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.

Monday, September 15, 2014

International Dot Day

Every year on September 15ish, students around the world celebrate International Dot Day. Inspired by the book, The Dot, students are encouraged to "make their mark."   
How did Room 100 celebrate International Dot Day? We read the book, The Dot, by Peter H. Reynolds to kick-off this special day. It's all about encouraging kids to discover how they can make a difference. Next, each student wrote a short narrative about a student named Dot and how this student made “a mark” on the world. There was a fun twist to the writing assignment. Students were not allowed to use letters with a dot (in other words no i or j).  Yikes! This forced students to carefully think about word choice and actually try out some new words.  
A large poster was displayed on our classroom door. All who came to visit our class around September 15 ish were asked to create an original dot, sign it, and add it to the gallery.    
Dot Treats. What holiday doesn't have special food?  Dot Cake Pops were a big hit with the students. 



The Dot is a simple book, but it's definitely one with a message to share. Actually, it has several important messages. Students are able to relate to the central theme about "making a mark. " Room 100 is filled with students who do make a difference.  
    Happy Dot Day! 

Monday, August 25, 2014

"Wonders"-ful

This year students will continue in the Wonders reading curriculum.  Most of our students were introduced to this program in fourth grade. Already the children are telling me there is a great deal of interest at home. A big thanks for your enthusiasm and support of your child's reading. 
Students received a username and  password. This new program has a digital component that allows learning to continue at home with meaningful practice. All these creative activities are connected to the content being taught during the week. 
This video provides a short overview of the school-to-home connection. 
Click here to check out the site. Students may use their assigned username and password to log in at home and receive additional practice. It's that simple!


This digital component is a "Wonders"-ful addition to our reading curriculum.
Happy Reading! 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Planner Police

It is just so exciting to unpack new school supplies. Room 100 has spent the first week getting organized.  As students rotate between several classrooms, organization helps them experience success. Students are learning to maintain planners and binders daily. This task will only feel like a mammoth chore if it is neglected over a period of time. 
You may monitor your child's progress at home by checking the folders in the binder. Assignments are placed in subject folders and every student carries a yellow folder labeled Take Home. Graded papers and school notes are placed in this yellow folder. These graded papers may come out of the binder at night. We hope you will take time to discuss your child's work and offer encouragement. 
Organization skills are worthwhile life-long skills. The goal for organization is to eliminate tardiness, forgetfulness, and lack of preparedness.   
The Planner Police make frequent visits to Room 100. Their job is to check students' planners, binders, and desks. If needed, students are ticketed and encouraged to get organized before they get the incentive treat. 
Today's planner police treated the entire class to donuts. We are off to a great start. It has been such fun getting to know these kiddos.
Thanks again for equipping students with the needed supplies. I think they all agree that new supplies add to the back-to-school fun. New crayons will always make me a happy person - - I don't care how old I get!