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News from Room 208

  Mrs. Roberts’s Class

 

May 26, 2017

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,                                                                                                                 

 

 It feels like we were just at Open House back in September. I have enjoyed forming meaningful relationships with your children and with his or her family, and for many of us, for the second year. It has been a pleasure watching ALL students progress and build upon such wonderful skills, traits and attitudes already part of them. By working together, I believe your child had a fantastic school year. The year was full of learning and emotional growth. As parents, we have the most difficult job of all to teach our kids about fairness, trust, honesty, and how to best handle the different emotions he or she experiences throughout a school year. It is not easy and I want to thank you for helping your child be the best he or she could be each and every day.  I was the lucky one!

 

            I thank you for trusting me and Lincoln School with your child. It has been an honor and an extremely rewarding year for me. The students in Room 208 are all prepared for a very successful year in 4th/5th grade. I am sad to see the year come to a close, but I know they are ready for another year of great learning and fun. The 4th and 5th grade staff are in for a real treat! You will be in great hands!

 

~Jill

 

Research presentations!  WOW!!! WOW!! WOW!! Talk about a culminating project! Your children applied many skills, knowledge, traits and attitudes throughout the government research projects AND EXHIBITION. To top it off, they created with technology, a Google slide show to use as they shared information. Your children also applied academic honesty practices throughout the project. I am so very proud of them! This project has been preparing them for next year’s 4th grade Exhibition project and for LIFE!

 

Bohn Pool: Just a few reminders—on Monday, June 5th, we will be going to Bohn Pool.  We will be walking to Riverside Park/Bohn Pool. Please wear comfortable shoes, bring a towel, SUNSCREEN and a bag to carry belongings. Lunch, snacks and water WILL BE PROVIDED at the pool. All students will be required to take a swim test. Coastguard approved life vests are available at the pool for all students who require them. We look forward to a fun-filled day. We will be at the pool from about 10:00-3:00. We will be using the permission slip that is on file for all school sponsored walking field trips.

 

Our next weeks…..

  • Monday, May 29th---Happy Memorial Day! NO SCHOOL!
  • June 1st—Ambassador Service Learning Project
  • June 5th—Bohn Pool
  • June 7th—Buddy Picnic with Mrs. Wetzel’s class
  • June 8th— ½ day, 12:15 Dismissal
  • June 9th—1/2 Day, 12:15 Dismissal Last day of school!

 

 

 News from Room 208

  Mrs. Roberts’s Class

 

April 28, 2017

 

This Week:  Exhibition and mini-exhibition groups have been polishing and applying constructive feedback received from peers on their digital presentations. Students are reflecting on a scoring rubric and making sure all aspects of the presentation and report of complete. Process and child centered were the foundation of this project. They look forward to broadening their audience and sharing this work that each student owns and bought into throughout the process.  So many skills have been demonstrated such as research, social, communication, thinking and self management skills. The powerful experience as the teacher is to see the pride and accomplishment on the faces of my students. We look forward to seeing you at Mini-Exhibition Night on May 9th at 6:00 pm and at the 4th grade Exhibition Night on May 18th.

 

Field Trip to Lansing: MONDAY, May 1st we are traveling by bus to Lansing to tour the Capitol and the Historical Museum. All students will receive a school packed lunch. We will be leaving school by 8:45 and returning by the end of the school day. State Representative Bronna Kahle will be greeting each group in her chambers and giving Lincoln Students a ‘shout out” on the congress floor. We are blessed to have met Ms. Kahle in March as she visited for Mark is Reading Month. Wear comfortable shoes.

 

M-STEP: The window for 3td grade testing was opened by the State of Michigan beginning the week of May 1st and May 8th.  All M-Step test will be taken on a Chrome book computer. The 4th grade window will come later in May. Testing for 3rd graders will begin on Tuesday next week. Please speak positively, supportively and encouragingly of this important task and opportunity to show case the knowledge each child has within him/her. We will build in breaks throughout the days we test. I am proud of the kids and they have worked hard in preparation for the M-step tests.

 

 

Lincoln Drama Club presents “The Sneetches and the Lorax”: Tonight at tomorrow night is the production of our all-school play. Show times are at 6:00 pm Friday night and 2:00 pm on Saturday, May 5-6th. . There is NO CHARGE for this event, but donation are appreciated. The cast and crew have worked so hard. Great job, everyone!

 

Drops in the Bucket!: The following students were caught practicing being safe, being responsible, or being respectful this week: Drama Club members, Rebecca Brockway, Nathan Leonard, Jaeden Wetzel, Chloe Armstrong, and our whole class for being responsible students in and around our school. Great job! J

 

J Thank you for the many kind notes and gestures throughout the week. I truly love my job and the relationships that are created over the course of a school year. I believe that I am the lucky one! Together, we have made this year a successful one for your children. They are prepared for 4th/5th  grade and will be in good hands next year.

