Daily Schedule

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Parent - Teacher Conferences

This list will be updated as families sign up.

Monday, March 6

7:30 - 7:50 a.m.
7:50 - 8:10 a.m.
8:10 - 8:30 a.m.

2:00 - 2:20 p.m.
2:30 - 2:50 p.m.
2:50 - 3:10 p.m.     reserved for K parent, tentative
3:10 - 3:30 p.m.     August

Tuesday, March 7

7:30 - 7:50 a.m.
7:50 - 8:10 a.m.
8:10 - 8:30 a.m.     Mila

2:50 - 3:10 p.m.
3:10 - 3:30 p.m.     Mia

Wednesday, March 8

7:30 - 7:50 a.m.
7:50 - 8:10 a.m.
8:10 - 8:30 a.m.      Andrew

10:50 - 11:10 a.m.
11:10 - 11:30 a.m.
11:30 - 11:50 a.m.
11:50 - 12:10 p.m.
12:10 - 12:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 9

7:30 - 7:50 a.m.
7:50 - 8:10 a.m.
8:10 - 8:30 a.m.

Friday, February 17, 2017

This Week in Review - February 13 - 17

This information will also be found in Walter's weekly email:

This was a week of celebrations! We had not one, not two, but THREE birthdays to celebrate. We also had a special healthy cherry treat for Valentine's Day, thanks to Billy's mom (from Elaine's room). The Valentine exchange was very sweet, and we practiced giving and receiving with love and gratitude. We continued expressing our love for our backyard birds by making heart shaped bird treats - the skills we used included reading, following directions, and working together as a team.

Of course, the big news in math was the culmination of our work with coins. Flea Market math was held on Thursday morning, and children from both 1st and 2nd grade classes practiced in a very real-life way how to handle a budget and make decisions, as well as coin values and making change. Our main preparation for this was doing "pocket riddles" for each other - ("I have 43 cents and 8 coins. What coins do I have in my pocket?")

On Thursday afternoon, we went on a winter nature walk with a naturalist. We practiced map reading and compass skills. 

Our annual skating party at Buhr Park was held Friday morning as a lovely send-off to Mid-Winter Break.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Flea Market a Huge Success

Our annual flea market - the culmination of several weeks working on coin values, counting money, writing monetary amounts with proper notation, and making change - finally happened this morning. The children were looking forward to this very much, as they brought in treasures from home to add to the collection. Discussions, sometimes heated, happened over what amount should be charged for different trinkets. Each item had a price of a quarter, dime, nickel, or penny, completely decided by the group.

I arrived early today to set up the tables. Everything was ready for the students at 9:00a.m., and very tempting! With the dollar they brought from home, each child got to pick one very special thing. After each child got their special item, it was time to spend the rest of their money.

Each time a child from my math group purchased something, they needed to tell me how much change they should receive. In this way, they practiced in a real-life way skills we've been working AND skills that they will need in the future.

Environmental Super Hero Project for February

Our good works continued this month, with a special project for our bird friends. This has become one of our favorite projects in February - making valentines for our backyard birds.

We started off by reading a poem:

                                    I gave a hundred Valentines.
                                    A hundred, did I say?
                                    I gave a thousand Valentines
                                    one cold and wintry day.
                                    I didn't put my name on them
                                    or any other words.
                                    Because my Valentines were seeds
                                    for February birds.

This year, I tried a new recipe - and I don't think it worked as well as some I've tried in the past. However, this gave the children a good opportunity to work in cooperative groups, to take turns, to read and follow the multi-step directions, to measure, to talk about fractions, and to problem solve.

The result, while not especially beautiful, will be sure to be appreciated. And it always makes US feel good to be useful and thoughtful.