November 3, 2017 ~ Week 10

Dear Parents & Families,

My apologies for not getting to a blog post last week.  I will try to ensure that I update weekly going forward.  Below you will find highlights of the past two weeks. We had a great Hike for Hunger!  It was a great accomplishment to complete our Farm Stand.  All of our hard work and persistence with that really paid off.

This week we moved toward wrapping up our units in science and writing.  Students shared their narratives with the whole class as part of our Author’s Celebration.

We also worked on finishing our final project for our Pollinator Unit.  Students did a great job planning and now building their pollinators and using the knowledge that we learned to make the best pollinators possible.

Next week is another short week, as we have conferences on Friday.  Please make sure to let me know if you need a reminder about your conference day and time.  Next week we will also begin our work with Nonfiction Writing using the Hand Paragraph Structure. 

Highlights from the Last Two Weeks:

  • Hike for Hunger

  • Farm Stand

  • Narrative Sharing
  • Pollinator Planning & Building

Below is a link to our weekly newsletters from last week and this week.

October 27, 2017

November 3, 2017

Have a fantastic weekend!
~Ms. Gray

October 20, 2017 ~ Week 8

Dear Parents & Families,

We had a great week! It was an awesome trip to Cedar Circle Farm.  Thank you to those parents and family members that joined us; it was a great help.
We also had our first visit to the Wetlands! The students did an excellent job working in pairs to complete a scavenger hunt to see what we can discover at the Wetlands.  We look forward to going again in a couple of weeks (weather and temperature permitting).
We really need help from families on Tuesday, October 24th for the Farm Stand.  If you can help out please be in touch as soon as you can.
We need some donated and borrowed things for our pollinator project and the farm stand next week.  See the newsletter for more information.
Here is our newsletter for this week: October 20, 2017

Have a great fall weekend!

Sincerely,

Ms. Gray
Classroom Blog: msgraytes.edublogs.org
Highlights from our week: 10/16-20
• African Drumming
• Cedar Circle Field Trip
• Farm Stand Preparations
    
• Writing thank you notes for TVFD
• Completing our narrative writing
• Self-selecting reading/literacy stations

October 13, 2017 ~ Week 7

Dear Parents & Families,

This week we had a great visit to the Thetford Volunteer Fire Department.  Thank you to the TVFD volunteers and specifically to Moriah Whitcomb for the great presentation and fire safety reminders.  Please remember to check-in with your family at home to ensure you have a safety plan in place for a meeting place in case of a need of an evacuation of your home.  Also, please remember to change your smoke detector batteries! It was a great reminder to me.

We hit 30 days of school this week! We completed our All School Meeting for this school year.  Great work to all of us for succeeding at this accomplishment so early in the school year!

Thank you for those families who have decided to join us for our Field Trip to Cedar Circle Farm on Wednesday, October 18th. We plan to depart TES at 10:45 am.  Chaperones can join us on the bus or meet us at the farm.  Here is the link for information about the trip.  If your child will need a bag lunch from the cafeteria for that day please be sure to let me know by Monday, 10/16.

Reminders:

  • Wednesday, October 18th: Field Trip to Cedar Circle Farm, 10:45-1:15.
  • Thursday, October 19th: Picture Retakes
  • Friday, October 20th: Wetlands Visit, 12:30-2:30.

Below you will see some more highlights from our week:

• TVFD Visit and Fire Safety presentation

• Harvested vegetables from our school garden with Cat

• Took apart and processed sunflowers for our Farm Stand products

• Simulated pollination with a fun science experiment using cheese puffs

• Worked really hard for our All School Meeting – especially on our props!

Here is the link to our weekly newsletter: October 13, 2017

If you can, please volunteer to help out at our Farm Stand on Monday, October 23rd – Tuesday, October 24th or Wednesday, October 25th.  Here the link to sign up for our Farm Stand week: Farm Stand Sign Up  

We are planning to go to the Wetlands on Friday, October 20th (weather permitting!).  Please plan to send in rubber boots to have here at school for our Wetlands visits.

Have a great weekend! Thank you for your continued support!
Sincerely,

Ms. Gray

 

 

 

October 6, 2017 ~ Week 6

 

Dear Parents & Families,

We had a great week! We have completed 26 days of school. Thanks to all those families who joined us for the Back to School Night.  We (Gigi and I) really enjoyed seeing all of you and watching the students share their hard work.
Reminders for this upcoming week:
Monday – No School
Tuesday – Walking Field Trip to Thetford Volunteer Fire Department (10:45-11:15 am)
Friday – All School Meeting
I am still seeking a few more volunteers that would like to join us on the Field Trip to Cedar Circle Farm on Wednesday, October 18th.  Please make sure to get in touch with me.  We currently have one parent chaperone.
Group Write Narrative Outline:
Farm Stand Volunteer Sign Up:                     

Below are some of the highlights from this past week:

• We worked hard on our All School Meeting Preparations

• Students completed their narrative plans for writing

• Finalized our Bees and Flower display for our classroom

•Learned new Math WorkPlace games

I also wanted to mention that students are doing a great job of doing their reading and word study practice at home.  Thank you for your continued support with this! It really helps.

At the Back to School Night we asked for families to sign up to help out with preparations and operations of the Farm Stand the week of October 23rd.  Please get in touch if you would like to sign up.

Here is the link to our weekly newsletter: October 6, 2017

Have a wonderful long, fall weekend!

~Ms. Gray

September 29, 2017

Dear Parents & Families,

It was a great end of the month!  We have completed most of our assessments and are readying for reading groups.  Most of us have really settled in and are ready for our learning adventure! Welcome October!

Here are some highlights from this week:

  • Learned some vocabulary words related to parts of a flower: sepal, stigma, stamen, anther, filament
  • Dissected flowers
  • Recognized coins: nickel, penny
  • Flashed (with our fingers) how many days in school, today (Friday) was the 22nd day of school [10+10+2]
  • Introduced and used the Writing Process Wheel

Here is the link to our newsletter: September 29, 2017

Have a great weekend!

Ms. Gray

September 22, 2017

Dear Parents & Families,

Welcome to the Autumnal Equinox! Today at 4:02 pm is the official start of autumn.  We had a great week in Room 104.  Please see some of the images from the week below:

 

This week we:

  • Learned about the honeybee as a pollinator
  • Visited the Garden with Cat
  • Visited the Garden with our 5th grade buddies in Mrs. Harrington’s class and took inventory of the harvest
  • Showed we could “flash” numbers with our fingers.  Ask your child: What is one way to make 24? What is another way?

Here is the link to our weekly newsletter: September 22, 2017

Have a great weekend! Enjoy the beautiful, warm autumn weather!

Sincerely,

Ms. Gray

September 15, 2017

Parents & Families,

Today marked the completion of our 12th day of school! It’s amazing to think that September is about half over for us already.  The leaves are already changing.  Teachers are working to prepare for our first Garden Visit next week. Autumn air is upon us!

This week we:

  • Finalized Our Classroom Family Rules
  • Worked with the Number Rack, learned about Number Bonds and alternate formats in math
  • Completed our Literacy Assessments for the Primary Observation Assessment (Reading level and literacy tasks)
  • Successfully smiled for Picture Day and completed our 1st Monday!

Here are some pictures from our classroom. [Sorry there are no student photos, we need to await releases to ensure appropriate confidentiality for everyone.]

 

Below please find the link to our weekly newsletter:

September 15, 2017

Have a great weekend!
~Ms. Gray