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Monday, May 20, 2013

May - June Happenings

Want to Take Butterscotch Home For the Summer?

Butterscotch will be leaving the classroom to go back to the Science Center right after Memorial Day.  Mrs. P. is asking if anyone would like to take him home to care for him over the summer.  If this sounds like something you would be willing and able to do, please e-mail me or jot a note saying that you are interested. If I get more than one request, I will do a lottery drawing.  You will be provided with all of the necessary supplies (shavings, food etc.)

Mrs. P also says that there are many other classroom pets which need care over the summer as well.  If you are interested, you can request that another classroom pet be given to you for summer care.  She will be sending a notice home soon, so be sure to keep yours eyes open for it in your child's backpack if this interests you.

Thank you for all who have taken good care of him over the past school year!  He has been a valuable member of our classroom and has helped teach the children responsibility and care for pets.

Vocabulary Spelling City.Com
A Great FREE App and Website to help Your Child Practice Trick Words!

Vocabulary Spelling City is a great app or website (if you don't have an iPad) to help your child practice trick words. The K-1 reading specialist Michelle Clancy and I have made lists on this site containing our Fundations trick words.  To access this list just:

  • iPadClick on "Other Lists"  
  • Click on "User Name" 
  • Enter "Michelle Clancy" in the space above.  

All of the trick word lists and the games to be played will appear.  You need to click on a trick word list first and then click on the game you want to be played.  I like to have the children play "Teach Me" and then "Test Me" before going onto the other games.  If you have trouble accessing the lists, please email or call me.  Again, if you don't have an iPad go to  Both are FREE! Gotta love the free apps!

Tide Pool Field Trip

We are all set for the trip to the Tide Pool on Thursday, May 30th!  All who have volunteered to chaperone have been chosen as we need many chaperones for this field trip.

A few things to remember:

  1. Dress your child in layers as sometimes the weather fluctuates going from cold to hot or vice versa.
  2. NO FLIP FLOPS!  The rocks are slippery and flip flops don't help the children from slips and falls.  Rubber soled shoes and sneakers are best.  Sometimes these shoes do get wet, so send in shoes that you don't mind getting a little messy.  Aslo, if you'd like to send in a change Thank you to all who have sent int their permission slips and payment.  If you haven't done so  yet, please submit both permission slip and payment by May 23rd.  
Dinosaur Show Pictures???
I was so busy with the show that I wasn't able to take pictures of the Dinosaur Show to share.  If you have any pictures or video that you can send to me electronically I will be sure to post them on this blog for all to see.  You can email them as an attachment to

Friday, May 10, 2013

Quick iPad Survey

I recently e-mailed an iPad survey to get parental feedback regarding the class set of iPads which were piloted in Room 111 this year.  Thanks to all of you who have already taken the survey.  This will help both myself in future teaching and administration in technology decisions in the future. (It's completely anonymous).

If you have not yet taken the QUICK 7 question survey, it's not too late!

Click here to access the survey:

Thanks for your time!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Dinosaur Show, Tide Pool, Planting News

Our Dino-Mite Show Is May 17th at 9 am

Mark your calendar for the show of the year, starring...YOUR CHILD!

The Annual Dinosaur Show is May 17th at 9:00 for parents.

We'll be singing, dancing and rapping about dinosaurs.
Don't worry about providing costumes as we will provide everything they need:

If your child is dancing in Supersaurus, the boys can wear a greeen or white t-shirt with jeans.  It's a fifties dance so the girls can wear a poodle skirt (if you have one -- please don't buy!) or capris.

If your child is in Stegasaurus Pete (Irish Step), the girls can wear a skirt or capris.

If your child is in the square dance (Head Banging Boneheads), girls can wear a skirt or capris and boys can wear jeans and a T-shirt.

For all of the other dances, the boys and girls can wear green or white t-shirts and jeans.

Mrs. Astone Visits the Classroom to Play Guitar 
The class had a great time listening to Mrs. Astone playing Puff the Magic Dragon and A Spoonful of Sugar. It was fun to see the children enjoying such a special visit for their principal!.

Tide Pool Field Trip is May 30th

Permission slips have been sent home for the Tide Pool Field Trip.  We need lots of chaperones so please know that you can volunteer if you want to chaperone even if you have already been on a field trip.  We will need to do lots of carpooling as parking is limited, so if you have a large vehicle which can fit a lot of chaperones that would be wonderful.

Planting Sunflowers
The children have been busy planting their sunflower seeds and recording their observations in their KidsJournal on their iPad.  It's great to see them so excited about hands-on science!  They will be bringing their plants home once they have sprouted to be transplanted to a spot around your home soon!