November 5 – 9

We learned A LOT about saving energy today with CAPTAIN WATTAGE!

“Conjunction, Junction, WHAT’S YOUR FUNCTION!”  Excellent performance by Murray Middle School!

MATTER HATS!

Happy 8th Birthday, Liam!

What LEARNING and GROWING went on in room 217 this week:

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Academics

ELA:  Class Novel:  Thanksgiving on a Thursday by Mary Pope Osborne; figuring out the meaning of unfamiliar words

Writing: fictional stories

Math:  double-digit subtraction with re-grouping; relationship between addition and subtraction

Social Studies:  Explorers

Science:  Wrap-Up on Matter

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Students of the week:

Emma and Liam

Thank you for being KIND and HARD-WORKING this week!

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Important Dates:

  • 11/12:  Veterans Day – Student/Teacher holiday
  • 11/15:  PTAO meeting – 8:35 am
  • 11/16:  Interims sent home; Frank McClarnon – mystery reader
  • 11/19:  Country research project due
  • 11/21-23:  Thanksgiving Break
  • 12/4:  SAC meeting – 3:10
  • 12/7:  Ms. Jarocki’s last day! 🙁
  • 12/8:  St. Augustine Christmas Parade
  • 12/11:  Class Pictures
  • 12/15:  Breakfast with Santa
  • 12/17 – 21:  Holiday Shop
  • 12/21:  2nd quarter ends; early release
  • 12/24-1/4:  Winter Break

Reminders:

  • Country Research Projects will be presented November 19 and 20.  If you are going out of town before then, please let me know so we can arrange another time your child can present! 🙂
  • Don’t forget to send in your Pennies for the Panhandle!
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October 29 – November 2

OWL Pellet Dissection!  Thanks to a generous donation from the Charalambous family, each student was able to dissect, investigate, and identify bones in their own owl pellet!  We had so much fun discovering what animal was inside! 

Om!  Thanks to Ms. Sasha for another fabulous Yoga lesson!  This week we were in a haunted house!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!  Can you believe it is November?!

What LEARNING and GROWING went on in room 217 this week:

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Academics

ELA:  Class Novel:  White Fur Flying by Patricia Maclachlan ; MAIN purpose; review of alphabetical order

Writing: character descriptions

Math:  double-digit subtraction with re-grouping

Social Studies:  Explorers

Science:  Changing Matter

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Students of the week:

Amelie and Aiden

Thank you for being PRO-ACTIVE and ACADEMIC RISK-TAKERS this week!

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Important Dates:

  • 11/5:  Picture re-takes
  • 11/6:  Field trip to Amphitheater to see Schoolhouse Rocks!  Wear R.B. Hunt shirt (if available) and comfortable shoes!
  • 11/12:  Veterans Day – Student/Teacher holiday
  • 11/15:  PTAO meeting – 8:35 am
  • 11/16:  Interims sent home
  • 11/19:  Country research project due
  • 11/21-23:  Thanksgiving Break

Reminders:

  • Country Research Projects will be presented November 19 and 20.  If you are going out of town before then, please let me know so we can arrange another time your child can present! 🙂
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October 22 – 26

Colonial Presentation was a lot of fun… but we are grateful to live in 2018!  Ha!

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We enjoyed seeing everyone dressed as a storybook character!  Hope to see you tonight at the Fall Festival from 5:00-7:00!

Thank you to Ms. Eva for being our first Mystery Reader!  We enjoyed listening to the book “I’m bored!” by Michael Ian Black.  Such a great lesson!  Life is way too amazing to ever be BORED!

What LEARNING and GROWING went on in room 217 this week:

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Academics

ELA:  Class Novel:  Snot Stew by Bill Wallace;  describing connections between historical events; alphabetical order

Writing: ELABORATION

Math:  double-digit addition with re-grouping, began subtraction with re-grouping

Social Studies:  REVIEW

Science:  The important contributions of chemist Dr. Mario Molina

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Students of the week:

Cash and Soleil

Thank you for being trustworthy and showing MAJOR effort this week!

