JFES Upper Elementary

Classroom Updates

11/16/18

Sign-up Now for Conferences

First-Come-First Serve

Trimester 1 Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Friday, December 7th. We are also offering additional morning and evening conferences to better meet the needs of our families. Additionally, we received feedback last year that many parents thought meeting with both of us would have been more beneficial. If your child receives core instruction (Math, Reading, Writing) from both UE teachers, please choose a time that we've set aside for those families. If you're not sure, ask your student or email your child's homeroom teacher if you're still unsure. Students are encouraged to join for conferences. Once again this year conferences are taking place before report cards go home, so that your child's work can be the focus of our meeting. Click one of the links below to schedule a conference. If you have any difficulties signing up, please email and we'll help you - Ms.Cornwell and Mrs. Bridges.

Conference Sign-Ups

Mrs. Bridges

Ms. Cornwell

Both Ms. Cornwell and Mrs. Bridges

Time for Winter Wear

We've noticed that a lot of us are not dressed properly for the weather. Students are expected to have proper clothing to be outdoors every morning and afternoon. Please make sure your child has:

  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Winter Coat
  • Snow Pants - To keep warm, not just for snow.
  • Boots

To diminish the spread of germs, JFES is no longer loaning cold weather apparel. Please contact us if you need any support obtaining these necessary items.

Working together to solve our Amal Unbound BreakoutEdu

Academics

11/16/18

  • 3rd Math - This week we started Unit 3. In Unit 3, your child will add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers using a variety of problem-solving strategies and computational skills. Everyday Mathematics encourages children to choose from any of the methods explored in this unit, or invent their own computation methods. When children create and share their own ways of computing instead of simply learning one method, they begin to realize that problems can be solved in more than one way. They are more willing and able to take risks, think logically, and produce more reasonable answers.
  • 4th Math - This week we started Unit 3. Of the different types of numbers that elementary school students are required to understand, fractions can be the hardest. To succeed with fractions, students must build on their understanding of whole numbers, but they also have to understand how fractions differ from whole numbers. This unit focuses on three big ideas about fractions: recognizing equivalent fractions, comparing fractions, and representing or showing fractions in different ways.
  • 5th Math - Unit two will be wrapped up next week. The week after Thanksgiving we will be assessing that they have a strategy for solving multi-digit multiplication and division problems as well as the place value of large numbers written in standard notation and exponential notation.
  • Reading - We have finished this years Global Read Aloud of Aisha Saeed's Amal Unbound. On Thursday students participated in an escape room type culminating activity called BreakoutEdu. Ask your child: Did book ended the way they expected? What was the most challenging puzzle when you completed the BreakOut box?
  • Writing - Students are busy drafting their final narrative pieces before moving on to informational text shortly after Thanksgiving. Talk to you child about what their writing and how they plan to create their very best writing to show you at Parent Teacher Conferences.
  • Four/Five Social Studies - Today was the third and final day in our 3 part inquiry into Leadership and Government. Today's question was "What can happen when leaders make decisions that people don’t like?" After Thanksgiving Break students will use all their knowledge gained through the inquiry to write an evidence-based argumentative piece responding to the question "Does It Matter How Leaders Are Chosen? "
  • Third Social Studies- Students finished their "My Place on the Map" books in Social Studies today. Have them read it to you at home. Next we will be doing studies looking deeper into the major regions of the U.S.A.
  • Four/Five Science - Your child will be learning about the planets in class, but no matter how cool it is to see photos of planets, seeing the real thing is always more exciting. You can find out what’s going on in the sky this week or find out what to look for in the sky tonight. There’s always something interesting happening in the night sky. Check frequently, and you’re sure to find a good time to spot a planet.
  • Third Science - The topic of this week’s science mystery was dinosaurs: how do we know what they looked like on the outside, when all we have of them are fossil bones? Why are we always depicting them as scaly lizards? Your child is learning how we can infer what the outside of an animal looks like, by using clues about their skeleton. We are also exploring how the structure of an animal’s teeth say something about what kind of food the animal preferred to eat (i.e. meat, plants, or both).

11/02/18

Halloween Fun

Thank you to all who donated items for our Halloween party. We had a fabulous time and it would not have been possible without the donations made by so many of you! We spent over an hour playing games and we even turned our afternoon snack into a creepy art project. Click the link below for some party photos.

Halloween

Upcoming Events

  • 11/6 -No School, Teacher Workshop
  • 11/12 - No School, Veterans Day
  • 11/16 - Picture Retake
  • 11/17 - GOTR 5K
  • 11/20 - Thanksgiving Feast - Make sure your RSVP is in; families are invited this year!

Take your student to the polls with you when you vote on Tuesday!

Academics

11/02/18

  • 3rd and 4th Math - Next week both grades are taking the Unit 2 assessment. Make sure that you are helping your child succeed with multiplication fact practice. Roughly 80-90% of the math they'll be required to do for the rest of their lives has a correlation to multiplication.
  • 5th Math - Unit two has been going very slowly because students are lacking multiplication fact fluency. Next week we'll continue to work on strategies for multi-digit multiplication. Please refrain from pushing U.S. Traditional Multiplication because most of us aren't ready for it. Please contact me if you need materials for nightly fact practice. Amanda.Bridges@sau24.org
  • Reading - Much of our instruction next week will be finishing Amal Unbound and closing up some of our Global Read Aloud connections. Students have been working on identifying theme and questioning the choices that authors make, also known as studying author's craft. Help your child remember to fill in their BookIt! log by reading 20-30 minutes a night. This nightly reading is part of UE homework for all students. November logs went home today.
  • Writing - Over the next couple week's we're wrapping our narrative writing unit. Next week your student will be working on a new story. Help them be ready for this endeavor by talking about what they might write about next week. What could be there character's name? What is their character's ultimate goal in the story? Who or what will get in their way? Where will the setting be?
  • Four/Five Social Studies - Today was part two of a three part inquiry into Leadership and Government. Today's question was "How are leaders chosen?"
  • Third Social Studies- Our study this week focused on regions of our state and our country. Ask your child what county they live in and what region of the country New Hampshire is in.
  • Four/Five Science - We put our moon lesson on hold for a special Halloween lesson, last week. Today we turned our gaze to the moon. If you spot the moon in the sky, point it out to your child. If you have binoculars, let your child use them to look at the moon. If you feel like comparing what you see to a map of the moon, there’s a great map of the most visible craters here and a map of the dark gray areas known as seas here. If your child asks, the moon’s seas are dry flat plains created billions of year ago by flowing lava. But early astronomers thought these dark gray areas might be filled with water and called them seas and the name stuck.
  • Third Science - We completed out plant selection unit, and next we'll begin a unit of study called “Animals Through Time.” In our first Mystery we'll explore the idea that the rocks under our feet sometimes contains fossils. Those fossils reveal how habitats have changed through time. For example, fossil shark teeth and fossil starfish found in the center of North America are evidence that what is grassland today must have been an ocean in the ancient past.

10/19/18

Are math games really the only homework?

The simple answer is yes. Math games will be the only homework assigned on a regular basis.However, there are a few other forms of practice that we highly suggest you work into your schedule as many days a week as possible:

  • Multiplication Fact Practice: Using a strategy to figure out every one-digit by one-digit fact in 10 seconds or less is the goal by the end of third grade, and most of us just aren't there. Flashcards, apps and verbal quizzing while riding in the car all work great. Our brains aren't wired to learn 144 facts, so we need to use strategies for those we don't have automatically (6X7, think 6X6=36 plus one more group of 6 is 42).
  • Reading: Regular reading habits are proven to help your child improve in EVERY academic area along with decreasing stress, improving memory, greater empathy and it's cheap entertainment. Also, the first BookIt calendar is due in a couple weeks, and you can't be entered into the $10,000 scholarship if you miss a month!
  • 5th Grade MCS Projects: Students are expected to be working on their project a few days a week. The Nov. 14th due date is quickly approaching.


Click the Links below for some photos of the fun we've been having this fall!

