Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Light it Up Blue for Autism Awareness

Student Council would like to remind you that this Friday is Light it up Blue day for Autism Awareness.  All students / staff are encouraged to wear blue.

Info about Donations:  Student Council ran a fundraiser in February to collect money for the Autism Society, so we are not requesting donations on Friday.  However, if students would like to bring in an additional donation, they are absolutely welcome to do so. 

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Authors, Illustrators and Bookmakers!....and Readers!

Students are bookmakers, authors, illustrators and readers! You may be wondering what to do with all the books your son/daughter have brought home this year.  Here are some suggestions.

First - Keep them handy.  K students worked hard at producing these projects and they are quite proud of themselves.  Encourage them to read and re-read their books.  The rereading will help them build fluency!

Second - Encourage them to hunt for specific words in the books, to read them to others and to add details to them!

Finally - Find a special place to keep them.  You and your child will enjoy them for many years.  Mrs. Hoyt’s eldest is in college now, but the books made in Kindergarten are special keepsakes.  They were fun to look back upon as she prepared to graduate high school.  A large rubber tote container works great to help store everything!

With 3 months left in our school year there are many more publications to come!  

April Newsletter Posted

 Be sure to check the tool bar at the top of this blog to preview all the fun we will have in April.  The April Newsletter has been posted!


High school students from BHS visited Pine Glen yesterday to present a snippet of the high school production of Mary Poppins that will open this Friday and run for the next two weekends.

Students in room 103 very much enjoyed the taste of the show!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Read Aloud Via Google Hangout!

Today we had the unbelievable opportunity to listen to a read aloud via a google hangout!  Students gathered on the rug to listen to the story.  However, unlike previous guest readers who join us on the classroom rocking chair, Ms. Marcus, our guest reader who presented Wilfred Gordon Macdonald Partridge by authors Mem Fox and Julie Vivas spoke to us through the computer!

Mrs. Fallon visited our rocking chair to show the paper version of the book as we listened to Ms. Marcus.  We watched a google slide show of the pages on our projection screen.  Ms. Marcus conversed with students before and after reading the book.  

In this two way  conversation Mrs. Hoyt's computer camera was focused on our students, enabling Ms Marcus to see us and our reactions to the dialog. See the quick snippet of story and make note of the computer on the bottom right connected to our projection screen.

What is exciting about this venture is that it opens the door for many more learning opportunities.  As we explore new learning topics this school year we hope to invite others into our classroom in this manner.  Wouldn't it be fun to have grandparents, aunts and uncles from around the room dial in to read us a story!  When we study community helpers, perhaps we can speak to someone at their job!  The options are endless!

Life Skills - Raise Your Hand and Ask For Help

Ms. Zanotti, our guidance counselor was in to work with us today.  She reviewed previously taught Life Skills and introduced a new one.

With the help of her whale, we practiced asking for help to work out challenges.  Students very much enjoyed the role play opportunities.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Math Can be Mightly Good Fun!

We are learning to spell the number words!  .....see the one eyed monster on the paper!!!

I have, who has is a fun math game we like to play!

Mrs. Hoyt loves math and tells the students a result, everyone loves math!  It is often the highlight of the day as we reflect on our favorite parts each afternoon!

"Wow Mrs. Hoyt!  There are a lot of ways to make 9!", said a friend today.
Taking a break to check in on Twitch the snake.
Math wizards can make many combinations for 6.
One spells one, One spells one.........spelling numbers is such fun............One spells one!
We can count to 100 from any number!

Author Visit

We met Little Bat, his favorite character, who makes an appearance in each and every one of Brian's Batty books! 

Author Brian Lies visited school today.  We listed to him present his favorite book, Bats at the Library. He shared about how he became an author and illustrator and that he works hard to perfect his skill......sometimes he will write and re-write the same book 20-30 times to get it just the right way!
Our presenter admitted that when he was in 2nd grade he was not a terrific artist, but has improved!  
Practice does not make perfect.  Practice makes better and we should all strive to become better at the things we do!

Future book potential title:  A Very Batty Idea!

The end of our presentation included a challenge.  Students offered ideas for a future Batty book.  The drawing above was generated by the kindergarten and first grade student ideas......Mr. Lies should write a book about a bat, who does karate and gets into a snowball fight!  

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Pine Glen Carnival Thanks

Many room 103 friends were able to join in the fun at the Pine Glen Carnival!  Mrs. Hoyt joined in the fun and was selling raffle tickets.  She saw many friends.  Congratulations to all the winners!  Lots of Cakes were won at the Cake Walk game!  Room 103 contributed a lovely raffle basket and the winner was thrilled with all it contained!  Congratulations to Mrs. Gosselin, our school secretary who was the lucky winner!

St. Patrick's Day Slithered By and Then We Learned About A Snake!

Well we very much enjoyed St. Patrick's Day in room 103!  A leprechaun named Cian left us quit a few treats and lots of messy leprechaun dust!  Students were excited to wear the special hats, necklaces and bracelets he hid in our room!

On Friday morning, Mrs. Prince popped in to read the story Ish to us!  She was so impressed with our attentive listening that she gave us a hoot card and some owl stickers.  In addition she challenged us to create some Ish like art next week!  Stay tuned for our next guest reader...........we will be communicating in a new way!

