• January 8th-12th

    Posted by Kelsey Mead on 1/15/2018 1:00:00 PM

    Everyone enjoyed the warmer temperatures and sunshine this week. It was great that the kids got to go outside and do some snowshoeing and skiing in P.E.

     

    Academics

    Math

     

    The fractions unit continued with all students working on calculations with fractions.  Some students continued to focus on division and multiplication with fractions. They focused on multiplying fractions by whole numbers, whole numbers by mixed numbers, and fractions by fractions. Other students started with adding fractions both with like and unlike denominators. Students worked on finding the least common multiple for adding fractions with different denominators which connects to our whole numbers unit. They also practiced with a game where they raced to be the first person to add to 3.

     

    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 began fantasy literature circles.  As with book groups, the assignments are due every Wednesday and Friday.  Some of the books  for this round are The BFG, Tuck Everlasting, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, and Poppy.  Parents should see those books coming home once in awhile, as students may need to tackle some of the reading at home.  As these groups are based on student choice, rather than readiness/level, some of the books will be very challenging for students. We have audio versions for most of the books and will be making these available to students at school.

     

    Ms. Jeffrey’s students also began a unit on informational text.  They learned about the five nonfiction text structures.  Next week they will read an informational book about Mexico and identify its structure along with text features.  

    Read Aloud

    Mrs. S. Mead: Nothing but Trouble

    Lena and Maggie officially kicked off their hacking duo by completing a really fantastic prank on their class. They had intended the prank to happen with a different group of kids, but with a last minute schedule change, they found themselves with a front-row seat to the chaos. They splattered the gym floor with an invisible exploding solution, which make a loud (but harmless) crack when stepped on. When everyone realized what was happening in gym, they all took to the floor for the fireworks! From that point on, Lena and Maggie completed a bunch of “hacks” on the school, all with a mouse-related theme. The students are loving the escapades, but the principal, Principal Shute, is at his wits end, which makes it all the more enjoyable for the two girls. Lena and Maggie have also strengthened their friendship outside of school and hacking, which has been nice for Maggie who hasn’t feel like she’s had a real friend for a long time.

     

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

    We finished Fish in a Tree this week. Ally found herself reflecting on how far she had come this year. She started the year feeling like she had no future and was overall a failure. She ended the year with new friends, a new found confidence, and feeling comfortable with who she is as a learner. Jessica finally stood up to Shay and made it clear that she did not want to be friends with someone who treated others this way. Other students were also standing up to Shay, or at least taking away her power by not letting her mean comments get to them. In the end Ally won student of the month and asked Mr. Daniels to help her brother too. We have started The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill. This is a fantasy book from this years Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award List.

     

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

    We finished reading the Odds of Getting Even and the ending was so exciting.  It turns out the CApers Dylan is the sister of Deputy Marla Everette from the first book in the series.  Capers was working with Flick Crenshaw, Harm’s brother, to frame Mr. Macon for all the crimes.  She hoped that her sister Deputy Marla would then be found innocent of Mr. Jesse’s murder.  Luckily Mo and Dale were able to solve the mystery before it was too late.  

    We began reading a fantasy book entitled Watchers Island.  It is the story of a girl named Rachel is very unhappy with her overbearing parents.  There is a strange bus boy at her grandfather’s 75th birthday party who seems to have a connection to her grandfather.  Rachel is worried because her grandfather seems upset.  It is also the anniversary of a boating accident sixty years ago in which her grandfather lost his own dad and all his friends.  The book is very suspenseful and thus far the students are really enjoying it.

     

    Writing

    Ms. Jeffrey’s class began working with argument writing.  The students are writing in their notebooks about topics that are important to them personally.  They have chosen issues such as choice seating, access to technology at home, pets, and much more.  They are certainly enjoying sharing their opinions!

     

    Students in Mrs. S. Mead’s room have continued with some daily opinion prompts in their writer’s notebooks. Topics have included: the ideal start and end times of school, whether regular access to electronics is beneficial for kids, and the best solution for keeping wet boots out of the hallway while keeping our classroom dry. Their responses have been really creative, and some have been quite passionate! This is such a fun genre of writing.

     

    Students in Mrs. K. Mead’s room students have wrapped up their research on their South American countries. They will continue working on their books by writing their informational pages, their rhymes, and illustrations before conferencing about their writing. Students are also working on a book review for Fish in a Tree.



    Word Study

    The students began instruction on new features.  The students have been regrouped based on their instructional needs.  In addition, they have a new word study schedule which allows for more choice on their part.  They 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.  

    Social Studies

    We continued our unit on the Western Hemisphere.  

    Ms. Jeffrey’s class completed a jigsaw activity on a book about North America.  In small groups students were responsible for becoming experts on a section of the book and then teaching their peers about it.  They learned about the economy of countries such as those in Central America compared to Canada and the United States.  In addition, they learned about food exports such as coffee and bananas.  This book provided a good overview of North America.  Next week their learning will focus on the culture of Mexico.

     

    Students in Mrs. S. Mead’s room have continued learning about Canada. This week we focused on the physical geography of Canada, including the six major regions. Next week we will move on to the people and culture.

