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100 Mile Club

The 100 Mile Club is off to a great start!

Students are running during morning fitness, recess and PE class.  The philosophy of 100 Mile Club is to engage and empower children and families to achieve a healthy lifestyle through physical activity nationwide; preventing childhood inactivity and obesity, one child, one school, and one community at a time.

The 100 Mile Club met for the first time on Wednesday, September 11th! It was a great turnout with over 30 students in attendance! First, we spoke about the 100 Mile Club program and goal setting for the year. We then headed out to the field to start our running/walking. Students independently tracked their laps around the field by collecting a popsicle stick every time they ran or walked one time around the soccer field. We ended the club five minutes early so that they could count their popsicle sticks. Many students were so motivated to run, they asked if they could run even more laps!

I encourage parents to sign their child up for the after school 100 Mile Club on Wednesdays from 3:15 to 4:00. Parents are also welcome to join us to walk and run on the soccer field during the club. Pick up for the club is at the front lobby at 4:00. Please note: the club does not meet on some Wednesdays so please refer to the calendar for those dates. The age group for this club is from grades 1 through 8. When your child receives their t-shirt after completing 25 miles, please have them wear the shirt on Wednesdays. I hope to see you on the field!


Middle School: Off To a Great Start!

It’s been an amazing start to the year in Middle School! We have enjoyed all of the enthusiasm for learning and excitement for what’s to come this year.

In 6th year Earth Science, students are working on Earth’s History. Within this unit, students are exploring Earth’s past by learning how to recreate fossils and amber preservation. In 7th year Physical Science, students are learning about the properties of Matter. Students have explored this unit by performing several activities involving the combination and separation of solids and liquids. Finally, 8th year Life Science students are learning about Cells. Currently, students are working on establishing the differences between eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells, constructing models of each.

In Math, students are off to a busy start with textbook distribution, completing homework questions, and practicing our note taking skills, all in the first week. Algebra 1 has been working on understanding the basics of algebra and how to identify number systems being used in the real world. More specifically, they have been describing patterns in word problems, finding equivalent expressions, and learning to use a graphing calculator.  Transition has been working on reading and writing real numbers. They have also been comparing positive and negative numbers on a number line, using rational numbers in ratios, and discussing order of operations. Pre-transition has been working on interpreting integers and fractions. Students are currently trying to understand mixed numbers, measuring units, and equivalent fractions.
Humanities classes are also in full swing! All students have completed their summer independent book presentations, their first vocabulary unit, and have been writing in their Writer’s Journal. Additionally, 6th years  are going over the class read, Becoming Naomi Leon by Pam Munoz Ryan. Students are looking at the culture and geography of the Mexican state of Oaxaca with an emphasis on the importance of art. 7th years are reviewing Lensey Namioka’s novel, Ties That Bind, Ties That Break. They studied Chinese dynasties, specifically looking at the Qing dynasty, the Opium Wars, the Boxer Rebellion, as well as the changing culture during the revolution, specifically with regards to women’s rights. 8th years are discussing stereotypes as they review The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton and begin their yearlong journey through American history using Ronald Takaki’s, A Different Mirror for Young People:  A History of Multicultural America.
In addition to their classes, students spent time training for community service and beginning electives. As a full group, they shared experiences with each other from the perspectives of being a student mentor and receiving student help during community service time. Then, students broke up by grade and acted out scenarios to problem solve some common situations they might find during their time in younger classrooms. Next, MS students chose from the following electives for the first trimester: fantasy football, dance, and cooking. The groups split equitably and had a great first session. The fantasy football elective set up their rosters, the dance elective worked on choreography, and the cooking elective made three different puff pastry desserts.
We are already completely immersed in the year and have loved watching the 6th years become acclimated to the Middle School environment. It is exciting to think about what is to come with so much curiosity and insight in our classrooms! Thank you to students and parents for a great start to the year.

New Beginnings

It feels great to be back! The children came in energized and ready to go. They are quickly settling into our routines, rekindling old friendships, and making new ones each day. Our third year group has been such an asset to our class by mentoring and guiding the younger and new students through this transition period. It’s heartwarming to see the connections being made. If this is any indication for the year to come, we are all in for a spectacular school year!

It is important to intentionally build community at the beginning of the school year. This year, one of our community building activities was discussing as a class what makes each of us feel peaceful and then the children represented those ideas on doves. They will hang from our ceiling for the rest of the year to help set a peaceful tone in our classroom. Feel free to stop by and check them out!

