Friday, September 28, 2018

Friday, September 28th

Hi folks!  September is wrapping up and conferences are right around the corner!  On Monday, we will have our conference folders out in front of the office for our fall conferences on October 18th and 19th. 

We are finally getting into the rhythm of our school day.  We have begun our personal narrative writing unit.  Students have tried several "seed" ideas, and next week will pick a seed to publish.  We hope to have our writing pieces published by conferences.

We have also jumped in to our unit on energy.  Our essential questions are:

What is energy?
How do people depend on and use resources provided by Earth?
What is the global impact of capturing and using different energy sources?

We have begun by examining what energy is, and then have been learning about static and current electricity.  Stay tuned for an Energy Fair project assignment that will be presented on Peace Night.

4th grade math has been digging into multiplication, and have been learning and applying efficient multiplication strategies.

5th grade math continues to work on fractions of like and unlike denominators. 

Have a great weekend,

Bryan

Friday, September 21, 2018

Friday, September 21st

Hi folks!

Hope you all have had a great week. We've been super busy here at the Open School.  Our class hosted the first IA Community Circle of the year on Tuesday.  It was great to see so many parents there to see what the IA has been learning about.

In reading, we've been focusing on elevating our meta-cognition of our reading strategies.  We've been marking up texts with our thoughts, questions, inferences, etc that we have when engaging in a text and raising our awareness our our meta-cognitive skills.

During our Writer's workshop, we've wrapped up our paragraphing review and trip reflection, and have just launched a unit on personal narrative writing.  Students will pursue several "seed" ideas, and then choose one to take through the publishing process.

We have also just launched our Energy inquiry unit, focusing on what is energy, where our society gets our energy from, and what are the benefits and costs of different types of energy.

Also, our advising group hosted our first Youth Farmer's Market.  We raised $133.53, which all goes back to the school garden.  Mary and Ana's class is hosting next week.

Have a great weekend,

Bryan

Monday, September 10, 2018

September 10th Check In



Hi all!  Thanks for a great beginning of the school year!  We've settled into our school year, completed our fall trip, and have built community expectations and norms in our first month back at school.  Now that our trip is done, we will settle into our regular routine, which includes the IA's choice time.  Our choice time starts this Friday, and will go from 2:30 to 3:10 PM.  Parents are welcome to offer choices to facilitate for kids, too.  Let me know if you would like to host a choice.  

Bryan's class will be hosting the Youth Farmer's Market two upcoming weeks, and I am looking for a parent or two to help out.  We will harvest food from the garden, and sell the food from about 3:15 to about 4 PM.  Let me know if you would like to help out on wither of these days.  

4th and 5th graders have math homework starting this week.  Check in with your child.  

Also, I will be communicating mostly through my blog this year.  To subscribe, see the box in the upper right hand corner.

Friday, May 18, 2018

End of Year Events

The end is near folks.  I can smell it! ( Oh, that's just my feet).  Here is info on our last week's events.


End of the Year Picnic  Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018
11:00 to 11:30 – Open mic outside in courtyard by Melody’s and Jana’s rooms
 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Hamburgers, hot dogs and veggie burgers will be grilled and served.  There will also be watermelon, chips and a drink. Come on out and fill up your bellies.  Once people have eaten they can play the picnic games we have set up (volleyball, soccer, paddle ball, Frisbee, hula hoops, etc.).
 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. – People will have the opportunity to play with the parachutes, participate in giant ball soccer and/or partake in the other activities we have set up for the picnic.
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Water fight and slip and slides in the designated water area out on the field.  Volleyball, soccer, badminton, Frisbee, 4 square, paddleball, etc. will remain set up for those who do not want to get wet.
2:30 p.m. – Big clean up of everything out on the field.  Popsicles to wrap everything up.

5th/6th Grade Balloon Ceremony: May 24th 10:00AM
Join us on the field for this very special ceremony to send our students off into the secondary school world.  5th graders should come to school with a swimsuit to change into, and a towel.  We will gather on the field behind the school starting at 10:00, and the event will take off between 10:15 and 10:30.

Have a great weekend,

Bryan

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Expo Night

JCOS Learning EXPO

Hi folks.  Here is our Expo Night schedule.  The most important time for kids to be at school is from 6:00 to 6:30.  That is the time they need to be in the classroom at their station.

