Mark your calendars for our first field trip of the year! We will be going to Habitat in Belmont on October 10th. All chaperones are welcome!
“Building Cube Things” is the name of one of our Math Workshop activities. I didn’t make up the name, but it’s fun to say! In this partner activity, each student counts around 50 cubes and builds something for their buddy to count. The children are asked to design their “thing” in a way that will be easy for his/her buddy to count. The children’s items were very creative!
We have read the story “Owl Moon”. This is one of our second grade’s “mentor texts”. We will dive in closely to see what craft moves Jane Yolen used and we will try out these moves in our own writing. Examples include; using our senses, alliteration and personification.
Each day during our Morning Meeting, two children will be able to share an item or talk about something important to them. The other children will be able to ask questions and provide compliments to the speaker. This activity is designed to help support the children’s speaking and listening skills. It also helps students practice giving and receiving compliments. Thank you to the current third graders who modeled this with our class.
Thank you to our literacy coach Dr. Magalhaes for joining our class to read “Wilma Jean the Worry Machine” by Julia Cook. We talked about strategies we could try when we are worried at school and home. We discussed what was the author’s purpose/lesson in the story.
Families: Thank you for the coins. Throughout the year we will play games using them. In our first math unit, the children are identifying coins and their values and adding to 100
We have Social Thinking with our school social worker, Mrs. Henry each Thursday morning. We will discuss our feelings, mindfulness, ways to be a good friend and ways to make friends.
I hope everyone enjoyed the first day! We have such kind students in our class! We read my one of my favorite stories, “The Kissing Hans” by Audrey Penn. I can’t wait to see the children tomorrow!
PTO Working Meeting
(all parents & guardians welcome)
Wednesday, September 11th | 7-9 PM
Stratton PTO Community Meeting
(All parents & guardians welcome)
Wednesday, October 2nd | 7-9 PM
Stratton media center
Stratton Recess Closet
The Stratton School PTO is happy to once again offer the Stratton Recess Closet. Children need fresh air and outdoor play everyday. If children forget their outdoor clothing or if they do not have access to outdoor clothing, they cannot play safely and enjoyably. The Recess Closet is a collection of necessary outdoor clothing so that every child at Stratton can be warm and dry during recess, no matter the weather. Our social workers will also pull from this collection for our children who need this clothing at home as well as school.
We are looking for volunteers to help this effort! If you are willing to help sort clothing donations and/or wash winter gear throughout the year, please email K.C. Kourtz at email@example.com. We are still doing an inventory of what we have from last year, but typically we collect: rain coats, rain boots, winter coats, snow pants, snow boots, and tough gloves -- in all sizes from 5T to children's 16. As you begin to sort through your children's outgrown items, please consider donating them to our recess closet. More information about the collection process will be coming soon -- thank you for hanging on to items!
Ice Cream Social & Picnic
Thursday, September 19th | 5:30-7:30 PM
(Rain Date: Tuesday, September 24)
On Friday, my son Brendan helped to put school supplies in our pencil boxes. He also set up our writing folders. I think I’ll hire him!
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!
LI’m taking part in a two day Social Emotional Learning Workshop in Springfield. We’re learning instructional methods of SEL 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!
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!