We have been celebrating the fall in our classroom. I hope you have been enjoying this beautiful cool weather. I just want to make sure that you all are aware of how our school works. The temperatures inside and outside fluctuates immensely. Please make sure that your child, now that the weather is getting cooler, has a jacket in the morning and other layers. It is always easier to take off layers than to apply layers you don't have.
We have had a couple of busy weeks. Our handwriting program "Size Matters" has taken over the classroom.. You will hear "that's not a size one" or "that doesn't have all it's touch points" or most importantly that is not "star worthy" We are becoming inspectors and detectors of star worthy letters. The kids will be held responsible for all letters that have been taught, so far E and F. They will need to make all of their capital (size one) E's F's correctly to be star worthy.
We have learned about primary and secondary colors. We have created color books that we are reading independently. We use these books for independent reading and sharing with our friends.
We have learned some new math games to play with our friends. Monster squeeze, top it, and garbage. We continue to work on all of our calendar skills as well.
We work so hard all week, however our stamina lasts until Wednesday. I am sure you have all seen our behaviour change as the week goes on. Thursday's and Fridays are tricky for most of us.
Last week on Friday, one of our custodians brought in a baby snapping turtle to share with us. It was an impromptu visit but so worth our time as we all shared stories that related to our new found friend and learned about the job of a custodian.
We are working on our fine motor skills with our fine motor bags and our daily work with handwriting. Some of us find working at a standing position on a slanted easel is far more effective than sitting down on a flat table. We have learned that everyone needs tools, not everyone needs the same tools.
We talked about Christopher Columbus. The year he sailed, his three ships, and many more details. We sang about him, read about him and even acted his history out in creative play. What great fun we have learning through play.
We have discussed lip poppers, tappers, scrappers. Skinny sounds, and lip coolers. We are all working though our sounds and making them clearly build our reading knowledge. What fun we have with our sounds.
We are still following the adventure of Minli and the man of the moon. I hope your kids have been filling you in on all of the adventures. This adventure offers us the chance to build language, listening skills, mental pictures and sustainability. What a great way to learn.....through literature.
We are all working very hard, please don't forget those ideas for our class name this week.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out and connect with me.
Loving this fall weather,
Good afternoon. It was so nice to see so many of you on Monday at our back to school evening. For those of you who were unable to attend please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.
It is official we have a new teacher in our classroom. Her name is Ms. Kelly. She has jumped right into our routine and has become one of the family already.
If you are interested in helping out with any classroom supplies I have a list of wishes on the supply list on this site.
It has been our second full week of school and the kids are working hard. It is such hard work to be in school for 6 hours a day 5 days a week. Monday and Tuesday are great days for us. By Wednesday, Thursday and Friday we are tired. We are showing this through our behaviors. Some of us get very teary, some get angry or silly. We are all still getting to know one another and working on building our stamina. Early bedtimes and consistent routines are fabulous tools to help with all of our adjusting.
This week we observed and took notes on 6 painted lady caterpillars. They quickly formed their chrysalis and now we are waiting for the metamorphosis. We are hoping for Monday, but as scientists we have to wait and see.
Our knitting is getting easier for most of us. Building those fine motor muscles so we will be strong writers.
We have been reading our homemade books, playing math games, reading big books and working hard at following directions and being a good bobcat who is Safe, Respectful and Responsible.
We have begun our handwriting program, Size Matters. You will be hearing the kids talk about Super C, he rescues us from not making our letters backwards. They will talk about laying down lines, slant lines, standing tall lines, clock lines, smiley and frown lines. These are all the lines we use to make our letters. This is a brand new program for us. I piloted it last year and the kids writing was amazing by the end of the year.
In your child's folder you will find their Friday Fun Letter. Please make sure to write back to your child and send the letter in on Monday. I will be saving all these letters. It is a great record of your child's writing and handwriting.
We are still reading where the Mountain Meets the Moon. The kids are learning some rich language as well as how to create mental pictures and strengthen their listening skills. The kids loved how Minli and the dragon trapped the monkeys. We also discussed how foolish and greedy the monkey's were.
In gym class we have earned the golden whistle for 3 weeks in a row. Wow what an accomplishment. So proud.
I hope these little snippets will help you to engage with your child. Helping you to have discussions about their week here at school.
If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me.
