Today, Ms. Hamilton arrived in the classroom to find a lovely birthday banner created and signed by all the kids waiting for her. Thanks to Niall and Oliver's moms for making cookies for this special birthday celebration! It's hard to know who is more excited about the birthday - Ms. Hamilton or the children!
We hope you and your family had the chance to visit Lab Art this weekend. It was a wonderful display of the rich and meaningful arts experiences that Lab kids get from their earliest days through their final days. Thanks to Ms. Mazurek and Ms. Romero for their dedication and hard work putting the 1st and 2nd grade displays together.
We enjoyed our walk to the Historic Campus with our Kindergarten Buddies. We browsed the artwork and saw a few funny "fractured fairy tales" skits performed by three high schoolers. Be sure to ask your child about them!
Last week, we learned about 3D shapes and did an interactive projects with the iPads. We learned about cones, spheres, cylinders, rectangular prisms, cubes, and pyramids.The children went on a scavenger hunt around the building to take photographs of 3-dimensional shapes in the real environment. The photos of these shapes were then put into an app called PicCollage and labeled. You should see them posted in SeeSaw soon.
We hope that you have had time to think about a pioneer costume for you child. If you did not get a chance to put one together for today, please send one in this week. Children should just bring them to school in a bag that can be kept in their cubby for the remainder of our study. As mentioned in previous newsletters, we have bonnets for girls to borrow and will have some straw hats and suspenders for the boys. These items are shared with the entire grade level and will not remain in our room for long. Again, most pioneer items can be found at home. Be creative! Thank you for your cooperation.
Girls: Simple, long sleeved dresses/skirts, straw sun hats or bonnets, aprons
Boys: Long shorts (khaki or a dark, solid color - not athletic pants!), dark black or blue pants or jeans, button-up long sleeve shirts in solid or plaid, bandanas
OREGON TRAIL STUDY
To build some background knowledge of the Oregon Trail time period (roughly 1830s-1860s), we have been reading many books, both historical fiction and nonfiction. Our latest chapter books is called Westward to Home: Joshua's Diary, The Oregon Trail 1848 about a nine year old pioneer boy and his family's adventures and challenges along the trail. We also watched a video/slideshow that taught us all about covered wagons. See if your second grader knows what a Pairie Schooner was and how it got its name. Soon, each second grader will choose a fictional pioneer name and begin recording their journey in a journal as we pretend to travel along the Oregon Trail, stopping at landmarks along the way. Stay tuned!
LEARN ABOUT THIRD GRADE THIS WEEK!
We hope you can attend the 2nd-3rd Grade Transitions Meeting, this Thursday, May 5th, 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the Gordan Parks Assembly Hall (Historic Campus). There you will have the chance to meet Principal Anglin, third grade teachers and the Learning and Counseling team. It's a wonderful opportunity for you to get your questions answered. This is a parents-only event.
SAVE THE DATE FOR End OF YEAR POTLUCK
Our End-of-Year Potluck will be held on Tuesday, May 24th, 5:30-7:00. More details to come!
Have a great week!