Friday, June 23, 2017

The Top Ten Reasons to be Immunized

As summer is fast approaching and new physician’s physicals are being completed for the new school year, we thought you would be interested in the The Top Ten Reasons To Be Vaccinated

Concussion Law Takeaways

On September 1, 2016, Illinois’ new concussion law went into effect.  This legislation focuses on the required concussion management at the elementary, junior high, and high school levels.

We have provided “Concussion Takeaways

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Concussion Information

Illinois approved a new Youth Sports Concussion Safety Act, Public Act 099-245. Within the legislation, schools are required to implement new requirements for training and response should a student be diagnosed with a concussion. Visit our Health Topics section on Concussions to learn more and see the District 35 resources.

When To Keep Your Child Home

Hi Parents! Here are some important guidelines to consider when you hear those words, “I don’t feel well; I can’t go to school today:”
When To Keep Your Child Home

Welcome to Mr. Pituc’s Website

Hello and welcome to my website! I am extremely excited about helping our students grow into 21st century, digitally literate and responsible citizens! Here at Central School we offer a variety of technology-infused educational programming that includes:

-the 2nd year of our 1:1 iPad initiative in 7th and 8th grade
-our brand new Innovation Lab as a quarterly integrated arts class (taught by Ms. Jean Dalleska)
-iPad pack classrooms in 5th and 6th grade for group projects and collaboration
-3D printers
-iPadcasters to record video for student projects

I value collaboration and communication with parents and students so please feel free to contact me via email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or contact me by phone at: (847) 835-7600 VM: 7612 if you have any questions or concerns.

In partnership,

Walter Pituc
Technology Integration Specialist

New Website

Welcome to the new class website. Look here for pictures, videos, great links to other websites, and information about upcoming events. South School

Welcome to the website!!!

Welcome, parents!  Please feel free to use the “useful links” section for great websites promoting literacy, math, and more!  Click above to view your options.

Bienvenidos- Welcome

¡Hola! Please take some time to explore the West School Spanish website for useful links and videos to practice Spanish outside of the classroom. For additional resources and information please email me, Señorita Evans.
¡Gracias!
¡Que tengan un buen año!

In art students will…

- Maximize creative and critical thinking skills through projects that challenge them to problem solve.

- Develop skills of observation, communication and respect for the opinions of others.

- Be encouraged to take learning risks.

- Have the opportunity to explore different media and techniques to create original and unique works of art.

Required Medical Forms

Please note the following medical record requirements for public schools. Should you have questions, please call the school nurse.

All children in kindergarten, sixth grade and new to the district must provide the school with documentation of a completed health exam within 1 year prior to the start of the school year. 
NEW - All children entering sixth grade, seventh grade, and eighth grade are required to provide proof of Tdap vaccination along with the school physical forms. Read the Tdap information here. Additionally, students entering 6th grade must show proof of 1 dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccination (MCV) on or after 11 years of age. Students entering Kindergarten, sixth grade, or ninth grade are required to show proof of receiving two doses of chickenpox vaccine (varicella), the first received on or after their first birthday and the second dose no less than four weeks (28 days) after the first does. A physician can confirm past history of the disease – in lieu of vaccination – by having examined the infected child, documenting the parent’s description of the child’s history, or reviewing lab results. All forms must be turned in by October 15th. Download the HEALTH EXAM form here.

All children in 7th and 8th grade who will be participating in an interscholastic sports program must provide the school with documentation of a completed health exam.  This form must be updated annually. Download the SPORTS HEALTH EXAM form here.

All children in kindergarten, second and sixth grade must provide the school with documentation of a completed dental exam within 18 months prior to May 15th deadline. All forms must be turned in by May 15th. Download the DENTAL EXAM form here. If you request a waiver from the dental requirement, please use this DENTAL EXAM WAIVER form.

Illinois law requires proof of an eye examination by an optometrist or physician who provides complete eye exams be submitted as a child enters kindergarten or is new to an Illinois school. The exam must be completed within one year prior to your child beginning school. All forms must be turned in by October 15th. Download the EYE EXAM form here.