Ms. P stopped by on Friday afternoon to teach us a little more about Twitch the corn snake visiting our classroom.  We learned about food chains and what he likes to eat.  Then we watched him open his mouth and eat an entire mouse in one bite.  It was awesome!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Lucky Free Pizza Day

The Cafeteria in collaboration with Papa Gino's will be offering a Lucky Tray Day on Friday.  Stickers will be randomly placed on the bottoms of lunch trays of students who purchase pizza for lunch.  Those with stickers will win a coupon for a free small pizza!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Meet Twitch Our Newest Visitor!

Twitch, a corn snake visiting from the science center, arrived on Tuesday.  We are very excited to this reptile as a guest  in our room!  He is not very active but we learned he really likes to eat mice and hope to watch him eat soon!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Sight Word Fun!

The final set of sight words will go home with students this week.(Number words!)  Your continued effort to reinforce their learning at home is appreciated.  As we continue to play with and explore words at home you can use the flashcards as fun tools too!  We are working on alphabetical ordering and comparing the sizes of words.  Pull out one set of words and help students put the words into alphabetical order!  Count the letters in words to determine how many letters there are.  How many syllables does each word have?  

We have been playing with our words!  Recent activities have included sight word bingo, a roll the dice and counting sight word game and magnetic letter fun.

The more students see and say the words the more likely they will retain them.  As students learn and explore more and more, review is beneficial.  Please keep these cards handy throughout the school year and summer.  Help your child to have some fun with them!  This knowledge will help them be successful as they prepare to transition to future learning opportunities and next year in 1st grade!  See this Link to additional ideas of things to help remember sight words at home.  

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Sight Words and Subtraction Math Facts

Students have been practicing their math facts and high frequency sight words in class.  Our next quiz will be in late March.  Please be sure to utilize the practice tools found on the tabs across the top of this blog.

Spish Splash........We Went To The Aquarium!

We had a swimmingly good time at the Aquarium!  Students touched rays, sharks, flounders, sea stars, hermit crabs, horseshoe crabs, scallops and mussels! The outdoor exhibits of harbor seals and sea lions were fabulous on our 70* March day!   We saw many sea creatures, including those from other animal families on our trip. Much thanks to the parent volunteers and Pine Glen staff who joined us to make this field trip possible!

The highlight was touching all the creatures in the tidepool and  in the shark and stingray tank!

Author Visit Planned for March 22

Author and illustrator Brian Lies will be visiting Pine Glen on Tuesday, March 22nd. He will be speaking to our K-3 students about his work. Pre-sale order forms for Brian's books will be sent home this week. Take advantage of the 45% discount- autographed books make great birthday and holiday gifts! Please contact Miss Carney at 781-221-7798 or for more information.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Week of Reading Ends with More Reading!

Our week-long celebration of Dr. Seuss and Read Across America ended with more reading.  Today's visit to the library included an opportunity to complete a Dr. Seuss birthday cake coloring activity and to enjoy another Dr. Seuss book with Ms. Carney!

Congratulations were extended to Room 103's first 5* General!  Lindsay was called to the office and presented with a certificate and gift from the PTO.  Everyone loved her special backpack bag!

And our day ended with some buddy reading.  Since we are all becoming experts at reading, Mrs. Hoyt laid out a large assortment of the books we have read in our reading groups recently.  Students were instructed to select a book they felt they could read all by themselves and were then assigned a partner to take turns reading with.  It was awesome to listen to a classroom full of readers proudly reading to one another!  

Enjoy the weekend and keep reading!

Something Was Fishy This Week!

Meet Hermie the Hermit Crab!

Things do not move a snails pace in kindergarten for sure and as your students will tell you the picture above is not of a snail, but of a hermit crab.  This week we had a few opportunities to explore creatures that we may see at the New England Aquarium when we go.

Hermie lives in room 101 but was brought up for a quick visit.  The students loved seeing him come out of his shell once he was comfortable in the environment of our room!  We learned a bit about hermit crabs, made a book page and even read the story, A House for Hermit Crab!

We also had a couple of beta fish visit.  We were able to study them before we did a writing project involving labeling the parts of a fish!  

Today we enjoyed the animated presentation Superfish, presented by Burlington's own, Mr. Musselman who claims a trip to the beach is like going to a family reunion (because there are so many mussels there!)  We
learned that at the Aquarium we will not only see fish but will also see birds and mollusks such as oysters, clams, scallops and mussels!  We learned about other invertebrates like the sea star and then listened to information about two animals who have exoskeletons: the lobster with his 2 big claws and the horseshoe crab, a creature as old at the dinosaurs!  

We can not wait to go to the New England Aquarium next week and see the sharks with their many, many teeth!

One of the highlights of the presentation was seeing and touching the eight armed mollusk, the octopus!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Dr Seuss and Read Across America Day

We celebrated Dr. Seuss and Read Across America Day today!  Students wore Cat in the Hat hats, read about Dr. Seuss in our Let's Find Out magazines and participated in many fun activities!  We had 2 guest readers who each read a Dr Seuss classic!

Mr. Lyons started our day by reading Green Eggs and Ham.  It sounded so good that a few students asked to change their lunch plans!  The cafeteria staff put together a delicious lunch of green eggs and ham today!

Students also enjoyed the opportunity to read!  Some read to each other!

Ms. Horton stopped by to read her favorite Dr. Seuss book, Horton Hears a Who....any guesses why she likes this one?

We very much enjoyed having our guest readers!

We also enjoyed our many fun activities!

Everyone loved playing the I Can Do That game with Ms. Bennett!

Cat in the Hat Go Fish was fabulous!

We practiced our cvc word work skills and did some rhyming, Dr. Seuss style!

It sure was a wonderfully wacky Wednesday!