Thursday, May 1, 2014

We love our Earth

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We had a crazy busy week!  We cannot believe we are getting ready for graduation already.  We have been practicing hard at our songs so we will be loud enough for all of you when we put on our show.

On Monday, we made an I <3 Earth project.  To make the Earth, students colored a coffee filter blue and green and we sprayed it with water to watch the colors spread.  We dried them on our heaters.  We then wrote on our heart how we were going to love our Earth in their very best spelling.  We then stapled the I, the <3 and the Earth together to make an adorable hall decoration (and public service announcement).

Tuesday, we recycled the paper we found around the school by making
it into our own new paper!  We first had to make the paper smaller by ripping the pieces.  Then we put the paper and water in the blender.  When the blender was on, we made pulp.  We all took a turn to touch the pulp and squeeze some water out of it.  We then dumped the remaining pulp on a screen
so the water went into a bowl.  Then we pressed the left over water out with a towel.  We put them out to dry and we will have our own fancy paper to take home!

Wednesday, we began subtraction.  We had some alive trees, then some trees died so we took them away so we had to count how many trees we still alive.  Students found taking all of them away and none away pretty tricky, but they did very well with the other numbers. We also worked on properly writing those numbers.

Through out the week, we were also working on completing our donations to the Blooming Bonanza project.  Students did a great job and I hope they will make us some money towards our school technology fund! Check out Blooming Bonanza to see all their hard work.

Tuesday was our number of the week project.  We put 4, 5, 6 stickers on the numbers and we drew 4, 5, and 6 things.

Thursday, we had our program (to participate in or watch) so we did our cutting out the numbers 4, 5, 6 from magazines and gluing on the numbers.

Our Field trip went wonderfully. We took 12 students to Hillside preschool and they had a blast learning bike safety, eating a healthy snack, talking with Deputy Janda about 911 and a police officers uniform, the Greenville firefighters about campfire and firework safety, and talking with some ladies about pet/animal safety and to always as, "may I pet your dog."

We have a very busy remainder of the school year ahead of us!

  • We are working on projects to be sold for Blooming Bonanza fundraiser that starts Friday May 9.  Please come check out all the cool plants, but also the teacher table that will hold our products along with all the other products the students in our school have been making.  
  • We have our Safety Fair Field Trip (at Hillside 4k site) on Friday May 2.  Please make sure your trip form is in!  No slip, no Trip!  There is no cost for this trip!
  • We have our Planetarium Field Trip on Thursday May 8.  Please make sure you have your trip form in, as well as the $4 fee.  
  • PALS Assessments will start May 6.
  • Graduation will be June 3 5:30-6:30.  Formal Invitation to Follow.

  • Donations needed!
    We have started our number of the week books.  These books will consist of putting the correct amount of stickers on the number, draw that many objects, and cut that number out of the magazines.  We need your help!  Please send magazines or ads (ads seem to have the most numbers).  Sunday ads would be perfect!  Thank you!

    Please note, as always, the Hortonville Public Library hosts free events for kids!  Check them out on your days off and have some fun family bonding time! The link below brings you to the sites "kids" page.

    Important Notes:
    • Our School day starts at 7:50am.  Please have your child in the building at that time.  We are going to be watching tardy's very carefully for the 4th quarter so please 
    • Book Orders came home and are available.  I will have ONE MORE BOOK ORDER.    Our FINAL book order will be due May 16 to ensure that all orders are in by the end of the year.
    • BECAUSE IT IS FINALLY GETTING WARM ENOUGH TO GO BACK OUTSIDE, PLEASE BE SURE THEY ARE DRESSED FOR THE WEATHER TO GO OUT.  Please send your child dressed for the weather as we go outside as long as it is not raining or below 0*(students are more than welcome to bring layers daily or to leave in their lockers)  It may also be time to change out the change of clothes to make sure they are weather appropriate.  If you send a new change of clothes, we will send the warm weather clothes in their backpacks.  We go outside on TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS, Extended day kids go out EVERY DAY.
    • Folders. Please be checking your child's daily folder each night.  We put notes on the notebook pages in their folders as well as any notes we may have for you.  Artwork is also sent home this way. As we start letter of the week, we will also start sending home homework to help reinforce the letter concept and identification.  Please work on this with you child to help the students make the connection between home and school. 
    • Also, Please check the student's Wednesday Folders.  Please try to take info out and return the folder and any forms/info/payments in those folders a day or two after receiving. 
    • Literacy Bags are done for the year!  Thank you for your great work in working with your child on these!
    • Library Books come every week.  We go to library on Monday and student have the opportunity to check out a book and keep it for a week. It can be kept in their back packs or at home, but please remember to bring it on Mondays. 
    Next Week:
    Theme: Earth Day. Flowers. Mothers Day
    Numbers of the Week: 7, 8, 9

    Snack: Ellerman Family (already in)

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