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Important Dates:

  • 10/31:  Send in Halloween snacks
  • 11/1:  Class book fair visit – 1:00-1:30
  • 11/5:  Picture re-takes
  • 11/6:  Field trip to Amphitheater to see Schoolhouse Rocks!
  • 11/12:  Veterans Day – Student/Teacher holiday
  • 11/15:  PTAO meeting – 8:35 am
  • 11/16:  Interims sent home
  • 11/19:  Country research project due
  • 11/21-23:  Thanksgiving Break

Reminders:

  • Cool and helpful information on our brains and how we talk to ourselves and our children!  I had the opportunity to hear Carol Dweck speak in Atlanta 6 years ago and it changed the way I taught!

Two Mindsets Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. Fixed Mindset: Intelligence is static - Leads to a desire to look smart and therefore a tendency to Challenges: avoid challenges Obstacles: give up easily Effort: see effort as fruitless or worse Criticism: Ignore useful negative feedback Success of others: Feel threatened by the success of others As a result, they may plateau early and achieve less than their full potential. All this confirms a deterministic view of the world. Growth Mindset: Intelligence can be developed - leads to a desire to learn and therefore a tendency to Challenges: Embrace Challenges Obstacles: persist in the face of setbacks Effort: see effort as the path to mastery Criticism: learn from criticism Success of others: find lesson and inspiration in the success of others As a result, they reach ever-higher levels of achievement. All this gives them a greater sense of free will. Graphic by Nigel Holmes

  • The Power of Belief – Mindset and Success – Students watched and discussed this powerful Ted Talk in class this week.  I encourage you to watch the link below and talk about mindset with your child at home.   Link to TED Talk:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pN34FNbOKXc
  • Research completed by Dr. Carol Dweck states that the way our students think impacts their attitude toward learning and how they perform in our classrooms.

    • 90 percent of students who are praised for effort instead of abilities ask for new challenging tasks and persevere in solving them. 
    • Students who are praised for effort view challenges as a way of learning, and embrace them.
    • Students praised for abilities reject the opportunity for a challenge in fear they will not be able to perform as expected. These students are also more likely to lie about their performance when they do not feel they have succeeded on a task.
    • Students who are praised for being smart (abilities) are less likely to take risks in their learning and if they do not perform well or things do not come easily. They shut down because they no longer feel smart.
    • Students praised for hard work (effort) may find it hard to understand why another student would not want to challenge him- or herself and learn. (Read more about Dr. Dweck’s studies at Brainpickings.org)
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October 16 – 19

YAY FOR ANASTASIA! WINNER OF OUR ESTIMATION STATION! We had 317 total Hershey Kisses! Anastasia got the closest guess with 295!
Thank you to Dr.Chaconas for teaching us more about skeletons and your COOL job as a Physical Therapist!

Learning EVERYWHERE we go!  Luca completing homework at Tavern on the Green and studying skeletons at the Museum of Natural History in NYC this weekend! 

Congratulations to Tati for being the FIRST 2nd grader to make it into the MILLION WORD CLUB!  We are proud of you, hey, we are proud of YOU! 🙂

Thank you for coming to Open House!  It was so great to see everyone!

What LEARNING and GROWING went on in room 217 this week:

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Academics

ELA:  Class Novel:  Mayor Hubble is in Trouble by Dave Gutman;  describing the structure of a story including the beginning, middle, and end; continued adding -ing and -ed to words and base words

Writing: making lists into stories

Math:  double-digit addition with re-grouping

Social Studies:  REVIEW

Science:  Matter

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Students of the week:

Abby and Luca

Thank you for being generous and polite!

