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April 28th, 2017

4/28/17 Ms K’s PE: Biking and Racket skills

4/28/17 Ms K’s PE: Biking and Racket skills to continue next week.  Please remember to have helmets and layers, it often warms up by afternoon. We wrapped up the Shoeman Water Project today.  Third grade helped bag up 125 pairs just this week.  Overall, SMSOC donated well over 300 pairs of shoes! Thank you all  Read More


April 26th, 2017

Chicago – Day 2

Hi all! We had a fabulous second day here in Chicago. We started out bright and early, some as early as 5:45am! We hung out and ate breakfast then went straight for the bus. After a long morning commute, we got to the Science and Industry Museum. The students had a BLAST! We were there Read More


April 25th, 2017

Chicago Trip – Day 1

Day 1: What started as an “on-time” train, ended up with us sitting just south of the city for 45 minutes. That’s okay, we taught the kids how to navigate the public bus! We made it to the Sheed Aquarium and Maggie Daley Park. The students are TIRED and all in bed as I type Read More


April 24th, 2017

2nd Grade visits the fire house

Today, we were delighted to meet the firefighters of the Clayton Fire House. They were kind enough to show us and Ms. Ginger’s PreK class around their department to help us understand what they do as community helpers. What a great learning journey ! A special thank you to Ms. Ginger for her hard work Read More


April 21st, 2017

Edwin, the Scientist

The Scientist this week was Edwin! Edwin presented a volcano to the JK/K class. He presented how a volcano erupts and the parts of a volcano. We watched a short video about volcanoes and listened to a story about volcanoes. Edwin used baking soda and red dye vinegar to cause an eruption with his paper Read More


April 21st, 2017

Toddler 1 & 2: April 10-21

The toddlers have been busy planting, watering, and preparing pots for their flowers the last few weeks. We have also loved digging in the dirt outside and making sure to stop and smell ALL the flowers we see. Next week we will be exploring the 5 Senses which is always a favorite theme.  


April 21st, 2017

4/21/17 Ms K’s PE: biking, swimming, and baseball

4/21/17 Ms K’s PE: biking, swimming, and baseball This week we biked, had our last swim of the year and played some baseball.  Wow, what a difference a few weeks of swim lessons makes.  The students did a great job. Please make sure your child has their helmet here for school.  We will continue with Read More


April 20th, 2017

PreK, 1st & 2nd Meet Officer Sommer

We were delighted to meet Officer Sommer of the St. Louis Police Department. Officer Sommer discussed her responsibilities as an officer, how the police department does their part to support the St. Louis community, and safety tips. Thank you Officer Sommer !


April 20th, 2017

Self Portraits

The JK and Kindergarten children recently drew their self portraits as part of our hub topic. The children in JK and K had a group conversation about what their self portrait should have. Ms. Kara: When you draw yourself, what shape should your face be? Vance: A circle. Momo: A circle or an oval. Ms. Read More


April 20th, 2017

JK/KDG Music!

Today in music we followed pattern movements using scarves and danced to music.


April 19th, 2017

JK/KDG: Swimming

We enjoyed our last swim session today! We had a blast swimming and saw children overcome fears they had on the first day. Way to go!


April 13th, 2017

4/13/17 Ms K’s PE: Biking, swimming, and an Easter egg hunt.

4/13/17 Ms K’s PE:  What a great week.  Biking, swimming, and an Easter egg hunt. We will continue next week with baseball and biking.  Last swim is Wednesday.  The kids are doing a great job with listening in the pool and progressing with their skills.  Wondering what we are working on in the pool? -SAFETY Read More


April 13th, 2017

4-13-17 Third & Fourth Grades Spend the Morning at Litzsinger Road Ecology Center

Students continued their conversations at the Ecology Center this morning regarding decomposers.  In addition, other treasures were found and much fun was had.               


April 11th, 2017

Puzzle Challenge

In Kindergarten, we love having puzzle challenges! Matilda and Soliea worked so hard on completing a new puzzle for our classroom. I am so proud of how much we love puzzles in Kinder!!