     

    Mrs. K. Mead’s class has started focusing on South America and learning about how the continent varies from place to place. Students are doing some nonfiction reading about maps and are working on ways they can incorporate the different types of maps into their ABC books as well. We have also focused a bit on rainforests since the Amazon Rainforest is such a big landmark in South America.

    Important Happenings/Information

    Student Teachers

    Miss O’Leary and Miss LaVallee have started and are a great addition to our team! They are getting to know the students and routines and will soon start to take some things over.

    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, 11, 12, 13, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23

    S. Mead: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 20

    K. Mead: 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 11, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23

    Model Citizen

    Jeffrey: 4

    S. Mead: 2

    K. Mead: 6

    Parent Volunteers

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

    Upcoming Events

    January 15                              Teacher Inservice Day - no school for students

    January 26 Report Cards sent home

    February 26 - March 2            February Break

    March 14 @5:30 p.m. Fine Arts Night



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  • January 2nd-5th

    Posted by Kelsey Mead on 1/8/2018 10:00:00 AM

    The students made a smooth transition back to school after the holiday break.  Hopefully they enjoyed their snow day as well!

     

    Academics

    Math

     

    The fractions unit continued with some students working on calculations while others learned how to order fractions using comparing strategies.   Some students learned how to divide whole numbers by fractions or fractions by whole numbers.  Others worked on strategies for multiplying fractions by whole numbers or mixed numbers by whole numbers.  Students are learning standard algorithms as well as other strategies such as partial products, models and repeated addition.  

     

    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 began fantasy literature circles.  As with book groups, the assignments are due every Wednesday and Friday.  Some of the books  for this round are The BFG, Tuck Everlasting, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, and Poppy.  Parents should see those books coming home once in awhile, as students may need to tackle some of the reading at home.  As these groups are based on student choice, rather than readiness/level, some of the books will be very challenging for students. We have audio versions for most of the books and will be making these available to students at school.

    Read Aloud

    Mrs. S. Mead: Nothing but Trouble

    Maggie and Lena are fast becoming friends. We learned that Maggie was behind the major prank pulled on the first day of school, where hundreds of tennis balls were released into the hallways, and cheese fell from the ceiling! Lena discovered Maggie’s secret and wants to be in on her next prank. Although as Maggie describes, it is really called “hacking.” Maggie discovered how to do this by reading through her father’s journals from his time at MIT. He passed away before she was born, in a tragic car accident. Maggie feels that “hacking” is the only way she can stay connected to him. Lena understands this when Maggie explains it to her, so the two girls decide that they are going to team up on the next one, and we can’t wait to find out what it will be.

     

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

    This week the class held an election for class president. Jessica nominated Shay and everyone else was too afraid to nominate someone because Shay had threatened them that she had to win. Shay however nominated Ally to humiliate her if she lost. To Shay and Ally’s surprise, Ally won the election! Shay then tried to humiliate Ally again by sending her a fake love note from one of the boys in the class. Shay got caught in her lie though. We are starting to see the class stand up to Shay and for her to lose some of her power as people care less and less about what she says. Ally’s brother asked her about the work she is doing with Mr. Daniels after school. Ally explains that while reading is still hard, he is giving her strategies that make is somewhat easier. We think Ally’s brother would like to get some help like that too but that he is not ready to ask yet.



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

    Mo, Dale and Harm prepared for the Big Reveal at which they were prepared to share all the evidence they have collected.  They think they have enough evidence that proves Macon Johnson is innocent of the burglaries.  The three young detectives feel strongly that Capers Dylan is somehow involved in the robberies.  At the Big Reveal they shared a picture that showed Harm Crenshaw had the same car air freshener that was found in the stolen patrol car.  In addition, they showed that Macon’s hunting jacket was not missing a button and it didn’t match the thread found on the church window after the robbery.  Mo suggested the police check Harm’s hunting jacket for the missing button and to see if the thread matched.  With this evidence being presented Harm and Capers started to turn on one another.  We are excited to see the book ends!!

     

    Writing

    Ms. Jeffrey’s class completed the final stages of the writing process on their informational writing.  They paired up to complete peer conferencing.  Their work was framed with a peer conferencing form with a focus on important elements such as organization, sufficient details, and text features such as subheadings, a glossary and more.

     

    Students in Mrs. S. Mead’s room have now started exploring some argument writing. So far, they are just doing some free-writes about things in school and in life that they would like to change. Students are coming up with some interesting ideas about rules and laws they would like to get rid of, as well as some they think should be put in place!

     

    Students in Mrs. K. Mead’s room finished their ABC Canada book. We are reading through it as a class and look for what we can improve on while we work on our South America ABC books. Students are also doing research for their South America books.



    Word Study

    The students began instruction on new features.  The students have been regrouped based on their instructional needs.  In addition, they have a new word study schedule which allows for more choice on their part.  They 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.  



    Social Studies

    We continued our unit on the Western Hemisphere.

    Ms. Jeffrey’s class learned about the history of Canada including the many similarities between it and the history of the United States.

