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December 14th, 2017

12/14/17 Toddler Suite Holiday Celebration

What a fantastic celebration to kick of the holiday season! Thank you to our incredible room parents for the wonderful decorations, crafts, and treats. Your support and love for each child is beyond measure. Here’s a peek at our celebration (including a few pics from yesterday decorating Christmas trees for the party 🙂 ) ….. Read More

December 14th, 2017

12/13/17 Toddler Suite Learns About Hanukkah

We were delighted to have two 4th grade students, Riav & Lillian, visit the Toddler suite yesterday (December 13) to share a bit about Hanukkah. December 12th was the first night of Hanukkah and the girls told us a bit about the customs and traditions of the holiday, including Latkes, dreidels, and the menorah. Happy Read More

December 14th, 2017

12/13/17 Toddler Suite Makes Cinnamon Salt Dough

On Wednesday, the toddler crew decided to make cinnamon salt dough. Please enjoy the recipe below if you’re looking for a simple, but super fun, activity this Winter Break. Cinnamon Salt Dough Recipe:   1 cup flour 1/2 cup salt 1/2 cup cinnamon 3/4 cup very warm water *Stir ingredients together and add flour as Read More

December 14th, 2017

3rd & 4th graders at the library -Wozniak

Look at these young readers!

December 14th, 2017

3rd/4th Science Experiences -Morrison

I cannot believe it’s already time for winter break! I wanted to share photos of some of the science experiences I (or Leigh and I) have shared with 3rd & 4th graders thus far. Of course, there was so much I didn’t document through photos, but please enjoy what I was able to capture! Happy Read More

December 13th, 2017

12/13/17 First and Second & The Polar Express (Ms. Missy and Ms. Monica)

Today we took a ride to the North Pole in our comfy jammies and had some tasty hot chocolate along the way!

December 13th, 2017

Polar Express Day (Ms. Missy)

Polar Express day was a blast!!! First of all, what could be more fun than wearing your pajamas to school?!! We boarded the train and listened to the classic story before turning on the “big screen” Smart Board to watch the movie. We took an intermission break for some hot cocoa (just like the kids Read More

December 13th, 2017

12.13.17, Richards, Winter Party

This morning was our winter party! We had a pajama, hot chocolate, and pancake party. We also watched a Christmas movie. Thank you to all the room moms for helping out and planning the party!! Happy Holidays!!

December 12th, 2017

12/12/17 First & Second celebrate Hanukkah (Missy & Monica)

Today we started our morning by lighting the shamash on our menorah and  then the first candle.  We followed that by listening and learning more about the Festival of Lights while eating donuts (a traditi9onal food eaten during this holy Jewish holiday).  We played dreidel with gelt and then had some challah this afternoon. I Read More

December 12th, 2017

12.12.17, Richards, Reading Buddies

We love Tuesday mornings with our reading buddies! This morning we read holiday books with our 5th and 6th grade reading buddies. On Friday, we will enjoy a special treat and a movie with our buddies! Happy Holidays!

December 11th, 2017

12.11.17, Richards, Gingerbread Cookies

Today we baked gingerbread boy and girl cookies! After we baked our cookies we decorated them with icing! “Mmmmm…that smells good!” -Mason “This looks like my daddy!”-Lu “I like cookies!” -Evelyn “I like the boy cookie.” -Henry “Cookies are yummy!” -Amelie

December 10th, 2017

Toddler Suite News & Notes for the week of 12/10/17

It’s hard to believe we are a week away from Winter Break. It seems like yesterday it was the first day of school! We wish everyone a wonderful and safe holiday season. See you in 2018!  -The Toddler Team Upcoming Events & Reminders: Winter Break: There will be no school December 18-January 2; School will Read More

December 10th, 2017

Christmas Holly Cookies, Ms. Missy

It’s really not Christmas in our house unless we have those “cornflake things”… as Kate says.  My grandma used to make these but she actually spent loads of time shaping them into wreaths.  My girls and I learned a long time ago that we just don’t have that kind of patience.  We create holly instead:-)  Read More

December 10th, 2017

pre k Dec. 9,2017

Nov. 28-Dec. 8., 2017 Pre K The end of November brought unusually warm temperatures which we took advantage of much of the week.  When the cold weather arrived, we spent time in the gym or in our room.  One of our church members gave us styrofoam shapes that had been used for packing wreaths.  What Read More

December 8th, 2017

12/8/17 Toddler Two Learning How to Put on their Coats

As the weather continues to get colder, we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to learn how to put on coats independently. They’ve been introduced to and currently practicing  the flip trick to put on coats.

