Friday, February 9, 2018

Friday, February 9th

       Hi folks!  Another week has flown by!  We've accomplished a lot this week, but have had a couple of kids out for parts of this week due to sickness.  We could use some more boxes of tissues if anyone would like to donate them to our class.
      In fourth grade math we finished our Equations, Patterns, and Word Problems unit.  Next week 4th graders will start a short unit on measurement.  Fifth grade math just finished a division of decimals unit and will be going on to a word problem unit.
     Kids are all really excited to have begun our Patriots unit, where we learn about the events that led up to the American Revolution.  We have been building background knowledge on colonial times this week, and have been practicing taking notes and determining importance.  Next week we will start our unit simulation.  Each student will create a colonial persona, a character they will pretend to be throughout the unit.  Kids will break into "tavern groups"  where they will discuss colonial news of the times, and write letters sharing their character's opinions of the events.  Eventually, kids will do a biography research project and dress up as their person to present their project in a Living History Museum.
      At writing time, kids have been wrapping up their creative writing stories.  Next week we will publish and share them out.  Through this project we have been working on using punctuation properly in dialogue.  Our next writing unit will be persuasive writing.
     Remember, next Friday is an early release day, and we are going to the Wings Over the Rockies museum that day.  The field trip is free, and we will be back to school by lunchtime.

Have a great weekend,


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Wings Over the Rockies Field Trip

Hello families!

We will be going to the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum next Friday, February 16th!  This is an early release day.  We will be leaving JCOS around 9:00 am, and will return for lunch by 11:45.  

We would love parents to accompany us, as well as drive, and will need at least 5 parents per classroom.  This is a free field trip for all students and chaperones. 

Please let us know as soon as possible if you are able to come.

Thank you, Liz, Bryan and Kristie

Friday, January 26, 2018

      Hi folks!  it's Friday again, and another week has flown by.  This week we completed our class Book of Bad Ideas, and presented it in Community Circle.  During our reading block we continued our thinking about monitoring for meaning when we read.  We looked at two primary documents, letters written in 1775 by a minuteman and Benjamin Franklin, and transferred our strategies to a video on how to fire a flintlock musket.   We planned our creative writing stories using a plot diagram planner and began revising them.  For read-aloud we continued our read-aloud of Tuck Everlasting.  In fourth grade math we started a unit on problem solving and algebraic thinking, and 5th graders started a unit on division.

     Have a great weekend,


Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart Reminder
This is just a reminder that Friday, February 2nd is our Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart event.  Please bring in any donations that you collected and turn them in to Rosie or David.  Hearts for our memory wall should also be turned in to us, as well.

          Everyone is welcome to join us in this fun and very worthy event.  Thanks for participating and we’ll see you down in the gym on Friday, February 2nd. 

Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart Schedule:
8:40 to 9:10 –  Jimi’s Kindergarteners & Preschool
9:10 to 9:50 – Molly & Jim’s Class
9:50 to 10:30 – Mary & Ana’s class    
10:35 to 11:15 – Per and Gabi’s classes
11:15 to 12:20 – Foundations, LEAP and Walkabout
1:05 to 1:45 – Bryan’s class & Liz’s class
1:50 to 2:30 – Kristie’s Class
2:40 to 3:15 – Preschool & Jana’s kindergarteners

Friday, January 19, 2018

Friday, January 19th

Hi folks!  This week has flown by!  Thanks to Danah and Ron for helping out on the Stock Show field trip.  As an animal lover I was in heaven, and kids had a blast, too.

        Since we've returned from winter break we have started several new learning topics.  We pulled out our goals that we set before conferences, and checked in on how we are doing on them.  We have been writing some short creative writing stories, and are creating our own version of The Book of Bad Ideas.  Next week we will pick a short story draft to take through the publishing process.

       During our reading block, we have been focusing on the thinking strategy of monitoring for meaning.  We have started a new read-aloud, Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbitt.  During the read aloud we have been monitoring for meaning, and discussing the elements of plot.  We will use a plot diagram to help us publish our creative writing stories.

