Words Exploration Week 8


Collaboration
Media
Juvenile
Elaborate
Multimedia
Logical
Labor
Laboratory
Apologize
Juveilize
Rejuvenate
Rejuvenation
Mediator
Laborious
Logarithm
Median