Monday, October 27, 2014

Monday Memo 10/27/14

I heard that Movie Night was a blast.  We have a great PTO to put on these special community events.   I'm glad so many of you were able to come. 

Veggie Skeletons

We will celebrate Halloween on Thursday instead of Friday because Friday (God willing), we will be on a field trip.  The room parents told me they had secured all the vegetable donations.  Thank you!  Please send them in on Thursday.


We are working on place value.  The specific standards I am addressing include understanding that each digit in a three digit number represents a particular value of hundreds, tens, and ones.  Within that, children need to be able to compare large numbers using <, >, = symbols, and they also need to be able to represent numbers in base 10 blocks, in numerical form, and in expanded form, too.  Something fun to do to support your child in this work is to make up a "Mystery Number."  For example, "my number has a five in the tens place, a four in the hundreds place, and the digit in the ones place is the number of sides on a triangle."    


We had an exciting meeting with our buddies making positive/negative jack o'lanterns.  Hope you enjoyed the finished product!

Homeless Helpers

Emma and Ella did a fine job presenting their Service Learning Project at the assembly.  Please send in any new or gently used blankets to help the homeless this winter.  There will be a clearly marked box in front of the office for this purpose.

Field Trip

I will send a reminder on Thursday about the (knock on wood) field trip.  I feel like I'm jinxing it by even mentioning it!

Hope you survive the build up to Friday!  The excitement in palpable in our classroom.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Monday Memo 10/20/14

Thank you, Room Parents!

A great time was had by all at our class playground gathering this weekend.  Liane, Marchella, and Lauren did an amazing job organizing and planning this fun time.  I was thrilled to see so many of you there.

Field Trip (cross your fingers!)

Our trip to the Blue Hills will take place on Thursday, barring any unforeseen weather event.  Thank you so much for your quick turn around time in getting the revised permission slip back to me so promptly.  Luckily, all of the chaperones who were originally assigned to go can still attend on Thursday.  Thank you!


Your kids did a fabulous job leading the school in song this morning.  It's not easy to get up in front of everyone and sing!  I'm so proud of them.

Math Stations

I would love your help a couple of times a week during math.  You would help facilitate a math station involving a small group of kids doing some kind of problem solving work or playing a math game.  Here is the link to sign up to help.  Thank you!

Book Fair

Our class is scheduled to attend the Book Fair on Thursday from 2-2:30.  You may send money in with your child if you would like them to buy a book.  Or, you can tell them it's a great opportunity to browse.  The Book Fair will also be open during the HH Movie Night on Friday from 6-8PM.

Word Work

Every child is in a group two times per week working on word study.  You may see papers going home with word cards glued on the paper in certain categories.  This is our spelling program, using Words Their Way, which has children study word patterns to deepen their understanding of spelling and phonetic rules.  The traditional "studying" of the spelling words at home is not necessary, but you can support your child by asking them what types of words they are studying and what pattern the words fall into.  Click on this short video to watch a parent tutorial about this program.

Have a great week!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Monday Memo (Thursday Edition) 10/16/23

Field Trip (Third Time's a Charm!)

A new permission slip was sent home.  Please send it back by Friday.  Sorry for all of the rescheduling.

Our class will be leading a song for the school at Monday's assembly at 9AM if you would like to join us.

We won an award for picking up trash on the playground!

Let's Get Together, yeah, yeah, yeah
There is a gathering for our class on the Happy Hollow playground at 3PM on Saturday, organized by the room parents (thank you!).  Hope to see you there!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Monday Memo 10/6/14

Happy Monday!  Wasn't yesterday a perfect fall day?  We went apple picking.  Our tractor driver at Berlin Orchards drove the tractor with an apple balanced on his head!  Is that amazing???

Field Trip

We are so lucky to have so many people volunteer to be chaperones.  I'm sorry we can't bring all of you.  As promised, I put the names in a hat and chose randomly.  The five chaperones will be Lisa Moscoffian, Andrus Madsen, Liane Hage, Henry Chow, and Olga Dremov.

I'm very sorry to have to refuse so many generous volunteers.  Please remember there are two more field trips, and everyone is welcome to chaperone the field trip to Boston in May.


We did an experiment on Tuesday where your child worked with a thermometer to learn more about this important tool and how to measure temperature.  Children dipped a thermometer into cold water and then very warm water and read the subsequent temperatures.  Watching the mercury rise was fascinating!  Then we made our own paper thermometers, which are proudly on display in our classroom.

Today, we used another weather instrument--an anemometer!  We went outside and watched it whirl around.  It was rather thrilling!  Ask your child what an anemometer is used for.  Hopefully, they will know.

Have you heard about Chinese class on Fridays?  Ms. Li, a Happy Hollow parent, generously offers her time each week to give us a short Chinese enrichment lesson.  Your child can probably tell you the Mandarin words for some parts of the body, and he or she may be able to sing "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes" in Chinese as well.  We are lucky to have this special learning opportunity each week.


We are finishing our unit on Addition and Subtraction Within 20 and moving onto Place Value.  Our class works in small groups during Math Stations twice a week, and I am looking forward to having you (yes, you!) join us.  Hopefully, some parents will be able to sign up to come in and help us during this fun, enriching learning time.  I will send a sign up link with next Monday's Memo.

Have a great week!