Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Winter Fun!!

Our Winter Party today brought comments like, 'Best ever!", "What a blast!", This is fun!" The hot cocoa bar and refreshments were a big hit. We had s'mores, white-chocolate dipped oreos with strawberries and drizzled chocolate, bite-sized muffins, candy canes and goody bags filled with fun.

Students enjoyed creating an ornament and watching "Santa Paws". Many were wearing their pj's and furry robes - even slippers! Here are a few snaps of us today...

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Packing for Monmouth Beach

What a generous group! Our students made very thoughtful choices for the Monmouth Beach students. As you can see in the photos, we sent toys, games, fuzzy blankets, books, crayons and markers, and other wonderful items that our students wanted to donate to Monmouth students. Our coins from the coin jar were added to the cash and gift card total from our school. Thank you, students and parents!
The truck from Monmouth is expected on Monday.  Volunteers sorted all the donations so that loading is ready to begin right away. We send our good wishes to the northern students and their families along with our heartfelt hope that they will enjoy the materials.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Spelling Bee is on the Way in January

Dear Parents,
After the winter break we will be having our Spelling Bee. The list of words is located on the link below. Study all of the words for grade 4 please. Thanks...I will notify you the date we will have the spelling bee in class. All the students will particpate in the class spelling bee. The class winner will continue on to the school spelling bee.


Melissa Featured in Hometown News

Melissa is in our 4th Grade class. Her dad, Mr. Lammers, was nice enough to donate his apps for our iPads here in class. He presented them to both our class and Mrs. Donovan's class. We use our iPads every day. Math Tutor App is popular and some of our students are using it at home too. Information to download his apps are in the article below. We appreciate the Lammer family supporting us!

By Meagan McGone mmcgone@hometownnewsol.com
BREVARD -- Indialantic resident Jeff Lammers has a daughter who is in the fourth grade. And, like many other students, she sometimes has trouble paying attention to lectures in class. "She's a tactile person and learns from doing, more than listening," Mr. Lammers said. Knowing that children are often drawn to the interactive components of technology, Mr. Lammers searched Apple's App Store for educational apps that could help her. "None (of the apps) actually taught the skills she missed in class," he said. "It seemed amazing to me that most, if not all, early app developers just throw together quizzes and games to make apps with no thought to their effectiveness as real teaching tools." Mr. Lammers, a mechanical engineer, author and previously successful app launcher, saw the lack of beneficial educational apps as a great opportunity. "I felt that if there were grade- and subject-specific apps that could teach, and re-teach, the subjects that my daughter was learning in school, then she and other children could learn the subject at their own pace, in their own way," he said. Mr. Lammers gathered an experienced "dream team," consisting of a tech-savvy teacher, an app programmer, a graphic designer and himself as the lead designer. This year, they launched AppTutor, an interactive educational tool to teach, coach and cover the curriculums that are found in schools, under the publishing name of PadStar. Currently, there are three AppTutor apps that can be found in the App Store: kindergarten- to third-grade addition, second- to fifth-grade multiplication, and place value and rounding for second- to fifth-grade. "We sincerely believe that any student using the correct grade-level AppTutor app could go through the app in just a few hours and have a mastered understanding of that particular subject," Mr. Lammers said. He said ultimately, he would like to see tools like AppTutor creating reform in the classroom. "(America's educational system) is a very complicated system of information and politics, and I certainly don't claim to grasp all the variables," he said. "The one aspect I do understand is that a publisher like PadStar can take all the information in a $100 textbook and make it come to life for a fraction of the cost."
To download the app, visit Apple's App Store on a compatible device and search "AppTutor."

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Celebrating Science Achievement

We had a great time celebrating our Science Fair participants at a celebration lunch. Pizza was delivered and students enjoyed cookies, chips and juice. Both of our classes had a total of 26 students enter the fair. We appreciate your support and we know the students will be prepared next year when they're required to do a project. Nice job to all of our amazing students.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Rocket Math Star

Guest Blogger

     Proudly, Brooke is our second Rocket Math Star... she has met her multiplication goal and is on her way with the Division Facts. A very motivated math student!!
In her words:
     "I love math because I think division and multiplication are fun. I like to have lessons in math and do problem solving in my workbook. I like to work independently!"
     A special shout out from Brooke to her classmates:
     My Tips for Rocket Math:
  •  Pay Attention
  •  Be Focused
  • Take Your Time