Visit our Health Topic Section on Immunizations to learn more.

Week in Review, June 8

I cannot believe another year has ended.  Time has passed too quickly, and when I step back to reflect, I am truly amazed by the progress and growth shown by each child. THANK YOU for all of your help and support.  It has been a priviledge to spend six hours a day with your child.  Have a wonderful summer!

Have a great summer!

I hope everyone has a fun, adventure filed summer. Best of luck eighth graders, enjoy high school! See everyone else next year.

Week in Review, June 2

For each of the last eight days of the school year, we will pop a balloon and do the special activity listed inside.  For days 8, 7, 6, and 5 the students enjoyed an extra recess, a tech project with Mrs. Zuhr, building stations, and time at the lego wall.  This week the students also visited the Native Plant Garden with Ms. Tadelman, created movies for the incoming second graders, worked on a project for Father’s Day, and learned a new method for subtracting.  We also continued our A to Z countdown with silly sock day, team spirit day, USA day, and visit with other friends at lunch day.

Middle School Book Resources

Don’t forget to check out Central’s CLC Fun & Interesting SItes for book recommendations that are just right for your middle schooler.  Included in the list are the Rebecca Caudill winners which are voted on by 4th through 8th graders throughout Illinois.  Scroll to the bottom of the Book Recommendations page for more links to websites that can help you find more great book choices.
http://www.glencoecentral.org/central/fun-and-interesting-sites

Student Created Video: Why Should I Read Over the Summer?

Have you ever heard of the summer slide?  Are you being diligent about encouraging your child to read over the summer?  Please watch this video (created by Mrs. DIerolf’s 5th grade class ‘16-’17) about the importance of summer reading and how much of an impact it has on our students’ success.
student created video

Two Wonderful Tech Tools That make Summer Reading Fun!

News-o-matic
This interactive current events app features five high-interest news stories from around the world every day. Colorful photographs, interactive maps, video snippets, and a “read-to-me” option add to the fun! The news stories are child appropriate and best suited for children between the ages of 7-12. They are from serious to just plain wacky! Kids will look forward to reading their news everyday!

Epic!
Epic is an all you can read ebook library that kids can use to read from any device! It offers a huge array of titles as well as a variety of options for keeping track of reading stats, like time spent reading and books read. The first month is free!

Week in Review, May 26

This week the students learned about the ecosystems studied by the other second grade classes and also learned about the ecosystems around South School.  They learned more about Glencoe with an assembly on Tuesday and the Glencoe field trip on Wednesday.  On the field trip they visited two historic homes, walked around town comparing photos of Glencoe long ago with how Glencoe looks now, and enjoyed the exhibits at the Glencoe Historical Society. We continued our A to Z countdown with necklace/necktie day, outside reading, pajama day, and a special second grade reading time.

Plastic Recycling

As usual West School participated in the Trex Challenge. Students learned about plastic film and bag recycling. West students collected 866 pounds of plastic between November and April. That’s a lot of plastic saved from the landfills!

Week in Review, May 19

This week the students enjoyed two special visitors from West School (Dr. Rongey and Mrs. Nathan) and then enjoyed a field trip to West where they took a tour, visited a classroom, and heard a chorus club concert.  The students learned more about communities this week, specifically Glencoe.  Partners became experts on different parts of Glencoe and created posters to share with their classmates. We continued our A to Z countdown with heartwarming kindness day and a fun flashlight day.

Green Club Solar Pizza Box Ovens

Did you know that you can directly use solar power to cook food? This can be done using a solar oven, which is an ecologically friendly technology. Students watched a video about using the sun for power. They then made their own oven out of recycled pizza boxes.

Week in Review, May 12

This week the students learned about community helpers, rules and laws, and goods and services.  They reflected on who helps in their community and how they can help in their community.  They also celebrated their moms at our Mother’s Day celebration and celebrated our school year at Open House.  Mrs. Wilson invited students to perform in music class, and we continued our A to Z countdown with a dance party, extra recess, open house, game day, and a celebration of our moms.

