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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Thursday 5/21

Morning share! 

Soccer is a big hit during morning recess!

Math stations today- review of place value, addition and subtraction 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A post finally! 5/20

Wow.. It's been WAY too long since I've blogged!  I've been tweeting though! You can view my tweets and pictures here:

Here are some of the fun things we've been up to:

Morning Greeting- Hola!

Review Writing: Creating an iMovie trailer about a place they love to go!  We would love to share them with you soon! 
Remember to convince your reader!

 Art. Food. Community! Wow!  What an amazing experience... Thank you Melody & Eileen!!!

Enjoying the sunshine together!

Thanks to the PTO for sponsoring our field trip to the zoo! Thanks to the many chaperones that joined us :-)

 Writing: Book Reviews

Check out our new book reviews hanging by our main classroom door.

Math: TenMarks
Math: Combinations to 10

Monday, April 27, 2015

Week of 4/13

The kids had so much fun building their marshmallow towers!  They used the engineering design process to improve their towers!

Visit our Vine here:

 Calming Time outside!  We are LOVING the nice weather! :-) 

The kids have been trying very hard to publish their collection books.

Wow!  What fun seeing the Thompson School plays!

A big thank you to the many first graders and their families that came to the Technology Showcase! 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Monday 4/13

I hope everyone enjoyed this weekend!  What beautiful weather we had!

Check out this Vine about our math stations for the week:
Partner Math- focus on subtraction (bump & connect 4)
Math Work- practicing their working number & combos to 10
Math Writing- 2 subtraction story problems
Math Technology- Ten Marks (subtraction & greater than/less than)

Word Time: focus on long vowels
Here some kids are working on a self-checking game!

I look forward to seeing many of you tonight at the Technology Showcase! :-)  

Reminder- 1:00 dismissal on Tuesday

Parent Input Form for Placement 2015-2016

Dear Parents, This form is intended for you to provide us with information that we do not already know that would assist us with class placement. Please complete the form by Friday, May 8, 2015. If you have more than one child, please submit a form for each child. Please note that parents MAY NOT request a specific teacher by name. Any forms submitted with a specific teacher request will not be considered. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Thank you, Karen Donato

Parent Input Form for Placement

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Upcoming events

Thompson Elementary School Presents
The Thompson School Concert
This Land Was Made for You and Me: Songs of Unity
Friday, April 10th
9:00-10:00 AM
Thompson School Gymatorium
Please plan to remain for the entire concert so all of the students may be showcased.
Doors are open at 8:45 AM.
Suggested Dress Code for K-5
• Dress clothes: collared shirt/blouse, skirt, slacks, dress
• Preferably no jeans, casual t-shirts/tank tops or sneakers
 Please contact Ms. Havelin  with any questions
Lowe Auditorium, AHS

Michele Gay is a mother, former teacher, and now one of the founders of Safe and Sound: A Sandy Hook Initiative.  After losing her daughter, Josephine Grace on December 14, 2012, she chose to take action as an advocate for improved school security and safety in our nation’s schools. Michele’s background as a teacher and involved parent, along with her personal loss and post tragedy perspective, have left her uniquely positioned to help school communities prevent tragedy, and better prepare and respond in the event of an emergency in their own schools.

Lieutenant Scott Sencabaugh, of the Wilmington Police Department, supervises the Wilmington School Resource Officers and is the Commander of the North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Agency Council officers.  Lt. Sencabaugh implemented the ALICE protocol for Wilmington Public Schools.


The Arlington High School Art Department invites you to attend the Annual Spring Art Exhibit
from April 1 through April 15, 2015 in the Teachers’ CafĂ© Gallery at Arlington High School.  

The exhibit contains hundreds of works created by all students currently enrolled in Visual Art courses
at Arlington High School. Every art course at the high school is represented and the media includes digital photography, 
sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, graphic design, collage and mixed media and much more.

Please join us to celebrate the wonderfully creative efforts of our students and art teachers during the public reception on April 8, 2015 from 6-8 pm in the gallery.

There will be live music by HS students and refreshments will be served.  You can visit the gallery anytime during school hours during the dates of the exhibit. 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Week of 3/16

We were busy last week!  I posted during the week on Twitter.. Here are the tweets, in case you aren't on Twitter.  If you are, please follow me @MrsMelnik1

Daily 5 centers focused on St. Patrick's Day.

We started a new writing unit on opinions.  The kids shared their collections.  They learned how to judge fairly, just like at a dog show.  (Put everything in a line.  Compare the same characteristic on each of your items.  Choose which gets first place.  Give reasons.. Say because!)  Then they complete a planner where they are writing an opening sentence, 4 reasons, and a conclusion sentence.  Finally, they are creating their finished products in Book Creator.. They are coming out great!

In Science, we are continuing to learn about penguins and the many adaptations penguins have developed because they live in very, very cold places.  We learned why penguins have blubber during this experiment.

During Math, we are focusing on combinations to 10 and fractions.  We are testing out a new website: TenMarks.  I love that it connects so perfectly to Common Core.  I can send assignments that focus on skills we've practiced so far in First Grade.  It really, really makes the kids think too!

We've been having some fun too!  Practicing to tie shoes (Keep up the practice at home!) and GoNoodle movement breaks!