May 23

What is the summer reading slide?

Some of you may have heard of the summer reading slide while that may be a completely new term for some of you. The summer reading slide is the idea that students that do not continue to practice reading or math facts tend to lose about two months worth of instruction. However, there are many ways we try to combat this issue. Students will be coming home with a summer folder that details more information on the summer slide as well as some activities that they can complete.

Below are a few links if you would like to learn more about the summer slide.

My favorite source of information about the summer reading slide and all things reading. Scholastic’s Summer Reading Report

Scholastic- Do Kids Really Experience a Summer Slide?

Avoid the Summer Brain Drain! Easy Ways to Build Your Child’s Reading Skills


May 16

End of the Year Celebration

*Updated donation list as of Wednesday, May 23rd. Thank you to everyone who has already agreed to donate something. 🙂

Dear Families,

The students have been hard at work planning our End of the Year Celebration for Friday, June 8th! The students separated into committees to make decisions on the activities and refreshments for our party.

One of the crafts that our craft committee chose is tie-dyed shirts! If you could please send in some sort of white clothing for your child to tie-dye, I would greatly appreciate it. (shirt, socks…etc.) Please have the clothing items in by Tuesday, June 5th, and make sure that they are clearly labeled with your child’s name or initials. I will do the necessary preparations for the clothing items so they will be ready for the tie-dye process. If you cannot make it to the store, I will pick up some extra shirts that students can use.

Our craft committee also chose to make Lava Lamps. This is a fun and easy experiment. However, we will need 22 empty water bottles for this project. If you have any empty 16 ounce water bottles, please send them in.

Our games committee chose Drip, Drip, Splash and Minute to Win It games. I will provide the necessary materials for both of the games.

Below are the donations we still need. Thank you so much to anyone that donates items or is able to volunteer.

Please contact me with any questions or concerns. Thank you so much for all of your support making our End of the Year Celebration a blast for all of the students!
Thank you!
Lacey Henn

Lunch: *These items are needed by 11:00 on Friday, June 8th.

-2 Large Pizzas           2- Large Pizzas (The Pizza can come at 11:20)

1 bag of chips                         1- Crockpot full of mashed potatoes   1- big thing of Ketchup

2 -2 liter bottles of coke                 1- Gallon of Lemonade



End of Day Refreshments: *These items are needed by 11:00 on Friday, June 8th.

1- big container vanilla ice cream

Games and Crafts Materials: *These items are needed by Tuesday, June 5th.

1- Bag Assorted Rubber Bands

  • Pack Small Gloves 2 – Giant (128 oz) Containers Vegetable Oil

48- Original Alka-Seltzer Tablets            2- Packs Food Coloring          – Glitter in various colors

-Vaseline                           – Solo Cups (100)


Thank you so much for your donations! The students are so excited for their end of the year celebration!

April 18

Positive Thinking Day

We will be having our “Positive Thinking” day on Friday, May 4th.  Our goal is to focus on each child’s strengths and get to know the various things that make each and every one of us special! Not only does this day focus on teaching students more about acceptance of others but of themselves as well. We want to continue to foster a self-love and confidence in each child.

  1. We will conclude the day with a talent show to showcase each child’s unique abilities! All students are expected to take part in this talent show. It will begin around 2:30.  Please help your child prepare for the show by practicing what they will be doing for the talent show. If they are presenting a video, artwork or creation, they should still prepare a short introduction for it. Your child should have brought home a paper explaining what they plan on doing for the show, what to practice, and what they must bring. Please make sure that your child is practicing for the talent show. If your child would like to change their talent, please let me know as soon as possible so that I can change the program.

We hope that you can join us for this exciting show!

“People don’t believe that their actions really and truly are going to make a difference. But kids get it. They know and they get all excited about the difference they’re making.” – Jane Goodall


April 16

Book Reviews

The students have worked extra hard throughout the last few weeks learning how to write a book report. After writing a book report together, students read their own chapter books. After they finished reading it, they wrote their own book reports. The students did these all completely independently and I could not be more proud of them!

You can see all of the finished book reviews here!

Mrs. Means will also keep the book of our book reviews in the library for students to reference when they would like a book recommendation.

April 15

Field Trip

Just a reminder that our field trip is this Friday, April 20th. Here are a few helpful tips!