Academics

10/19/18

  • 3rd Math - We're continuing to expand our multiplication fact knowledge, and using models to solve simple division situations.
  • 4th Math - Our week is being divided between using multiplication to carry out conversions and revisiting geometry.
  • 5th Math - Fifth graders are exploring place value, the powers of 10 and exponential notation in math class. Today we used all the knowledge we have gained about the place value of numbers to review Partial Products Multiplication. Try asking your child to show you how they would use Partial-Products Multiplication to solve the equation 412x3=. They will first make an estimate then break the larger number out into expanded form (400+10+2) multiplying the 3 by each of these as an "extended fact" then adding up the partial sums. Students must be practicing multiplication facts at home with flashcards or apps.
  • Reading - We are quickly approaching the climax of this years Global Read Aloud book. UE students have many thoughts and opinions on the thoughts and actions of the characters in this weeks chapters. Ask your child why Amal "borrowed" a book from Jawad Sahib and what the result were when he caught her in the library.
  • Writing - Students are working toward being able to read their own work with a critical eye in order to revise and expand their writing, along with using mentor texts to take tips from some of our favorite authors about where to focus more time and where expansion isn't really necessary.
  • Four/Five Social Studies - Today we began a three part inquiry into Leadership and Government, exploring the question "Does it matter how leaders are chosen?" Today's focus was on the different forms of government and "Who is in charge" in each type.
  • Third Social Studies- Third Graders began a new unit today focused an geography and a sense of place. We started today by drawing maps of our bedrooms, by the end of the unit students will be able to tell you their street name, town, county, state, country, continent, hemisphere and planet as well as locate all of these places on a map.
  • Four/Five Science - This week in science we explored how the sun’s path changes with the time of the year. Students learned that on summer days the sun comes up earlier, rises higher in the midday sky, and sets later than it does in winter. Next week we're turning our gaze to the moon. If you spot the moon in the sky, point it out to your child. If you have binoculars, let your child use them to look at the moon. If you feel like comparing what you see to a map of the moon, there’s a great map of the most visible craters here and a map of the dark gray areas known as seas here. If your child asks, the moon’s seas are dry flat plains created billions of year ago by flowing lava. But early astronomers thought these dark gray areas might be filled with water and called them seas and the name stuck.
  • Third Science - Today we looked at fossils of fish that came from a quarry in Montana. We thought about what the habitat in Montana must have been in the past for ocean fossils to be buried deep under grasslands. Next week we'll continue to discover evidence for how animals have changed over time.

Check your smoke alarms this month!

10/12/18

Halloween Celebration - 10/31 @ 2:30

JFES will be celebrating Halloween on Wednesday, October 31st. UE students wishing to dress-up can come to school in their school appropriate costumes and wear them the WHOLE day. The school parade will commence at 2:30. Parents and younger siblings are invited to watch the parade, take pictures, and join us for the class party which will begin at 1:00.

We are in need of some donations, please email Ms.Cornwell if you are able to help.


Academics

10/12/18

  • 3rd Math - Next week is all about number stories. We're using the skills we've acquired in all four operations.
  • 4th Math - Factors and multiples are the focus for next week's lessons. Students must be practicing multiplication facts at home with flashcards or apps. Those who cannot answer/figure out all one-digit times one-digit in 5 seconds or less will start to fall behind.
  • 5th Math - This week we took the Unit 2 pre-assessment to get ready for starting our multiplication and division unit which we will be working on for the next several weeks. First your child will learn several strategies for multiplying multi-digit numbers including drawing arrays and Area Models, partial-products multiplication and U.S. Traditional Multiplication.
  • Reading - This week we used a new digital tool called FlipGrid to connect with other Multi-Grade classrooms in Quebec, Alaska, Massachusetts and Northern New Hampshire. All of these classrooms are similar to ours and are also participating in Global Read Aloud reading the book Amal Unbound. Ask your child what they will predict will happen to our main character Amal.
  • Writing - Students are moving from individual small moments, to creating full length personal narratives. Ask your student what memory they're writing about.
  • Social Studies - Our research project of UNESCO International Heritage Sites (4th & 5th Grade) and U.S. Landmarks (3rd Grade) is complete visit the school to check out our geography display.
  • Four/Five Science - This week in science we learned about telling time by the Sun. When your child brings the sundial home, I suggest you help set it up in the sun with the north-pointing arrow pointing to north. When you and your child watch the shadow move over the course of the day, you might point out that the shadow moves clockwise around the dial from east to west.
  • Third Science - This week we learned about selection in plants, focusing on how the fruits and vegetables in our grocery stores and gardens have been changed from their wild counterparts to be bigger, tastier, and more varied. You can help reinforce this week’s learning by taking your child with you on your next trip to the grocery store or farmer’s market. Find a variety of fruit which might be exciting or unfamiliar to your child, and stoke their curiosity by asking: What kind of fruit do you think this is? What do you think it tastes like? (Then, of course, try that fruit!)

9/28/2018

Book It! Reading program begins Monday

    • BOOK IT! motivates children to read by rewarding their reading accomplishments with praise, recognition and pizza.
    • When students read each day and color in the monthly calendar they receive a Reading Award Certificate each month. When they visit a Pizza Hut®, they are rewarded with a free, one-topping Personal Pan Pizza, a prize and a sticker for each month they achieve their goal.

Book It! Parent Letter Book IT! Website for more Info

global Read Aloud (GRA)

Monday is the launch for GRA 2018. The project was created in 2010 with a simple goal in mind; one book to connect the world. From its humble beginnings, the GRA has grown to make a truly global connection with more than 4,000,000 students having participated. We have plans to connect with a couple multi-age schools across the country and tie this years choice, Amal Unbound, to our current narrative reading and writing units.

GRA Facebook Page GRA Website

Caught ya' Wall

We're catching exceptional behavior! Ask your student about the new way that JFES is tracking respectful, responsible and safe behavior.

Academics

9/28/18

  • 3rd Math - We'll have an exploratory lesson on equal shares, equal groups and measuring mass before taking the Unit 1 assessment.
  • 4th Math - Next week we have a two geometry lessons before taking the Unit 1 assessment mid-week.
  • 5th Math - Students are working on conversion between different units of measurement and comparing unit lengths, units squared and units cubed. Next week we'll be taking the Unit 1 Assessment.
  • Reading and Writing - Connecting to GRA by writing letters to our partner schools, and focusing on developing characters that feel real.
  • Social Studies - Students are beginning an exploration of geography through a research project surrounding U.S. Landmarks (3rd Grade) , and UNESCO International Heritage Sites (4th & 5th Grade) .
  • Four/Five Science - This week students were introduced to constellations, and learned how there are different constellations visible each season. Take this opportunity to have your child show you how their “Universe in a Box” works. Ask them: Why do we see different constellations each season? What are some constellations we will see if we go outside tonight? If you have an iPhone or iPad, check out “SkyGuide” for iPhone and iPad. It lets you point your phone at any part of the sky, and then it will show you what constellation you’re seeing. It costs $1.99 and can be downloaded here: http://tinyurl.com/nouzqfa
  • Third Science - This week we learned about flowers: what they do for the plant, how they work, and more. We finished the mystery, “Why do plants grow flowers?” (It’s to attract pollinators!) Our plant study continued with, 'Why do plants grow fruit?' You can help support this week’s learning by involving your child when cutting vegetables or fruits. Ask them, “What should I look for, to know if what I’m cutting was once part of the flower?” (Answer: Look for seeds!)

9/19/2018

Welcome to the UE Class website!

    • This is your best tool for information about what's happening in your child's classroom. From upcoming events to pictures, this is the place to look. Click the link below of you haven't signed up for Remind. This app will send you a text when the website is updated or reminders about important school events and deadlines.

Remind App Sign-up

Read-a-thon and Summer slide celebration

At our first School Gathering last week we recognized students who participated in the Summer Slide Challenge and high earners for our Fall Read-a-thon. Thank you parents for your support!

UE in the News!

