Saturday, October 25, 2014

Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week is October 27 through October 31.  Red Ribbon Week is a week to raise awareness about the importance of being drug free. In 1988 President Reagan proclaimed the last full week in October as National Red Ribbon Week. It is estimated that more than 80 million participate in Red Ribbon Events every year.
Norfolk Middle School students will participate in activities and projects to support the anti-drug message of our school. Teachers have linked Red Ribbon Week to the current year's Energy Bus theme, "Stay Positive and Overcome Challenges." 
It is a week of fun themes and serious messages. 
Please mark your calendar and encourage your child to participate.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

We've got Chromebooks!

To say we are ecstatic is to put it mildly. Why? Because Google Classroom and Chromebooks are truly a winning combination. Paired together they are motivating students and making our classroom more efficient and collaborative. It's only been a couple of weeks, but we are having a great time. And this is just the beginning!

       What is a Chromebook?  
A Chromebook is a laptop that uses the Chrome OS (operating system).  All programs on the Chromebook actually live on the web so there is no installation of traditional computer programs. Please view the video. This short clip does a great job explaining these unique devices. 
Finally, today's post is giving a shout out to Mrs. Fehringer. This is our second year co-teaching and sharing students. Mrs. Fehringer brings so much creativity and technology into the classroom that I jot notes to keep up.  We certainly share a passion for teaching and we are working together to make this the best year for our students. 
Erin and Mrs. Fehringer

We've started second quarter with a new energy and the Chromebooks have definitely added excitement to the room!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Accelerated Reader

Today we celebrated AR readers. 
Truly, we have some bookworms in Room 100.
Students will be participating in the Accelerated Reader (AR™) program this year. Accelerated Reader helps all children become better readers. When children read books at an appropriate level, they experience success. You may click here to learn more about the AR program. If you have addtitional questions, you are welcome to contact me.   
Each month your child will have an AR goal. Please encourage reading at home.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Parents, Pumpkins, and Papers

Thank you, parents, for attending your child’s conference this week!  We enjoyed the opportunity to sit down with each of you to discuss your child’s progress and goals for the upcoming months.  If you have questions or input that you believe would be beneficial to your child's success, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Pieper, Mrs. Fehringer, or Mrs. Full.  We appreciate and value your involvement and support!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Scholastic Book Fair

The whole school is excited about our upcoming Book Fair. An amazing selection of books is displayed in our library! At the Book Fair you will find the latest and finest titles for kids, as well as books of interest to parents. 
It is happening this week! Mark your calendar for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. The Scholastic Book Fair will be open during parent/teacher conferences.
 The Book Fair is a great way to get everyone excited about reading.  

Friday, September 19, 2014

Our Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkins make everyone think of fall and fall holidays. Room 100 is having their own kind of fun with pumpkins as we prepare for Parent Teacher Conferences next week. Notes were sent home with your child. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend.
During conferences you are invited into our pumpkin patch to pick a pumpkin and learn more about your child. Room 100 is feeling rather festive.

I look forward to our conference. Thanks for your help in making your child’s year a successful one!    

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Estimation Jar

Put a little candy in a jar and students are excited and motivated to do math! Students were asked to use reasoning skills and number relationships to estimate the number of gumballs in the estimation jar. Alejandra was the winner of September's estimation jar.
187 gumballs were in the jar.