February 16, 2020 Newsletter

We hoped you had a week filled with hugs and kisses from your little one. We celebrated Valentine’s Day with a SWEET party on Friday.
We exchanged cards and candy with our friends. Kudos to you, mom and dad, for reminding your child to bring his cards to school! Each child played mail carrier by dropping his cards into their classmates decorated bags. During the party, the class ate special snacks of cupcakes and muffins. The boys and girls played “Pin the Heart on the Fox,” and painted a ceramic statue. Thank you to Ashima Bharara, Katie Buch, Liz Clark, Jenny Park, and Caroline Torbett for throwing this exciting party!

I am looking forward to meeting with you this Tuesday or Wednesday for conferences.

Have a Nice President’s Day,
Mrs. Roussarie & Mrs. Alger

Valentine’s Day at the Woods

Dear Parents!

Well it’s been another busy week in the books for us, especially with Valentine’s coming up!

We have jumped right into the Superkids club and have been working hard! The kids have noticed that their new books are a lot thicker than before and contain much more material. Now that the Superkids have decided on the bus as their meeting spot, they have worked hard to clean it up. Next up, decorating it! We have worked really hard on trying to master the letter b and not get it confused with d! This week we also met the letter R and practiced our new R words. Keep up the practicing kiddos! For the first time ever on our dictation this week, we had a sentence. Get ready because they will only get more challenging, but I know we are up for the task!

Subtraction has been our focus in Math for the week. Next week we will close it out with our chapter test on Friday. I have to say, it stumped us at first but we sure have gotten the hang of it. I sure am proud of your kids. It’s a tough task to have to learn plus, minus, and equals all in just a few weeks, but we did it!

We scurried to lab for Science this week to continue our measuring unit. The kids have learned centimeters and meters and have worked with rulers and meter sticks. We even measured the length of the Science lab using meter sticks. You’ll never guess how many meter sticks it took! If you guessed 12.45 meters you were right on it!

Thomas Jefferson was the Mount Rushmore president we focused on this week. Let’s give this third president of the United States and the main author of the Declaration of Independence a round of applause!  Did you all know that Jefferson created and constructed his beautiful home in Virginia, which he named Monticello or little mountain in Italian? Once we concluded the lesson on Jefferson, we worked to complete our Andy Warhol president Pop Art work. Stop by and check them out. The kids loved learning a little bit about Warhol’s iconic colorful creations!

To say Valentine’s Day was fun would be a complete understatement! We started off the day with an amazing snack of cheese, crackers, and fruit brought in by Aiden’s family! Thank you so much for filling our tummies with a healthy snack. Then we put the finishing touches on our love bugs, and decorated their little homes! Thank you to Ryan’s mom for providing the rocks for us! Once that was complete, we moved on to passing out our valentines to all of our friends. We were all showered with love and it felt so good! We concluded our day with delicious donuts from Dunkin Donuts brought in by Luke’s family! Thank you so much for the yummy donuts, you know we all enjoyed them! 

I hope everyone has a fabulous Valentine’s Day, you all certainly deserve it! Thank you again for the lovely valentines and candy. I sure did feel special today!

Looking forward to speaking with you all next week during conferences.

Have a wonderful weekend!
With love,
Ms. Porto and Ms. Kathie 

February 14, 2020

Happy Valentines Day Everyone!

We have enjoyed our sunny weather even though it was cold. The kiddos were so excited about exchanging valentines and full of anticipation about what they got. They had to take all the loot home because we also had special cupcakes to eat. So. much. sugar!

Our week went as follows:

* Introduction to a new story: The Nightingale
* The letter “W”
* A visit to Technology
* Math was about weights (heavier and lighter)

A big thank you to our mystery reader, Mrs. Brown…always fun to have you in!

Have a restful and warm long weekend!

Mrs. Staggs

Thoughts for February

As this is the month of hearts, flowers, acts of affection, and sweet treats let us remember these special four letter words and take them to heart and into action… not just in February but in the other 11 months of 2020!

LOVE   TIME   READ    KIND    DUTY    GIVE   

GROW    HELP    HEAL    HOPE    WISH    WOW

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow a mystery, today is a gift which is why we call it the present!”

“Today is a good day for a good day!”

“Time is the most expensive thing we can give.  Spend it with love.”

Love is in the air!

Wood Acres families,

This week, we will continue our journey through the alphabet with the letter “H”. For creative art, we will make heart people and work on our fine motor skills by cutting out hearts and glueing them into the letter h. For story time, we will read “The Story of Valentine’s Day” and “Cliffords Valentine’s”. The children will also be working on their Valentine’s Day gifts that will be sent home on Friday. Love is in the air!

