Saturday, October 29, 2011

Our new class pet

It was really hard to decide which one to get, but Wesley helped me choose.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Busy day... part 2...

  We played spooky bingo in the afternoon.
Thanks to everyone that sent in awesome Halloween treats.  We loved them!
We had eyeball gumballs for our bingo prizes.  As you can see, they are double the fun - fun to play with and fun to chew!

Busy day...part 1...

   Wow!  Today was totally packed with fun stuff!  First, we made pumpkins that remind us about how to be safe when trick or treating.

Then we had a Warrior Awards program.
Courtney received a warrior of character award
because she is a nice and caring girl that
I can always count on to do the right thing.
Jordan received the warrior in reading award.
You will often find her reading her newest
favorite book, even in her free time!

Ian received the warrior in math award because
he is such a smart cookie in math.

Mandy received a warrior of character award
because she is a good friend to others
and works hard to always do the right thing.

Colten received the warrior in writing award
because he is often writing drafts and publishing
stories, even during recess and free time.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Making doughnuts

     Today we had Junior Achievement with Mr. Hays.  We learned about unit production and assembly line production and made paper doughnuts.  Then quality control checked them over to make sure they were made just right.  Here are Chloe and Julia with some of the doughnuts we made.  Mr. Hays even brought real chocolate doughnuts for us to eat!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Newsletter 10-21-11

Readers ask questions before, during, and after their reading.  We have been practicing our questioning skills.  Sometimes we even ask questions we don't find the answers to and that's okay!

In math we have been learning to use comparison symbols (<,>, and=), counting to 100,  finding 10 more or less of a number, and how to tell if a number is even or odd.  Whew!  That's a lot of work!

Due to the short week next week there will be no newsletter.  The spelling words for the week of Oct. 31 are included below.  There will be no words for the week of Oct. 24.

Spelling words for the week of Oct. 24:

None!  Enjoy Fall Break!

Spelling words for the week of Oct. 31:

boat   crow   float   glow   throat   rug   drum   tune   glue   duck   bug   tell   run   slow

Upcoming events:

Oct. 27-28 – Fall Break – NO SCHOOL
Nov. 9 – end of first trimester
Nov. 10 – teacher work day – NO STUDENTS
Nov. 22 – PTO meeting at 5:30 pm
Nov. 24-25 – Thanksgiving Vacation – NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


We have been reading The Invention of Hugo Cabret in class for read aloud time.  Today we finally got to the part where Hugo and Isabelle wound up the automaton with a key and it...  ask your child what happened then!   We learned a little about what automata are and how they work.

Here is some links that complement the book.

Franklin Institute Automaton Link

Monday, October 17, 2011

Sending good cheer to others

Dear Mrs. Hays' class,
     Thank you for the fall decorations you sent us.  We like the Indian corn and we enjoyed hanging them up.  We put them on the nursing station and the doors to residents' rooms.  We attached a few pictures to show you how much we appreciate your beautiful work!
                             Miller's Merry Manor of Syracuse

Hays' Bunch,
    I'm so proud of you for spreading love and cheer to others.  You really helped to brighten someone else's day.  I'm so lucky to be your teacher!
Mrs. Hays

Moon Phases Bonus Assignment

Students brought home an optional assignment sheet today, to be completed over the next two weeks.  We are learning about the phases of the moon.  Students have a chance to be a scientist and observe the moon and its changes.  Please complete 4 boxes minimum per week, drawing the moon in the box for the appropriate date.  If the sky is cloudy just write "cloudy" in the box.  Students choosing to complete the assignment will get a small reward.  The page is to be turned in on Halloween.  I have also told the students that the best time to see the moon may be in the morning.  Moonrise will be quite late in the evenings.  We will give it a try and see how it works!  Thanks for your help!

Playing Xbox by Kail

The Xbox

I played Smackdown vs. Raw.

I hit Edge really badly.

I gave Edge a KO.

I am vs. John Cena.
I am Ray Mysterio.

I gave John Cena the 619.

I beat the game.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Newsletter 10-14-11

         In math we are working on place value, modeling tens and ones, reading, and writing numbers.

        Thursday afternoon, the local firefighters came to school with their trucks to teach us about fire safety.

         We have been fixing and fancying up our books.  Some of them will be posted on the blog.  Lysa's is there now and a few more will be added in the coming weeks.  Please feel free to read them and post comments at the bottom.  We love to read comments about our work!

        Here is a link to an online game, penguins on ice, that we played in class to practice making complete sentences and choosing end marks.

        Spelling words for next week:
cheat   flea   speed   treat   wheat   top   nose   frog   coat   sock   eating   stop   clock   snap

Upcoming events:

Oct. 18 – PTO meeting at 5:30 p.m.
Oct. 27-28 – Fall Break – no school

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

My Trip to Chicago by Lysa

My trip to Chicago

American Girl Store

My favorite part was going to the
 American Girl Store.

I got an American Girl doll.
 Her name is Elizabeth.
My sister got one too.
Her name is Laney.

Shedd Aquarium

Then we went to the Shedd Aquarium.
We saw big sting rays.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Fundraiser pickup

Fundraiser pickup is tonight only from 3:00-7:00.  Any orders not picked up will be returned to the company, due to their perishable nature.  Thanks for supporting our school!

Turn and Talk

   We use "turn and talk" a lot during lesson time.  That means we turn toward our partner, knee to knee and face to face, and have meaningful conversation about the lesson.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Change of date for PTO meeting

The PTO meeting will be on Oct. 18 instead of Oct. 25. This is a change from the original schedule.  Thanks PTO for all that you do for our school and students!

Happy Birthday, Heather!

Newsletter 10-7-11

        Thank you to those who attended conferences.  If I did not meet with you this round, I will catch you the next.
         This week we have been working on arrays and repeated addition in math.
         Creating mental images helps you to better understand what you are reading.  We have been practicing making mental images while reading and listening to read alouds.
         Thanks for all the snacks to refill our snack cabinet!

Spelling words for next week:
brain faint snail strain tray hill chin smile bike write played mail rain name

     Upcoming events:
Oct. 25 – PTO meeting at 5:30 p.m.
Oct. 27-28 – Fall Break – no school

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Our field trip to Koinonia

  We had a great day for an outdoor field trip!  We participated in several activities.  At the fossil dig we learned about fossils, got to dig for them and even brought one home!  We learned about birds, how they hunt for food, and what happens when there is competition for food.  In the discovery room we got to view and touch different animal skins, shells, and lots of other things from nature.  We played BUGS bingo and learned all about insects and some insect relatives.  We ate our lunch outside and roasted marshmallows over a campfire Mr. Hays built for us.  At the end of the day we got to go on a nature hike.  Thank you to Mrs. Heiden and Mrs. Richey for helping take pictures for our slide show.

Happy Birthday, Jayden!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Field trip to Koinonia Tuesday

    We are looking forward to a beautiful day at Koinonia tomorrow!  Don't forget to bring a lunch labeled with your name and come dressed to tromp around in the woods on a hike (sandals are not appropriate footwear and pants are a must.)  We will leave right after announcements at 8:35 so be on time!  I can't wait!

Mrs. Hays:)

Happy Birthday, Julia!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Congratulations, Jeb!

Congratulations, Jeb and Syracuse Cub Scout Pack 3828 on a great showing at the Cubmobile race in Warsaw!