Thursday - April 26 - evening sharing
Friday - April 27 - am Elem. sharing

Thursday Evening Schedule:
The evening will have an open house format.  All elementary exhibits will be in classrooms.  Classrooms will be open from 5:30 - 6:50 pm.  Students should be in their classroom at the following times to talk with people about their projects:

5:30 - 6:00 - Kinder, ELC students will be present in their classrooms to share
6:00 - 6:30 - IA, 6th Grade students will be in their classroom to share
6:30 - 6:50 - DIGS projects by Foundations students in the Commons
5:30 - 6:50 - Art Installation
6:50 - 7:00 - JCOS Jammers - Ukulele Club will close the Learning Expo with a song presentation in the Commons

Families view any of the exhibits throughout the evening.  Students should stay with families to view exhibits during the evening except for the time period when they are expected to be sharing in their classrooms.

Who is presenting what?
Kinder: Jana - Africa, Jimi - Autobiographies
ELC: Jim - Colorado Animals over the Seasons, Molly - Extreme weather events and legends, Mary and Ana - Wonderful World of Insects
IA: Liz, Kristi, Bryan - Revolutionary War Living History Museum
Bridges: Gabi, Per - Voyage Sharing
Foundations: DIGS projects in commons
Art: Melody - Art Installation in ???

Let me know if you have any questions,

Bryan

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Expo Week

Hi Folks!  We have a big week coming up with our Expo Night on Thursday.  First, artifacts are due on Monday, with a paragraph description.  We will be working hard on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to finish our essays on our biography topics.  On Friday we discussed and supplied kids with costume materials.  Be sure to check in with your student to see how you can help them prepare their costume.

On Wednesday we will spend the afternoon setting up our classroom for our Living History Expo Night. We have no school on Thursday, but are still having the event Thursday night, so we must have our class ready by the end of Wednesday.  Please have your student at school no earlier than 5PM on Thursday in costume.
Friday is our day sharing with other classrooms, and also an early release day.

JCOS Learning EXPO Thursday Evening Schedule:
The evening will have an open house format. All elementary exhibits will be in classrooms. Classrooms will be open from 5:30 - 6:50 pm. Students should be in their classroom at the following times to talk with people about their projects:
5:30 - 6:00 - Kinder, ELC students will be present in their classrooms to share
6:00 - 6:30 - IA, 6th Grade students will be in their classroom to share
6:30 - 6:50 - DIGS projects by Foundations students in the Commons
5:30 - 6:50 - Art Installation
6:50 - 7:00 - JCOS Jammers - Ukulele Club will close the Learning Expo with a song presentation in the Commons
Families view any of the exhibits throughout the evening. Students should stay with families to view exhibits during the evening except for the time period when they are expected to be sharing in their classrooms.
School Community Sharing, Friday April 27th: Traditionally, the day after the Expo night is reserved for sharing learnings with the JCOS student community. The IA will be presenting their artifacts and Living History Museum to all of ELC and Bridges. Please have your student come to school Friday IN THEIR COSTUME! They are welcome to stay in their costume all day, or bring a change of clothes.

Also, we are looking to borrow some supplies to set up our classroom for Thursday's event.  If you can lend us any of these supplies, we'd appreciate it:

tablecloths
fabric
lanterns
mugs/steins
candlesticks

Thanks,

Bryan

Field Day 

          The school year is coming to an end and it’s time once again for field day.  Field day will be held on Friday, May 4th and will follow this schedule:

Field Day Schedule
8:45 to 10:00 – IA
10:00 to 11:15 – Preschool, Kindergarten and ELC
11:30 to 1:00 – Clean up from the morning and set up for the afternoon
1:00 to 2:30 – Foundations, Leap and Walkabout
                         (Capture the flag, volleyball, soccer, Frisbee,
                           tug-a-war & more)

            Please make sure your child wears clothes they can easily move around in, tennis shoes, sunscreen and a jacket in case it’s cold.  If you have any questions, please call and leave a message on my voice mail #303-982-7056.  You are also more than welcome to come join us and participate in field day.  We are looking forward to a super fun day.  Cross your finger for good weather.
                                                                                    Thanks!

                                                                                                Rosie and David

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

PJ Party and water bottles

Hi folks,

Just a few quick things.

First,  there was an error on the date for our PJ party on the note that went home.  It is this Friday, April 6th, not the date indicated on the note.

Second,  if your child doesn't have a water bottle in school, now is a good time to send one in for them.  It will help during our testing sessions and spring weather.

Thanks,

Bryan