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Bluebird

Kyrie Lee

Kyrie Lee

Molly Bernhardt

Molly Bernhardt

Bluebird Room is a Lower Elementary classroom for levels 1-3 on the Toledo Campus. Molly Bernhardt and Kyrie Lee are the classroom’s co-teachers.

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In most schools, conferences can be stressful meetings between parents and teachers.  Anxiety is definitely something I have always felt as a parent.  Is my child performing, respecting adults, treating others well?  We fear judgement made regarding our parenting.  We give our children the best we know how to give, and hope that it is displayed at the right time…in public.  At West Side, as a parent and a teacher, I have come to love conferences!  As a parent, it is evident how well a teacher knows my child by the expression on their face when talking about him or her and by the stories they share.  

 As a teacher, it truly is a time to celebrate the children that we are getting to know so well.  Of course we are obligated to discuss concerns and areas for growth, and do so in a team effort to remove obstacles and help your child reach their own potential.  However, most parents know the strengths and weaknesses of their children.  It is the little anecdotals and funny stories that we share…the little smiles that take place in your absence.  We appreciate that you trust us with your children and conferences are one way for us to share the joy that they bring to our room.  We want to thank all of you for coming, listening, and sharing in these lightening 15 minute conversations!  

Progress reports are just around the corner.  The lower elementary team will be presenting a session on deciphering the progress reports at a date TBA:) .  As always, if you have specific concerns about your child, we are open to meeting after school.  Just zip us an email.   

L20141029_134241ast Week we formally welcomed fall with some Autumn themed stations and activities.  The room was filled with the an apple cinnamon smell after the children prepared apple sauce and mini apple dumplings.  Peeling, cutting, and coring were great practical life skills, even if we did drop a few slippery little ones.  I’ll admit, the best part was the tasting!  Morning work Wednesday morning was a tricky word search that they were determined to finish, a sudoku, and a word find.

Baking mini apple dumplings

Baking mini apple dumplings

Autumn vocabulary, ABC order

Autumn vocabulary, ABC order

 

Students estimated then checked the candy corn in the jar. I love that one of them wanted to know the size of the container before guessing!

Students estimated then checked the candy corn in the jar. I love that one of them wanted to know the size of the container before guessing!

 

Impressionistic q - tip painting

Impressionistic q – tip painting

 

 

Third level has been study tectonic plates and the effects of the movement of the plates.  We have examined volcanoes, mountains, tsunamis, and earthquakes.  Today the students tested their hand at creating quake- resistant structures outside.  They began with a narrow base and narrow top, finding that these structures could not withstand much force at all.  The second attempts proved more successful.  The pictures below will show the creativity and ingenuity that went into the structures.  Marcus and I, unfortunately, created a top-heavy structure that didn’t survive the WSMC quake of 2014!  I think you’ll be impressed by the engineers!  Molly

Team Allison and Cooper

Team Allison and Cooper

check out the way they used wedges to absorb some of the shock!

Team Derin and Elizabeth

Team Andrea and Ibrahim

Team Andrea and Ibrahim

 

 

Opening Ceremony

October 20, 2014, the lower elementary classes gathered for our opening ceremony.  The flags were presented as well as the theme for the year, Nature and You.  This year we added a new twist to the morning, Nature Day.  After opening ceremony, the children split up into groups to travel to several stations.  All children took part  in a nature hike, bird activities including making a bird feeder, and leaf activities.  Look for the beautiful leaf rubbing place mats to come home.

 

Introducing…The Creative Crocodiles!  Thank you to all of the students for submitting ideas for the class name.  The suggestion given by Ajani was chosen by the students as this year’s name.  A huge thanks to Danielle Fisher-Snyder for making the flag that truly represents this year’s class!

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The Creative Crocodiles holding our new flag. Here’s to a year of creativity and chomping through our problems.

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Cooper and Elizabeth present the flag as Lynn Fisher introduces our class name.

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Lower Elementary gathered in the birdhouse to present our class names and flags