Rain Rain Go Away!

Thank you to those who had met with me last week for Parent/Teacher conferences. It was a pleasure to see you again. I am sorry for those who missed their time but I look forward to catching up with you this week. We would also like to thank Mrs. Greene and Mrs. Denius for volunteering for our Valentine’s Day party. It was a big success and the children felt the LOVE in the air.

As we enter the last week in February, we will be focusing on letters I and J and the theme for this week is healthy habits. We will take a nature walk around our beautiful campus to observe insects (weather permitted) and we will also make delicious ice cream from scratch on Friday. For the J, we will make jam on Thursday and utilize our mobility to do jumping jacks. How any can YOU do?..
For creative art, we will make a Independents day and jellyfish project using glue sticks, paint, and glitter.

Investigator Club;
Phonology Awareness: “Listen to Syllables”

Objective is to hear discrimination separate syllables in words.

Oral Language: “Dilly and The Investigator Club”

Objective to listen and understand conversations.

Alphabet knowledge: “Letter Game”

Objective is to know that the letters of the alphabet are a special category of visual graphics.

Social and Emotional: “I Can Think for Myself”

Mark your calendar;

Fun Friday is: Sports day! Wear your favorite sports team hat/shirt to school.

We would like to welcome Jasper’s grandmother as our mystery reader. We look forward to having her as part of our Fun Friday and as well as listening to some of Jasper’s favorite books.

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

February 26th Mrs. Judy who works in the dentistry field in our community will be visiting us to talk about ways we can do you keep our teeth health

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

Rain Rain Go Away!

Thank you to those who had met with me last week for Parent/Teacher conferences. It was a pleasure to see you again. I am sorry for those who missed their time but I look forward to catching up with you this week. We would also like to thank Mrs. Greene and Mrs. Denius for volunteering for our Valentine’s Day party. It was a big success and the children felt the LOVE in the air.

As we enter the last week in February, we will be focusing on letters I and J and the theme for this week is healthy habits. We will take a nature walk around our beautiful campus to observe insects (weather permitted) and we will also make delicious ice cream from scratch on Friday. For the J, we will make jam on Thursday and utilize our mobility to do jumping jacks. How any can YOU do?..
For creative art, we will make a Independents day and jellyfish project using glue sticks, paint, and glitter.

Investigator Club;
Phonology Awareness: “Listen to Syllables”

Objective is to hear discrimination separate syllables in words.

Oral Language: “Dilly and The Investigator Club”

Objective to listen and understand conversations.

Alphabet knowledge: “Letter Game”

Objective is to know that the letters of the alphabet are a special category of visual graphics.

Social and Emotional: “I Can Think for Myself”

Mark your calendar;

Fun Friday is: Sports day! Wear your favorite sports team hat/shirt to school.

We would like to welcome Jasper’s grandmother as our mystery reader. We look forward to having her as part of our Fun Friday and as well as listening to some of Jasper’s favorite books.

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

February 26th Mrs. Judy who works in the dentistry field in our community will be visiting us to talk about ways we can do you keep our teeth health

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

Rain Rain Go Away!

Thank you to those who had met with me last week for Parent/Teacher conferences. It was a pleasure to see you again. I am sorry for those who missed their time but I look forward to catching up with you this week. We would also like to thank Mrs. Greene and Mrs. Denius for volunteering for our Valentine’s Day party. It was a big success and the children felt the LOVE in the air.

As we enter the last week in February, we will be focusing on letters I and J and the theme for this week is healthy habits. We will take a nature walk around our beautiful campus to observe insects (weather permitted) and we will also make delicious ice cream from scratch on Friday. For the J, we will make jam on Thursday and utilize our mobility to do jumping jacks. How any can YOU do?..
For creative art, we will make a Independents day and jellyfish project using glue sticks, paint, and glitter.

Investigator Club;
Phonology Awareness: “Listen to Syllables”

Objective is to hear discrimination separate syllables in words.

Oral Language: “Dilly and The Investigator Club”

Objective to listen and understand conversations.

Alphabet knowledge: “Letter Game”

Objective is to know that the letters of the alphabet are a special category of visual graphics.

Social and Emotional: “I Can Think for Myself”

Mark your calendar;

Fun Friday is: Sports day! Wear your favorite sports team hat/shirt to school.

We would like to welcome Jasper’s grandmother as our mystery reader. We look forward to having her as part of our Fun Friday and as well as listening to some of Jasper’s favorite books.

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

February 26th Mrs. Judy who works in the dentistry field in our community will be visiting us to talk about ways we can do you keep our teeth health

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

Rain Rain Go Away!

Thank you to those who had met with me last week for Parent/Teacher conferences. It was a pleasure to see you again. I am sorry for those who missed their time but I look forward to catching up with you this week. We would also like to thank Mrs. Greene and Mrs. Denius for volunteering for our Valentine’s Day party. It was a big success and the children felt the LOVE in the air.

