Friday, September 15, 2017

Happy Friday!

Hi folks!  We've had a busy week, and we're starting to get into the rhythm of our routines of the day.

      In math, we reviewed, practiced and evaluated 2 different addition strategies. We're building our vocabulary and habits that allow us to talk, think, and act like mathematicians.  Kids received homework today in their Friday Folders, due Thursday of next week.  Next week we will continue to hone our addition skills, and learn some subtraction strategies.

     During our Reader's Workshop, we've continued to practice our writing to learn strategies, and discussed the importance of being mindful of how you think, of what your brain does.  We've learned the tracks in the snow strategy, a way of writing all over a text to record the thinking that one does when engaging with a text.  We've begun our read-aloud of Neil Armstrong is My Uncle, and Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Me.  Ask your student about the characters in the story.

     During our Writer's Workshop this week, we've reflected on our trip, and practiced paragraph writing as we reflected on our experiences.  Students reflected on their constellation of support, wrote thank you letters, discussed paragraph structure and letter format.

     For our advising, we've been doing mindfulness activities, took the color personality tests, and designed a flag that represents our class community. Next week we will use the results from our color personality test to help us in the design of our personal flags.

Today was our first formal IA Choice Time, too. Ask your student what choice they made!  Remember, Monday is Back to School Night, from 5pm to 6pm in my classroom.

Have a great weekend,

Bryan

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Morse Park Picnic on Friday

Hi all!

Morse Park Picnic

This Friday the IA will be having its annual Morse Park picnic.  We will walk over to Morse Park at around 9AM, and return to school around 2PM.

Students should have:


  • comfortable walking shoes
  • lunch and something to carry it in(like a backpack)
  • water bottle
  • hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
  • optional: Frisbee, game balls for group activities
Families are welcome to join us.  You can walk over with us in the morning, or meet us at the park.

Rendezvous Reenactment


On Saturday and Sunday, September 16 and 17, there will be the 16th annual 1830's Rendezvous reenactment at The Fort, at 19192 Highway 8 in Morrison.  The event will be from 10:00am to 4pm on both days.  This connects well to our Pioneers unit last year, and demonstrates an amazing time in our country's development.  If you get a chance, check it out!  The admission is $5, and kids under 12 are free.

Thanks,

Bryan



Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Assessment Day

Hi folks!  This is a quick reminder about our assessment day this Friday.  Your student will be coming in for about an hour at their scheduled time only.  Here is Bryan's schedule:

8:20        Gavyn
8:40        Augie
9:00        Lyla
9:20        Stella
9:40        Eleri
10:00      Orin
10:20      Zoey
10:40      Toshi
11:00      Ethan
11:20      Gia
12:00      Bodhi
12:20      Davis
12:40      Conall
1:00        Corben
1:20        Aman
1:40        Kael
2:00        Caius
2:20        Emerson
2:40        Brenna
3:00        Luci

Thanks,

Bryan

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Upcoming Dates in the IA

Upcoming Dates in the IA

Hello IA families!

It has come to our attention that we had an incorrect date on the board at our trip meeting.  We are NOT having our Back To School Night tonight.  Below are our correct upcoming dates.  Sorry about the confusion.

The IA Team

Monday, August 21st: Solar Eclipse
Friday, August 25th:  Modified Contact Assessment Day
Tuesday, August 29th Fall Trip Parent Volunteer Meeting
Friday, September 1st: IA Picnic at Morse Park
Monday, September 4th: No school, Labor Day
September 5th - September 7th: IA Buena Vista Camping Trip
Welcome back, everybody!  

September 18th 5:00 - 6:00PM IA Back to School Night

Monday, May 22, 2017

Almost there!

Hi folks.  We are in our last week of school, and we have some events to share about.

End of the Year Picnic
Wednesday, May 24th, 2017
 
11:00 to 11:30 – Tree dedication for Dana in the garden
 
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, paddleball, Frisbee, hula hoops, etc.).
 
12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. – People will have the opportunity to play with the parachutes, participate in earth ball games and/or partake in the wet and wacky activities in the Lollipop.
 
1:15 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.
Last Day of School
Our 6th grade balloon ceremony is on Thursday at 10:30 AM in the field.  All are welcome to join us as we send off our 6th graders with this unique Open School tradition.
Dismissal is at 1 PM on our last day of school.
Bryan

Friday, May 12, 2017

The Final Countdown!

Hi folks!  We are now in our final countdown mode, which means that a lot of fun activities are in store for us.  Next week, on Tuesday, 5th graders will be visiting their future advising groups for an hour, while the fourth graders(future 5ths) will host a visitation for our future 4th graders.

Wednesday is Downtown Day.  Each student will need $10 and a sack lunch.  They will also need to be dressed for the weather, and have good walking shoes.  We will provide tickets for any group that is taking the Light Rail, so students won't need any money for that!

Thursday is the end of year Band and Orchestra performance, at 6:30 PM in the theater.

Wednesday, May 24th is our end of year picnic, and Thursday, May 25th is our last day of school.  The 6th grade balloon ceremony is at 10:30 AM in the field, kinder graduation is at 11:00 AM, and dismissal is at 1PM.

End of the Year Picnic
            On Wednesday, May 24th we are going to have our all school end of the year picnic to celebrate the year and all that we have accomplished together.  The picnic will begin at 11:00 with a tree planting ceremony in the Green House in remembrance of Dana and the many incredible ways she touched all of our lives.  At 11:30 we will start serving lunch, which includes hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, watermelon, chips and a drink for everyone to enjoy.  Parents, grandparents and siblings are welcome to join us in this end of the year celebration, but please leave your dogs at home!  The following activities will be set up for people to enjoy once their bellies are full: volleyball, soccer, badminton, 4 square, Frisbee, paddleball, bubbles, jump roping and more.
            At around 12:30 p.m., people will have a chance to play with the parachutes, participate in earth ball games and/or partake in the wet and wacky activities in the Lollipop. Then People will have a chance to cool off on the slip and slides and in the water fight from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m.  Be sure to bring your swimsuit, a towel and/or a change of clothes.  Sunscreen is another important item to bring and/or wear to the picnic.  If people don’t want to get wet, they can play soccer, volleyball, badminton, 4 square, Frisbee, paddleball or hangout in the grass.  There will be a big clean up of the field at around 2:30 p.m. and the day will wrap up with popsicles for everyone.
            If you have any questions, please call and leave a message at #303-982-7056.  We look forward to a fun day of eating and playing together.  Cross your fingers for good weather!

                                                                        Rosie, Melody, Jacob and Benjamin


Have a great weekend,

Bryan