Mrs. Vande Hei's Newsletter
March 9-13th

This week, we spent a lot of time enjoying the beautiful weather. It was about time, right? Let's hope the nice weather stays for awhile. During the upcoming weeks we will be busy with St. Patrick's Day, celebrating spring, finishing up our running records, and finalizing assessments before we head off for spring break. Thanks to all of those who came to Barnes and Noble Reading Night. Seeing the smiles on the kids' faces after they picked out their free books was priceless!


We have been spending a lot of time learning about fairy tales and studying the elements of what makes a fairy tale different from other types of text. We enjoyed making our own bread to go along with the "The Little Red Hen". Thirteen of our students loved the bread they made and I am proud of all of them for trying it! The students also worked hard on copying the recipe down to bring home so you can enjoy! Please continue to practice all of the heart words that are on the students' rings in their book bags. They will be assessed on these before the year is over.


Students were introduced to Math Mountains. They will see Math Mountains in every grade throughout elementary school. Math Mountains help them learn the partners with addition and subtraction. We also made a class graph for our bread "likes" and "dislikes". The students also spent some time learning about measuring with inches and making predictions how far things would travel if they blew them through a straw. Our kids need to understand that a prediction is an educated guess and it's ok if our predictions are wrong!


In science, we spent some time putting our creative minds to work by using cooperation with our peers and various building items. Students were given time in different exploration centers to build and create. Students used popsicle sticks, straws, blocks, and other building materials to create beautiful works of art. From the comments I heard, they had a blast!


*Don't forget: Each child needs to bring in a potato by Tuesday for a project we are doing.
*Tuesday, March 17: St. Patrick's Day  (Wear Green if you want!)
*Your child's markers are running out! Please send another pack to school with them to get them through the year!