December 8th, 2017

12/8/17 Ms K’s PE

12/8/17 Ms K’s PE:  This week we took advantage of the warm beginning of the week and got outside as much as we could.  We worked on dribbling, passing and shooting skills.  Next week we will wrap up basketball and play some holiday themed games.  ABK

December 6th, 2017

12.6.17, Richards, Gingerbread Houses

We made gingerbread houses today with graham crackers and icing! We glued the sides and roof on using icing. Tomorrow, we will decorate our gingerbread houses with candy!

December 5th, 2017

12.5.17, Richards, Gingerbread Play Doh

This morning we made gingerbread play doh! We used flour, water, oil, salt, cinnamon, and ginger to make the play doh. Tomorrow, we are making gingerbread men collages and we will bake gingerbread cookies next week! Peter: “This smells like cookies!” Rosie: “I smell cinnamon!” Xander: “This is fun! Play doh is squishy!”

December 3rd, 2017

Egyptian Lapbooks in First and Second Grade (Ms. Missy)

The kids have been learning a lot about Ancient Egypt and LOVING it. We have studied topics such as the Nile river, egyptian life,hieroglyphics, pharaohs, mummy making, pyramids and so much more. We have watched educational videos, read numerous books and completed some fun activities to bring the subject to life. I really wanted to Read More

December 1st, 2017

Toddler Suite Takes a Trip to DeMun Park

Can you believe it was this nice out on our first day of December?! The Toddler Suite wanted to take full advantage of this beautiful weather, so we decided to go a little rogue on the schedule and take a trip to the park. After morning snack, we got bundled up and made the 10-15 Read More

December 1st, 2017

12.1.17, Richards, Fun with Magnets!

We had fun exploring with magnets today!

December 1st, 2017

From the archives: what we’ve been doing in studio

Welcome to December.  Here is a sampling of what we have been up to in the downstairs studio lately. Along with painting, shapes, stickers, and gluing, we constructed “eye-spy” jars with found materials and recycled mason jars. The jars are an active game of trying to find hidden objects in a small world.  Although we went Read More

December 1st, 2017

12/1/17 Ms K’s PE

12/1/17 Ms K’s PE: Our week started out in the 70’s and we took full advantage of being outside with games of freeze tag, obstacle courses, and some bubble play.  We finished our week with basketball skills such as dribbling and not double dribbling, chest passes and learning about traveling in basketball.  Next we will Read More

November 28th, 2017

11.28.17, Richards, Elf on the Shelf

We had quite the surprise this morning when we discovered a note from an Elf! Sally the Elf left us a message and we read her storybook. Sally is making sure we are making good choices before Christmas and using our kind hands. Sally left us a special treat and she will stay in our Read More

November 26th, 2017

Toddler Suite News & Notes for 11/27/17

Toddler Suite News & Notes for the week of 11/27/17 Welcome back ! We hope everyone had a restful Thanksgiving break. What a beautiful few days here in STL It was a perfect time to get outside and enjoy this incredible fall weather. This week toddlers will be getting back into the swing of things Read More

November 26th, 2017

11-27-17 Reading Buddies (Ms. Missy)

Reading Buddies!  This is such a special and beneficial tradition at TSMSOC.  The entire school has a “reading buddy.” This year, the first and second graders are paired-up with the toddlers downstairs.  We travel down to the little ones every Tuesday morning to read to the toddlers and do a fun activity. The “little buddies” Read More

November 21st, 2017

11.21.17 Toddler/ First & Second Grade Thanksgiving Feast

To kick off the Thanksgiving holiday what better way then to have a feast. First and Second grade graciously hosted our joint Thanksgiving meal, thank you to Ms. Missy and Ms. Monica for all their help and first/second graders for being such wonderful hosts. Another thank you to all our families who prepared dishes, from Read More

November 21st, 2017

11-21-17 Leigh Wozniak: Bake Sale for Annie’s Hope

Thank you to all who helped us with our bake sale!  We sent our letter to them today! -Leigh Wozniak

November 21st, 2017

11/21/17 Thanksgiving celebration with 1st, 2nd, T1 and T2

We had a great time celebrating Thanksgiving with our reading buddies today! Thank you so much to all the families that sent in the delicious food! I know we are so thankful to have your children be a part of TSMSOC Family!  

