Daily Schedule

Saturday, April 22, 2017

This Week in Review - April 17 - 21

This information also found in Walter's Weekly Email:

In math this week, while still working hard in our Singapore books and with our big "how to multiply" project, we are also turning to a favorite theme of probability and data collection. We are starting with 50/50 coin tosses and will go from there. 

We continue work on our memory books, and are writing on the final photographs of the year. We really want the final pages to reflect our best and most complete writing. We are already nearing the end of our read-aloud, Clementine, and will be doing a written review of it soon. Handwriting, poetry recitation and analysis, and other literacy routines round out the day. We are looking forward to Poem in the Pocket Day next week, and will be selecting a special cookie recipe to bake prior to the event.

Earth Day is Saturday, and we did our annual decoration of Trader Joe's bags. You may get one if you shop there on Saturday. Shan tied in Earth Day during Science on Friday during a special Earth Day lesson - she took the children to see the Great Horned Owl and her babies living in Eberwhite Woods!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Parent Tea - Poem in Pocket Event - Thursday, April 27th, 2:45 - 3:30

Poem in Pocket day is fast approaching! April 27th is the day we will celebrate by tucking favorite poems into pockets and sharing them with whomever will stand still long enough to listen. Please help your child pick out a great poem to read - copy it or write it down, and tuck into a nice, convenient pocket. If your child prefers to read one they wrote, that's great! Practice reading with a nice clear, loud voice. 

If you would agree to come in a read a favorite poem to the children, that would make the day even more special! I'll make a pot of tea, and we can share some cookies that we will make the day before (delicious snickerdoodles), plus a simple assortment of fruit. Over the years, this has grown (as these things tend to do) into an event the children anticipate with relish. They must really love poetry.

Keep A Poem In Your Pocket
By Beatrice Schenk de Regniers

Keep a poem in your pocket
And a picture in your head
And you'll never feel lonely
At night when you're in bed.

The little poem will sing to you
The little picture bring to you
A dozen dreams to dance to you
At night when you're in bed.

So - -
Keep a picture in your pocket
And a poem in your head
And you'll never feel lonely
At night when you're in bed.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Earth Day is April 22nd

Every year, we think of something special to celebrate Earth Day. Being a Michigan Green School is something we take pretty seriously around here - we try every day to do the little things, like not wasting paper, using our worm bin for our snack refuse, and picking up the trash we see on the playground. And, of course, we do our special "super hero" projects each and every month. But in April, we join with other schools around the world to participate in Earth Day Groceries Project.

This is how it works. We borrow new grocery bags from a local store (Trader Joe's is our partner in this endeavor), decorate them with a colorful message, and then return them to the story in time for Earth Day. Then, on April 22nd, lucky shoppers may get one of the beautifully decorated bags for their groceries!

If you have a few items to pick up at Trader Joe's this weekend, why not shop on Saturday? You may be one of the lucky ones to have one of these lovely "designer" bags!

Scholastic Book Order Time!