Mrs. Sankey and I are both so thrilled to have such a diverse group of children with us this year and are looking forward to the learning and growing we will do as a community.


Mrs. Lopes Class: To New Beginnings

We are off to a great start!  The beginning of the school year is always a time filled with excitement, enthusiasm, and anticipation for the year ahead.  The first full week of school is almost over and we are impressed with how well the children have acclimated to our new classroom and routines. As we start new beginnings as a classroom community, the children have been learning:

  • How to properly take a lesson and put it away 
  • Walking in the classroom
  • Learning to sit, listen, and participate during a large group meeting
  • Following daily routines independently
  • Being respectful of the classroom materials and each other

We are thrilled to be starting the school year with such an incredible group of children and look forward to all the new adventures we will be sharing together!

Mrs. Lopes and Ms. Vigue


Mrs. Wilson’s Class: Trusting the Process

 

Welcome families, to the first blog post of the 2019/20 school year!

I know phase-in could be a challenging time for us all but as I tell all the parents, trust the process. The children are adjusting beautifully to their new environment. They are all heading in the right direction and we are very pleased with what success they have had so far.

The first lesson the children were given was to learn how to self-serve snack. This is a multi-step process in which the children have the opportunity to enjoy snack when they are feeling hungry. These practical life exercises help the children develop fine motor control. Along with that, the skills they gain are independence, grace and courtesy, and patience as they learn to wait for an available seat at the table.

This week the children met our Music teacher Ms. Kim. Ms. Kim came in and played her guitar and sang some new and familiar songs. There was such beautiful peace in our classroom during this moment.

Thank you families, once again, for entrusting us with your precious children.

Mrs. Wilson, Miss Sara, and Miss Heather


Things Are Cookin’ in Upper Elementary

Although our first few days of school did not constitute a full week, we fit in many lessons and community building activities to kick off what we anticipate will be a great year! During our first full school week we classified the human animal, studied endangered animals, and made delicious bruschetta using some hand picked basil from our class garden. It has inspired the students to come up with ideas for other recipes they want to make in school. The fifth years were excited to run their first official student council where they lead a group discussion about topics that their classmates recorded in the agenda. Some other fun, new, and exciting programs are on the horizon in the Upper Elementary. If you were not able to attend Curriculum Night, I will send a brief summary of important topics that were discussed. Looking ahead on our calendar, we have our first field trip planned to the White Memorial Conservation Center on Tuesday, September 24.


Mrs. Hood’s Class: Building Trust

Dear families,

Welcome to FWM 2019-2020 school year!

As we end our second week of the phase-in period, I couldn’t be happier with the progress observed in each of our students! This has been a special time of striving to create a peaceful and welcoming environment for your child as this is an important stabilizing period where the children and guides get to know one another. Children have been exploring the learning environment and getting familiar with the physical space. Our environment is a place where independence, freedom, and choice of materials are the rule. The children will gradually learn how to handle this choice and freedom while respecting and caring for each other, the materials, and the classroom!

During this time, we have also had a great opportunity to join in community gathering together, present and practice some children’s names, learn new fingerplays, model some lessons, enjoy story time and dance to music to the beat of “Drive My Car” (which is the new favorite) and “My Energy” by Laurie Berkner, as well as other songs.

Phase-in sets the stage for a successful year of learning, and so we want to thank you all for your support and for helping us create an atmosphere of security and emotional comfort for each child.

Enjoy some of the moments we were able to capture this week!


Our Youngest Makers

The MakerSpace started the 2019-2020 school year with our youngest makers- the kindergarten class!

After discussing class expectations, safety, and MakerSpace rules, we headed right into programming and coding concepts. We do this through our BeeBots- a programmable robot that understands basic commands: forward, backwards, turn right, and turn left. Students worked together to navigate the BeeBot from one side of the maze to the other. We practiced taking turns, cheering on our peer, and helping only when our peer requested assistance.

Simultaneously, students are also given the option for choice. This trimester’s choice will be all about building and creating collaboratively with the use of our Keva Planks and Brackitz. The student imaginations truly blossom through the use of this tactile art. In pictures you will “see” an airplane, an island, a magnetic force field, and “a crazy upside maze”.

 

BUT WAIT… a few kindergarteners decided to make a Keva Plank track for the BeeBot. This took my breath away because the goal of my classroom is to become an innovator and to find your passion through play.