  • All students should be here when the bell rings to attend our field trip.  We will be leaving right after announcements.
  • Each student should bring a completely disposable lunch. We will be throwing the lunch bag and everything else away once we finish lunch. Your child may pack peanut butter and jelly.
  • Your child should not bring any money or a camera. We will not be stopping at the gift shop.
  • Even though we will be going on the field trip, please send your child in with his/her backpack since we may have notes from the office to take home.

We are looking forward to a wonderful trip full of exploration, learning, and fun!

February 13

“The more you read, the more things you know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go!”

I am ecstatic at the love of reading that my language arts kiddos have been showing recently. Today, I told the students about a fun project that we are going to be starting and they are all so excited about it! Our class, with the help of Mrs. Means and Mrs. High, is starting a book review book to keep in the library. I know that when I go to a bookstore, I love to browse the “Staff Picks” section. I also know that some students struggle to pick out books that they are really excited to read because there is such a big selection. For this reason, I thought it would be fun to start a book where students could look when they are struggling to choose a book. This book will be full of book reviews that students can browse to get some suggestions about great books to read.

It is my hope that other grade levels, classes, and faculty members will join in to add to our book review book. It is something that the students and I are very excited about!

Today, the students were able to choose a chapter book from the library to read and then review. The students were so excited about their new books that all of them wanted some time to free read! I cannot express how excited this makes me. I hope that they are able to be carried away on an exciting adventure as they delve into their books.

“Books aren’t just made of words. They’re also filled with places to visit and people to meet.” – Author Unknown



November 8

Christmas Child- Updated December 1st

Purchased items are in redReserved items are in green.

Our class will be sponsoring an eleven year old girl for Christmas.  You may wish to purchase something for her that you think an eleven year old would enjoy.  We also have a wish list of some items she needs and would like for Christmas. Please send all items into school unwrapped.

I plan to update my blog daily with gifts that have been purchased for our child. You can also look for updates in our homework folders on Fridays. If you would like to purchase a specific item off the list, feel free to send me a quick note to check if someone else has already purchased it.  If no one has then I will reserve that item for you, if you desire.

Any money that is collected will be compiled to purchase remaining items off her wish list.  Thank you for helping to make this a merry Christmas for her.

Wish List of Needs:

  • Sweaters (size 14/16)
  • Shirts (size 14/16) 1- Long Sleeve gray shirt
  • Socks 
  • Personal Hygiene items- Shampoo/Conditioner, Deodorant

Wish List of Wants:

  • Earbuds
  • Lip gloss kit
  • books (5th-6th grade reading level) “Bailey’s Story” by W. Bruce Cameron
  • perfume
  • craft and art kits –Rainbow Jewelry Studio, Paint Sticks, Deluxe Planner
  • anything that has to do with electronics
  • squishy

*You may also send in small items to be used as stocking stuffers

 Coat Size: Large                                                    Top Size: 14/16

Pant Sizes: Size 16/Large  –1 pair jeggings      Shoe Size: 8

Favorite color: Purple


November 8

Add It Up!

As you know, we have currently been talking about addition with and without regrouping in math class. This is a fun song that we made to help students remember how to add two numbers with and without regrouping. Make sure that your child shows you the hand motions that go with it!  (I apologize in advance for it getting stuck in your head! :P)



October 20

Fire Prevention

Today we went to the fire prevention program with our language arts class. The students learned what to do in case of a fire or another form of emergency. They were able to go in an ambulance and fire truck as they learned about what to do in emergencies.

October 19

Red Ribbon Week

Brecknock Elementary Red Ribbon Spirit Week

October 23-October 27, 2016

“Your future is key so stay drug free!”

Monday, 10/23– “Your future is KEY,” for you and me. Role Reversal- Students dress like staff and staff dress like students.

Tuesday, 10/24– “Your future is KEY,” so eat healthy. Apple crunch day- Wear red.

Wednesday, 10/25– “Your future is KEY,” so dream what you could be. Dress like someone you want to be in the future.

Thursday, 10/26– “Your future is KEY,” so be safe when being silly. Dress in something mismatched.

Friday, 10/27- “Your future is KEY,” so fitness is a priority. Staff and students walk around Brecknock before the start of school. Wear your favorite sport team’s shirt and sneakers.