April 10th, 2017

Easter Egg Sight Words

During Word Work, the kindergarten students were introduced to a new sight word game! The students open the plastic egg and unscramble the letters to make a sight word! The kindergarteners made 24 sight words!! Clementine: I have two letters- g and o! I made GO! Rohan: Look Miss Kara, I and T make IT!


April 7th, 2017

Storytelling in the Studio

This week in the studio we did a drawing exercise in storytelling. Students were given a piece of paper with three empty boxes– like a comic strip. Their challenge was to tell a story in three scenes: a beginning, middle, and end. The story could be something that happened to them, a fictional story, or Read More


April 7th, 2017

4/7/17 Ms K’s PE: Baseball and Swimming

4/7/17 Ms K’s PE: Baseball/softball to continue.  Please bring helmets, we will begin biking next week weather permitting.  This week we worked on glove use while catching and throwing as well as batting practice with positioning and what to do after a hit. Swimming Wednesday was wonderful, everyone did such a great job!  We will Read More


April 7th, 2017

Toddler April 3-7

Welcome back toddlers and families! We hope you enjoyed your Spring Break, but are happy to have the children back at school. Everyone has seemed to be adjusting back to the schedule well which has given the chance to dive back into the school fun. This week we began talking about zoo animals. As the Read More


April 6th, 2017

Working with Wire-JK

This week we have been creating objects with wire. We had just read a book about inventions.. so some of the children created new inventions. 🙂 Lincoln- Bird nest Edwin- A bumble bee in a nest Momo- Ming-a-ba-dinga Trinity- Scissors Clem- A smell a do Bea- Mouse Mark- Hockey stick Julen- Loopty Road Whit- Optimus Read More


April 5th, 2017

2nd Grade Swims !

A great first day of swimming for 1st & 2nd grade ! Thank you to Mr. B, Ms. K and Mrs. Eppert for their hard work !


April 5th, 2017

Kindergarten: Rainbows!

This week, our read aloud books are about rain, clouds, and rainbows! Our read aloud on Tuesday was a book called “What Makes a Rainbow?” We talked about rainbows, how rainbows form, and how many colors are in a rainbow. The kindergarten students wrote two short sentences about rainbows and shared their writing pieces with Read More


April 4th, 2017

Passages from Tom Sawyer

From Jan Jacobi In 7th grade we have just started reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. This year I have used passages from the books we have read to teach close reading—the skill which students need to score well on reading comprehension exercises on standardized tests. Here is our first Tom Sawyer passage…. Chapter Read More


April 3rd, 2017

Welcome Back JK!

Our first day back was a busy one! Right away the kids were eager to tell their friends and teachers about their spring break adventures! Then they excitedly worked in areas of the classroom while catching up with classmates.


March 19th, 2017

Pre K Mar 13-17, 2017

Pre K Mar. 13-17 Winter was mild but a surprise snow made for fun times for Pre K on March 13. We could not go out to play in the snow so the snow came to us. Using a variety of pots and pans, scoops and spoons, children made “soups,” “pies,”  and of course as Read More


March 17th, 2017

7th & 8th Math- Relay Race Review

The 7th grade and one of the 8th grade math groups reviewed fraction, decimal, and percent concepts by participating in a Math Relay Race. Each team of three (one team of two) were asked to complete 20 math problems reviewing these topics. They would only receive one problem at a time, and could not gain Read More


March 17th, 2017

The Leprechauns Came to JK and KDG!

We were so excited and so surprised to find that the leprechauns had visited our classroom! They left a trail of gold candy and “Liam the Leprechaun” left a note! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!


