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Monthly Archives: April 2014

We have been busy this week during Right to Read week! Yesterday we helped take care of our school by cleaning up litter around the grounds. The students synergized to pick up trash they found on our playground and in our field. They got to do a good deed and our school grounds look great, what a Win-Win!

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Today we used the Recycled items that the students brought in to make new creations! The students worked together to make many different creations, and were very creative! They also wrote paragraphs describing their creations which are on display in the fourth grade hallway.

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The last thing we did for our Right to Read week was to have a read in. The kids (and teachers!) grabbed a book, chose a “comfy” spot to read in and we read silently for about 30 minutes. It was a great way to end the week and to Sharpen our Saws!

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We had a packed house for today’s poetry recital! The students worked so hard writing and learning their poems and we were so proud of each student’s performance! Thanks to all of the “someone specials” that came out to support our amazing poets! We hope you had as much fun as we did!

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Today we had the opportunity to spend two 45 minute sessions with visiting illustrators Jeanette and Christopher Canyon. This husband and wife duo live in German Village and have illustrated a ton of children’s books. They use totally different techniques and shared them with us today! The students were fascinated with hearing about how Jeanette uses Polymer clay to create her art pieces and then manipulates those pieces to create illustrations to go along with the books other authors have written. She even uses pasta makers and food processors as tools in her studio! The picture below was made for the book Over in the Rainforest and was made using all polymer clay. 

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Here is Jeannette talking to the kids:

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Christopher uses paint to illustrate his books, but they often look quilted when finished. He has illustrated several books to go along with John Denver songs and shared them with us today. We even had some sing alongs! 

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As you can imagine, the students were mesmerized listening to them…and I think we may have some budding illustrators on our hands!

 

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Today as a part of Right to Read week we spent some time observing in nature. Each child took a piece of yarn and made a circle to observe the different parts of nature they could find. They made a list of things in their circle and then separated those items into groups of living and non-living items. We found grass, flowers, dirt, spiders, seeds, sticks, leaves… And countless other items! They kids used their keen observation skills and were very descriptive about what they found!

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Remember that each child needs to bring in two items that can be recycled for our Science activity on Friday.


Just a few reminders:

Our book fair buying day is tomorrow, April 23, at 9:20 am.

Family night at the book fair is tomorrow night, if your child misses their book fair buying time you can come as a family tomorrow night.

Thursday is our KISS luncheon and Poetry recital, please let us know if your child will not have a “someone special” at school that day.

Next Tuesday and Wednesday are OAA testing days. Please ensure that your child is in school, on time, those days and ready to go. We will start testing first thing in the morning.

As always, let us know if you have questions!


This is Right to Read week and we are celebrating with an Earth Fiesta! Every day we will be completing activities that have to do with helping our Earth, recycling, and learning about nature. We will also be having a fiesta read in and will visit the book fair! Today we went o
n a nature scavenger hunt around the school. The kids looked for certain objects and then made a list of other cool things they found.

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This week we will also be working on recycling projects. Please have your child bring in two items that could be recycled by Friday. We will use them for science that day.

Enjoy the sunshine!


Thanks to our amazing PTO we had a visit from COSI on Wheels today! The day started with a whole school assembly where the topic of the “Human Machine” was introduced. We learned about what we need in order to keep our bodies healthy and strong, and our very own Aniah was called up on stage to do the Food Pyramid Dance. Check her out!

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We returned later to do some hands on sessions where the kids investigated different topics involving the human body. We had a great day and learned a lot! Thank you PTO!

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And yes… That is Joseph putting his tongue under the microscope! We all thought his many taste buds looked pretty cool on the big screen!