Classroom Happenings

This week in the Toddler room we talked about spiders! We painted black spiders, sang "I'm a Little Spider", read The Itsy Bitsy Spider, and searched for spiders in our sensory bin. Searching for them was our FAVORITE! We felt around the black and orange spider webs and picked out different colors of spiders. We collected them in our buckets. We found pink, orange, green, and black! This was a fun activity that helped our fine motor skills tremendously and gave us an exciting sensory experience!

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The Physical Education classes have been very active this trimester. The kids enjoyed participating in a wide variety of circuit training exercises to some pretty hip tunes. Stations included exercises such as planks, frog jumps, arm weights, and jump rope, just to name a few. Now that our par course is in place, students will be able to enjoy an even greater variety of exercises. Athletes who participated in our after-school sports program were given the opportunity to practice with their respective teams during the P.E. class time. This new model enables our student-athletes to get home earlier and has allowed us to have more practice time than in the past. Our students will continue to choose from a variety of activities throughout the year that will be fun and promote life-long physical activity.

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Our 1st graders had a "fin-tastic" time on our field trip to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. We have been learning about the California coastline, and tide pools are one of our favorite ocean habitats. A portion of the student's learning at the aquarium was dedicated to understanding the work scientists do, and one important part of a scientists job is to always ask questions and make predictions. We were truly impressed by the way our 1st graders engaged in the lesson. We were then able to examine amazing invertebrates, like sea stars, sea urchins, and sea cucumbers. By taking part in exciting activities, students discovered how some of these spineless creatures adapt to their watery world. Finally, the students were then able to tour the aquarium and see all the Pacific Ocean has to offer. The Aquarium of the Pacific truly brought our curriculum and learning to life!

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On Monday, the kindergartners celebrated the 30th day of Kindergarten! Every 10 school days, we have a "Zero the Hero" day where we practice counting by 10's and eat a special circle (or zero) shaped snack. Mrs. Bochenek's class enjoyed chocolate donuts and Mrs. Weber's class enjoyed Oreo cookies. This is a great way to teach the base ten system and one of the highlights of Kindergarten!

In honor of S (the letter of the week), the kindergartners wore silly socks to school on Wednesday! We had a super time practicing our letter S sounds while wearing our funny socks. We finished the day by reading Smelly Socks by one of our favorite authors, Robert Munsch. Learning new letters is fun in Kindergarten!

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Third Grade students have just finished the classroom unit (la clase) in Spanish. Students learned classroom vocabulary and identified various objects around the room. Each student designed their own classroom, labeling everything in Spanish. It was exciting to see their creations and hear them present their ideas in Spanish.

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