As we enter the last week in February, we will be focusing on letters I and J and the theme for this week is healthy habits. We will take a nature walk around our beautiful campus to observe insects (weather permitted) and we will also make delicious ice cream from scratch on Friday. For the J, we will make jam on Thursday and utilize our mobility to do jumping jacks. How any can YOU do?..
For creative art, we will make a Independents day and jellyfish project using glue sticks, paint, and glitter.

Investigator Club;
Phonology Awareness: “Listen to Syllables”

Objective is to hear discrimination separate syllables in words.

Oral Language: “Dilly and The Investigator Club”

Objective to listen and understand conversations.

Alphabet knowledge: “Letter Game”

Objective is to know that the letters of the alphabet are a special category of visual graphics.

Social and Emotional: “I Can Think for Myself”

Mark your calendar;

Fun Friday is: Sports day! Wear your favorite sports team hat/shirt to school.

We would like to welcome Jasper’s grandmother as our mystery reader. We look forward to having her as part of our Fun Friday and as well as listening to some of Jasper’s favorite books.

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

February 26th Mrs. Judy who works in the dentistry field in our community will be visiting us to talk about ways we can do you keep our teeth health

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

Valentine’s Day

We all enjoyed celebrating Valentine’s Day with your children and see the excitement in their eyes to deliver Valentines to all their friends. Hope these pictures capture the fun that was had!

Marching on towards March

Quarter 3 is quickly coming to an end…can you believe it?! The last day of the 3rd quarter is March 13th and report cards will come home the following week.
ACADEMIC
• Next week is the 9’s/ 10’s math test. We plan to finish addition math timed tests the week of March 16th. We will begin subtraction facts before we go on Spring break and we start with the 12’s. I highly suggest practicing those soon!
• As discussed at conferences, quarter 4 Footprints will be completed independently at home. Your child can choose any picture book or chapter book. If they choose a chapter book, 3 or 4 Footprints can be written to summarize the book. Instead of 9 Footprints, they will need to complete 7 by Friday, May 15th. I would recommend continuing to hand in one a week instead of waiting until the end of the quarter to hand them all in. As a reminder, these are a grade on their report card. In order to receive an ‘E”, your child need to hand in a neatly written Footprint that has a detailed summary with multiple sentences (continuing to use transition words and no dialog.)
• Student’s last project of the year will be presented on Monday, May 11th. There will be more information to share mid-March. This is an at home project and can be any story of their choosing. Often, kids pick their favorite story to share and create a project to go along with it. Please no posters or drawing on a piece of paper, we are looking for creativity. The project can be constructed from materials found around the house or old boxes to make dioramas (just to name a few). Students are encouraged to be imaginative.
EVENTS/PARTIES
• March plans to be a busy month! Shortly we will begin our Leprechaun traps with hopes to catch those pesky Leprechauns. To prepare you (please DO NOT tell your child) I make our room an absolute disaster and they LOVE it!!
I like to leave treats and treasures around the room…left by the “Leprechauns.” If you would like to donate items, please feel free. I can always use themed pencils, stickers, or other goodies. Snack is a drop off event. Please send in something that is easy to pass out and drink (ex. green rice crispy treats and green juice or Gatorade.)
• We will have our Spring celebration Friday, April 3rd from 11:00-12:00, lunch from 12:00-12:30, and dismissal at 1:00. There will be more info to follow. Every child who would like to participate will need to send in 12 plastic (already filled and sealed) eggs for the egg hunt (which will take place on the playground). Many parents like to volunteer for this party; please be prepared to help and do lots of work! Terry will get more details from me soon and will send out a volunteer list, outdoor games list, and a snack and drink sign-up.

A few housekeeping reminders:

• Please return Friday Folders each Monday.
• Homework folders should be returned each day with homework completed.
• Mrs. Peltier’s folder should be brought back in order to change out books.
• Please continue to read these books with your child nightly.
• Please sign reading slips (for Superkids hardcover book at home) and send back by due date.

***If you read this blog post by Tuesday 2/25, tell your child to QUIETLY tell me the secret word “Rain day” and they will get a secret prize. They can not share the word with friends in Tree House. Thanks!!

Super SUNNY Saturday

Hello Everybody,

Yes, it’s a super sunny Saturday and it’s definitely a welcome change. I sure hope you are outside enjoying all that can be done on a spectacular day like today. I will be outside soon and do whatever I can until the rain returns on Monday.

First of all, thank you for coming to your student’s conference. I hope you left feeling happy and confident that you have a great student working really hard towards becoming a third grader. If you feel we need to sit down again and chat about what’s to come for your student, I am always here for you.I want to give you a heartfelt thank you for all of the sweet treats that I received for Valentine’s Day.

