The Week That Was
Our week was very busy and eventful, despite having Election Day without school. We worked very hard on our latest writing PBA – an opinion piece where students wrote a letter to state what they want for Christmas and persuade their audience as to why they deserve it. It was a lot of fun working on through our process, and I believe everyone will enjoy the reading when they come home.
We ended the week beginning our second end of unit assessment. We’ll wrap it up on Monday and have results homeward soon after. We won’t take another until 2018!
Our math unit is moving along. We finished the firs session of our third unit with a “check-up” assessment on each of the featured problems – strips/singles problem and a missing addend problem. We’ll continue working and developing problem solving strategies with each.
Amy Frey, a second grader’s aunt (Cohen), visited us on Wednesday to discuss banking and economics with each class. Everyone received a booklet from 5/3 Bank and participated in a discussion about money and how important it is. It fits nicely within our unit and discussions. Thank you Amy!
We concluded this week with our Veteran’s Day Program. It’s always a favorite day here at BES, and I’ll be sure to post pictures from the celebration soon.
The Week Ahead
Next week is our final full week until after Thanksgiving and into December. It’s crazy to think how fast things are moving now. We’ll certainly try to make the most of our five days. First, we’ll conclude our end of unit assessment with the extended response piece on Monday. Then, we’ll transition to our next unit and a new anchor text. It’s a biography of Theodore Roosevelt. It’s a favorite of ours, and it’ll lead to some great discussion of history and how to use such a text as readers and writers.
Math will continue along with a focus on problem solving strategies. Students will be faced with a mix of addition and subtraction problems, so knowing strategies to show work and solve will be essential. A focus continues on place value and money as well.
We also are working on wants and needs with some fun lessons and investigations. We make a distinction between the two, and with goods and services. Towards the end of the week, we’ll transition to more work around Thanksgiving and the holiday quickly approaching.
On Thursday, BES will be visited by Christine Kallevig, an origami artist and author. This is on behalf of our PTO, and the program will offer a hands-on presentation to all on her work and how to create origami art. She has several books that will be on-hand for sale, as well as some that can be autographed for purchase too. I know Mrs. Cooper is very excited about this visit, and we love how our PTO brings us special presentations and performances to learn and enjoy within the fine arts.
Sunday, November 5 – Daylight Saving Time Ends (Set clocks back!)
Tuesday, November 7 – No School for Students – Inservice Day/Election Day
Friday, November 10 – BES Veteran’s Day Program (2-3 PM)
Tuesday, November 14 – BES Benefit Night @ Skyline Chili (flyers will come home)
Thursday, November 16 – Origami Artist/Author Visit – Christen Kallevig
Tuesday, November 21 – PTO Meeting (7-8 PM)
Wednesday, November 22 – Friday, November 24 – No School for Thanksgiving
Have a Great Weekend!