      In fourth grade math, we are wrapping up our division unit.  I have also been sprinkling in geometry lesson throughout January.  In fifth grade math,  students are working on exponents and multiplying decimals, and two digit multiplication.  Next, they will be working on long division and division with decimals.

      During our inquiry time, we have begin a short unit on geography.  This will lead into a history unit on the American Revolution, starting in February.

       Regarding our spring trip, we currently have enough parent volunteers to support us.  In fact, we have too many.  We apologize if you were interested in joining us on this trip, but can't.  The cost of this trip is pretty high, and that is already with the IA team pulling out a significant amount of money from our trip fund to reduce the cost for students.  In the fall we will go camping again, and need all the help we can get.  So if you can't join us for the spring trip, you are definitely invited on our fall camping trip next year.

Have a great weekend,


Thursday, January 18, 2018

IA Spring Trip

IA Spring Trip!

January 12, 2018

Dear IA Families,
The IA team has exciting news about our spring trip!  May 7-9, we will be traveling to
Quaker Ridge Camp in Woodland Park.  Quaker Ridge offers more amenities than a
group campground.  We will be receiving cooked meals, staying in bunk houses, and
have access to an indoor meeting space.  We still plan on hiking and exploring the area,
just as we would if we were tent camping.
Because lodging and meals are provided, the cost of this trip will be $115.00 per student.
We understand this is an increase from the fall camping trip and wanted to give
families ample time to plan for this cost.  Parent helpers will also look different for this
trip.  We will need a limited number of parents to come  with us and each parent who
accompanies use, will need to pay $50.00.  Please let your child’s advisor know as soon
as possible if you would like to join us.
We love our group camping experiences and are planning on continuing this Open
School outdoor tradition.  We have been searching for a unique and special experience
IA students could have every couple of years.  We hope Quaker Ridge is this place, and
know students will be as excited as we are!
Please feel free to contact your child’s advisor with any questions,
Thank you,
Liz, Bryan and Kristie

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Stock Show Field Trip Next Week

Hello IA families,

We are excited to announce that the IA will be visiting the National Western Stock show next Wednesday, January 17th!  This opportunity just became available and is a free field trip to students.  

We need multiple parent volunteers to make this an amazing day!  Please let your child's adviser know by THIS Friday, January 12, if you are able to come and drive students.  

We will be leaving school around 9:15 am on the 17th.  Students will need a sack lunch and water, as well as good walking shoes.  We will leave the stock show grounds around 12:30, and be back to school by 1:00.

We hope you can join us!

Liz, Bryan and Kristie

Friday, November 10, 2017

Peace Night, Family Day, Conferences

Hi folks.  Sorry I haven't communicated earlier.  I returned last week with much to do to catch up with my kids, their work, and my team, and I've been trying frantically to do al of the above.  There's a couple of big things coming up.

First, tonight is the performance of the IA play Rumplestiltskin, Private Eye.  The performance will be in the theater at 6pm.

Second, next Thursday is Peace Night from 6pm to 7:30pm.  We will be sharing our personal narrative publishings, and our personal flags and descriptions.

Third, on Friday, November 17th( the day before Thanksgiving break), we will be getting together with our family group, Connie's advising in the Pre-Walkabout, and Chris's advising in the Walkabout.  We will be doing some community service in the school, some fun activities together, and have a pot luck meal.  We are trying to keep it simple, so our theme for the meal is Soups, Sandwiches, and Salads.  There is a sign-up sheet on the door to my classroom.  Please discuss this with your child, and sign up(or have them sign up) for one.  Families are welcome to join us!  We will be eating around 11:30, and will be in the hallway between the library and elevator on the second floor.

Finally, fall conferences.  I'd like to go through the same preparatory process with kids for conferences that I usually go through.  I think its a valuable process in helping kids self reflect on their successes and challenges from their year so far.  My plan is to hold conferences the week of November 27th -December 1st.  I plan on getting a sub one day(yet to be determined), and hold conferences throughout the day while school is in session.  Any conferences that can't fit into that day will be held after school that week or at families' convenience.  I'll be flexible to meet your needs.