 

Looking ahead:  

 

  • May 5-6 All School Play at the PAC
  • May 9 3rd Grade Mini-Exhibition Night, 6:00 pm
  • May 10th—ACES Day
  • May 12th Lincoln’s Community Bike Day!!!! Fun is to be had!
  • May 18th 4th Grade Exhibition Night, 6 pm.
  • May 24th Safety Patrol Mud Hens game

 

 

 

News from Room 208

  Mrs. Roberts’s Classroom

 

April 21, 2017

 

This Week:  I am always reminded of the wonderful school family we have at Lincoln. I look around and see how everyone pitches in and supports the programs, special events, the staff, and our kids! Thank you for everything you do for Lincoln. When the home and school work together, great things happen!  We had another busy week. We completed the two NWEA testing sessions. What a year of learning that has taken place, friendships made and some fun along the way! The depth of thinking and understanding that PYP framework brings to our discussions is quite amazing. Our classroom has remained remarkably healthy following the longer days leading up to this testing window. The kids were pushed and challenged to soak up the last bit of knowledge! We kept an open mind and sprinkled in some extra breaks to ease the rigor that testing brings. We were visited by two special guest this week. Two Board of Education members spent some time as students learning with us. They jumped right in and validated our skills, who we are as unique people and shared so much of themselves with us.

 

M-Step: Our next hurdle with be taking the M-Step tests beginning in a couple of weeks. These tests will be completed in our classrooms on Chrome books. We have been integrating the use of Chrome books over the year and practicing various types of questions where your child will need to respond to text supporting a topic. The kids do a great job of using these devices.

 

Capitol trip to Lansing: On May 1st, we will be traveling by bus to Lansing to tour the Capitol and the History Museum. Students MAY bring their own lunch. We will also have school provided lunches available for those who still wish to have a school lunch. Field Trip Permission slips and an information letter was sent home with your child on Thursday. There is a $10 fee for this trip. This trip ties in nicely to our Social Studies objectives and is always a wonderful experience of all of us.

 

PTO Meeting: Next Thursday night is our April PTO meeting.

 

Bike Day!: Mark your calendars for Lincoln’s first Community Bike Day on May 12th! Please look for the information sent to you on the school’s PINK Newsletter that was sent home on Thursday. This will be a wonderful community event! Thank you, Scott Elliott, for helping this dream come to life!

 

Student of the Week!  Laura Phillips will be next week’s Student of the Week! She may bring in photographs to display in the classroom. We look forward to learning more about our friend Laura!

 

Drops in the Bucket!: The following students were caught practicing being safe, being responsible, or being respectful this week: Cayden Barrus, Gwen Farris, Kai Yuen and Mrs. Roberts’s whole class for hard work leading up to and during NWEA and principled behavior on the playground!!!!. Great job! J

 

News from Room 208

  Mrs. Roberts’s Classroom

 

March 17, 2017

 

This Week:  We are all a little Irish this week. St. Patrick’s Day seems to be a day we look forward to recognizing in some way. There will be a sea of green from everyone’s clothing and many Irish smiles on today! Again, thank you for your continued support of Lincoln School during March Is Reading Month! We are also reading, reading, reading all through the month of March. For each book we read at school a reading slip is filled out by your child to be entered into a drawing for free books! Keep reading! I am noticing an increase in correct spelling in student daily writing. The carry over from weekly spelling lists and spelling skills are taking place. Keep practicing at home!  Rocket Math is coming along. Kids are experiencing greater success reaching a new and improved goal. This routine practice of basic math facts helps with speed and accuracy of multiplication facts which helps during the more difficult math which requires us to think deeply about a process to solve multi-step math problems. We have really been looking at informational text. We are becoming more and more familiar with the features of such books and magazines. We are also recognizing information we learn from informational text that is ‘right there.’ We also have discovered times when we must do more reflection and responding to a question. We are generating reader responses and proving our answers with supportive details from the text. WOW!!! This is exciting to watch and thrilling to see young children successfully attempt.  This lends itself nicely as we work through a research process cycle. There are SO MANY learning and life skills the kids are applying and trying out as they discover their own strengths and differences in cooperative groups who are working toward a common goal. BRAVO!!!! We are fortunate to share a cart of Chrome books with the other 3rd grade class. We successfully log into our school’s network and onto our own
Google accounts. Our goal this year is to get used to typing/publishing our written responses onto a Google Doc. This is such great support and preparation for the M-Step experiences they will have in May.  In addition to typing our responses, we are also becoming quite familiar with scoring rubrics. Here students can recognize a non-proficient piece of writing or a proficient piece of writing. From there, students discuss what can be added or revised to their piece to make it proficient. Students also discuss what parts of a written piece allows a piece of writing to be considered proficient. I am very proud of the students in Room 208!

 

Parent-Teacher Conferences: I am looking forward to talking with you about your child’s success and progress so far this school year. Together we are doing great things for kids. Thank you for your continued trust and faith in Lincoln Elementary School. J Conference time reminder slips will be coming home in your child’s folder this week. Conferences are scheduled for March 22-23.

 

March is Reading Month! All month students are encouraged to write down the title of each book they read. Reading slips are kept in the classroom and can be filled out upon finishing a book. The slips will go into a drawing for free books!! We will also be filling out slips for books we read at school or at home. Happy reading! J

 

Student of the Week:  Each week I will assign a student to be our special Student of the Week. Your child may bring in photographs of your family, the family pet, special interests, and favorite things in their life. Your child will have use of a small bulletin board just inside the classroom door to display the photographs, etc.

