Thursday, May 16, 2019

Week of May 13, 2019

In case you did not see this email.......

As you may have read in my blog post last week, end of the year testing started this week.  Today (Wednesday), we took the aReading test.  This is a reading test that gives 30 questions based on how a student performs on each question.  This is the exact same test that students are given in the fall and winter.  Students take this test on the computer.

When we took the test in the winter, I made the deal that I didn't want anyone's score  to include a "hand."  Getting a red or yellow hand meant the student clicked quickly and most likely did not read each question carefully.  No students received a hand in the winter and so everyone was rewarded with a free ice cream cone, small fry, or cookies from McDonalds.  Those same certificates were donated to us again and I made the same deal!  ALL STUDENTS WILL BE BRINGING HOME ANOTHER CERTIFICATE ON THURSDAY!!!!!   NO HANDS!!!!

As I have looked at everyone's scores, and compared where we all started in the fall, YOU have lots to be proud of.  Your kids have made some great progress and are VERY ready for 3rd grade.   They have each worked hard and their hard work has paid off!  I am proud of every single student in my room, and I know you will be proud also!  We aren't quite done with the end of the year testing, but we sure are off to a great start!

With just three weeks left of school, we have lots of special events/activities beginning next week.  Wednesday we will be visiting Lincoln, meeting the third grade teachers and other staff members, and getting a tour of the building.  Friday is our Track and Field Day.  Those of you that are chaperoning, Mrs Conrad is working on group assignments and making sure you are with your child all day long!  I will send another email next week with more specifics about that day!

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Week of May 6, 2019

After our trip to the library this week, the rest of our time has been pretty routine.  End of the year testing will start next week.  Students will take three tests throughout the next 3 weeks - aReading, Math Application and Computation, and iReady.  I am always a bit nervous to get these results, as I know everyone has made significant academic growth, but the test scores don't always show it.  We have been talking some about test taing strategies and will continue having those conversations.  I would appreciate any encouragement that you give at home as well.  I will send home all of your child's scores for the entire year with reports cards on the last day of school

Happy Mother's Day to each of you!  I hope you all enjoy a special day with your children and/or your own mom, grandma, or special mother figure in your life!

Monday, May 6, 2019

Library, Korner Kremery, and all BY FOOT!

We had such a fun afternoon.  The rain held off and it was actually a little bit warm as we made our way, first to the library and then Kormer Kremery.  Jenisa does such a nice job with our students.  She gives them a wonderful tour and just enough factual information about the library.  She shares information about the Summer Reading Program and encourages students to bring in their parents to sign them up!  Last, it's time to check out books.    If your child got a new card and/or checked out a book, it should be in  his/her backpack!  The date of when the book is also included on a sheet a paper with your child's library card.

After the library we headed to Korner Kremery and got our ice cream cone! Yum!  They tasted awesome and were a great treat for our walk back to Stewart.  We will be writing thank you notes to Jenisa at the library, Stewart Boosters for paying for our ice cream cones, and Korner Kremery for serving us so quickly!

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Week of April 29, 2019

I turned my calendar to May this week and took a few deep breaths!  Yikes, it's truly hard to believe we are so close to the end of the school year.  We will be turning the calendar to June together as well, but these last weeks will go quickly!  I hope you saw my final calendars that were sent home this week. I sent May and June together so you would have all dates for the rest of our time together.  Be sure to check the right hand side of my blog, because I do my best to keep it updated as well.

Thank you for being so prompt with the MANY forms I sent home last week!  I have ALMOST everyones back.  If you are still hanging on to those at home, please send them back to school as soon as possible.  The swim form must be returned in order for your child to be able to swim at the big pool that last week of school.  If your children are bugging you to fill them out, they may be doing that because I am asking them everyday if they have their forms for me!  If you have any questions, or need new forms, please let me know!  I have extra forms I can send home!

We have lots of summer birthdays and you may have noticed I included them at the bottom of the June calendar.  If your child would like to bring a special treat to celebrate their summer birthday at school, that would be fine.  Please let me know what date you would like to do that so we can spread the treats out throughout the month.

