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!
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 …..
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!
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!
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 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
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!
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