Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Movie from grandparents day!

For those who wanted to see what your grandparents saw at grandparents it is.

It's 9 minutes long....and loaded with choose a time when you can sit back and enjoy!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Note From Nan Zosel

 Winter Wear Wanted!

The Lower School is collecting new and gently used Winter Wear 
for families experiencing homelessness.
Coats  Jackets  Boots Snowpants

Students may bring donations to their classroom or 
deliver to the "Service Shelf" located near Gym C.
Nov. 29 - Th. Dec. 14 - Thanks!
Thursday, November 10, 2016

Mid November Has Arrived

As I was watching the students at recess the other day, it seemed so strange to see them running around without coats, hats and mittens on a mid November day. We have been truly blessed with the sunshine and warmth that we have had this fall. It has been a special gift. Who knows how long this weather will last.....I suggest making sure you have all the winter gear they will need sooner than later as we know that it eventually will be coming our way!

This week has been an interesting week to say the least. The election has created a buzz in the environment. In some cases it has been a buzz of excitement in other cases it has brought up many thoughts of concern. We respect that there are a multitude of thoughts in regards to the election and we have been allowing your child to talk. We have not spoken about the results of the election as a full group but rather, we have chosen to talk with the students in small groups or individually. We have found that the smaller setting allows children to share more freely. We feel that our job is to let the students know that we are hearing them and that adults are doing everything they can to make them feel safe.

In other news, we have been incredibly busy, as usual. There are days that I look at my watch and I can’t believe that it is already noon. For example, on Tuesday, we went from our meeting time, to guided reading, to word work groups, to Chinese, to math and then to skating within the first 3 hours of the day! It is unbelievable what we get accomplished!

In Writer’s Workshop, we started our new unit on “How To’s”.  We have spent a lot of time brainstorming what we are good enough at doing, that we could explain it in simple steps. This believe it or not is the hardest part of the How To project. The students need to decide on something that is explainable and not too big. For example, a lot of students have said that they want to write a How To about skating. We have been coaching them to see that  skating is too big for a how to....but a certain part like how to skate backwards would be more appropriate. At this point, we have written a How To about brushing teeth.....but will be asking them to think in more depth about other things that they could explain. We are using word organizing words like, “First, Then, Next, Last” to guide our writing instructions.

In Science, we are continuing our study of rocks. Morgan’s dad, Brian Wright was our special geologist visitor who came down and talked to the students about the 3 main different types of rocks- sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic. He even wrote a song with a little rap in it that the kids learned how to sing. We are going to continue practicing you might hear parts of it  at home! 

Our Guided Reading and Word Work Groups have been moving along beautifully. It is always such a treat for us as teachers to see your child grow and develop new reading strategies. It is also a joy to watch your children truly enjoy literature!

In math, we are starting to work with numbers up to 20. Our ultimate goal is for your children to think of numbers as a group of tens and ones....and right now we are establishing the language and using graphic organizers.

A couple of housekeeping thoughts:
-If you haven’t signed up for grandparents/special person’s day, do so as soon as you can,

-If you know of anyone who is interested in attending Breck, have them come to the Open House on Saturday, November 12th!

-If you travel and would love to open up the world to your child’s class....feel free to send a postcard to our room and tell us about where you are:
         The address is: 123 Ottawa Ave N. Golden Valley, MN 55422

-Remember to look at your child’s homework folder everyday and initial the Peek at the Week.