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Important Dates:

  • 10/23:  School House Rock field trip forms and money due
  • 10/26:  Parade of characters – 8:45 am – meet us at the bus loop!  Students come dressed to school as a book character (please bring the book the character is from!) Students may change into regular clothes immediately following the parade if they are uncomfortable.
  • 10/26:  Fall Festival – 5:30-7:30
  • 10/31:  Send in Halloween snacks
  • 11/1:  Class book fair visit
  • 11/5:  Picture re-takes
  • 11/6:  Field trip to Amphitheater to see Schoolhouse Rocks!
  • 11/19:  Country research project due

Reminders:

  • Email our homeroom parent Mrs. Charalambous to sign up for a time slot for our Fall Festival booth or contribute to supplies!  Thanks for making this a fun day for our kiddo’s!
  • Please send in boxtops!  They are due 10/17!  I am the reigning school champ and don’t want to lose my trophy!
  • Students have been VERY eager to work on Study Island at home – access to the link is here:  https://app.studyisland.com/cfw/login/ Their username and password should be memorized.  If not, email me and I will give it to you!
  • Don’t forget to send in field trip forms to the amphitheater!
  • Make sure you have access to HAC!  There will be no paper report cards send home this year.  It is crucial you are aware of your child’s progress in school.  Please contact Wendy Thurston at the front office if you are having difficulty.  Her contact information is:  [email protected]
    (904) 547-7958
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October 8 – 12

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Thank to Mrs. Sasha for the fun YOGA lesson that took us on an underwater dive!  

Thank you to SAFD for the great presentation on fire safety!

Congratulations to all students who met their A.R. goal for 1st quarter!  They enjoyed a snow cone party and extra recess!  Keep up the great work!

What LEARNING and GROWING went on in room 217 this week:

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Academics

ELA:  Class Novel:  It’s Halloween, I’m turning Green;  asking and answering questions such as who, what, when, where, why and home to demonstrate an understanding of the key details in a text; adding -ing to words and base words

Writing: adding temporal words (First, next, then, last) to help organize writing.

Math:  double-digit addition with re-grouping

Social Studies:  REVIEW

Science:  States of Matter

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Students of the week:

Gia and Colvin

Thank you for being generous and polite!

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Important Dates:

  • 10/15:  No school – teacher planning day
  • 10/18:  OPEN HOUSE 5:00-7:00!  Be there or be square!  Your child is PUMPED to show off their work and classroom!
  • 10/23:  School House Rock field trip forms and money due
  • 10/26:  Parade of characters – 8:45 am – meet us at the bus loop!  Students come dressed to school as a book character (please bring the book the character is from!) Students may change into regular clothes immediately following the parade if they are uncomfortable.
  • 10/26:  Fall Festival – 5:30-7:30
  • 10/31:  Send in Halloween snacks
  • 11/1:  Class book fair visit
  • 11/5:  Picture re-takes
  • 11/6:  Field trip to Amphitheater to see Schoolhouse Rocks!

Reminders:

  • Email our homeroom parent Mrs. Charalambous to sign up for a time slot for our Fall Festival booth or contribute to supplies!  Thanks for making this a fun day for our kiddo’s!
  • Please send in boxtops!  They are due 10/17!  I am the reigning school champ and don’t want to lose my trophy!
  • Students have been VERY eager to work on Study Island at home – access to the link is here:  https://app.studyisland.com/cfw/login/ Their username and password should be memorized.  If not, email me and I will give it to you!
  • Don’t forget to send in field trip forms to the amphitheater!
  • Make sure you have access to HAC!  There will be no paper report cards send home this year.  It is crucial you are aware of your child’s progress in school.  Please contact Wendy Thurston at the front office if you are having difficulty.  Her contact information is:  [email protected]
    (904) 547-7958
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October 1 – 5

Busy at work in math centers this week putting our addition and subtraction strategies to WORK!

Dem bones, Dem bones, Dem DRY BONES!  Creating our skeletons while listening to Bob Barner’s SKELETON SONG!  We learned some great information about our bones this week!

Observing Leaf Bugs at recess!

What LEARNING and GROWING went on in room 217 this week:

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Academics

ELA:  Class Novel:  Stink and the Midnight Zombie Walk by Megan McDonald;  determining CENTRAL message, lesson, or moral in folktales, vowel-sound SORTS

Writing: Read Harry and the Terrible Whatzit by Dick Gackenbach, and The Little Old Lady Who was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams – students created their own “scary” stories using the writing process.

Math:  Addition and subtraction strategies

Social Studies:  REVIEW

Science:  Distinguish human body parts (brain, heart, lungs, stomach, muscles, and skeleton) and their basic functions while creating skeletons and reading Dem Bones by Bob Barner

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Students of the week:

Tatiana and Kolton

Thank you for having integrity and zest!

