Spring is here!? As spring is arriving, fourth graders have begun to continue their unit on Environments and are experimenting with plants. Our center time is divided between the study of a plant’s range of tolerance and some history of New Hampshire. Four different plant seeds have been planted (indoors) and the students observe the range of tolerance plants have with environmental factors, such as water and salt.
On May 17th, Brian Lies, children’s author and illustrator, will be here at I-LES speaking to students about being an author and an illustrator of children’s books. A lot of the books he has written and illustrated are fiction stories that have bats as the main characters. After vacation, students will start to become familiar with some of his books.
This week you will find an order form for his books attached to the newsletter.
On the first day of Spring, second graders planted radishes and lettuce. Although it might seem chilly outside, the temperature in the greenhouse on a sunny day can reach 90 degrees! And, just as importantly, the ground temperature is really heating up - about 60 degrees. Thanks to our solar heater (that small little hut-like building toward the back of the greenhouse), hot air has been circulating under the soil, giving us a big head start on the growing season.
Happy First Day of Spring everyone! The link below is of the Earth from space showing how the day/night line, a/k/a the terminator, moves about as the Earth orbits the Sun with its 23.5 degree tilt, showing us our seasons.
The preschoolers recently learned all about different kinds of weather, since the month of March can bring most of them in a single week! The students assembled “Up, Up and Away!” books about a flying kite, learned how rainbows are created, found diamond shapes, skated on the rug with tissue box “skates,” made weather wheels, painted a muddy boots picture, completed umbrella puzzles and found words that begin with the letter Ww.
The second grades have begun working on their annual musical, “The Bremen Town Musicians”. Each class presents this short play in the music room and parents are invited. This year we will be performing it on Thursday afternoon, April 20th. Ms. Earl's class will perform at 1:30, Mrs. McNutt's class at 2:00 and Ms. Olson's class at 2:30. More information will be coming out shortly.
Every year, students in grades 3 through 8 take the Smarter Balanced Assessments in Reading and Mathematics. These assessments measure achievement in Mathematics and Language Arts.
Students will, once again, be taking these tests between the middle of March and the end of May in schools across the state. These tests will give us information about how individual students are progressing and how our schools our performing as a whole. In third and fourth grade, approximately 7 hours will be needed to complete the test. The testing window is as follows:
Balls are very active in the gym for kindergarten through 4th grade. The kindergarten, 1st and 2nd graders are working on their kicking skills. Students are working in groups of 3 or 4 students on the positions of kicker, pitcher and fielder. All students rotate and get an opportunity to develop their skills. The students are cooperating to help their team to be successful. Also, the classes are playing NH 300 which is a tag game that helps the students develop their speed. Grades 3 and 4 are participating in a volleyball unit learning the skills of serving, bumping, setting and spiking. All of the classes are getting into games and the students are persevering to develop their skills in game situations.
Students may enter the building at 8:25 a.m. and the bell rings to start the day at 8:40 a.m. Please help your child to get to school on time and be ready to start their day. Being late to school is difficult for children and they miss the important “opening of the day” routines and activities that help set the tone for the day. Coming in after 9:00 a.m. means a loss of key instruction! Thank you for your support. - Mrs. Wrath