Woah! Busiest week ever! We wrote reports and got our portfolios ready. We had presenters teach us about fire safety, stranger danger and flying. We cleaned out tote trays and started cleaning the room. If your kids aren't exhausted yet, there isn't much more we can do!! Field and DJ day here we come!!
We will see you at the Summer Birthday Snack/Portfolio Share on Monday at 12:15 (Note the time change, check your email for details).
Happy last Friday :)
ALSO: Reading Rendezvous is tomorrow! Please check it out at Lousacc Library, 12-4
Summer is long and sunny in Alaska, and we want you to have time together as a family and enjoy it! However, the summer can be destructive to student learning, without consistent practice in reading, writing, and math, students can lose skills over the summer and that "catch up" time in the fall can really cut into the school year! We hope to provide an opportunity to spend valuable time with your child doing some student-driven learning activities in these areas. Below you will find a variety of packets and resources by subject, general supports and summer camp/tutoring opportunities.
Below you will find a packet with all the steps, ideas and resources for
"How to Create a Writing Practice with Your Child"
Additionally, this is a great blog resource to provide direction in supporting writing:
First of all, just get your child to READ! This is best accomplished by helping connect your child with books they are excited about! If in doubt, ask them about authors they liked in our classroom, either in book club, through author study or from read aloud. Title Wave (maybe?) and the thrift store can provide cheap options and give students CHOICE without breaking the bank. Scholastic just came out with a series called "Branches" which is great for readers beginning chapter books. They are arranged by grade level, have some "boy" and "girl" targeted subjects and include enough pictures to be accessible in the younger grades.
The local libraries in Anchorage also have such a great selection and can be incorporated into a fun a weekly/monthly routine.
Additionally here is a great blog resource to guide you in asking higher level reading comprehension questions about books you and your child read together, there is a pdf of question ideas below as well:
If your child is in our class they worked on spelling all year by going through Dolch Word lists. These lists cover the 300 most common words in the English language. If they have not graduated their Sight Words let us know if you'd like to know which list they are on and we can get you that information so you can download the next lists and then use the attached spelling menu to practice over the summer!
Here is a link to ALL the Dolch Word Lists up through 3rd Grade if you want to go:
These packets provide worksheets and problems across the spread of mathematical skills. Be on the lookout for your child's XtraMath Log-in for fluency practice over the summer.
This blog has some practical, hands-on ideas, and the image at the bottom shows how a variety of games naturally support mathematical skills and which skill they support!
Below you will find a variety of ideas and strategies for practicing every subject at home, there are some great ideas in there.
SUMMER CAMPS AND TUTORING:
Here are a bunch of educational opportunities and camps your child could try out this summer! Kick off literacy with the first event at the local library mentioned above.
The days are flying by! We only have 8 days of school left AND SO MUCH FUN STILL NEEDS TO BE HAD!!
This week we did a lot of finishing and prepping for our upcoming Portfolio Tea, we cant wait to see you next Monday May 22, 2017 at 1:30. On Thursday, we had our Welcome Tea. Kindergarten visited our classroom with our future Elders, and our Elders visied Cindy and Joel.
Enjoy the sun and check out the fun we had this week below.
So much Homer fun!
What an awesome performance! Great job friends :)
Sheyna, the marine biologist that visited and bike to school day pictures!
Whale watching and identification!
Way to go Lexia friends
We had a week full of fun learning about different creatures that live in and around our oceans including whales, sea otters, marine birds and tidepools that invertebrates call home.
Kaylee did a fantastic job teaching the class about Tae Kwon Do, and even taught the teachers to break a board! Hai!
Shout out to all of our fantastic track stars! It was awesome to see so much school spirit and to see students getting exercise outside.
Can't wait to see you this weekend exploring the tide pools :)
Great job Kaylee! You kicked butt!
Yay track stars!!! What impressive feats of strength and speed :)
Bird studies with Laura and Veronica, marine biologists! They brought in many species of stuffed birds, played migration games, talked about the dangers of pollution and trash on the beach and introduced students to bird watching. What an amazing afternoon :)
Look at this cozy read-in with our small class on Friday 🙂
This week we dove right into our Alaska Marine Studies, which we can't wait to continue next week! We are overjoyed to spend the weekend in Homer, explore tide pools and enjoy each others' company.
