Friday, May 25, 2018

Summer Reading and Book Sale


We had our last library of the year today, but that does not mean the reading will stop!  Ms. Jones has a wonderful site with great ideas for summer reading.  You can check it out here.

There is also a year-end book sale happening in the Lower School.  The Parents’ Association will be holding a Used Book Sale in Room 23 from May 29 - June 1. Hours of the book sale are:  7:45-9:00 am and 2:45-4:00 pm. Feel free to bring your children by to pick up a few goodies for the summer!
Thursday, May 17, 2018

Happy Birthday!

We celebrated a spring kindergarten birthday this week with a reading of the story Cutie Pie.



Enjoy your special day!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Water Day Fun!

Everyone had a blast at our water day.  Thank you to all our helpers!














Friday, May 11, 2018

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

We had a lot of fun this morning at the MIA looking for animals in art.  First we took a quick tour around a few collections...

Snow monkeys in the seasons--a beautiful, large piece

Tiny cricket cages from China

A Caduceus from Roman times--many children liked the combination of snakes and wings!

A mask from Africa with a hen carving

A bronze statuette by Picasso--we learned that Picasso used found objects like his children's toys to create it!

Following our tour, the children went on a scavenger hunt to find animals in art.  Mammals were the easiest to find, but some children managed to find reptiles, amphibians and fish.

Thank you to all our parent volunteers!
Friday, May 4, 2018

May Fun

We kicked off May with our community partner trip to the Walker Senior Home, the start of our animal atlas study, Lower School chapel, and our own role in the Lower School Community Meeting!  Phew, what a week!

To help prepare us for our trip to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts next Friday, we began researching to create our own animal atlases.  The students' animal atlases will allow them to research continents closely for native animals.  Students examined the National Geographic Animal Atlas and explored the app Barefoot Atlas to begin their research. 

 

 

 


We also attended our annual chapel led by Native American students, where we learned about regalia, the importance of native herbs and more.  After lunch, we watched as some students and families erected a tipi on the green.

 


We also got a quick photo this morning before the start of Community Meeting.  Everyone was so excited to see their biddies and buddies that it was hard to get a picture!  Everyone did a great job presenting our new C.A.R.E. theme, curiosity.




Friday, April 27, 2018

Happy Birthday!

We celebrated our last birthday of the year with the very cool book The Gruffalo!


Enjoy your special day and thanks for sharing it with us!

Field Trip to Eastman Nature Center

We had a great trip to Eastman Nature Center in Osseo/Maple Grove this week.  We examined some animals and talked about how their bodies are built for survival.



We attended a puppet show, where a baby turtle learned all about how it was the same and different from other animals.

We even got to meet a Blanding's turtle and see how it can put its head under its shell.  


After our nature hike, we had an opportunity to rest and get a spring class picture.  There isn't a bit of snow in the picture! 
We look forward to our trip to the MIA in a few weeks, where we will look for animals in art as well!


Tuesday, April 24, 2018

A Visit from Baby Lynden!

We got a special treat today before our field trip to the nature center--a visit from Baby Lynden and family!  The students asked questions about the baby and made connections with stories they have heard about when they were born.  So many of the teachers were excited to meet the baby and hold him too!






Friday, April 20, 2018

Last Week of Subtraction

We finished up our unit on subtraction with week with some fun stations.  We had subtraction bowling with ten bottles and a tennis ball.  Everyone worked in teams to practice their subtraction skills--and bowl some strikes! 

Everyone also worked on reading and answering subtraction equations using plastic beans.
                                     

We also introduced "Mathopolis" on the iPads, a game to practice subtraction and addition fluency.  The students had a lot of fun "putting out fires" by solving simple equations as quickly as they could.  We even had one student get a class record!

One of our favorite math games this week was cup stacking, where a partner read an equation from the bottom of a cup and their partner checked their answer (written inside the cup).  If they got it correct, they got to stack the cup!  Lots of friends built towers and walls as they solved problems quickly!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Last Biobuddy Visit of the Year

We kicked off our last biobuddy visit with a video on animal senses.  Then it was time for the students to think about what super sense they would have--would they have super vision like an eagle?  Or maybe a super sense of taste like a bumblebee?  Buddies and kindergartners wrote about their super sense and drew portraits of themselves as those animals in their science booklets.  Then it was time to make animal masks.  Creativity and collaboration were in the air as the students made some colorful masks--it might be hard to tell who is behind them!










Then it was time to eat pizza and icees with our buddies in the middle school dining room.



Everyone is excited to see their buddies in the hall!  We know this year brought wonderful memories that will last a long time.