Math with Ms. Wenndorf

Last week, 6th grade mathematicians took their second IB math test, which assessed Criterion B, Identifying Patterns. Questions on an IB math test are leveled, meaning they start out easy, but get increasingly difficult as the test progresses. The IB grading scale is from 0 to 8. Earning a 1 or 2 means students were able to answer only the easiest questions. A score of 3 or 4 means students were able to answer some harder questions, but struggled when the questions got more complex. On the IB scale, a score of 4 is considered meeting expectations. A score of 5 or 6 means the student was able to answer more complex questions, and apply their learning to unfamiliar contexts. A score of 7 or 8 (very rare! As yet never given by Ms. W!) means the student was able to answer very complex questions, and apply their learning in an unfamiliar context using mathematical skills that were not explicitly taught.  

Be sure to check your child’s math test grade on Canvas, and read the teacher/student dialogue in the comments! As always, please reach out to Ms. Wenndorf with questions, and sign up here for a conference during office hours if we haven’t yet met with you. Conferences are such a great way to connect, and help the 6th grade teaching team improve your child’s experience.

Music with Mrs. Miller

Our Holiday Sing-A-Long is right around the corner! We are so excited to show our parents all the hard work we’ve done in preparing for this fun evening. Please have your student to the music classroom at 5:30pm on Thursday, December 21st in festive Christmas attire. Our show will begin promptly at 6:00pm and following the conclusion, we invite you to join us to walking or driving to our neighbors at TouchMark and blessing them with a few Christmas carols. We will sing 3 songs as a school community at the end of our show – and you’ll have the lyrics on your programs to take with you to TouchMark. The residents are very much looking forward to seeing us and we are excited to have this Community Partnership in giving to others. Thanks for all your support!

Math with Ms. Wenndorf

In 5th grade math, students are becoming masters of long division. We are making reasonable estimates, interpreting those pesky remainders, and using place value blocks and money to understand why the long division algorithm works. This group of kids has a wide range of experience and skill with division, yet they are incredibly supportive of one another. They write appropriately challenging problems for each other without judgment, offer coaching as needed, and celebrate each other’s successes. We are also intentionally working on teamwork skills, such as productive communication, equal participation, staying on-task, and prioritizing mathematical understanding. It’s rewarding to see kids take ownership for their own learning, and develop the teamwork skills needed to be successful in 6th grade.

Music with Mrs. Miller

Our Holiday Sing-A-Long is right around the corner! We are so excited to show our parents all the hard work we’ve done in preparing for this fun evening. Please have your student to their classroom at 5:30pm on Thursday, December 21st in festive Christmas attire (dressy is not required). Our show will begin promptly at 6:00pm and following the conclusion, we invite you to join us to walking or driving to our neighbors at TouchMark and blessing them with a few Christmas carols. We will sing 3 songs as a school community at the end of our show – and you’ll have the lyrics on your programs to take with you to TouchMark. The residents are very much looking forward to seeing us and we are excited to have this Community Partnership in giving to others. Thanks for all your support!

4th grade has been busy creating realistic fiction stories. Each student started their writer’s process by creating believable characters. Since characters are the heart of every good story, that is where we began. To make characters believable the students took care to ensure each character had some good and bad character traits. Once the characters came to life with personalities, the next step was to decide what the character’s struggles and motivations would be. From these struggles and motivations students created a story arc that served as their story map. Finally, after all that planning, it was time to write!  It has been a joy to watch these carefully crafted characters and plots come to life. The combination of: descriptive narration, clever dialogue, and relatable protagonists makes these stories real page turners!

Music with Mrs. Miller

Our Holiday Sing-A-Long is right around the corner! We are so excited to show our parents all the hard work we’ve done in preparing for this fun evening. Please have your student to their classroom at 5:30pm on Thursday, December 21st in festive Christmas attire (dressy is not required). Our show will begin promptly at 6:00pm and following the conclusion, we invite you to join us to walking or driving to our neighbors at TouchMark and blessing them with a few Christmas carols. We will sing 3 songs as a school community at the end of our show – and you’ll have the lyrics on your programs to take with you to TouchMark. The residents are very much looking forward to seeing us and we are excited to have this Community Partnership in giving to others. Thanks for all your support!

It is raining knowledge in 3rd grade! We have been learning all about weather across different times and areas. We began by understanding the processes of the water cycle, then studied weather and climate. The third graders have also explored the types of tools used to measure weather. Of course, their fascination with severe weather will lead us to our next design challenge: to design a solution that reduces the impacts of a weather-related hazard. This week, we were fortunate to have Bob Shaw, our local meteorologist, come visit and tell us all about high pressure and low pressure systems. With that said, the forecast calls for a lot of engagement, excitement and learning in third grade!

Music with Mrs. Miller

Our Holiday Sing-A-Long is right around the corner! We are so excited to show our parents all the hard work we’ve done in preparing for this fun evening. Please have your student to their classroom at 5:30pm on Thursday, December 21st in festive Christmas attire (dressy is not required). Our show will begin promptly at 6:00pm and following the conclusion, we invite you to join us to walking or driving to our neighbors at TouchMark and blessing them with a few Christmas carols. We will sing 3 songs as a school community at the end of our show – and you’ll have the lyrics on your programs to take with you to TouchMark. The residents are very much looking forward to seeing us and we are excited to have this Community Partnership in giving to others. Thanks for all your support!

