Friday 9/29/17

Here are a few highlights from the past week:

  • Click here for photos from September 2017.
  • Now that we have reached the end of our 5th week of school, we will be winding down with our climate, team, group work and move into more academics. These first 5 weeks will serve as our foundation to have a positive rest of the year!
  • In Reading Workshop, all students are enjoying their independent reading books. They get time to read in class each day after a mini-lesson from me. They all know they should be reading each night at home too. More to come on this.
  • We were able to take the MAP reading assessment this week and the students who missed the math, were able to make that up.
  • Students also took the OSSU wide On Demand Writing Assessment. All students watch videos and read an article, then use the sources to help them write an opinion/argument essay. These will be scored by Woodbury staff and I will use the information to help with writing instruction this year.
  • Our Outdoor Learning this week was replaced by our first Four Winds lesson! Susan Sawyer came in and helped us study leaf eaters! We were able to go outside and do some identification. What was really special though, was that Susan helped us with doing scientific drawings of leaves. The work that students produced is really outstanding! Students were so focused and excited to draw, we ended up going an extra 45minutes.
  • We continued science work with carrots. Students learned about collecting data, the different types of data, the importance of precision, and using data/evidence to make a claim.
  • We continued with our first read aloud book: Wonder, by RJ Palacio. It's about a 5th grade boy who has a severe facial deformity and is headed to school for the first time in his life. The book has some wonderful lessons about acceptance, different points of view, and choosing kindness. It's one of my favorite read alouds to start the year.
  • In Writing Workshop, we are building writing stamina, by writing often. We are also working on ways to come up with writing ideas when we get stuck and don't know what to write about. Also, all students were able to personalize their writing journals with pictures and words drawn and cut out from magazines.
  • Students began completing "Friday Green Sheets" this week. We've begun talking about the importance of reflection and the role it plays in learning... These Green Sheets will not only help students reflect on their week, but also will serve as a way to communicate some of that reflection to parents.
  • Also this week, we began using SeeSaw, which is a digital portfolio designed for both self reflection, but also as another way to communicate their learning to others. Look for posts at least once a week. They will get more involved as we learn more about the program. If you haven't signed up yet, be sure to!!!


Some upcoming dates, important notes, and things to look forward to in the coming weeks:

  • We have rescheduled the Outdoor Learning field trip to Gibou Gardens this Wednesday morning 10/4/17. We will be taking a bus there and back, leaving after PE and returning for lunch. Please know that we will NOT be sending home a permission slip, as the blanket school permission slip you signed at the beginning of the year covers this trip. If you do NOT want your child to go on this trip, please contact Ms. B and/or Ms. Heather as soon as possible.
  • Picture Day- Monday 10/9/17
  • Early Release Day for staff Professional Development- Wednesday 10/18/17
  • No School for staff Professional Development- Thursday 10/19/17 and Friday 10/20/17
  • PBIS Fundraiser- Uncle Jerry's T's order forms due Wednesday 10/25/17.
  • We are almost done with the benchmark testing.
        • I will be meeting with students one on one over the next two weeks to give our F&P reading assessment. Students read a short story (part of it is read aloud) then answer some questions about the reading.
  • In Reading Workshop, students will continue independent reading. We will also begin genre study and if time, book talks!
  • Now that we are done the Week of Inspirational Math, we will begin looking at math rotations and mapping out our plan for first units of study.
  • We will continue our carrot study:
        • Scientific observation and data collection.
        • Importance of precision in data collection.
        • Scientific drawing.
        • Data distribution and charts.
        • Asking questions and using those for Independent Learning about carrots.
        • Independent and/or group projects with the carrots which may include cooking and eating!
        • And more!
  • We will continue generating ideas for writing in writing journals.
  • We will begin Poetry Workshop and write the first poem of the year.
  • And much more!