Concord Monitor Article

Academics

9/19/18

  • 3rd Math - Time and multiplication are the focus for Unit 1.
  • 4th Math - Place value to the millions and more complex addition and subtraction are what Unit 1 is all about.
  • 5th Math - Area and and volume are the main ideas for Unit 1.
  • Reading and Writing - All classes are beginning Narrative Units. Ask your student about the 40 book challenge.

you are now entering archived entries from the 2017-18 School year

6/8/2108

We had a big week this week! With a successful Celebration of Learning and a fun visit from two Keene Swamp Bats players for this years Reading with Ribby Program. We were told for a first year participating school we had very high participation at 79% of students completing the program. We look forward to seeing you on the field on Tuesday!

6/1/2018

The Annual 5th Grade Kroka Trip was a success!

The students paddled the 11 miles from the northern tip of Highland lake all the way to the beach on Island Pond. We had fabulous weather, some great swims, few bugs (thank you dragon flies!) and a group of chipper/powerful paddlers. The students came home with great memories and stronger friendships. See some pictures from our journey here.


JFES Read-A-Thon

Read-A-Thon - Many JFES students have already been logging their at home reading on their Read-A-Thon student pages. Our in school reading for the fundraiser begins Monday, May 4th! Don't forget to help promote our readers through email to family and friends and on social media.

Next Week:

  • Celebration of Learning - This Tuesday - June 5th @ 6:00 PM: 5th Graders will be presenting Capstone Projects see room assignments and presentation times below. All other classes will be exhibiting student work and projects.
  • 5th will be taking I-Ready Math assessment on Thur. & Fri.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Stoddard School Board Meeting - June 11th @ 6:00 PM
  • Trout Release Field trip - June 18th
  • All School Hike - June 20th
  • Last day of School/Field Day - June 21st DIMISSAL 3:30
  • 5th Grade Graduation - June 21st @ 6:30 PM

Celebration of Learning - Tuesday, June 5th @ 6:00 pm

5/25/18

What a wonderful week!

Click the links below to view pictures from this weeks events.

Next Week:

  • 5th Grade will be on the Kroka trip Tuesday into Wednesday with Mrs. Bridges and Ms. Cornwell.
  • 3rd and 4th will be continuing instruction in the morning and taking I-Ready ELA in the afternoon with Mrs. LeMahieu.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Celebration of Learning - June 5th @ 6:00 PM
  • Stoddard School Board Meeting - June 11th @ 6:00 PM
  • Trout Release Field trip - June 18th
  • All School Hike - June 20th
  • Last day of School/Field Day - June 21st DIMISSAL 3:30
  • 5th Grade Graduation - June 21st @ 6:30 PM

Academics

5/25/18

Please scroll down to 5/18 for the most recent academic updates.

5th Grade Families

    • Kroka Trip is May 29th - Fill out digital permission forms here and view this PDF of the packing list to begin collecting items for the trip
    • Capstone Project Presentations June 5th - all 5th graders are presenting this night please put it on your calendar. Be sure your 5th grader is on track with their journaling requirement by reading over the journal requirements.
    • Graduation is the evening of June 21st -share photos for the 5th grade celebration ceremony on this Google Form

5/18/18

Wednesday May 23rd 6:00-7:00 ~ Annual Stoddard Book Pal Night

  • The evening begins in the Multi-Purpose Room at 6pm - Parents may stay, but we ask you to let your child share this time with their Book Pal independently.
  • At this event your student will meet their Book Pal discuss the book 39 Clues and participate in a clue hunt.
  • If you child cannot attend please let us know ASAP, so their adult Pal can be made aware.


Academics

05/18/18

  • In READING and WRITING we're all looking forward to find out how 39 Clues is going to end. In ELA rooms, students are working on different things.
    • Ms. Cornwell - We just launched our Fairy Tale Unit! Ask your student which classic Fairy Tale they're adapting.
    • Mrs. Bridges Reading - Ask your student how their play is going and what Mystery they are reading in addition to Maze of Bones.
  • MATHEMATICS all students are working through Unit 7. Remember to review vocabulary and Anytime Activities in the Family Letter for additional practice.
  • In SCIENCE third grade is studying weather and four/five is learning about our bodies and our brains. Ask your scientist about the cool things we made this week.
  • In SOCIAL STUDIES students are working on geography units. Ask your student to tell you more about what their doing.

5/11/18

NH SAS

  • Math Testing Begins May 15th
  • Help keep your superhero well rested during our testing time.
  • Thank you to all who donated snacks!
  • Motivate your Superhero by sending a UE teacher an email by Tuesday, May 15th that we'll print and put on your child's desk before testing.

5th Grade Families

    • Kroka Trip is May 29th - Fill out digital permission forms here
    • Capstone Project Presentations June 5th - all 5th graders are presenting this night please put it on your calendar.
    • Graduation is the evening of June 21st -share photos for the 5th grade celebration ceremony on this Google Form

Team building across the grades at this week's Newt Knot!

Meet Gator. She (we believe) is a Horn Mountain Dragon that was donated by the Osborne Family.

Book Pal Night is May 23rd @ 6:00!

Academics

05/11/18

  • In READING and WRITING students are working on different things.
    • Ms. Cornwell - We're learning about Mysteries through reading 39 Clues together. In writing, we're continuing writing poetry.
    • Mrs. Bridges Reading - This week we worked on writing stage directions to accompany dialog in plays and next week students will write their own fairytale play adaptations. While continuing the mystery with 39 Clues.
  • MATHEMATICS all students will be taking the NHSAS Math assessment this week and will be working on Unit 7.
  • In SCIENCE third grade is studying weather and four/five is learning about our bodies and our brains.
  • In SOCIAL STUDIES students are working on geography units. Ask your student to tell you more about what their doing.

5/4/18

Book Pals - 39 Clues: Maze of Bones

Each Spring, in partnership with Friends of the Davis Public Library, each UE student is assigned a pen pal who is a volunteer from our community. All participants read the assigned book and write weekly correspondence. We launched this year's program with a stellar scavenger hunt and sent out our first letters today. Please help your child stay with the Pacing Guide and improve comprehension by having discussions each night. Many had difficulties with the first weekly quiz.

Mark your calendars for our Book Pal Celebration on May 23rd @ 6:00 where yout reader will meet their Pen Pal and complete a challenge together. More information coming soon. Please notify us ASAP if your student is unable to attend.

NH SAS

  • Thank you to all who donated snacks! More are still needed, so scroll down to 4/21 to sign-up and help motivate our Superheroes!
  • Make-up testing next week for ELA.
  • Math Testing Begins May 14th.

5th Grade Parent Information Meeting Thursday, May 10th

  • 6pm in Mrs. Bridges room
  • Topics to Cover:
    • Visit to KMS May 25th
    • Kroka May 29th
    • Capstone Project Presentations June 5th
    • Graduation June 21st

We had a bast kicking-off the planting season.

Academics

05/4/18

  • In READING and WRITING students are working on different things. We grouped students based upon their body of work to this point and assessments. Ask your student who they are receiving their literacy instruction from for this unit.
    • Ms. Cornwell - We're learning about Mysteries through reading 39 Clues together. In writing, we're writing poetry.
    • Mrs. Bridges Reading - We're learning about how to read, interpret and write plays and scripts. Additionally, we'll be choosing mysteries to read at school, while reading 39 Clues at home.
  • In THIRD MATHEMATICS we are beginning Unit 7 on Monday. Review your family letter to help your student find success.
  • In FOURTH and FIFTH MATHEMATICS students will be taking the Unit 6 assessment this week, so expect homework related to the Unit 7 Family Letter mid-week.
  • In SCIENCE we're going to continue working in the school garden, so that we can enjoy the benefits of our efforts come fall.
  • In SOCIAL STUDIES students are working on geography units. Ask your student to tell you more about what their doing.

4/21/18

NH SAS Begins May 1st

Soon you'll be receiving more information from Mrs. LeMahieu about State Testing at JFES. Review the information below to help your Superhero.

