November News

Hello everyone. It is hard to believe that we have almost hit the midway point of November and Thanksgiving will soon be upon us. It was a pleasure touching base with everyone last week during conferences. This truly is an amazing group of children and I feel very lucky to have them with me for 2 years.

We have been so busy attending field trips to exciting places around the state. We have also been privileged to have some fantastic guest speakers and surprise appearances. The fourth graders have also been hustling to prepare for their final Wednesday assembly this week. We are incorporating our class novel, Wonder, into the assembly. This novel has already deeply touched us all. I hope you are enjoying reading it along with us. The kids are so excited to discuss this book with you all on the evening of December 3rd. Here are some pictures to capture the past few weeks:

Here are pics from a surprise visit from Ms. Emily’s bunnies. They tied in with our owl animal adaptation unit and our class pet persuasive writing assignment. They sure were cute!

IMG_0227 IMG_0229Speaking of owls, we loved our field exploration to the Audubon society of Bristol. We researched owls of New England and we met Screech, an injured owl that the organization nursed back to health.

IMG_0237 IMG_0238 IMG_0239 IMG_0240 IMG_0241 IMG_0243The children were so excited to share their animal adaptation posters with their classmates. I was really impressed with their creativity and presentation skills. Some of the animals were adorable and some were really downright frightening!

IMG_0295Last Tuesday I was fortunate enough to be the only classroom teacher to accompany the students to the Biomes in North Kingstown. We saw mini sharks, turtles, snakes and fish of all varieties. The kids really had a blast and they learned a lot of interesting information.

IMG_0258 IMG_0259 IMG_0260 IMG_0262 IMG_0264 IMG_0265On that same afternoon, we were visiting by Anthony. He is a student at RISD from the STEAM team. We are partnering with Brown/RISD and we will be participating in science lessons related to the design lab. This particular lesson took us to Blackstone Blvd with the goal of collecting natural materials to create a birds nest. Anthony will be returning next Tuesday to help the 3-4th graders assemble the nests in the design lab.

IMG_0275 IMG_0278 IMG_0279 IMG_0280 IMG_0281Today we were visited by Ken Block, former candidate for Governor. He explained about difficulties that RI faces with the economy and his own political journey. He discussed how challenging it can be to run for office, but how you should always fight for what your believe is right. I think the kids really did get the message!

IMG_0293 IMG_0294Here are a few important reminders:

  • Reading logs are due every Friday. Please sign it every week and help your child return it to school (thank you!)
  • Field trip to Tap-in on Wednesday, November 19th from 12:30-2:15.
  • Wonder book talk on December 3rd from 6:30-7:45 (no siblings please).