Mission Monday - December 2, 2013
Students and Staff: Think of a positive habit that you can do everyday. Commit to making that habit a part of your routine for the next three weeks.
Principal's Newsletter - December 2013
From the Desk of Mr. Horky
“Inside or Outside? That is the question.”
As the temperatures in Colorado begin to drop this time of year, many parents ask how we decide when students are inside or outside in the morning before school and when we have inside or outside recess during the school day. This is a very good question and a decision that is not taken lightly.
We try to base these decisions on a few criteria. These decisions are made separately as the weather can change drastically between 8:45 & 12:00 noon. In the morning, certain conditions warrant us to bring students in as early as 8:45. For example, if it is raining or snowing we automatically bring the students inside. These situations tend to be obvious and easy to decide. The times that tend to be a little trickier are decisions related to temperature and wind. Wind chill plays a major role in decision-making.
Kids need movement and some time to run and play each day. This movement generates heat and keeps them warmer as well. Recess decisions begin to be made starting at 10:00 each morning. In general, the students will be kept inside if the temperature drops below 10 degrees. Wind chill and sunshine is always taken into consideration.
Primary News - Kindergarten
October and November have been busy months for the Kindergartners! Besides settling into the school routine, they have been busy developing friendships and understanding the importance of treating their friends with kindness and respect. October was filled with many fun and exciting activities for the students. Thanks to PTA for providing the funds for transportation, the kindergartners went on their first fieldtrip to Lee Martinez Farm. We never know what they enjoy more, our time at the farm or just getting to ride a school bus with their friends!
In November, the kindergartners continued to work on developing their skills in reading, writing and math. During theme, our work has focused on the social studies standard of how our world can change over time. The children have had fun comparing life at home, school and in their community with life in the past. They find it hard to believe that computers or smart boards did not exist in classrooms. “What could you really do on a chalkboard?”
Starting right after Thanksgiving, the kindergartners will be involved in an activity where they collect new or used mittens for children in need. Our goal is to have the children understand the importance of helping others. To introduce our project, we will be reading the story of the Mitten Tree by Candance Greenstein. We are hoping that the story helps to develop a sense of giving in our students. If you would like to participate, we will be collecting mittens from Monday, December 9th through Friday, December 20th. Please bring all new and gentle used mittens, hats and scarfs to the tree outside the kindergarten rooms.
Intermediate News - 3rd Grade
Third Grade Expository Writing Focus
We have recently finished up our unit on personal narrative writing and are transitioning to expository writing. Expository writing is, without a doubt, the genre that your child will use most often in their school careers and on into their working lives. By definition, expository writing is written to inform an audience of others. You will see this type of writing from your child in the form of research papers, reports, essays, response to literature, how-to pieces, compare/contrast pieces, and writing across the curriculum. With this in mind, your child will learn the foundation and specific skills to be a successful writer in this genre. We will be working on building the necessary skills to write effectively including: organization, main ideas, supporting details, and conclusions. We are looking forward to enhancing your child’s writing and the excitement a new genre brings.
Specials News - P.E.
As always, we’re having a lot of fun in physical education this year, learning about fitness, developing important skills and of course playing games, too.
In the intermediate grades, we’ve spent a significant amount of time completing district required fitness testing. These tests assess cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and muscular endurance. Much time was dedicated discussing the definitions of each of these terms as well as the importance of fitness and ways to improve fitness. Upon completion of the “pre-test”, students set a goal for the “post-test”. It is exciting to see so many students at Bacon work hard to achieve high levels of fitness in these areas. It’s great to hear students share their stories of fitness related activities with their families. Instilling these habits at home and in school at an early age is a powerful contributor to building healthy habits.
Due to the importance of catching and throwing, it has become a central focus for many lessons. Upon mastering these skills, 4th and 5th grade students have played team handball. We are now beginning tennis skills and will soon be playing modified doubles tennis matches.
In the primary grades, we’re moving all the time! We’ve done such fun activities as climbing on the traversing wall, catching and throwing, striking, hula hoops, jumping rope, and other fun exercises.
Thank you, parents, for supporting physical education here at Bacon.