Help your SUPERHERO do their best by:

  1. Make sure your child gets an ample, normal amount of sleep the night before the test
  2. The student should eat a nutritious and filling breakfast. Avoid high sugar cereals which can make the student hyper and/or unfocused.
  3. Make sure the student is on time (if not early) on the day of testing and try not to schedule any appointments during the school day.
  4. Set a backup alarm to avoid the possibility of oversleeping
  5. If you child is sick please contact the school immediately to inform them.

Even Superheros get stressed:

  1. Try not to put too much pressure on the student. Reinforce that as long as they worked hard in preparation and did their absolute best you will be proud of them.
  2. Have the child visualize success. Encourage them to rehearse what it will feel like to get a good score on the test.
  3. Work with them to focus on breathing. Stress is often caused by insufficient oxygen to the brain. Work with the student to take time before the test begins to take a number of deep, cleansing breaths, exhaling slowly. Focusing on breathing by taking some time when stress levels rise helps to focus the mind during testing.
  4. Keep a positive attitude about testing in general around your child and emphasize their ability to demonstrate what they have learned.

Inspire your Superhero!

  • Send in an inspirational note or email we'll print and put on your child's desk on Wednesday, May 2nd and/or May 16th.
  • Click the link below to donate a snack that we'll turn into a SUPER testing pun!

Snack Sign-Up

4/17/18

Our Sargent Center Adventure!

Ask your student to tell you about the 4 C's (Communication, Cooperation, Commitment and Care) and click the link below to share in this amazing day.

Sargent Center Photos

Scroll down for information about tomorrow's dress-up day for spirit week and information about Thursday's Literacy Night!

4/13/18

We have one more full week of school leading up to April Break and we have many exciting oppurtunities in store for these coming 5 days.

JFES Literacy Night & Spirit Week

Thursday April 19th 6-7pm

JFES will be hosting Literacy Night next Thursday and it is not to be missed. There will be activities all over the school, many workshops and games you can play, make and take home. We will be playing Literacy Bingo with PRIZES and raffeling off gift cards to the Toadstool Book Shop in Keene.

We will have a reading inspired Spirit Week


Spirit Week April 16-20

  • Monday - Cat in the Hat Day - Wear your favorite hat
  • Tuesday-Fox in socks! Mismatch or crazy socks.
  • Wednesday-Be a reading SuperHero - Favorite Character from a book or comic
  • Thursday-Read My Shirt! - Wear shirt with writing on it
  • Friday- Snuggle up with a good Book - Pajama Day!

UE Trip to Sargent Camp

Tuesday April 17th 9am-4:30pm

UE students will be attending the Sargent Camp for a day of outdoor fun. Our focus will be in problem solving, team building and social skills. Students will participate in a variety of hands on activities and work in small groups to take on challenges in a collaborative atmosphere. This day will be outdoors - spend the weekend selecting the layers of clothing, and rain gear your child will need to be comfortable on this day.

Bananagrams Challenge

Over the month of March UE students participated in a Bananagrams bracketed tournament. Bananagrams is a word game in which you use lettered tiles to spell words. At the right is a photo of 3 of our Final 4 spellers from L to R Abby O., Teela D., Amelia E. as well as Cyrus N. Join us at Literacy Night to see the celebration and announcement of our 2018 TOP BANANA!


Academics

04/13/18

  • In READING and WRITING UE in between major units we will be focusing on poetry and plays. Stay tuned for information about the upcoming Book Pals program in collaboration with the Friends of the Davis Public Library.
  • In MATHEMATICS all grade levels are partially through Unit 6.
  • In SCIENCE next week students are presenting their conservation projects. Ask your student for more details.
  • In SOCIAL STUDIES the Colonies to Country Expo was an amazing success. Thank you to everyone who came out to support the kids and hear their stories and all their hard work. 5th graders will begin the planning stages of their Capstone Projects next week (more to come soon). 3rd & 4th grade will begin a geography unit.

3/30/18

Report Cards are Coming Home Wednesday

At JFES Trimester 2 conferences are done on an as needed basis. If we feel that a conference is needed at this time, you will be contacted by the UE Teacher that gives your child the majority of their instruction to set up a time during the week of April 9th. All conferences will be held before or after the school day, but in many cases a phone conference may be sufficient.

If you have any questions after reviewing your child's report card, please contact their homeroom teacher. It may be helpful to keep in mind that JFES uses a Standard Based Reporting system. This means that we are grading based upon the mastery level expected at the completion of the year. For more information, expand the presentation that was shared at our Fall Informational Session.

Scroll down for the most recent academic updates. Happy Easter!

Standard Based Report Cards Informational session.pdf

03/23/18

You are Invited to the James Faulkner Upper Elementary Exhibition of Works : Colonies to Country

Date: Tuesday, April 1oth

Time: 2:00 PM or 6:00 PM

Location: Lucy B. Hill Community Room (JFES Multi-Purpose Room)

This event will feature individual and group projects from all Upper Elementary students. Exhibiting work produced in Social Studies, Reading & Writing classes.

Questions? amanda.bridges@sau24.org

For more information and to RSVP please follow the link below.

Academics

03/23/18

  • In READING and WRITING UE students are working on different things. We grouped students based upon their body of work to this point and assessments. Ask your student who they are recieving their literacy instruction from for this unit.
    • Ms. Cornwell - We're continuing our character study with book groups. Students have found patterns in their character's traits, and are using these observations to write literacy essays.
    • Mrs. Bridges Reading - Your student is deepening their knowledge of informational text through researching and creating projects on the birth of our country.
  • In THIRD MATHEMATICS began their Unit 5 Assessment today, and will be continuing with this on Monday. Expect the Family Letter on Monday.
  • In FOURTH and FIFTH MATHEMATICS students completed the last lesson in Unit 5 today, will have a review day Monday and test Tuesday and Thursday. Watch for the Family Letter to come home early next week.
  • In SCIENCE we're wrapping our study with the Harris Center. Ask your child about the amazing evidence we've found around JFES!
  • In SOCIAL STUDIES students are in the midst of rich work preparing to share all they have learned about the development of our country.

03/09/18

“Celebration Of Music In Our Schools” Evening Performance

Date: Tuesday, March 13th

Time: 6:30 PM (please have students report to their homeroom at 6:15 PM)

Concert Attire: Casual “Sunday Best” (bright, Springtime colors are encouraged !)

Location: JFES Multi-Purpose Room

This event will feature individual performances from all JFES homeroom classes, all students who take instrument lessons, and the combined Upper Elementary Chorus.

Questions? alexander.judge@sau24.org

Academics

03/09/18

  • In READING and WRITING
    • Ms. Cornwell - revisiting characters. This week when reading we formed opinions on our character's traits by focusing in on what they say and do. In writing we started writing literacy essays.
    • Mrs. Bridges Reading - using informational text skills to begin history projects.
  • In MATHEMATICS all grades are working toward the end of Unit 5.
  • In SCIENCE the Harris Center will be working with all classes for the month of may.
  • In SOCIAL STUDIES students are working on individual or group New World Projects. Students have at least two hours a week to work on this in class, and need to be working on it for a comparable amount of time at home throughout the week.

02/23/18

Winter Break Work:

  • February Book It! is due Monday, March 5th
  • Mark Calendars for March 13th All School Music Concert @ 6:30
  • 4th and 5th graders have trout illustrations due Monday, March 5th
  • Talk with your student about their:
    • Olympic Project
    • Indoor shoes for mud season
    • fit of spare change of clothes - We've grown a lot since September!
    • Book Talks
    • Trout hatching!

Have a safe a restorative vacation!

Academic Updates - Please scroll down to 2/16 for most recent academics.

02/16/18

Ask your child about...

  • Third grade helped K/1 celebrate 100 Day
  • All Students participated in Heart Healthy Valentine's Day
  • Fourth and Fifth Graders had their puberty lesson
  • All Students completed I-Ready Math
  • KMS meet with 5th Grade Students
  • All Students read about the Winter Olympics past and present

Academics

02/16/18

  • In READING and WRITING we're deepening our Non-fiction knowledge through everything Olympics.
  • In MATHEMATICS all classes will be beginning Unit 5. Check your family letter that came home this week for more information and help with homework.
  • In SCIENCE all classes are spending the next week focusing on our Trout in the Classroom.
  • In SOCIAL STUDIES colonial life simulations are progressing. Ask your student what their goal is in the New World.

