Last Day of School
The last day of school for students will be June 14th. Dismissing at 3 PM that day.
What are we learning?
Pre-K students got super sophisticated with their “Big Block Design Challenges” this week, while also improving their teamwork and problem solving skills. “Team HMC” built a two story car garage, and “Team WJL” built a garage that cars can drive through. On Thursday and Friday they loved meeting and being coached by Coach Robbie. This week we will be putting on our orange safety vests and start run/walking the loop and walk down to check on the daffodils at the top of our driveway.
This week in math the first grade worked on telling time to the hour and the half hour. They also did on clock activities on e-spark. We also talked about fractions during their mathematical openers. We talked about the parts of a fraction and how to write it. They also played race to 99, by adding 10, subtracting 10 and adding one or subtracting one. The kindergarteners worked on time to the hour. They also played some math games, like subitizing Bingo, Ten frame counting with cards. I also read both classes, Chicken and The Elephant of Surprise, one of my favorite stories.
This week, we got back into the routine of being in school and did some reviewing to get in the mindset for our NWEA tests which will be next week! We continued reading books at our individual levels, and practiced isolating sounds and parts of words. We began our chick hatching unit! We candled our eggs and wrote numbers on them before putting them in the incubator. We put 23 eggs in the incubator and when we candled them, we saw the yolk and the air pocket of the eggs! We wrote about what we saw and we are all very very excited!
Students have been reading stories about voting and about the history of voting in the United States. They read about the 14th, 15th, and 19th amendments to the Constitution.
Students completed their reading of The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg. Ask your child what their favorite part was.
Students completed reading I Am Malala. They are working feverishly to finish their Ellen Writing and will be given time in school to work on that.
2nd and 3rd grade math – We have been spending time reviewing some of the many topics we have worked through this year. They have amazed me with the information they have retained, they are like little sponges. Soon we will be starting on some fun end of the year projects that will incorporate what we have learned.
4th and 5th grade math – We have been working on multi digit multiplication and division. The method they learned looks a bit different than what you learned, but rest assured, they will learn it the way we did. This video is a quick explanation of the method they learned. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Js-OCOC851w
. Here is a quick video about the method they learned for division. For some of you it may seem a lot harder than the old ways, but the kids learn it quickly this way and have a true understanding of place value. They will quickly transition to the traditional algorithm and not have the frustration we had when learning it. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions.
6th 7th and 8th – We started reviewing the material each class has worked through this year. Once we have taken the NWEAs they will be starting an end of the year project that incorporates what they learned throughout the year.
6-8 Super Studies
The class has been working on their last global studies unit of the year on world religions. We’ve been reading and discussing the history and beliefs of the major world religions, including Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity.
4/5 Super Studies
The students have been working really hard to prepare for their Dinosaur Wax Museum! Each student is studying a dinosaur species and is preparing a costume and presentation. The other classes will be invited to visit their museum on June 2.
2/3 Super Studies
The students have been studying forces and motion. They explored what forces are at work when a cardboard hopping toy is powered by a rubber band. They also tested different ideas about what forces are at work on a bridge and how they can strengthen their designs made out of paper.
Week starting May 24: NWEA testing
May 24th Little League Game
May 25 T-ball practice
May 27: 6-8 grade leave for Six Flag Trip
Early dismissal at 12:30
May 30: No School//Memorial Day
June 1 4/5 grades Wax Museum
June 2: School Spring Concert on the Town Green 7 PM
June 3: Preschool walk to Brooklin General
Rosanna’s Reader’s at 9:20 AM
Week of June 6: Outdoor week!
- Monday – Tuesday: 6th-8th grade Boat Building Class island overnight trip
- Monday–Salmon Release
- Tuesday–Tie Dye and Bike Rodeo
- Wednesday–Kim Ridley visit and Brian Tripp Boat Ride
- Thursday–Timber Tina
- Friday– Beach Day and Fun Run
Monday June 13: Last day of classes and Graduation party 5:00
Tuesday June 14: Last day – Field Day
What Our Students are Learning
Ms. Wilson- We had a very energetic return from April break, everyone was so happy to be back with friends! We took advantage of non-rainy weather and extended our outside times on Monday and Tuesday. On Monday we helped Mrs. D establish an asparagus bed in the community garden, and had snack & story time in the “garden tent”. On Tuesday we donned our orange safety vests and practiced walking safely down to the Brooklin School sign to check on the daffodils and look for other signs of spring. During our writing blocks this week Pre-K students illustrated and wrote about important playground safety rules. In math Pre-K students explored subtraction sentences and created subtraction stories using manipulatives. We are looking forward to our upcoming trip to Carding Brook Farm, which was scheduled for Friday, May 6th- but will be postponed to a later date when we are all well enough to participate.