Have a wonderful weekend
Happy first week of school. I hope you all survived the first big transition, and adjusting to new schedules. It was so hot this week! Ms. Sam and Mrs Kearns had two fans blowing in the classroom all day. We learned how to do “Do nothing doll” when we came in from recess to help cool our bodies down. We turned the lights off and got lots water breaks. Please remember to send in a water bottle with your child we take frequent water breaks when the temperatures are so hot. This week we talked about being flexible thinkers, trying things new for us and setting goals. One of my goals this year is to communicate through this web page. I will send out an email to let you know there has been an update. My goal is to give you a weekly blog of our week. Any quick reminders will come through email. Technology is not one of my strengths, however, I am leaning into it, just as I ask the kids to lean into things that may be uncomfortable for them.
This week was full of lots of getting to know you activities, learning our routines and rules. Practicing fire drills, learning new names, and finding out that the readiness will be there new home away from home. We are lucky enough to have Mrs. Kearns in our room helping out until administration can hire a full time assistant for our room. She is a wonderful woman. She brought into share 4 monarch caterpillars which quickly built their Chrysalis. We will be observing and investigating the whole metamorphosis We created small books of the very hungry caterpillar, which we are keeping here at school in our book boxes. It is so fun to pull out a book we can read on our own with our cool whispamaphones.
We have snack in the classroom at 9:15 and then at 9:30 we head outside for a 15 minute recess. We have a large area and lots of new rules to learn. Last week we were outside with just the first grade and readiness. Now that we are familiar with the recess rules we will be joining the 2nd and 3rd graders. We have lunch at 11:20, and we have found that the lunch room has many smells and can be loud. We are all working on doing our part to talk quietly with our friends at our table. I will be eating lunch with our class until I feel they are independent with all the lunch room challenges. Every year is different, some years I sit with them all year and some years I am able to fade my appearance.
We had our first Gym class with Ms. B. on Thursday and on Friday we had music with Ms. Kjellander. Monday we will have art with Mrs. Chalson. We will go the Library on Wednesday's with Mrs. Charles. We will also be having a weekly learning buddy time with Dr. Stearns class. More to come on that later. All of our specials are at 12:40 with the exception of learning buddies that will be at 1;30.
We have started to read our first Chapter book Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. A story of Minli's adventures, and how we are all connected. It is a great way to help the kids create mental pictures, have book discussions and work on whole body listening all at the same time.
The kids will hear our class motto frequently. "Work first then play". Although we do most of learning through play the kids get to enjoy a free choice time at the end of everyday. This is a high priority for most of my friends. I will gradually reduce this amount of time as the year goes on. Don't be fooled however, there is a ton of work going on during this free choice time. Decision making, compromise, language, communication, teamwork and oh so much more.
It has a been a busy hot week, Friday's temperature was a welcome change.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out.
I so enjoyed meeting all of you on Thursday! I know a lot of you were nervous. I want to make sure that you all know that being nervous about the start of our school year is perfectly normal. I am nervous too. There is a lot of new things that we all have to learn. We will work together and support each other as we go. You are not alone!
Just a few reminders for the parents:
If you haven't already please send in a departure schedule for your child. It helps me at the end of the day to make sure everyone gets home safely. If you do not know your childs bus number you can go to http://www.nbcs.k12.nh.us/index.php/food-services/8-default/81-school-bus-schedules to find your child's route and bus number.
Most of the information you need is on our school site. I will add some direct links here to try to make things easier.
The doors of the school open at 7:45 and will close and lock at 8:00. If you enter the building after 8 your child must go into the office to get a tardy slip to bring up to class with him/her. If you as a parent are helping out in the school you as well, must sign in at the office and get a visitors pass.
Walkers/Car kids will be dismissed at 2:10
Bussers and after school program kids will be dismissed at 2:15.
The first week we will have 6th graders helping us get to our departure destinations to help with the transition.
Lunch accounts: You can add money to your lunch account directly by going to http://www.sendmoneytoschool.com/ also if you are in need of a free or reduced hot lunch application you can go to http://www.lunchapp.com/
The first few days are very much about learning our school, routines, rules, and expected behaviors. Your child may not have a lot to share with you about their day. When asking questions be very specific to help guide them to share.