Investigator Club;

Alphabet Knowledge: Finding Letters.

Objective is to know the letter in the alphabet are a special category of visual graphics.

Readiness: Alike and Different.

Objective is to compare several objects based on the attributes.

Literacy: Dilly and JT’s Alphabet Book.

Objective is to listen to a story and answer question.

Mark your calendar;

Fun Friday is: Red Day! Wear a red shirt to school.
We would like to welcome Ms. Linda (Cooper’s nanna) as our mystery reader. We look forward to having her as part of our Fun Friday and as well as listening to some of Cooper’s favorite books.

Valentine’s Day party will be held on February 14th. We would like to exchange Valentine cards with each other. If you would like to be a part of it please bring in Valentine cards for your child to exchange that day. Thank you.

The Wood Acres school will be closed February 17th in honor of President day.

Lee Bryan “That Puppet Guy” will present “Traveling Tales” on February 25th.

Reenrollment packets were sent home. If you have not done so, please fill out the paperwork and return it to the office to secure your child’s spot for the next school year.

Summer is shortly upon us. If you haven’t had the chance to check out our camp, please do so. Spots are filling up fast and I know this year our camp is set up to be a magical one! If you have any questions about summer camp, please address it to the main office. They would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

We want to wish Ryan a very Happy 4th Birthday!

Have a great week,
Ms. Orasno & Mrs. Thomas

Fabulous February 2020

100th Day was a success! We met with our book buddies and practiced doing lots of things 100 times, like making a funny face and holding it for 100 seconds or doing 100 jumping jacks. Our snack was yummy and our necklace was fun to make. Now we must move onward to our next events!

**Our Valentine’s Party is this Friday from 2-3. Along with the games, snacks, and centers, they will also pass out their Valentine’s during this time. We are making large envelopes this week for the Valentine’s to go in. Please make sure every child has a Valentine and goodie. You can send them in starting tomorrow. Your child will not be able to participate in receiving Valentines if they do not bring Valentine’s in to share. Thank you for understanding.

Center 1: Decorate cookies
Center 2: Snacks and drinks
Center 3: Decorate a frame/or make and take item.
Center 4: Game
Whole class: Pass out Valentine’s

**Conferences are in two weeks. I sent home conference sheets in Friday folders. Please check the day and time, sign it, and send it back to me this week. If we need to schedule another day and time, I need to know ASAP so we can make other arrangements to meet after school.

**We plan to start the Dr. Seuss project by picking a book and plan to start writing the draft to their report. The first week of March is Dr. Seuss week. Each day will be themed with certain things to wear or do for the day. It is already posted on the Shutterfly calendar, and I will also send an email reminder the week of conferences.

Please remember to read, sign, and send back the books Mrs. Peltier reads with your child. Many kids are not practicing which will slow their progress and they could miss an opportunity to move into harder books.

Math facts are slowly coming along. We have 8’s this week and we will have 9’s the week AFTER conferences. If you need extra practice sheets, place a note in your child’s homework folder. 8’s are the hardest facts to get down, and MANY kids need LOTS of extra practice!

As a reminder, our spelling words have increased to 15. We are not having any more practice test; our test schedule is Fridays only.

As always, please continue to send in snack and order lunch AHEAD of time.

Each week there have been LOTS of kids not able to check out library books. Please send them back before Tuesday, our scheduled library day.

Have a wonderful week and let’s hope everyone continues to stay healthy!!

Kim

February, 9, 2020 Newsletter

Is it Winter or is it Spring?? I think Mother Nature is a little confused. We only spent one day playing outside on the playground last week and it looks like it won’t be much better this coming week! UGH! On a brighter note…. everyone has remained well….100% attendance last week!!!

In keeping with Winter, we focused on Polar animals. Arctic wolves, rabbits, polar bears and penguins. We made some pretty cool (pun) projects just the same Wait until you see the penguins stamped with an avocado! Ask your child to name a few Polar animals and why are most of them white. We learned a new word….camouflage.

We also covered letter F and made a frog from the letter. I found this really awesome book named, “Frogs.” It was filled with photos of frogs in action and colorful frogs from around the world. We will spend more time with frogs in the Spring when we learn about their life cycle.

How about those gumballs from the gumball machine? Does it bring back memories? The most exciting thing we did for letter G was to make goop! Check out the photos. We will cover letter H this coming week….H is for hearts.

Speaking of hearts, our Valentine’s Day Party is this Friday. Don’t forget to send in your child’s Valentines.

