May 31

Tonight’s Math Home Practice

We’ve been working on a math lesson requiring research on operating an animal shelter for one year.  Today kiddos presented some of their budgets.  I told them they needed to have a conversation with you about the process and their choices.  When you’ve had this conversation, please initial their journal page so I know they filled you in on this learning!


May 31

Updates on Field Trips

We’ve got a field trip!  We’ll be traveling to Indian Brook Reservoir in Essex on THURSDAY!  The cost of this trip is $10 so we will be applying that to the money you paid for Fort Ticonderoga and will issue refunds to you from that.  Please give me a bit of time to pull that together – district accounting procedures are quite strict.

Your kiddo should have a paper with all the details for Thursday!  If you are on the approved chaperone list and are able to join us – please do!  We’d love to have you!  You should take your own car and meet us at Indian Brook for 10:30 a.m.

As for the unofficial trip to my house – I’m getting mixed reviews from grownups.  It seems to be more of a logistical nightmare for parents than I’d anticipated.  Unless you tell me differently, my interpretation is, “It’s a nice idea, Mrs. Buswell, but we already have commitments and most of us can’t make it,  so don’t plan it.”   Honestly, the entire idea stemmed from my reluctance to say goodbye to this special, special crew!   My twins are going to be bummed, they really wanted everyone to hang out!  :)  Perhaps something this summer …..

May 30

Considering Our Options …

Okay, I’ve spent the weekend thinking about options!  I will let you know as quickly as I can about what we can do for an ‘official’ field trip – meanwhile ……

What do you think about an un-official field trip?  I’ve been seriously mourning the loss of this Bunch – sending them on to middle school is especially difficult for me.  Would you be open to a sleep over?  At my house?  You’d need to get there, (Jericho, not so very far away) and have a sleeping bag!  If the weather is good, there could be tents and a fire!  The twins would love to meet all the special ‘fifths’ they’ve heard so much about!  I would love to spend one more day, and ALL parents are invited to camp out, too!  I have a cat, a large yard, a lovely waterfall … What do you think? My house is dirty, my yard undone, but I’d love to have you!  We could sleep over, have breakfast, and then head out for our separate days!

Consider the possibility, I know it’s short notice, but I think we could pull this off!

May 27

The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men …..

Welllll, this has never happened before!  I’m sure your kiddos have shared about our bus difficulties for the Fort Ticonderoga field trip.  It’s been a bus disaster, and despite Mrs. Reith and Ms. Miller working to move heaven and earth ….. we have no busses for our field trip.  The Fort Ticonderoga field trip is now officially cancelled.

We understand many of you will be disappointed, and we apologize, but we’ve exhausted every single option to no avail.  Ms. Miller and I will do our best to come up with something fun for the kiddos to do next Friday.  You can be sure we’ll be spending the next three days brainstorming!

Meanwhile, you don’t need to drop your child off at school early next Friday, nor do you need to pack a lunch – unless your kiddo doesn’t wish hot lunch that day.  We will work with Mrs. Reith to figure out how to do refunds and will notify you as quickly as possible.

It has been an extremely rough week, but this is my focus – our children are safe, our children are together, and we will do our best to make the day special.  Stephanie and I appreciate your understanding and hope you can join us for Bayside Beach …. where we walk to the park!

May 10

The Present

This morning we had a perfect alignment of amazing, informative, thought provoking stories.  I’d planned on showing the Bunch a short video called, ‘The Present’ and to have them write about their responses.

Adding to its powerful message, CNN did a story this morning on a man who scaled Mt. Everest and kayaked down the Colorado River … blind.  They followed up with a segment with teenagers called #I’mtooyoungtovote”  I’m too young to vote, but not too young to …..  It was wonderful!

So – time to amend my original lesson just a tad!  We watched our video, analyzed the characters, and wrote about what struck us in the video.  We then tied in our earlier discussions about the blind adventurer & #I’mtooyoungtovote.  I asked kiddos to generate their own list of what … but I’m not too young to …..