March 17th, 2017

3/17/17 Ms K’s PE: Variety week

3/17/17 Ms K’s PE: Variety week This week we was Variety Week Monday:  indoor snowball fights Tuesday:  Music and movement games, kickball (3rd) Wednesday:  Imagination Playground, jump roping Thursday:  snow ball fights, older kids played ping pong, cup stacking, & polo Friday:  scavenger hunt for the pot o’ gold left by a crafty leprechaun *** Read More


March 17th, 2017

Toddler 1 & 2: March 13-17

Wow!  Can you believe how the time has flown by?!  It’s already spring break and all our little babies are blossoming into big kids just as the flowers are opening for spring! Speaking of flowers, to support this week’s spring theme, we got our hands into the dirt and started planting some seeds.  Students chose Read More


March 14th, 2017

3-14-17 Fourth Grade Math: “Ms. W is taking an early vacation” Math Lesson

Students in our math group are teaching long division this week.  Each student has been asked to prepare a lesson that demonstrates long division, allows the class to practice, and assesses them at the end.  A few have commented on how “difficult it is to be the teacher”…..imagine!  Here are snippets of Will and Mia’s lessons Read More


March 14th, 2017

Message from Beth 3-14-17

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March 14th, 2017

JK: Leprechaun Magic Box!

Ms. Missy gave us a box to decorate in hopes of some Leprechauns bringing us goodies to enjoy on Friday for St. Patrick’s Day. The kids are very eager to see if our room gets touched by any Leprechauns on Thursday night. 🙂  


March 14th, 2017

3-14-17 Third & Fourth Social Studies: Civil Rights in St. Louis

Last Friday, we attended class at the Missouri History museum. We explored American history through the experiences of African Americans who lived in St. Louis for centuries. Students encountered the agency of individuals and considered the significance of historic events. Students toured civil rights related exhibits, listened to the oral histories of persons living in Read More


March 14th, 2017

Leprechauns and Rainbows!

Today, the kindergarten students painted a shoe box for St. Patrick’s Day! On Thursday, the students are going to leave the painted box on the window ledge. On Friday morning, we are going to see if the leprechauns left us any treats in the box. The students will write a letter to the leprechauns and Read More


March 13th, 2017

Pre K Feb 27- Mar 10

Feb 27-Mar. 10 Weather is so changeable in St.Louis!  One day it is balmy and the next winter.  For now, we continue to bike inside!   In studio, making shadows with the projector, creating stories with our fifth grade helpers, drawing and painting are such fun with Mr. Holohan and Ms. Claire.  I think the favorite Read More


March 13th, 2017

JK: Finding Emotions in Magazines

Today we browsed magazines to find faces that showed different emotions. We then made emotion collages. Bea made a happy collage and added things that made her feel happy. Whit found an expression that showed somebody feeling “surprised”…he told me ” I feel surprised when I have to wait for my birthday. Another photo showed Read More


March 13th, 2017

3-13-17 Third/Fourth: “Ms. W took an early vacation!” Math Lesson

Students have taken over the fourth grade math group and are giving the lessons in long division this week.       


March 13th, 2017

3-13-17 3rd/4th Writing: Unexpected Snow

We took a moment, stopped our day, and wrote a few haikus about this morning’s weather.   quick, please, please help me!  climate change keeps happening!  oh no!  i’m melting!   yes, i am a tree; my name is leafless larry; that over there is bob   the snow was very fierce; it was way Read More


March 10th, 2017

Performing Arts 3/6-3/10

This week in PA we continued to prepare for the variety show, worked on percussion ensemble, rehearsed parts for our 8th grade movie, tweaked our Garage Band projects, and studied some Baroque music.  And, Schwartze stopped by the classroom on Friday! Thanks for great students!    


March 10th, 2017

Toddler 1 & 2: March 6-10

The highlight of this week was our baby visitor! We looked at the items that babies use, talked about how they are different from toddlers, and how we use gentle touches just like with our friends. The class was so GREAT with our baby visitor and we hope to spend some more time with our Read More


March 10th, 2017

JK/KDG: Dramatic Play

Dramatic play is always a first choice on “Fun Friday!”


