Friday, January 29, 2016

January Ends with Lots of Fun!

We had a busy, fun week in room 103.

Sharing continues with our blankets, quilts and afghans!  We have very much enjoyed our 20 questions games and mathematical measurments!

Room 103 hosted two guest readers this week!

Ms. Pavlicek of Burlington's Science Center read Under One Rock, Bugs, Slugs and other Ughs! by Anthony D Fredericks.  We enjoyed the story very much and realized there were many similarities to The Mitten by Jan Brett that we explored with her earlier this month! Both books involved lots of animals together in one, small place!

Mr. Lord, Pine Glen's ELL teacher was in to visit on Friday.  He read the book Hipponotamus.  We loved the silly story.

The benefit of so many visitors reading to us is that it has been inspiring us to read, read, read! - One of the highlights of the day is selecting a good book and quiet corner to enjoy a few minutes of reading!

Mrs. Hoyt shared an interesting book this week. Winnie: The True Story of The Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh.  It was fun for us to learn that the cute yellow bear that so many of us have and know was based upon a real, live bear!  In the coming weeks we will learn about the first Teddy Bear and how FDR was the inspiration to its creation!

Reading has many rewards!  -It can help bring a sense of tranquility, increase vocabulary, improve our memory and thinking skill and make us better writers, and... it enhances our overall intelligence
(or for us locals........It makes you wicked smaht!).  Shouldn't we all take time each day to enjoy a good book?!  As an added bonus, Pine Glen students who track their reading are members of the reading corp. Congratulations to Lindsay our first 5 Star General!  Thanks to the PTO each 5 Star General will be recognized for their efforts with a special gift.

We are hosting a small snapping turtle in room 103.  Ms. Pavlicek delivered the 2 year old reptile and has encouraged us to observe it swimming, eating and thriving in it's container.  Mrs. Hoyt allowed the turtle to visit students on the rug....but no fingers near his mouth!

Our first grade next door neighbors have been learning about chickens and their life cycle.  They had eggs and have cared for them through the process of incubating and hatching.  Ms. Mills and her students now have 7 adorable chicks to care for.  They are quite cute and can be both entertaining and noisy.  Since we strive to be great neighbors, respectful and quiet in the hall, we were invited in to take a peek at the 2 legged visitors living next door!

Outdoor recess on the hot top is fun.  We love using the chalk you sent if for us.  Thank you!

We love using the chalk on the hot top!

Reminders -
 - Please return the green folders report cards went home in a.s.a.p.  They will be used for the spring report card.  Gold comment forms should also be returned.
-Victorian Valentines' Celebration permission forms are past due.  Please send in immediately if you have not already.
- Our secret Valentine gift exchange will be on February 12.
-Class Valentines may be sent in any time between Feb 1 and 11.
-Addition math fact flashcards were sent home this week..........These are a great practice tool.  We will plan to have a sight word quiz and math fact quiz around February 25th.

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