Did you know that the American Kestrel needs a space of 250+ football fields to hunt and live?
Second Graders had the chance to host the Squam Lakes Science Center before break! Eric, from the Science Center, came in and did an animal presentation for us. We learned all about the Wood Turtle, Porcupine, and American Kestrel.
Team Bannon Super Bowl Celebration — Are you rea!dy for some football? Flag football, that is. We seized the opportunity to celebrate the Patriots and the amazing Super Bowl. Super Bowl week began with our very own combine! We experienced a variety of agility and strength exercises which taxed our bodies and our minds. We discovered that we have our own agility training every day here at I-LES when we read, learn new math facts, exercise our cooperation skills, etc.
Third graders have been very busy this month and have had some very special opportunities. We hope you all had a chance to look at your child’s portfolio and can see the great growth they are making.
There have been some great guest teachers this month as well. Dr. DeTolla made a visit to talk about dental health.
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.