March 10th, 2017

3/10/17 Shoeman Water Project came to SMSOC today

3/10/17 Shoeman Water Project came to SMSOC today. Following our Stewardship hub topic, I had Shoeman Water Project come present this morning. Instead of dropping shoes that are no longer wanted into the trash, tie or rubber band them together  and donate to Shoeman Water Projects (SWP).  The sale of these shoes funds water clean Read More


March 10th, 2017

3/10/17 Ms K’s PE

3/10/17 Ms K’s PE: Hockey has come to an end and I have seen a great deal of improvement with stick handling skills and passing. We got outside most days for PE and one day we had a scavenger hunt with JK/K finding numbered trucks.   As I promised the students, we will have a Read More


March 9th, 2017

JK/KDG: Nature Walk

The beautiful weather today called for a drawing nature walk.


March 8th, 2017

JK: Enjoying the Weather!

We enjoyed the beautiful weather this morning! Played a fun game of soccer, made a “saw” from the tricycles, and spun around!


March 8th, 2017

3/7/17 3rd Graders, Geometry, Architecture, and Lisa LeMasters!

Our third graders have been studying Geometry… and what better way to learn about how Math is used on a daily basis than to pick the brain of an expert architect (and mom extraordinaire) Lisa LeMasters.  We learned a great deal about how she chose her field of interest, the process of creating plans and Read More


March 8th, 2017

Physical Education: 7th-8th Self Defense Class 3.2.2017

The 7th and 8th grade Physical Education class participated in a “hands-on” self-defense class with Dante Iannazzo (parent of Sophia and Julen). Dante holds a second degree blackbelt in Kenpo Karate. Dante demonstrated several release holds one would use for self defense. Dante stressed the importance of practice to engrain the quick response needed in a Read More


March 7th, 2017

JK/KDG: Friendship

We have been reading books and having conversations about emotions, feelings, and friendship. This morning after reading a book titled “A Friend” we talked about what it meant to be a good friend and asked children to share what they enjoy about their friends at school. Here are the responses: Mark- I like to play Read More


March 7th, 2017

JK: Making Messages

The message center is an area that helps children develop their drawing, writing, and expressive language skills. This morning, Julen worked very hard to create a drawing and message for each person in his family.


March 7th, 2017

3-7-17 Fourth Grade Academy: Multiplication Instructional Videos

                             


March 6th, 2017

Number Fun!

Numbers, numbers, numbers everywhere! This math group was very excited to write their own math problems and play with math tubs today.


March 3rd, 2017

Performing Arts 2/27-3/3

Variety show, variety show, variety show. Lots of rehearsal, planning, and prep for the variety show. And a little project work… Thanks for great students!


March 3rd, 2017

3/3/17 Ms K’s PE: Hockey

3/3/17 Ms K’s PE:  Hockey inside and outdoors this week. We will continue hockey next week and have a variety week right before Spring Break.  Have a great weekend! Ms K


March 3rd, 2017

3/3/17 Third and Fourth Visit Composting and Landfill Sites

We have been learning about sustainability and stewardship.  In class, we have been discussing composting, recycling and garbage… where do our items end up?  What is our overall footprint? Today we ventured out to see first hand what happens to our waste materials…


March 3rd, 2017

Toddler 1 & 2: Feb 27-March 3

This week in the Toddler Rooms we focused a lot on families. We spent morning meeting time talking about what makes a family, who is in our family and how families can have people from different backgrounds, genders and ethnicities. In talking about each individual family we heard many comments like, “Ta-ta, ME, Mommy, Daddy, Read More


March 2nd, 2017

A Story in Stamps – Downstairs Studio, Ms Claire’s Notes

Using stamps to tell a story with Sammy: “These are two trains. One has dirty wheels and is zooming toward the bridge!” “The other train has already gone down the bridge, and now its this trains turn.” “A black train! It has a broken wheel. Its sounding its horn like this, toot toot!” Sammy used Read More


March 2nd, 2017

Green Eggs and Ham!

