Friday, May 29, 2015

YES HERALD 5/29/15

(Disclaimer: as in thenprevious post, this one is a bit late, due to Mr. Abbott, not our bloggers. Events mentioned have already happened! I will be posting a picture-filled post to cover the last three blogs ASAP. Thank you for your understanding! -Mr. Abbott)

This Week's Bloggers: Mia and Regan

We are in the home stretch now.  But before we head off into Vacationland,  we have to cram a little more  math, science, reading and writing into our brains.  We are super busy and energized by the warm air and sunshine on the other side of the windows. Sitting still is getting harder.  


Last week the class divided into groups and created board games that used our  skills.  This week, we played them!  Regan's group invented a game called Sticker Marines.  Mia's group played Devil's  Ride.   


We're learning about a lot of famous people in our biography unit.  This week Mr Abbott  read the life story of Harry Houdini, a renowned escape artist.  


This week we're harnessing the power of argument and learning how to write persuasively.  Next week we'll incorporate these skills into a writing piece. 


You might have noticed our clothes and hands came home a little dirty on Thursday. Well, creating the universe is a messy business.  Artist Kat Gilles took us outside to make two projects, pastel drawings of the  solar system and paper mâché planets.  Eventually, we'll bring these projects home to show yu, but first we're going  to hang our planets up in the classroom 

In Other News....

We went to the see two plays put on by Mrs. Parkin's and Mrs Rhodes' classrooms. 
One was about the Underground Railroad and the other was about a starfish, and a towel.  Not sure how those fit together, but Mia said the play was great!


Field Trip Monday!

We are going to the Planetarium at USM.   No rocket ship required. We'll take the bus. Chaperones are asked to be at school by 10:15. We hope to be back by 12:30.  

Party Time! 

Those of  us who have summer birthdays will celebrate  our birthdays early with our school friends next week. 

Testing, Testing..

Please make sure we get a good sleep on Wednesday followed by a yummy breakfast because we'll be taking our MAP test on Thursday.   This one is a one hour assessment of our math skills. 

Have a great weekend!

Friday, May 15, 2015

YES HERALD 5/15/15

(Disclaimer: while our excellent bloggers finished this update weeks ago, our editor (Mr. Abbott) has been lax in publishing on time. Please keep in mind that most of the "Upcoming Events" in this post have already happened! -Mr. Abbott)

This week's  bloggers: Colby, Duncan and Michael


We are learning about capacity and how to determine the volume of things. 
Duncan says now the class  knows the metric system by heart!  

We're also  inventing game boards that combine our  creativity and  our addition and subtraction skills. Colby and Michael are making a board with origami game pieces.  Duncan's board had a McDonald's theme.  McDonalds might not be happy.  


As you know, we've been reading biographies. This week we wrote biography speeches that we'll deliver on Grandparents day dressed in costume 
Duncan will portray Apple founder Steve Jobs.  Colby  has been studying Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Michael will dress up as children's author. Dr Seuss.


-Jobs named his company after his favorite fruit. 
-Gates full name is William Henry gates III. 
-Seuss, whose real name is Theodor Geisel, married Susan Palmer. 


Clap, clap. We are finishing our sound unit.
Next up: the solar system. 


Grandparents Day

Next Friday we're inviting our grandparents and grandfriends to school.  A schedule of activities will be coming home in folders next week. 

Magic Theater

NYA students put on a play about imagination and dreams.  

4th Grade Concert

The 4th graders put on an awesome concert for the whole school.  This year's concert was bittersweet because it's the last one Mrs. Renton will lead. She's retiring at the end of the school year. 

FREE Smoothies 

On Thursday, the head of all the school cafeterias came to YES to serve free blueberry spinach smoothies and chocolate chip muffins. Colby said the smoothies were "very amazing."   According to Mr. Abbott, the event is promoting a new breakfast program that will begin next fall. 

Choo-Choo!  All aboard the bike train! 

Mr Abbott led a bike train to school on Friday picking up riders along the way. More than 70 kids pedaled together. Participants got stickers, a certificate and a bracelet.  

New Classroom Pet

We have a new beta fish named Leviathan, or Levi for short .  Michael noticed he spits out his food. 
Do you know what a leviathan is?


Costumes are due next Thursday! 
Grandparents day is Friday!

Friday, May 1, 2015


This week's bloggers: Jack and Lexi

What a week!  Most of this week was devoted to MEA testing so this blog will be a little shorter than usual. 


Our class looked at a math assignment about measurements from 1897!  Jack says it was a bit challenging  because back in the olden days, they measured in units called "rods" and we didn't know what that was. 

We  also learned how to find the volume of a 3D shape.  


We didn't do regular writing this week because of MEAS. 


In our poetry unit,  we're studying haikus, Japanese poetry with 17 syllables.  Pretty hai-cool. 


We are studying the weather. This week we learned about heat waves. This is when the temperature is much higher than usual for several days.   

In other news...

On Monday we practiced how to take MEA tests and Tuesday through Friday we showed off our reading and writing skills. Next week, we'll take the math portion of the MEAs.   Lexi and Jack said the whole class did great but their brains are tired. 


As a reward for our hard work, Mr. Abbott gave us extra recess.  Thanks Mr. Abbott. We needed it. 


Now that spring is finally here, we're planting veggies and flowers.  Mrs. Sinclair helped us plant watermelons, cantaloupes and flowers in the classroom. We'll transplant them into our class plot once they get a bit bigger. We also planted lettuce, spinach and radish seeds directly into the garden. Expect a salad party before the end of the school year. 


Mr. Abbott's baby daughter Hazel came in to help us take care of the chickens.  She's bigger than a hen now, but not by much. 


We are collecting rocks for an art project. Stay tuned for more details.