Happy Sunday everyone. I just got back from Maine. We watched Mrs. Howe's daughter, Katie, play her next to last game in basketball for Southern University of Maine. It was senior afternoon and I was privileged to go down on the floor with her family as her third grade teacher. It was quite an honor. What a great weekend.
Thank you to everyone who helped with our Valentine's breakfast. It was amazing and the kids loved it. A great party was had by all.
This week will be NBCS Pride week before vacation. On Monday the kids can wear blue and yellow(the school colors). On Tuesday, it is Animal print day and stuffed animal day. On Wednesday, kids may dress for tropical day. Thursday will be Camp Day and then Friday will be the parade of nations for the pep rally. We have the country of Italy, so the kids may wear red, green and white. It sounds like fun and the kids are very excited.
On Monday afternoon, we will be walking down to the Historical Society with our first grade buddies. They have a special presentation planned for us. They love it when we come and we are treated very special. That will be from 1:00 to 2:00.
In Wonders reading, we will be starting Unit 4-week 1. Our genre will be Folktales. In Every Day math, we are working on fractions and multiplication facts. Kids are still excited about their fast math.
We have a hundred squares to fill in for healthy choices this month and the first week of March. We will be presented with a special treat if we all make our goal. This is a school wide event.
Our Mystery Science lesson this week was all about the heart. We did a fun experiment and learned so much about our heart.
Our read aloud book this week is "Danny the Champion of the World."
I hope everyone has a great vacation. Safe travels if you are going afar. We will be driving to Florida for sun and fun.
Have a great week everyone.
Happy end of the weekend everyone. Gearing up for the Oscars. Another late night!
A few reminders for the week. Jump Rope for Heart will be held on Friday at 10:35. Also, our Valentine brunch will be held at 8:30. Please remember to have all the foods cooked and we can warm the food up if we need to.
In Wonders reading, we will continue with week 5. Our spelling words will also be the same as last week. We will have a test this week. With the snow day and the two hour delay, this will work out just fine.
The kids did an excellent job on their Unit 4 math assessment. Now it is on to fractions in Unit 5. Keep practicing those multiplication facts.
Come check out our bulletin board. See the 100 reasons why we love NBCS. Monday, we will celebrate the 100th day of school.
Don't forget that the kids have no school on Tuesday. Voting will take place in the gym.
Have a great week everyone.
Happy weekend everyone. I'm sure most of you are getting ready for the big game. We have a Giants fan in the house! Not sure how that will go over tonight? Anyway, enjoy the game. Just not the same this year!
Haven't heard if the groundhog saw his shadow yet, but it will be six more weeks of winter anyway.
We did a fun experiment in Science this week. It was all about natural selection. The kids had fun with it. Great discussion and some great names for their animals.
This week in Wonders, we will be on Unit 3, week 5. The spelling words are posted on the spelling page. Very tricky words this week.
In math, we will do a review on Tuesday and then we will have our Unit 4 math assessment on Wednesday. The kids are still loving their fast math.
Everything is filled for the Valentine's Brunch. We just need everything cooked before it is brought in. Then we can heat up food items here. I will send home a class list this week for names. The kids are also responsible for making a box or any kind of container to hold their valentines. at home. It can be decorated anyway they choose. Think "out of the box"! If you need any paper or decorating materials, let me know.
Can't believe it is only three more weeks until winter break. We are more than halfway through the school year. This Friday will be the 100th day of school. We continue to grow and learn as a family.
Have a great week everybody!! No snow in sight!
Happy weekend everyone. The snow is almost gone up here on the Mud Hill. It was good to see most of you at the Lip Sync last night. It is always so much fun.
Mrs. Bradley will be putting a Sign Up Genius on line for the Valentine's party. The kids would like to do a breakfast. The food will have to be cooked at home and then we can warm it up at school. We would like to have breakfast starting at 8:20 right after the kids get in. I will send home a class list for Valentine cards.
This Thursday is the Community Meeting. We will have 3 members of our class family being represented.
In reading, we will tackle Unit 3 week 4. In math we will finish up our measuring unit.
Have a great week everybody.
Happy weekend everyone. We have about four inches of snow up here on the Mud Hill. Easy to shovel, light and fluffy!
I would like to thank everyone who donated to our class Sport Ball basket. It turned out amazing. The baskets will be on display this week at school and they will be selling tickets all week too. The baskets will be raffled off at the Lip Sync contest on Saturday night the 25th.
This week we will be doing Unit 3 week 3 in Wonders reading. Our genre is Expository text. It is all about the solar system.
In math, we will be working on perimeter and area. The kids continue to work hard on their multiplication facts. They all get so excited about "Fast Math". Ten minutes of practice each night should help tremendously.
In Social Studies, we are talking about Civil Rights and learning about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We have been reading all kinds of stories about the Underground Railroad and the Civil Rights movement. The kids are very interested and it makes for some good discussion.
The kids are hard at work earning "Paws" cards for their positive Bobcat behavior.
Our next Community Meeting will be on January 30th at 8:30. Our class will have 3 presenters.
Have a great week everybody.
Happy weekend everyone. We have hardly any snow left up here on the Mud Hill. Lots of mud though! No Patriots game today?? What???
The kids did an incredible job on their Aimsweb testing. The growth for everyone was pretty amazing. I was very proud of all of them.
Congratulations to our "String Crew". They did an amazing job in the concert.
This week should be pretty normal for us. In reading we will be working on Unit 3 week 2. In math we continue with our measurement unit. Please have the kids keep studying their multiplication facts. They love doing the fast math.