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Important Dates:

  • 10/9:  gifted screener – if you don’t wanted your child tested, please sign and return the opt-out letter sent home.  If your child has already been tested and qualified, they will not be tested and will be sent to another room.  🙂
  • 10/12: 1st quarter ends
  • 10/15:  No school – teacher planning day
  • 10/18:  OPEN HOUSE 5:00-7:00!  Be there or be square!  Your child is PUMPED to show off their work and classroom!
  • 10/23:  School House Rock field trip forms and money due
  • 10/26:  Parade of characters – 8:45 am – meet us at the bus loop!  Students come dressed to school as a book character (please bring the book the character is from!) Students may change into regular clothes immediately following the parade if they are uncomfortable.
  • 10/26:  Fall Festival – 5:30-7:30
  • 10/31:  Send in Halloween snacks
  • 11/1:  Class book fair visit
  • 11/5:  Picture re-takes
  • 11/6:  Field trip to Amphitheater to see Schoolhouse Rocks!

Reminders:

  • Email our homeroom parent Mrs. Charalambous to sign up for a time slot for our Fall Festival booth or contribute to supplies!  Thanks for making this a fun day for our kiddo’s!
  • Please send in boxtops!  They are due 10/17!  I am the reigning school champ and don’t want to lose my trophy!
  • Students have been VERY eager to work on Study Island at home – access to the link is here:  https://app.studyisland.com/cfw/login/ Their username and password should be memorized.  If not, email me and I will give it to you!
  • Don’t forget to send in field trip forms to the amphitheater!
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September 24 – 28

Breaking geodes to find what color minerals were inside!  

Sneak Peek at our “Best Part of Me” writing project from the book The Best Part of Me by Wendy Ewald.  Can you guess what your child chose as the best part of them?

Boosterthon Fun Run!  Thank you so much for helping us reach our school goal!  We had a blast!

Students presented their final draft writing projects to Ms. Garman, Ms. Antoine, 2 Flagler interns, and my Mom (a former 3rd grade teacher) – Susan Joyner!  Special thanks to my mom for bringing in a cookie cake for us to celebrate all our hard work!  Their writing was so impressive!  Ms. Jarocki and I are beyond proud!

What LEARNING and GROWING went on in room 217 this week:

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Academics

ELA:  Class Novel:  Muggie Maggie by Beverly Cleary;  Recounting Stories – including fables and folktales from diverse cultures

Writing: completing the writing process for the Best Part of ME writing project and presenting their final drafts

Math:  Addition and subtraction strategies

Social Studies:  REVIEW

Science:  Rocks, minerals, and gems

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Students of the week:

Katelyn and Kai

Thank you for having integrity and zest!

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Important Dates:

  • 10/2:  SAC meeting – Please join us!
  • 10/9:  gifted screener – if you don’t wanted your child tested, please sign and return the opt-out letter sent home.  If your child has already been tested and qualified, they will not be tested and will be sent to another room.  🙂
  • 10/12: 1st quarter ends
  • 10/15:  No school – teacher planning day
  • 10/18:  OPEN HOUSE 5:00-7:00!  Be there or be square!  Your child is PUMPED to show off their work and classroom!
  • 10/26:  Parade of characters – 8:45 am – meet us at the bus loop!
  • 10/26:  Fall Festival – 5:30-7:30

Reminders:

  • Please send in boxtops!  They are due 10/17!  I am the reigning school champ and don’t want to lose my trophy!
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September 17 – 21

Students are FIRED UP about the FUN RUN!  Don’t forget to find sponsors!

Sharing progress on our “Best Part of Me” writing project!

 

Looking modelesque for picture day!

100% participation in SILLY SOCK day AND SPIRIT DAY!  WOO HOO!

What LEARNING and GROWING went on in room 217 this week:

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Academics

ELA:  Class Novel:  Esio Trot by Roald Dahl,  Text features – glossaries, indexes, and Table of Contents, “bossy r”, punctuating greetings and closings of letters

Writing:  Narrative writing – the best part of me; complete sentences

Math:  Addition and subtraction strategies

Social Studies:  technology

Science:  Rocks, minerals, and gems

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Students of the week:

Gianna and Emma

Thank you for being ambitious and considerate!

