Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Snowy Days in January

Hello Families!

It's been somewhat quiet on the communication side since the winter break, but it's been anything but quiet here at YES. Between snow days and holidays it's been all we can do to fit in everything we have planned, but we're working on it. A couple of important winter reminders:

Sneakers and Boots: Please send your child with sneakers and boots every day if possible. Even if he or she is only playing on the blacktop, there are days when the slush out there is well up over the soles of sneakers. Having something dry to put on when we come inside is a must. If you have an old pair of sneakers you were thinking of retiring, send them here instead, and they can wait in your child's cubby until needed.

Label Layers: Please write your child's name or initials somewhere on every layer you send to school! So many gloves/hats/boots/sweatshirts/jackets/snowpants look similar, if we can find a name on it it always gets to the right home.

Thank you for taking the time to address these items, they help relieve stress all around here during the snow season.

I've been getting back many of the Country Project Sign-Up Slips back, thank you for being so prompt! I've told the class that once they bring in their slip and I confirm it with them, they are ready to go! Please start this early, as it usually takes a little more time than planned. I'm pasting the sign-up information at the bottom of this post, for reference. I look forward to seeing you on February 8th at 2:45PM!

I'll be sending out Winter Conference sign-ups at some point in the near future. We will discuss report cards as well as the Reading Map test at that time.

There will be a Scholastic Book Order going home this week. If you choose to place an order I will be sending it in on January 19th, so please place it before then.

Finally, I think I wrote Thank You cards to everyone who sent in a gift or card at the holiday. (I think I might have sent a couple twice?) If you didn't receive one please send me a gentle reminder, I blame the twins for any oversight. Twin toddlers can really do a number on a house.

Thank you for all you do, and stay warm,

Dear Families,
Recently we have started our unit on geography. One part of this unit is learning about different countries around the world.
Your child has chosen to research the country of _________________________.
They need your guidance to complete a project of their choice to represent their country. Some possible ideas to get you started:
  • Build (using any materials you want) a representation of a landform or famous landmark (examples: France-Eiffel Tower, Nepal-Mt. Everest)
  • Create a travel brochure (reasons to visit my country, map, weather, festivals, etc. Colored pictures may be printed out at school)
  • Design a map: consider creating a topographical map using a variety of materials like fabric, sand, clay, paint
  • Diorama of a typical house (if unique) or landscape (mountains, rivers, desert…)
The more creative, the better!
Thank you so much for your support with this project. Please let me know if you have any questions.
This project is due on Monday, February 5th. We will host a family celebration on February 8th at 2:45PM, siblings and grandparents are welcome to join!

Once you have decided on how you will represent your country (what your project will be) please return this bottom portion no later than January 12th.

Name ________________ Country ________________________

My project will be: ______________________________________________

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello Families!

I hope that you have found time to enjoy and connect with family this weekend. Things in the Abbott household have been a little chaotic, as we work through allergic reactions and try to make normal. Wow, what a weekend!

I would like to apologize for the relative lack of updates over the last few weeks. November has been a blur of activity from the power outage to conferences and now through Thanksgiving. During all of this, it's been busy times in Room 103 at Yarmouth Elementary School, so here are NINE videos showing what we've been up to! Thanks for your patience!

(Apologies if these are out of chronological order. November has been a bit wild!)

(Post-finishing-additional-apology: there's LOTS of great video here! I hope you enjoy and share with your family! Enjoy!)

We turned our attention to multiplication. In particular, the notion of Perfect Squares: multiplication arrays that have the same two factors. From these facts we will later explore "on-off" facts that are one factor away from perfect squares.

We also investigated the world of fossils with Guest Lecturer Deb Landry. Together with Mrs. Wetmore's class we looked at fossils and where they fit into the history of the Earth, proving that the Earth has changed (drastically) over time.

Don't think it's all work at YES! To get up and move we've spend lots of time "GoNoodling" our bodies into new and fun poses. So far we've maxed out TWO characters, including Bart Reynolds, and are now working on our third. Beep Boop!

We also found time to do a classroom-swap with Ms. Frame around Halloween. While Ms. Frame did a Halloween Breakout, Mr. Abbott did our first HexaFlexagon training of the year. We started with "simple" tri-hexaflexagons, but hope to move into hexa-hexaflexagons before long. Ask your mathemagician about the Tuckerman Traverse!

We're also big on Growth Mindset and Grit in third grade. We won't all be jugglers by the end of the year, but we will have all tried our hands at it! Soon we'll be collaborating more with Mrs. Ney's class and Mr. Arno, who are both much better than I am!

With the help of our volunteers Mr. Hayes, Dr. Advani, and Dr. MacVane, we were able to have an amazing day of Math Explorations! Lots of work on area, which we will explore more in the future.

We've also spent some time looking at subtraction and addition through expanded place value. Remember how you learned to carry and borrow and all of those fancy algorithms? Well, we're just taking it step by step to show how those things work, hopefully deepening our understanding of place value and mathematical thinking as a whole.

Another way to work on place value understanding is by playing a game called "Shuffle to 100." See if your Mathemagician can explain to you the strategy behind this deceptively simple add-to-100 game.

And finally, a little quiet introspection as we say "Thank You" for all the amazing things we might otherwise take for granted. I hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving Weekend, and I look forward to seeing you soon in YES or around town!

Take care,

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Mt. Apatite Farm

Hello Families!

November really came in like a wrecking ball. I think we have to hand the "win" to Mother Nature this week. I'm ready to get back to normal next week, and maybe even get back home with electricity soon!

In the meantime, I wanted to share a little bit about our field trip to Mt. Apatite Farm today! Mt. Apatite Farm is run by Carol Segal, who is kind enough to open the farm and her own personal mine to us every year. It's such an amazing experience, as you'll see below. This year she surprised us by setting up tables and chairs for everyone to eat at in her amazing barn! Not only does Carol open her land up to us as a school, she also hosts individuals and small groups, so if you're looking for a place to go mining, see some amazing gardening, or go sledding in the winter, please give her a call or email. She'd love to see you!

We toyed with the idea of postponing until next week, but decided to give a try this week instead, and we got super lucky with the weather! A hearty thank you to all of our volunteers today! Trips like this wouldn't be possible without all your support and time. Thank you!

If you've noticed that the blog is slowing down a little, you're correct! I've been getting more familiar with Seesaw and posting work and videos there, so if you're not on Seesaw yet, please contact me so we can get you connected.

Stay safe and have a great weekend,

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Book Tasting!

Hello Families!

It's in! The video from the Book Tasting at Cafe La Frame is in! Enjoy!