02/09/18

Updates - February Fun times in UE

This week we are sharing photos of fun February events and initiatives we have had occurring in UE. Please scroll down to the 2/02/18 post for information about Valentines festivities and a class list for filling out Valentine's Day cards. Due to snow days this week we have not updated academics.

Have a Great Weekend.


UE's January Book It Readers!

JFES Kindness O'Meter

Tracking random acts of kindness after reading the picture book version of R.J. Palacio's "Wonder"

100% Homework Club goes sledding for recess

02/02/18

What's Happening For Valentine's Day?

Class Party

On February 14th, we'll be passing out Valentine's to all of U.E. We've found that even our oldest students enjoy passing Valentines to let their classmates know that they are cared for, and receiving Valentines make everyone feel good!

  • Valentines can be bought or homemade
  • All need a name for TO and FROM (Handwriting Practice)
  • NO food or candy

Heart Healthy Valentine's Day School-wide Celebration

On Valentine's Day students will spend the afternoon traveling through stations that encourage healthy lifestyle choices, community, the 100th day of school and heart science.

Academics

02/02/18

  • In READING we are coming to the end of our Nonfiction unit. Talk to your students about the projects they are working on in class.
  • In WRITING students are working on persuasive speeches and petitions. Ask your child to tell you about their thesis (topic), reasons and audience.
  • In THIRD GRADE MATHEMATICS with the end of Unit 4 we'll be taking assessments, and beginning I-Ready math towards the end of the week.
  • In FOURTH GRADE MATHEMATICS with the end of Unit 4 we'll be taking assessments, and beginning I-Ready math towards the end of the week.
  • In FIFTH GRADE MATHEMATICS we took the Unit 4 assessment this week and will begin the I-Ready Math next week. Talk to you child about the importance of taking this test seriously, so they can show what they know.
  • In THIRD GRADE SCIENCE we're continuing to learn about invisible forces by looking at friction. One fun thing you can do with your child to help support this week’s learning is to watch a video of this new invention, called “liquiglide.” This is a situation where removing friction would make your life easier. The grape jelly video is impressive: http://liquiglide.com/videos/
  • In FOURTH AND FIFTH GRADE SCIENCE we'll be taking the assessment for our force and motion unit.
  • In SOCIAL STUDIES ask your student to tell you about their colonial life group project.

1/30/18

Girls On The Run (GOTR) Registration Begins Thursday

Dear Parents of 3rd-5th grade girls,

We are pleased to announce that we will be offering Girls on the Run this spring at JFES! Today at school we met with all of the girls to let them know about Girls on the Run and sent each of them home with a flyer.

Girls on the run is a national program for girls in grades 3-5 to encourage positive social, emotional, mental and physical development. Each practice includes a healthy snack, team bonding, a lesson or message (ex self esteem, goal setting, helping others, positive self talk, conflict resolution, etc), fun games and activities and running. Girls do not have to already be runners to participate in this program - they will become runners by the end of the season without even realizing it. Our team will meet at JFES on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-4:45 starting on March 13th. The program culminates with a 5K Celebration event on June 2nd. Registration opens Thursday (Feb 1st) and you can register online with the link below. There is a $140 fee, but if this is an obstacle from participation, please see the financial assistance information below - Girls on the Run has never turned away a girl based on financial concerns.

If you have any questions or if you need help registering, please contact Heather Salter (school counselor), or Jacquelyn Cornwell (UE teacher). We are excited for another great season of GOTR here in Stoddard!

Sincerely,

JFES Girls on the Run Coaches: Heather Salter, Jacqui Cornwell, Stephanie Dimattio

Guest Coaches: Amanda Bridges & Susan Peters

James Faulkner Elementary School

(603) 446-3348

1/19/2018

Trout in the Classroom is back!

Trout in the Classroom (TIC) is an environmental education program in which students in grades k-12 . . .

  • raise trout from eggs to fry.
  • monitor tank water quality.
  • engage in stream habitat study.
  • learn to appreciate water resources.
  • begin to foster a conservation ethic.
  • grow to understand ecosystems.

This is our 4th year participating in TIC. Here in Stoddard we raise Eastern Brook Trout. In June we'll culminate our study by releasing our trout into Bailey Brook on the Stoddard/Nelson town line. Stop by UE before or after school to have your student show you our eggs.

https://www.tu.org/TIC

Academics

1/19/18

  • In READING we are going to be taking the I-Ready assessment next week. Talk to you child about the importance of taking this test seriously, so they can show what they know.
  • In WRITING students will continue editing and revising to strengthen their essays and speeches.
  • in THIRD GRADE MATHEMATICS students are taking what they learned about area and perimeter, and applying it to real-world situations.
  • in FOURTH GRADE MATHEMATICS students are practicing multi-digit multiplication through real-world applications like money and area and perimeter.
  • In FIFTH GRADE MATHEMATICS we are finishing up our work with coordinate planes and ordered pairs this week by working on an open response performance task.
  • In THIRD GRADE SCIENCE we didn't meet this week due to the snow day and MLK Day; see last week for more information.
  • In FOURTH AND FIFTH GRADE SCIENCE our focus is shifting to electrical force. This is also a good time to discuss electrical safety, such as never sticking anything besides a plug into an outlet and never using electrical devices near or in water.
  • In SOCIAL STUDIES We missed Social Studies this week due to MLK day, we will be continuing our colonial life simulation group project this week.

1/12/2018

Students present research on natural disasters

UE students have been learning new strategies for reading non-fiction and informative text. This week several students gave presentations on research they have done on a natural disasters. Students focus was on synthesizing information from a variety of sources to include articles, books, websites and videos. They then created presentations to showcase their research done to answer student created questions about each phenomenon such as tornadoes, hurricanes, volcanic eruptions,. tsunamis, acid rain and wildfires.

The students did a great job speaking in front of the class. All of them were respectful and thoughtful audience members asking relevant questions. Presenters were knowledgeable and confident in their topic areas and presented their information in awesomely creative ways ranging from posters and digital slide shows to simulations and hand built experiments.

Bravo UE!

Mentoring K/1 writers as part of MLK Day of Volunteerism!

Academics

1/12/18

  • In READING we are shifting our focus from main ideas and details to non-fiction text structures such as compare and contrast, cause and effect, or problem and solution.
  • In WRITING students will be learning new strategies for editing and revising to strengthen their essays and speeches.
  • In WORD WORK many groups have graduated from Fundations to Words Their Way. See the Word Work Tab for more info.
  • in THIRD GRADE MATHEMATICS students are working on area and perimeter.
  • in FOURTH GRADE MATHEMATICS students are working on multi-digit multiplication and metric units of mass.
  • In FIFTH GRADE MATHEMATICS we are taking a short break from decimals to learn about how to read, create and use coordinate planes and ordered pairs.
  • In THIRD GRADE SCIENCE we're continuing our study of force by investigating bridges. Use the link below to look at bridges around the world with your child. http://www.thrillist.com/travel/nation/30-of-the-craziest-bridges-in-the-world
  • In FOURTH AND FIFTH GRADE SCIENCE every student needs to bring in an object(s) for the chain reaction machines their building Monday.
  • In SOCIAL STUDIES we will be continuing our colonial life simulation group project. Last week students "got on the boat" and this week they will

1/5/2018

JFES participates in national Book It! reading incentive program

Beginning in November JFES has begun participating for the first time in the national Book It! reading incentive program sponsored by Pizza Hut. In this program students who meet their monthly reading goals receive a voucher for a free personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut each month. In Upper Elementary our nightly reading goal is to read 30 min a night. Students who document their reading on a Book It! reading log are eligible to earn this incentive.

Through your participation in our monthly Scholastic Book Club orders we have been able to receive hundreds of new books for our classroom this year. Students have the opportunity to select choice reading books and borrow them on a regular basis. If you need any help finding books of interest and at an appropriate reading level send an email to either amanda.bridges@sau24.org or jacquelyn.cornwell@sau24.org and we will get back to you.