1. What was the best thing that happened at school today? (What was the worst thing that happened at school today?)
2. Tell me something that made you laugh today.
3. If you could choose, who would you like to sit by in class? (Who would you NOT want to sit by in class? Why?)
4. Where is the coolest place at the school?
5. Tell me a weird word that you heard today. (Or something weird that someone said.)
6. If I called your teacher tonight, what would she tell me about you?
7. How did you help somebody today?
8. How did somebody help you today?
9. Tell me one thing that you learned today.
10. When were you the happiest today?
11. When were you bored today?
12. If an alien spaceship came to your class and beamed someone up, who would you want them to take?
13. Who would you like to play with at recess that you’ve never played with before?
14. Tell me something good that happened today.
15. What word did your teacher say most today?
16. What do you think you should do/learn more of at school?
17. What do you think you should do/learn less of at school?
18. Who in your class do you think you could be nicer to?
19. Where do you play the most at recess?
20. Who is the funniest person in your class? Why is he/she so funny?
21. What was your favorite part of lunch?
22. If you got to be the teacher tomorrow, what would you do?
23. Is there anyone in your class who needs a time-out?
24. If you could switch seats with anyone in the class, who would you trade with? Why?
25. Tell me about three different times you used your pencil today at school.
I am so excited for tomorrow. Get a good night's sleep and have a nice breakfast and I will see you in the morning.
What a wonderful Harvest Festival we had. Thank you so much to all those parents who were able to join us. You all worked so hard and made our day run so smoothly. Thank you so much!
This week we will be talking all about apples and the apple life cycle. Today we made homemade applesauce. Some was plain, then we added sugar, then we added some cinnamon. We found out that the majority of us like our applesauce with cinnamon and sugar and few of us liked it with just sugar and a few of us liked it plain. We also tested different kinds of apples. We discussed the color, the texture and flavor of each of the apples and decide which our favorite was. It was clear the red delicious was the winner this time.
We also welcome Eli Glover today to join our Teamwork Turtles. His first day was today and he found he had a lot of friends that he remembered. He was welcomed with open arms from all of us. Please find a new contact list in the plastic folder today with a few corrections and Eli Glovers information added.
I had a few requests for the donut recipe so I will send that along this week for you to enjoy at home.
If I borrowed a fat fryer from you, it is waiting for you in the classroom. Swing by and grab it when you have a minute.
Halloween… the kids and I have made a plan to do a class costume this year. We are very excited about it. I have purchased the main part of the costume. I am looking for green hooded sweatshirts for each one of the kids. If you have a green hooded sweatshirt at home please let me know. What this means is that on our Halloween parade day the kids will not need their trick or treat costume. We will be marching in the parade as the Teamwork Turtles. I will keep you posted on more details as we get closer.
I am enjoying this nice cool air. Have a great week.
September 18, 2017
Dear parents and guardians,
Please join us for a FREE workshop by renowned speaker, Lynn Lyons, LICSW on Anxious Kids Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle
When children and their parents are in the grips of anxiety and worry, it can be very overwhelming. Anxiety in kids is very complicated. When families experience anxiety, daily routines and schoolwork are impacted. To make matters worse, the things that we do intuitively as adults to try to help and console our anxious children can actually make the anxiety stronger.
This workshop will discuss concrete strategies parents and caregivers can use with children and teens for families to handle current anxiety and also to prevent the development of anxiety and depression later in life.
When? Wednesday, September 20, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Where? Hieber Auditorium – Goffstown High School, 27 Wallace Road, Goffstown
Parents are welcome to bring their children 13 years and older if they wish.
Lynn is an incredible speaker; I strongly encourage you to attend - you won't be disappointed.
Superintendent of Schools
What a week we have had. Four birthdays, 5 butterflies hatching, One Chrysalis to go, and the friends, oh the friends we have made. We also just received 7 painted lady caterpillars and will be able to watch their metamorphosis. So many changes are happening.
We have been doing a ton of adjusting. This was our first full week of 6 hour day of school. Holy Cow that is a full day. We are all working hard to learn all the rules, adjust to schedules and their many changes, new friendships, new teachers and oh so many changes and newness.
We have been busy creating and learning. I hope you will be able to join us on Tuesday September 19th at 6:05 in the Readiness room for our Back to School night. This is a parent’s night only to give us an opportunity for you to see what is going on in the classroom as well as answer any questions that you may still have.
On Wednesday September 20th from 6:30-8:30 in the Goffstown High School Theater, Lynn Lyons will be presenting to parents, teenagers and young adults on Anxiety. As a staff we were lucky enough to hear her speak before school started and I myself am excited to go again with my own children to hear her speak. She is a phenomenal speaker and has made me look at my own parenting and teaching in a new light. I hope you will have an opportunity to go see her speak.
Monday September 25th is picture day. Our class heads down to the gym for pictures at 8:15. I pick that slot so that we don’t have a chance to spill on our picture day outfits.