We have had so much fun celebrating Dr. Seuss this week! Today, Dr. Seuss would have been 113 years old! We celebrated his birthday with a yummy treat of green eggs and ham! We can’t wait for pajama day tomorrow!


March 1st, 2017

JK: Wacky Wednesday…

Today started off very wacky….the tables and chairs were even upside down! We made some wacky creations today with play dough. Bea made a wacky art project where a person was bleeding glitter. We loved wearing our clothes backwards and inside out…. we had a very silly day!


February 28th, 2017

JK/KDG: Cat in the Hat

Our day has been busy celebrating Dr. Seuss. This morning we also celebrated Mardi Gras by decorating masks with our reading buddies. We read The Cat in the Hat and The Cat in the Hat Comes Back! Then we all made hats!


February 27th, 2017

Dr. Seuss Week!

JK and Kindergarten are celebrating Dr. Seuss this week! Dr. Seuss’s birthday is this Wednesday, March 2nd! This week, we are reading lots of Dr. Seuss books and rhyming with his silly stories. Today, is “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish”. We graphed rainbow goldfish with a partner and enjoyed the goldfish as Read More


February 27th, 2017

Performing Arts Feb 21-24

In a short week we accomplished a ton:  Pop music project, stewardship assignment, variety show rehearsals, a small classroom concert, and finally, see if you can tell which group of students was on the new van for the hiking trip… Thanks for great students!


February 26th, 2017

Pre K Feb. 21-24

Feb. 21-24 Our studio time presented opportunities to explore light with objects.  Using an overhead projector and screen, children explored putting different objects on the projector to see the shadows they created.  They explored shadows making their own designs using their hands and fingers.  Clay is still a favorite and recently the children learned a Read More


February 24th, 2017

Toddler 1 & 2: Feb 21-24

We took advantage of the warm weather this week and spent extra time playing outside and taking short walks around the neighborhood. We also dove into our “Babies and Family” theme by talking about who is in our families. This is a great time to bring in a family picture if you didn’t at the Read More


February 24th, 2017

2/24/17 Ms K’s PE and OT

2/24/17 Ms K’s PE:  We had a great first week of hockey.  We worked on hand position, stick handling drills and keeping the stick down.  Who would have thought we would be scrimmaging outside in February in shorts and t-shirts?  We will continue hockey for two more weeks. OT:  Great fine motor activities to increase Read More


February 23rd, 2017

Cooking in Math!

The 4th Grade boys have been working very hard in class learning all about fractions. We decided to bake a cake and work with some of the concepts we have been learning about: customary measurement, fractions, multiplication, and division. The gentlemen skimmed through Pinterest ( yes, they loved it!) looking for recipes on which they Read More


February 23rd, 2017

Downstairs Studio – Studies in Light and Shadow

Thursday, February 23 2017 Last week we got out a projector and a screen and ran with it. We watched how our bodies could make shadows, how we could move and position ourselves to appear like an animal or tree. Then, we experimented with the shadows of everyday items around the room. We saw how toy Read More


February 21st, 2017

Message from Beth 2/21/2017

2/21/2017 Skating is cancelled for Wednesday, February 22, 2017. The 72 degree temperatures in St. Louis have put a damper on our snow. New Van Thanks to the our amazing parents we are proud owners of a gently used, beautiful van. Our students were so excited when the van pulled up in front of school. Read More


February 19th, 2017

Pre K Feb 6-16

Feb 6-16 Each day after P.E. we gather for morning meeting.  The leader completes the calendar job which includes identifying and putting up the date, counting the days in the month thus far, stamping the leader chart and counting the times she or he has been leader.  Sharing time follows, allowing each child to talk Read More


February 16th, 2017

JK Emotions

Emotions are a big concept and Junior Kindergartners are very interested in expressing their emotions. “I’m angry, frustrated, sad, happy, scared” ect. We are going to be investigating emotions but started with a story,conversations, photos and drawings. Edwin: I feel surprised like this…(made face) Lincoln: I feel happy when my mom buys me special stuff. Read More


