Monday, March 19, 2018

Patriots Artifact Assignment

Hi folks!  Kids will be coming home with an assignment today in connection with their American Revolution biography projects.  Below is a copy of the assignment description.  Please discuss this assignment with your student, and have them bring back the sheet by this Wednesday.

Remember, this week is a three day week with conferences on Thursday and Friday.  Please arrive about 15 minutes prior to your child's conference to preview their portfolio work.



At school, students have selected an area to study within our Patriots Unit. In school, they will create a multi-paragraph essay that interests and informs their audience through their research.

      At home, we are asking that students create a home artifact related to their topic.  This artifact should be a physical representation of the an aspect of the project the student is researching. Examples: Timeline, poem, diary entry, map, Diorama, poster, painting, a “self” portraits, an artifact used by your topic, display board, comic book, clay or dough model, etc. Each artifact should have a paragraph description explaining the piece.  The due date for this project is Monday, April 23rd, 2018. Students will share these artifacts at the Learning Expo on Thursday, April 26th.
Research Topic:

3 Artifact Ideas:

Go home and have a conversation with your parent about this assignment. Please have your parent sign and return this page as acknowledgement of this conversion.  Please return this by Wednesday, March 21st.

Parent Signature_________________________________

Monday, March 12, 2018

Trip Meeting and Conference Sign Ups

Hi all,

This is just a quick reminder that our spring trip meeting is tomorrow afternoon at 3:45 in Liz's room.  Hope to see you there.

Spring conference folders are also out in front of the main office.  Many of you have already signed up, so thank you!  This week and next will be spent preparing for those important days.

Finally, our advising is hosting Community Circle this Friday.  Feel free to join us in the Library at 11:15.

Have a great week,


Friday, March 2, 2018


Hi all!

     March has arrived and spring is nearly here!  It's my favorite season as all the plants are waking up from dormancy.  This is definitely a busy time of the year in the classroom, too.

     We are deep in our American Revolution unit.  We have all created our personas, worked in tavern groups, and learned a lot about the culture and events prior to the Revolutionary War.  Kids have written letters from the perspective of their personas to share their views of the events we have learned about.  Some are Whigs, or colonists who wanted to start their own country, or Tories, colonists who supported British rue of the colonies.  Its been interesting to guide kids who have Tory personas try to take a much more difficult perspective!

     Next week we will choose our topics for our American Revolution biographies.  Students will research a historical figure and write a five paragraph essay on their topic.  Students will also create a hands-on "museum" artifact at home that will be a part of their sharing.  Students will dress up as their topic for a "Living History" museum, where they will teach others about their topic while in the role of that person!  Stay tuned for more details about the at home artifact.

     Spring conferences are coming, too!  They are scheduled for March 22nd and 23rd, the two days before our spring break.  Folders will be out in front of the main office for you to sign up.

     Finally, our spring trip to Quaker Ridge Ridge is also rapidly approaching(May 7th -9th).  Our mandatory trip meeting is on Tuesday, March 13th at 3:45 in Liz's room.  We are also holding a parent volunteer meeting on Tuesday, April 24th at 3:45 in Liz's room.

Have a good weekend,


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,