Dates to Remember
April 30th & May3rd: Photography project with pARTners 2:15-3:00
May 2nd: ACES (All Children Exercising Simultaneously) in the afternoon. Details below from Kim Hunt.
May 6th- 28th MAP window (Will send out specific testing days in a couple weeks)
May 7th: Music Informance 1:15-1:35 in the music room.
May 14th: Wyoming Reads day! We will go to JES for the morning to celebrate this special day!
May 15th: Community Groups
May 24th: Talent Show!! 12:40-1:40
May 27th: Memorial Day/No school.
May 30th: 6:00 Under the Big Top school-wide event at Owen-Bircher Park
June 5th: Field Day
June 7th: Early Release: Last Day for Kids.
We started a new reading unit this week and we are back to reading fiction. The children are loving the change. This week we read many books by Laura Numeroff. I'm sure you've heard of her books. Some titles include: If you Give A Dog a Donut, If you Give a Pig a Pancake, If you Give a Cat a Cupcake. These books are perfect when teaching cause and effect. The EFFECT is what happened and the CAUSE is why did it happen. We had a great conversation today. Children were able to related cause and effect to their lives and had many examples from books. Some children noted, "Everything happens for a reason."
What is cause and effect?
How do readers identify what happened and why it happened?
Why is it important for a reader to understand cause and effect?
What words help us understand the relationship between cause and effect?
We are working extremely hard on our expert books. Our plan is to finish them up next week. Children have been adding many different chapters. This week we talked about adding descriptive detail, labels and a glossary. The glossary page was optional and a few students are playing around with it. Please take time to ask your child what their expert book is about. Coming up with a few interesting facts together would be wonderful to have for next week. Stay tuned to learn about our publishing celebration. Children will share their books with their parents in May.
Math & Science
We finished up Unit 8 on Monday and kids took a small assessment. I graded these tests and sent them home with your child Monday night. Unit 9 started on Tuesday and we have been working with patterns on the number grid. Today children had to solve mini number grid puzzles.
We also started our plant unit. We planted our small, individual "lawns" and some brassica. We are hoping everything begins to sprout next week. Children brainstormed what they already know about plants and what they want to know. Children also started observing their plants and will continue to add entries next week. What do plants need to survive? That is an essential question which will guide our unit.
A message from Mrs. Hunt
Wilson Walkers and Joggers will begin next Monday, the 29th of April instead of this Monday, due to the weather and a limited number of volunteers. I am looking for volunteers!! If you have availability on Mondays or Wednesdays during the lunch hour (11:40-12:40) the students and I would really appreciate your help? WWJ promotes lifetime fitness and is an excellent activity for our students during lunch recess, two days of each week. Your job is to hand out cards to students, punch cards when they complete a lap, hand out motivational rewards and cheer them on as they walk or jog!! It is not hard and very fun to see these children so motivated. Please email me at email@example.com if you can help!
(Physical Education Teacher @ Wilson Elementary School)
ACES ( All Children Exercising Simultaneously) and "Lets Move Wyoming" supported by the Governor's Council
Thursday May 2nd
This program kicks off the month of May, which is National Physical Fitness and Sport month. Children all over the world participate in Project ACES, calling this the worlds largest exercise class. ACES aims to educate children about the importance of lifelong fitness which is an important part of our Physical Education Mission to be fit, strong and healthy so we can ski when were 80!!
This year, the Governors Council has challenged all schools in Wyoming to do an all school activity called "Lets Move Wyoming"! Our ACES program is right on!!!
"Physical Activity Isn’t an option, it’s a necessity.Help our kids reach their greatest potential. Only 6 states require physical education in every grade and only 20% of school districts require daily recess. Only 1 in 3 kids is active every day. ACTIVE KIDS PERFORM BETTER. Active kids increase concentration and attention and up to 40% will have higher test scores." Governors Council Wyoming
All students participate in an activity: Parents are welcome to join!
K and 1st grade: can either walk or jog on the bike path.
2nd-5th grade : can either walk, jog, rollerblade, scooter or ride a bike.
2pm- All bikers will go to the gym, briefly then ride down Fish Creek Road.
2:00pm- All other 2nd- 5th graders will meet on the black top to travel along the bike path.
2:30 -Kindergarten and 1st grade will walk or jog on the bike path.
Students riding a bike must have a helmet.
Check your bike to make sure it is in good working order. Tires pumped etc...
Rollerbladers must have all protective gear.
Bring a camel back or water bottle, you will get thirsty.
Wear appropriate clothing for the weather, coats, gloves etc..
Kim Hunt(Physical Education Teacher @ Wilson Elementary School)