Katja Nelson will be student of the week March 20th!

 

Drops in the Bucket!: The following students were caught practicing being safe, being responsible, or being respectful this week: London Rising, Grace Meads, Jaeden Wetzel, Tatum Borton, Gage Owen, Rebecca Brockway, Jakeb Ledbetter, Kai Yuen, Boo Averitt and Mrs. Roberts’s whole class for kind and caring actions. Great job! J

 

Looking ahead—

*Rep. Bronna Kahle visits to read to our classroom—Mon. Mar. 20

* P/T Conferences, March 22-23

*Field trip to the Toledo Art Museum—March 24th--no charge

*Literacy Night—March 30

*Field Day at AC—March 31

 * Spring Break begins after school on 31st- - April 9th

 

 

       

                                               News from Room 208

 

 

                                              Mrs. Roberts’s Classroom

 

March 3, 2017

 

This Week:

 “Here comes the sun….” There is something about having the sun shining in our faces. It seems to put everyone’s spirits in a good mood. Not only did we see the sun shining most of this week, but our days are getting longer! Two signs that spring is around the corner. We have really been working hard at attacking many, many of the English-Language Arts objectives aligned with the Common Core and our District curriculum. The kids have been experiencing higher order thinking strategies as they link to non-fiction, informational and hybrid text. This coincides nicely with Exhibition process. The students had choice in the topic of research and complete buy-in to the experience. They are feeling proud, accomplished and have a “game plan” as they continue on course throughout the process. There are many skills applied, prior knowledge drawn upon and technology standards that are being applied. Research is a process and takes time. As the groups research complex text through various genres and avenues, notes are taken, sources cited, etc. Most recently, the kids have a Google doc where the information can be compiled, organized and blended. We also learned to use the online card catalogue to locate books that support our topic and/or debate. As the research unfolds, the students are thinking about an action plan where they can make a difference and help our world become a better place. During our Math instruction we have been working on area and incomplete area of designs. The students are seeing how the operation of multiplication in connected to solving for area. In addition to area models, we have also begun to study fractions, unit fractions and mixed fractions. We are taking huge leaps up the ladder in curriculum in recent weeks. We are in the toughest part of our year. I am proud of your children. Please celebrate their efforts and thank you for all you do, parents, to keep learning a priority in their lives. Your support in HUGE! Our focus in writing and reading has been tied to informational reading and writing.  Students have been taking a look at current issues and responding to them in written communication. They express an opinion and support their beliefs with detail from the articles. This, too, ties in nicely to our PYP unit of inquiryJ

 

PTO Student of the Month: Our February student honored was Kayla Holt. Congratulations!

 

Drama Club: The creative process is interesting to watch unfold. You are in store for a fun, cute and amazing production in May. If your child has chosen to be a part of the production, he/she will have a script and a copy of the rehearsal schedule as we move forward. Thank you for allowing your child to be a part of this event and supporting the process and final result! Practices/Drama Club for Grades 3-4 are on Fridays!! Tech crew begins later in March J

 

Family Fun Night: Friday, March 10th. Our class auction basket is “Car Wash.!”

 

Outdoor recess: Hopefully, we will now begin to go outside most days. Now that the temperatures are warming, please continue to send coats and boots. Our playground can be muddy despite our best efforts at keeping the kids on the fitness trail on “soupy days.” J

 

Student of the Week:  Each week I will assign a student to be our special Student of the Week. Your child may bring in photographs of your family, the family pet, special interests, and favorite things in their life. Your child will have use of a small bulletin board just inside the classroom door to display the photographs, etc.

Grace Meads will be student of the week next week.

 

Drops in the Bucket!: The following students were caught practicing being safe, being responsible, or being respectful this week: Christofer Myers, Boo Averitt, Laura Phillips and Mrs. Roberts’s whole class for principled actions around our school each day . Great job! J

                                Looking ahead….March 9 and March 10—12:15 dismissal days!

                                      Family Fun Night—this Friday, March 10th J

                                        March 20th--State Representative, Bronna Kahle visits our classroom

                                        Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on March 22-23h!

                                        March 24—Toledo Museum of Art

                                        Spring Break begins at 3:43 on March 31-April 9

                                                 

 

 

 News from Room 208

  Mrs. Roberts’s Classroom

 

 

February 24, 2017

 

This Week:  “Here comes the sun….” There is something about having the sun shining in our faces. It seems to put everyone’s spirits in a good mood. Not only did we see the sun shining most of this week, I actually saw a robin, bees and my magnolia bush is budding! All signs that spring is around the corner. This week we spent a lot of time polishing up our skills. We published another story that we decided was our favorite from our writing binders. We continue to attack the numerous standards and skills that are expected in our curriculum. We address grammar, comprehension, communication, written expression of thought, main ideas, supporting ideas, all through building in complexity text. There is such growth and progress that takes place in February and March. I am so proud of my students! Keep up the fantastic effort! We are fully into our fraction units in Math, but we will continue to practice our basic multiplication and division math facts.  We continue to talk about informational text and its features---labeling, bold print, table of contents, index, photographs, italic print charts, graphs and tables, etc. Our leveled reading groups are progressing. I am noticing a lot of growth and confident readers. We will be researching various topics of interest in the upcoming weeks and performing a research cycle. At the conclusion of our research, students will be creating some type of presentation/visual tool to aid them in there spoken report at Exhibition Night or at our mini-exhibition night. We research and communicate meaning and information! J The kids are so excited to be part of the process and experience. Our date for mini-exhibition will be announced soon.

