• December 11-15

    Posted by Stacey Mead on 12/15/2017 10:15:00 AM

    The students enjoyed the Submarine band and other EMS musical visitors at our concert this Friday!

     

    Academics

    Math

     

    This week we began talking about equivalence. Students learned multiple strategies to determine if fractions are equal to each other including thinking about magnitude and multiplying the numerator and denominator by the same number. Students practiced this skill with learning opportunities such as Odd One Out where they needed to find the fraction that didn’t fit and Commit and Toss where they had to defend their answers about equivalence. Other students worked on calculations with fractions including adding and subtracting mixed numbers and multiplying fractions by fractions on area models. Next week we will be focusing on magnitude more in depth.

     

    We continue to use a number talk as a way to teach students computation strategies.   We are looking for them to build efficiency and flexibility. Recently, students have been working on multiplication strategies such as using landmark numbers and partial products.  In addition to daily number talks, students continue to receive small group instruction on whole number computation based on monthly computation assessments.  

     

    We want to remind families that students’ instruction is based on what they show us they are ready for on pre-assessments, and the groups they are a part of are flexible and will change from day to day.  

     

    Math Stars

    Students continue to work on Math Stars. Below are a few reminders about how this program works.

    • Students should work independently.  Parents should NOT offer any assistance.
    • We recognize the problems are challenging but this program teaches students perseverance.
    • We go over the problems together on Thursdays in a group session. Sometimes students can also follow-up individually with their teachers with specific questions.
    • This is an optional program so students can do a few or all of the problems.  If they have a busy week they don’t have to do any Math Stars.

    Reading

    Students continued fantasy book groups which have a continued focus on a variety of strategies and literary devices such as questioning, making predictions, identifying and explaining similes, metaphors and personification.  The assignments are due every Wednesday and Friday between now and December 20.  Everyone should be finishing their books by next Wednesday. Some of the books are The BFG, Tuck Everlasting, Things Not Seen, George’s Marvelous Medicine, and Poppy.  Parents should see those books coming home so students can tackle some of the reading at home.  

    Read Aloud

    Mrs. S. Mead: Three Times Lucky

    We finished Three Times Lucky! We reached the climactic end when Desperado Detectives played an integral role in catching both Deputy Marla and Slate, while rescuing Miss Lana at the same time. Mo would probably admit that Detective Joe Starr had something to do with it as well:) As the story wrapped up, we learned that the Colonel and Miss Lana were engaged years ago, before the Colonel’s accident and memory loss. He was the lawyer for Slate during his murder trial, and was aware of the location of the stolen money from the bank robbery. All of that information was lost when he hit his head in the car accident that nearly killed him.

     

    Mrs. K. Mead:  Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

    We have started reading Fish in a Tree. This week Ally continued to grow her friendship with Keisha and Albert. Both Keisha and Albert have been encouraging Ally to not let Shay’s comments bother her. Ally had not been able to do this until she realized that Jessica (Shay’s friend) had been buying her friendship bracelets from Shay and Shay really wasn’t the type of friend Ally wanted to have. She realized she is very lucky to have Keisha and Albert as friends. Mr. Daniels tried to encourage Ally by praising her answers and class and giving her a poetry award. Ally felt that Mr. Daniels was doing this for the wrong reasons and became very embarrassed. She ended up opening up to Keisha about her struggles with reading and how sometimes she feels like she can’t control what she says and does. This book is rich with figurative language which we have been discussing as a class.



    Ms. Jeffrey: The Odds of Getting Even by Sheila Turnage

    Mo’s family hosted Thanksgiving at the cafe and Dale left a plate out for his dad in hopes he is still in Tupelo Landing.  They later discovered that someone left a note under the plate that read “Not Macon.  Think Again.”  Mo and Dale got in an argument about Mr. Macon’s possible guilt and Dale fired Mo from their detective agency.  The next day he forgave Mo and called her over to his house because Queen Elizabeth, his dog, was about to have her puppies.  When Mo and Harm got there Dale told them he couldn’t find Queen Elizabeth.  They were all very worried because they could hear coyotes howling.  Later they discovered Queen Elizabeth had gone under the house in the crawl space.  She had the puppies and they were all safe from the coyotes.  In addition, Grandmother Miss Lacy Thornton continues to hear clunking in her boiler system.  The students are predicting that someone is hiding out at her house.  

     

    Writing

    Ms. Jeffrey’s class is writing their informational piece on a Canadian province or territory.  

    Students in Mrs. S. Mead’s room are now starting their final information piece. They will research a topic of their choosing, related to North or South America, using resources outlined in a lesson with Mrs. Jablonski last week. They are also modeling their writing after various nonfiction mentor texts here in the classroom.

    Students in Mrs. K. Mead’s room are wrapping up their writing on Canada and are finishing up the illustrations they did to go with their writing. We will be starting to research South America and begin our writing connected to South America next week.



    Word Study

    The students continue to learn spelling patterns through their weekly word study work.   The completed sorts for each group can be found in the word study section of the team website.  

     

    Each word study group meets on Monday to identify the rule/pattern for the week.  We will explain the rule to the students and they complete two sorts.  Throughout the week they have other assignments.  The students have a schedule of those assignments in their literacy binders.  

     

    We have started reassessing students using Form B of Word Journeys. Using the results of the assessments we will regroup the students for instruction after the holiday break.

    Social Studies

    We continued our unit on the Western Hemisphere.

    Ms. Jeffrey’s class continued learning about Canada, including its culture, geography and animals.  Last week we focused on geography and the students learned about landforms as well as the six different regions in Canada.

    Students in Mrs. S. Mead’s room have learned some general geographic and natural resource information about North America, including both the US and Canada. They started a menu which will include some research about North America. Next week we will focus on Canada specifically, and then move on to Central America before the December break.

    Mrs. K. Mead’s class has started focusing on South America and learning about how the continent varies from place to place. We will also be focusing on different map types and what we can learn from them.  



    Important Happenings/Information

    Student Teachers

    Starting in January both Ms. Jeffrey and Mrs. S. Mead will have full-time student teachers from St. Michael’s College.  Miss LaVallee will be joining Ms. Jeffrey’s class and Miss O’leary is joining Mrs. S Mead’s class.  They will be with the team through April with solo weeks coming in late March or early April.

    End of the Day Pick-Ups

    It’s important that we ensure students’ safety at dismissal time. One of our responsibilities is to make sure students who are being picked up go with an adult that has permission to take them. In order for this to be the case, the child’s parent either needs to send a note/email that day, OR the adult has to be placed on the “pick up list” with the office. This can be done by emailing Arthea Leggett (aleggett@ewsd.org).

     

    There are many students who are picked up regularly by adults who are not actually on that child’s pick-up list. We need to be diligent about this, so please take the time to email Arthea with the names of anyone who has your permission to pick up your child from school so that we can be as efficient at dismissal time as possible!

     

    Student Allergies

    We have some students on our team with severe, life-threatening allergies to tree nuts.  That means foods containing tree nuts or foods processed in a facility with tree nuts will not be allowed in the classroom.  Please read food labels carefully.  In addition, whole class snacks for birthdays and celebrations should be gluten free.

    Please plan to pack your child's snack in a separate bag or container to keep the snack away from any lunch items containing tree nuts. Everyday students will leave their lunch boxes in crates in the hallway.  Please let us know if you have any questions.

    Team Wish List

    We go through many of these things throughout the year, so any donations are always greatly appreciated!

      • DCF books (click on this link for titles)
      • Ziploc bags (snack, quart or gallon)
    • colored Sharpie markers
    • Vis a Vis markers
    • Post It Notes
    • Colored Card Stock
    • Expo markers
    • Kleenex
    • paper plates
    • paper bowls
    • plastic spoons

     

    Responsive Classroom

    If you are interested in learning more about this approach to teaching children, you can check out their website! There are great articles about how children learn based on their developmental age, as well as classroom routines and expectations that are aimed at teaching children how to treat each other, work hard, and take responsibility for their part in a community of learners.

     

    Responsive Classroom

    Band and Orchestra

    Group lessons began last week. It is each student’s’ responsibility to get to his/her lessons on time. While at lessons, students will likely miss instructional time in the classroom. We will continue to discuss with the students the importance of making up the class work that they miss while they are at a lesson. If they miss direct instruction they will have to see us at recess and/or quiet time to catch up on the material.

     

    Practice Superstars

    The following students completed all their assignments on time last week.

    Jeffrey: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23

    S. Mead: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 19

    K. Mead: 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23

    Model Citizen

    Jeffrey: 17

    S. Mead: 9

    K. Mead: 16

    Parent Volunteers

    There is information posted on the EWSD website for parents interested in volunteering.  Here is the direct link.

     

    Upcoming Events

    December 23 - January 1       Holiday Break

    January 15                              Teacher Inservice Day - no school for students

    February 26 - March 2            February Break



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  • December 4-8

    Posted by Stacey Mead on 12/11/2017 4:00:00 PM

    The students are working hard to stay on track with classroom routines even though excitement is building for their upcoming vacation.

     

    Academics

    Math

     

    This week we continued our with benchmark fractions. Some students learned how to accurately partition open area models into fifths and tenths.  They also learned how to plot those same fractions on linear models.  Other students continued working on how to compare fractional values to each other as well as benchmarks.  By the end of the week some students had learning fraction calculations.  Next week some students will learn about equivalence while others continue working on calculations.

     

    We continue to use a number talk as a way to teach students computation strategies.   We are looking for them to build efficiency and flexibility. Recently, students have been working on multiplication strategies such as using landmark numbers and partial products.  In addition to daily number talks, students continue to receive small group instruction on whole number computation based on monthly computation assessments.  

     

    We want to remind families that students’ instruction is based on what they show us they are ready for on pre-assessments, and the groups they are a part of are flexible and will change from day to day.  

     

    Math Stars

    Students continue to work on Math Stars.  We have seen the participation dwindle so we want to remind everyone that we offer help sessions each week.  Below are a few reminders about how this program works.

    • Students should work independently.  Parents should NOT offer any assistance.
    • We recognize the problems are challenging but this program teaches students perseverance.
    • We go over the problems together on Thursdays in a group session. Sometimes students can also follow-up individually with their teachers with specific questions.
    • This is an optional program so students can do a few or all of the problems.  If they have a busy week they don’t have to do any Math Stars.