    Students in Mrs. S. Mead’s room have moved on to learning about Canada specifically, For the next two weeks are focus will be on the geography and culture of Canada. Students will again have the opportunity to do some research around a topic of their choice in relation to Canada.

     

    Mrs. K. Mead’s class has started focusing on South America and learning about how the continent varies from place to place. Students are doing some nonfiction reading about maps and are working on ways they can incorporate the different types of maps into their ABC books as well.

     

    Important Happenings/Information

    Student Teachers

    Miss O’Leary and Miss LaVallee have started and are a great addition to our team! They are getting to know the students and routines and will soon start to take some things over.

    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, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23

    S. Mead: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 19, 20, 21

    K. Mead: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23

    Model Citizen

    Jeffrey: 21

    S. Mead: 17

    K. Mead: 17

    Parent Volunteers

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

    Upcoming Events

    January 15                              Teacher Inservice Day - no school for students

    January 26 Report Cards sent home

    February 26 - March 2            February Break

    March 14 @5:30 p.m. Fine Arts Night

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  • December 18-22

    Posted by Stacey Mead on 1/1/2018 4:00:00 PM

    We made it! The students did a great job holding on until the end of the week. They had a lot to finish up before the break, and everyone (teachers included) persevered!! We hope everyone has enjoyed a restful week with family and friends, and we’re looking forward to seeing everyone back at school!

     

    Academics

    Math

     

    We wrapped up the week before break by doing some comparing of fractions. The focus for students was really on using the magnitude of the fractions and their relationships to the benchmark numbers 0, ½ and 1 whole. Students working on fraction calculations also continued in their groups. After vacation, we will move on to ordering and more calculations for everyone!

     

    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 completed fantasy book groups before vacation. Coming up, we will again be in the fantasy genre, but students will be working within the literature circle format, which gives them more choice in the books they read, and teaches them how to hold book conversations that are student-directed, rather than teacher. Again, the assignments will be due every Wednesday and Friday.  Some of the books  for this next round are The BFG, Tuck Everlasting, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, and Poppy.  Parents should see those books coming home once in awhile, as students may need to tackle some of the reading at home.  As these groups are based on student choice, rather than readiness/level, some of the books will be very challenging for students. We have audio versions for most of the books and will be making these available to students at school.

    Read Aloud

    Mrs. S. Mead: Nothing but Trouble

    We began our new read aloud book, Nothing but Trouble, which is on this year’s Dorothy’s List. This book is about a girl who doesn’t really feel like she fits in at school. She has friends, but isn’t sure they are good ones, and is often plagued by another girl who she used to consider a friend years ago. The start of the school year seemed to be headed in the same direction, until a new girl arrives, and turns everything on its head and standing up for our main character during lunch on the first day.

     

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

    We have started reading Fish in a Tree. This week Ally started learning how to play chess with Mr. Daniels. She found she was really good at the game and was able to really see the board and beat Mr. Daniels sometimes. Mr. Daniels also asked her about her struggles with reading and writing. He let her know that she would be taking some tests that would help him teach her better and she found out that she had dsylexia which is why it is so hard for her to read and write. While she waits to get some additional help at school, Mr. Daniels is working with her after school to try to help her read. The work is hard but Ally is really willing to persevere. Mr. Daniels also gave the kids a problem that no one in the class but Ally was able to figure out. This gave her a confidence boost. Shay was still mean to Ally about it but Ally noticed that Jessica didn’t seem to go along with it quite the same way she used to.



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

    Mo and Dale found a letter from Capers that appeared to be written in secret code.  They tried to decode it with Sal’s help.  Since strange things have been happening at Grandmother Miss Lacy Thornton’s house the kids decided to all spend the night there to see what they could find out.  They awoke in the middle of the night to find the garage on fire.  Lavender was caught under a car in the garage because the jack gave way but luckily Mo and Dale were able to rescue him.  Later the kids discovered what was making the noises in Grandmother Miss Lacy Thornton's heating system - it was Dale’s father, Macon Johnson.  Since his escape he had been living in the crawl space under her house.

     

    Writing

    Ms. Jeffrey’s class continued working on their informational pieces on a Canadian province or territory.  

    Students in Mrs. S. Mead’s room completed their informational piece on North America. Some students chose to write in a traditional essay format, while others created books, or google slide presentations.

    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 also started researching about South American countries to write another ABC book in small groups about specific countries.



    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 created new groups based on Form B of Word Journeys. These groups are starting up after 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 spent their time before break doing some research and working on their 2, 5, 8 geography menus. We will be moving on to Canada, and Central America after vacation and into February.

    Mrs. K. Mead’s class has started focusing on South America and learning about how the continent varies from place to place. Students did an activity identifying different map types and what kind of information they can get from different map types. This work will continue after break.

    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: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16,17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23

    S. Mead: 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 19, 20, 21

    K. Mead: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9,11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23

    Model Citizen

    Jeffrey: 12

    S. Mead: 6

    K. Mead: 5

    Parent Volunteers

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

    Upcoming Events

    January 15                              Teacher Inservice Day - no school for students

    January 26 Report Cards

    February 26 - March 2            February Break

    March 14 @5:30 p.m. Fine Arts Night



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  • 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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