Recycled Snack Bag Coin Purse

Take an empty chip/snack bag and turn it into a cool coin purse! All you need is a bag, a little duct tape, and a little velcro. That’s what the Green Club did! Some students are planning on using them as a green Mother’s Day gift.

Week in Review, May 5

This week the students learned the expand and trade subtraction algorithm, used the app Telestory to share what they learned about their oceans topic, created animals for the oceans ecosystem, and brainstormed fun summer activities for their bucket lists.  They also began the A to Z countdown with stuffed Animal day, Blue jeans day, and Crazy hair day.  Such fun!

2017 Children’s, Teacher’s, & Young Adult’s Choices Reading List

When it comes to engaging your child with reading, we know the importance of choice. We know that when children can select the books they want to read, with topics in which they are truly interested, they are more likely not only to read them, but also to understand and to reflect upon them. With that in mind, we are delighted to bring to you the 2017 Choices Reading Lists—Children’s Choices, Teachers’ Choices, and Young Adults’ Choices. These highly anticipated lists come just in time, whether you’re looking to squeeze in some summer reading with your children, or to build up your home library.

Childrens’, Teachers’ and Young Adults’ Choices Reading Lists

Arbor Day

West School’s Green Club helped Village Arborist, John Houde, plant a Baldcypress tree in celebration of Arbor Day. Third graders, Mira and Oliver presented reports on the history of Arbor day and Lindsey recited an original poem about trees. All club members helped Dr. Rongey hoist the Arbor Day flag in front of West School. In addition to helping the environment, annual Arbor Day ceremonies help the Village maintain status as a Tree City USA.

Trading Tuesday Toy Exchange

This was a great opportunity to de-clutter games and toys and keep them out of landfills. Students who choose to participate brought in a gently used toy or game. After lunch students selected a different item to take home.

April 24 Green Club

Spring is here and soon wildflowers will be popping up in front of West School thanks to the Green Club members. The three gardens were sown with a mix of native wildflowers that will help the bees and other wildlife.

Week in Review, April 28

This week the students created both bio poems and color poems.  They continued their study of the oceans ecosystem with a closer look at a chosen oceans topic.  They learned about equal shares in math and observed their plants in science.

Week in Review, April 21

This week the students continued to learn about the rainforest ecosystem and began learning about the oceans ecosystem.  They planted sunflower seeds, observed their grass seed investigations, and celebrated Earth Day.  They also learned about the -ing suffix and completed unit 8 in math.

Week in Review, April 13th

This week the students worked together in a STEM activity to create sturdy bridges made of polygons.  They also wrote opinion paragraphs about their moms, learned more about rainforests, and enjoyed a visit from a volunteer from the Glencoe Historical Society who told us about Glencoe one hundred years ago.  There was also a special mystery reader visit from three eighth graders.

April 10th Green Club

Our students are on a mission to recycle plastic film for the #TrexRecyclingChallenge. The Green Club collected 110 lbs of plastic at their April 10th meeting.  Think beyond the bag when it comes to recycling plastic! Help our students collect polyethylene to win the #TrexRecyclingChallenge! In addition to plastic grocery and retail bags, you can recycle bread bags, newspaper sleeves, bubble wrap and more. Check out the full list of plastic items at http://bit.ly/2aa0PBM, and support our students by dropping off your recyclables at West.

Week in Review, April 7

This week the students learned about three dimensional shapes and partitioning in math.  They also learned about the rainforest ecosystem and plants in science and poetry in literacy.  The students also enjoyed a stuffed animal day!

Electricity Projects

Click on the link to see photos from our electricity project presentations!  We made a movie theater, Hogwarts Castle, a rainbow theater, Times Square, Rainforest Cafe, a bakery and a clock store! 