Here’s the list.  My heart is bursting.

#I’m too young to vote

But I’m not too young to …..

  • To make a change in the world
  • To work hard at things in the future
  • To learn from my mistakes
  • To give to charity
  • To pick up trash and litter
  • To be kind and help other people
  • To clean up the planet
  • To raise money for charity and other places
  • To help wildlife
  • To understand important things around me
  • To help people around me who are in need
  • To face the facts, even if I am wrong
  • To listen to other people to make a difference
  • To be humble and kind
  • To take care of the planet
  • To care about the candidates for president
  • To help clean the waterways
  • To help, to say something that needs to change in the world and to help fix it
  • To realize what is happening in the world
  • To have a voice
  • To be kind
  • To help others conquer their dreams
  • To spread kindness
  • To help others in need
  • To achieve goals in school
  • To do my best at everything I do
  • To be myself
  • To forgive others
  • To try to find a cure for cancer
  • To help people who really need help by raising money for charity
  • To make a difference on how people treat their pets
  • To understand what is going on in our state and all the bad things
  • To help raise money for animal shelters
  • To have a safe environment
  • To provide shelters for those who need it
  • To set a good goal
  • To think about my future
  • To be more responsible
  • To make more friends
  • To clean the planet
  • To help others to make their lives easier
  • To have opinions
  • To listen to others’ opinions
  • To care about our world
  • To have a word in politics
  • To understand that people deserve to be treated like humans
  • To have a say in family decisions
  • To make things easier
  • To help out in the community
  • To help make friends
  • To help others
  • To recycle
  • To give care packages to people in need
  • To help people get proper education
  • To realize what is real and what is not
  • To not take things for granted
  • To make the environment safer for those who live in unsafe places
  • To keep going on what you are working towards
  • To take responsibility for the things I do.
  • To take risks and chances for friends
  • To try something before I give up
  • To be who I am
May 3

Our First Day of SBAC & DARE Graduation

Our first day of SBAC testing went well!  If your kiddo didn’t finish the first portion of math – it’s okay!  There will be plenty of time for him/her to finish!  These tests are not timed!

As for DARE graduation – we have a tentative date!  Officer Fontaine is thinking Monday, June 6th!  Save the evening!  Historically graduation is around 5:30 and usually lasts about an hour!

May 2

Just a Reminder

Just a reminder SBAC testing begins tomorrow which means no home practice – besides reading for home reading logs!  There will be no spelling, no math, nor additional assignments.  Also, students may bring mint gum, or other mints to nibble on during the tests.  It isn’t required!  Some kiddos like to have mint during the exams, others don’t.  It’s your choice!

It’s also a great time to encourage the MBS Screen Challenge – after one or two sessions of computer testing, kiddos will have had a lot of screen time!  Books, crafts, games, outdoor fun -are all great alternatives if you are participating in the challenge!

April 28

SBAC Schedule and Upcoming Events

Below you’ll find the SBAC schedule for our class.  Testing begins next week and I’m trying to make it a low key as possible – practice, group work, discussions … all easy going.  I hope this helps reduce anxieties!  The time allocated is not often fully used by students.  It’s helpful if they have an engaging book to read if they finish early.

Also, I’ve updated the Upcoming Events page with the latest dates and events, you may wish to check it out!


SBAC Schedule & Timing   2016

Tuesday, 9 – 10:30  (90 minutes)  Math 1

Tuesday,  1:00 – 1:30  (30 minutes)  Math lesson

Wednesday, 9:00 – 11:00 (120 minutes)  Math PT

Thursday, 9:00 – 10:30 (90 minutes)  ELA CAT 1

Thursday, 1:00 – 1:30  (30 minutes)  ELA lesson

Friday, 9 – 11:00  (120 minutes)  ELA Performance Task