 

Congratulations! Kayla Holt was this month’s PTO Student of the Month!

 

 

Classroom Website: You can always read each week’s newsletter, upcoming events, and important information. Go to www.theadrianmaples.com  then, click on “Staff Websites” at the top of the page. Go to Lincoln School and then click on my name.

 

Student of the Week:  Each week I will assign a student to be our special Student of the Week. Your child may bring in photographs of your family, the family pet, special interests, and favorite things in their life. Your child will have use of a small bulletin board just inside the classroom door to display the photographs, etc. Nathan Leonard will be student of the week next week!

 

Drops in the Bucket!: The following students were caught practicing being safe, being responsible, or being respectful this week: Chloe Armstrong, Jeaden Wetzel, Kayla Holt, Rebecca Brockway, Sydney Britt, Grahm Jeffrey and Mrs. Roberts’s whole class for principled actions around our school each day . Great job! J

 

        Looking ahead…..March 2, Maker Space Nigth at Lincoln

                        March 10 PTO Family Fun Night

                        March 17 Field Trip to the PAC at the HS to see Willy Wonka—no charge

                        March 22-23 Parent-Teacher Conferences. Appointment slips will be sent home soon

                        March 24—Field Trip to the Toledo Art Museum—no charge

 

 

 News from Room 208

Mrs. Roberts’s Classroom

 

February 10, 2017

 

This Week: We have had another productive week in Room 208. We continue to dig deeply into current events taking place in our world and in our history. It is inspiring to listen to the point of view of my students as how they fit into the world around them. The students use a 4-square graphic organizer to help capture their rich and deep connections to world events and their place in them. The debates that arise from some of the controversial world events is handle with respect for differing perspectives---different doesn’t mean wrong…just different---PYP philosophy. We talk about paragraphing, main idea and supporting details. The kids produce essays that communicate and elaborates on their perspectives and insights about the world around them. As the year continues, we will begin to learn about our state’s government and the three branches of government prior to our visit to Lansing in May, Our trip was scheduled between the two parts of the Common Core Standards for 3rd grade. Thank you again to the chaperones who joined us on this day. Administration, staff and students unanimously agree this will become a permanent aspect of our IB PYP curriculum in 3rd grade at Lincoln. During our Math instruction, we are about half way through Module 4 which focuses on geometry. We are studying both plain figures and composite figures and finding area. I am so proud of each of my students and the positive attitudes they maintain through very difficult and challenging curriculum. Thank you for all you do to keep school and learning a priority in your family. Together, we are making this year a fantastic one for you kids.

 

4th Grade Exhibition and 3rd Grade mini-exhibition: We launched our PYP exhibition topic search and selection this week! Topics have been collected over the year. Kids had the chance to think deeply on each of the 14 topics. They formed questions and comments about each topic and narrowed their choices down to the top 3 of interest to them. Topics have been assigned to them and our research will begin right away. Each group will be working with a community mentor beginning in April. Those mentors will help the groups prepare their presentation. All research will be completed in the classroom under the guidance of the classroom teachers. 3rd grade presentation groups will have their own mini-exhibition in May where parents and family members may attend. This experience with exhibition process will prepare them to lead as 4th and 5th graders. I am so proud of the excitement and buy in EACH student in my classroom is showing.

 

Drama Club/”Dr. Seuss”: Lincoln Elementary School’s 3rd Annual All-School play has been announced! The show is going to be so cute! Go Lincoln Maples!  Information, permission slip and volunteer opportunities was sent home this week. The directors will not be accepting late registrations. The play will be performed in May at the PAC, Adrian High School! There is something for everyone. J

 

Student of the Week:  Each week I will assign a student to be our special Student of the Week. Your child may bring in photographs of your family, the family pet, special interests, and favorite things in their life. Your child will have use of a small bulletin board just inside the classroom door to display the photographs, etc.

Jakeb Ledbetter will be student of the week on February 13th.