Week in Review, March 24

This week the students planned, built, and shared islands they created.  The islands had to contains two landforms and a body of water.  They worked on the sloppy and final copies of their nonfiction books and enjoyed a field trip to the Botanic Gardens where they learned about seeds and how they travel.

Week in Review, March 17

The students began a new math unit this week by looking at two dimensional shapes and their attributes.  They used books and websites to learn about nonfiction topics of their choosing and then organized the information into categories. They learned how glaciers are made by erosion and compared different types of plants.

Soda Bottle Terrariums

The Green Team learned about water cycles and used a recycled soda bottle to create a terrarium. We learned that a scientists has a terrarium that he has not had to open or water for 40 years! We planted ours with miniature basil and thyme seeds.

Week in Review, March 10

This week the students wrote spring haikus, spring acrostic poems, and cupcake cinquain poems.  They learned about character traits and glaciers, and they completed unit 7 in math.

Green Club Valentines

In honor of Valentines Day, club members repurposed paint color swatches into festive bookmarks.  Students also used recycled paper to create cards for their special valentines.

Week in Review, March 3

This week the students learned more about nonfiction writing and began brainstorming topics and related questions.  During math, the students learned more about measurement and data by making line plots of their own long jumps and arm spans. In science, the students learned about plants and what they need to grow, and they compared two different types of soil. They performed their Frog and Toad reader’s theater for their pen pals and wowed us with their musical skills during the second grade music concert.

Week in Review, Feb 24

This week the students enjoyed two extra recesses in the unusually warm weather, learned about soil in science, learned about inferencing in reading, and practiced making tens in math. They also made practiced and made props for their Frog and Toad reader’s theater plays.

Robotics

Students use a variety of robots and programming capabilities.

LEGO EV3 Robots

Students build and program LEGO robots.

Bloxels

Students create and play their own video games with Bloxels!

Students Reimagine Post-It Wars

Students create digital art based on the popular Post-It Wars implemented in NYC building windows.

Makey, Makey and Scratch

Students use Makey, Makey and Scratch programming to play a musical piano!

3D Printing

Students are designing and editing .stl files, and printing with the Dremel Idea Builder printer.

Animoto by Jade and Rex

Full of photos from our last two weeks together!

A video by James and Elizabeth! 

Created on February 2nd!

Thatcher and Rex’s Animoto Video! 

Created on January 20th!

Animoto by Anna and Michelle

Photos from the last week of December and the first week of January!

Week in Review, Feb 16

This week the students practiced partial sums addition and explored arrays and shapes in math.  They learned about sand dunes, erosion, vegetation, and wind barriers in science and began working on Frog and Toad Reader’s Theater plays.  They learned how to refuse bullying and how to be a bystander who helps.  They also celebrated Valentine’s Day!

Week in Review, Feb 10

This week the students learned about erosion in science, about visualizing in reading, and about partial sums addition and ballpark estimates in math.  They learned more about author/illustrator Gail Gibbons and decorated their Valentine’s Day bags.

Cradles to Crayons Give Back

Please send donations of new socks and underwear in kid sizes to help support the Cradle to Crayons organization. We will be visiting them on Feb. 23rd. to help them with their cause of aiding kids and families in need.

Ice Skating

What fun and great weather we had at ice skating!  Mr. Short taught novices and experts alike some new tricks.  Please check the gallery for new photos!

Week in Review, Feb 3

This week the students shared their president biography Google Slides, learned about subtraction and graphing in math, explored weathering in science, and learned about author Gail Gibbons during writing time.  They also learned how to identify bullying and began trying to catch each other completing 100 acts of kindness (in honor of the 100th day of school next week).  We also had our final session of ice staking!

Week in Review, Jan 27

This week the students completed their president research and created Google Slides presentations to share what they found.  They learned more about rocks and their attributes, learned about base/root words and how to make them plural, and completed unit five in math.  The students also had a crazy hair day and went ice skating. 

Week in Review, Jan 20

This week the students selected a president about whom to learn and began doing research.  They learned about two diagrams in math, about the three different types of rocks during science, and went ice skating.