In science, we are still working on our "life cycle" unit.
As a class we are still working on our goals for the month of January. The kids are earning Paws cards like crazy!!!
Have a great week everyone.
Happy weekend everyone. I'm sure everyone is still in shock over the Patriot's loss. Super Bowl will not be as exciting now without the Pats! Oh well, wait until next year!
We will try to get back to a regular schedule this week. We will be starting Unit 3 week 1 in Wonders reading, and we will be starting Unit 4 in Math. The kids should be practicing their times tables each night too. We will start our fast math this week. They will have a minute each day to do 12 problems that are all mixed. After one table is completed correctly three times , they can move on to the next table. It is an individual race against one self! The kids loved it last year.
On Tuesday the 7th and Wednesday the 8th, we will be taking the Aimsweb assessments for for the second time this year. The kids will be tested in reading and math. Please encourage the kids to do their best. Try to have them get a good night's sleep and eat something for breakfast on those days.
Mr. and Mrs. Bergen (our adopted Godparents) came in on Thursday with snacks and presents for the kids. They love visiting the kids and the kids love seeing them.
Our next big them will be, The Presidents. We will begin that after February vacation. At the end of the unit, the kids will dress up as their president and make a speech for parents, grandparents and friends. This unit will take about six weeks to complete. I will let you know the exact date of the "Presidential Reception" as we get closer to the end of the unit.
For the month of January, for PBIS, we are working on individual and classroom goals. Our classroom goals are self advocating, determination, and perseverance. It ties in nicely with New Year Resolutions.
Make sure you check out our bulletin board which is entitled, "What a Snowman Shouldn't Do". The kids came up with some cute ideas.
Have a great week everyone.
Happy New Year everyone. I hope you all had a great Christmas. It is icing up here on the Mud Hill. I just returned from New York City. My nephew, Mr. Chris and I went for the weekend to see all of the lights and to get a taste of the city. It was packed. So much fun!
Thank you all for the wonderful gifts and the fun Christmas party. The kids all had a blast.
For Thursday and Friday, we will do some reviewing for our multiplication facts and tackle another science experiment. We just finished a Life Science lesson on how to control unwanted plants and bugs. The kids loved it. The kids were given several situations and they had to come up with various solutions.
We will be doing Aimsweb testing again next week. The kids will be tested in Math and Reading. I know that they will all do their best for me. We will be testing on the i-pads. They worked out well last time.
Don't forget that the kids can take reading counts tests at home now. Some of them have been doing it faithfully.
I can't wait to hear about all the fun things the kids did over Christmas break. Have a great rest of the vacation. Have a safe and Happy New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Happy 2020!
Happy weekend everyone. Sorry this is so late, but we have been out all day getting our Christmas on! Just realizing there is not much time left. Didn't even get to watch the game. It is taped for later.
Thank you all for coming to Open House. The play was amazing and Mud's Munchkins brought the house down. What a way to open the show. I was so proud of everyone! They had so much fun doing it.
Please have the kids bring back their report card envelopes signed on the first line. Everything else may be kept at home. All of the kids did a great job this first semester.
Thanks to all who signed up for the Christmas Party. We will begin the party at 1:00. We will do the gift exchange first and then we will snack on our goodies. Please feel free to attend if you are free.
I will try to keep this week as normal as possible. On Wednesday a friend of mine will be coming in to make ornaments with the kids. It has become a yearly tradition.
The kids would like to watch a movie for their Christmas party, but we didn't decide which one yet.
Kids may do their little trinkets and clues for Secret Santa this week if they want to. Some have already started. Please remember to keep your name a secret. We will guess who at the party.
Have a great week everyone! See you soon.
I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. It is freezing up here on the Mud hill.
The kids should have their Secret Santa names now and a letter to explain the process. Let's see you can keep their name a secret the longest. The kids have also chosen their menu for the Christmas party and Mrs. Bradley will be posting a Sign-Up Genius for those who want to contribute.
Please remember that Thursday the 12th is our Open House and Christmas play to follow. Open House begins in our classroom at 6:00 and then parents may head down to the gym at 6:20. The play will begin at 6:30. The kids have received a letter for parents as to what to wear. The play is awesome and the kids are great. They have been working so hard.
We will try to keep the next two weeks as routine as possible. Although Teddy, our elf makes it difficult to do that. He loves to snack and eat and he is constantly found in our food pantry corner and Mr. Mud's candy drawers.
This week in Wonders we will be covering Unit 2 week 5. The spelling words are posted on the spelling page. In math, we continue to work on Unit 3.
We are finishing up our Native American unit and we will do some more experiments with weather and the life cycles of animals in Science.
Report cards will be coming home on Friday the 13th. The kids have been working very hard and they all deserve an Outstanding for effort.
We will be donating a check to the food pantry in New Boston out of our Michaelmas money for Christmas. The kids should feel very good about this. We are all about community and this is a great example.
Thank you for sending in extra sneakers and shoes with the kids. They may keep the extra shoes in class for the season if you want. Even a pair of slippers are good enough. Just as long as they don't have to sit all day in their wet boots.
Remember that Reading Counts is now available to do at home. If you have any problems getting to it, just shoot me a text.
Have a great week everybody!
Let the kids be kids. Every child has a strength. It is up to the teacher to find it or tap it so they can work to their highest potential. I tend to set the bar very high. Lifetime memories should be made in the classroom and at school. NBCS should be a place where kids enter happy and go home with a smile on their face. I want my kids getting up in the morning begging to go to school!