Friday September 29th we will be having our annual Harvest Festival. A notice was sent home with items that we need for the Festival, I hope you are able to help us out. There will be more news to come as we get closer.
Next week we will continue getting to know one another with our All About Me Apron that has been making its rounds through the classroom. The kids are very excited to bring it home, fill it and then share with the class. Be on the lookout for it. We will also begin our study of the farm and fall harvest in preparation for our Fall Harvest that we celebrate every year with the first graders.
We have our very first homework assignment. We need a class name. This weekend brainstorm with your child some ideas and write them down. Have you child bring them in, we will write all our ideas down and begin to learn about the democratic process. We will vote several times during the day reducing the number of ideas on the board until we get to our favorite one. This is a long process but with each vote it gets more and more exciting to see what our class name will be. When brainstorming some ideas there are a few rules. The name should consist of two words that both begin with the same letter. We cannot be a team name that already exists (eg. Boston red sox, Patriots). Some example of other class names we have had are The Tumbling Turtles, Readiness Rockstars, and Jumping Jellybeans. We always try to stay with positive adjectives. I hope this will be fun and a chance for some creativity, stay positive. We will vote on our class name on Monday.
My new website should be up and running. My goal is to try and blog each week. Let me know if you are unsuccessful finding it. You should be able to reach it the same way as our old one. Go to the New Boston Central School page, find faculty, my name, and the house icon should take you directly to the page.
Have a wonderful weekend and remember to make your lists for ideas for our class name.
We had a wonderful first week. I apologize for this not coming out on Friday afternoon, but I had to leave right after school to a family wedding in Northern Maine. We have no electricity or internet up there so this update will be coming home to you on Monday this week. Our school is also switching our teacher website providers. I am working on finalizing my new website and it should be up and running in the next week or two. I will let you know when it is finalized. You will still be able to connect to it through the school site.
This past week we have been learning how to navigate through out the school and learn our classmates and many teachers’ names. We spent the week learning about each other and our teachers. We have learned how to navigate fire drills, recess rules, lunch rules, and all the many changing rules life has to offer in the school setting. The three biggest ones are how to be Safe, Respectful and Responsible.
We have been discussing the life cycle of a butterfly. We did some cooking on Friday using different items to help us remember the life cycle. A paper plate should have come home on Friday with a plastic baggie with all the items the kids needed to show and discuss the life cycle of a butterfly. Their take home kit was minus the tootsie roll, which represented the chrysalis, (I ran out sorry)! We have been learning how to follow our new routines and all the new expected and unexpected behaviors in our school and classroom. Who would have thought there is so much to our academic process?
We have 4 birthdays this week. We will celebrate birthdays in the classroom. I have special activities prepared for each child’s celebration. If you would like to send in a snack on your child’s birthday you are more than welcome to. We celebrate the birthday at our morning snack time. We do not have any allergies in our classroom and we have 11 friends. The only exception will be this Friday, we have two birthdays on that day. In that case we will celebrate one birthday in the morning and one in the afternoon so the treats are spread out during the day.
I hope you enjoyed the Friday letter that came home, and had a chance to respond to your child. I will be holding on to these letters to create a book that will be a memory of their year.
We are working to get to know one another. Each student will have the opportunity to bring home our class apron. Mrs. Lamontagne and I have already done our part to help model what was expected. Each day a new student will be chosen to bring home the story telling apron. They will then put items into the apron that describes themselves. Enclosed in the plastic backpack is the apron and a letter describing the process.
Our weekly schedule has finally been finalized and below you will find what to expect for each day of the week.
Monday 1:25-2:05 Music with Mr. Saunders
Tuesday 1:25-2:05 Gym)with Ms. Baines
Wednesday 1:25-2:05 Art with Mrs. Chaison
Thursday 1:25-2:05 Library with Mrs. Charles
Friday We will have learning Buddies on this day with Dr. Stearns 4th graders. I am just not sure of the time yet but I will keep you posted.
Attached to this letter is a permission to share your contact information with the other parents in the class. Once the information comes in I will make a spread sheet with a list of the families, their street address, phone number and email address. I find that sharing this information with the classmates helps with arranging playdates, birthday parties and creating new friendships. Please make sure that all invitations are sent through the mail or through phone calls. Please do not send invitations in to school to be delivered.
I hope everyone’s first week has gone well. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call me at 759-8824 (home), or school 487-2211 ex 321 or email me at Samantha.firstname.lastname@example.org
Back to school night September 19th, 6:05 Parents only
Picture day September 25.
Harvest Festival September 29 ( more details to come)