No school Feb. 17-19. Mon. Is President’s Day and Conference Days are Tues. and Wed..

Thank you to Mamta Chhabra for sitting in the Mystery Reader’s chair.
Thank you also to Mrs. Alger for that fantastic bulletin board displaying heart fish titled….”You’re a Catch”. Check out the photo below.

Wacky Weather Week

Hello Everybody,

Last week, we had several seasons of weather occur all in one week. I bet you were outside with your student making snowmen while I was sipping my coffee enjoying the beauty from my window. We did take our puppy outside so he could feel, see, and eat snow for the first time and he loved it. I wonder what kind of weather is in store for us this week as we begin to head towards Valentine’s Day on Friday.

Speaking of Valentine’s Day, your student should have the list of names for both classes, so they can start working on their cards to exchange and deliver later this week. Our mailboxes are almost ready. We have just one more thing to take care of then our “post office” will be ready for mail. We will be making a sweet valentine for our beaker buddies, but please include a valentine for your student’s book buddy. We will get together with our sweet little friends on Friday to exchange our treats with them.

As far as sweet treats, I believe our Valentine’s Day is a special snack and not a party. I’ll be in touch soon with more details.

In your student’s blue binder, you should find your reminder for our parent-teacher conference notice. Please fill it out and return tomorrow, so I can confirm with the administration that we are meeting to talk about your student’s progress in 2nd grade. Thank you.

I must admit that after grading Friday’s tests and quizzes on Saturday, I can see that your student has learned a lot of information this year. Each week, I get to watch my students’ confidence and determination improve with each lesson. There are days that we stumble, but my students continue to show that they are trying their best to succeed, and I LOVE that effort. I’m so excited to see what’s to come for the remainder of this year.

Just a quick note, we are near the end of subtraction. We will have more practice before the final assessments are given this week. The multi-step word problems are the trickiest, so any extra practice at home and in class will be helpful for your student to truly understand how to tackle them with ease.

On Thursday, Mother Nature and our beaker buddies helped our 2nd graders learn more about percolation, infiltration, absorption, and precipitation. During Investigation Four, our 2nd graders discovered the differences between rocks, soil and sand in terms of their ability to absorb water. Through the creation of models and through conducting experiments, students quantified the absorbent properties of each sample. We have one more investigation to complete, and we will be done with this cell on the Earth’s Surface. I think will have a better understanding of how our Earth’s Surface works and how special it is for plants, animals, and us.

Thanks for your time and I hope you enjoy the rest of this weekend. Take care and I can’t wait to hear all about what your student did outside while playing in the snow.

Yours truly,
Cheryl Leagan
2nd grade teacher
The Wood Acres School

P.S. Happy Birthday Veer! We hope you had a great day with lots of great memories.

5th Grade Weekly Update for Week of February 10th

Photo Highlight of the Week: Baking with fractions was a big success! Every group was successful in measuring accurately and creating a delicious brownie waffle to enjoy! Check out the pictures below! I also included pictures of Sixth Grade Shadow Day! We kicked off the day participating in team building events in the Leadership 101 class. Then, students spent the remainder of the day getting a glimpse into what life as a sixth grader looks like. An exciting day!

Math: Students have acquired many new skills this year regarding fraction operations. Therefore, before we move forward to our next unit, we will spend a little time reviewing everything we have learned including adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing with fractions and mixed numbers. I have fun review games planned including a class Jeopardy game and a game of Four Corners. Then, we will jump into our Probability and Statistics Unit. Leading up to Super Bowl Sunday, we practiced finding the mean, mode, median, and range using the winning and losing scores from the past 10 years. This week, students will gain more practice with this skill as we incorporate valentine candy hearts into our lesson! We will also explore different types of graphs, including line plots, histograms, circle graphs, and many more!

ELA: On Monday, students will need to turn in the Watson’s Go to Birmingham vocabulary packet. They will also take a comprehension quiz for chapters 1-7. I told students that it is a good idea to take notes as you read. It’s good to make a character chart as a reminder of who people are as you are introduced to new characters. After reading each chapter, it is also helpful to jot down a few key ideas. If students have listened to my advice and have notes, they are allowed to use them on the quiz. The notes must be handwritten by the student. On Monday, they will receive the new packet for the next chapters. This packet will include figurative language and help students identify examples used in our book.

I am so proud of all the effort students are putting forth in their research papers so far. This week, we will create our thesis statements and begin the first steps of our outline. In grammar, we are continuing to practice applying our skills within Daily Paragraph Editing. As these sheets come home in Friday Folders, please remember to keep them as a reference for unit test. We will also begin incorporating a lesson on the commonly confused words once a week. Our words this week are began vs. begun.

