Monday, May 29, 2017

Thank You for Making this a Fantastic Year!

We enjoyed our last day of school immensely and want to thank every parent for doing your part to make this a wonderful school year!  

Yearbooks and Individual Self-Published Books
I hope you have enjoyed our lovely color yearbooks that reflect the hard work of each child.  It was a pleasure to see that the last of all our students' novels and anthologies were printed, sewn, bound, and decorated in a myriad of ways.  While most of our instruction is focused on process, I cherish the end of the year when everyone has a chance to truly see themselves as a capable and professional writer as we help each child express and organize their wildest ideas on paper.

 I am so grateful for our parent volunteers and Ms. Peggy, who were both so willing to help our students publish the book of their dreams.  I am thankful for Ms. Emily who has recorded many of the songs we have sung all year  and Ms. Kathy who is happy to make a last minute trip to the store when needed. I am thankful for every loving, supportive parent who sees the difference that a Montessori education makes and supports our school.  


2016/2017 Class photos
I have attached a couple of photos of our books via email and invite you to look at our google photo galleries saved from this year, found on MECroom102docs.  We will be deleting those photos at the end of the year, so please save the ones you wish to keep.  I will continue adding more photos next week.

Care of Birds 
We found families willing to take our frogs and snake, but so far our birds are still in need of a home for the summer.  If you are able to take the birds for all or part of the summer, please let me know by responding to this email as soon as possible.  

Lost and forgotten items
Please claim your lost items as soon as possible.  Everything left in the classroom will be added to the ever-growing school lost and found that will be donated June 1st.  We have found a lunch bag, a hat, a yearbook, and several water bottles.  Please have your child double check that they took everything home.

Summer learning resources
If you are looking for summer resources, there are many summer reading programs at public libraries and bookstores.  Online, we recommend Kahn academy and Aleks which provides differentiated instruction in math. Also, Nova scienceNewsela and national geographic are good for language and science.

Thanks again for your support this year and please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.  Stay tuned for our information packet for next year, which will be emailed and send via mail.  It has all the information on next years dates and activities as well as supply lists.  We hope everyone has a wonderful summer and we look forward to seeing everyone again in August!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Important announcements for our final two days of school!

These last weeks have been a whirlwind of activity as our students prepared and carried out a phenomenal graduation program for our outgoing 6th and 7th graders.  Everyone worked so hard to make it the best graduation celebration ever.  Today, we took our graduates out for a special lunch and movie while the others finished sewing, binding, and decorating their books.  

Hidden Figures Movie Tomorrow
On Thursday, we will watch the movie Hidden Figures, based on the book we read in class last year.  Please make sure you sign the permission slip so that your child may watch with the class or simply write your own permission on a slip of paper if your child has lost theirs.

Makutu's Island on Friday
We are still missing a couple of forms and payments, so please let us know if your child will be at school on Friday, so that we can provide an alternative activity for them if they aren't going with us.  Also, every child needs a signed waiver and clean socks to attend.  We are sending waivers home tomorrow, but you can also find them here.

Yearbooks
Our color classroom yearbooks are simply gorgeous.  We are attaching the color PDF that the children made in case you would like to share a digital version with family and friends.  We are amazed at the solid effort put forth by each child to plan and format their own yearbook pages.  This is truly the best student-made yearbook ever!

Published books
Tomorrow, all students should finish their self-published books.  It has really opened every one's eyes to the publishing process and so many are increasingly grateful for modern technology!  This year, most of our young writer's books were more than twenty pages and it took a long time for everyone to sew all their pages together. If your child brought their book home, please make sure that they return it tomorrow so we can take some of our author's celebratory photos as well as time for extra embellishments to their covers.

Thank you so much for supporting your child in our lovely classroom.  We could not do it with your support in the classroom and at home.  Your support has turned the challenging start of our year into triumph!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Social Media in the Upper Elementary



Dear Parents, 

We have had to spend a great deal of time today talking about incidents that occur off school grounds on student's laptops, tablets, and smartphones and we wanted to start an important conversation about social media use in children ages 9 and up.  With the continuing changes of technology, during a time that your child's brain is going through crucial development, it is important to be aware of the dangers of too much reliance on technology for social interactions.

The most important social interactions begin in the home and continue with family and friends outside the home.  Social media is not an adequate replacement for meaningful social activities that help build community, courtesy, and new connections that can last for life.  Research shows that screen time should be limited in the early years to make more room for concrete experiences that are a true preparation for life.  Scientists from Dr. Montessori to our more modern neurology researchers  all echo the importance of real-life situations, hands on and experiential learning, and group activities to engage the reasoning mind in lasting learning.

If you are a parent that allows your child unrestricted access to a device with few time guidelines or limitations, we encourage you to read one or more of the articles below.  We also encourage you to spend time creating real-world social situations with family and friends in the form of playdates, after school activities, family traditions, sports, and hobbies with other like-minded individuals.  If you you are looking for a specific resource in your family, or have questions or concerns, please feel free to come to us at any time.

Thanks so much!

Ms. Liza and Kathy



Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Update for May


We are amazed at how hard everyone has been working on their books and that most are ready to publish!  A couple of students are still working on typing their final copies into their google docs so we can format, print and bind their books tomorrow. Please ask your child how they are doing.  We are truly astounded by the plots, poetry, pictures and persistence of our learning community.  All have assured us that their final copy will be finished tomorrow morning so we can begin the final stages of formatting, folding, stitching, and hardcover binding. 

Water Day
Our water day is tomorrow morning, from 10:30-12.  Please make sure your child is wearing adequate sunscreen and has a change of clothes. Only children with signed release forms may participate. See the separate email from the school for more details. 

6th grade graduation 
It's hard to believe our graduation ceremony is this Friday!  Our fifth graders have been busy preparing a class luncheon and fancy appetizers for parents attending our event at 1:30. We will provide pizza and salad for students at lunch time, so there will be no need to bring a lunch that day. Our sixth graders have prepared a lovely program of music and photos. We cannot wait to see everyone there!

Spirit week
Our sixth graders have also been busy preparing special activities for our final week of school. Our last day will be spent at Makutu's Island. Please return your permission slips and payment by tomorrow. We will also be taking our sixth graders to lunch and a movie next Wednesday afternoon. We sent out permission slips, since the movie is rated PG.  

Care of animals during the Summer
We are seeking for volunteers to house one of our animals for all or part of the summer. If your child is interested in taking care of our birds, frogs, or snake, please send us a note for which dates are most convenient for your family. We appreciate all our parents and children who have taken care of these special members of the classroom. 

Progress Reports
We sent home progress reports last Monday to a few children whose parents were unable to attend during our three weeks of scheduled conferences. If you have any question about your child's report, our door is always open to have a conference. Please contact us as soon as possible to get on our schedule. 

Chess club and tutoring
We have been having chess club (started by one of our students) and tutoring concurrently on Tuesdays and Thursdays and that seems to be going well for both groups. We will probably continue a similar schedule next year. 

We thank you again for your support and hope that you will let us know quickly if you have any questions or concerns. We are so pleased with how much each child has grown and so grateful for your tremendous support! We are growing more excited for the activities and learning that we have planned for next year!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Mercado, Tutoring, and Other Activities


We wanted to let parents know that our doors are open for students to finish work or recieve help with our writing projects on Tuesday or Thursday, from 3:20 to 4pm.  Any student choosing to work after school must check in with aftercare during carline and come in with us at 3:20 so that parents will not be charged for that time.  Our doors are open until the end of the year except during conferences (April 26-May4).  We hope that everyone signs up for conferences as soon as possible!

Our students are working hard on formatting their yearbook pages.  Please see these links below for the three photo galleries we already have.  We will be adding more photos as we recieve them.  If anyone would like to add any additional photos from our school activities, please  share or add an album to our google drive on our MECroom102docs.gmail.com account.  Your child already knows the password.

Yearbook photo galleries links have been sent to all our parent's email accounts on file.  If you did not recieve the link, please let us know your current email address!

Also, Mercado is literally around the cornder next week, Friday, April 28.  Your child will be returning their Mercado forms soon.  We have stressed with them the importance of staying within their parents' budgets. Also, please stay tuned for information on the end-of-year activities planned by our 6th graders.  We will have meetings soon about our 6th grade overnight trip. Remember that our 6th grade graduation ceremony is May 19th and our end-of-year trip is May 26th.  

Thanks again for your support this year.  We look forward to a fun-filled six weeks!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Please Sign up for Student-Led Conferences


We are thrilled that testing is behind us and everyone had a wonderful time this week, whether they stayed with Ms. Kathy or ventured out with the rest of the class.  We will post a photo gallery soon and plan to add details of our trip into our class yearbook. We especially hope that all families are able to sign up for student-led conferences as soon as possible.  We are so pleased with every child's progress and look forward to that time where each student is able to present the results of their daily efforts.  

Please call or stop by the office to reserve your time.  If you would like a phone conference or an alternative time, please let us know by replying to this email or leaving us a message in the office. Conference times are after school from April 24th to May 4, and all day on May 5th, when classes are cancelled. Please remember to bring your child so that they can have the opportunity to present their portfolios. Childcare is available after school for siblings, please let us know when you sign up if childcare is needed.

Also, please check with your child on Monday, when we will send important information home about our end-of-year writing projects.  If you would like a sneak peek, please take a look at the previous posting on this blog, right here.

We hope everyone has a happy and restful Easter Weekend and look forward to seeing everyone sooon!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

End of Year Writing Projects

End of Year Writing Projects


As the school year winds down, we always stay busy with writing and reflecting on the wonderful experiences we have enjoyed.  There are two big writing projects that are an integral part of our year-end wrapup.  The first is our class yearbooks and the second is our bookbinding project.  Please read below for information on both writing activities. Students may stay after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays if they need extra help, except if there are conferences, April 25-May 4th.


Bookbinding


Students will choose from their writing in their portfolios or side projects at home to create a novel or anthology of selected poems, short stories or expository texts.  The work will be revised and a final copy will be made on the computer to print into a book which will be bound in class by hand.  Students may type their final copies at home or school, but please email us the final copy so that we may format it into a bookfold which can be bound properly.  We will also assist with any illustrations that may be hand-drawn directly on the pages or scanned into the document before printing.  


We seek a few supplies if you have any of the following on hand:  thick, tagboard type cardboard that can be used for covers, fabric scraps, decorative paper, needles,  bookbinding and duct tape, and spray glue.  If you are interested in learning how to bind books and helping in the classroom, please let us know!


Suggested deadlines (will vary depending on the length of the book):  


Topic selection:   April 8
Rough Draft:     April 24
Final Copy:   May 10


Class Yearbook Project:
Every year, our students choose their favorite artwork, writing, photographs and other work to showcase in the two pages they get to design themselves as their contribution to our classroom yearbook.  This year, we will be sending out our 60+ page color yearbooks to the printer for a cost of only $14 each book.  We will also be able to offer copies of previous years editions for the same price.  The deadlines for the yearbook are a little more precise, due to the deadlines needed for payment and publishing.  If you would like to see a sample of previous yearbooks or if you are interested in assisting with any of the formatting of our book in progress, we would love to hear from you!


Hard Deadlines


Payment deadline for current and back issues:                                                        May 4
Page named and opened on google docs in class:                                                   March 31
Writing selected to be scanned and added to doc:                                                  April 8-18
Photos from google drive selected to be scanned and added to doc:                   April 10
Additional text added to google doc:                                                                          April 21
Special features created and added by sixth graders:                                              April 19
Writing/layout conferences:                                                                                         April 21-24
Table of contents and pages all merged into one document:                                 April 28
Final inspection editing conferences:                                                                           May 4
Yearbook sent to publisher                                                                                              May 5
Yearbooks will arrive                                                                                                         May 11/12


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Please Cut and Return this portion to order your glossy color yearbook copy


Yearbook order form


Name____________________________   # of 2016/2017 yearbooks_____


Back issues ordered:     2013/2014   2014/2015  2015/2016   (please circle)

Quantity                            ______      ________ _______



Total quantity x $14 = amount due___________________


Cash or check enclosed_____________________________

--additional funds (if any) will go toward Room 102 Activities Budget

Friday, March 24, 2017

AZ Merit Testing and Camp Sky Y



We hope all our families had a fun and restful Spring Break!  We certainly enjoyed out time at the AMS conference and also returned nourished mentally and spiritually as well as with armfuls of new materials for our classroom.  We also know that the children enjoyed creating and performing their plays and will share videos shortly. Everyone returned from break ready to work and all were able to compose some wonderful poems in between Galileo testing.  We are so pleased with everyone's progress in writing, math, and so many more skills.  We are more than ready for state testing next week. 
 
AZ Merit testing begins on Tuesday, March 28th.  We will test Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of that week, with makeups on Friday.  Testing will then resume on Tuesday, April 4th and continue through Thursday, April 6th. Please have your child eat a nourishing breakfast each morning.  If your child needs to go to the doctor, dentist, or any other appointment, please try to schedule these for late afternoon or after school on testing days.  While group snack will be provided for students, as usual, each child may also bring a healthy snack and gum for personal use during each testing session. 

Our field trip to Camp Sky Y in Prescott is fast approaching.  We leave on Monday, April 10th and will return on Wednesday, April 12th.  The cost for this trip is $115.00.  If you paid $200.00 for both trips in January, you don't need to pay extra for this one. Remember, you can pay the fee for this trip and count it as a tax credit towards your 2016 AZ state taxes up until April 17th.  If you are planning to chaperone, please let us know when the best time would be to have a quick informational meeting before we leave. More information about this field trip will be coming home in the next week.

If you have any questions, please respond via email at mecroom102@gmail.com or call the school at (480) 964-1381.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Pi Day and Africa Presentations next week

Next week we will have our Pi Day celebration on Wednesday and a trip to Montessori International school on Friday for their Africa Presentations.  Please read the following information carefully for the full details:

Pi Day
For the last week, we have been studying the origins of the number Pi, from the civilizations who first discovered this relationship and their approximations of it to lessons with the Montessori materials which concretely explain how this special number is derived as well as its characteristics.  Those who are ready have moved on to using Pi to calculate the circumference and area of circles as well as the volume and surface area of spheres, cylinders, and cones.  Next Wednesday, March 8, students are invited to bring a circular food for an upper elementary feast and everyone will create a model of their food and make the appropriate calculations using Pi.  If you still want to purchase a Pi Day shirt, we have a limited number of shirts available on a first come, first serve basis.

Africa Presentations at MIS
Friday morning, our students will visit Montessori International school to see their Africa Exhibits.  Please make sure your child arrives on time to school.  We will be walking together for about half a mile to the school.  Ms. Liza and Ms. Kathy will be at the AMS conference, but Ms. Cassie, Peggy and Emily will be coming.  If any parents are interested in accompanying our upper elementary students, the cost is 2 dollars per visitor.  Your child will also have the opportunity to purchase snacks and food at the venue at additional cost.  We would recommend sending a dollar or two with your child on this day if you would like for them to be able to buy some treats.  There are also samples of food from various cultures that is available for all.  We ask that your child return their permission slip by next Monday and be caught up on all classwork in order to attend.

Drama and Music
We would like to introduce Ms. Emily, who currently teaches drama and music lessons twice a week to both upper el classes and also works as a sub for the entire school as needed.  We enjoy her enthusiasm, energy, and love for each student and look forward to planning more adventures in the future.

Writing Projects
Last week In room 102, our students presented their Arizona history projects. Ms. Kathy and I were amazed at the depth of work that was performed.  We enjoyed handmade data tables reflecting serious research as well is beautiful descriptions and stories from our state’s past.  This week our students have been studying the elements of drama and will be writing their own scripts for a story or a commercial.  Please feel free to ask your child about what they are writing and offer constructive feedback.  We will be performing the skits in class next week. 

A Big Thank you!
As we wrap up our last day for Pizza Friday and our Pi Day T-shirt orders, Ms. Kathy and I are so grateful for your support in ordering Pizza and shirts so that we can attend the conference and purchase some of the newest Montessori materials for Upper Elementary.  We are also happy to see Ms. Cassie in our classroom more and more as she continues with her elementary Montessori training.  

Thanks again for your support and please let us know if you have any questions!


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Pi Day Shirt Order Forms Due Tomorrow


Pi day is "round" the corner and we hope you enjoy the shirt designed by our upper elementary class. These shirts can also be worn on Fridays with the other school T-shirts. Order forms went out Wednesday, or you can fill out an order form in the office.

In order to get our shirts back in time, please place your order by this Friday, February 24thIf anyone needs to pay later for a shirt, please fill out the form with the correct sizes and we can take payment later. We will also be ordering additional shirts to sell in future events such as Mercado for $20.  Our shirts are soft cotton and are $15 each for child and adult sizes up to large and $18 for sizes XL and above. 

All proceeds benefit upper elementary in purchasing new Montessori materials for their classrooms.  The class with the most orders will also get a Pi day party surprise. Thank you so much for your support!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Valentines/Arizona Statehood Day Tomorrow


In upper elementary, our main focus for tomorrow will be on celebrating the anniversary of Arizona as a state, but we will have a small celebration during the last 30 minutes of the day where students may bring cards and/or candy for all classmates.  It is not mandatory to bring valentines, but if your child wishes to participate, they must bring something for everyone in the class and not just one or two friends.  Please check your email for the list of students in our classroom.  We are only able to provide first names.

Tomorrow kicks off our research into Arizona state history.  We have many books already and are happy to see that the children are eager to research a wide array of topics on their own.  We may take a small group for some to get more information from the library, but this project is meant to be very simple, without the need for any display boards or props. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact us at any time.  We wish everyone a Happy Arizona Statehood day tomorrow!


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Science Fair Next Thursday, February 9th

Science camp was a lot of fun last week.  We were able to learn a lot in a more hands on way and it was especially wonderful to be in nature and work directly in their field as scientists.  Now it is time for our science fair!  Over the last couple weeks, we have been reading about other scientists and discussing possible topics for our science fair.  Most students are working in pairs and have already formulated their research questions and are starting on the other elements of their research and experiments.  We have given each student a helpful guidebook so that they are able to proceed in an orderly fashion through each step.  Feel free to go over the guide with your child if he or she has any questions.  

Please remember the following guidelines:
  • Just as with our other research projects, we would like parents to only provide help indirectly through suggestions, conversations and trips to help gather needed supplies.  Trips to the library are also encouraged.   Remember, this is an important opportunity for all children to take on the role of a scientist through creating, carrying out, and recording the results of their work
  • Mistakes are okay and even encouraged as this is an important element to both the learning process and the scientific method.
  • If you are not able to assist with your child's research idea, please let them know so that they can choose another topic with different materials.
  • We have small poster boards for the students to use, but if a larger display board is wanted, they must purchase it at home.
  • Our classroom will be open every day after school until 4pm (except Wednesdays) to those  who need extra help.  We just need a note or email from a parent to give permission for their child to stay.
  • If you have any questions or if your child has misplaced their science fair guidebook, the pages can be found at this link: science fair guidebook
  • Please have daily discussions with your child about due dates and progress in each part of this project.  You should notice that the first page of the guidebook breaks each step down and has a corresponding due date.  
  • We will have our science fair in the morning for the lower el and primary classrooms and from 4-5pm for the parents, after which we will have our Skateland Fundraiser.  Students are welcome to stay after school in our classroom, free of charge, in order to set up before the fair begins.
  •  If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know any time! 


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Final Instructions for Tonto Creek Camp

Don’t Forget to return your re-enrollment forms to the office Wednesday, as the deadline is January 26, which is the second day of camp. It appears that we will have a long wait-list for the next year and I would hate for anyone to miss that window. Also, we are still missing a couple medication forms that students requested for medication taken at home.

Your child’s homework on Monday and Tuesday is to pack and prepare for Camp.  We will print out an additional packing list on Monday as well.

Packing:
Please make sure your child has packed everything on the packing list, (plus some extra socks and pants for the cold weather) and that everything is stored in a compact container that is completely sealed.  Don’t forget a flashlight and also have your child label everything with their name.  Students may bring a disposable camera, or other camera with permission, but no other electronics.  Students must wear pants and shoes during all camp activities and to and while transporting to and from school.

Medication
If your child needs any medication, please fill out a form in the office and give it to one of the teachers to take with.  We will have basics such as Tylenol and other first aid supplies.  We have sent forms home to those students who know they will need to bring medication with them.

Lunch:
Please pack a disposable snack, lunch and drink to be eaten on our way to the camp.  We will stop at a Paleo Site with fossils nearby the camp before our arrival.  (see www.adventurenuts.com/paleo-site.hml for more information) Students are allowed to collect invertebrate fossils only. If it is covered with snow, we will play out in the snow. Students are welcome to bring a small plastic bag to be used in sliding down the hill in the event of snow and make sure your child packs so that gloves and boots are handy.

Drop Off on Wednesday, January 25
Please Drop off students between 7:30 and 8:15 am in the back field where carline takes place.   Please do not arrive after 8:15 so that we will not make carline difficult for the other parents.

Pick up, Friday, January 27:
Students will be ready for pickup at our usual time at 3:10.   Chaperones may leave upon arrival at school.  (make sure to sign child out and return chaperone paperwork to teachers)  We will arrive most likely between 2 and 2:20)  We will have carline in front, so it is easier for students to load their gear.  We will have siblings join them in the front as well.

We have attached the packing list via email and sent it home with students. We will send email updates when we get to camp and also update the blog and homeroom app as needed. My cell has been broken for the past 3 weeks, but I hope to be able to get a new one this weekend and will share the number with you. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know as soon as possible! We are so excited about going to science camp!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Transition to Upper Elementary

Thanks to all who attended our meeting last night.  We have enjoyed meeting some of our new parents.  Here is a copy of the handout from the meeting that includes a rough sketch of our plan for next school year:

Transition to Upper Elementary
Adjustments from 3rd to 4th grade
  • Developmental:  During the ages of 9-12, children do more work on their own without the use of materials.  For many children, the passage to abstraction is complete.  Lessons will still feature sensorial introductions with the materials to connect previous learning with the pencil and paper work required in grades 4-6.  Students who are above or below grade level will still receive individual and small group lessons tailored to their unique needs.  At the 6th grade level, students take a greater leadership role with capstone experiences.

  • Grade level expectations:  After third grade, the amount of subject matter that students are required to master exponentially increases.  Students are required to do a lot of independent reading and writing in all subjects and should have mastered the majority of their math facts. Additionally, they should be familiar with long multiplication, long division, and fractions.  In upper elementary, students cover a multitude of topics in math, language, history, science, and life skills; choosing individual and group follow up works for each lesson given.

  • You are invited to look at our table that has various samples of completed written works as well as the class yearbook from the previous year that was published by our students with minimal adult assistance.
Continuation of the Montessori Curriculum: Please look around the room to see various Montessori materials that are still used in upper elementary and were introduced during lower elementary.   It has been our experience that students who come from a strong foundation of Montessori education are able to work harder, learn faster and gain a level of independence and emotional intelligence unparalleled to students from more structured, teacher-centered educational backgrounds.
  • Math:   In Upper el, students master long division with multi-digit divisors, long multiplication, fractions with all operations, advanced geometry concepts, algebra, statistics, complex story problems, and much more at an abstract level.  We believe math should be full of enjoyable discoveries and encourage multiple methods and cooperative learning.

  • Language:   Students write extensively in all genres and utilize all aspects of the writing process, including pre-writing, peer editing, publishing reports, power points, and bound books.

  • Science:   In Upper elementary, students learn more about the scientific method and the history of science. They are encouraged to create their own experiments using the great lessons as a catalyst for ideas.  

  • History and Culture:   Just as in lower el, history is woven into all subject areas.  Students learn the history of language, math, and cultures, while participating in project-based learning opportunities throughout the year.  

  • Practical Life:   Building on the strong foundation set in primary, students are expected to clean, organize and utilize their time management skills independently in the classroom and at home to complete all learning projects.  Students who excel in this area are also able to plan and carry out special trips with small groups of students and adults.

Weekly Structure:
  • Student-led spelling
  • Student led math facts
  • Montessori math and language lessons with student-selected follow-up work
  • Science and cultural activities with open-ended follow-up work
  • Weekly writing prompt with peer editing and revising.
  • Student selected homework based on class work and topics of study.
  • Weekly work is self-corrected and final checks are performed by the teachers or assistants. Incomplete work is completed for homework or during recess depending on how time is managed.
  • Students use planners to record work completed and deadlines as well as reading, math, and practical life homework.  Parents must sign planners each Monday through Thursday to show that they have completed their work at home and also so they can see what work their child is doing at school.
Learning projects for 2017-18 school year: Each year, the activities vary, but your child will have similar experiences during the three years of our program.
  • Symphony Hall excursion (September)
  • Ancient civilizations and culture research and presentations (October)
  • Mercado  (October and May)
  • Musical performance (December)
  • Science Fair (January)
  • Family history project (February)
  • Renaissance Festival (6th grade)
  • Musical Instrument Museum (exact date to be determined)
  • Pi Day (March)
  • Bookbinding original stories (April)
  • Class trip to Camp Surf for 3-5 days (April/May)
  • 6th grade class trip (May)
  • Class yearbook editing and compilation (May)
Easing the transition to Upper Elementary:
At school
  • Teachers arrange frequent visits to both upper elementary classrooms during second semester.
  • Frequent meeting with teachers before and after the transition to ensure a successful transition.
  • Increased personal responsibility for time management and independent work.
At home:
  • Communicate frequently with lower elementary teachers and follow all their recommendations.
  • Educational opportunities at home that are enjoyable, both during the summer and the school year, including chores and a supportive homework routine.
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