Saturday, November 1, 2008

A Spooktacular Week!

Hi Everyone!
I hope everyone had a safe and wonderful trick or treat! We have been so lucky to have such great weather on Halloween night for the past few years. Despite the craziness of Halloween, we had a very productive week at school.

We have started our Native American research projects. We are working on the projects in the library with Mrs. Remillard. Additional parent volunteers would be helpful for this project. If you are interested and free on Mondays from 12:30-1:45 and/or Fridays from 12:30- 1:15, we would love the extra help. Please send me an email if you can join us!

In math, we are still working on time to the quarter hour. This week, we will work on time to the nearest 5 minutes as well as to the minute. This can be challenging. Please help your child practice at home. You many wish to pick up an inexpensive analog (not digital!) watch for him/her to practice with. Your support at home is greatly appreciated with this topic!

In reading, we have begun our nonfiction book, "Corn is Maize: The Gift of the Indians" by Aliki. Your child will soon know more about corn than you though possible! (I know that I have certainly learned a great deal from this text.) We will learn about corn, how it grows, and its usefulness for Native Americans. This unit connects well with our research study of Native Americans as well as science.

We are continuing to work on our family history projects. This week, Ms. Meg stopped by and helped us create beautiful sponge painted trees for us to use as our family trees. We had a great time creating original works of art!

In writing, we are working on paragraphs about our families. We will be sharing them with you following our "One Big Happy Family" play on November 14th at 8:45 am in the cafeteria. We hope to see you there!

To get into the Halloween spirit, Grade 2 classes created Pumpkin tie-dye t-shirts! Thank you to all the parents who were able to donate supplies such as: rubber gloves, orange dye, and fabric markers. Thank you also to those that sent in a few "extra" t-shirts! They came in handy! We received many compliments on our shirts and some staff members were envious that they did not get to make one too!

Room 13 is proud of their Pumpkin Shirts!

This past Friday was our annual Halloween Event at Zeh School. I am always amazed by the creative costumes that I see parading around the gymnasium. This year, the Grade 2 Team went with a Seuss theme! Thankfully, I have gotten the blue out of my hair!

Mrs. Christian, Mrs. Dallaire, & Me!

Waiting for our turn to parade...

Here's a glimpse at the costumes in Room 13...

It is Book Fair Week at Zeh! Please join us on Thursday, November 6th at 6:15 pm for our annual "Read Aloud Night". This year, Mr. Sardella, Mrs. Zia and I will be sharing stories in our classroom, Room 13! Feel free to come in your jammies and slippers to hear some great stories. I look forward to seeing you at this special event!
I also want to congratulate Mr. Chris Louis Sardella, 5th Grade Teacher at Zeh School for receiving the prestigious Milken Educator Award for Excellence this past Tuesday! This is a wonderful honor for him and for our school. Zeh is truly an exceptional place to work and play!

  • 11/4/08: Election Day- No School
  • 11/5/07: School Committee Meeing at MMS at 7:00 pm
  • 11/6/08: Read Aloud Night
  • 11/11/08: Veteran's Day- No School
  • 11/14/08: One Big Happy Family Play at 8:45 am. Families are welcome to join us!
  • 11/18 and 11/20: Half day for Parent Conferences (Send in conference slips ASAP!)
  • 11/26/08: Half day for Thanksgiving!
  • 11/27-12/1/08: Thanksgiving Break!

Thank you again for all the supplies and for a great week at Zeh!

-JoAnne Gorham

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