Week in Review, Jan 13

This week the students learned about the water cycle and that 70% of earth is water.  They performed their fables plays for each other and for their first grade pen pals, went ice skating, and learned a how to use open number lines to add.

Week in Review, Jan 6

We began a study of fables this week.  The students listed to fables and talked about characteristics of fables.  Then they began working on fables plays. The students began a new science unit and learned about where water is on earth, and they began a new math unit by learning about coins and making change.

Happy New Year 2017

We welcome Beatrice to our class in this new year!

Energy Unit

Fourth Graders in Mrs. Gavenda’s class have been learning about energy!  This unit began with identifying the many types of energy and then determining types of energy transfer.  Students recently delved deeper into energy with several lessons on energy transfer and collision.  After exploring with dominoes, the students put their knowledge to the test by constructing a Rube Goldberg.  The goal was to create a “Rube” with at least 6 energy transfers and with two different energy types, that could pop a balloon.  This hands-on project allowed the students to design, test and re-engineer their ideas before the final test.  Next, we study chemical energy in a bit more detail as we move onto energy transfer with circuits.

South Innovation Night

The South School CLC is proud to announce our newest learning space, The Innovation Station.
Join us on your grade level night to explore our new Innovation Station with your family. The second grade Innovation Night on October 25th was a huge success! If you missed it, feel free to attend an upcoming night.

First Grade families: January 19 5:30-6:30pm
Kindergarten families: March 16 5:30-6:30pm

Innovation Club

The Innovation Club is a new option for South and West students this year. Students at South worked on problem-solving projects, the LEGO wall, and working in teams to complete challenges. West students took ownership of their own ideas and created projects. These projects ranged from creating a miniature car that drives to finger knitting.

Kindergarten Codes

Our youngest friends were introduced to coding! We learned how to code animals in the Scratch Jr. app. Students used blocky coding software to create scenes with a beginning, middle, and end. The students were engaged, motivated, and excited. We had a blast!

Hour of Code

West and South School celebrated Hour of Code the week of December 5-9. It was a huge success! Students visited the website code.org where they were given the option to choose from three coding activities. Based on their level of experience with computer programming, students could code using Blockly software, or write a computer program using JavaScript. Coding is continuing in classroom spaces and with the before school coding club at both South and West.

STEM House

A second grade classroom participated in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) project. The students read different versions of The Three Little Pigs. Then, they wrote and illustrated their own version of the story. Finally, they designed and built a house for the pigs using popsicle sticks, play-doh, gum drops, toothpicks, paper, and glue/tape. We used a blow dryer (Big Bad Wolf) to try and blow their house down. Lastly, the groups created videos in iMovie to share their work! Check out one of the videos here.

6th Grade Inquiry Project and Google Search Tips

As we start the new year, 6th grade will be participating in an Inquiry Project. This will be a chance for students to research, learn, and ask questions about an issue or topic that interests them! Doing so will prepare our students to be lifelong, inquisitive learners and help them become critical thinking citizens. I will be partnering with CLC Director, Susan Meyer, in facilitating the research and technology components of the project.

Parents, if you are looking for resources to help sharpen those online researching skills, Google A Day is an excellent research skill activity to do with your child.
http://www.agoogleaday.com/

Teachers, if you are looking for ideas on how to incorporate digital literacy and online searching skills in your class, Google has a plethora of lesson plans and online searching tips.
https://www.google.com/intl/enus/insidesearch/searcheducation/index.html

As always, I am available to assist students, parents, and fellow staff - feel free to send me an email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Week in Review, Dec 16

This week the students continued to study contractions, worked with inches and centimeters as they wrapped up unit four in math, created silly predictions for the new year, and made presents and cards for their families.  They spent time at the Lego wall during indoor recess and learned to play Apples to Apples. At our holiday party, the students made snowglobes and snowmen, played Bozo buckets, and created art activity bags for children in the hospital. Happy New Year!