Tuesday, May 7, from 5:00 - 7:00,  is McTeacher's Night at McDonalds in Washington.  Part of the profits from that evening are given back to Stewart AND the class with the most students attending will receive an additional $100 check for their classroom.  There will be some Stewart teachers there as well.   I hope some of you are able to attend!

Friday, April 26, 2019

50 Googly Eyes and 40 cubes = Popsicles and North Park Fun

We earned some great rewards today!  Another 50 googly eyes were earned AND we have been working hard during sentence dictation to earn 40 cubes.  Every time someone would get the sentence correct, that person got to add a cube!  The goal was 40 cubes and we made it yesterday!   Googly eyes are earned by students doing their job, being respectful, being responsible, and being safe!  It was a beautiful afternoon to have some extra playtime!!

FFA Petting Zoo

We were so lucky to have a Petting Zoo at our school today.  Thanks to the High School FFA group and Mr. Steinhart for organizing this event and bringing so many animals to us!  The high school students were very willing to answer questions!  It was a fun morning!
Pictures were hard to get because the time went by very quickly, but I have a few to share!

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Week of April 22, 2019

I am posting a day early this week.  My son has been invited to a Scholarship Dinner in Pella tomorrow night that we plan to attend.  Since my husband and I will be driving to and from Pella, I thought tonight would be a better "blog night."

Don't forget about the Stewart Carnival this weekend - Saturday, April 27 from 11-2.  The weather forecast doesn't look great, but the Stewart Boosters always manages to make the event a huge success!  Also Friday is Mismatch Day to get us all in the Carnival Spirit!

If you missed the picture of our Snack Attack Basket, I have posted another here!  You all did a great job of filling it so full!  THANK YOU!!

I am also VERY excited about the amount of Field Trip notes and volunteers I have received this week.  Many of you have signed up to help out with Track and Field Day too.  I have given your names to Mrs. Conrad.  She creates the groups and makes sure parents are with their kids and we have adults in each group! THANK YOU!  If you have not returned the Field Trip notes, please do so as soon as you can!

On Friday, some of our High School FFA students will be setting up a small petting zoo for students to walk through.  I have not shared this information with our class, but I know students will be excited to see all the animals!

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Week of April 15, 2019

We are looking forward to our 3rd Discovery Day tomorrow.  Students have chosen two activities they will get to participate in.  All activities are STEAM related and very hands on!  This has become a fun day for our kids, with lots of interaction amongst all students, tons of conversation, and two hours of nontraditional learning!

Pam Holz came today and did a lesson on Pollination.  This goes along with our brassica plants, but she was a bit a head of where we are in our lessons.  It's ok, though.  Pam always gives great information and I will definitely refer to her visit when we talk about pollinating with our plants!

Snack update.......
We have sooooooooo many snacks now!  I think we will be fine for the rest of the year!!!!! THANK YOU!  Students are especially the variety each day!
Our SNACK ATTACK Basket for the carnival is going to also be AWESOME.  I bought a big tote/basket last weekend, but it is almost too small.  I may be purchasing something bigger!  THANK YOU for those donations as well!!!

Friday, April 12, 2019

SOOOOOO many things in this POST!!!

This post contains many, many photos that I hope you will enjoy.

I have been trying to upload the videos but am struggling!  I will send them via email and continue to try and get them here too!  I hope you enjoy the other pictures!

Students did a wonderful job reading to different residents.  I know I don't have pictures of everyone.  I wasn't able to keep up with all of them!!!!!

These are the mealworms!  We were given 200 of these!!!!!

 The mealworms eventually move to the next phase of their life, which is the pupa!

 These are our brassica plants!

 These are our milkweed bugs. These came to us as eggs and have hatched this week.  They are very small, but I promise, I will send you updated pictures as they grow!

Students got to observe the milkweed bugs up close today!

These last pictures were of students that I did not get mealworms photos of last week.