Mrs. Baird- This week in Math the Kindergarten and First grade students were introduced to a new math activity called a Mathematical Opener. This is an activity that helps students transition into Math. They look at an image and I ask them two questions . How many are there and how do you see them? Their responses are written on the whiteboard as it gives meaning to their thoughts. Both classes played some math dice games to help practice their addition. Both classes continued to use e-spark to help them grow as mathematicians.
In literacy, kindergarten and first grade students worked on breaking words down into smaller pieces, searching for mini words within a word. For example, the word “his” has the word “is” in it, and we know what the “h” sound makes, so we know what the word says! Students were reading books at their own levels, and are working on becoming stronger readers every day. We have also been working on writing our own books during writing time. Students have written about cheetahs, deer, and houses! Everybody is working very hard!
Mrs. Thoner- 2/3 ELA
This past week students learned (or reviewed) that the suffix -ed indicates that something happened in the past. They practiced forming past tense verbs that needed to have the consonant doubled before adding -ed (i.e. pat becomes patted, not pated). They also started to investigate irregular past tense verbs, such as “ran” – not runned. My focus is not only in teaching them the standard mechanics or grammar, but in using it in their personal writings. This last trimester, more focus is being put on personal follow-through of generalizing grammar and mechanics into all of their independent work automatically. By now, all students in 2/3 should be independently beginning sentences with a capital letter and ending them with a punctuation mark, spelling all c-v-c words correctly that follow the rule (cat, dog, ran, etc.), spelling most consonant blend words correctly that follow the standard decoding rules (i.e., “bland”), and putting commas in when there is a list of nouns or adjectives. Not all students will hear the difference between /ch/ and /tr/ at this point, as that sometimes requires them to visually see the difference being modeled, and masks have hampered that opportunity.
Students also continue to read daily from the “Wit and Wisdom” series of books. This week they have been reading some short biographies about individuals in the 1800’s and 1900’s who took it upon themselves to create a better world for others. One story was about Jane Addams, who grew up in an idyllic setting and later learned there were young children who were growing up in bad conditions. She spent her adult life starting kindergartens and places for child care, and in working towards passing child labor laws.
Students are reading a novel called, The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg. We are approaching this novel using literature circles. This means that they are working in groups of 3 or 4 to read the chapters together, then discussing the chapters using 4 specific roles: director, predictor, visualizer, and connector. The discussion roles rotate, so students have a different role for each chapter. I have been very impressed with how nicely the groups are working. Of course, the first session was a little rough as students explored this new way of reading a book, but by the third session students within each group were rising to the occasion, taking their turn reading and totally engaging in the conversations.
Students are reading I Am Malala. Discussions are often lively – students are trying to wrap their heads around understanding a totally different culture and how others might perceive something differently from how they perceive something. This is a timely book, as it is set in Pakistan during the time the Taliban was actively attacking anyone that would not follow their fundamentalist ideas. This ties in with their Super Studies unit of “World Studies.”
Students are also trying to wrap up their “Ellen Writing” stories. They have been meeting with Ellen Booream weekly for the school year, writing, reading their writing for others, revising, rewriting portions, etc. If you have not read your child’s story, I encourage you to do so. They are all really terrific! We hope to get them published in book form this year!
Ms. Sproul– 2nd grade math – Students have been working on understanding place value up to hundreds place. We worked with drawings of hundreds, tens and ones. They now understand that 51 tens is equal to 510. They are able to write and read numbers in expanded form and manipulate the numbers in their heads. For example they know that 342 is equal to 300 + 40 + 2 or even 200 + 140 +2. They seem to really understand place value which is HUGE!!!