November 21st, 2017

11/21/17 Ms K’s PE

11/21/17 Ms K’s PE:  We wrapped biking up this week.  Pre K 3 will still be biking in gym over winter.  King Pin was a favorite with the students and we will start up with basketball upon return from Thanksgiving Break. Thank you all for entrusting us with the education and happiness of your children, Read More

November 20th, 2017

11.20.17, Mrs. Bailey’s Math Class

The students were practicing moving the decimal point when multiplying or dividing by powers of ten using dry erase markers and number cards to physically move the decimal point up and down the number.

November 20th, 2017

Bring on the holiday music!

Yep, not even through Thanksgiving and we are FULLY into holiday songs.  We are bringing some great songs and hard work to the winter performance this year.  Have a great T-Day! Here are some views into the classroom:

November 20th, 2017

11/20/17 Ms. Monica is so Thankful!

This is the time of year most of us are more reflective, we take a moment to pause and notice the people, places and things that make a difference in our lives.  Of course my family and friends come to mind quickly!  To me, family does not just include those people who are related to Read More

November 19th, 2017

Toddler Suite News & Notes 11/20/17

Important Dates & Reminders:  November 22-24: No School, Thanksgiving Break Friday, December 15: Winter Perfomance/Last Day before Winter Break (more info. to come!) Toddler/1st & 2nd Grade Thanksgiving Feast:  On Tuesday we will be celebrating Thanksgiving with our 1st & 2nd grade Reading Buddies and all the fixings! Thank you to all our families who Read More

November 19th, 2017

11-20-17 Thanksgiving Traditions (Ms. Missy)

Thanksgiving is a holiday where family traditions hold strong… as do first grade traditions. Each year the first graders have a “Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.”  On the menu at this feast is buttered toast, pretzels, popcorn, jelly bean and a pink ice cream sundae.  After the kids watch the movie, they compare/contrast a traditional Thanksgiving to Read More

November 17th, 2017

11/17/17 Ms K’s PE

11/17/17 Ms K’s PE:  We were able to get and bike this week luckily and will be wrapping up outdoor biking next week if weather allows.  King Pin to continue.  If we find ourselves indoors we are also taking this opportunity to workout in the Great Hall whether it be Yoga or just a cardio Read More

November 16th, 2017

11-16-17 Leigh Wozniak: Fourth Grade Math- Data Presentations

“What is data?” “What are various ways of presenting data?” Our fourth grade math group has been working on organizing, interpreting, and displaying data for the last couple of weeks.  Students created a survey question along with tally and frequency charts to post by Jeff’s desk and gather data from our school community.  This week, Read More

November 15th, 2017

PreK JK KDG feast, Nov 15, 2017

Our Thanksgiving feast was wonderful.  Thank you to all the families who brought in feasting items, from party favors to beautifully creative dinnerware, to the delicious turkey and all the trimmings.  We had fruit, potatoes, pasta, cranberry sauce,  sweet potato souffle, corn on the cob, meat balls, broccoli, carrots, red and yellow peppers, celery, rolls, Read More

November 15th, 2017

11.15.17, Richards, Thanksgiving Feast

A huge thank you to Edwin’s mom and the other parents for bringing in food and other items for our Thanksgiving Feast! We appreciate it so very much and the children had a wonderful feast! Happy Thanksgiving to all the PreK, JK, and Kindergarten Families! -Ginger, Kara, and Allison

November 15th, 2017

Cornerstone Visit

This year we did our Cornerstone Halloween visit a bit differently. We took just the 8th graders which worked very well. The Cornerstone kids were not so overwhelmed. A good time was had by all!

