We are so excited to to have Ms. Cassie Jacobs as a student teacher in our classroom. Ms. Jacobs will be with us for 7 weeks. Two of the seven weeks she wiill be teaching 'full time.' So far, Ms. Jacob's is doing a fantastic job, and the kids are responding so well to her! As you can see here... her only downfall is that she isn't a Vikings Fan :)
I feel honored that Mrs. Rhoades has once again invited me to come share my passion of literature with her college class at Ashford. My fourth graders think its pretty cool that I am bragging about them to the big kids :) I'm anxious to share literature with the 'big kids' from a fourth graders point of view!
Yesterday Azzy finished the book, Earthquake Terror by my favorite author, Peg Kehret. Notice the vocabulary/language he uses. Also notice the passion he has for the book. Great job Azzy!
Mrs. Cathy Vroegh is a retired LRC director here at Eagle Heights. Her grandson, Chase, is in Arkansas and in need of some happy thoughts. Our entire school was invited to wear the color red last Thursday to support Chase. The staff took pictures and sent it to Cathy to let her know that we are thinking of him and his family during this difficult time.
I sent home a letter last week about sending in a flash drive (AKA: jump drive) for your child. Our new tablets do not have a 'hand out' folder to save our documents, Power Points, etc... This will travel with them to 5th grade.
Mrs. Luett's class and my class are partnering up to do research on the Olympics. The students are becoming experts in an area of 1 of the 15 Olympic events. As a final project they will present their 3-panneled boards at Eagle Heights. We are encouraging them to bring in pictures, newspaper clippings, and internet articles that they can use for their board.
I had these pictures on my computer... They are both great stories! Caleb went home and shared the project with his family. Both his brother and sister asked if they could give $2.00 of their own money to put towards books as well for the daycare that Caleb was donating to. The daycare then told Caleb a few days later that they went out and purchased books and 'Paid it Forward' to a different daycare with a starter pack of books!
As you can see... Madison has many supplies in her hands that she donated to the Humane Society. Madison had been given a $25.00 gift card for Christmas to Target. She took her $2.00, along with her $25.00 gift card and bought supplies for animals in need. What a gift Madison gave those animals... Thoughtful, Caring, Kind, Special... are a few words to describe these kids!
Families of 231:
During Christmas break a saw that a friend of mine had done a 'Pay it Forward' project with her lower elementary students... I was reading so many wonderful things coming from it, so I thought, "We could totally do this in our classroom!" I gave each student $2.00 to do something kind for someone or something. The results were heart-warming. The students wrote about their project, and they will be displayed. The excitement in the classroom on the day they were due was just awesome to be apart of. Some 'candidates' cried... and best of all, some even paid it forward from theirs. Caleb told us just yesterday that the daycare he donated books to, started a 'starter pack' and paid them forward to a different daycare. Mrs. Burnes (our school secretary) laminated them all yesterday. She sent me such a nice email saying how they were such nice acts of kindness. I'm SO PROUD of these kids. This IS their nature! They rock!
Room 231 Family:
Do you think we might actually be in school tomorrow? Boy do I hope so! Just a couple of announcements:
1st: Tomorrow we will construct our gingerbread houses in the morning. Hopefully your 'money' is still in your desk.
2nd: We'll regroup tomorrow- We'll go over expectations for the classroom, school expectations, etc....
3rd: The Pizza Party for Math Masters will be on Friday!
See you Tomorrow!
It feels good to be finished with Iowa Assessments. Your kids rocked! Let me give you a few examples of what I mean by this:
On Thursday night PTA had its annual chili soup supper. I worked the book fair and didn't look up for 2 hours. It was very busy. Seeing the kids so excited about books is heart-warming. When beginning Guidance today, I had to tell them twice to put them away.... Kids walk down the halls reading, take books out for recess. It's so awesome!
Everyone returned their conference slips. I will send home a reminder the day and time of your conference. I'm so excited to share their NWEA scores and hard work in class.
Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the 'nicer' weather.