March 2014 Update
Vacation is over and we are back into full swing with learning! Students have begun our unit on Civil War that is supplemented by our reading book groups and writing. There is a debate brewing in the air!
In Science we have begun our Chemistry unit that will teach us about matter, the periodic table of elements, physical and chemical changes, solubility, concentration, and saturation to name a few! This will be augmented by Tin Mt. Naturalist, Sarah Frankel, as we learn about the process of maple sugaring and how chemistry happens in nature.
Clothing: As we welcome the new year and are full into winter, please make sure that your child has everything they need to be outside everyday. Hats, mittens, snowpants, jackets, and boots are a must. On Tin Mt. days we almost always go out into the woods on the nature trail and students must be prepared.
Homework Club: It is the hope of Mrs. Robert and myself to offer Homework Club on a consistent basis on Tuesday afternoons from 3:00-4:00 pm each week. If your child plans to attend, please send me a note or an email that includes who will be picking up your child at 4 pm. It is an excellent opportunity for your child to have supported time with homework and a quiet space to get it done.
6th grade students will continue to support the Wounded Warrior Project throughout the year.
Students in Grades 4-6 attended the Christmas Can Cure Flag Raising on Friday, Dec. 13. Three Wounded Warrior families were welcomed and
honored as they spent a mini-vacation in our wonderful valley. The Flag Raising included the Kennett Band with two JGS alumni. Two sixth grade students gave an inspiring speech to remind us all about the sacrifices the veterans and their families make for our freedom. The sixth grade was then invited to meet and greet the families while enjoying hot chocolate and cookies. During this time students presented each family with “care packages” that included some of our craft
fair creations. There was also a special thank you to Dr. Carrier and his family for continuing to lead this important event. We look forward to continuing our support of the Wounded Warrior Project throughout this year and sharing with our community their important mission and how we can help.
Below is the speech the two students gave as a welcome to the families and an inspiration to the others.
"Christmas Can Cure is about showing wounded soldiers that their life is not over once they come home. It shows them that they can do so much more than they thought they could do, by going places that they might not have the chance to go to, at home. This is an opportunity for the soldier’s family and him or her to have a loving vacation and enjoy a great Christmas.
Sometimes it’s easy to forget about all of the soldiers risking their lives for our country. That’s why our class and many others are eager to support the Wounded Warrior Project. I can’t begin to describe how thankful we are for your service and we want to help as much as we can in supporting veterans and their families. Veterans, you should be proud of yourself, because you have played a very important role in preserving the freedom of our country.
We would also like to thank the families. Your sacrifices are hard for us to understand. Being away from loved ones is tough. We want this Christmas to be special for you and hope you enjoy your stay here. Hero and patriot are words used often these days to describe a soldier’s service. But I think no word can describe your contribution to our country. To me I see your contributions in your families, in our home and in our freedom.
Another thanks we would like to offer is to Dr. Carrier and his family for what they are doing for these wounded warrior families. I think that our loving community is a great place to show our gratitude, but also to enjoy quality family time.
To these three families, I think that I speak for everyone when I say, You have done more than help us, you have done more than helped our country, you have risked your own lives to protect our independence. Thank you for your service and we wish you a very Merry Christmas."
In honor of Veteran's Day and in combination of our commitment to the Wounded Warrior Project this year, students presented at a recent All School Meeting. Below is a portion of the presentation to share with you.
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Play Games: The best way to stay on top of math skills is to engage in playing games with friends and family. Any games that require keeping and manipulating numbers in your head or using strategies are fantastic options. Any time spent playing a game will also improve communication skills.
Some of our favorites include:
Sumdog: Play math games online for practice. Students are assigned a username and password and I receive updates on their progress and identified areas for practice.
Remember the school code is jgs56
Khan Academy: Stay current with your skills, but for refreshers or to learn new concepts, check out Khan Academy. Video lessons help students learn the information.
Website Links to Enhance our Curriculum:
Audacity is an audio recording program that may be downloaded onto PC computers. We have been using this program to record our myth read alouds. Parents may want to explore this free resource with their children. Click on the link here for more information. Audacity by SourceForge
Free Sound is another great resource we will be using to enhance our readings. Check out this website for some great sounds!
French curriculum websites: