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November Update

Happy November everyone! Holy guacamole, October was a wild month… between conferences, report cards, field trips, bad weather, fall carnival, Halloween, Dia De Los Muertos celebrations… the list goes on and on. It was just icing on the cake to the October with Halloween smack dab in the middle of the week. Anywho, here’s whats been going on!

Your kiddos have been busy reading and writing! Beginning of the year assessments have been completed so at this point in the year, teachers can read with small groups and give children a more differentiated lesson to fit their needs. First graders also have been doing a ton of writing, and you can see it if you walk through our hallway. You will see examples of writing about where students live in the world, writing about personal timelines, writing about pumpkins, or even writing about a personal narrative! Coming up, you will see more writing about Native Americans and Thanksgiving.

Teachers have been pushing students hard in math and we sure can see results. Students are quickly moving through 1 digit addition and practicing 2 digit addition and subtraction. During math, your children also work on their computers using Dream Box, which provides them a personalized math related educational plan, so they can learn at their own pace.

The little scientists have been having fun conducting experiments in their classes. We spent some time learning about evaporation and drawing shapes on the sidewalk with water and then seeing how long it took to evaporate. Also, we learned about 3 different types of energy and then looked for examples of energy all around us. Up next, students will be learning about weather!

Social studies has been especially exciting recently. Students got to learn about Dia de los Muertos. We learned about the holidays history and it’s importance to so many people. You could see altars all over the school, along with papel picado, pan dulce, and calaveras. We even had some special guests come in and help us make calaveras out of marshmellows! Coming up in the next month, students will be starting their Native American Project, where we will be researching a Native American tribe and reporting information on them, with the final project being a model of the type of dwelling they used to live in. This is always an extremely fun project.

We also had a great time on our field trip when we went to the pumpkin patch!

Here you can see pictures from our field trip. Pajama Day, and Dia de los Muertos!