 

Drops in the Bucket!: The following students were caught practicing being safe, being responsible, or being respectful this week: London Rising, Gage Owen, Kayla Holt, Macey Frederick, Amelia Bowman, Tatum Borton, Ella Salenbien, Kai Yuen, Boo Averitt and  Mrs. Roberts’s whole class for positive attitudes as they face more difficult learning.  Great job! J

 

 

Looking ahead…..12:15 pm dismissal on February 17th

No School on Monday, February 20th

 

News from Room 208

Mrs. Roberts’s Classroom

 

 

February 3, 2017

 

This Week: We have progressed through some difficult math since the start of school. These strategies will now support your children as they progress through the remainder of the school year. We have completed 3 modules of Common Core math and are about half way into Module 4. This module is focused on geometry and solving for area and perimeter. We will continue to practice multi-step word problems and identifying important information within a word problem. Often times there are “hidden” numbers and more than one mathematical operation kids must use to solve. In reading and language arts students continue to read deeply into rich informational literature. They respond in spoken and written communication each week about a story’s characters, actions and plot. In addition to response writing, we are working on opinion writing as well. I am so pleased with the depth of the students’ thinking and ability to communicate. Watching student’s social skills develop with a more open mind, greater respect for others, more cooperative and accepting of their own responsibility to learning is something so very powerful and rewarding to witness. Thank you for all you do, parents, to foster these habits at home by valuing and recognizing them and celebrating them. Together, really great learning continues to happen!

 

NWEA winter testing: Your child took the NWEA tests for both reading and math these past two weeks. This gives both your child and me a gauge as to their progress so far in the school year. The test is designed to pin point exact objectives that should be retaught or that they have mastered. I like to make the comparison of the track coach timing the runners on the mile. This stop point/check point provides an indication of where we all are on the learning continuum for the school year. The kids are making STRONG growth. Thank you for working with me this year. The kids will test one more time in the spring. Good job, everyone!!!

 

Drama Club/Charlotte’s Web: It is official! Lincoln will be having its 2nd all-school drama club and spring musical/play. This year we have secured the rights to 2-Dr. Seuss plays J More information will be coming home soon. The play is scheduled for May with evening performances. Stay tuned!

 

No School: Just a reminder…there will be a half day of school on Friday, February 17th no school Monday, February20 th due to mid-winter break! Enjoy the extended weekend with your family! J

 

Student of the Week:  Each week I will assign a student to be our special Student of the Week. Your child may bring in photographs of your family, the family pet, special interests, and favorite things in their life. Your child will have use of a small bulletin board just inside the classroom door to display the photographs, etc.

Grahm Jeffrey will be student of the week on February 6th.

 

PRIDE Drops in the Bucket!: The following students were caught practicing being safe, being responsible, or being respectful this week: Cayden Barrus, Jaeden Wetzel, Sydney Britt, Christofer Myers, Ella Salenbien, Kai Yuen, Kayla Holt, Amelia Bowman and Mrs. Roberts’s whole class for demonstrating strong growth and progress. Great job! J

 

Looking ahead:

  • The Wedding of Q and U!---Valentine’s Day. Dress for the occasion. Dance reception to follow
  • ½ day on Friday, Feb. 17 and NO SCHOOL, Monday, Feb. 20th..

 

 

 

News from Room 208

Mrs. Roberts’s Classroom

 

 

January 27, 2017

 

This Week:  I always enjoy the winter months because the most academic progress seems to take place during this time. It is true for this year’s class, too! Reading fluency and comprehension are continuing to blossom! NWEA growth and progress support this fact. Recently, the kids have really been taking off and advancing within their instructional reading levels. We read various complex literary and informational texts daily. The most rewarding thing to see is the confidence and pride on the faces of the students. They can feel their success! Writers Workshop is a very powerful part of our school day. During this time, students are able to effectively communicate their ideas WITH support from a piece of literature. The make a CLAIM, provide REASON and defense with supporting details and then connect their point of view to a personal experience. WOW! Impressive. Also, the kids are peer editing and scoring work with a rubric. This helps the students identify a good piece of writing and how/where to revise to make their piece more meaningful. I am so proud of the serious approach they are taking to this work. We continue to master basic multiplication and division facts. We are also working on identification of angles and measuring of angles with use of a protractor.  Rocket Math is always a big hit! Many students are advancing nicely mastering basic facts with speed and accuracy! Our Science Unit on Light and Sound will be introduced next week. The kids will be exploring and inquiring about light and sound properties.  On a more random note, the kids are getting so tall!!! Thank you for all you do to support your child in his or her learning.

 

Valentine’s Day!  We will be celebrating Valentine’s Day on Tuesday, February 14th with the Wedding of Q and U! We will be guests at the wedding performed by Judge Anna Marie Anzalone and will attend a dance reception following the ceremony.

 

Student of the Week:  Each week I will assign a student to be our special Student of the Week. Your child may bring in photographs of your family, the family pet, special interests, and favorite things in their life. Your child will have use of a small bulletin board just inside the classroom door to display the photographs, etc.

Kayla Holt will be Student of the Week next week, January 30th!

 

PRIDE Drops in the Bucket!: The following students were caught practicing being safe, being responsible, or being respectful this week: Grace Meads, London Rising, Jaeden Wetzel, Dominic Vargas, Amelia Bowman, Phoenix Sebastian, Boo Averitt, Kayla Holt and Mrs. Roberts’s whole class for respectful behavior. Great job! J

 

Looking ahead……

  • February 8th is Count Day!! Attendance is very important on this day!!!
  • Mid-winter break—Feb. 17-20.  No School!
  • February 17th----12:15 dismissal!