     

    Reading

    Students continued fantasy book groups which have a continued focus on a variety of strategies and literary devices such as questioning, making predictions, identifying and explaining similes, metaphors and personification.  The assignments are due every Wednesday and Friday between now and December 20.  Some of the books are The BFG, Tuck Everlasting, Things Not Seen, George’s Marvelous Medicine, and Poppy.  Parents should see those books coming home so students can tackle some of the reading at home.  

    Read Aloud

    Mrs. S. Mead: Three Times Lucky

    We are nearing the end of the story! With the disappearance of the Colonel, and the kidnapping of Miss Lana, Mo and Dale are trying their best to keep it together. Deputy Marla is stationed at Miss Rose’s house all the time, in case Slate calls back with more demands. While she’s sleeping, the phone rings and Mo picks it up. It’s the Colonel, calling from a place with terrible cell service. She hears bits and pieces of what he says, mostly about going to her house and finding a packet hidden in his closet. He also says something about not trusting Detective Starr. Mo grabs Dale and they flee to her house, trying to get there and back before the impending hurricane. Mo finds the packet, and hides it under her shirt just before Slate and Deputy Marla come into the house. Deputy Marla is surprised to see the kids there, which makes Mo realize that perhaps the Colonel was saying not to trust Deputy Marla, rather than Starr. She shakes Mo, trying to get answers about why they are there. The packet falls out of her shirt, but before Deputy Marla can grab it, she slips and falls, cracking her head on the side of the table. Mo solicits Dale’s help to tie her up, and then slashes her tires on their way out of the house. Now they’re in a mad dash to try and get back to Dale’s house before the hurricane hits, and before Slate finds them!



    Mrs. K. Mead:  Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

    We have started reading Fish in a Tree. Ally’s teacher has left for maternity leave and her new teacher Mr. Daniels has started. He quickly shows Ally that he is different than other teachers by letting her know he wants to avoid sending her to the office and see if he can help her make better choices in the classroom. Shay continues to bully students behind the teachers’ back and Jessica continues to go along with it. Ally even goes along with it one day when Shay makes fun of Albert. Ally feels awful about being mean to Albert and tries to think of a way to make it up to him. Keisha seems to be one of the only students brave enough to stand up to Shay. Ally really admires this about Keisha. When Keisha unfairly gets punished before a holiday concert Ally stands up for her. She also gets in trouble but feels really good about standing up for Keisha. Ally and Keisha then reach out to Albert and start sitting together at lunch. Shay calls them the Island of Misfit toys which bothers Ally but Keisha and Albert try to encourage Ally to not let the things Shay says and does bother her. Meanwhile Ally is still struggling to read and write at school. She has found success in other activities that Mr. Daniels has set up and is finding herself wanting to impress a teacher for once. Due to this she has been working really hard on her assignments despite the fact that they remain really hard.  




    Ms. Jeffrey: The Odds of Getting Even by Sheila Turnage

    Mo and Dale told Detective Joe Starr about the patrol car in the woods but when he went to find it they discovered the car was in the river instead.  Dale was very worried his dad, Macon Johnson, had drowned in the car but it was empty when it was pulled from the creek.  Mo and Dale later became very suspicious of Capers Dylan because she was supposed to be sick but instead was outside meeting with a source.  They asked Skeeter and Sal to do some research on Capers and her story about being a reporter checked out.  However, her website states she lives in Columbia, SC and she told everyone she lives in Charleston.  Her website also stated she has a cat but she told Mo she was allergic to cats.  The students are very suspicious of her and continue to wonder if she is Macon’s accomplice.  



    Writing

    The students continue working on informational writing.  

    Ms. Jeffrey’s class finalized their piece comparing Earth and Mars.  They are now gathering research on a Canadian province or territory using CultureGrams.  They will use that research to write an independent informational piece.  

    Students in Mrs. S. Mead’s room are now starting their final information piece. They will research a topic of their choosing, related to North or South America, using resources outlined in a lesson with Mrs. Jablonski last week. They are also modeling their writing after various nonfiction mentor texts here in the classroom.

    Students in Mrs. K. Mead’s room are working on a class ABC book about Canada. Each student is responsible to research one topic and write a short informational piece on that topic. We will create our class book before students will repeat the process in smaller groups about South America.



    Word Study

    The students continue to learn spelling patterns through their weekly word study work.   The completed sorts for each group can be found in the word study section of the team website.  

     

    Each word study group meets on Monday to identify the rule/pattern for the week.  We will explain the rule to the students and they complete two sorts.  Throughout the week they have other assignments.  The students have a schedule of those assignments in their literacy binders.  

     

    We have started reassessing students using Form B of Word Journeys. Using the results of the assessments we will regroup the students for instruction after the holiday break.

    Social Studies

    We continued our unit on the Western Hemisphere.

    Ms. Jeffrey’s class continued learning about Canada, including its culture, geography and animals.  They have completed atlas work learning about the differences between political, physical and thematic maps.  In addition, they have watched two Safari Montage videos on Canada.  Students should be studying the locations of the continents and oceans using the games on the team website.

    Students in Mrs. S. Mead’s room have learned some general geographic and natural resource information about North America, including both the US and Canada. They started a menu which will include some research about North America. Next week we will focus on Canada specifically, and then move on to Central America before the December break.

    Mrs. K. Mead’s class has been focusing on Canada, after watching a couple of video’s on Canada students brainstormed topics they would be interested in knowing more about. They have been researching those topics and working on some informational writing in conjunction with this work.

    Important Happenings/Information

    End of the Day Pick-Ups

    It’s important that we ensure students’ safety at dismissal time. One of our responsibilities is to make sure students who are being picked up go with an adult that has permission to take them. In order for this to be the case, the child’s parent either needs to send a note/email that day, OR the adult has to be placed on the “pick up list” with the office. This can be done by emailing Arthea Leggett (aleggett@ewsd.org).

     

    There are many students who are picked up regularly by adults who are not actually on that child’s pick-up list. We need to be diligent about this, so please take the time to email Arthea with the names of anyone who has your permission to pick up your child from school so that we can be as efficient at dismissal time as possible!

     

    Student Allergies

    We have some students on our team with severe, life-threatening allergies to tree nuts.  That means foods containing tree nuts or foods processed in a facility with tree nuts will not be allowed in the classroom.  Please read food labels carefully.  In addition, whole class snacks for birthdays and celebrations should be gluten free.

    Please plan to pack your child's snack in a separate bag or container to keep the snack away from any lunch items containing tree nuts. Everyday students will leave their lunch boxes in crates in the hallway.  Please let us know if you have any questions.

    Team Wish List

    We go through many of these things throughout the year, so any donations are always greatly appreciated!

      • DCF books (click on this link for titles)
      • Ziploc bags (snack, quart or gallon)
    • colored Sharpie markers
    • Vis a Vis markers
    • Post It Notes
    • Colored Card Stock
    • Expo markers
    • Kleenex
    • paper plates
    • paper bowls
    • plastic spoons

     

    Responsive Classroom

    If you are interested in learning more about this approach to teaching children, you can check out their website! There are great articles about how children learn based on their developmental age, as well as classroom routines and expectations that are aimed at teaching children how to treat each other, work hard, and take responsibility for their part in a community of learners.

     

    Responsive Classroom

    Band and Orchestra

    Group lessons began last week. It is each student’s’ responsibility to get to his/her lessons on time. While at lessons, students will likely miss instructional time in the classroom. We will continue to discuss with the students the importance of making up the class work that they miss while they are at a lesson. If they miss direct instruction they will have to see us at recess and/or quiet time to catch up on the material.

     

    Practice Superstars

    The following students completed all their assignments on time last week.

    Jeffrey: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23

    S. Mead: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 19, 21

    K. Mead: 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23

    Model Citizen

    Jeffrey: 1

    K. Mead: 21

    S. Mead: 21

    Parent Volunteers

    There is information posted on the EWSD website for parents interested in volunteering.  Here is the direct link.

     

    Upcoming Events

    December 23 - January 2       Holiday Break

    January 15                              Teacher Inservice Day - no school for students

    February 26 - March 2            February Break



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  • November 27 - December 1

    Posted by Stacey Mead on 12/3/2017 9:30:00 PM

    We had a great transition back from the Thanksgiving break and we welcomed Mrs. Mead back from her parental leave.

     

    Academics

    Math

     

    This week we continued our with benchmark fractions. Some students learned how to accurately partition open area models into thirds, sixths and twelfths.  They also learned how to plot those same fractions on linear models.  Other students learned how to compare fractional values to each other.  They also learned how to determine which fraction is closer to a given benchmark.  Next week we will move onto fifths and tenths and do more work with comparing fractions.

     

    We continue to use a number talk as a way to teach students computation strategies.   We are looking for them to build efficiency and flexibility. Recently, students have been working on multiplication strategies such as using landmark numbers and partial products.  In addition to daily number talks, students continue to receive small group instruction on whole number computation based on monthly computation assessments.  

     

    We want to remind families that students’ instruction is based on what they show us they are ready for on pre-assessments, and the groups they are a part of are flexible and will change from day to day.  

     

    Math Stars

    Students continue to work on Math Stars.  We have seen the participation dwindle so we want to remind everyone that we offer help sessions each week.  Below are a few reminders about how this program works.

    • Students should work independently.  Parents should NOT offer any assistance.
    • We recognize the problems are challenging but this program teaches students perseverance.
    • We go over the problems together on Thursdays in a group session. Sometimes students can also follow-up individually with their teachers with specific questions.
    • This is an optional program so students can do a few or all of the problems.  If they have a busy week they don’t have to do any Math Stars.




    Reading

    Students began fantasy book groups which have a continued focus on a variety of strategies and literary devices such as questioning, making predictions, identifying and explaining similes, metaphors and personification.  The assignments are due every Wednesday and Friday between now and December 20.  Some of the books are The BFG, Tuck Everlasting, Things Not Seen, George’s Marvelous Medicine, and Poppy.