Week in Review, Dec 9

This week the students learned about place value, contractions, and New Year’s resolutions.  They composed personal narratives in Google Drive and created snowman word families.  They ended the week with math centers which focused on arrays, measuring, and telling time.

Green Your Holidays

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rejoice! The holidays are special, but this year’s festivities don’t have to negatively impact our environment. There are a number of measures that all of us can take to lessen the amount of trash we produce.

Please click here for holiday tips.

Green Club Gives Back

The Green Club activity for 12/12 was a combined opportunity for service learning and to practice reusing. We used recycled materials to make festive gift bags filled with repurposed hotel toiletries. The bags will be donated to a shelter in time for the holidays.

Our Field Trip to the Chicago History Museum

On Tuesday, December 6 our class went to the Chicago History Museum.  We were all so excited to see some of the artifacts that we have been learning about in the classroom.  We spent time walking around the exhibits.  We loved seeing Lincoln’s carriage and death bed.  We also enjoyed our classroom experience and learning more about the World’s Columbian Exposition. Everyone had a great time and learned so much about the Second City!

Week in Review, Dec 2

This week, the students learned about telling time and place value, personal narrative writing, irreversible science changes, and the many spellings for long i.  They also visited the book fair, composed winter haikus, and wrote winter acrostic poems.

Thanksgiving

We had a great time leading up to Thanksgiving!  First, we read the book A Plump and Perky Turkey by Teresa Bateman.  Based off the book, we wrote plans to catch our own Thanksgiving turkeys, and we made turkey art in the Innovation Station of the CLC (see Gallery tab for more.)  Then we decorated our bulletin board with turkey feathers showing what we are all thankful for this time of year.  We also learned the story of the First Thanksgiving.  Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

A Digital Citizen

Recently in CLC, West School students learned what it means to be a digital citizen. A digital citizen is a member of a worldwide community linked by the Internet. Students learned a good digital citizen is someone who acts safely, responsible, and respectfully online. All West students will sign a digital citizenship pledge, pledging to:

- Communicate responsibly and kindly with one anther.
- Protect our own and other’s private information.
- Stand up to cyberbullying.
- Respect each other’s ideas and opinions.
- Give proper credit when we use others work.
- Talk to our parents or another trusted adult when we have questions about the things we see or do online.

Please visit the West School website or the Internet safety web page to locate the Internet Safety Newsletter for more information and resource.

Week in Review, Nov 22

This week the students picked a topic about which to learn more.  Students used books to learn about their topics and create books or posters. The students also participated in a Kindness Connection activity in which they made picture frames for senior citizens and enjoyed a visit from Mrs. Kovar who talked about healthy choices.

Week in Review, Nov 18

This week the students completed unit 3 in math, learned about reversible changes in science, and celebrated the publishing of our first book.  They also participated in a STEM project in which they had to design a sturdy house for the three pigs. Groups of students worked together to plan and build a house.

Let’s Talk Turkey

On November 21st, the Green Club worked on making their Thanksgiving Green. We made popcorn filled Turkey centerpieces out of recycled paper bags, and recycled paper. Happy Thanksgiving!

Animoto by James and Tanner

Tanner and James made an Animoto video to recap the past two weeks in room 146!

 

 

The Peopling of the United States

Our class taught each other chapter 3 of our Social Studies curriculum.  Groups of 4-5 students each studied a different group of people who make up our country, and taught their classmates about that group’s settlement story and contributions.  We learned about the American Indians, the Latinos, the European Americans, the African Americas and the Asian Americans.  Enjoy this animoto video!

 

Spring Bulbs

On November 7, Green Club members took advantage of the unseasonably warm weather by planting bulbs. The small spring bulbs will naturalize and complement our prairie garden in the front of our school.

Halloween Goes Green

On Halloween morning the Green Club had fun with recycled crafts. We repurposed large ice cream containers which were donated by Homer’s Ice Cream. Students used recycled decorations to make fantastic Trick or Treat Buckets.

Hour of Code 2016

Students at Central School will be participating in the Hour of Code the week of December 5-9.