 

 

 

 

 News from Room 208

  Mrs. Roberts’s Class

 

 

January 20, 2017

 

This Week:  Wow! Now that we are back in routine after our holiday break we have wasted no time at all! I am so proud of how quickly and happily the students have focused and we have made some great strides We continue to read deeply digging into character’s actions and the causes of story problems/character conflicts. We reflect and think deeply about how a change in a character’s actions or reactions in a story may have reduced conflict or avoided a problem all together. We are broadening our awareness of the world around us. Students continue to express themselves in written language every day. Our Write to Learn notebooks are filling up! I am so impressed and proud of how seriously they take their chances and opportunities to express themselves either in writing or in spoken language. At Lincoln we work very hard to create a culture of acceptance, open mindedness and a place where kids truly believe that they have a voice and will be heard. They know that their thoughts and opinions will be respected. They are believing and seeing how they can make a difference in the world around them. We are also reading a lot of non-fiction articles and finding main ideas and supporting details/facts. This practice lends itself well to our tasks of supporting, proving and justifying our thoughts and reasoning’s throughout our lives. Rocket Math is lots of fun! Children are progressing nicely in speed and accuracy of basic multiplication AND division facts. Rocket Math has two parts. One part is a speaking part where the kids say/read the facts out loud to a partner. The partner listens for any errors. The second part is a timed, written test. Each goal is unique to each student. Your child can tell you more about Rocket Math. Speed and accuracy will only help them as we move through the more difficult Common Core math we are tackling. Memorization of facts is so important!! We reflected on the 3 PYP units of study so far and are busy inquiring about our 4th unit. The kids are practicing making judgments, evaluations and supporting thoughts about movement and motion in written language. Not only does movement impact our science world, but it also has impact on social issues and how societal things change over time---laws, customs, processes and/or opinions/points of view. WOW!!!! How very appropriate as we witness the Inauguration today and a change in our Nation’s leader.  It is impressive to listen to the lasting knowledge your child has retained! You can always read each week’s newsletter, upcoming events; see spelling lists and important information on our classroom’s website. www.theadrianmaples.com Click on the Lincoln page and then class pages.

 

Math: Our math curriculum is rigorous! We have begun taking a look at pre-algebra strategies when solving multiplication and division facts. You may hear your child talk about number bonds. We use number bonds to break apart or decompose a larger number looking for a base ten number. Adding to or subtracting from a base ten number is easier when solving equations with larger numbers. This is challenging. But, I am proud of the perseverance your children are showing. Nice work!

 

Congratulations! Chloe Armstrong earned PTO Student of the Month for January. Sydney Britt earned the honors in November. Dominic Vargas was awarded the certificate for December. All of these students model PYP skills, attitudes and traits each day along with Maple PRIDE! Nice job!

 

Outdoor recess: We do go outside most days. Now that the temperatures are dropping please send warm coats, boots, hats and gloves. If you are in need of a winter clothing item, please jot me a note. J

 

Student of the Week:  Each week I will assign a student to be our special Student of the Week. Your child may bring in photographs of your family, the family pet, special interests, and favorite things in their life. Your child will have use of a small bulletin board just inside the classroom door to display the photographs, etc.

Macey Frederick will be Student of the Week on January 23rd!

 

 

Looking ahead:

  • Information on Lincoln’s all-school play will be coming home soon! J
  • Information on the “Q and U Wedding” in honor of Valentine’s Day! J
  • Referral Free Fair is coming! Those students without a major office referral will participate!

 

 

News from Room 208

  Mrs. Roberts’s Class

 

 

January 6. 2017

 

This Week: It is thrilling and rewarding for all of us to take time to really celebrate the efforts of all of the kids!  These weeks our focus was on collaborative research groups and finally the summative assessment of our hard work by presenting our new knowledge in front of various groups around our school. Collaborative groups were scored on a 12 point scoring rubric. The teams have had a chance to become familiar with the scoring rubric and were given time to revise their final project to earn maximum points. This experience was a journey of self-discovery and growth. Learning to work with peers whom they typically would not work beside posed challenges. However, each group learned and applied many of the PYP learner profile traits, attitudes and most importantly PYP learning skills which resulted in outstanding projects and delivery of information. I am so, so proud of each student throughout the process. This experience will continue to be built upon and ultimately prepares them for their 4th grade Exhibition project. Several groups found a place to integrate technology which enhanced their project beautifully. Research skills including note taking and citing sources were focus lesson as well. J NWEA midyear check May be taking place soon. Hopefully, we will have an opportunity to check our progress seeing if we are on target for the year and take note of our academic goals for the year and where we stand as we work toward achieving them. I am proud of the students and the progress being made! Wow! Our curriculum is challenging and rigorous. The greatest traits and attitudes that I have the privilege of witnessing each day in your children is the “I can do this” approach to challenges and goals. The Common Core State Standards are not easy! Your children are keeping an open mind, showing confidence, and are committed to doing their best! During our math instruction, we have been focusing on multiplication and division. I model various strategy to solve a problem. Some of these strategies are basic algebra processes and are challenging. Keep in mind, that these are just one way your child may choose to solve a problem. We will also be using the more standard math methods. Hang in there! I know it is hard for me to often “trust the process.” J Your children are progressing and we should all be extremely proud of them! There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t sit back and reflect at the amount of knowledge your children are able to produce, create, communicate and present. During reading and language times, we continue to read closely and deeply for greater understanding. We read various genres of literature. With each story and novel, children respond to the literature through written responses and essays. The target skills are to support our opinions with significant detail or explain our understanding with supporting and meaningful detail. Again, these higher order thinking and reasoning skills are impressive to watch unfold.