The sun seems to be shining, the play ground is drying and everyone is in high spirits. There is not much more we could ask for! Things will be happening quickly now that May is upon us. Make sure to put all of our important dates on your calendar, we have the Newsletter filled up to the end of the year!
ALSO- If your student has a summer birthday, we plan to celebrate it before and during our Final Portfolio Share on May 22 at 1:00pm (The share will be begin at 1:30 after birthday songs are sung!). Feel free to bring a small (preferably healthy) treat!
While we cannot attend Bowman's clean-up this Saturday as we will be at a Math Training at Chugach, we encourage families to come help clean up our playgrounds and neighborhood from 10am-2pm on Saturday! Thanks for helping keep our Earth and our school green.
Check the pictures below to see all the fun we had this week, especially with engineering pig houses to protect from the Big Bad Wolf and the Autism Awareness Walkathon! ENJOY THE SUN :)
Great job Eva D.!
What a fabulous and sunny week we have had in our classroom! The next couple of weeks we will be diving into a thematic unit about Marine Ecosystems with a focus on Alaskan/Arctic systems in preparation for Homer Sea Week! We kicked this off on Friday with our "Beach Day" celebration during which we studied Jellyfish, did some beachy activities and team building games and made some decorations for our classroom. Thanks for everyone who supported the the party with donations, decorations or other help :)
Thanks for sharing about your family trip to California Kendall! What an amazing poster scrapbook :)
We had SUCH AN AMAZING TIME at our beach party! Look at those smiles :)
The sun is shining, and spirits are high, enjoy the break-up and play outside.
Break-up season is in full force. Feel free to send your student in with rain gear instead of snow gear. It's warm out during recess, but slushy and puddly!
We had a fun week, check out the pictures below and , have a fantastic puddly weekend!
Happy birthday girls!
Great job sharing about dipnetting Alexis!
Team building challenge activity
Congratulations Lexia friends!
Hooray for light! The week seemed longer (in a good way) with the sun setting so late now.
Thank you all for being so understanding throughout the new morning playground transition. We are still getting used to the new routine and tweaking details, we appreciate your patients.
This week we celebrated a Family Share, a birthday and Lexia level uppers.
Have a great sunshiny weekend!!
Great work Nora ! Nora shared about her fantastic camping experiences!
Nora the birthday girl :)
Congratulations to Nora and Alexis for completing their Quick Facts!
Wow! What a week it was! While it is exciting to move on to some fun new spring events, we are sad to say goodbye to our Country Spotlight Number Corner- having parents share about their family, history and culture was an invaluable addition to our classroom, thank you to the many families who participated! You can see highlights from last week below.
A big update: Please be sure to read incoming e-mails about the new morning procedures. Here are the highlights:
1. Students who are not getting breakfast, with their parents, or part of a morning club/activity (where they are with an adult), need to go OUTSIDE TO THE PLAYGROUND. This means students should come to school prepared for the weather and to be outside (wear boots to school if it is snowy/wet, a coat, hat and gloves in the winter).
2. Students will not be "released" from breakfast, morning clubs, etc. until the bell rings at 8:50.
3. We will pick up students outside on the playground at the end of the D Hall where students will learn to line up when the bell rings. We have attached the Duty Station roster with the instructions below if you want more details. Thanks for helping us make sure students are safe and supervised!
BOOP Homer Sea Week! Don't forget to make some plans in regards to this upcoming event. There is also a t-shirt design contest and t-shirt order forms, we have attached the form for you about both below :)
Great job presenting on baby Kate, Kate!
Wow! Thank you to Johnico for sharing about a family trip to Spain, to Junko for introducing us to the Japanese language, to Andrew for sharing about Bermuda and Paula about Colombia, where they were born and raised, and Kary for sharing about Ireland!
Happy birthday Kate!
We were lucky enough to have the 5/6 family group introduce themselves as immigrants from the early 1900s coming to America!