Archive for November, 2015
Maple Glen Food Drive!!
A Westfield Food Pantry needs our help!
Don’t forget to bring in those canned foods and non-perishable food items for the food drive on November 16-20! They will also accept paper products (paper towels, toilet paper, etc.) or personal items (shampoo, soap, toothpaste, etc.).
Let’s show our community that
MAPLE GLEN CARES!!!
In the recent math trainings I’ve been attending, we’ve been learning a lot of great games to help the children learn fluency in their math facts. One fun game we learned was called “magic fingers” or “chopstix”. I’m attaching the link to the directions to play this game if you’d like to play with your children at home. This is a nice, quiet game they could play at a restaurant or in the car too. 🙂
Good Monday Afternoon!I hope you all had a nice weekend with your families! I’m sorry my news from last week is coming to you a little late. We no longer have a computer at home for me to do my class news and I ran out of here on Friday faster than usual. So sorry!!!Some of the kids were excited to tell me they went to the new Peanuts movie this weekend. We took our kids as well. If you haven’t already gone, it is really cute!!! We finally made it over to try FLIX in Carmel. If you haven’t gotten a chance to experience a movie there, I recommend this as well. Children under the age of 18 can attend movies beginning before 7p.m. and the food is pretty good too. Just a fun family place if you haven’t been yet and are looking for something different! 😉Today has been a little crazy in class. It seems the flu bug or some germ bug has hit our room. We have already sent three friends home sick today from our class. It appears this bug is starting with chills, exhaustion, and low grade fevers. We have been washing our hands here at school like crazy and trying to keep work spaces as clean as possible. I hope the rest of the children can avoid this bug!!!This week’s special area classes include:Monday-MusicTuesday-P.E.Wednesday-LibraryThursday-ArtFriday-MusicTomorrow is picture re-take day. Our class is schedule for retakes between 10 and 11. If you want your child’s picture retaken, please email me this evening so I am sure to send him/her down at our given time. Also, please send back the original package with your child if you haven’t already done so. I do have a sub tomorrow morning so please let me know as soon as possible if you want retakes so I can be sure he/she is well aware of it!Between 8 and 12 tomorrow, I will be at Washington Woods Elementary for more district math training. The office is assigning us our subs this time so I am sorry I am not able to tell you who will be with the children. I am sure they will be in good hands and I’ll be back immediately following the training to pick up and finish the day with them.I hope you all received the enrichment folders I sent home last week and found them useful. I know at our house with multiple children the paperwork seems to pile up faster than not. Hopefully this will help keep all of it together a bit easier.Last week we were privileged to have the Joseph Maley Foundation come out and celebrate Disability Awareness Week with our class. The children had the opportunity to listen to a puppet show about two children with disabilities. One had cerebral palsy and the other was blind. They learned about acceptance of those with differences, and how we can adapt and assist those who may have disabilities. We also talked about how individuals with disabilities have also been blessed with strengths that the rest of us may not possess. The Joseph Maley Foundation also came into our room and showed the children many different assistive devices and also different things they may use in the classroom that have been adapted for children with disabilities (i.e. markers, crayons, paint brushes, scissors). The children also had an opportunity to meet one of our amazing fourth grade friends from Maple Glen with cerebral palsy. Mason Unton and his mother came into the room to talk about cerebral palsy with the children and introduced the class to Mason’s working dog, Digger. We watched a video with them about how working dogs are trained and saw some of Digger’s cool tricks!In math last week we began multiple center time activities. The children were introduced to our math wrap-ups, number bond electronic triangles, and our Flip It game. Today they were also introduced to Climb to the Top, a game of addition and subtraction that works much like Chutes and Ladders. I also introduced the children to a new online math program we were blessed to get in first grade, Accelerated Math. They each had the opportunity to work through their first lesson on this program and I have those reports printed and ready to share with each of you this week. The program is a work in progress as the children learn to work and maneuver it, but I anticipate great things from this over the next few months.Mark your calendars for the upcoming annual Holiday Program that our first and second grade students are putting on. The program is December 3rd at 7p.m. at Westfield High School. Mrs. Cole will send more information as the time gets closer.The school carnival is set for February and each class is asked to put together a theme basket for our silent auction. Our class has been asked to provide art supplies. If you are out and about and would like to pick up something artsy to put in our basket, it would be greatly appreciated. All money from the baskets goes back to our classrooms for your children. You may send those items in anytime over the next few months.We have started our turkey talk in our class for the month of November. We have a lot of fun reading, writing, and math activities that center around turkeys. This month we are also discussing Native Americans and preparing for our big first grade Native American Pow-Wow on November 24th. More information will be sent home to you about this tomorrow. If you have the time to join us for this event, I highly encourage it. We have a lot of fun and it’s a great lead-in to Thanksgiving break.We have been spending a lot of time working on visualization and mental imaging with our reading series over the last few weeks. We will continue with that this week as we read short stories and poems and search out descriptive words and phrases the author uses to help us with our visions in reading. Last week we used the very popular book, Where the Wild Things Are and the class had a blast with the lesson.In math, we continue to plow through addition and subtraction strategies and are also now working with fact families. This is always a fun unit, as there are so many hands on activities and games to go along with the concept. Tomorrow I’m teaching the class a new game called TENS! I think they will enjoy it!We’ve been working a great deal with punctuation and capitalization in our writing works over the last couple of weeks. We’re getting better, but will continue to work, write, and read with our punctuation and capitals.Congrats to all of the kiddos who have already turned in Math Magician certificates since that information was sent home last week. I’m so impressed to have so many turned in!!!Last week we celebrated a couple of birthdays in our class: Caleb Terril and Sadie Menke!!!Congrats to Reid Esslinger for earning the honesty ribbon this past month!I’m sure I’m leaving out information somewhere, but for now have a great week and I’ll be in touch!Take care and have a great night,Christie Buonanno