    Read Aloud

    Mrs. S. Mead: Three Times Lucky

    Mo and Dale spent all night at the town festival helping to raise money for Lavender in the hopes of repairing his car for the big Sycamore 200 race in a month. Although they were successful, something much more sinister was happening back at the cafe at the same time. When Mo and Dale returned to tell Miss Lana about their good news, they found Mo’s house had been broken into and ransacked. Miss Lana was also missing and a ransom note was left, apparently by Mr. Jesse’s murderer. Detective Starr decides to have Dale look through mug shots and while doing this he recognizes “Plainclothes Phil,” the off-duty police officer who follows him around town to keep an eye on him. The kids are stunned to learn that the man in the photo is actually Robert Slate, a dangerous bank robber, and not someone Starr asked to keep an eye on Dale! The hunt is not on for Slate, and Mo and Dale are doing all they can to stay calm and help to find Miss Lana.



    Mrs. K. Mead:  Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

    We finished reading Greenglass House this week. Students really enjoyed the twists near the end and making predictions throughout the book.

     

    We have started reading Fish in a Tree. This a story about Ally Nickerson. We have learned that she does not like school because she feels like she is dumber than her classmates. She struggles with reading and focuses on that instead of her strengths. Another student, Shay, in her class often bullies her but we have noticed there are classmates who are will to stand up for her. Ally’s brother Travis is in high school and shares Ally’s feelings on school but has found his passion in refurbishing antiques, and restoring cars. We have learned that Ally enjoys drawing and is very strong at math- even though she hasn’t really noticed that yet. We have made many connections between the movie Wonder and another read aloud book from last year Because of Mr. Terupt.





    Ms. Jeffrey: The Odds of Getting Even by Sheila Turnage

    Mo recovered a note that was dropped by Capers Dylan.  Sal discovered that the note was written in 2-6 code which means you read the second word and every sixth word.   After deciphering the note, the students think that Capers is an accomplice to Macon Johnson.   After that discovery, Miss Lana asks Mo, Dale and Harm to gather some things from the woods for the cafe tables.  As they are walking through the woods they discover the patrol car that Macon Johnson stole when he escaped.  Now they are worried he never left Tupelo Landing.  



    Writing

    The students continue working on informational writing.  They are learning to establish a clear focus, support it with relevant details and wrap up their writing with a conclusion.  We are working on writing informational pieces based on our own expertise as well as others which require research.  Students are drafting their writing in Writer’s Notebooks as well as on the computer in Drive.  

    Ms. Jeffrey’s class worked on the revision step of the writing process.  They added direct quotes from the article on Earth and Mars into their writing.  In addition, they incorporated transitions into their writing.  Next up they will do research on a Canadian province or territory of their choosing using CultureGrams.  They will use their research to write an independent piece.



    Word Study

    The students continue to learn spelling patterns through their weekly word study work.   The completed sorts for each group can be found in the word study section of the team website.  

     

    Each word study group meets on Monday to identify the rule/pattern for the week.  We will explain the rule to the students and they complete two sorts.  Throughout the week they have other assignments.  The students have a schedule of those assignments in their literacy binders.  

     

    We will be reassessing students using Form B of Word Journeys over the next few weeks and will use the results to regroup them.

    Social Studies

    We began a unit on the Western Hemisphere.

    Ms. Jeffrey’s class began learning about Canada, including its culture, geography and animals.  

     

    Important Happenings/Information

    Student Allergies

    We have some students on our team with severe, life-threatening allergies to tree nuts.  That means foods containing tree nuts or foods processed in a facility with tree nuts will not be allowed in the classroom.  Please read food labels carefully.  In addition, whole class snacks for birthdays and celebrations should be gluten free.

    Please plan to pack your child's snack in a separate bag or container to keep the snack away from any lunch items containing tree nuts. Everyday students will leave their lunch boxes in crates in the hallway.  Please let us know if you have any questions.

    Team Wish List

    We go through many of these things throughout the year, so any donations are always greatly appreciated!

      • DCF books (click on this link for titles)
      • Ziploc bags (snack, quart or gallon)
    • colored Sharpie markers
    • Vis a Vis markers
    • Post It Notes
    • Colored Card Stock
    • Expo markers
    • Kleenex
    • paper plates
    • paper bowls
    • plastic spoons

     

    Responsive Classroom

    If you are interested in learning more about this approach to teaching children, you can check out their website! There are great articles about how children learn based on their developmental age, as well as classroom routines and expectations that are aimed at teaching children how to treat each other, work hard, and take responsibility for their part in a community of learners.

     

    Responsive Classroom

    Band and Orchestra

    Group lessons began last week. It is each student’s’ responsibility to get to his/her lessons on time. While at lessons, students will likely miss instructional time in the classroom. We will continue to discuss with the students the importance of making up the class work that they miss while they are at a lesson. If they miss direct instruction they will have to see us at recess and/or quiet time to catch up on the material.

     

    Practice Superstars

    The following students completed all their assignments on time last week.

    Jeffrey: 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23

    S. Mead: 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21

    K. Mead: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23

    Model Citizen

    Jeffrey: 7

    S. Mead: 8

    K. Mead: 2

    Parent Volunteers

    There is information posted on the EWSD website for parents interested in volunteering.  Here is the direct link.

     

    Upcoming Events

    December 1                            FMS Concert Tree Lighting

    December 23 - January 2       Holiday Break

    January 15                              Teacher Inservice Day - no school for students

    February 26 - March 2            February Break



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  • November 13-17

    Posted by Stacey Mead on 11/20/2017 8:00:00 AM

    The students did a great job staying focused in the week leading up to break! It was definitely hard with all of the fun and exciting things happening around our school, from Bren Bataclan’s week-long visit, to the Wonder field trip!

     

    Academics

    Math

     

    This week we continued our with benchmark fractions. We moved on this week to set models with halves, fourths and eighths, and then into area models with thirds. Students also took the pre-assessment for thirds, sixths and twelfths so that this initial instruction in this family could take place before the break. After vacation, we will continue through twelfths with all three model. For students who showed proficiency with these skills, they continued work on rates or probability.

     

    We continue to use a number talk as a way to teach students computation strategies.   We are looking for them to build efficiency and flexibility. Recently, students have been working on multiplication strategies such as using landmark numbers and partial products.  In addition to daily number talks, students continue to receive small group instruction on whole number computation based on monthly computation assessments.  

     

    We want to remind families that students’ instruction is based on what they show us they are ready for on pre-assessments, and the groups they are a part of are flexible and will change from day to day.  

     

    Math Stars

    Students continue to work on Math Stars.  We have seen the participation dwindle so we want to remind everyone that we offer help sessions each week.  Below are a few reminders about how this program works.

    • Students should work independently.  Parents should NOT offer any assistance.
    • We recognize the problems are challenging but this program teaches students perseverance.
    • We go over the problems together on Thursdays in a group session. Sometimes students can also follow-up individually with their teachers with specific questions.
    • This is an optional program so students can do a few or all of the problems.  If they have a busy week they don’t have to do any Math Stars.

    Reading

    Students finished up realistic fiction book groups and literature circles before Thanksgiving break.  When we return, we will be moving on to fantasy book groups with all students. Teachers match students to texts for these guided groups in order to best match students’ readiness.

    Read Aloud

    Mrs. S. Mead: Three Times Lucky

    Now that Dale is somewhat of a superstar in his hometown, he is happy to have the extra attention, even if it is for being a fugitive. While at the funeral for Mr. Jesse, Mo takes it upon herself (and Dale), to try to scope out strangers in the hopes of discovering the murderer. In the midst of this detective work, they find out that Mr. Jesse had been making $100 donations to the church every Saturday night for the last 5 years! This came as a shock to everyone in town, as Mr. Jesse had a reputation for being very stingy. While all of this “investigating” is happening, Dale is annoyed by the security detail he’s apparently been given by Joe Star. A fat, bald man is following him everywhere, and Mo and Dale have dubbed him “Plainclothes Phil.”



    Mrs. Guerino:  Greenglass House by Kate Milford

    Knowing a customs agent was in the house, the Pines tried to get Fenster out, but the underground railway was frozen.  Later, when Milo and his Dad were searching the shed for sleds, Milo discovered half of the gate. At dinner, Mr. Vinge revealed that he was the customs agent while he was telling a story about Doc Holystone.  We also learned that Meddy is actually the ghost of Doc Hollywood’s daughter, Addie.  The night that Doc Holystone was killed, Addie was out on the fire escape trying to see her Dad, and she too, fell and died.  Mr. Vinge and his thugs held the guests captive while they searched for the Doc Holystone’s lost cargo.  Milo discovered the figurine in the dining room chandelier and Meddy was able to use her ghost presence to scare Mr. Vinge and his thugs away.  




    Ms. Jeffrey: The Odds of Getting Even by Sheila Turnage

    The church, Anna Celeste’s house and a bank  have been robbed.  There are several clues that point to Macon Johnson as the criminal but some of the clues seem planted like someone is trying to frame him.  To make matters worse, someone slit a tire on Lavender’s racecar but luckily he was able to escape without injury.  Mo and Dale are still having problems with Thes, as he continues to be angry with them.  




    Writing

    The students are working on informational writing.  They are learning to establish a clear focus, support it with relevant details and wrap up their writing with a conclusion.  We are working on writing informational pieces based on our own expertise as well as others which require research.  Students are drafting their writing in Writer’s Notebooks as well as on the computer in Drive.  

    Ms. Jeffrey’s class is drafting an informational response to an article comparing Mars and Earth.  They have written the first draft and next we will move onto adding transitions as well as direct quotes from the article.

    Word Study

    The students continue to learn spelling patterns through their weekly word study work.   The completed sorts for each group can be found in the word study section of the team website.  

     

    Each word study group meets on Monday to identify the rule/pattern for the week.  We will explain the rule to the students and they complete two sorts.  Throughout the week they have other assignments.  The students have a schedule of those assignments in their literacy binders.  

     

    We will be reassessing students using Form B of Word Journeys between Thanksgiving and the Holiday break, to create new groups.

    Science

    Students wrapped up their work with our “Earth’s Place in Space” unit. When we return from Thanksgiving vacation we will be entering our first social studies unit. This year the curriculum focuses on the geography and culture of the Western Hemisphere.

     

    Important Happenings/Information

    Student Allergies

    We have some students on our team with severe, life-threatening allergies to tree nuts.  That means foods containing tree nuts or foods processed in a facility with tree nuts will not be allowed in the classroom.  Please read food labels carefully.  In addition, whole class snacks for birthdays and celebrations should be gluten free.

