At Mary Roberts’ Elementary, Mrs. Furman’s 2nd grade reading class is reading the fictional story Flat Stanley. The students enjoyed finding out all of Stanley’s adventures of being flat. One of his adventures was going to visit his relatives. Since he was a flat boy, his parents sent him through the US mail.
To extend our reading lesson, the students made flat versions of themselves to mail to a relative or friend. This special person will take them around to their favorite places. Our class is traveling to Kentucky, Maryland, Virginia, California, New York, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Florida, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and even the Philippines!!!
The students can‘t wait to see the photographs and read all about “their” adventure.
At Mary Roberts’, Mrs. Furman’s second grade class is learning about some AMAZING African Americans. Each student has been given a different person to learn about. When the students are finished writing their report, they will be giving an oral presentation of their person to the class. As the other students are listening to the report, they will be writing down three important facts that they have learned about each amazing African American.
At Mary Roberts’ Mrs. Furman’s second grade class is learning about community needs and wants in Social Studies. Students are learning that it is important to buy the needs before the wants when it is time to choose what to buy. The class is also learning about being a consumer and using forms of payment to buy those important needs to live. Each student received their own pretend check book to purchase an item. The students learned how to write a check using words for numbers. The students also had to use two-digit subtraction to find the balance of their checkbook after buying the item. They were VERY excited that they had pretend money left to “spend” at home.
At Mary Roberts’, Mrs. Lusk’s class is working on a unit about winter and snowmen! Students made snowmen out of clay. The children gave it a name and wrote a story to go with it. They also created a pie graph on a giant snowman answering the question, “Have you ever built a snowman?” They analyzed the data as a class. They also drew pictures of things that remind them of winter on the hat.
Mrs. Furman’s second grade class is getting excited for the BIG snow storm coming. In math today, we practiced place value by counting 128 beans. We put them into group of 10 to make 100. We also had 2 tens and 8 ones left over. We put the beans in our snowmen!!
Just before the Winter Break, all students from Ms. Black’s/Ms Applegate’s, Ms. Drazen’s, Ms. Harkins’, Ms. Korn’s, and Mrs. Wiggans’s classes “warmed up with a good book”. Students made book reports in the shape of a cocoa mug, the classes all gathered, shared their projects, and enjoyed Ms. Baldwin’s homemade hot chocolate. It was so much fun to meet one another and hear about all the awesome books we are reading, and we all heard some recommendations for our future reading pleasure!
The counselors at the Upper Elementary School organized their 5th annual Holiday Bazaar. Various gifts were donated by faculty and staff from which the students were able to chose gifts for family members. The goal of this festive activity is to teach our children the gift of giving .
The counselors also helped coordinate a school wide effort in which faculty and staff purchased gifts and food for families in need. Their generosity was over the top!! They bought clothes, toys, food and even baked homemade cookies for many of our families who otherwise would have struggled this holiday season. Thank you to all!!!
On Friday December 11, 2015, Mrs, Kelbaugh’s, Mr. Trauger’s, and Mrs. Wiggans’s
classes had our annual Traditions Festival. Family members joined students as they shared memorable holiday traditions. This multi-generational celebration culminated with a buffet of favorite holiday foods. We are always amazed at the varied ways that families
celebrate their heritage and their histories. Sharing with and learning from our classmates has become quite a tradition of its own here in 4th grade!
Baker’s Third Grade Chorus delighted both parents and students when they presented their holiday concert. The chorus, under the direction of Interim Music Teacher Ingrid Demby, performed nine songs. Selections included the Baker School Song, Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, Deedle Deedle Dai, and Feliz Navidad. A new twist to the concert was the digital background, created by Art Teacher Katie Paetzold. Paraprofessionals Angela Reid and Louise Shaffer also assisted Ms. Demby with practices and by manning the instrumentals. The sixty-five members of the chorus had also performed earlier in the week for the residents of Care One. The concert was the perfect way to kick off the holiday season!
Mrs. Pascale, former WAMS Science Teacher, once again delighted the Mrs. Memmo’s and Mr. O’Brien’s fourth grade students at the UES. Mrs. Pascale taught a hands on lesson on rocks and minerals. She used hands on experiments, a slide show and rock investigation to delight, and instruct the students. Thank you so much, Mrs. Pascale