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Karner Blue


Andrew Sautter

Jenny Kettler

Jenny Kettler

Karner Blue Room is an Upper Elementary classroom for levels 4-6 on the Toledo Campus. Jenny Kettler and Andrew Sautter are the classroom’s co-teachers.

With the International Day of Peace on Sunday, September 21, the Upper Elementary classrooms celebrated this event on Friday, September 19.  The day was marked by face painting, music, and activities.  While “Peace Train” played in the background, students made peace bracelets by rotating through six “peace stations” collecting colored beads.  Each station offered information related to either a leader of peace or background information about a symbol of peace.

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A couple of 6th level students practice their knowledge on the Roman Numeral 1-100 Board.           A 5th level student applies PEMDAS to her order of operation work.  One thing most can agree on:  “Math can be fun!”

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Following the Great Lesson presentation, students had the opportunity to research a topic of their choice to present to their peers.  The Great Lesson Research topics included koala bears, sharks, Italy, horse racing, owls, capybaras, hippopotami, precious metals, and many more.  While the 6th and 5th level students have had practice with such presentations before, this was a great chance for the 4th level students to experience peer-learning in Upper Elementary.

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As the new school year gets underway, it is the perfect time to share with new Upper Elementary parents and remind returning UE parents about sharing treats and celebration foods in the classroom.  While birthday snacks and other celebration foods are welcome in the UE classrooms, we do ask for some advanced notification when possible.  If you plan to bring special food into the classroom to share, please let us know and include packaged ingredient lists when possible or recipes with a full ingredient lists.  Advanced notification of shared food and ingredient lists can help ensure all students are prepared to participate in enjoying special treats and celebration foods.

Upper Elementary students were treated to an educational activity today by the Toledo Botanical Gardens.  Students heard the story called A Drop Around the World written by Barbara McKinney.  This story follows the cycle a single droplet of water may follow as it travels from the ocean to clouds to underground and more while in solid, liquid, and vapor form.  Then each student experienced their own unique journey as a drop of water as they moved from station to station according to a die roll with each station representing a different destination for a water droplet. Students were able to build bracelets with color-coded beads marking their own unique path through the water cycle.  This engaging afternoon built upon the current UE theme of “conservation” and continued the water conservation discussion from the year’s opening ceremonies.  Thanks to the Toledo Botanical Gardens for this engaging lesson!

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