    Please plan to pack your child's snack in a separate bag or container to keep the snack away from any lunch items containing tree nuts. Everyday students will leave their lunch boxes in crates in the hallway.  Please let us know if you have any questions.

    Team Wish List

    We go through many of these things throughout the year, so any donations are always greatly appreciated!

      • DCF books (click on this link for titles)
      • Ziploc bags (snack, quart or gallon)
    • colored Sharpie markers
    • Vis a Vis markers
    • Post It Notes
    • Colored Card Stock
    • Expo markers
    • Kleenex
    • paper plates
    • paper bowls
    • plastic spoons

     

    Responsive Classroom

    If you are interested in learning more about this approach to teaching children, you can check out their website! There are great articles about how children learn based on their developmental age, as well as classroom routines and expectations that are aimed at teaching children how to treat each other, work hard, and take responsibility for their part in a community of learners.

     

    Responsive Classroom

    Band and Orchestra

    Group lessons began last week. It is each student’s’ responsibility to get to his/her lessons on time. While at lessons, students will likely miss instructional time in the classroom. We will continue to discuss with the students the importance of making up the class work that they miss while they are at a lesson. If they miss direct instruction they will have to see us at recess and/or quiet time to catch up on the material.

     

     

    Practice Superstars

    The following students completed all their assignments on time last week.

    Jeffrey: 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 23

    Mead: 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 21

    Guerino: 1, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23

    Model Citizen

    Jeffrey: 3

    Mead: 14

    Guerino: 4

     

     

    Parent Volunteers

    There is information posted on the EWSD website for parents interested in volunteering.  Here is the direct link.

     

    Upcoming Events

    Thanksgiving Break November 20 - 24

    FMS Concert Tree Lighting December 1

    Holiday Break December 23 - January 2

     

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  • November 6 - 10

    Posted by Karen Jeffrey on 11/13/2017 8:15:00 AM

    There is definitely excitement in the air as the vacation approaches!

     

    Academics

    Math

     

    This week we continued our with benchmark fractions. We worked on halves, fourths and eighths on area and linear models.  This work will continue after break as we tackle set models and then move onto the next set of benchmark fractions - thirds, sixths and twelfths. For students who showed proficiency with these skills, they worked on rates or probability.

     

    We continue to use a number talk as a way to teach students computation strategies.   We are looking for them to build efficiency and flexibility. Recently, students have been working on multiplication strategies such as using landmark numbers and partial products.  In addition to daily number talks, students continue to receive small group instruction on whole number computation based on monthly computation assessments.  

     

    We want to remind families that students’ instruction is based on what they show us they are ready for on pre-assessments, and the groups they are a part of are flexible and will change from day to day.  

     

    Math Stars

    Students continue to work on Math Stars.  We have seen the participation dwindle so we want to remind everyone that we offer help sessions each week.  Below are a few reminders about how this program works.

    • Students should work independently.  Parents should NOT offer any assistance.
    • We recognize the problems are challenging but this program teaches students perseverance.
    • We go over the problems together on Thursdays in a group session.
    • This is an optional program so students can do a few or all of the problems.  If they have a busy week they don’t have to do any Math Stars.

     

    Reading

    Students continue realistic fiction book groups and literature circles.  All assignments are due on Wednesdays and Fridays.  The students need to read the assigned chapters and complete the accompanying written work.  Some of the books they are reading are My Side of the Mountain, Lunch Money, Hatchet, Holes and A Taste of Blackberries.  They will wrap those groups up before break and then we will move onto a new genre.

     

    Read Aloud

    Mrs. S. Mead: Three Times Lucky

    Mo gets Dale worked up, convincing him that he is the only suspect in Mr. Jesse’s murder investigation. Because of this, he decides to head to Mo’s place in the middle of the night. After tapping on her window, Mo lets him in, and the two agree to begin gathering clues to investigate the murder themselves. Mo has very little confidence in Detective Joe Starr’s ability. Just as the two detectives are discussing their case, an odd sound comes from outside Moe’s window. As the two kids turn to look, they see a man’s face, and bald head staring back at them from outside! He immediately runs, and Mo and Dale scream and get help from Mo’s mother, Miss Lana. The following day, Dale gets grounded by his mother for sneaking out of the house, and Mo decides to take up the investigation on her own.

     

    Mrs. Guerino:  Greenglass House by Kate Milford

    Dr. Gowervine also reported being robbed, so then Milo and Meddy weren’t sure if this was a decoy or perhaps he was not the thief as they suspected. He was missing a brown bag containing research about Skellansen in it. Later, Georgie presented Milo with a present that was the chart and and a photo of the window on the 4th floor. Georgie believed that most of the chart was hundreds of years old, but suspected that the ship and seagull were painted on later. Clem revealed that she knew to come to the Greenglass House because she found half of the gate from the watermark at an antique shop and they told her its origin.  They also told her that the Inn used to have a different entrance than it currently does somewhere along the ridge in the clearing and it was marked with the gate. Clem also presented Milo with a gift which was a lockpit kit.  Milo and Meddy searched rooms for Dr. Gowervine’s missing bag. While they were in one of the rooms, someone locked them in. Milo tried using the picks in his new kit, but none of them worked, so they decided to climb out the fire escape and bang on it.  They got Mr. Pine’s attention and he unlocked the door.  Suspecting they must have been close to finding something the thief didn’t want them to, they peeked back into Georgie’s old room and discovered that the uneven rug was now smoothed out.  Under the rug, Milo found a certificate declaring that a customs agent was present in the Inn. Now they must figure out who it is. Milo discovered that a key pass was missing from his parents’ room. While in their room, Milo and Meddy also discovered the missing brown bag out on the fire escape covered with snow.  In the bag, they discovered a photo of a window that looked familiar.  When they returned the bag, they found Mr. Vinge reading a book about rivers, so they asked to see it in case there was a clue about the chart in it.  Mr. Vinge told Milo that if his chart was of dangerous waters then it would have a warning on it so he assumes it is safe. Afterwards, Milo headed outside to look for the clearing of the old gate.  Before getting called back in, he discovered a stone bench with a picture of a bird and graffiti under it saying RIP AW ADDIE WE HARDLY KNEW YE.  Later Milo comes to the conclusion that Mr. Vinge is the thief and customs agent.  



    Ms. Jeffrey: The Odds of Getting Even by Sheila Turnage

    Mo and Dale are having problems with their friend, Thes, because they had an argument about Dale’s father and his possible connection to the break-in at the church.  Thes has buddied up with Anna Celeste, who is Mo’s sworn enemy and he is basically ignoring Mo and Dale.  At the same time, Dale brought Grandmother Miss Lacy Thornton two guinea hens because he is worried about her since she lives all by herself.   Dale is also struggling with who he can place the puppies with, mostly because he wants all their new homes to be perfect.  



    Writing

    The students continue to learn about and work on informational writing.  They are learning to establish a clear focus, support it with relevant details and wrap up their writing with a conclusion.  We are working on writing informational pieces based on our own expertise as well as others which require research.  Students are drafting their writing in Writer’s Notebooks as well as on the computer in Drive.  



    Word Study

    The students continue to learn spelling patterns through their weekly word study work.   The completed sorts for each group can be found in the word study section of the team website.  

     

    Each word study group meets on Monday to identify the rule/pattern for the week.  We will explain the rule to the students and they complete two sorts.  Throughout the week they have other assignments.  The students have a schedule of those assignments in their literacy binders.  

    We will formerly re-assess students in December and groups will be shuffled based on student needs.

     

    Science

    The students continue to learn about the stars,the seasons, and the moon.  Some completed a Science Court which focused on gravity and the moon.  Others learned about the phases of the moon and what causes the change in what we see.  Below is the link to the Earth Science KUD’s which are basically unit outlines.  Right now we are doing the Earth’s Place unit. This unit will wrap up before Thanksgiving break.  After break we will start our first social studies unit with a focus on the Western Hemisphere.

    Earth Science KUD's

     

    Important Happenings/Information

    Student Allergies

    We have some students on our team with severe, life-threatening allergies to tree nuts.  That means foods containing tree nuts or foods processed in a facility with tree nuts will not be allowed in the classroom.  Please read food labels carefully.  In addition, whole class snacks for birthdays and celebrations should be gluten free.

    Please plan to pack your child's snack in a separate bag or container to keep the snack away from any lunch items containing tree nuts. Everyday students will leave their lunch boxes in crates in the hallway.  Please let us know if you have any questions.

    Team Wish List

    We go through many of these things throughout the year, so any donations are always greatly appreciated!

      • DCF books (click on this link for titles)
      • Ziploc bags (snack, quart or gallon)
    • colored Sharpie markers
    • Vis a Vis markers
    • Post It Notes
    • Colored Card Stock
    • Expo markers
    • Kleenex
    • paper plates
    • paper bowls
    • plastic spoons

     

    Responsive Classroom

    If you are interested in learning more about this approach to teaching children, you can check out their website! There are great articles about how children learn based on their developmental age, as well as classroom routines and expectations that are aimed at teaching children how to treat each other, work hard, and take responsibility for their part in a community of learners.

     

    Responsive Classroom

    Band and Orchestra

    Group lessons began last week. It is each student’s’ responsibility to get to his/her lessons on time. While at lessons, students will likely miss instructional time in the classroom. We will continue to discuss with the students the importance of making up the class work that they miss while they are at a lesson. If they miss direct instruction they will have to see us at recess and/or quiet time to catch up on the material.

     

     

    Practice Superstars

    The following students completed all their assignments on time last week.

    Jeffrey:  2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23

    Mead: 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 19, 21

    Guerino: 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 20, 23

    Model Citizen

    Jeffrey: 23

    Mead: 3

    Guerino: 9

     

     

    Parent Volunteers

    There is information posted on the EWSD website for parents interested in volunteering.  Here is the direct link.

     

    Upcoming Events

    Bren Bataclan visit November 13 - 17

    Essex Cinemas field trip November 17

    Thanksgiving Break November 20 - 24

    FMS Concert Tree Lighting December 1

     

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  • October 31 - November 3

    Posted by Stacey Mead on 11/6/2017 8:00:00 AM

    The students are working hard! Even with the strange start to last week and many without power, they have done a nice job here at school.

