Please join foundation. It provides for the science lab. Pictures below.
Third times a charm. it was watered down for the second version, so this one is really watered down. (This is what happens when I try to do it from my phone while riding the bus.)
Please join foundation. It provides for the science lab. Pictures below.
Be sure to check out the calendar tab at the top of the page to stay on top of different events that are happening at the school and trips that we will be taking. Coming home today is information about 2 events.
This Friday is Addison's Spirit night at XDrenaline. Is costs $8 for 60 minutes of jumping (or $16 for 120 minutes). They will donate $3 for every 60 minutes of jumping and $3 for every large pizza sold. Go and wear the kids out and grab some dinner while supporting the school.
There will be a Grandparent's Day breakfast at the beginning of September. Please check the calendar for the dates.
Mrs. Gerber and I are using a free app called Remind. We will occasionally send out reminders and by using this you can be sure to stay on top of those reminders. To receive messages via text, text @4addison to 81010. You can optout of messages at anytime by replying, 'unsubscribe @4addison'
This morning Mrs. Gerber sent out a text reminding students of their spelling test on Thursday. She has also requested that you check her blog (link at the top of this page) for information about a grammar quiz recently given.
Finally, I want to remind you that we have a field trip on Friday. We have asked that students please wear an Addison shirt on this day.
Thank you to all that have joined the Foundation. This is what allows us to have such amazing lessons with Mrs. Knobbe in the science lab. If you haven't joined yet, please do so. Not only will your child benefit from the science lab and the hands on lessons, but if we have enough families in our class join, we will receive some of the money back into our classroom.
For our first "real" visit we discussed the water cycle. The students were able to make their own model which is currently in the classroom. Mrs. Knobbee also taught them a little song to help them remember the parts of it. Below is a link to the video for each of the classes.
The students have been working hard to create a classroom mission statement. I'm excited to say that they managed to complete it this morning. I will print a copy for each student and will hang a poster both in and out of the classroom to remind us of what we are striving for. I anticipate them memorizing it in no time at all.
As part of the Tansill family in room 307, we promise to be responsible, respectful, helpful, and safe towards each other. We are superheros that will work together to encourage others to achieve their goals through hard work and high expectations. We will support each other by applying the seven habits throughout our daily lives. We will be inspirations to our communities at home and at school. We are the champions!
The class with the highest percentage of students participating in the Foundation membership drive by September 7th will receive a special science lab experiment experience! This will not be one of our "normal" science lab visits, but a experiment IN ADDITION to what is already scheduled. Please consider joining the Foundation to help support our science lab and all of the other wonderful things that they do. We will have forms at Open House on Thursday for you to join.
I would have to say that we had pretty good first week of school. Everyone made it home the right way every afternoon and no tears were shed by either the students or the teacher. As a reward the students were surprised with a brownie at lunch. (Kids, your folks already knew about them!) We started switching classes on Thursday with the students going to Mrs. Gerber in the afternoon after having me in the morning for Social Studies and math.
In Social Studies the first thing that we are studying are maps. This is a quick review that includes things such as the parts of a map, locating places with latitude and longitude, and identifying some of the important places in the US (cities, rivers, bodies of water, and man-made features.) The majority of our classwork is put into our journals, so please ask your child to show it to you and discuss what we have been doing.
In math we have started our Number Talks (using mental math to solve problems) by trying to add using "friendly" numbers and making tens. I will also focus a lot on problem solving, showing our work in a journal designated specifically for that. Next week we will be jumping into place value with a focus on different ways to write numbers (standard form, expanded form, and word form.)
Most people have returned their beginning of the year forms. Thank you for that. If you haven't (and I let the kids know if I still needed something) please get that turned in as soon as you can. We have had perfect attendance for the first week, and I hope that it continues. If you need to check your child out of school early, please wait until after 11:15, as this will count as a full day. If they leave prior to 11:!5, they are counted as absent.
Letters went home today about open house. Please check your child's agenda for the note, but here is a link to the invitation. /uploads/5/5/9/2/55929043/open_house_invite.docx
Thank you so much for having such amazing and intelligent students. I'm truly blessed to have an awesome class and I have nothing but excitement for the year.
What an amazing first day! We (at least I) had fun getting to know each other. I know that this first week is just the honeymoon, but some of the students are already feeling comfortable and got over the first day jitters pretty quickly.
Students received their agendas today and wrote down their homework in them. I ask that you sign (or initial) their agendas daily and if I need to communicate with you, this is often a place where I will write notes. I will also email. I sent an email out over the weekend. If you did not receive it, please go to the contact page at the top of the blog and send me your email so that I can add you to our list.
Thanks again for all of your support!
It was wonderful to meet almost all of my students at meet and greet. Seeing you has gotten me even more excited about the year to come. As you found out at meet & greet, Mrs. Gerber and I will be team teaching. I will be teaching math and content (social studies and science) and Mrs. Gerber will focus on Language Arts (reading and writing.) Students will be with each of us for two hours every day. After much tweaking I think that we have a schedule that will work. Below is a rough idea of what our day will look like on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
Specials: 8:00 - 8:50 (PE, music, PE, art)
Snack will be in the 9 o'clock hour
Math & Science/SS: 9:00 - 11:10
Lunch: 11:12 - 11:42
Recess: 11:42 - 12:00
Language Arts: 12:00 - 2:00
You may have noticed that I didn't mention Tuesday. In order to get everyone to the Science Lab, Math Lab, and Computer Lab our Tuesdays will be flipped. In other words, students will see Mrs. Gerber for Language Arts from 9-11 and will stay with me from 12-2 for math and science/SS.
Looking forward to starting an amazing 2015-16 school year on Monday!