November 15th, 2017

How to complete the 30 second pre-biking safety check at TSMSOC. 11.15.17

30 second pre-bike safety check at TSMSOC: Personal safety: Helmet Fitted (check for cracks, straps adjusted for snug fit) School Safety Vest Running shoes tied and laces tucked Jacket zipped Gloves (if needed) Waterbottle Personal med’s (Inhaler) Bicycle safety: Seat (adjust seat height) Check front and rear brakes (squeeze front lever, squeeze rear lever, and Read More

November 14th, 2017

11-14-17 Writing Workshop in First Grade (Ms. Missy)

Children learn to write by doing lots of writing. My first graders know the purpose of writing.  They have been well versed on the daily schedule, they get to choose topics that are important to them and they know how important practice is at “getting good” at writing.  They also feel good about themselves as Read More

November 14th, 2017

11-14-17 Leigh Wozniak: Third & Fourth Present “Scary Stories & Cocoa”

Today, our afternoon was spent by the fire (Netflix fireplace on the Smart board), drinking cocoa, and listening to each other’s scary stories. We’ve been working for quite sometime on these stories and today it was finally time to share! -Leigh Wozniak

November 14th, 2017

11-10-17 Leigh Wozniak: Habitat Design

Many of our projects in the suite start from a casual conversation.  Earlier in the trimester, students sitting around before chapel one morning began discussing the St. Louis Zoo and how the habitats are designed.  They wondered what it would be like to design them and what is taken into consideration when designing the habitats Read More

November 14th, 2017

Finger Paint!

We made our own finger paints. They were very messy and cold and slimy and they were different colors that could be mixed. We have also lately been entertaining an upper-school helper coming down to work with the toddlers. Will has become very popular around the downstairs studio and we look forward to an activity he is Read More

November 14th, 2017

The Toddlers Build a Leaf Pile 11/13/17

Happy Tuesday! Yesterday the toddler group had a great time working together to create a leaf pile. They gathered the leaves and then took turns jumping into it! What a fun way to take advantage of the falling leaves.

November 13th, 2017

11.13.17, Richards, Corn Muffins

Today we baked corn muffins for our Thanksgiving Feast on Wednesday! We are so excited for our feast! Thank you to all the parents who are helping on this special day!

November 13th, 2017

Toddler News & Notes for the week of 11/13/17

News & Notes for the week of 11/13/17 It’s hard to believe we are nearly half way through November and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Where does the time go ? As the first trimester of school at TSMSOC is wrapping up we wish to say thank you for allowing us the privilege and Read More

November 12th, 2017

11-12-17 Secrets in First Grade (Ms. Missy)

Cranberry Thanksgiving written by Wende Devlin and Harry Devlin, is my favorite Thanksgiving Book!!  I read it multiple times to the kids every year. If you don’t know the story, ask your kiddo.  Hopefully, they will tell you all about the SECRET recipe that is hidden in grandma’s fireplace……..The SECRET Cranberry Bread Recipe. I promised Read More

November 10th, 2017

Pre K Nov 8-10,2017

Pre K Nov. 8-10, 2017 Crazy hair day brought out much creativity!  Father and daughter crazy hair, multiple pony tail crazy hair and even green blinking hair showcased by Ms. Maria!!  Our school spirit highlighted creativity and great fun all week! Continuing our exploration of leaves, we made a leaf collage after we crunched and Read More

November 10th, 2017

Ice Skating Season is Here! 10.10.17

The 5th and 6th grade PE class enjoyed opening day at Steinberg Rink in Forest Park.

November 10th, 2017

11.10.17, Richards, Science with Ms. Jenny

This morning, the JK/K students had Science with Ms. Jenny. The students mixed water, oil, and food coloring together. “What happens to the water when we add oil?” and “What happens when you mix different colors together?”

November 10th, 2017

11/10/17 Ms K’s PE

11/10/17 Ms K’s PE:  This week we had a couple opportunities to get out and bike as well as play some King Pin.  We will continue this next week.  Please don’t forget to shoot me a note if your child cannot participate in PE. Ms K

November 9th, 2017

Ms. Monica’s Second Graders’ trip to the Zoo and Forest Park 11/9/17

We had an amazing trip today!  There were insects, spiders, arthropods, bears, animal pelts and we even managed a quick hike in the park!

