Thursday, October 18, 2012

Thursdsay October 18th

Synergy News

Thursday October 18, 2012


Nothing like "CRAZY HAIR DAY" to end the short week in a calm, relaxed way!  (See the pictures below)

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Last week we had our first celebration/ publishing party.  The students did an amazing job fixing up their stories and then sharing them with the class.  We have begun our next unit "Small Moments in Time", or personal narrative writing.  This unit we will continue focus on the writing process, focusing in on a very small event and telling every detail of that event, including the 5 sense, and feelings.  At the end of the unit the students will choose one story to edit and revise with their writing partners.

It is still not to late to place a book order!

  • Theme
  • Crazy Hair Day
    Kids Quotes
    • "My brother really likes Curious George books and I just don't get it"

    Listener of the Week Ava with last weeks Listener of the week Mitchell

    Friday, October 12, 2012

    October 12

    Synergy News

    Friday October 12, 2012


    We had an exciting Tuesday this week.  We had our first visit from Four Winds.  They taught the class about complete and incomplete metamorphosis.  After a puppet show and puzzles to help lean more about the different type of metamorphosis we all went outside to attempt to capture bugs.  As you might recall Tuesday morning was one of the coldest mornings of the fall so far.  In our search for bugs we found several of milkweed bugs and a few little spiders. As soon as we finished Four Winds the Williston Fire Department came in to teach us about fire safety.  Just as they were beginning their presentation their radios blared and many of them had to leave on a call.  Luckily two firefighters were able to stay.  To end the presentation we went outside and each student was able to climb up into the fire engine.

    SNACKS!  Last week I looked in students snack bags, interested in the snack choices of today.  I began reading labels.  In one student's snack bag they had about 1,000 calories and 75 grams of sugar !  The shocking part was they did not appear to be unhealthy snack choices; yogurt, fruit roll ups, juice boxes, cheese and crackers, and chips. I was shocked!  Research has proven that a good healthy food increases students achievement.  Some good options are cheese sticks, yogurt, fruit, vegetables, seeds, almonds, cashews, pistachios.  Please avoid sweets whenever possible!  Also we have several students in Synergy that have peanut allergies,  PLEASE DO NOT SEND SNACKS THAT CONTAIN PEANUTS!

     This week in Writer's Workshop the students continued to work with their editor to get their pieces ready for publishing.  The students graded themselves and their writing partners, before they sent their pieces to the publisher (me).  We had our first Publishing Celebration this morning.  Each student got up in front of the class and read their story.  Each students also shared one way they improved their story after their initial writing.  This was the first of many Publishing Celebrations we will have this year.  Each celebration is a little more involved.  The first one was just our class.  The next celebration students will each get to invite one other friend from ABS.  Then our third celebration we will invite family.

    We earned ANOTHER school-wide celebration! 
    On Thursday, October 18th we will have
    at ABS to celebrate!

    It is still not to late to place a book order!

    Book Club Order Due Date : October 28

    Scholastic Book Clubs Ordering Information
    Class Activation Code: HFWGD

    •  Four Winds
    • The visit from the firefighters
    • What they studied this week for theme
    • Art in the Tech Lab
    Important Dates:
    • Wednesday October 17th is Spirit Day dress in Blue and Gold.
    • Thursday October 18th is Crazy Hair Day
    Kids Quotes
    "My dad has more nose hair than anyone I have ever seen!"


    Friday, October 5, 2012

    Friday October 5

    Book Club Order Due Date : October 28

    Scholastic Book Clubs Ordering Information
    Class Activation Code: HFWGD

    This month's Scholastic Book Club flyers are ready for you to explore with your child. Children read more when they choose their own books, so I encourage you to look at the flyers together.

    Give online ordering a try. It saves time, offers more book choices, and earns extra rewards for the classroom!

    When you place your order online, you'll help earn FREE Books for our class and you also get a $5 FREE Book Pick Coupon to use on your next online order!
    Ordering online is fast and easy:  Click the logo above!
         REGISTER at

         ENTER the Class Activation Code at the top of this letter

         CHOOSE from thousands of print titles, value packs, and Storia eBooks

         SUBMIT the order to your child's teacher

         EARN FREE Books for you and the classroom too!

    David Shannon is going to be at the Flying Pig Bookstore in Shelburne on Sunday at 12:00. He is one of my very favorite authors and illustrators. You must preregister!  I highly recommend it!!!!

    This week our class had a substitute on Wednesday and Friday.  Both days I spent doing fall assessments with the students.  I had the opportunity to sit and read with each student and then have a discussion about the book that they read.  It is a great experience to be able to sit and read and talk to each student for about 30 uninterrupted minutes.  In the life of a school teacher there is never 30 minutes of time with out interruptions.  To have this time with each student allows me to fulfill the assessment requirement, and get to know each student even more as a reader and personally.  With the information gathered we will focus our reading group instruction and make sure that each student is reading books that are at their instructional level.

    We are coming to the end of our first unit in Writer's Workshop.  the students have selected one of the pieces of writing they have been working on, and have begun the process of getting it ready to publish.  Some of the steps they have taken are reading it it with a friend to make sure it makes sense, revising it by adding more to their words and pictures, and they each will get a rubric to help self-assess.  They are looking over their writing to make sure there is a beginning, middle, and end, checking spelling and checking for clarity throughout the piece.  Next week they will be assigned an "editor" and together they will look over each others writing.  We will have our first Publishing Party next week!

    • Art in the Tech Lab
    • The days with the substitute and reading with Mr. Lake
    • What they did for Friday workshop

    Kids Quotes
    • Student 1: “For Pete’s sake!”  Student 2 : “No you mean for Peter Lake Sake!”
    • to me in the lunchroom "Hey are you that guy in Youssef’s class?”
    • “I think the floor ate more cupcakes than we did!”
    • “I went to NH and ate a lot of things, that’s why I have a runny nose.”
    • A students response to why they had a sub  "Mr. Lake didn't feel like teaching today!!!"