 

 

Student of the Week: Your child may bring in photographs of your family, the family pet, special interests, and favorite things in their life. Your child will have use of a small bulletin board just inside the classroom door to display the photographs, etc.  Gwendalynn Farris will be Student of the Week---January 9th!

 

Mark your calendars!!!

  • January 12th—Bright Smiles Dentists visit Lincoln---paperwork was sent home if you would like you child to be checked.
  • 12:15 pm dismissal on January 13th!
  • NO SCHOOL on Monday, January 16th due to Martin Luther King Day!
  • PTO meeting next Thursday, January 14th @ 6:00 pm
  • Drugs 101 parent information at AHS B100, 6:30 pm

 

 

 

 News from Room 208

  Mrs. Roberts’s Class

 

December 16, 2016

 

This Week: As you know, these weeks leading up to Christmas are always fun, busy and full of special events. Here at Lincoln is no different. The kids have been happily embracing our research project process and are experiencing success and greater confidence. The cycle had them researching information with various sources-text books, library resource books as well as the Internet. Citing sources is part of the academic honesty practices they are learning, as well. Most recently, the kids are creating Google slides to present their research after the break. We will be wrapping up a math module on Metric measurement conversion and taking the end of the module assessment next week. Here are the final events happening in 2016 at Lincoln:

 

  1. Daddy Daughter Dance—Dec. 16
  2. Gingerbread House Day—Dec. 16
  3. Spirit Week---Dec. 19-21
  4. Monday: Christmas Hat Day!
    Tuesday: Dress Like a Present Day!
    Wednesday: Pajama Day!
  5. Balladiers perform Monday, 10:00
  6. 12:15 Dismissal—Dec. 21
  7. Christmas Break—Dec. 21-Jan. 2
  8. School resumes—Jan. 3, 2017

 

     I wish all of you a happy and relaxing holiday season!

 

Congratulations! Sydney Britt, Dominic Vargas and Cayden Barrus for earing PTO “Student of the Month” honors for October, November and December. Each was honored at last night’s meeting. J

 

Outdoor recess: We do go outside most days. Now that the temperatures are dropping please send warm coats, snow pants, hats and gloves. J

 

Student of the Week:  Each week I will assign a student to be our special Student of the Week. Your child may bring in photographs of your family, the family pet, special interests, and favorite things in their life. Your child will have use of a small bulletin board just inside the classroom door to display the photographs, etc.

Kayla Falcone will be Student of the Week on January 4th because of a shortened week next week.

 

           Winter Vacation begins on Tuesday, December 21st at 12:15 dismissal!

 

 

              School resumes on Monday, January 3rd, 2017!       Happy New Year!!!!

 

News from Room 208

  Mrs. Roberts’s Classroom

 

December 9, 2016

This Week: What a great week! I tell my students how proud I am of them each day. I am especially proud of the way they are improving themselves in and outside of our classroom. We are receiving wonderful feedback from our special subject teachers and para professionals stating what hard working and respectful students there are in Room 208! We are Lincoln School and we represent it well! Thank you, parents, for all of the support you provide to your children at home. I truly do believe that when the home and school work together GREAT things can happen for kids.  Christmas time always brings extra activities. We have been busy completing special projects. We have also begun our special parent project this week. The kids are working very hard on them and are excited to give them to you. We are continuing to look at non-fiction text. We look for the main idea and important details of the books.  Our research project has been a great learning experience in many ways. We are not only learning about our Michigan history, but this has provided us all an opportunity to work with others we typically would not spend time. Our learning throughout this research has been “messy,” challenging, and at times uncomfortable as we discovered strengths and weaknesses in both ourselves and in others.  I have noticed that some students now look for non-fiction books during independent reading times or while we are in the library. Keep up the great reading!! During Math instruction we have been talking about multiplication of larger factors and solving for an unknown number/solving for n. We are also learning to round two and three digits numbers to the nearest ten.  We continue to convert metric measurements. GROWTH! PROGRESS! ENRCIHMENT! Rocket Math continues to soar! The kids are experiencing a lot of success and are eager to attempt the next level. This will help your child with speed and accuracy of basic math facts. Our PYP unit, Sharing the Planet, is in full swing! Next week each research group will begin composing an essay on Michigan natural resources and how those resources caused/impacted the need for statehood. Soon each research group will present to their peers a research project using Google slides or a poster presentation. All students will participate in a PQS activity where feedback is provided to the groups by their peers---Praise, Questions or Suggestions. This project helps prepare students for the Exhibition that will take place in 4th grade. Many of the transdisciplinary skills were practiced and applied throughout this collaborative learning project. Very nice job everybody! It is exciting to watch and listen to young children inquire and test/explore their wonderings. We have been compiling many pieces of written communication inside our Write to Learn notebooks.  Our new knowledge is effectively expressed within these binders. Your children are digging deeper into inquiries, stories and real work events and making meaningful connections to them. Your children are supporting and defending their ideas, beliefs and thoughts. Being able to express new understandings in written and spoken language are learning skills they will use throughout college! I am very proud of the children in Room 208. They are working hard! Be sure to check our classroom’s website for updated information each week. You can always read each week’s newsletter, upcoming events, important information, and pictures on the site. www.theadrianmaples.com

                              I wish all of you a happy and relaxing holiday season!