     

    Academics

    Math

     

    This week we began our work with benchmark fractions. Students need to be able to show all benchmark fraction families using all three types of models: area, set and linear. The first family of fractions we cover is halves, fourths and eighths. The students who needed this started with area models, showing halves and fourths. This work will continue into next week. For students who showed proficiency with these skills, they have continued to take pre-assessments on future benchmark fraction families. If they are ready for work beyond benchmark fractions, they will work with rates or probability, beginning on November 7th.

     

    We begin math each day with a number talk as a way to teach students computation strategies.   We are looking for them to build efficiency and flexibility. Recently, students have been working on multiplication strategies such as using landmark numbers.  In addition to daily number talks, students continue to receive small group instruction on whole number computation based on monthly computation assessments.  

     

    We want to remind families that students’ instruction is based on what they show us they are ready for on pre-assessments, and the groups they are a part of are flexible and will change from day to day.  

     

    Math Stars

    Students continue to work on Math Stars.  We have seen the participation dwindle so we want to remind everyone that we offer help sessions each week.  Below are a few reminders about how this program works.

    • Students should work independently.  Parents should NOT offer any assistance.
    • We recognize the problems are challenging but this program teaches students perseverance.
    • We go over the problems together on Thursdays in a group session.
    • This is an optional program so students can do a few or all of the problems.  If they have a busy week they don’t have to do any Math Stars.

     

    Reading

    Some students are doing a second round of book groups while others are doing literature circles.  All assignments are due on Wednesdays and Fridays.  The students need to read the assigned chapters and complete the accompanying written work.  Some of the books they are reading are My Side of the Mountain, Lunch Money, Hatchet, Holes and A Taste of Blackberries.

    Read Aloud

    Mrs. S. Mead: Three Times Lucky

    Mr. Jesse has now been murdered (we knew from reading the back of the book that this was part of the plot), and Moe is absolutely distraught. The Colonel needed to remind her that she was never actually very fond of Mr. Jesse, and the fact that he is dead does not need to change her sentiment. Detective Joe Starr is back in Tupelo Landing, and it looks as if he’s here to stay. Not many of the residents like the addition of this stranger into their mix, but they are also very worried about the idea that one of the people they know could be a killer. Meanwhile, Moe and Dale are worried that someone will discover that Dale was the one who really stole Mr. Jesse’s boat.

     

    Mrs. Guerino:  Greenglass House by Kate Milford

    The next morning, Milo awoke to find a present outside his door from his parents.  It was his Dad’s old Odd Trails figurine.  When he went downstairs to see if anything would be reported missing as a result of the wondering around he had heard the night before, he only found Mrs. Hereward trying to put up with Fenster’s absentmindedness as they worked together to bake a cake to try to cheer Georgie up.  Later, Milo presented Mrs. Hereward with the lantern that he had wrapped up for her thinking it could be the relic left from one of her ancestors. Also that morning, Mr. Pine, Fenster and Brandon also got the generator fixed. Mrs. Hereward asked Owen what he knew about his middle name, Lansdegown and told him they could be related. She continued the story of her ancestors who had built the house.  He had 2 children.  Lucy was born to the man’s first wife.  After this wife died, he had a son named Liao with a Chinese woman. Liao and his Mom lived in China until he was 6 or 7 years old while the man lived aboard a ship.  Eventually the man brought his family together in Nagspeake for safety before the war.  The children named the house after their Dad’s surname, Blue Crowne.  When the kids tried to translate the name to Mandarin, it ended up Lansdegown.  Mrs. Hereward suspected that Owen could be descended from Liao’s side of the family.  Later, Milo decided to give Owen the keys with the Mandarin symbols on them since he felt they could be connected to his ancestors. Following these events, Georgie seemed desperate to leave the Inn.  She asked Mrs. Pine if she could raise the flag to get the ferryman’s attention to come get her since the phone lines were down.  Owen was so appreciative of Milo’s gesture that he gave Milo a carved Chinese dragon that he had used as a kid to remind him of his heritage.




    Ms. Jeffrey: The Odds of Getting Even by Sheila Turnage

    Macon Johnson escaped from the courthouse just before his trial.  Then there was a break in at Miss Rose’s house and we suspect that it was Macon Johnson.  He took food from the kitchen, camping gear from Lavender’s room, Dale’s flashlight and Miss Rose’s gun.  He also trashed Lavender’s room and we are wondering what he was looking for.  The students are guessing he was looking for the keys to Lavender’s racecar.  Dale is frustrated by all the rumors going around about his dad.  To give the townspeople something else to talk about he announced that his dog is expecting puppies.  He told them that he will be accepting adoption papers for those who are interested in getting one of the puppies.  The students continue to be suspicious of Capers Dylan, a reporter in town who was supposed to be covering the trial of Mr. Macon.  

     

    Writing

    The students are working on informational writing.  They are learning to establish a clear focus, support it with relevant details and wrap up their writing with a conclusion.  We are working on writing informational pieces based on our own expertise as well as others which require research.  Students are drafting their writing in Writer’s Notebooks as well as on the computer in Drive.  

     

    Writing Lab Site

    On Monday, November 6th students in Mrs. S. Mead’s homeroom will get to participate in a writing lab site visit with Beth Moore, focused on informational writing. She is an expert in teaching writer’s workshop to elementary students, and we are looking forward to this special visit!



    Word Study

    The students continue to learn spelling patterns through their weekly word study work.   The completed sorts for each group can be found in the word study section of the team website.  

     

    Each word study group meets on Monday to identify the rule/pattern for the week.  We will explain the rule to the students and they complete two sorts.  Throughout the week they have other assignments.  The students have a schedule of those assignments in their literacy binders.  

     

    Science

    The students have been learning about the seasons and the Earth’s rotation around the Sun.  Some have also learned about why we see certain constellations at certain times of the year as well as why the moon goes through different phases during the month.  We have done the Seasons Science Court as well as some hands on learning from Mystery Science.  Below is the link to the Earth Science KUD’s which are basically unit outlines.  Right now we are doing the Earth’s Place unit. This unit will wrap up before Thanksgiving break.

    Earth Science KUD's

     

    Important Happenings/Information

    Student Allergies

    We have some students on our team with severe, life-threatening allergies to tree nuts.  That means foods containing tree nuts or foods processed in a facility with tree nuts will not be allowed in the classroom.  Please read food labels carefully.  In addition, whole class snacks for birthdays and celebrations should be gluten free.

    Please plan to pack your child's snack in a separate bag or container to keep the snack away from any lunch items containing tree nuts. Everyday students will leave their lunch boxes in crates in the hallway.  Please let us know if you have any questions.

    Team Wish List

    We go through many of these things throughout the year, so any donations are always greatly appreciated!

      • DCF books (click on this link for titles)
      • Ziploc bags (snack, quart or gallon)
    • colored Sharpie markers
    • Vis a Vis markers
    • Post It Notes
    • Colored Card Stock
    • Expo markers
    • Kleenex
    • paper plates
    • paper bowls
    • plastic spoons

     

    Responsive Classroom

    If you are interested in learning more about this approach to teaching children, you can check out their website! There are great articles about how children learn based on their developmental age, as well as classroom routines and expectations that are aimed at teaching children how to treat each other, work hard, and take responsibility for their part in a community of learners.

     

    Responsive Classroom

    Band and Orchestra

    Group lessons began last week. It is each student’s’ responsibility to get to his/her lessons on time. While at lessons, students will likely miss instructional time in the classroom. We will continue to discuss with the students the importance of making up the class work that they miss while they are at a lesson. If they miss direct instruction they will have to see us at recess and/or quiet time to catch up on the material.

     

     

    Practice Superstars

    The following students completed all their assignments on time last week.

    Jeffrey: 2, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23

    Mead: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 13, 14, 19

    Guerino: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23

     

    Model Citizen

    Jeffrey: 15

    Mead: 1

    Guerino: 13

     

     

    Parent Volunteers

    There is information posted on the EWSD website for parents interested in volunteering.  Here is the direct link.

     

    Upcoming Events

    Bren Bataclan visit November 13 - 17

    Essex Cinemas field trip November 17

    Thanksgiving Break November 20 - 24

    FMS Concert Tree Lighting December 1

     

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  • October 23-27

    Posted by Stacey Mead on 10/29/2017 8:15:00 PM

    It is hard to believe we only have three more weeks before Thanksgiving break.

     

    Academics

    Math



    Students continued working on whole number concepts including prime and composite numbers and multiples. Some students also worked on prime factorization and finding the greatest common factor for a set of numbers.  We are wrapping up this whole numbers unit and will move onto fractions next week.  We will start with benchmark fractions on area, set and linear models and then move onto equivalence and magnitude.  To complete the unit students will learn how to make fractions calculations.

     

    We begin math each day with a number talk as a way to teach students computation strategies.   We are looking for them to build efficiency and flexibility. Recently, students have been working on multiplication strategies such as using landmark numbers.  In addition to daily number talks, students continue to receive small group instruction on whole number computation based on monthly computation assessments.  

     

    We want to remind families that students’ instruction is based on what they show us they are ready for on pre-assessments, and the groups they are a part of are flexible and will change from day to day.  

     

    Math Stars

    Students continue to work on Math Stars.  We have seen the participation dwindle so we want to remind everyone that we offer help sessions each week.  Below are a few reminders about how this program works.

    • Students should work independently.  Parents should NOT offer any assistance.
    • We recognize the problems are challenging but this program teaches students perseverance.
    • We go over the problems together on Thursdays in a group session.
    • This is an optional program so students can do a few or all of the problems.  If they have a busy week they don’t have to do any Math Stars.

     

    Reading

    The students finished the first round of realistic fiction book groups.  Now some students are doing a second round of book groups while others are doing literature circles.  All assignments are due on Wednesdays and Fridays.  The students need to read the assigned chapters and complete the accompanying written work.  Some of the books they are reading are My Side of the Mountain, Lunch Money, Hatchet, Holes and A Taste of Blackberries.

    Read Aloud

    Mrs. S. Mead: Three Times Lucky

    We finished The Secrets of Hexbridge Castle and what an ending it was! Please ask your child about how Alphie ended up facing off against the dragon!

