Students in kindergarten through grade 4 have spent so much time and effort this year learning about, and working on, the Inter-Lakes personal competencies located on the front of our progress reports. During the month of January, a poster/writing contest opened up for all students. The task was to draw and explain what a student demonstrating the personal competencies would look like in our building. We received a ton of posters!
The third grade recorders will arrive this week and we will begin the process of learning how to play them. We have been reading music, so we're ready to go. At the end of the year, the students will bring them home with a booklet of all the songs we have learned. The second grade students are beginning to work on the play, Bremen Town Musicians. We will be performing this for parents sometime in April.
Organizational skills are key to student success! This month we will be highlighting this personal competency and its importance. Studies show there is a direct correlation between academic achievement and organizational skills. Organization is a learned skill; teachers will be modeling and teaching about how to best organize backpacks and learning spaces.
Prevention is the key. Staying healthy during winter months can be challenging. The best way to prevent the spread of illness is to keep your child(ren) home if they have a fever of 100 degrees or higher, are vomiting or have diarrhea. A child needs to be fever free for 24 hours without medication before returning to school. Please keep in mind that, if your child is well enough to attend school, he/she will be expected to participate in PE and recess.
Lights, Camera, Action!
Students at I-LES love to be stars. During tech time, one of the favorite activities is movie making. Students learn how to make green screen films using a simple iPod app called Veescope Live. With this tool, students are able to key out the color green and replace it with a background of their choice.
In Kindergarten, Mrs. Bunnell’s class wrote their own book back based on Harold and the Purple Crayon.
Clay, Clay and more Clay! In the art room, there is probably no medium more popular than clay. At the beginning of each year, one of my goals is to provide every student with meaningful experiences in clay. However, managing 400+ students working in this beloved medium is the ultimate challenge. It is a difficult and lengthy process which requires careful planning and the logistics can be daunting especially when so many classes are participating in it at one time.
Perseverance: The ability and self control to push through challenges, or “grit” as many would call it, is our focus for the month of January at I-LES. Students and teachers have been using our competency wall to display what these competencies look and sound like in our building. Ms. Mulcahy and I continue to have our monthly talks with each grade level about how important these habits of the mind are to our school and community.
With the snow that has accumulated so far this winter, the children are already sliding, climbing snow banks and building forts! We ask that students wear full winter apparel in order to play in the snow, so please continue to send your child with snow pants, boots, coats, hats and mittens/gloves.
The behavioral expectations at recess are the same, with a few added rules to help ensure everyone’s safety when there is snow and ice.
Now that winter weather has “settled in,” it seems like a good time to remind parents of the school’s guidelines regarding indoor vs. outdoor recess. If it is raining/sleeting, etc., indoor recess is held. If it is zero degrees or below (factoring in the wind chill), indoor recess is held. Please make sure your child is outfitted properly for recess on those colder than normal days!