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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Christmas party fun

 Party fun and games - Thanks so much for making it a fun time, Mrs. Brunner, Mrs. Taylor, Mrs. Snavely, and helpers!














Performing reader's theater for Miss Smith's kindergarten class


Friday, December 18, 2015

Newsletter 12-18-15

     Thanks so much for collecting items for the food drive.  We really helped stock up the food pantry!    Thanks also for participating in spirit days to benefit families through Heifer Project International.  It was a fun week.

    Merry Christmas!  See you next year!

Upcoming events:
Dec. 21-Jan. 1 Christmas Break
Jan. 4 – classes resume
Jan. 21 – Parent Teacher Conferences
Jan 21 – family involvement activity 3:30-6:30 in the Happy Place
Jan 25 – weather makeup day
Jan 25 – PTO meeting 8:30am in Happy Place

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Get the seesaw app to see your child's gingerbread trap video

This year we're going to use a new tool to share what we're learning in class called Seesaw. Your child will have his or her own learning journal, and you can get notified when your child adds new items. It's completely private -- only you can see your child's journal outside of class.

Your child is bringing home a sheet with a QR code to scan for sign up
or
Click below to sign up -- it takes just 30 seconds.

seesaw link

Once you sign up, you can download the Seesaw Parent app for iPhone or Android, or access your child's journal on the web.

Thanks! 

Twins day!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Box top winners!

    We won the grade level contest for box top collection.  We watched a video and had ice cream bars.  Thanks PTO!

Newsletter 12-11-15

    Thanks so much for refilling our snack cabinet!  We should be good to go for awhile.

    We will finish up counting money next week and we will test on it before break.  Remember to keep involving your children in authentic money counting activities so they can get better at handling it!

    We had the highest box top collection in our grade level!  Today we got ice cream bars and watched a movie.  Thanks for helping us earn this reward.

    We are still collecting items all next week for the food drive.  Please help stock up the food pantry!   

Upcoming events:
Dec. 18 – 12:45 class Christmas party
    1:45 all school singalong in gym
Dec. 21-Jan. 1 Christmas Break
Jan. 4 – classes resume
Jan. 21 – Parent Teacher Conferences
Jan 21 – family involvement activity 3:30-6:30 in the Happy Place
Jan 25 – weather makeup day
Jan 25 – PTO meeting 8:30am in Happy Place

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Newsletter 12-04-15

        Our snack cabinet is empty.  If you are able, the students would enjoy some healthy snacks to refill it!  Thank you!

We've been working hard on our all about books in writing workshop.  They are informational books to teach our readers something.  We chose a topic we know a lot about.  We've got diagram pages, zoom in pages, how to pages, and more.

Math time is filled up with counting money.  You can help at home by counting change with your child.  Just empty your pocket and have a go!  So far we are up to pennies, nickels, and dimes.  Quarters next week...

We go to the Penguin Patch Shop Tuesday morning at 10:30.  If you would like your child to purchase gifts there for your family or others, please send money in an envelope labeled with their name.

Upcoming events:
Dec. 7 – Music program for Grades 4 and 5 at 7:00 pm in gym
Dec. 21-Jan. 1 Christmas Break
Jan. 4 – classes resume
Jan. 21 – Parent Teacher Conferences
Jan 21 – family involvement activity 3:30-6:30 in the Happy Place
Jan 25 – weather makeup day
Jan 25 – PTO meeting 8:30am in Happy Place

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Holiday Traditions

In Mrs. Hays' family, we always make eggnog when we decorate the tree.  So we made some at school when we decorated the tree for our classroom.  It was a day for trying something new.  Most of us really liked it!





Here is the recipe.  It is WAY better than store bought.

1 cup milk
1/4 cup eggbeaters (These are pasteurized, unlike regular raw eggs.)
2 T sugar
1 dash salt
1/2 t vanilla

Combine all ingredients.  I like it best after it is mixed in a blender.  It makes it nice and frothy.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Newsletter 11-27-15

     I will be out of state on Nov. 23 and 24.  Mrs. Boyer will be our guest teacher.  
I will be back on the 30th!  Enjoy Thanksgiving with your families.

    NO HOMEWORK NEXT WEEK!

    HaysCorner is now on Twitter!  Follow us- @hayscorner111 .

Since our report cards no longer have an explanation key at the bottom, 
I thought I'd include this information.