Stay Warm,

Mrs. Bridges & Ms. Cornwell

Our Holiday Penny Drive raised over $400! Thank you to all who donated.

Academics

1/5/18

  • In READING we are continuing to read nonfiction text and some students will be researching and presenting on specific topics next week.
  • In WRITING we are writing a first personal and/or persuasive essay.
  • In WORD WORK many groups have graduated from Fundations to Words Their Way. See the Word Work Tab for more info.
  • In MATHEMATICS all classes have begun unit 4. 5th grade is now focusing on decimals, 4th grades focus is multi digit multiplication and 3rd grade focus is shifting to geometry with a focus on shapes, area and perimeter.
  • In THIRD GRADE SCIENCE we have completed our Animals Through Time unit. Next week we'll begin our Invisible Forces Unit with pushes & pulls.
  • In FOURTH AND FIFTH GRADE SCIENCE we continued our study of energy by exploring how energy is stored and transferred in various situations involving "chain reactions" (also known as Rube Goldberg devices).
  • In SOCIAL STUDIES we will begin a colonial life simulation group project.

12/15/2017

Check Out Our Author's Corner

Locate the "Author's Corner" tab above to enjoy student writing done in class, or during independent choice times. Now that we're having the opportunity to publish writing using technology more often, we look forward to updating this area of the website regularly.

Don't Forget about Yankee Swap this Thursday

  • Scroll down to last week's update for more information.


Academics

12/15/17

  • In READING we're shifting from reading all Non-Fiction to reading for specific research purposes. Our model focus will be weather.
  • In WRITING we are focusing on organization for opinion pieces. Help your child by working together to brainstorm a possible thesis.
  • In FUNDATIONS each group is taking their assessment before leaving for vacation.
  • In MATHEMATICS all classes are taking the Unit 3 Assessment before vacation.
  • In THIRD GRADE SCIENCE we're learning about how humans have created new breeds of dogs. Next week we're going to investigate if selection occurs naturally.
  • In FOURTH AND FIFTH GRADE SCIENCE we're moving from how height effects energy to collisions transferring energy.
  • In SOCIAL STUDIES we're learning about the holidays in Colonial America.

12/08/2017

UE Holiday Celebration

In the afternoon of Thursday, December 21st we'll be having our classroom holiday party. As part of this celebration students are invited to participate in a Yankee Swap. (see details below). If your child would like to participate, but you are unable to purchase a gift please contact us and we can provide one in your child's name. Also, if you would like to donate a snack or drink, please email us.

Yankee Swap

  • $10 gift
  • Gender Neutral
  • Wrapped
  • Wrapped gifts can be brought in anytime between now and the 21st.

Report Cards Coming Home Wednesday

Standard Based Reporting:

  • Educational standards are the learning goals for what students should know and be able to do at the conclusion of a grade level.
  • Each content area is broken down into specific academic skills and knowledge, allowing parents to have detailed information about the skills that their child has acquired and where he or she may need additional instruction and support.
coastervideo.mp4

Academics

12/.08/17

  • In READING we've been exploring Non-Fiction. Encourage your child to incorporate Non-Fiction into their reading at home. Also, we had 18 students earn a free pizza for turning in a November Book It Log!
  • In WRITING we had our poetry celebration today. Authors shared their poems through read-alouds, art and other creative performances. Next week we'll begin our opinion writing unit: Boxes and Bullets, Personal and Persuasive Essays.
  • In FUNDATIONS all groups will be taking their next assessment in the upcoming week. See the Fundations page for more information.
  • In MATHEMATICS all classes are working towards the end of Unit 3. See your Home Letter for specific topics covered at the end of Unit 3.
  • In THIRD GRADE SCIENCE we're continuing to use dinosaurs as a model for how animals and habitats change over time.
  • In FOURTH AND FIFTH GRADE SCIENCE we're using roller coaster simulations to learn more about how height effects potential energy.
  • In SOCIAL STUDIES our study of Colonial New England is shifting to Colonial America.

11/17/2017

Thanksgiving Feast

A big thank you to the PTO for helping to put together another great experience for our kids! Students were so proud to share the food they had made with their classmates. Additionally, we ran out of time to make pumpkin muffins, so we'll be making them between Thanksgiving and Christmas for a special all school treat.

Parent Teacher Conferences are in Two Weeks

If you have not signed up yet, click on your child's homeroom teacher below.

Mrs. Bridges

Ms. Cornwell

Thank you to ALL who donated to the Thanksgiving Feast!

Academics

11/17/17 - Scroll down to 11/9 for most recent academic updates.

11/9/2017

Time for Winter Wear

We've noticed that a lot of us are not dressed properly for the weather. Students are expected to have proper clothing to be outdoors every morning and afternoon. Please make sure your child has:

  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Winter Coat
  • Snow Pants - To keep warm, not just for snow.
  • Boots

Please contact us if you need any support obtaining these necessary items.

Conference Slots are Filling - Sign Up Today

Trimester 1 Parent Teacher Conferences are Friday, December 1st. Click the link below to schedule a conference with your child's homeroom teacher.

Mrs. Bridges

Ms. Cornwell

Academics

11/09/17

  • In READING we're wrapping up our current Fiction Unit and finishing our mentor text Tiger Rising. Ask your student to tell you about what happened in our reading today; so exciting!
  • In WRITING we're going to do some pre-asessing for persuasive essays beginning after Thanksgiving, and spend some time with direct instruction on certain skills we're all still struggling with like properly punctuating dialogue and paragraphing.
  • In FUNDATIONS all groups took their first assessments. Based on results, your child may be moved to an entirely new group that fits their current level better. On Monday your child will get the homework packet that correlates with the unit they'll be working on, and you can check the Fundations tab on the website then for more information.
  • In MATHEMATICS all groups are beginning Unit 3. Unit Letters came home today with specific information about this Unit, ideas for practice at home, and answers to all Home Links.
  • In THIRD GRADE SCIENCE we pushed out Animals Through Time Unit back to do some fall harvesting. Next week we'll cook beets, squash and kale!
  • In FOURTH AND FIFTH GRADE SCIENCE we'll build our rubber-band racers and use them to explore energy and motion.
  • In SOCIAL STUDIES we're going to relate the activities we did at Strawberry Banke back to learning we're doing in the classroom about Colonial New England.

11/3/2017

Strawbery Banke Rescheduled Wed. Nov. 8th

  • What should students wear?
    • Sneakers
    • Dress warm and in layers.
  • Don't forget:
    • snack, water, and lunch

Sign-up Now for Conferences

Trimester 1 Parent Teacher Conferences are Friday, December 1st. Click the link below to schedule a conference with your child's homeroom teacher.

Mrs. Bridges

Ms. Cornwell


Halloween Mix-it Up at Lunch

Book DAY!

Academics

11/3/17

  • In READING we worked this week on building interpretations and looking at themes across the whole book to make meaning of the fiction stories we are reading.
  • In WRITING Next week will be a time for assessment in writing. Independent Fiction projects will continue to be celebrated through out the year but our focus will shift to Personal and Persuasive Essays just after Thanksgiving.
  • In MATHEMATICS all grades will be participating in the Unit 2 assessment next week.
  • In THIRD GRADE SCIENCE we're beginning our next unit Animals Through Time on Monday.
  • In FOURTH AND FIFTH GRADE SCIENCE we are starting our Energy Unit, which will last until Christmas Vacation.
  • In SOCIAL STUDIES we are going to attempt the Strawbery Banke trip (take 3 !) Next Wednesday Nov. 8th. Contact me ASAP if you would like to join us as a chaperone.

