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October 13, 2014
by rwhitson

Week of February 13-17, 2017


February NOTES:

Tuesday, February 14, Homeroom Valentine Exchange and snacks :PARENTS WELCOME!!!!

Thursday, February 16 EARLY DISMISSAL at 12:30pm



Our colorful newsletter comes home each Friday with optional homework.

Thank you for returning the daily folders.

Thank you for the donations! We are already using the paper towels and wipes. Any donations of playdough would be greatly appreciated!

Language Arts



This week we wrapped up our Solar System study. The students made extraordinary creative projects by doing research and working with families at home. Congratulations on a fantastic learning experience with your children. Whether you were able to contribute or not, everyone enjoyed the sharing of knowledge and we were all inspired by beautiful projects which taught new information and captured the imaginations of us all. THANK YOU!!!

We begin our study of Famous Americans this week! Standard historical figures such as George Washington, Betsy Ross, Martin Luther King, Jr. , Harriet Tubman, etc. will be investigated. However, there are so many historical figure that it is difficult to read about all of them. We are adding Peggy Whitson, astronaut and current commander of the International Space Station, Dr. Edie Widder, Sylvia Earle…etc.

If your family has a Famous American you would like us to highlight, PLEASE SHARE!!! We would love to have you share Americans who are important to your family :).

I have been selected to become a BirdSleuth Ambassador for Cornell University!!!I am part of a small group of teachers who are using a Cornell University science investigation program to integrate science with reading, writing and math. Students will be designing an experiment with bird feeders on our school grounds and observing/recording  the results. We plan to write up our findings as a class and submit them for publication in a special Cornell University publication just for kids, published by kids called Bird Sleuth Magazine. We hope they select our work!

In addition, I will be presenting to teachers and families how to observe, attract and collect data on birds you observe at feeders. More information will be coming home soon!!!


This fits in well with the Citizen Science work we are already doing with Project Budburst and PA Trout in the Classroom. What an exciting year!!!




Mrs. Whitson’s Mathematics Class:

We mastered measurement and time to 5 minutes so we have extended our studies to perimeter and calculating area. This will lead us to multiplication!!!  Students are familiar with multiple digit addition and are learning that when you add the same number repeatedly ( 2+2+2+2+2) it is the same as saying you added 2 five times…thus 2 times 5 or 2 x 5. MULTIPLICATION!


We created scaled models of the solar system and designed sleeping quarters for astronauts on the international space station in a model. Students created their own rubrics and graded themselves before peers graded them. It was very challenging and fun!

Also, and have great child friendly math games. has some excellent thinking games and strategy work for young curious minds! The philosophy is interesting!!!




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