Friday, February 26, 2016

That's a Wrap!

  • Are you on Twitter? Follow me to see what's happening at Memorial! @MKConceison 
  • Symphony Math reports went home this week. 
  • NO school on Tuesday
  • Our coffee/tea basket is looking great. Thank you to everyone who contributed.
  • The 10th annual Toast to Memorial fundraiser will take place on Sat. March 5th. Purchase tickets here.
  • Congratulations to this week's Wall of Fame winners!  
  • Send all baby pictures and kindergarten pictures to Remember that it does not have to be the school K picture-- any picture around that age.   
  • We had a whole school celebration on Thursday. The teachers practiced for a couple of weeks and surprised the students with a song & dance. I will send a link to the video. I think it's safe to say we will all be keeping our day jobs....

Here's what went on this week...

Math: We started Topic 9, which is on adding and subtracting fractions. We began the topic by using fraction tiles to create equivalent fractions. These are useful tools. 

Social Studies: Students finished up their Glogster presentations and started to present them. They all did a great job and taught us a lot about each colony.  

Neil's Glogster presentation

Samantha presenting about Connecticut

Arshiyah also researched Connecticut. 

Cole presenting about Delaware 

Lukesh presenting about North Carolina

Science: Mr. Musselman and Ms. Pavlicek came to Memorial for the electricity show. At the end, Barack gave a charged fist bump to everyone! 

Reading: We started Bud, Not Buddy this week.  This book takes place during the Great Depression. It's about an orphan boy who is on his own. It will be quite the adventure!  Talking tidbits: What connections have you made to the book so far? Some kids have mentioned the movie Annie and even Elf! 

Check out this Bud, Not Buddy book trailer:

Writing: Visualize Action- Then Write. The students looked at a picture of a wild mustang and had to write a non-fiction description of it. We also used the Key Word strategy, where students had to read a piece of non-fiction writing and then use key words to write about their reading

Neil deciding which key words to use

Students wrote key words on post-its as they read.

Enjoy the weekend! 

-Ms. Conceison- 

Friday, February 12, 2016

That's a Wrap!

  • Thank you to those of you who sent in some items for the coffee/tea basket. All items are due by Feb. 23rd.
  • Congratulations to this week's Wall of Fame winners!  
  • Send all baby pictures and kindergarten pictures to by Feb. 26th. Remember that it does not have to be the school K picture-- any picture around that age.   
  • The students earned a class reward, so we celebrated with a friendship photo shoot. We used the green screen in the library and we will be putting some cool backgrounds on our pictures when we get back.
  • Thanks to Ms. Bannon & Mr. Peterson for organizing the skating program. Everyone did an excellent job. 
Fun in the snow at recess 

Compliment books to celebrate friendship.
Enjoying our compliment books 

Barack was stylin' 

Double glasses for Matthew! 

Fun with friends! 

Silly faces

Math: We had our test for Topic 8 today. We will be beginning topic 9 after vacation. Students will be adding and subtracting fractions. This tends to be a challenging unit, but I know students will persevere. 

Acting it out to solve a word problem
TIPS strategy

Social Studies: Students have been researching their colony, taking notes, and creating a Glogster presentation to advertise their colony.  I can't wait to show you the final products! Talking tidbits: What is the most interesting thing you've learned about your colony so far? 

Which introduction sentence is more enticing? 

Reading: We have been working on differentiating among the 5 different types of non-fiction text structures: description, compare/contrast, problem/solution, cause/effect, and chronological order.  Talking tidbits: As you read any non-fiction text, maybe the newspaper, see if you can ask your child what type of text structure it is. Also, ask what this little phrase means: 

We used newspapers to determine the text structure of the articles.

Text structure detectives! 

Writing: We continued our Hatchet writing this week. They used the RAFT strategy to write about Hatchet this week. They took on the role of either Brian's parents or a news anchor to report what has happened in the time Brian has been missing. 

I hope that you find some time to be THIS relaxed during the week off!

I hope your February vacation is filled with laughter, fun, and relaxation! 
-Ms. Conceison- 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Congratulations, Fabiola!

Fabiola is the Memorial School Geography Bee Winner! 
Congratulations to her and to all students who participated in the National Geography Bee. 
Also, a big thank you to Mrs. Burns for planning, organizing, and supporting
 the students through this fun and challenging event.

Happy Everything is right! We are proud of you.