3rd grade math – We have been working with division and understanding the relationships between division and multiplication. This week I saw some of the students go from being REALLY confused to totally understanding it. One of the challenges of helping kids in math is getting them to learn that it is okay to not understand something right away. We have to develop perseverance. We talked about how our minds get in a state of disequilibrium when we “don’t get it” right away but that is OK. In fact it is better than okay because it is when we really learn. They are learning to trust me that I will help them and not get frazzled right away. One day in particular they left the class totally confused. When they started the next day, they had a much better understanding of what I was saying. I told them I thought their brain was working it out when they were sleeping! There were a lot of light bulb moments this week in third grade.
4th grade math. Students have been working with the area model and partial products to figure out multi digit multiplication. If you want to see what we have been doing, ask your child to show you what 3 x 352 is using the area model. You may have to remind them to draw the rectangle. Ask them what goes on the top and what goes on the side. I PROMISE, I will teach them the standard algorithm (the way we were all taught), but by teaching them the area model first they will quickly grasp the standard algorithm because they will understand WHY it works.
6th grade math. We are starting work in fractions and decimals. We did a review of division and multiplication and what that means in terms of groups, size of groups and total amounts. We will spend some time now with dividing fractions. This is an area that kids are notoriously nervous about. Hopefully these students will learn now so fractions will be comfortable for them.
7th grade math This week we started working with negative numbers. We looked at them in terms of climbing above and below sea level, and money and debt. Taking the time to fully understand this now will help when they get into linear equations.
8th grade math. We are still working with linear equations. This week we looked at systems of equations and what they look like on a graph. We learned that if the lines cross there is one solution, if the lines are on top of each other there are an infinite number of solutions and if they are parallel, there are no solutions.
Ms. Bebell- 6-8 Super Studies
The class has been learning about the electromagnetic spectrum. This week they focused on the non-ionizing types of radiation, which are the types of waves that do not harm living cells, including radio waves, micro waves, infrared light, and visible light.
4/5 Super Studies
This week the class started preparing for their living wax museum about dinosaurs. In mid May (stay tuned for the date!) the students will host an event where they dress up as their dinosaur and tell their own stories. For Forest Friday this week, the class played a memory game in the woods and then had some time to explore and observe how a familiar forest changes with the seasons.
2/3 Super Studies
To start the week, the class made predictions and we tested if different items would sink or float. This got the students wondering… how do boats float if they are made out of materials that could sink? The class built models of boats with cardboard, aluminum foil, and some other supplies and then tested how much weight it could hold while floating. For Forest Friday this week, the class played a memory game in the woods and then had some time to explore and observe how a familiar forest changes with the seasons.
Week of May 9: MEA science test for grades 5 and 8.
Tuesday May 10: School board meeting 6:00 PM
May 12-14: Dutch Soccer Camp
May 13: PTF BBQ?? Checking with PTF.
Week of May 16: Kindergarten screening.
Friday May 20 – Saturday May 21: 6th-8th grade trip to Six Flags and Basketball Hall of Fame.
Monday May 23: 4th-8th grade spring concert rehearsal at the Reach in the morning.
Week starting May 24: NWEA testing
Friday May 27: Early dismissal at 12:30, Fun Run
Monday May 30: No School//Memorial Day
Thursday June 2: School Spring Concert on the Town Green 6:00 PM
Friday June 3: Preschool walk to Brooklin General for pizza
Friday June 3: Boat Building Class possible boat launch????
Week of June 6: Outdoor week!
- Monday – Tuesday: Hopefully the 6th-8th grade Boat Building Class island overnight trip
- Kim Ridley visit?
- Clam bake?
- Beach Day June 10
Monday June 13: Last day of classes
Monday June 13: Graduation party 5:00
Tuesday June 14: Last day – Field Day
May 2, 2022
As we had a water curve ball thrown to us on Friday regarding the Brooklin School drinking water, we have had another curve ball thrown at us today, COVID.
Jenna Billings, our nurse, has reported to the CDC that we have approximately 30% of the school out today with COVID symptoms, or on COVID protocols. We have to report to the CDC anyway if we have greater than 15% of a school absent any given day for any reason.
So, in the best interest of keeping everybody safe, and of getting over the current spike, we will be going remote at Brooklin from Tuesday, May 3 – Friday May 6th (4 days). We will reassess this on Friday, and make a decision for next week.
I realize that this is a real hassle for everybody, especially since I thought we were kind of out of the woods with COVID, but apparently not!
Jil Blake will be in touch with you with details about breakfast and lunch and technology.
In the meantime, we will all be working to get Brooklin kids back in school until the last day of school on June 14th.