November 9th, 2017

11/07/18 Toddler Two Tasty Tuesday

For our first Tasty Tuesday, we used Taylor’s juicer and juiced red apples. The fresh apple juice was a hit among the group. Delish ! Stay tuned for next Tuesday…      

November 9th, 2017

11.8.17, Richards, Baking Pumpkin Bread

This morning we baked pumpkin bread for the Thanksgiving Feast next week! We talked about the ingredients in pumpkin bread and we measured each ingredient using measuring spoons and a measuring cup. We are so excited for our Thanksgiving Feast next week!  

November 9th, 2017

Sweater Weather in Toddler 1

Today we talked about the kind of clothes we wear in the fall. Toddler 1 had a fun time choosing one clothing item out of a bag, and displaying how we wear it. We had two gloves, a jacket and a hat! 

November 9th, 2017

Making “Purple Stew” in the Toddler Suite

The kids have been totally fascinated by the falling leaves and acorns as we welcome fall with open arms and ideas. Our outside time is often spent collecting acorns, leaves, dirt and sticks from the ground. This week, we decided to sing while we work and began making, “Purple Stew.” As we got a mixing Read More

November 8th, 2017

Pre K Nov 6-8, 2017

Pre K, Nov 6-8, 2017 Ms. Claire introduced us to an artist who worked with wire, Alexander Calder.  We are working on a mobile for our room, cutting out shapes and hanging them on a mobile. It was finally time for Jack to depart so friends helped take him apart, knowing that he will return Read More

November 8th, 2017

11.8.17, Richards, Twin Day!

Today is Twin Day for Dragon Giving Spirit Week! Rosie dressed like her doll and Julen and Andrew wore matching pajamas!

November 8th, 2017

11-8-17 Leigh Wozniak: Plot Structure & The Dougie

In writing (and literature), we have been focusing our efforts on the elements of plot structure:  exposition (development of a story’s setting, character, and plot), rising action, climax, falling action, and the resolution of the story’s problem.  Our crew has decided to share a little rap video we made to help you remember. Ms. Wozniak Read More

November 7th, 2017

11-7-17 Taking Risks with Invented Spelling (Ms. Missy)

Invented spelling is just “kid-spelling”- kids’ attempt at spelling using what they know. In first grade, invented spelling is a good thing!!  If I limit my kids to only writing words that they know how to spell, then I feel I am crippling their desire and ability to communicate. Nevertheless, I have found that even Read More

November 6th, 2017

Challenge Activities Volume I

Wednesday, November 6th 2017 Recently in the studio we had a series of challenges set up for our Junior, Pre, and Kindergarten classes. The challenges were based not only on color and art theories, but also on problem solving and critical thinking. Students could move from station to station, and try out the challenges they Read More

November 5th, 2017

Toddler Suite News & Notes for the week of 11/5/17

News & Notes for the week of 11/5/17  Happy Day Light Savings ! We hope the time change wasn’t too difficult  this weekend and everyone enjoyed an extra hour of sleep. We are looking forward to a great week, especially celebrating Dragon Giving Days. As always, thank you for your amazing support of the Toddler Read More

November 4th, 2017

11-5-17 My First Grade Tribe (Ms. Missy)

What is a tribe? “A tribe is a group of people connected to one another, connected to a leader, and connected to an idea.”  –Seth Godin I have been reading loads about tribes, connecting, gathering and celebrating lately…. It’s what I LOVE to do!!! I have my “mom tribe”, “girlfriend tribe”, “family tribe” and even Read More

November 3rd, 2017

11/3/17 Toddlers Bake Mini-Pumpkin Pies

What better way to get into the spirit of November than with baking mini-pumpkin pies ! The class assisted teachers with cutting the crust dough, putting the crust dough the muffin pan, mixing the pumpkin, milk, and eggs and of course eating our delicious treats after they cooked in the oven. It was the perfect Read More