February 16th, 2017

Toddler 1 & 2: Feb 13-16

Love was is the air as we celebrated Valentine’s Day this week!  Each day was filled with hearts, happiness and songs about love!  The kids loved helping to making strawberry smoothies and finding hearts buried in rice and floating in water in the sensory table.  Also, as we have TWO STUDENTS who are welcoming baby Read More


February 16th, 2017

2-16-17 Third & Fourth Mannequin Challenges

Third and fourth grades have been working on improv work and presentation in front of a group quite a bit this year.  This week, they decided to spend time on the Mannequin Challenge.  Be sure to see our latest Mannequin Challenge taken at Mi Ranchito Mexican Restaurant!                 Read More


February 16th, 2017

This Week in Performing Arts 02/14

From Uke’s and Garage Band to western music history and plays and percussion ensembles, our students are playing, creating, and growing in PA.  Thanks for great students!    


February 14th, 2017

Writing Valentine Letters

The Kindergarten students wrote valentine letters to their parents. We talked about the parts of a letter and including words such as the date, Dear, to, and from. The students did such a fantastic job working on their letters! Great work Kindergarten!!


February 13th, 2017

8th Grade visits the SLAM to see Goya print exhibition 02.10.17

The weather cooperated nicely last Friday for our walk over to the art museum to see Francisco de Goya’s print series known as the Disasters of War. Prior to our visit the 8th grade prepped for our visit by reading various sources on Goya, looking at a time line of his life in history and Read More


February 12th, 2017

Toddler 1 & 2: Feb 6-10

The toddlers have been exploring hearts and love this week. We have spent our morning circle times talking about what we love and also how we can show love. Some of the things we love are: mommy, daddy, grandma, pancakes, trains, their friends, and dogs! As always we are encouraging the children to check on Read More


February 10th, 2017

2/10/17 OT Blog

Obstacle Courses! It’s supposed to be beautiful this weekend.  Grab a handful of items from the garage, old pool noodles, rope and some recycling.  Now, go to town.  Give them an example and then let them get to creating, you’ll be blown away.  Today in PE we took advantage of the weather in the afternoon Read More


February 10th, 2017

Physical Education: Ice Skating 2.9.17

3rd and 4th graders practice the “swizzle” drill through the cone obstacle course.  


February 10th, 2017

Matilda the Scientist

Today was a science day and Matilda was our Scientist! She presented her experiment to the JK/K suite and explained when air fills the container it keeps the water out of the glass. Then, each child took a turn turning the glass upside down in the container of water. We had so much with Matilda’s Read More


February 9th, 2017

2nd Grade Meets Cody the Dog !

2nd Grade enjoyed a visit from Cody the dog this morning. Cody is the proud owner of Ms. Emily. He loves shaking hands (in his case paws), eating treats, and spending time with others.


February 9th, 2017

5th and 6th Grade Happenings

Hi All: Sorry for the delay in a post! We have been super busy up in the 5th and 6th grade suite! The ladies of the 6th grade have been bonding with our newest students, Jordan. When she was gone for a week, they decided they needed to draw her into class. With the weather Read More


February 8th, 2017

1st & 2nd Celebrate 100 Days of School !

What a fantastic day celebrating being in school 100 Days. Take a look at our festivities !


February 8th, 2017

Happy 100th Day of School

Today, the JK and Kindergarten classes celebrated the 100th Day of School! We had so much sharing our 100 items from home and we made crowns for the 100th Day. We read lots of books about the 100th day and we counted and wrote numbers to 100!


February 8th, 2017

Reading Buddies for 3/4 and 8th Grade are a Huge Success!

Entry from Jan Jacobi….The 8th graders are enjoying their Tuesday morning time with their 3/4th grade reading buddies. Last week they all made snowflakes!


February 7th, 2017

JK/KDG, Mi Ranchito Prep!

