Learning Through Leadership

Monthly Archives: September 2014

We were really busy last week! We started a new unit in Social Studies and talked about TImelines (pretty cool since we also talked about Number Lines in math) and we worked to read a timeline together. In Math we worked with number lines, elapsed time, and telling time. We finished up our work in Language Arts with Folk Tales and Fables and have discussed tricksters and fools, the Central Message of stories, and how to use evidence from text to support our answers.

This week…

Language Arts:

We will be reading Amos and Boris and talking about character traits, context clues and using text evidence when talking about a story. We will finish up our Character Traits writing pieces this week as well. In spelling we will talk about “oy” words and the spelling patterns for those words.

Math:

We will continue on with our Measurement unit and will move into discussions of Grams and Kilograms. Ask your child this week what we did with rice to demonstrate this concept.

Social Studies:

We will continue to work with Timelines and will begin discussing the history of Pickerington. We will being plotting important historical dates on timelines together.

We continue to talk about Leadership each day in the classroom, this week we will focus our discussion on Habit 3, Put First Things First.

I look forward to seeing many of you at conferences this week, please remember that your child is welcome to attend the conference so that they can share their Leadership Notebooks with you.

Have a great week!


October Dates to Remember

10/1 – Parent Teacher Conferences – 4:30PM-8:00PM

10/2 – No School – Parent Teacher Conferences – 8:00AM – 3:30PM

10/7- Fall Reading OAA

10/9 – Leadership Team Meetings – 9:30AM

10/15 – Fall Festival

10/15 – End of First Quarter

10/16 – Two Hour Late Start – Teacher Professional Development

10/16 – 10/24 – Stanford and Otis Lennon testing for 3rd Grade

10/22 – Achievement Records Sent Home

10/23 – Leadership Team Meetings – 9:30AM

10/27-10/31 – Fall Book Fair


Wow! This class is full of some amazing kids! I had a rough morning today and had to pick my little guy up from Preschool at the last minute. Mrs. Haddox was kind enough to fill in for me here at school while I went to get him and had some pretty big compliments for the kids. Mrs. Haddox said that this is one of the greatest classes she has ever had the privilege of spending time with! I was so happy to hear that they were being proactive and doing the right thing, even thought I wasn’t here. When I got back, Brent (my son) stayed with us for about 20 minutes while we waited on Grandma to come pick him up and the kids worked as if he wasn’t even there. They focused on their tasks, kept their end in mind, and worked very hard! I am so proud of them and how dedicated to their learning they are! High Fives to everyone! I will update later this evening with our Week in Review and our Week at a Glance! Happy Sunny Friday!


Last week, we kicked off our PTO Yankee Candle Fundraiser! This is our main fundraising event for the year.  We have a classroom goal for at least ½ of our class to participate in our fundraiser. That means we are looking for 11 students to sell at least one or more candles. We are tracking each student who is participating in this fantastic effort. We truly are fortunate to have such an amazing and supportive PTO. They bring so many wonderful experiences to our students such as the Fall Festival, special assemblies, field trips, carnival, FUN DAY, supplies for our classroom and MUCH MUCH MORE!! Please show your support by checking with  your family and friends to buy some Yankee Candles!

Thank you for supporting Heritage!


Today we had a very special mystery reader visit our classroom! Mayor Lee Gray came to our room and read us the story of “The Little Red Hen”. Mayor Gray shared with us that this is his favorite book and that he collects copies of the book. He also shared with us about his time in Pickerington Schools including the fact that he once attended school in the same building we are in each day.

After Mayor Gray left we discussed the book and talked about how the animals in the book should have used the 7 habits. The students commented that they should have synergized and thought win-win in order to get the bread baked faster! It was a great afternoon and we are so appreciative to Mayor Gray for taking time out of his schedule to come and read to us!

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Did you know that Heritage has a Golden Book in the office? This is a very special book that kids can sign when they show truly amazing leadership skills. Today one of our classmates became the second student in the WHOLE building to sign the Golden Book. Zach we are so proud of you and your leadership skills. You are helping to show everyone at Heritage what a great leader is! Way to go!

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We have been really busy this week! As we are moving into the middle of our first quarter we started Leadership Teams, had our first library check out, had picture day and we set goals for our Leadership Notebooks. Make sure you ask your child about their reading goals that we set together. We are all striving to increase our STAR reading scores so that we become better readers!

Next week:

Reading/Language Arts: We will be continuing our unit on Stories Worth Telling Again and Again. We will be reading some folk tales and identifying the different story elements in the tales.

Math: We continue our work with multiplication and division. We have been working with different tools to help us with our math problems. The students should be able to use number bonds, tape diagrams, equal distribution, and repeated addition/skip counting in order to solve these types of problems. I have been encouraging the kids to practice their multiplication facts at home as this will really help us as we go through the year. Please try and make this a part of your nightly homework routine. Even 5 minutes a night will make a huge difference!

Science: We will continue to learn about plants and plant life cycles. We will retry our Lima Bean experiment since our first one didn’t work out very well. (We had lots of rotting lima beans in the room) The kids and I discussed possible reasons for the problems we had, and think maybe more sunlight, less water and a warmer location could help our seeds to be more successful. In the meantime we will continue to monitor our flowers that we planted and to read books about plants and their life cycles.

We are focusing on Habit number 2 this week, Begin With the End in Mind. We discuss the importance of setting goals and making a plan towards meeting those goals. Make sure you ask your child about the goals they are setting and how they plan to meet those goals.

The start of the school year has been great, I am so thankful for amazing kids and great parent support from home! Have a great weekend!