April 11, 2019: This has been testing week so the kids are working hard to do their best on the tests as well as do their regular work. Keep up the good work! The cold weather has not left us yet so please be sure to send the correct winter gear to school. Its cold and windy at recess!â€‹
April 4, 2019: Please sign and return your child's report card envelope if you have not already done so. Thanks. We will be having physical education outside this Friday so please make sure your child has outdoor tennis shoes. We started a new book this week, The Borrowers. It takes place in England between the world wars and is a fun story of how the little things go “missing” and are used by the Borrowers. We are looking at the same time period in Social Studies and in discussion I have found that the boys don’t remember watching “The Sound of Music”. Because that musical has as its background the political setting that we are studying, I am going to work watching the movie into our days in the next week or so. Be prepared for them to burst out into song at any moment :)
March 28, 2019: Our Spelling test will be Thursday this week because of our shortened day on Friday. As nicer weather begins to pop up, please still encourage your child to do their best on their work in school or at home. We need to focus on quality of work and not speed. Thanks!
March 21, 2019: Hold on to your hats! This is the last week of the third quarter and things are about to start moving at what feels like the speed of light. Spring means a wet, muddy playground so please always have boots for recess. Extra shoes will work in warmer weather but we aren’t there yet. We continue to work hard in the classroom to catch up after our many snow days. There will not be a spelling unit this week due to the short week.
March 14, 2019: Thank you for attending the Open House and doing such a great job presenting the robots. I’ve heard many good things about how well the kids did! This week we had guests from the Rotary who shared pictures and a presentation about the local Raptor birds that live in our area. We all learned a ton about Hawks, Falcons, Owls and Eagles and learned that there are many more that live in our area than we had realized! Not everyone remembered the sticks and wrapping paper needed for the project the librarians had planned. We were able to find sticks in my backyard but the wrapping paper had to be purchased. (Thank you Grandma Mary for running to the Dollar Store!!) The boys who forgot their materials agreed to pitch in $1 to help offset the cost. They have all remembered to give me their money already - Thank you!!
March 7, 2019: Please help the boys remember to bring sticks and wrapping paper for a project they are working on. We are having trouble remembering them and we need them here by Tuesday. We had the privilege of hosting Laura Cole in our classroom this week while she did her Junior year Early Field Experience week for MLC (our pastor and teacher training college). It was fun to have her with us this week!
February 21, 2019: It’s good good to be back into our routine! Our Special Person’s Day has not been rescheduled yet. We are having a Michigan State Trooper come and talk to us about Cyber Bullying and Internet Safety. We hope you will be able to attend when the time comes. Topics in the classroom this week: In Christ Light we learned how much Jesus loves each of us through the story of Lazarus, We are learning how God cares for and provides for his Creation as we study the First Article in Catechism class, Math is just fun - I love Math! In English we are reviewing for a quiz this Friday, in Reading we have started the novel Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, in Science we continue to learn about Oceans and in Social Studies we are learning about Expansion through Colonization. Busy week!!
January 24, 2019: We finished our Unit on Farmer Boy and finished our projects on Robin Hood and King Arthur! We will have them on display for you at the Open House :) Our MAP testing continues into next week because of the snow day so please send healthy snacks for brain food and focus on getting good sleep. We do this testing three times a year and the next one is in April.
January 17, 2019: Because of the ice days we are making some adjustments to the due dates for our big projects. The book report (just a simple summary of the book they read) is due on Friday Jan . 18. The 3D model is now due on Monday. Regular reading assignments are still due on the same days since they should be taking that home daily and working on it every day. Next week we will start the second phase of the standardized testing. Please make an extra effort to have regular sleep and good snacks for the school day. These are comparative tests to see how much progress the kids are making so we do this three times during the school year.
January 10, 2019 - Thank you for the thoughtful Christmas gifts you gave to me and to each other. We had a fun party before break! Now that we are back, we are working on a few special projects. The boys are reading different legends about King Arthur or Robin hood and are preparing book reports, and an oral report to share with their classmates next week Wed. We are also working on creating a 3D model of something from the medieval age. Those models are due next Friday. We have started constructing them here at school but they can be worked on at home also. The boys are allowed to use whatever materials they wish but I did ask them to try and use what we already have here or at home so we keep the cost down. No need to purchase a 10,000 piece Lego set!!! We will save the models and use them to display at our Open House on March 10.