Week in Review, Nov 9

This week we enjoyed a visit from author David Biedrzycki, hosted two Readers are Leaders guests, and enjoyed two sessions of Drop Everything And Read.  The students also wrote opinion paragraphs to save turkeys from being eaten, worked in science to separate a mystery mixture, and continued to explore subtraction strategies.

Week in Review, Nov 4

We kicked off the week with a fun-filled celebration of Halloween and ended the week by celebrating the Cubs World Series win!  In between, the students learned about dissolving solids in cold and hot water, subtraction strategies, and personal narrative writing.  Many thanks to the parents who helped with our Halloween party and with math centers.

Math Unit 3

In this unit, students explore fraction equivalence and compare and order fractions using different representations. They then extend their understanding of fractions to decimals, comparing and ordering decimals using the same methods as for comparing fractions. Please be sure to look at the Family Letter as it explains the concepts in more depth, provides Do Anytime Activities, vocabulary definitions, and answers to the Home Link questions.

Choosing Books for Independent Reading Grades 5-8

Students in grades 5-8 are administered the Star Reading Assessment two times during the school year- September and February.  One of the purposes of the assessment is to identify your child’s Lexile level. A Lexile score is like a thermometer, except rather than measuring temperature, the Lexile Framework measures a text’s complexity and a reader’s skill level. Books can be found within your child’s lexile range at Lexile.com.  Ask your child’s reading teacher for more details about your child’s lexile.

Halloween

We had so much fun on Halloween!  There was the Halloween Parade, the Halloween Sing, the Halloween Party, and in between some Halloween math games.  Click on the “Gallery” tab for photos and even a video from Halloween!

Week in Review, Oct 28

This week the students shared their storybook character pumpkin, enjoyed a visit from author Todd Parr, and explored fact families.  They also observed salt crystals and worked on explaining their thinking during math. 

Flower Model Project

Enjoy this Animoto made by Rex Paster!

Our Structure and Function Unit

We just finished our structure and function unit. The kids learned all about the structures of a plant and their functions. We culminated the unit with a hands on plant project completed at the West School innovation station. The kids had a lot of fun! A slide show will be shared with you later this week once all presentations are completed. All the students did a phenomenal job!

Click on the link to view our photos from the project.

Week in Review, Oct 21

The students finished unit two in math this week by learning about equivalent names and frames & arrows.  During literacy, they enjoyed hearing many, many versions of The Three Little Pigs and then started writing their own three pigs stories. In science the students separated the mixtures they created last week.  (Ask your child what filters and funnels are!) The students also enjoyed the extra recess they earned.

Green Club Recycles Plastic

West School’s Trex recycling boxes were overflowing, so on October 17th, the Green Club got busy collecting and counting plastic bags. We also learned about bringing reusable bags when shopping to cut down on plastic bag use. Today we collected 9,600 bags! So far Mrs. Juozaitis’ class has recycled the most.  That’s a lot of plastic saved from the landfills. Go Green!

Green Club Gardens!

First thing in the morning on September 19th & September 26th, the Green Club was busy gardening. During the first meeting club members planted a fall crop of spinach in the new organic garden. Students planted native perennial grasses and flowers by the school entrance during our second meeting. We can’t wait to see our garden grow!

West’s Green Lunchroom

What are Green Guides? Green Guides are the name for our students that help with recycling and composting. Each week three 3rd grade and three 4th grade students are chosen to man our three recycling stations. All students learn to separate trash, compost and recyclable items on their lunch trays and deposit them in the correct containers.  Our student Green Guides help with this effort as students go through the station. Students bringing lunch from home are encouraged to pack lunches in reusable containers and lunch bags. The Green Guides also help bring the compost outside and put it in our collection of Green Cone Compositors. We hope students will develop lifelong green habits and practice them at home.

Glencoe District 35 Mission Statement

The mission of the Glencoe School District is to provide each child with an educational foundation for life-long learning as a socially responsible member of a global society by dedicating resources toward the development of the whole child within a secure school environment.

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