10/27/2017

Strawbery Banke Monday - Cancelled

  • Big Thank You to the flexibility of our Chaperones.
  • What should students wear?
    • The property is 10-acres, so be ready to walk on dirt paths.
    • Weather forecast is cold, rainy and windy - Dress warm and waterproof.
  • Don't forget:
    • snack, water, and lunch

Halloween Tuesday

  • Come to school dressed in costume - No weapons or gore.
  • Parents and siblings please congregate on the ball field to view and photograph the parade @ 2:30 - Join us for the class celebration to follow.
  • No Donations or Snacks Please

Academics

10/27/17

  • In READING we have just wrapped up our focus on literary debates . Next week we will begin building interpretations to make meaning of the fiction stories we are reading.
  • In WRITING we will wrap up our fiction writing unit next week. Students are currently working on their 2nd fiction piece of the year. It is an independently designed fiction project, showing all they have learned over the first trimester of writing instruction.
  • In FUNDATIONS we're doing good work, but as expected review was needed and all groups will be spending an additional week on their current Unit. A Fundations Page will be added to the website soon, so you can better understand the expectations for practice at home and access the testing schedule for your child's small group.
  • In THIRD GRADE MATHEMATICS we'll be finishing Unit 2 and taking the assessment at the end of next week.
  • In FOURTH GRADE MATHEMATICS Unit 2 comes to a close with geometry lessons before the unit assessment.
  • In FIFTH GRADE MATHEMATICS this week students finished up their work on U.S. Traditional Multiplication - you will be able to see their work on understanding the many facets of multiplying numbers in their Multiplication Museum displayed in the hall next week. Next week we will focus hard on division to close out the unit.
  • In THIRD GRADE SCIENCE we're taking the Unit Assessment on traits, hereditary and life cycles this coming Wednesday.
  • In FOURTH AND FIFTH GRADE SCIENCE we completed our Geology Unit and took the assessment. We're currently doing a Halloween themed mini-unit on bones.
  • In SOCIAL STUDIES you can help your child get the most out of their Strawbery Banke trip by ensuring they are dressed properly for this event.

10/20/2017

Halloween Celebrations - 10/31 @ 2:30

UE will be celebrating Halloween on Tuesday, October 31st. Something different than in the past is that UE students wishing to dress-up can come to school in their school appropriate costumes and wear them the WHOLE day. The school parade will commence at 2:30. Parents and younger siblings are invited to watch the parade, take pictures, and join us for the class party after.


Academics

10/20/17

  • In READING we're continuing or character work by analyzing character traits and using textual evidence to support debatable ideas about literature.
  • In WRITING our student authors will continue to celebrate their first completed pieces of realistic fiction. Our final work with narrative writing will be creating a second piece independently, using of the the skills we've acquired over the last six weeks.
  • In THIRD GRADE MATHEMATICS our upcoming week is all about division. See the Unit 2 Family Letter for specifics.
  • In FOURTH GRADE MATHEMATICS we're continuing to build on multiplication number stories using time and measurement.
  • In FIFTH GRADE MATHEMATICS we'll go deeper into multiplication with 2 digit times 2 digit and finish the week with division work.
  • In THIRD GRADE SCIENCE we'll be continuing our plant unit by solving the mystery: How could you make the biggest fruit in the world?
  • In FOURTH AND FIFTH GRADE SCIENCE we continued our geology unit about rocks. Your child learned about landslides and how a steep slope plus rain can cause broken rocks to tumble and cause real damage. We solved the mystery, “How can you survive a landslide?”
  • In SOCIAL STUDIES we're so excited to experience colonial life first hand with our visit to Strawbery Banke this Wednesday! Forecast says rain, so help you student dress appropriately for being outside.

10/13/2017

Word Study Beginning Next Week for Some

Once again we will be utilizing the Wilson Language program Fundations for Word Study. Wilson Fundations is a systematic program in critical foundational skills, emphasizing:

  • Phonemic awareness
  • Phonics/ word study
  • High frequency word study
  • Reading fluency
  • Vocabulary
  • Comprehension strategies
  • Handwriting
  • Spelling

Due to varying levels of mastery, all Word Study will be done in small groups this year. Groups were created using pre-assessments that covered Level 2 Fundation Skills.

We will be staggering the start time of Word Study groups to insure success for all. Students deemed most at-risk will begin to receive instruction next week, while those students who tested-out of Fundations will begin the Pearson series Words Their Way beginning in November.

Those students participating in Fundations will have a packet go home at the beginning of each Unit. The cover letter will outline the topics being covered. Attached will be sight words and dictation homework. Word Study homework will NOT be turned in, but it is highly recommended. If your child had Fundations instruction last year you may recognize the work that is coming home, or they may tell you that they remember certian lesson. Keep in mind that many pre-assessments showed the need for reteaching. The attached video is a great guide for helping your student with weekly Fundations work or with tapping out unknown words while reading together.

Make sure that your child is the person on the left: repeating the word after you say it, tapping it out, then spelling it before they write it.

Academics

10/13/17

  • In READING this week we shifted from learning how to read intensely to How to Grow Ideas about Characters. This shift is reflective of our movement away from the introductory units of the year and into the creative and exciting work of digging into good pieces of literature. Students are absorbing books, some 3-4 novels a week, and are filling up their post-it notes with noticings about character traits and motivations. Today we were talking about finding patterns in the characters and building theories about those characters.
  • In WRITING our focus will be shifting from revising to editing. Students will be challenged to use everything they know about grammar and punctuation to edit their work with great care. As a class we'll be creating an anthology of short stories, then author's hard work will be celebrated in small reading circles. Your child will add one last page to their story titled "Critics Agree," where their peers will write rave reviews!
  • In THIRD GRADE MATHEMATICS this week is all about number stories. Many students find these difficult, especially because for the first time third graders are being introduced to multiple step problems. You can help your student succeed by working to memorize facts at home. You child should be able to automatically make groups of ten (7+3, 4+6, etc.) and making progress on memorizing all single digit multiplication facts. Ten minutes a day of fact practice in the car can be the difference between students having fun in math class, or feeling frustrated and left behind by their peers.
  • In FOURTH GRADE MATHEMATICS Unit 2 is all about Multiplication and Geometry. Already there is a divide between those students who have their multiplication facts memorized, and those who don't. The expectation is for all students to have multiplication fact fluency by the end of third grade. Now that we are putting these skills into solving real world problems with area and perimeter, those lacking fact fluency are struggling. Help your child find success by using fact triangles for daily multiplication and division practice.
  • In FIFTH GRADE MATHEMATICS Unit 2's focus is on Whole Number Place Value and Operations. We began the unit this week with work in reviewing large multi-digit numbers and their place values- noticing the multiplicative relationships between the places in multidigit numbers and how this is the basis of our "Base 10 Number System". We continued this work Thursday and Friday with an introduction to the Powers of 10 and Exponential Notation. This is a new concept and we will continue this work as the year goes on.
  • In THIRD GRADE SCIENCE we're continuing our Power of Flowers unit by working to put our school garden to bed for the season next week. So far your scientist has developed the idea that by studying how plants reproduce and pass on their traits, we human beings have figured out how to make food plants even more useful to us. Students first discovered how plants reproduce by exploring the process of pollination and fruiting. Then students were introduced to the process of plant domestication (selection of traits based on inheritance and variation) with our apple mystery last week.
  • In FOURTH AND FIFTH GRADE SCIENCE we continued our geology unit about rocks. Your child learned about weathering, the process when solid rocks break into smaller pieces. This can happen when plant roots grow into cracks or when freezing water expands in small cracks, exerting tremendous force on the rock to break into pieces. Students also investigated how tumbling rocks can wear down and break apart by shaking sugar cubes. We solved the mystery, “Will a mountain last forever?”

You can support this week’s learning by taking a walk with your child around where you live. Together you can point out and discuss examples of weathering like cracks in the sidewalk, potholes in the street or bricks that have started to chip away.

Here’s another idea: to demonstrate how frozen water expands (key to ice wedging), you could try filling a glass bottle or jar completely full of water, closing it really tight and putting it in the freezer overnight. It’s likely that the glass will burst so use a glass container that you don’t care about and put it in a bag so the pieces don’t scatter. Be safe!

