Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween...

We had our Halloween parties today. We had fun, you can see for yourself. Thanks to everyone for all you did to help make our parades and parties fun!

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Friday, October 26, 2007

Environmental Shapes...

A few days ago we had fun finding shapes in our environment. We were randomly placed in groups (we drew papers with shapes on them). Our groups were the CIRCLE, SQUARE, RECTANGLE and TRIANGLE groups. Each group had to look all over the room to find the shapes that matched the name of their group. Look at how many things we found. Can you name all the shapes? Can you find things at home that have these shapes? What did you find? (You can leave a comment about what you found at home).

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Holiday Feast Boogie...

Today we practiced some of our songs for the Holiday Sing coming up in December. Miss Ellis can have the piano play all by itself while she guides our movements. Take a peek at what's to come....

Friday, October 19, 2007


We are going to spend some time learning about BATS! We sat with partners and discussed what we (think) we know about bats. We used a program called Kidspiration to keep track of our thinking. See our graphics below:
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Check back later to find out if our thinking was on track.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Fire Safety

We spent time learning all about Fire Safety. Here is some of what we know:
Eddie: "Do not hide from the firefighters."
Katlin: "When your clothes catch on fire, STOP, DROP, & ROLL."
Justin: "If you are trapped in your room, BANG on the window."
James: "Close the door when you are sleeping, so the fire doesn't get you."
Stephanie: "If there is a fire downstairs, you might have to go back upstairs."
Samantha: "The Firefighters use the 'jaws-of-life-' in a car accident."
Jovanni: "The firefighters wear special clothes to be safe from the fire".
Alexandra: "Feel the door, if it's hot you should not open it"
Sunny: "You crawl in smoke, so you don't get confused."
Zach: "Never put a lot of plugs in the wall."
Giana: "If the smoke alarm goes off while you are sleeping, roll out of bed and crawl."
Maggie: "When there is a fire, go to your meeting place."
Kamil: "NEVER play with matches."
Alex: "Never play with lighters."
Isabella: "Be careful by the fireplace."

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Veteran's Visit...

On October 11th we had an early Veteran's Day celebration at our school. We had several Veterans come for breakfast, a special school-wide ceremony, classroom visits and lunch. Samantha invited both of her grandpa's to come and visit with us. It was truly a special day!

Here's a link to the Courier Newspaper article: Local Vets Share Their Stories With Kids

Monday, October 15, 2007

Blog Action Day...

Today is Blog Action day. We are participating in this world-wide effort to be more aware of things we can do to help our environment. We talked about ways we can Reuse & Recycle. Please take a few minutes to read about our ideas and think about what YOU can do to help.
We would love to hear your comments about what you think you might do too...

Blake: "I am going to reuse my empty water bottles."
Nathan: "I am going to recycle the pop cans."

Katelyn: "I can use old boxes to make trains and other toys and games."
Jovanni: "I can color old boxes and make cars out of them."
Bilal: "We can take the water bottles and fill them with water again."
Alexandra: "I can say 'No' if I really don't need a bag at the store."
Kara; "If you have an empty can, you can wash it and put it in the recycle bin."
Mrs. Blakely: "When I shop, I am going to try to remember to carry my own tote bags."
Zach: "We can wash windows with the old newspapers."
Michael: " I am going to put stuff in the recycling cans and old newspapers."
Timmy: "I am going to wash out bottles and throw them in the recycle bin."
Dillon: "When I outgrow stuff, I am going to give it to my little cousin."
Daniel:" I am going to recycle my old books or give away the baby books."
Giana:"I am going to reuse water bottles."

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Squirrel Facts...

A few weeks ago we spent time learning about Squirrels! We learned what they like to eat, where they live, and other interesting facts. We drew pictures of squirrels and shared one fact that we remembered. (Please note that due to technical difficulties, we are not able to post all our students sharing facts at this time. Please check back later, we continue to try to work it out.)

Tuesday, October 9, 2007


We had another great turn out for "No Cook" night. This time we were at Dogfather's in Bartlett ( Rt.59 near Stearns Rd.) We had good conversations, great laughs and FANTASTIC food!! Tony and his crew worked hard to keep things moving. We appreciate their efforts! We look forward to adding some Dogfather's dollars to our efforts to raise money for technology for our school. Thanks again to everyone.
Take a peek at the fun we had:

Friday, October 5, 2007


We have begun using EasyTech at school. It's a web-based program from that uses self-paced, interactive, tutorial-type lessons to support teachers in providing students with 21st century technology literacy skills. EasyTech is fun and provides immediate feedback to students and is available to registered users from any computer that is connected to the Internet. The Spring Trail P.T.O. has generously provided funding for this program for the second year in a row.
THANKS P.T.O. for your support.
Our students can access EasyTech from school or home. They can even access it from the local library. Please watch the following brief video on what your child needs to do to log in. I will add activities as I see children are making their way through the lessons. Please keep in mind that they must complete one lesson before they can go on to the next lesson. If they reach the "certificate page" they should have a perfect score before they are allowed to print their certificate.....18/18 or 12/12, etc.). Please supervise your child as he/she works through the lessons, but do not fall to the temptation to do the lesson for them. If your child completes all the assignments before I have a chance to load new ones, feel free to have him/her repeat previously assigned lessons. Remember the more they practice, the better they get. Thanks again to the P.T.O for providing this valuable resource to our students.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

McDonald's Night

Tonight we had our first "No Cook" night of the school year. It was held at the McDonald's down the road from our school. It was good to see so many families come out to support our fund raising efforts. You can see we had lots of food and fun. Not everyone is captured in our video here...but you can bet a good time was had by all. We hope we can get a good turn out the next time we have a "No Cook" night!

Monday, October 1, 2007

Kara Wins....

Our school recently had a fund raiser for Reader's Digest magazines (QSP). Parents could put their child's name in to win prizes. Kara won a 5-inch color TV. She has watched Arthur, Veggie Tales and more. Congratulations Kara!!!