Believe me, my family and are still enjoying every chocolaty bite, and my heart melted with the time and effort that went into every card and gift I received.I honestly appreciate your kindness and thoughtfulness. Academically, we are moving on in all subject areas. In math, we have begun Geometry but our math
facts will not go away. As we work on geometry, we will begin our Mad Minute practice again, so those pesky math facts stay current and fresh in our heads at all times. Believe me; any kind of math fact practice at home will be helpful in the weeks to come.

Recently in Science,Mother Nature has partnered up nicely with our current investigations on precipitation, percolation, absorption, infiltration, and now runoff. We will complete Investigation 5 this week which means we are done investigating the Earth’s Surface and this entire science cell. After reviewing all we have learned about the Earth’s Surface, the final assessments will occur the first week of March along with a field trip to the Tellus Museum on Wednesday, March 11. There will be more details about this field trip coming home soon.

In Reading, we will read the story Penguin’s Chick and learn about the “er” sound at the end of words. We will learn the new vocabulary words as well as get ready for all of the Friday assessments. Don’t forget, the biography book report is due MONDAY, MARCH 2. Your student brought home the guidelines and rubric just in case it was needed to complete this reading assessment.Take care and please take some time to enjoy the weekend and the beautiful weather. I’ll be in touch soon.

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

4th Grade Weekly Update Week of February 24th

ELA: We will start writing rough drafts this week for our research paper. We will focus on the first two sections: the introduction paragraph and the geography paragraph. Each paragraph will be modeled for the whole group, and then students will individually create their rough draft paragraph. After each paragraph, I will conference with them to iron out any errors and make sure all research is included. In Daily Reading Comprehension this week, we will use the “make connections” strategy to help students put what they are reading into context by helping them see the connections between the text and themselves, the world around them, and other things they have read or seen.

History: Students will finish up any research they did not finish at the end of last week and start creating their posters to present to the class about our early presidents. In Daily Geography, we’ll look at a special political map of the Appalachian Trail. We’ll talk about the differences between footpaths, routes, and trails. We’ll use information from the inset map to help us figure out which states are included and what hikers might encounter on the trail. Please let me know if you know anyone who has hiked their trail and would like to share information or pictures regarding their experience!

Math: On Monday, students will have their customary units of measurement quiz. They have a green sheet in their binders to use as a study tool. Throughout the week, we will continue with metric units of capacity and metric units of mass. We will have a workbook quiz that will pull questions directly from workbook pages 71-79 on Thursday. We will end the week looking at temperature using thermometers, comparing Celsius to Fahrenheit, and practicing problem solving using measurements.

Science: In lab, students are learning about food chains and food webs. They will learn that food webs consists of different levels of organisms that all contribute to the total biomass of an ecosystem. In our next Investigation, we will introduce the concept of adaptation.

4th Grade Weekly Update Week of February 24th

ELA: We will start writing rough drafts this week for our research paper. We will focus on the first two sections: the introduction paragraph and the geography paragraph. Each paragraph will be modeled for the whole group, and then students will individually create their rough draft paragraph. After each paragraph, I will conference with them to iron out any errors and make sure all research is included. In Daily Reading Comprehension this week, we will use the “make connections” strategy to help students put what they are reading into context by helping them see the connections between the text and themselves, the world around them, and other things they have read or seen.

Science: In lab, students are learning about food chains and food webs. They will learn that food webs consists of different levels of organisms that all contribute to the total biomass of an ecosystem. In our next Investigation, we will introduce the concept of adaptation.

History: Students will finish up any research they did not finish at the end of last week and start creating their posters to present to the class about our early presidents. In Daily Geography, we’ll look at a special political map of the Appalachian Trail. We’ll talk about the differences between footpaths, routes, and trails. We’ll use information from the inset map to help us figure out which states are included and what hikers might encounter on the trail. Please let me know if you know anyone who has hiked their trail and would like to share information or pictures regarding their experience!

Math: On Monday, students will have their customary units of measurement quiz. They have a green sheet in their binders to use as a study tool. Throughout the week, we will continue with metric units of capacity and metric units of mass. We will have a workbook quiz that will pull questions directly from workbook pages 71-79 on Thursday. We will end the week looking at temperature using thermometers, comparing Celsius to Fahrenheit, and practicing problem solving using measurements.

February 21, 2020

Hello Everyone! We had a shortened day today with only 10 kiddos in class, and a very short week. We still got outside for a few minutes to enjoy the sunshine. In our 2 days on campus this week we reviewed numbers, and talked about our first president, George Washington. See if they can recall some of the facts that they learned. I would like to say thank you to Alma’s big sister and Grandma for coming in to be our mystery readers! The kids were introduced to a story about the constellations and got to do a project showing their new constellations. They will be posted below.

Enjoy the weekend and see everyone on Monday!

Mrs. Staggs & Mrs. Tallman