    We have now started one of my all time favorite reads, Three Times Lucky! This book is one that Ms. Jeffrey’s class just finished reading recently, and was on Dorothy’s list a few years back. Moe and Dale are best friends growing up in Tupelo Landing, North Carolina. The town’s population is 148 so needless to say, everyone knows everyone’s business. Moe is adopted, by The Colonel and Miss Lana, who seem to be interesting characters themselves. They own a cafe, which is where everyone in town eats almost all of their meals. Both kids are waiting on the lunch crowd, when a stranger walks in. He identifies himself as Detective Joe Starr. The Colonel, and almost everyone else in the cafe, immediately distrusts the detective. He says he’s just passing through, investigating a murder in another town. Moe and Dale are happy when he leaves. Dale’s father has a drinking problem, and isn’t very nice. Dale’s older brother, Lavender, lives on his own, and races cars in his spare time. We left off with Moe and Dale heading to the racetrack with Lavender to help him time laps with his new car. The two friends are having a great time until they run into their teacher, Miss Retzyl, and get the shock of their lives when they find out she is there with her date, Detective Joe Starr!

     

    Mrs. Guerino:  Greenglass House by Kate Milford

    Mrs. Hereward revealed to Milo that the Chinese writing on the bag stood for Lansdegown, the original name of the house. Strangely, this is also the name of Georgie’s camera. On Christmas Eve, a loud noise was heard outside and Mr. Pine, Milo and Georgie investigated it.  Milo and Georgie came upon an exhausted, freezing Asian man at the top of the platform.  They helped him inside the Inn only to discover the man’s name was Owen.  After, Milo rejoined his father outside at an old building out in the woods called Sanctuary Cliff.  It serves as a station covering a secret underground railway still being used by one conductor, Brandon Levi, who is a regular guest at the Inn.  The smuggler, Fenster Plum, was also with Mr. Pine and Brandon.  As this group was walking back to the Inn, all the lights went out. Georgie then told a story by candlelight about two thieves named Otter and the Eye who knew each other, but never crossed paths. They fell in love with the same girl. The Eye tried winning over the girl, who had been adopted, by discovering information for her about her biological family.  The Eye discovered that the girl’s middle name was Lansdegown. .  The Eye had a secret chart as a clue to finding the house.  To keep the Otter from discovering the chart, he made a decoy chart, but in the end, both the map and decoy map led them both to the house. It was not the Eye, however, who the girl fell in love with.  It was the Otter, who had not even tried to win her over.  This “story,” of course, was really the story of Georgie and Clem both falling in love with the same boy, Owen, and them all arriving at the Greenglass House to discover the secret of the house. Owen had just shown up at the house for the girl he loved, Clem. Milo started to think that it was Georgie who left the map for him to find, hoping he knew something about Landsdegown. Then he believed she stole it back when Clem arrived. Later that night, Dr. Gowervine told a story about a man named Lowell Skellansen who hid people’s secrets in his glasswork.  Guests wondered if any of the Inn’s windows were made by this man.  Milo particularly questioned the window in Clem’s room since they had spied Dr. Gowervine coming out of this room earlier.  Dr. Gowervine’s story also told about a smuggler who knew the real story about Doc Holystone’s death by the hands of the Deacon and Morvengarde’s enforcers, but feared for his life if he told it.  He had asked Skellansen for help finding someone to share the story. Skellansen had agreed to share the story himself by portraying it in a window in the new city archives building. Before the project was finished, Skellasen caught wind that someone was trying to kill him, so he fled leaving his workshop empty.  To this day, Skellansen is still missing.  People think he must have taken cartoons (the scale drawings) or vidimuses (the models he showed his customers) of his unfinished windows with him.  Could one of these be hidden at the Inn?  Before bedtime, Milo’s Dad revealed that the generator had been sabotaged, so there was still no light.  So Milo took a lantern out of his rucksack to use and discovered it burned bright blue and had something scratched on the bottom just like the lantern in the tale Mrs. Hereward told about the roamer, Julian. Milo asked his Dad if he could give the lantern to Mrs.  Hereward in the morning.  That night Milo was awoken by sounds above him.  He heard door knobs opening, but didn’t discover anyone.   




    Ms. Jeffrey: Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

    We finished Three Times Lucky and have begun another book in the series entitled The Odds of Getting Even.  In the end, Mo and Dale helped capture Robert Slate, who had murdered Mr. Jesse and kidnapped the Colonel and Miss Lana.  We learned that Deputy Marla was an accomplice and she too was arrested.  Since Dale’s dad, Macon Johnson, was part of the kidnapping he was also arrested.  In The Odds of Getting Even the trial of Macon Johnson is about to begin.  Dale is very nervous because he is planning to testify against his dad.  He visits him in jail and Macon is very mean to him which is not surprising.  However, Macon really wants to see Lavender, his older son, and we are wondering why.  The day of the trial arrives and residents of Tupelo Landing arrive at the courthouse to learn that Macon Johnson has escaped.  



    Writing

    The students are working on informational writing.  They are learning to establish a clear focus, support it with relevant details and wrap up their writing with a conclusion.  We are working on writing informational pieces based on our own expertise as well as others which require research.  Students are drafting their writing in Writer’s Notebooks as well as on the computer in Drive.  

     

    Word Study

    The students continue to learn spelling patterns through their weekly word study work.   The completed sorts for each group can be found in the word study section of the team website.  

     

    Each word study group meets on Monday to identify the rule/pattern for the week.  We will explain the rule to the students and they complete two sorts.  Throughout the week they have other assignments.  The students have a schedule of those assignments in their literacy binders.  

     

    Science

    The students have been learning about the seasons and the Earth’s rotation around the Sun.  Some have also learned about why we see certain constellations at certain times of the year as well as why the moon goes through different phases during the month.  We have done the Seasons Science Court as well as some hands on learning from Mystery Science.  Below is the link to the Earth Science KUD’s which are basically unit outlines.  Right now we are doing the Earth’s Place unit.  

    Earth Science KUD's

     

    Important Happenings/Information

    Pumpkin Day

    The students had a great time on Friday.  We would like to thank all the parents who sent in extra pumpkins, snacks, drinks, and scooping spoons.  In addition, we want to thank the parents who volunteered their time to help with carving.

    Jeffrey: Keri Pike, Ewing Fox, Gretchen Owens, Amie Scanlon

    Mead: Tricia Austin, Casey Gernander, Michelle Gorman, David Hoppe, Mr. and Mrs. Mellinger, Elizabeth Ploof, Jim Saunders,

    Guerino:Andrea Hossley, Collin Frisbie, Aika Inoue, Curt Guenther,  Deanna Papaseraphim, Travis Desilets

    Parent Conferences

    Thank you to all the parents who were able to meet with us and learn about their child’s progress thus far this year.  

     

    Student Allergies

    We have some students on our team with severe, life-threatening allergies to tree nuts.  That means foods containing tree nuts or foods processed in a facility with tree nuts will not be allowed in the classroom.  Please read food labels carefully.  In addition, whole class snacks for birthdays and celebrations should be gluten free.

    Please plan to pack your child's snack in a separate bag or container to keep the snack away from any lunch items containing tree nuts. Everyday students will leave their lunch boxes in crates in the hallway.  Please let us know if you have any questions.

    Team Wish List

    We go through many of these things throughout the year, so any donations are always greatly appreciated!

      • DCF books (click on this link for titles)
      • Ziploc bags (snack, quart or gallon)
    • colored Sharpie markers
    • Vis a Vis markers
    • Post It Notes
    • Colored Card Stock
    • Expo markers
    • Kleenex
    • paper plates
    • paper bowls
    • plastic spoons

     

    Responsive Classroom

    If you are interested in learning more about this approach to teaching children, you can check out their website! There are great articles about how children learn based on their developmental age, as well as classroom routines and expectations that are aimed at teaching children how to treat each other, work hard, and take responsibility for their part in a community of learners.

     

    Responsive Classroom

    Band and Orchestra

    Group lessons began last week. It is each student’s’ responsibility to get to his/her lessons on time. While at lessons, students will likely miss instructional time in the classroom. We will continue to discuss with the students the importance of making up the class work that they miss while they are at a lesson. If they miss direct instruction they will have to see us at recess and/or quiet time to catch up on the material.

     

    Practice Superstars

    The following students completed all their assignments on time last week.

    Jeffrey: 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13, 16, 17, 19, 20, 23

    Mead: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 18, 20,

    Guerino: 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 18, 20, 23

     

    Model Citizen

    Jeffrey: 8

    Mead: 13

    Guerino: 6

    Parent Volunteers

    There is information posted on the EWSD website for parents interested in volunteering.  Here is the direct link.

     

    Upcoming Events

    Bren Bataclan visit November 13 - 17

    Essex Cinemas field trip November 17

    Thanksgiving Break November 20 - 24

    FMS Concert Tree Lighting December 1

     

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  • October 9-13

    Posted by Stacey Mead on 10/15/2017 8:35:00 PM

    This week was fun, with the official start-up of science in the afternoon! There was also a lot of buzz around the basket fundraiser.

     

    Academics

    Math

    We continue to start each math block with a Number Talk in which the students are asked to solve a computation problem mentally.  We are looking for the students to build efficiency and flexibility. Recently, students have been working on subtraction strategies such as adding up and removal during math warm-ups.

     

    Students continued working on whole number concepts this week, doing more with divisibility and finding factors. Some students also worked on prime factorization and finding the greatest common factor for a set of numbers.  Students continue to receive instruction on whole number computation based on the first assessment of the year.  They will take another assessment in the next week or so to see what skills they are ready for next.  For the remainder of our whole numbers unit, students will continue to primarily work in small groups within their homerooms for math. This unit will be wrapping up at the end of October. Next will be Fractions!

     

    We want to remind families that students’ instruction is based on what they show us they are ready for on pre-assessments, and the groups they are a part of are flexible and will change from day to day.  

     

    Math Stars

    Students completed their fourth week of Math Stars.  Below are a few reminders about how this program works.

    • Students should work independently.  Parents should NOT offer any assistance.
    • We recognize the problems are challenging but this program teaches students perseverance.
    • We go over the problems together on Thursdays in a group session.
    • This is an optional program so students can do a few or all of the problems.  If they have a busy week they don’t have to do any Math Stars.



    Reading

    Realistic fiction book groups continued last week.    Students new to the team are reading either Because of Winn Dixie or Frindle.  Even if they have read the book this is a practice round designed to help students learn routines. Returning students are reading On My Honor, Surviving the Applewhites, Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key and Among the Hidden.