  • In SOCIAL STUDIES we continued our European Explorers study this week. Students learned where the French, Spanish and English explorers were settling and what natural resources they were looking for. Strawberry Banke field trip forms when home this week. Students will be able to learn about real colonial immigrants in the workshop led by Museum staff. The workshop description is below. For more information visit: Strawberry Banke
      • Becoming Americans: Three Centuries of Immigration

What is it like leave your home and move to a new country? In this workshop, a ‘Passport to the Past’ gives you the character of a real immigrant from history. Working together, research why your character came to America and the obstacles they faced. Then make the journey, exploring and comparing your new homes and new lives in America on an up-close visit to the museum’s buildings.


10/6/2017

UE Trip to Strawberry Banke Planned for October 25th

All UE students have begun their study of colonial life. The unit began this week with discussions about European Explorers (such as Christopher Columbus) why they left Europe and what they were looking for. This is our launching pad for the work we will be doing to learn about the development of the colonies. To support this understanding we will be visiting Strawberry Banke in Portsmouth New Hampshire on Wednesday, October 25th. Strawbery Banke is a 10-acre living history museum that has preserved the lifestyles and traditions of four centuries of New Englanders. While we are there we will participate in the educational program "Becoming Americans" and then take the self-guided tour exploring other areas of the museum in small groups. See a description of the workshop UE students will be participating in below.

  • Becoming Americans: Three Centuries of Immigration

What is it like leave your home and move to a new country? In this workshop, a ‘Passport to the Past’ gives you the character of a real immigrant from history. Working together, research why your character came to America and the obstacles they faced. Then make the journey, exploring and comparing your new homes and new lives in America on an up-close visit to the museum’s buildings.


If you are interested in joining UE on this field trip we are seeking chaperones who feel comfortable and willing to lead a small group of students (5-6) on the self guided tour portion of this field trip.

  • If you would like to join us we would be delighted to have you please contact Mrs. Bridges
  • Admission cost for parent chaperones is discounted by the museum and will be $8

All School Hike to Kulish Ledges

Lava Experiments in Science

Ground Breaking Ceremony Thursday

Academics

10/06/17

  • In READING this week students were informed of their current reading level as measured by their most recent i-Ready testing. This test was able to give us a window into growth and change in their reading comprehension . We discussed how there are many different ways we see reading levels of books marked, DRA numbers, Guided Reading letters, Lexile measures are just a few of the many you may come across. At JFES we do use all three listed above, because each gives us a new "lens" with which to see most accurately where your reader is at and what they are ready for in-terms of growth. A Lexile Measure is the numeric representation of an individual's reading ability . This is a scientifically calculated formula which tells a reader which text will be comfortable, which text will encourage positive growth, and which text will, at this time, be too difficult and therefor frustrating. Each student has their lexile measure range written in their agenda today. A book leveling site I highly recommend for finding good fit books is the Scholastic Book Wizard. When ordering books from our monthly Scholastic Book Order the Lexile of all books is listed enabling you to make informed decisions about the books you are choosing for your child.
  • In WRITING we are preparing for publication with an audience in mind. This upcoming week will be spent on revision and editing. First, through the revision process we'll use mentor texts and our writing partners to get ideas to improve our draf ts. Later in the week, our focus will shift to editing. We'll stress the importance of rereading our work multiple times each time with a different lens: paragraphing, punctuation, spelling and using our writing partners as a learning tool during this process.
  • In MATHEMATICS third and fifth grade have completed Unit 1 assessments, so you can expect the Unit 2 Letter to come home Tuesday. Remember to keep this in a safe place as it has all of the information you need for helping with/checking homework. Also, ideas for "Anytime Activities" in place of fact practice. Fourth grade will be taking the Unit 1 assessment on Tuesday, so we'll most likely begin Unit 2 on Thursday.
  • In THIRD GRADE SCIENCE we learned about plant domestication, or how thousands of years ago we chose plants from the wild, such as tiny apples, and by carefully selecting seeds generation after generation, we’ve made them sweeter and bigger. We solved the mystery, "Why are some apples red, and some green?"

You can support this week’s learning by including your child on a trip to the grocery store’s produce section! Ask them to look for different varieties of one type of fruit. Consider asking them to find some new they’d like to try, such as a variety of apple or pear they’ve never tasted.

  • In FOURTH AND FIFTH GRADE SCIENCE we continued our study of volcanoes. Your child learned about different kinds of volcanoes and how the thickness of the lava can explain the shape and eruption pattern of the volcanoes. Using lava made out of water and flour, they tested how different lavas create different shapes and trap gases differently. We solved the mystery, “Why do some volcanoes explode?”

You can support this week’s learning by watching this high definition video of lava flowing in Hawaii with your child: http://safeYouTube.net/w/iel. See if you can figure out the shape of the volcano that’s producing the lava. (hint: the lava is pretty thin so it doesn’t trap the gas very well.) Good luck!

  • In SOCIAL STUDIES our Colonial Life unit began this week with discussions about European Explorers (such as Christopher Columbus) why they left Europe and what they were looking for. Talk to your child this weekend about new knowledge they have gained about Christopher Columbus and other European Explorers. This work set the stage for the work we will be doing to learn about the development of the colonies. See above for information regarding our upcoming UE field trip to Strawberry Banke.

9/29/17

Our first Classroom Store was a hit!


Today all UE students had an opportunity to visit the Classroom Store. This serves as an incentive for getting agendas signed each night. Students have also earned money for getting "caught" going above and beyond. Things like stacking all of the forgotten chairs at the end of the day, or picking up materials off the floor that weren't theirs.

It is important to understand that our Classroom Store serves as a way for students to have real world money practice. Before coming to store they count up all of their change, and put the total on their "Balance Sheet." When their turn at store arrives students find an item that they want to purchase and record the amount they are spending. Finally, they solve a subtraction problem to find what their new balance will be.

Majority of store purchases go directly into backpacks, and need to stay at home. The items allowed to stay at school are books or an activity they can do during quiet time, like a puzzle or coloring book.

Ask your student about what they bought at store today, or why they chose to save this month?

Store donations are always needed. Please keep us in mind when passing bargain bins or dollar stores.


Academics

09/29/17

  • In READING we are going to start thinking about characters deeply. We'll look for meaning in details that are repeated about characters, finding complications in characters and discover what objects can tell about a character. When reading at home, try out using the prompts on the right (or at the bottom of viewing on your phone) to help your child think about characters in a deeper way. Finally, we are continuing to use Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamollo as our realistic fiction mentor text. Ask your student to explain to you what we know about both Rob and Sistine, and what they predict the relationship between these two characters is going to become.
  • In WRITING we are in the process of moving from creating and developing stories and characters that feel real, to drafting and revising with an eye toward believability. Talk with your student about the realistic fiction piece they're working on. What does their main character yearn for, and what obstacles are getting in their way? Have your child tell you the major scenes in their piece of writing. Does the character and story feel believable?
  • In MATHEMATICS all grades will be taking the Unit 1 assessment late next week. Use the Unit Letter to get a better understanding of exactly which topics your student will be tested on. To help your child be prepared for their assessment the Anytime Activities in the Unit Letter are a fun way to practice. Don't miss the Web Links tab at the top of the page for more resources for math practice at home.
  • In THIRD GRADE SCIENCE we solved the mystery, 'Why do plants grow fruit?' We saw how fruit is a tasty container for seeds, and how all fruits are simply one part of a flower (the ovary). You can help support this week’s learning by involving your child when cutting vegetables or fruits. Ask them, “What should I look for, to know if what I’m cutting was once part of the flower?” (Answer: Look for seeds!)
  • In FOURTH AND FIFTH GRADE SCIENCE we started our unit on geology which we’re calling “The Birth of Rocks.” We learned about volcanoes and where they exist in the world. Below I’ve included a link to some amazing pictures of active volcanoes. Show these to your child; it’s guaranteed to be a conversation starter about what they learned!

http://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2014/12/2014-the-year-in-volcanic-activity/100873/

  • In SOCIAL STUDIES we will be moving from My Place on the Map to introduction to colonial life with a focus on New Hampshire history and who were the original 13 colonies. We will be digging into informational text learning about text features and using maps, graphs, and new vocabulary to deepen our understanding of the time period leading up to the development of the United States of America.