By the end of the week, what used to be a group of happy little children had melted into puddles on the floor. We tried to keep them alert with popsicles, but alas, 95 degrees and school just don’t mix too well. During recess time, Mrs. Hanes had a brilliant idea to put a jumbo cooler of water on each playground. This made a huge difference in how the kids fared while they were outside. Cooler weather is certainly welcome.
Thankfully, we were able to do all of our most academic tasks in the morning before the classroom got too sticky and hot. Our morning rotations of reading groups, writers’ workshop groups, math classes and music times look complicated on paper, but the kids have it down. They are doing a great job being in the right place at the right time and we’re able to use our time efficiently.
Thanks to everyone who has already responded to our request for supplies for “The Great Ice Dam Challenge.” If you missed the notice, we are collecting shoe boxes, large marshmallows, white frosting and large boxes of blue jello. Right now, blue jello is what we need the most. However, we could still use more of everything. We be using the supplies next Tuesday or Wednesday.
In geology this week, we learned about 4 special ice age animals. We also finished reading the book Terra Tempo. The kids now have great background knowledge for the optional homework assignment you’ll find described on a sheet in their backpack
: A diorama. If the directions don’t make sense, please let us know. This is meant to be a fun enrichment activity for families that would like a tangible way to connect to lessons we do at school. It will not be graded, so just participate to whatever extent you’d like (or not at all is also fine).
Conference time-slots are beginning to fill up. If you haven’t had a chance yet, pop by the room or email us to set up a convenient time. It is up to you whether or not your child attends.
PE is twice a week. Kids have a lot more fun when they’re wearing footwear with good traction. Flip flops or boots are really hard to run in. Mrs. Wold’s class has PE on Mondays; Mrs. Shaw’s class has PE on Tuesdays; Ms. Belesiotis’ class has PE on Wednesdays and we all have PE on Thursdays.