Science: We will begin Investigation 5 this week. Students currently have flashcards for Investigations 1-3. I will grade Investigation 4 flashcards and give them to students on Tuesday. They should study these flashcards 15 minutes every single night. Our test will be right around the corner as we conclude Investigation Five.

History: Daily Geography will start again this week, our focus is using road maps. We’ll use a bar scale and color-code interstate highways and U.S. highways. Great practice for using a scale, always a more challenging skill to master! Students will continue their research about the Maya, Inca, and Aztec civilizations this week in their small groups. They have created a homework plan for the next two weeks and split up research duties, so they are ready to dive into this assignment!

Other: I’m looking forward to meeting again to discuss how your child is progressing and goals for the remaining year! Conference forms were sent home in Friday Folders. Please sign and return them on Monday.

On Friday, we will celebrate Valentines Day with a valentine exchange and a special treat at lunch! I sent home a white bag that students will use in our valentine exchange. They need to write their name on the outside of the bag in large print. They are welcome to decorate and personalize their bags however they like. We will also use these in a fun themed vocabulary activity. Students should turn in the bag to me on Thursday.

We are getting excited about Camp Widjiwagan! Please remember that forms are due on Thursday!

Week at a Glance:
Monday: WGTB vocab packet due and comprehension quiz (Students are allowed to use any handwritten notes they may have created); Turn in conference forms
Thursday: Valentine bag due; Camp Widjiwagan forms due
Friday: Valentine exchange and treat

Weekly Update from Mrs. Pumphrey

Save the Date:
Fri., Feb. 14th- Valentine’s Day card exchange

Mon., Feb. 17th- President’s Day Holiday (No School)

Tues., Feb. 18th & Wed., Feb.19th- Parent/ Teacher Conferences

Important Notes:
Volunteer and Supplies Requests- if you are interested in helping or donating, please reply to all, so that we can keep track of who has volunteered. Thanks so much!
Our class needs more wipes
28 small water bottles for the Living Museum (2 per student)
1 container of hot chocolate from Duncan Donuts for the morning of Friday, Feb. 14th. Please be sure to get 14 cups.
1 box of 50 donut holes for the morning of Friday, Feb. 14th (Donut holes and hot chocolate will be served at snack which is 10:00)
Valentine plates and napkins
1 or 2 people to assist with student portfolios. Please check with me about dates and times. This will take a couple of hours.)

Living Museum Biography Book Report
Please save the date! Our Living Museum is scheduled for Friday, February 28th from 1:00-2:30 in the Multi Purpose room. All family and friends are invited.

Completed Report is due on Friday, February 14th. Consider having your child type the report. If turned in early, I can check it over, and your child can make corrections if needed. Please follow the rubric and refer to the packet sent home to assist your child.

Visual Display is due: Friday, February 21st. Please use a trifold. Displays must be able to stand on a table.
Valentine Exchange on February 14th from 2:30-3:00.
Our class will exchange Valentine’s at the end of the day on the 14th. We will not have a class party. Please make sure that your child has a Valentine for each student in our class.

What’s Going on in our Classroom:
Reading: We are beginning the book by Kate DiCamillo titled, The Tale of Despereaux. Independent book projects are on display in The Madison Cottage.

Spelling: Words are taken from The Tale of Despereaux and include: staring, indulge, weep, continues, humor, happened, flame, limits, dungeon, forgiveness, freedom, friendship, suffering, conversation, domain, prisoner, tablecloth, destined, and minstrels. Test on Friday.

Vocabulary: Unit #14 words are admirable, automatic, devotion, distant, dreary, exhaust, kindle, predict, separation, and stunt. Test Friday.

Math: We are working on long division. Please help your child master their multiplication and division facts.

Grammar: We are working on our study of adjectives

Writing: We are working on essays and paragraph writing in history.

Science: We are studying the skeletal and muscular systems. Science test on Tuesday, Feb. 11th over the skeletal system. Students are to use their green science spiral to help them prepare. They must be able to identify and label the bones listed in their spiral.

History: We are working on lessons and skits for ancient Rome. We are beginning lesson #5 in Ancient Rome.

This Matters At Wood Acres.

  • High Expectations For Teaching And Learning

  • Strong Instructional Leadership

  • Safe Learning Environment For Everyone

  • Positive And Welcoming School Climate

  • Valuing Time On Task For Mastery

  • Close Home School Partnerships