November 3rd, 2017

11/3/17 Ms K’s PE

11/3/17 Ms K’s PE: We wrapped up our Handball Unit today and will be moving into King Pin next week till Thanksgiving Break.  King Pin is very similar to handball, but instead of shooting on a goal, we try to knock down the opponents pin (bowling pin) by throwing a soft foam ball. We will Read More

November 2nd, 2017

Pre K Oct 30-Nov2 Ginger Jacobi

PRE K Oct 30-Nov 2 Ms. Jenny brought down some of her animal skulls for children to explore.  A guessing game ensued as we tried to guess the various animals from the largest, a cow to the smallest, a mouse.  She also brought down a snake (no longer living) and snake skins.  The children enjoyed Read More

November 2nd, 2017

11/2/17 Roasting Pumpkin Seeds & Painting with Corn/Corn Husks in Toddler Suite

It was a fall themed morning in the Toddler Suite. We stepped out of our traditional painting box and painted with corn and corn husks. Although it was a messy media, the kiddos loved it and created some beautiful art prints.  To top off our morning, we roasted pumpkin seeds after pulling them from a Read More

November 1st, 2017

10.31.17, Richards, Happy Halloween!

We had a wonderful Halloween and VIP Day! Thank you to all the VIPs for coming to our school and thank you to the room mom’s for planning our Halloween party!

October 31st, 2017

Halloween Party/VIP Day in the Toddler Suite

Wow! What a day in the Toddler Suite. Thank you for all who participated in our VIP/Halloween Party. Just when you think these kids can’t get any cuter, they show up in costumes of all varieties. We had an astronaut, a Big Bad Wolf, plenty of superheroes and a Ninja Turtle; that’s just to name Read More

October 31st, 2017

10-30-17 Ms. Wozniak: Fourth Grade Math, Paper Airplanes, and Looking at Data

Some of our fourth graders, used their paper airplane folding skills in math class last week to work on math skills.  Students created airplanes, flew them multiple times while measuring the distance in order to create a “data set”, and used the data to find the:  mode, median, outliers, and range of their data. So Read More

October 31st, 2017

10-27-17 4th/8th: “Kids in a Room” Begin Lego Robotics

This week, our fourth and eighth graders began their work together on building their robots.  Students organized their materials in a manner that would work for them and their team before starting the process.  We have spent considerable time working on “how to work as a team” before we began this project.  As students proceed Read More

October 30th, 2017

10-30-17 Kitty Cat Mummification (Ms. Missy)

The kids love history in first/second grade.  We started our history lessons from the earliest nomads and are now into ancient times.  The kids are fascinated with everything Egypt but especially…. MUMMIES!!!!  This falls right in line with our hub topic of “Forest Park”!!  There is a spectacular “Mummy Exhibit” at the Science Center right Read More

October 30th, 2017

10.30.17, Richards, Halloween Story

Today, Andrew’s mom visited our class and read us a Halloween story. We listened to the story “The Spooky Express St. Louis” and enjoyed yummy cookies for a special treat! Thank you Shelley for visiting our class today!

October 30th, 2017

Why do pushups help with biking? 10.30.17

Upper body strength is vital for maneuvering a bike through tight spaces, lifting a bike for vertical bike wall mount storage and positioning a bike on a horizontal hitch rack.

October 30th, 2017

Toddler Suite Music

Every Friday we have music with Miss Alex. Today she introduced us to a Baritone Saxophone! We weren’t certain how the kids would react, but each and every one of them absolutely loved it. Each student got a turn to walk up and play a few notes on the saxophone while other students passed around Read More

October 29th, 2017

Toddler Suite News & Notes for the week of 10/30/17

Brrrr… what a chilly weekend ! We hope the cold did not stop everyone from spending some time outside. Despite the cold it was a nice weekend to be out and about ! Here’s a look at the week ahead, along with reminders for November. Happy (almost) Halloween !!! Important Events & Reminders:  Tuesday, October Read More

October 29th, 2017

10-30-17 Ms. Missy Candy and Crafts

I  hope you all had a fabulous fall, pre-Halloween weekend.  It was the perfect weekend here full of parties, costumes, cookies, candy and CRAFTS:-) Kate and I decided to “dress-up” some of our Halloween candy.  We wrapped crepe paper around milk chocolate bars…. one of her favorite Halloween candies.  YUM!!  We also took some Puffs Read More