    Students have assignments due every Wednesday and Friday. They will have time in class but may need to do some of the reading at home periodically. If students do take home their book group assignments, it can count toward their 90 minutes of reading outside of school.  There are written components for each assignment.  The students each have a copy and they are posted on the team website under Literacy.  The final reading assignment for this round is due on Wednesday, October 18th.

    Read Aloud

    Mrs. S. Mead: The Secrets of Hexbridge Castle

    Alphie and his twin cousins were determined to get back his Talisman from Murkle and Snitch. They devised a plan, in which Alphie would trip Murkle, grab her keys, and later the three would sneak into their office. This all went according to plan, and they were able to locate the Talisman, but unfortunately they also discovered some other interesting and terrifying things about their headmistresses. They had kept all of the newspaper articles dating back hundreds of years, about the livestock rustlers and reports of a strange flying creature stealing animals in Hexbridge. The trio realized it was likely the dragon was being controlled by Murkle and Snitch. Just as they were getting ready to leave the office, the two headmistresses approached the door and attempted to open it. With only seconds to spare, Alphie, Robin and Madeline discovered a hidden passageway behind the grandfather clock and ducked into it. Unfortunately, the sisters realized where they were, and although the kids ran through the caverns and tunnels that opened up behind the clock, Murkle and Snitch were closing in on them. Just as Robin and Alphie were sure they were done for, Alphie time-slipped, and they were thrust six hundred years into the past.



    Mrs. Guerino:  Greenglass House by Kate Milford

    Milo and Meddie (Negret and Sirin) continued searching the Inn for the three stolen goods. In an empty guest room, Milo discovered the Mr. Vinge’s gold watch hidden inside a carved out bar of soap.  They also found Mrs. Hereward’s bag hidden in a pile in the Emporium.  Finally, they retrieved Georgie’s notebook from inside a poinsettia pot.  While they were searching, they also overheard Clem and Georgie having a conversation about a person named Owen and it seems they all know each other.  Unsure of what to do with the recovered objects, the kids decide the wrap them in Christmas boxes and hide them under the tree with the other gifts.  When the arguments amongst the guests about the missing items get more heated, the kids decide to put the presents out for the guests to find.  Against Meddy’s approval, Milo ends up telling his parents that he’s the one who found the missing items and put them under the tree.






    Ms. Jeffrey: Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

    We almost finished the book!  At the climax of the story Mo, Dale and the Colonel went to Mr. Jesse’s to find Robert Slate.  From outside they watched him pry up floorboards.  Mo and Dale charged at him and pushed him through the opening in the floor.  They then put a table over the hole.  Unfortunately Slate was able to upend the table but luckily the Colonel came to their rescue just in time.  Miss Lana had escaped and was safely with Detective Joe Starr.  We learned that Robert Slate, Dolph Andrews and Mr. Jesse’s cousin had robbed a bank 12 years earlier.  Mr. Jesse ended up with all the money because his cousin was killed in the robbery.  Robert Slate was prying up the floorboards to get to that money.  In an unexpected twist, we also learned that the Colonel, who has memory loss, was the defense attorney for Robert Slate 12 years ago.  



    Word Study

    The students  completed their third week of word study instruction.  The completed sorts for each group can be found in the word study section of the team website.  

     

    Each word study group meets on Monday to identify the rule/pattern for the week.  We will explain the rule to the students and they complete two sorts.  Throughout the week they have other assignments.  The students have a schedule of those assignments in their literacy binders.  

    Assessments

    We continued administering the DRA (Developmental Reading Assessment) with students and those will continue over the next couple of weeks.  It is a diagnostic assessment that gives us information about students strengths and challenges with reading, as well as an independent reading level. Although it is not required by the district, it is our goal to assess every student using this in depth tool, so as to have a clear picture of each as a reader.

    Important Happenings/Information

    Parent Conferences

    Conferences began last week and will continue this week and next. Thank you for signing up and taking the time to come into school to discuss your child’s social and academic progress with us!

     

    Student Allergies

    We have some students on our team with severe, life-threatening allergies to tree nuts.  That means foods containing tree nuts or foods processed in a facility with tree nuts will not be allowed in the classroom.  Please read food labels carefully.  In addition, whole class snacks for birthdays and celebrations should be gluten free.

    Please plan to pack your child's snack in a separate bag or container to keep the snack away from any lunch items containing tree nuts. Everyday students will leave their lunch boxes in crates in the hallway.  Please let us know if you have any questions.

    Team Wish List

    We go through many of these things throughout the year, so any donations are always greatly appreciated!

      • DCF books (click on this link for titles)
      • Ziploc bags (snack, quart or gallon)
    • colored Sharpie markers
    • Vis a Vis markers
    • Post It Notes
    • Colored Card Stock
    • Expo markers
    • Kleenex
    • paper plates
    • paper bowls
    • plastic spoons

     

    Responsive Classroom

    If you are interested in learning more about this approach to teaching children, you can check out their website! There are great articles about how children learn based on their developmental age, as well as classroom routines and expectations that are aimed at teaching children how to treat each other, work hard, and take responsibility for their part in a community of learners.

     

    Responsive Classroom

    Band and Orchestra

    Group lessons began last week. It is the students’ responsibility to get to their lessons on time. While at lessons, students will likely miss instructional time in the classroom. We will continue to discuss with the students the importance of making up the class work that they miss while they are at a lesson. If they miss direct instruction they will have to see us at recess and/or quiet time to catch up on the material.

     

    Practice Superstars

    The following students completed all their assignments on time last week.

    Jeffrey: 7, 8, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23

    Mead: 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 19

    Guerino: 1, 3, 4, 6, 11, 12, 16, 18, 22, 23

     

    Model Citizen

    Jeffrey: 11

    Mead: 19

    Guerino: 18

    Parent Volunteers

    There is information posted on the EWSD website for parents interested in volunteering.  Here is the direct link.

     

    Upcoming Events

    Parent Conference Day October 19th (no school for students)

    No School October 20th

    Bren Bataclan visit November 13 - 17

    Essex Cinemas field trip November 17

    FMS Concert Tree Lighting December 1

     

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  • October 2-6

    Posted by Stacey Mead on 10/9/2017 9:00:00 PM

    Academics are almost in full swing and the students are doing a nice job managing the workload. We are hoping they aren’t bringing too much practice home with them.

     

    Academics

    Math

    We continue to start each math block with a Number Talk in which the students are asked to solve a computation problem mentally.  We are looking for the students to build efficiency and flexibility.

     

    Students continued working on whole number concepts such as comparing and ordering as well as divisibility and factors.  Furthermore, students are receiving instruction on whole number computation based on the first assessment of the year.  Fifth graders continue to work on order of operations as well.  Right now students are primarily working in small groups within their homerooms for math, but some are starting to travel to other rooms.

     

    We want to remind families that students’ instruction is based on what they show us they are ready for on pre-assessments, and the groups they are a part of are flexible and will change from day to day.  

     

    Math Stars

    Students completed their third week of Math Stars.  Below are a few reminders about how this program works.

    • Students should work independently.  Parents should NOT offer any assistance.
    • We recognize the problems are challenging but this program teaches students perseverance.
    • We go over the problems together on Thursdays in a group session.
    • This is an optional program so students can do a few or all of the problems.  If they have a busy week they don’t have to do any Math Stars.

     

    Reading

    Realistic fiction book groups are in full swing.    Students new to the team are reading either Because of Winn Dixie or Frindle.  Even if they have read the book this is a practice round designed to help students learn routines. Returning students are reading On My Honor, Surviving the Applewhites, Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key and Among the Hidden.

    Students have assignments due every Wednesday and Friday. They will have time in class but may need to do some of the reading at home periodically. If students do take home their book group assignments, it can count toward their 90 minutes of reading outside of school.  There are written components for each assignment.  The students each have a copy and they are posted on the team website under Literacy.  

    Read Aloud

    Mrs. S. Mead: The Secrets of Hexbridge Castle

    Alphie’s birthday has come, and it coincides with a big celebration in Hexbridge, called the Samhain festival. Everyone dresses up in costumes and plays games in the town square. Alphie loves enjoying the carnival atmosphere with his cousins! He wears Artan, the magical bear, as part of his costume, so he can leave the castle without detection. Much to Alphie’s surprise, he is crowned the Winter King of the festival, and as he’s heading up to the stage to accept this honor, he trips, and is caught by a surprising person: Miss Snitch! He thanks her and moves on with his evening. It’s not until hours later when he is back in the castle with his cousins and best friend, Amy, that he realizes the Talisman that hangs around his neck is missing! We all of course, immediately assumed it was Miss Snitch who stole it...

    Mrs. Guerino:  Greenglass House by Kate Milford

    While Milo gave Mrs. Caraway a hand serving breakfast to the all of the guests, he was hoping some clues would be dropped about the missing items.  The guests mostly argued. Dr. Gowervine asked if any connections had been made amongst the missing items, but was answered rudely as though he himself may be a suspect. Clem argued that they must have been sound sleepers for their items to be taken.  Mrs. Hereward retorted that the culprit may have just been very quiet implying it could have been Clem.  Georgie and Mr. Vinge remained rather quiet. Milo offered to help Georgie find her notebook so he was able to ask her questions about it.  She revealed that the notebook had notes about the Inn and someone thought to be connected to it.  Milo also offered his help looking to Mrs. Hereward, who seemed quite jumpy.  He probed her about the bag and discovered that she had inherited  the bag from a girl who grew up on a ship.  It was her great-great-great grandmother who was the daughter of the person for whom the Inn was built. Mrs. Hereward also shared that before the girl had left the Inn, a peddler had come to the Inn and sold the girl a relic of Julian Roamer.  Mrs. Hereward had come to the Inn to search for it.

     

    Ms. Jeffrey: Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

    Mo is struggling because both Miss Lana and the Colonel are missing.  Robert Slate is demanding a 500K ransom for their release.  Now that we know Slate and an accomplice robbed a bank twelve years and stole that same amount of money we are wondering how he is connected to the people of Tupelo Landing.  The students have many predictions about who they think might be the accomplice.  We are working on several reading strategies as part of read aloud.  One of them is making predictions supported by text evidence.  Others are asking questions and summarizing.  

