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Friday, December 15, 2017

A Big Bite

It was a great week in Room 23!  We finished the division unit and everyone did a great job on the test.  Keep practicing! We also spent time finising the math games that we have been working on over the past few weeks.  To celebrate the holiday of Hannukah, we read the story of Hannukah and made stained glass menorahs.   In Social Studies we are learning all about Canada and will be making travel brochures in class next week.  We also practiced the partner reading strategy when learning about Canada, it is a great way to learn new information.  Our fiction stories are in the revision phase and will be finalized next week.  We are writing memory poems in poetry workshop and they are AWESOME!!! I can't wait to share them with all of you.  In reader's workshop we are working on building stamina during independent reading and on presenting book talks.  In addition, in lieu of a reading log this week, students will be completing figurative language book with examples of a simile, hyperbole and personification from their independent reading book.  The cold weather has kept us indoors for recess a few times this week.  Hopefully this won't be a pattern!  One week of school left in 2017, it will be a great one!
He's back!
He's got the moves!
I am Luke's mother afterall!

You're It

Friday, December 8, 2017

A Big Bite

We had fun working in expert groups to teach each other about wild weather events this week,  The test went well! Too bad we couldn't get the Kahoot to work!
The Haffenreffer museum came to see us on Monday and we learned all about the Inuit in the Arctic Region of Canada and Alaska.  We played some fun games!  We even go to wear authentic clothing. 
We have been working on long division and will take a test on Thursday of the upcoming week.  The study guide has been sent home.  Fiction stories are being drafted and I can't WAIT to read them all!  We are almost finished with the interactive read aloud Little Dog, Lost by Marion Dane Bauer.  I think the students will love how it ends. 
It was great to see all of you at conferences this week.  Have a great weekend!  Enjoy the SNOW. :)
Mrs. Williams

Monday, December 4, 2017

Juicy Nibble

December 3, 2017
Dear Families,
        I cannot believe that the holidays are only three weeks away!  Many people told me that time would fly once I had children of my own, and truer words were never spoken!  Don and I don’t even remember what we did with all of our time before Livi and Luke came along.
        I believe, as many people do, that the holidays are about the “spirit of giving.”  Don and I   are working on teaching our children that it is better to give than to receive, which is easier said than done sometimes.  I know too, that children like to give their teacher a gift at holiday time.  I always appreciate everything that the children give to me, but please know that I don’t expect anything.  My favorite gifts of all are donations that the children make to a food pantry or charity on my behalf, and then make a card to let me know what they have done.  It is wonderful to see the look in their eyes and hear the joy in their voices when they explain how they felt about helping those that are less fortunate than they are.  I cherish these moments with them!
        One of my favorite charities is the New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund.  My father and grandfather are retired NYC firemen and my brother has recently retired from the NYPD.  This is the sixteenth anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy and many of my brother’s fellow officers and firemen friends are still suffering from the effects of that day.  Last year, one of his friends who is a fireman with a young family, was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer as a result of his rescue and recovery efforts at the site of the Towers. For many reasons, firemen and policemen hold a special place in my heart.
        I hope that you will enjoy your holidays, and all of the preparations that go into making this a wonderful and exciting time of the year.  Happy Holidays!
                                                                                Ann Williams
New York Police and Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund
767 Fifth Avenue; 2614B
New York, New York 10153
Office: 212.735.4505
Fax: 212.310.8808

Friday, December 1, 2017

Pet Corner

This sweet pup is Ruby!  She looks like a ton of fun!  Thanks for sharing.  :)

A Big Bite

This is it for pictures this week!  Here we ALL are with Pamela Baker, WBZ meteorologist. This was a great presentation and everyone LOVED it.  I hope that you got to see everyone on Channel 4!  Check their website if you missed it.  We will wrap up our study of weather next week and take a test on Thursday.  The study guide was sent home this past Thursday.
We jumped right into learning this week after the Thanksgiving break.  We are learning the "low stress," method of long division.  Students are doing very well with this new concept.  Keep practicing your facts, it will help!
We have started a new interactive read aloud, Little Dog, Lost, by Marion Dane Bauer.  We are enjoying this story about a little dog named Buddy and a boy named Mark.  We are engaging in digital literacy for this book.  Fun stuff!  Feel free to send me a picture of your student with his/her pet and I will post it to the log.  
In writer's workshop we have started developing a character for a fiction story and are working on nouns in word study.  We finished reading "Gone Fishing," by Tamera Will Wissinger in poetry workshop and will be writing memory poems next week.
That's all for this week!  Have a great weekend.
Mrs. Williams