Your children are invited to bring in all of their
unneeded books to the annual Bookswap next week. Books will be collected from the classroom on Monday and Tuesday.
Please make sure that the books are in good
condition...books that you would appreciate receiving
home yourselves. NO BOARD BOOKS PLEASE!
For every book brought in, your child will receive a
ticket that he/she will trade for a book, or deposit in
the raffle for one of the several brand-new book choices on display.
HALLOWEEN IS COMING
One of the biggest Lab School traditions is quickly approaching! Our room parents have been busy getting our classroom Halloween celebration organized. Thanks for volunteering to help get children in and out of costumes or for contributing to decorations and treats. If you'd like to help, please contact Audris Wong.
To get ready for the Halloween Parade and classroom celebration, we wanted to share some information with you:
The annual Halloween Parade will take place on Wednesday, October 31st at 9:15-10:30 a.m. (Please note the earlier start time). We are planning a low-key Halloween party after the parade and will resume our regular day with P.E. at 12:20 (DON’T FORGET GYM SHOES). Your child should bring his/her regular snack and lunch.
Children need to manage their costumes with relative independence. They will only wear their costumes during the parade and will need to change back into school clothes before we go continue with the rest of our day. Elaborate face make-up is discouraged, as are weapons. If a sword, light-saber, etc. is a vital part of your child’s costume, he/she may carry it but may not use it as a weapon. Please be mindful of the younger children in our school who may be frightened by scary costumes.
Parents do not march with us in the parade so you will need to find somewhere along the route to watch or you are welcome to find a seat in Upper Kovler Gym for the all school sing-along. Details and a map of the parade route will be sent home when we get closer to the big day!
PICTURE ORDERS DUE
School picture orders are due October 22nd and should be returned to the classroom. If your child is having retakes, please let us know so we can plan for it during our day on October 24th. Thank you!
Please check our Classroom Blog often. Here we will write about classroom events that are not always included in the newsletters. This week, we read a book called Koko's Kitten and compared Koko the gorilla to Ivan. You can read more about our thinking on the blog and watch a video from Lincoln Park Zoo about their new baby gorilla, born on October 11th.
This week, we wrapped up a review of adding coins. It's important for your child to be able to recognize coins and their values, and to count nickels by 5s and dimes by 10s. We also practiced counting by 25s and how to use symbols for money (¢ or $). Your child is learning to add combinations of coins together and be able to switch from one coin to another (add a nickel, then a dime, then a penny, then another nickel). During the course of our study, we played a few games to reinforce skills: Coin Combinations and Race to $1.00., Coin Top-It and the iPad apps Jungle Coins and Cash Cow. Later in the year, we will learn how to make change.
Twice a week, your child participates in a math lesson while the other half of the class is in Art class with Ms. Ganzarain. These half-groups give us an opportunity to differentiate the curriculum to meet the needs of children who may need more practice with a concept or who may be ready for a challenge. Ms. Olander, learning specialist, also comes into our classroom twice a week to work with small groups of children or teach whole class lessons in math. We are lucky to have her support and often plan our math curriculum together.
SANDHILL CRANE VIEWING
We wanted to let all of you know of a wonderful opportunity to see thousands of sandhill cranes in nearby Indiana. During our migration study, we will compare the sandhill crane to the whooping crane. As of October 16th, just over 8600 sandhills were counted! Around sunset and sunrise, these birds take to the air to socialize before flying out to feed in nearby marshes or roosting for the night. Their numbers will peak in late November/early December before they continue to warmer climates during their fall migration. You can find out more at http://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/3109.htm.
WHOOPING CRANE UPDATE
The cranes have been grounded for 7 days straight in LaSalle County, IL. This morning they are waiting for the fog to lift and hoping the wind doesn't pick up. Just like kids stuck inside on a rainy day, the cranes get restless and bored. Boredom leads to aggression or pecking at things like the pen or the panels. To entertain the cranes, the team often delivers "toys" to the cranes and their favorites are pumpkins! We enjoyed watching a video of the cranes' first encounter with a pumpkin. Be sure to ask your second grader about it!
Have a wonderful weekend!