    Word Study

    The students  completed their second week of word study instruction.  The completed sorts for each group can be found in the word study section of the team website.  

     

    Each word study group meets on Monday to identify the rule/pattern for the week.  We will explain the rule to the students and they complete two sorts.  Throughout the week they have other assignments.  The students have a schedule of those assignments in their literacy binders.  

    Assessments

    We began administering the DRA (Developmental Reading Assessment) with students and those will continue over the next couple of weeks.  It is a  diagnostic assessment that gives us information about students strengths and challenges with reading, as well as an independent reading level.

    Important Happenings/Information

    Parent Conferences

    If you have not already please complete the survey that was sent to you last week.  We are creating the schedule based on your feedback and will share it within the next few days. At the conference we will share our observations on your child’s personal development, including things such as independent work habits and organizational skills, as well as social interactions with peers.  In addition, we will share district and classroom assessments in the areas of math, word study and reading.  Lastly, we will give an overview of academic performance in all subject areas thus far.  

     

    Student Allergies

    We have some students on our team with severe, life-threatening allergies to tree nuts.  That means foods containing tree nuts or foods processed in a facility with tree nuts will not be allowed in the classroom.  Please read food labels carefully.  In addition, whole class snacks for birthdays and celebrations should be gluten free.

    Please plan to pack your child's snack in a separate bag or container to keep the snack away from any lunch items containing tree nuts. Everyday students will leave their lunch boxes in crates in the hallway.  Please let us know if you have any questions.

    Team Wish List

    We go through many of these things throughout the year, so any donations are always greatly appreciated!

      • DCF books (click on this link for titles)
      • Ziploc bags (snack, quart or gallon)
    • colored Sharpie markers
    • Vis a Vis markers
    • Post It Notes
    • Colored Card Stock
    • Expo markers
    • Kleenex
    • paper plates
    • paper bowls
    • plastic spoons

     

    Responsive Classroom

    Most if not all of our regular classroom routines are now up and running! We are excited to now have a set of team rules finalized. Students generated lists of rules in their homerooms first, and then each homeroom sent two representatives to meet as a committee. The six students compromised and worked hard to come up with four rules that are now hanging in all three homerooms, and will travel with the students to unified arts each day.

     

    Band and Orchestra

    Group lessons began last week. It is the students’ responsibility to get to their lessons on time. While at lessons, students will likely miss instructional time in the classroom. We will continue to discuss with the students the importance of making up the class work that they miss while they are at a lesson. If they miss direct instruction they will have to see us at recess and/or quiet time to catch up on the material.

     

    Practice Superstars

    The following students completed all their assignments on time last week.

    Jeffrey: 4, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23

    Mead: 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 21

    Guerino: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23

     

    Model Citizen

    Jeffrey: 13

    Mead: 7

    Guerino:14

    Parent Volunteers

    There is information posted on the EWSD website for parents interested in volunteering.  Here is the direct link.




    Upcoming Events

    Parent Conference Day October 19th (no school for students)

    No School October 20th

     

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  • September 25-29

    Posted by Stacey Mead on 10/2/2017 8:30:00 AM

    Last week we started book groups and the students are doing a fantastic job managing this along with word study and math groups!  

    Math

    We continue to start each math block with a Number Talk in which the students are asked to solve a computation problem mentally.  We are looking for the students to build efficiency and flexibility.

     

    Students continued working on whole number concepts such as comparing and ordering and rounding, as well as some computation. Right now students are primarily working in small groups within their homerooms for math, but some are starting to travel to other rooms. Some fifth graders also worked on order of operations this past week.

     

    We want to remind families that students’ instruction is based on what they show us they are ready for on pre-assessments, and the groups they are a part of are flexible and will change from day to day.  

     

    Math Stars

    Students completed their first week of Math Stars.  Below are a few reminders about how this program works.

    • Students should work independently.  Parents should NOT offer any assistance.
    • We recognize the problems are challenging but this program teaches students perseverance.
    • We go over the problems together on Thursdays in a group session.
    • This is an optional program so students can do a few or all of the problems.  If they have a busy week they don’t have to do any Math Stars.

     

    Reading

    Students had their first assignment for book groups due on Friday, and all groups met. We assigned students to books.  Students new to the team are reading either Because of Winn Dixie or Frindle.  Even if they have read the book this is a practice round designed to help students learn routines. Returning students are reading On My Honor, Surviving the Applewhites, Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key and Among the Hidden.

    Students have assignments due every Wednesday and Friday. They will have time in class but may need to do some of the reading at home periodically. If students do take home their book group assignments, it can count toward their 90 minutes of reading outside of school.  There are written components for each assignment.  The students each have a copy and they are posted on the team website under Literacy.  

    Read Aloud

    Mrs. S. Mead: The Secrets of Hexbridge Castle

    Alphie and his cousins decided to spend a night outside in the newly-renovated tree house his uncle build for the twins. They wanted to spy on the farm animals to see if they could catch the rustlers that steel sheep and pigs every new moon. Just as they were about to turn in for the night, they heard a commotion. Alphie and Artan, the bear rug, snuck up to the roof to get a closer look. It turned out there was a huge creature, the size of an elephant, perched on top of the already-broken barn. The more they watched, the stranger the creature seemed. Just as the chapter was ending, Alphie kicked a roof tile down, and make a huge noise. The creature peered toward them and blew a blast of fire out of its mouth. For a brief instant, Alphie could see that what everyone assumes is a sheep rustler, is really a two-headed dragon!

     

    Mrs. Guerino:  Greenglass House by Kate Milford

    Mrs. Hereward continued her creation folklore story about Julian who continued to encounter wishing creatures.  All three creatures he met questioned his original wishes and advised him to rethink his wishes and questioned his destiny. He was eventually granted stone proof shoes from Baetlyus, the shooting star.  Later Wielle, from the wishing well, fixed the broken pavement.  Finally, Sloe, the walking stick, made Julian’s shoes magically fix any road they stepped on in the future.  Sloe also equipped him with a lantern, knife, and his pebble as a flint so that he could continue as a great roamer blazing trails for others. Mrs. Pine told the next story about the only time the Inn has been thought to be haunted. Years and years ago, Doc Hollywood, who was a famous smuggler, had been captured at the Inn. Doc’s son was there when it happened, but was unable to say goodbye.   Years after this, a guest named Fenster reported seeing a ghost of a man outside his window at the Inn.  This ghost was Doc Hollywood waving goodbye to his son.  The window was in Milo’s current bedroom.  Milo also began to suspect that Clem and Georgie are just pretending to be strangers.  He and Sirin also notice a bag of Mrs. Hereward’s that has a picture of what looks like the Inn on one side of it, and it has a picture of the iron gate (like the map) on the other side. Our reading this week ended with an argument amongst Mrs. Hereward, Georgie and Mr. Vinge.  All three reported items missing from their rooms; Mrs. Hereward was missing her knitting bag, Georgie was missing a notebook, and Mr.Vinge’s pocket watch was  gone.    

     

    Ms. Jeffrey: Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

    Mo and Dale came up with a plan to raise money for Lavender so he can race in the Sycamore 200.  At the Azalea Festival they sold advertising and were able to raise the $1,000 that he needed.  When they returned from the festival they discovered Mo’s house had been ransacked and Miss Lana was missing.  A note was left for Detective Joe Starr.  As Dale was looking at mugshots he noticed “Plainclothes Phil”, his bodyguard, was in one of them. Starr told Dale he was not a bodyguard but was actually a bank robber named Robert Slate.  Mo and Dale realized they had incorrectly assumed Plainclothes Phil had been hired by the police to protect Dale.  Mo is very upset about Miss Lana because now both of her parental figures are missing.  The story is getting very suspenseful.  We ended the week with a phone call from Robert Slate.  We can’t wait to see what he wants!

    Word Study

    The students  completed their first week of word study instruction.  The completed sorts for each group can be found in the word study section of the team website.  

     

    Each word study group meets on Monday to identify the rule/pattern for the week.  We will explain the rule to the students and they complete two sorts.  Throughout the week they have other assignments.  The students have a schedule of those assignments in their literacy binders.  

    Assessments

    Looking ahead, students will take the DRA (Developmental Reading Assessment) in a couple weeks, which is a diagnostic assessment that gives us information about students strengths and challenges with reading, as well as an independent reading level.

    Student Allergies

    We have some students on our team with severe, life-threatening allergies to tree nuts.  That means foods containing tree nuts or foods processed in a facility with tree nuts will not be allowed in the classroom.  Please read food labels carefully.  In addition, whole class snacks for birthdays and celebrations should be gluten free.

    Please plan to pack your child's snack in a separate bag or container to keep the snack away from any lunch items containing tree nuts. Everyday students will leave their lunch boxes in crates in the hallway.  Please let us know if you have any questions.



    Team Wish List

    Any donations of the following items would be greatly appreciated!

    • DCF books (click on this link for titles)
    • Ziploc bags (snack, quart or gallon)
    • colored Sharpie markers
    • Vis a Vis markers
    • Post It Notes
    • Sharpies
    • Expo markers
    • Kleenex
    • paper plates
    • paper bowls
    • plastic spoons

     

    Responsive Classroom

    Most if not all of our regular classroom routines are now up and running! We are excited to now have a set of team rules finalized. Students generated lists of rules in their homerooms first, and then each homeroom sent two representatives to meet as a committee. The six students compromised and worked hard to come up with four rules that are now hanging in all three homerooms, and will travel with the students to unified arts each day.

     

    Band and Orchestra

    Group lessons began last week. It is the students’ responsibility to get to their lessons on time. While at lessons, students will likely miss instructional time in the classroom. We will continue to discuss with the students the importance of making up the class work that they miss while they are at a lesson. If they miss direct instruction they will have to see us at recess and/or quiet time to catch up on the material.

     

    Practice Superstars

    The following students completed all their assignments on time last week.

    Jeffrey: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 23

    Mead: 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 21

    Guerino:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 11, 12 ,13, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23

     

    Model Citizen

    Jeffrey: 19

    Mead: 10

    Guerino:21

     

     

    Parent Volunteers

    There is information posted on the EWSD website for parents interested in volunteering.  Here is the direct link.




    Upcoming Events

    Kate Messner Visit   October 6th

    Parent Conference Day October 19th (no school for students)

    No School October 20th

     

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