December 6, 2018 I can’t believe this is true but next week is midterm already! We will be having a Social Studies test next week Wed so you can be reviewing already to help your student prepare. We have an English quiz on Friday as well as a Spelling test. The boys will be reading solo narrations for the Christmas program so don’t worry if you aren’t seeing the usual memory work for the program coming home. We have some hymns to learn but there are not recitations for our group this year.
November 29, 2018:- We finished reading Little House in the Big Woods and have started reading Farmer Boy to compare how Laura and Almanzo grew up. In Science we have started studying Fossils and in Social Studies we are learning about the Middle Ages in Europe. We are just beginning to work on the Christmas service. Our class will be helping with individual narrations instead of group recitations.
November 15 2018- We had a great time making our pillowcases! Thank you for providing the funds to allow us to do it. The boys took their Chap. 13 Social Studies test on Wednesday. We are looking forward to the play on Friday and to our short week before Thanksgiving next week. Good luck to the deer hunters out there!!
November 8, 2018- Please don’t forget to send in the $10 for our pillowcase sewing project. Our next Social Studies test will be next week so please start reviewing the chapter now so it isn't such a big job the night before the test. We have noticed this week that due to the time change everyone is especially hungry for your child because the kids bodies think its lunchtime when it’s only 11:00 am. Please send some snacks for recess to help them make the transition to the new time. Thank you!
November 1, 2018: We had our first visit from the Delta College STEM bus. They showed us how to design a fidget spinner and then they used their 3-D printer to print one for the kids. This week we made butter in class as part of our Little House in the Big Woods literature unit. Tues Nov 13 we will be sewing pillowcases as part of our Literature unit. I will shop for the fabric if you could please send in $10 to cover the cost. Thank you!
October 25, 2018 had a great time at Camp Timbers! Thank you PTO for helping to share the cost so they could have this experience. Now that we are back after two weeks of two days of school, we are digging back in and getting some work done. I noticed quite a lot of corrected work is here at school so we are making sure all of it comes home today. Also today was our second Social Studies test. The boys are learning how to prepare for bigger tests and are doing a great job. There was a huge improvement from last test to this test! We also started a Literature Unit on Laura Ingalls Wilder’s book Little House in the Big Woods. We are creating a lapbook as our summary of the book for you to enjoy once we finish.
October 18, 2018: It the week my classroom has been waiting for all school year. Camp Timbers! The boys are stomping around the woods learning outdoor skills, archery, teamwork and many other fun activities. They return home at 1:30 and can and should go home at that time. They will be exhausted after having so much fun. Speaking of having fun, Teachers Conference last week was really a great experience for the teachers. I learned so many new things! I have already started using some of the new resources in the classroom and have plans to add more as the year goes on.
October 4, 2018:On Mon and Tues of this week we were blessed with the opportunity to host an MLS student in our class, Olivia Krueger, as she participated in the Taste of MInistry program offered by MLS. Olivia wants to be a teacher and she had the chance to teach some classes and work with the students. We had a great time and are glad for the chance to have met her! Can you believe we are halfway through the first quarter already! Don’t forget to check your student’s grades on Teacherease.com to see a midterm snapshot of how the year is going. (info on how to log in is in the kids planners) We are taking our Spelling and Reading tests on Thursday this week because we will be at Cardinal for a Day at MLS on Friday.
Sept 27, 2018: We had our first Social Studies test on Wed and worked hard at learning how to prepare for tests. Friday is a Spelling test and our first English quiz. Be sure to review the 24 helping verbs - they will be on the quiz!
Sept 20, 2018: Sorry I missed the deadline for getting a paragraph in last week’s newsletter! Turns out no news was good news. We have had a good start to the year. Our regular routine is to have spelling tests on Fridays so please review spelling words with your child during the week so Friday is a stress free test. Next week Wed we will have our first Social Studies test on Chap. 11. A study guide will be coming home if it hasn’t already so you can help them prepare.
Sept 6, 2018: We have had a strong start to our school year! Thanks for letting us teach your children. We have a few housekeeping items to deal with. Please be sure your child has outside shoes to wear at recess. When the weather is wet, they will need boots but even in nice weather we want the kids to have dedicated shoes for recess so mud doesn’t get tracked into school. Also, please be sure your child has a paint shirt (button up, not pull over the head) for Friday’s art class. Please help your student fill out the back page of their planner. Thanks!