October 29th, 2017

5th and 6th Math

October 28th, 2017

pre k Oct 23-27 Fall Fun Ginger Jacobi

Working in studio, we learned about the color wheel and continue to add our favorite colors to the “color line” outside Ms. Claire’s studio. We also decorated paper bags which will have little lights inside that glow when placed in the dark. In P.E. we took advantage of the last of the warm fall weather. Read More

October 27th, 2017

10.27.17, Richards, Carving A Pumpkin

Today, the JK and KDG children carved a pumpkin! Each child had a turn taking out the insides and seeds of the pumpkin. The pumpkin face had three triangles and a jagged mouth! We will have the pumpkin seeds as a yummy snack on Monday. We are so excited for Halloween!!

October 27th, 2017

10/27/17 Ms K’s PE

10/27/17 Ms K’s PE What a great week we had with biking and handball outside.  We will continue biking as weather allows and next week will be the end of our Handball Unit.  Please remember labeled ear band/hats, gloves with fingers and grip (Walmart/Target)as well as layers.  We will try to get outside as much Read More

October 25th, 2017

Portraying the Self

Wednesday, October 25th 2017 Self portraits can be challenging. Some artists say your own face is the hardest to portray. In the JK/Kindergarten classes, we learned about depicting our faces by identifying shapes and patterns. First, we set out mirrors and explored how our expressions change. We took note of the shapes in our faces: Read More

October 22nd, 2017

10-23-17 Guided Reading in First Grade (Ms. Missy)

Guided Reading is one of the most powerful components of our literacy block!!!! The typical guided reading lesson format include: Rereading familiar text Book introduction Reading a new text Post-reading discussion Follow-up activities Rereading familiar texts (that they’ve already read during guided reading) is the perfect way to start each lesson.  This practice helps students Read More

October 22nd, 2017

Toddler News & Notes 10/23/17

Thank you to everyone who attended Trivia Night on Saturday.  It was such a wonderful event this year, especially with our Halloween theme. What fun to see so many great costumes ! A reminder that Tuesday, October 31 will be V.I.P. Day and our Toddler Halloween celebration. Parents and each child’s “VIP” will be invited to Read More

October 20th, 2017

10-20-17 First Grade Receives a Letter From College (Ms. Missy)

The firsties were so excited to get a letter and some college goodies from college.  I am happy to get my daughter back for Fall Break:-)

October 20th, 2017

10/20/17 Ms K’s PE

10/20/17 Ms K’s PE: This week we practiced biking skills/drills, throwing and catching, and had a lot of fun outside.  We will continue with biking and team handball next week.

October 20th, 2017

10.20.17, Richards, Pumpkin Pie

Today we baked a pumpkin pie! We talked about what a recipe is and the ingredients you need to bake a pumpkin pie. We took turns stirring the mixture and we also got to smell the different spices that go in pumpkin pie. We will enjoy the pumpkin pie for a treat this afternoon! Happy Read More

October 18th, 2017

10-18-17 Ms. Wozniak: How an Author Creates a Mood

Our Tuck Everlasting group was asked to consider the mood at the end of chapter 11 yesterday and be prepared to discuss today in group.  One might note that I often ask children to “read as writers”…to think about why the author does what he/she does in order to perhaps later utilize their expertise in our Read More

October 18th, 2017

Visitors in the Studio

Wednesday October 18 2016 A couple weeks ago we had visitors in the studio! Three native Missouri walking sticks found a temporary home in a cleaned-out cheese ball jar. We filled the jar with soil, moss, sticks, leaves and some water. Then we began watching, examining, and observing our new friends. We learned a little Read More

October 17th, 2017

Otterson: First Grade & Toddler 2 Reading Buddies

As a group we read “Pumpkin, Pumpkin”,  practiced Toddler 2’s class song “I’m a Little Pumpkin” and created their own Jack-O-Lantern designs with their buddy.

October 17th, 2017

10/17/17 Reading Buddies with Second Grade and Toddler 1

The Second graders are so lucky to be reading buddies with the toddlers! We have a great time reading and interacting with them each week!