Monthly Archives: April 2010

We LOVE Technology!

Check out our first graders in action:

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I got to surprise the kids this morning with five brand new iPads!  The district has provided our classrooms with five iPads to explore with for the next three weeks.  The kids started off the day right away by using these instead of their normal white boards.  Of course…they LOVED them and can’t wait to get their hands on them.

We will post more throughout the next three weeks of all the fun learning we are doing with these iPads.

Weekly Newsletter

Check out the events from our week: April 30 Newsletter

We also have new members to Room 104…five very nice caterpillars.  They have been munching all week long and continue to grow bigger and chubbier.  We can’t wait to see them make their next change into a chrysalis.  The kids are having a blast keeping track of their growth in their butterfly journal.

Writing Celebration

Today was a big day for us in Room 104!  We had a writing celebration… and we graduated!  We know how to write books that can teach people… and we are ready to start learning about poetry.  Our graduation would not have been complete without our hats, noise makers, and diplomas!  Check out the slideshow to see the graduates!  🙂

Graduation Celebration

Summer Reading Book Order

Dear Parents,

As we get ready for summer vacation, it is important that you know that children have the natural tendency to regress in their reading skills over the summer.  It is essential that they continue to read all summer long in order to lessen that slide.  One of the proven ways to get kids to read over the summer, is to have books of interest to your child available to read at home.  I will send home a Scholastic Book order for you and your child to shop through to see if there are any books that interest you that you might want to have for summer reading!

And…I have exciting news. You can now place your Scholastic Book Clubs orders online!

Browse all the great monthly Book Club selections at low prices and order online. Plus, our class earns a FREE book every time a parent orders online.

Here’s how it works:

1.    Use the information below to access the Scholastic Book Clubs Web site.
2.    Browse the titles with your child and place your order with your credit card.
3.    Your order will come to me, and your credit card payment will go directly to Scholastic’s secure server. There’s no need to send money to school.
4.    After I submit the entire class order to Scholastic, your order will be delivered to our classroom for your child to take home.

To get started, go to the Web address below and enter our class’s personalized user name and password in the sign-in fields on the right side of the page. Note: You do not need to create your own user name and password.

www.scholastic.com/bookclubs

User Name: woodring
Password:  room104

Ordering online is the most convenient way to use Scholastic Book Clubs. You can order anytime, right up until the online order due date. You’ll also get instant access to over 500 additional titles plus online-only specials and discounts.

And don’t forget: Every time a parent places an order online, we earn a FREE book for our classroom library!

All orders are due either online or to school by Friday, May 7.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,
Sarah  Woodring

We have something to say….JUST WRITE!

If you haven’t heard, one of the most important all school celebrations is fast approaching.  The week of May 24-28 is our opportunity for all the writers in our school to celebrate the learning that we have done in writing all year.

The week is organized into grade level celebrations which include tours of locker stories,  tours of posted poster stories displayed throughout the building, and a scavenger hunt.  Parents and special guests are invited to attend these events. Our grade level will be celebrating on May 27 at 2:50.  Please report to our classroom at that time.  We will talk through the tour schedule, appropriate behavior and then begin the tour.

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In addition to the tours of student writing pieces (displayed on lockers) and specially selected poster stories on display throughout the hallways, the rotunda will also be filled with published classroom anthologies. We will be publishing a class anthology to lulu.com.  Once the publication is complete, I will share the link so you can download a free copy or order a professional copy.

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We also have a tradition of wearing special designed Just Write T-Shirts on that day.  If you would like to purchase one for your child, you can download the order form and send this into the office.  Just Write T-Shirt Order Form  Orders are accepted now through May 5.

If you would like to view a photo video from last years celebration, visit the MAY 2009 blog post.

We look forward to celebrating our writing work with you!

School Carnival

Our Spring Carnival is on Saturday, May 15, 2010.  This is a favorite time for Georgetown families to join together in a day of fun and fundraising.

This year all proceeds from the carnival will be donated to the Lamers Family. This is one special family that is in dire need.  Currently, the Lamers Family is financially struggling with medical expenses incurred with their son, Brodie, who has Cerebral Palsy, a paralyzing medical condition.  This family needs to make accommodations to their home as well as purchase a handicap accessible van for Brodie. In addition to Brodie, Tisha and Matthew have three children to support. In today’s economy, this has been quite a challenge.

The Parent Club would appreciate a donation from ALL of our students.

We need for all students to bring in:
Baked Goods for the Carnival Cake Walk Game: K – 2nd grades

All baked goods & 2 liters of Pop should be dropped off to the school office by Friday, 05/14/2010 by 4:00 PM.

If you have cares or concerns, please contact Susie Coxen 669-3662 or Stacey Alexander 914-6896.

Good Readers Ask Questions!

The StrangerIf you want to see your child use some upper level thinking skills, check out the book The Stranger (Chris Van Allsburg).  Read the book with them, ask some questions about the events of the story, and have them do the explaining.  They will amaze you at what they are picking up on and the thinking that goes into understanding this book.  We will read other books by Chris Van Allsburg and put our thinking to the test, BUT don’t let me have all the fun…check out some of his books at www.chrisvanallsburg.com