Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Lee Opening

Hello families! It has been an awesome week and some! We worked hard on place value, number sense, retelling stories, and the plot.  Today we learned a neat song for learning summary (somebody, wanted, but, so, then). Your learners took part in a "mini challenge" where they had to come up with a way to arrange our classroom that would be the most conducive to learning.  They created a list of questions, a design, and then presented their designs to the class.  We took all of their designs and came up with a pretty great arrangement.  I'd say they are pretty proud of what they came up with, and I was so impressed by their hard work and serious attitudes towards the process.

The collaboration was amazing!

 Look at that concentration!

The final product!

In math, we are working on Place Value.  We counted by 1's, 10's, and 100's to figure out how many straws we had!

 Our final count? 1,006!

It was such an honor to be a part of the Grand Opening of Lee Elementary.  There are moments I truly tear up just thinking about how amazing this building is, and most importantly, how amazing the people who fill it are.  Monday was an INCREDIBLE day filled with so many wonderful "feel good" moments.  I was so proud of your learners for helping to make it so special!

Our friend, Aryan, did an awesome job introducing Mrs. Kastrounis!

 We are official! 

Recess fun!

Have a great week! 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Welcome to our class blog!

Hello families and visitors!

Welcome to our blog! This will be the place to come and see what we have been doing in our class. You may notice this blog was used LONG ago...back when I was in college! :) I am happy to resurrect the blog for the sake of our awesome learners! My hope is that they will take over this blog in the future with their learning, but for now, I will keep you informed.

 We are off to a GREAT start in the Green House! This week, we had the opportunity to learn a little bit more about each other and what it takes to make a successful community through rotations.  Learners made videos about procedures, learned about the Magic Triad (Kind Touch, Kind Word, Kind Smile), made some "Smile Pockets" where they can share smiles with one another within our house, and talked about our House Quote: Be the change you wish to see in the world".

We have had SO much fun learning about all the unique learning spaces in our building! Check out these photos of our learners utilizing the spaces in their own ways. 

This week, our school was featured on Channel 11 news! I hope you take a moment to watch this video..and you just might see some of our Radiant Risk-Takers!

So that you can get to know me better, each week, I thought it might be fun to do a "Fact about your Designer" section! Here is your fact for the week:

I have a PRECIOUS niece, Kolbe, and nephew, Skylar, whom I love VERY much! I get to be an aunt again in February, as Skylar is going to be a big brother! Here they are: 

I hope you have a great week...and I know we will!