Happy New Year a couple of weeks late! We are staying busy here in lower elementary. We began our year, 2014, counting out the year with our long 10 chains. We also took a look at the BC/AD time line and discussed its significance to our current date and time.
Students have begun learning about the five vertebrates, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals and will continue these studies into February. The children study the external parts and body functions of each one, and also have the option of doing a research of the animal of their choice. They have also been discovering and discussing the difference between coniferous and deciduous trees, and studying rocks and minerals.
Our continent of study for January is Asia. Some students have been doing country research, coloring maps of Asia, and studying the culture of different countries in Asia. We look forward to studying Africa in February.
Students will celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 13th after our field trip and their FACE class. Students may bring in addressed or unaddressed (some children prefer to address each envelope and others do not) Valentines. If students want to bring something more than a card, it is asked that they bring in a wholesome treat or a practical item, such as a decorative pencil or eraser for each student. Candy is not encouraged. There are 20 students total in the class.
Thank you to those parents that were able to attend Parent Education Night last Thursday and also to those of you who were able to chaperone Friday’s field trip.
February 4th – 100th Day Celebration – See your child’s homework folder this week for details
February 8th – Wine Down and Silent Auction at Royal Palm
February 13th – Field Trip to UNF (8:30 – 11:30) and Valentine’s Day Celebration
February 14th – NO SCHOOL – Teacher Planning Day
February 17th – NO SCHOOL – President’s Day
February 18th – Begin Parent/Teacher conferences
Please let me know if you would like to chaperone the field trip on February 13th via email or in writing (this helps me to keep track).
As always, thanks for all you do to support our classroom and school!