 

Congratulations! Gage Owen who earned Ice Cream with Mr. Milo this month for her perseverance and fine attitude each day. I am so proud of you!

Drops in the Bucket!: The following students were caught practicing being safe, being responsible, or being respectful this week: London Rising, Jakeb Ledbetter, Phoenix Sebastian, Boo Averitt, Kayla Falcone and Mrs. Roberts’s whole class for responsible and respectful actions, excellent social, research, thinking and communication skills! Keep up the great work!

           Winter Vacation begins on Wednesday, December 21st at 12:15!

              School resumes on Monday, January 3rd, 2015!   Happy New Year!!!!

Next week:

  • Thursday, Dec. 16th Gingerbread Houses with our little buddies, 1:30—send in supplies next week!
  • Daddy-Daughter Dance—December 16th
  • Spirit Week—Dec. 19-21

 

 

 

News from Room 208

  Mrs. Roberts’s Class

 

 

December 2, 2016

This Week: I can’t believe December is here along with the hustle and bustle that the Holidays bring. It is an exciting time for kids and adults! As we walk through the school, the sounds of Christmas music is beginning to fill the air. Somehow, this puts everyone in a happy mood. This week has been another busy one. We have begun taking a closer look at non-fiction text during whole group and small group reading instruction times.  Students are recognizing important parts of an informational book. They are being reminded that important information can be found in pictures, written beneath the photographs, headings, charts, bold faced print, etc, Next week will begin to research resources from Michigan leading up to statehood. Students will use various sources to gather facts: Internet, text book, Library resources and their own prior knowledge about Michigan history. Students are learning about academic honesty and will be creating a list of resources used to complete this project. It is exciting to watch them successfully handle all of the higher level thinking happening across the disciplines.  We are truly a transdisciplinary classroom---the beauty and power of IB PYP. It is wonderful preparation for the 4th grade PYP Exhibition as well as M-STEP test they will be experiencing in the spring.  Collaborative resource groups will be presenting a poster presentation about the Michigan resource they chose to investigate. Groups will report on 4 aspects of the resource and its effect on our statehood in the 1899’s: economic advantages, location/geographic information, connection/causation to statehood and the human responsibilities to the resource.  During Math instruction we have been learning about rounding numbers to the nearest ten and hundred using vertical and horizontal number lines. In addition to this skill, we have been looking at metric length measurements and converting them back and forth from smaller to larger measurements. Multiple step word problems really stretch our thinking and application of many mathematical operations and strategies to solve. We also are using tape models as a tool to prepare for understanding fractions. We are reading, thinking, computing and writing every day in Math. You can always read each week’s newsletter, upcoming events, important information, and pictures on the site. www.theadrianmaples.com Your children are working hard!

 

Comstock Park, Festival of Trees: Our Lincoln PTO sponsored a lighted tree at Comstock Park. Be sure to take a stroll through the part at look for IB PYP Lincoln Elementary World School! Lincoln Pride!

 

Outdoor recess: We do go outside most days. Now that the temperatures are dropping please send warm coats, hats and gloves. J

 

Student of the Week:  Each week I will assign a student to be our special Student of the Week. Your child may bring in photographs of your family, the family pet, special interests, and favorite things in their life. Your child will have use of a small bulletin board just inside the classroom door to display the photographs, etc.

Student of the Week on December 7th will be Lydia Elliott!!!.

 

Parent/Teacher Conferences: I look forward to meeting and talking with each of you at parent-teacher conferences next week, Dec. 7-8 in the evenings. A reminder slip was sent home on Thursday this week.

 

Looking ahead:

Conferences: Dec. 7-8 evenings

Gingerbread Houses with our buddies and all-school-sing-—Dec. 16th

Daddy Daughter Dance—Dec. 16th

Buddy Holiday Breakfast—Dec. 21

Spirit Week---Dec. 19-21

Christmas break begins on Dec. 21 @ 12:15. See you back on Jan. 3rd

News from Room 208

  Mrs. Roberts’s Class

November 11, 2016

 

Congratulations to Sydney Britt for earing Ice Cream with Mr. Milo and November Way to go!

    FALL INTO FITNESS 5K and 1 Mile Race is tomorrow at 8:30 at Lincoln School!

 

 

This week:   I am so proud of your children! They are expected to do and learn so much as young people. Each student approaches each day with such a great attitude and with positive effort. Thank you for all yo