To continue honing their reading skills, the second graders have each joined a classroom book club. In groups of four or five, the children have been getting together each week to engage in literary discussions. From books such as David A. Adler’s Cam Jansen and the Ghostly Mystery to Patrick Skene Catling’s The Chocolate Touch, the second graders have had to take responsibility for reading portions of the book on their own time then come ready to discuss each Wednesday morning. They have worked on making predictions, retelling, analyzing the text, making connections, and more. As a final culmination, one group even wrote letters to David A. Adler with reflections and questions for him. We’re anxiously awaiting his response! Thank you to Heather Killebrew for so generously dedicating her Wednesday mornings to our class to bring these book clubs to life!

Music with Mrs. Miller

Our Holiday Sing-A-Long is right around the corner! We are so excited to show our parents all the hard work we’ve done in preparing for this fun evening. Please have your student to their classroom at 5:30pm on Thursday, December 21st in festive Christmas attire (dressy is not required). Our show will begin promptly at 6:00pm and following the conclusion, we invite you to join us to walking or driving to our neighbors at TouchMark and blessing them with a few Christmas carols. We will sing 3 songs as a school community at the end of our show – and you’ll have the lyrics on your programs to take with you to TouchMark. The residents are very much looking forward to seeing us and we are excited to have this Community Partnership in giving to others. Thanks for all your support!

Our first grade class is learning about empathy through design thinking. The students interviewed and observed their parents to learn more about what their parents enjoy.Then they brainstormed ideas of things that their parents could use and appreciate, based on what they learned through the interview. They took this list of ideas and zoomed in on one that they will make in the Design Lab, and give to their parents as a holiday gift. This design thinking unit integrates in all that we have been learning in science about parents and offspring, what we’ve been learning in social studies about communities, kindness, and active listening, and our reading and writing strategies.

Music with Mrs. Miler

Our Holiday Sing-A-Long is right around the corner! We are so excited to show our parents all the hard work we’ve done in preparing for this fun evening. Please have your student to their classroom at 5:30pm on Thursday, December 21st in festive Christmas attire (dressy is not required). Our show will begin promptly at 6:00pm and following the conclusion, we invite you to join us to walking or driving to our neighbors at TouchMark and blessing them with a few Christmas carols. We will sing 3 songs as a school community at the end of our show – and you’ll have the lyrics on your programs to take with you to TouchMark. The residents are very much looking forward to seeing us and we are excited to have this Community Partnership in giving to others. Thanks for all your support!

We dove into our monthly core virtue, Charity, by reading the book The Quiltmaker’s Gift. Kindergartners sat alongside their third grade buddies, as we read the tale of a generous quiltmaker who gave quilts only to the poor. An unhappy and greedy king demanded one for himself. The quilt maker decides to give one to the king only after he changes his mindset from greed to generosity. The book inspired the children to reflect on what makes one happy, “to get or to give”. This book was perfectly timed for the holidays and to think about the importance of giving.

Music with Mrs. Miller

Our Holiday Sing-A-Long is right around the corner! We are so excited to show our parents all the hard work we’ve done in preparing for this fun evening. Please have your student to their classroom at 5:30pm on Thursday, December 21st in festive Christmas attire (dressy is not required). Our show will begin promptly at 6:00pm and following the conclusion, we invite you to join us to walking or driving to our neighbors at TouchMark and blessing them with a few Christmas carols. We will sing 3 songs as a school community at the end of our show – and you’ll have the lyrics on your programs to take with you to TouchMark. The residents are very much looking forward to seeing us and we are excited to have this Community Partnership in giving to others. Thanks for all your support!

We have become world travelers in Pre-Kindergarten! In order to learn more about the ways other countries celebrate the holiday season, we have prepared suitcases and gotten our passports ready to travel around the world! On each travel day, the kids grab their boarding passes, passports and suitcases and board our simulated airplane to fly to our destination and learn all about how people around the world celebrate different holidays or celebrate the same holidays differently. We have had so much fun learning about the importance of gingerbread in Germany and why pinatas are popular at Las Posadas parties in Mexico. There is still more fun to be had as we travel to Israel, Holland and end our worldwide excursion by visiting China. It is so fun to see the kids eyes light up with excitement each day when they find out where our next adventure will leads us!

Music with Mrs. Miller

Our Holiday Sing-A-Long is right around the corner! We are so excited to show our parents all the hard work we’ve done in preparing for this fun evening. Please have your student to their classroom at 5:30pm on Thursday, December 21st in festive Christmas attire (dressy is not required). Our show will begin promptly at 6:00pm and following the conclusion, we invite you to join us to walking or driving to our neighbors at TouchMark and blessing them with a few Christmas carols. We will sing 3 songs as a school community at the end of our show – and you’ll have the lyrics on your programs to take with you to TouchMark. The residents are very much looking forward to seeing us and we are excited to have this Community Partnership in giving to others. Thanks for all your support!