One of my favorite things to do as a teacher is to prepare our classroom for the upcoming year. It’s fun to think of a new theme (this year it is hot air balloons) and I enjoy organizing classroom tools and supplies. My mom was a teacher and principal for over 30 years and I loved helping her decorate her classroom when I was in my teens. I hope you will think our classroom is as bright and cheerful as I do. I still have more to do I’m enjoying the process! I’ll post more photos soon!
Many thanks to our amazing literacy coaches and APS for purchasing the wonderful new books. Today we received new titles for our Book Series and Nonfiction units. I can’t wait for the children to dive into these!
I’m taking part in a two day Social Emotional Learning Workshop in Springfield. We’re learning instructional methods of SEI and how they can lead to a positive outcome in our students. Right now we’re talking about the use of brain breaks and interacting with some fun puzzles and games!
I came into our class today and found many boxes filled with school supplies! Many thanks to our PTO for ordering these for teachers and for our families. The photo shows a sampling of the goodies!
On Tuesday, my oldest son Brendan joined our class. He read a story, helped pass out supplies and supported students as they packed up items. He really enjoyed meeting our students. When we went out to recess, 5th graders invited him to join their kickball game. Many thanks to the Stratton community for welcoming him!
Congratulations to our second graders for a successful WorldFest! Thank you parents for your support! The children’s reports are so informative and their posters are stunning!
Today second graders were able to get a taste of the string instruments they will be able to play at school in third grade. Be on the lookout for the flyer for this optional program.
Ask your child what she/he learned from our sun/summer safety lesson today. My take-aways include; reapply sunblock after going in the water, wear long pants on hikes to reduce the chance of bug bites, and always let a family member know when and where you are going in the water at the beach.The beads on the children’s new bracelets turn colors as reminders to put on sunblock/seek shade. Thank you Mrs. Newell for joining us.
I’m enjoying a quiet moment at home. The candle scent has a hint of a summer feel to it. The water bottle keeps refreshments perfectly cold. What a nice relaxing way to start the weekend with the lovely gifts from the class.
The entire second grade is creating a butterfly garden near the gym doors. Our class planted marigold seeds. The children are using the rain barrel to water the plants each day.
I would like to share a sincere thank you to all families in our class. It has been a wonderful week of cards, flowers and so many goodies. Many, many thanks for the class basket of amazing treats and the flowers are gorgeous! Thank you so much!
Many thanks to Melissa Orkin for organizing this amazing African drumming workshop. Thanks to the PTO for funding this for the second graders. We also would like to thank Molly Lyons and Heather Mell for their help with the behind-the-scenes work. Thank you Nathaniel Braddock for setting up and sharing your musical support during the workshop. I have never done this before! It really is as fun as it looks!
Our class visited the third grade science fair to help gain excitement for next year’s project. Wow! These projects were amazing! A big congratulations goes to the third grade students, their parents and teachers!
Welcome to the Barth Cafe! Today’s special is Book Series! Ask your child what she/he read during our Book Tasting.
Staff members planted flowers in a garden at Stratton today to remember our wonderful custodian Mr. Rick who passed away in the fall. Mr. Rick was known to be an expert at lawn and garden care as well as being a fun, happy member of our community.
I love staying connected between the classroom and the children's homes. I look forward to posting often this year! Feel free to leave comments!