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

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.

Thanks,

Bryan

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,

Bryan

Friday, March 2, 2018

March

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,

Bryan