Report Card Explanation Key
A 90-100%
B 80-89%
C 70-79%
D 60-69%
F 59% and below
E Excellent
S Satisfactory
N Needs improvement
U Unsatisfactory
CR Credit
NC No credit

   Upcoming events:
Nov. 23 – PTO Meeting 5:30pm in Happy Place
Nov. 25-27 – No school – Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 7 – Music program for Grades 4 and 5, 7:00 pm in gym

Friday, November 20, 2015

Our Thankful List








          We just finished reading Junie B. Jones, Turkeys We Have Loved and Eaten (and Other Thankful Stuff).  Our cadet teacher, Miss Zorn, decided we should bring in our own thankful bags and share what we are thankful for, just like they did in the book.  Here it is!


lucky gold coin
grandma and grandpa
family
creeper
mom and dad
seashells
Pokemon cards
big Pokemon cards
x box
bible
cops
house
brother and sister
minecraft guys
brothers and sisters
nana
monster
pet dog
ketchup
friendly
stuffed moose
bear
stuffed horse
Olaf
coffee
team
running
best friend Autumn
youth group
4H
sheep 
pigs
chickens
grandpa
best friend Taylor
family
FFA
dogs


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Nonfiction text feature scavenger hunt

Today we went on a scavenger hunt for nonfiction text features in Gail Gibbons books.  We looked for things like: captions, diagrams, labels, graphs, maps, table of contents, glossary, index, cutaway, zoom in, and "how to" pages.  Whew!  That's a lot to look for!  We found a bunch!



Friday, November 13, 2015

Newsletter 11-13-15

     2 digit subtraction with regrouping is off to a good start.  Expect more 2-page homework nights Monday through Thursday next week.

    The Veterans Day program was super!  Check out the blog for pictures.

    We have been learning about sequence and signal words in reading this week.  Signal words help us determine what is important when we read. 

    HaysCorner is now on Twitter!  Follow us- @hayscorner111 .

    Upcoming events:
Nov. 23 – PTO Meeting 5:30pm in Happy             Place
Nov. 25-27 – No school – Thanksgiving                 Break
Dec. 7 – Music program for Grades 4 and 5
        7:00 pm in gym

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Veterans Day

We had a wonderful Veterans Day program today.  Thanks to Mrs. Stump and all the students for their hard work!









Thursday, November 5, 2015

Newsletter 11-5-15

       We tested on 2 digit addition with regrouping today.  We will begin our new unit next week on 2 digit subtraction with regrouping.  This is another big unit that takes a lot of work.  Expect more 2-page homework nights for awhile.

We learned about recycling paper this week.  Read more about it  and see pictures on the blog.

HaysCorner is now on Twitter!  Follow us- @hayscorner111 .

Upcoming events:
Nov. 6 – Teacher work day – no school for students
Nov. 11 – Veteran's Day program in gym – 10:00am
Nov. 23 – PTO Meeting 5:30pm in Happy Place
Nov. 25-27 – No school – Thanksgiving Break

Building story scenes with Lego

Today after we read silently to ourselves, we built a scene from our story with Legos.  This helps us understand setting and plot in the books we read.

video

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Making paper

  We learned about paper and recycling today from the Kosciusko  County Recycling Depot.  We made our own paper!  First, you make a slurry from water and fiber.  You pour it over your mold, like this.

This is the slurry.

Then you press out the water.


Keep pressing!
 Then you take it off the screen.


 Set it out to dry for a few days.
Then you have your own recycled paper!

Monday, November 2, 2015

We love Junior Achievement!

Thanks to Mrs. Brunner for teaching our second graders about money, jobs, and our community in Junior Achievement this year. We learned a lot!


Friday, October 30, 2015

Newsletter 10-30-15

     2 digit addition with regrouping is going pretty well.  Thanks for the help with extra homework during this unit.  Help on homework is OK!

    We have been working on Character analysis in Reading Workshop.  Talking about character traits and what characters are like inside and out helps us understand our reading better.

    Thanks for all the treats for this afternoon and for your help with filling up our snack cabinet.  We really appreciate it!

    Upcoming events:
Nov. 5 – Muffins with Moms in gym and cafeteria
    7:45-8:15
Nov. 6 – Teacher work day – no school for students
Nov. 11 – Veteran's Day program in gym – 10:00am
Nov. 23 – PTO Meeting 5:30pm in Happy Place
Nov. 25-27 – No school – Thanksgiving Break

Spider web STEM challenge

We've been learning about spiders lately, so we decided to do a related STEM challenge.  The challenge was to build a realistic spider web out of dental floss.  Here are our webs.  Hope you catch lots of bugs to eat!








Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Making butter

   One of our reading groups has been reading a book about making butter.  We decided it would be fun to try!    First, we poured heavy cream and a little salt in a jar.  Then we shook it,  for a LONG time. 


It looked like this.

Then we spread it on banana bread.  



Was it yummy!  Many thanks to Preston's family for the wonderful bread!