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Important Dates:

  • 9/27:  Fun Run! 9:35-10:35 on the field!  Please make sure your child wear shorts, running shoes, a shirt they can easily and independently change out of (they will be changing into their FUN RUN shirt once they arrive to school) and hair pulled out of their face.  A water station will for on the field for students to use during the run.
  • 10/2:  SAC meeting – Please join us!
  • 10/12: 1st quarter ends
  • 10/15:  No school – teacher planning day
  • 10/18:  OPEN HOUSE 5:00-7:00!  Be there or be square!  Your child is PUMPED to show off their work and classroom!
  • 10/26:  Parade of characters – 8:45 am – meet us at the bus loop!
  • 10/26:  Fall Festival – 5:30-7:30

Reminders:

  • DON’T FORGET TO GET SPONSORS FOR BOOSTERTON!
  • Don’t forget to wear your RB Hunt shirt or red on Friday!
  • THANK YOU to Luca, Colvin, and Emma for sending in eraser tops!  We are set!
  • Please send in boxtops!  They are due 10/17!  I am the reigning school champ and don’t want to lose my trophy!
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September 10 – 14

 

Emma caught a lizard!

Hard at work in reading and writing!Leaping into Friday like…….

What LEARNING and GROWING went on in room 217 this week:

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Academics

ELA:  Class Novel:  Began Gooney Bird Green by  Lois Lowry,  Text features – captions, sub-headings, and bold print, long e vowel patterns, formal and informal language, adjective and adverbs

Writing:  Fictional writing with silly sentences

Math:  Adding and subtracting 3 digit numbers

Social Studies:  the history of calendars

Science:  Different soils and their properties

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Students of the week:

Kaia and Aiden

Thank you for being enthusiastic and courteous this week!

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Important Dates:

  • 9/12:  Interims go home
  • 9/18:  Boosterthon kick-off
  • 9/20:  student pictures
  • 10/12: 1st quarter ends
  • 10/15:  No school – teacher planning day
  • 10/26:  Parade of characters – 8:45 am – meet us at the bus loop!
  • 10/26:  Fall Festival – 5:30-7:30

Reminders:

  • Please sign and return progress report envelopes – thank you!
  • Don’t forget to wear your RB Hunt shirt or red on Friday!
  • Scholastic book orders due by September 15th.  Class code:  mbcqn
  • Classroom Need:  Eraser tops or pink erasers!  Thank you!
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September 4 – 7

Happy Girls 🙂

 

Math centers this week practicing place value, fluency, and STRATEGIES!

Intense, strategizing faces during teacher-time work!  These kids are mathematicans!

Students are having a BLAST learning about rocks, minerals, and GEODES!

HAPPY CLASS – 100% school spirit! YAY!

What LEARNING and GROWING went on in room 217 this week:

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Academics

ELA:  Class Novel:  Horrible Harry and the Triple Revenge by Suze Kline – completed and took AR test,  Character point-of-view and dialogue, homophones

Writing:  Narrative writing about friends

Math:  Place value to 1,000

Social Studies:  rules/responsibilities and UNICEF

Science:  Rocks and Minerals

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Students of the week:

Amelie and Dimitrios

Thank you for being a leader this week and being showing perseverance!

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Important Dates:

  • 9/12:  Interims go home
  • 9/18:  Boosterthon kick-off
  • 9/20:  student pictures
  • 10/12: 1st quarter ends
  • 10/15:  No school – teacher planning day
  • 10/26:  Parade of characters – 8:45 am – meet us at the bus loop!
  • 10/26:  Fall Festival – 5:30-7:30

Reminders:

  • Don’t forget to wear your RB Hunt shirt or red on Friday!
  • If interested, return form and $30 check for Paint-a-Tile
  • Scholastic book orders due by September 15th.  Class code:  mbcqn
  • Classroom Need:  Eraser tops or pink erasers!  Thank you!
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