In Spanish the children have been practicing for our big trip to Mi Ranchito. Ms. V has done a great job talking to the children about restaurant etiquette, manners, and food names.


February 7th, 2017

Sophia Shares her 5 items for her Shining Star Week (Ms. Missy)

Sophia is such a sentimental little girl…. brought in lots of gifts from the heart.  Thanks Shining Star:-)


February 6th, 2017

Social Justice & Activism in Art – Claire’s Notes

Week of 1.30-2.3 This past week, I took some guidance from the publication and website Teaching Tolerance. Movements in art are so often prompted by social change, and I wanted the students to be able to experience how activism, diversity, and art intertwine. First, I wanted to set some base terms. I presented these questions to Read More


February 6th, 2017

Block Structures and Stories

Each child created a block structure and then told me a story about it. Blocks are a great “language” to enhance imagination, communication skills, and creativity.   


February 4th, 2017

Pre K Jan 23-Feb3

January 23-27 Sharing items continue to be a highlight at a.m. meeting.  After describing the item, the student asks for questions or comments. If an item is appropriate, the child chooses to incorporate the toy in their play sharing with others; if not, after talking about the toy it goes to their cubby.  Some children Read More


February 3rd, 2017

2/3/17: Sore Muscles

Solutions for Sore Muscles Did you know that you have more than 600 muscles in your body? At some point in your child’s life, one of them is bound to get sore. Here’s how you can help. A child’s muscles might feel sore after exercise, doing any activity that’s harder than he’s used to, or if Read More


February 2nd, 2017

2nd Grade Ice Skates ! (Ms. Emily)

A great day on the ice !


February 2nd, 2017

January 30-Feburary 3

This week with the toddlers we began talking about Valentines Day! With all the talk about shapes last week we thought hearts would give us the perfect transition in talking about how to love one another and the things around us. This is such a great topic with toddlers as they are discovering and being Read More


February 1st, 2017

How can a small bottle provoke deep understanding. Holohan 02.01.17

I was originally working with a 7th grade student who has expressed a great deal of interest in embroidery and miniature textiles. I showed her various websites of particular artists who I admire. One site we visited was a small museum in Michigan they had posted an additional page that caught my eye. The museum Read More


February 1st, 2017

Groundhog Day Predictions/Game Time!

Today we took turns making predictions on whether or not the groundhog will see his shadow tomorrow. Then they drew pictures to support their decision. Ben and Lincoln enjoyed playing a board game together. Board games are great to reinforce cooperation, turn taking, counting, and having fun! 🙂


January 31st, 2017

1/31/2017 Message from Beth

The St. Michael School of Clayton Gala – Saturday, February 4, 2017 The St. Louis Zoo 6:00 p.m. This is a great evening, full of fun and great auction items. THE GALA SUPPORTS THE ST. MICHAEL SCHOOL OF CLAYTON WE NEED YOU TO SUPPORT THE GALA!! You can bid from home on our silent auction Read More


January 27th, 2017

Ms Claire’s notes January 25-27

January 25-27 With both the JK/K and 1st/2nd groups we started a new 3d building project. Before beginning, we scoured the school for materials that might be used for sculptures. We uncovered trinkets, lids, clips, sockets, lots of wire, cardboard, fabric, string, and even some robot parts! After collecting our items, we brought everything downstairs Read More


January 27th, 2017

1/27/17: Ms K’s Skating Reflections

1/27/17: Skating Reflections: I hadn’t been on the ice in 2 years so I had similar fears as some of my students. As soon as my first foot hit the ice and was still standing I couldn’t stop smiling.  I think I share the same thoughts as so many of the students.  I did not Read More


January 27th, 2017

Toddler 1 & 2: January 23-27

  What a busy week it has been spent talking about shapes! We explored shapes through songs, books, sensory and art. The toddlers played games in morning meeting that involved looking for shapes around the classroom. We also read along with a picture book and CD and a few of them would shout out, “It’s Read More