Hello everyone! Welcome to another exciting year at Pinewoods. The lower elementary class is off to a running start; here are a few new things that we have going on...
- We have two students who are new to Pinewoods! Welcome, Evie DeFeo and Julienne Betancourt. These lovely ladies are an awesome addition to our class and we're so excited to have them. Welcome also to C.C, Coleman, Jackson, and Kate, who are new to elementary this year!
- We have a new assistant in our class. Mr. Jimmy has been so much fun so far and everyone loves having him here with us. He's really looking forward to teaching lots of science and Spanish this year. Stop in and say hi if you haven't already!
The Twelve Days of Christmas...remix
Today we used the holiday classic "The Twelve Days of Christmas" to learn about alliteration. We found all of the examples in the song (seven swans a-swimming!) and then the kids rewrote the lyrics that were lacking. Here are some of my favorites:
a partridge pecking a pear tree
three French fries
four begging/big/backwards birds
five ruby/red/rolling/rich rings
five golden grass blades
five golden geese
six swans/lemurs/loons a-laying
six geese a-gazing
nine daddies dancing
P.S. I took a video of the singing performance this afternoon. As soon as I can figure out this darn technology business, I'll post it for you :)
We've been working on some persuasive writing in class lately, especially as it relates to your Thanksgiving turkey. If you were a turkey, how could you get people not to eat you? If your powers of persuasion aren't up to par, maybe a disguise would do the trick...
Please mark these dates on your calendars!
Small Hands Catalog orders are due on October 20. Small Hands offers Montessori inspired books, toys, and activity kits for toddlers through middle school. Your orders earn Pinewoods free classroom materials. Take a moment to check out the catalog when making your holiday gift list.
Scholastic book orders are due on October 24. Our class earns points for each book your order, which go toward building our classroom library.
There is a teacher workday on Monday, October 27. There is no school for students.
The annual Fall Festival is on October 31 from 4:30-6:30 pm. The children are invited to wear their costumes and join us for games and festivities. The admission is $5.00 per family. The elementary classes are thinking about selling sandwiches to hungry trick or treaters, with the proceeds going toward our field trip fund. Please let me know if your family is coming to the festival so that we can plan accordingly!
Finally, for the past few years, Pinewoods' elementary students have participated in the Hillsborough Holiday Parade. This year, the parade will be held on Saturday, December 6 at 5:00pm. In order for us to participate, we need a truck and trailer to use. Please let us know if you have a truck and/or trailer that we could use for the Pinewoods float in the parade. Thanks!
Last days of school
Pinewoods Beach Bash
Students should continue working on their STEM Fair projects. If someone is still looking for a project, please encourage your child to meet with me SOON. Projects should include a tri-fold board and experiment using the scientific method. If you have any questions, please contact me through email, school, or home: 919-933-0040.
Happy Mother's Day
May 13: Yearbook Orders due. Lindsay is still looking for field trip and class pictures to complete the yearbook. Please send pictures to Lindsay today if possible so that our class can be represented well in the yearbook.
May 13: Field trip to the NC Museum
We will be leaving campus around 9:15 a.m. for the trip to the museum and will return after lunch. Since we are having lunch on the grounds of the museum, we will not be able to heat or refrigerate any lunch items.
Bags will be sent home on Monday afternoon for students to use to pack their lunches. This field trip is free!
Saturday, May 17: Beach Bash School Auction at the Churton Groove Club House
Please try to join us on Saturday for an afternoon of fun and community building from 3-6 p.m. This is not just an excellent way to support school programs, but is important for your children to see their classmates outside of school. It is a way to start setting up summer afternoons together to make sure your children see their friends during summer vacation and maintain school friendships.
Start your summer vacation with a night at Great Wolf Lodge, or a night at the one of the best hotels in the area, the Umstead Hotel. Both are available at the auction. Planning summer camps? This year we will auction passes to the Morehead Planetarium, summer camp at Chestnut Ridge, long summer afternoons at Defy Gravity.
I tend to be a bit competitive. It comes out inappropriately during the school auction. Please come and bid on the elementary classroom project. Among other items, this year we will be offering a classroom quilt which features quilt squares submitted by each of the students.
We are still accepting donations to include in the auction. If you can help make this one of our most successful fundraisers of the year, please contact Jennifer or me this week at school. We are taking donations through Friday.
May 23: Downtown Walking trip to Historic Hillsborough
May 30: STEM Fair at school. I am hoping that we will get 100% participation in the fair. There are many projects that are appropriate for even our first year students. If you are still looking for ideas, please contact me through email and I will be happy to forward to you some of the project ideas.
Teacher Appreciation Week at Pinewoods
My car is clean, I gained twenty pounds, and the classroom looks like a florist thanks to all the teacher appreciation gifts I feel valued and appreciated. Thank you for sharing your children with me for another year and for the many notes and kind words. There are not many professions where you get to spend your days with the future leaders of the world. Your children are fun to be with and valued and appreciated by those of us who are lucky enough to spend their days with them.
Happy Mother's Day
Jo Ann and Summer
NC Museum of Art Field Trip
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"A Mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take"