Thursday, October 4, 2018

Parent Teacher Sign-Ups

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be the week of October 15-19!  See picture for times.  To keep things simple, we use a manual sign up on the language room door. Tonight is Open House, a perfect time to sign up!   Please find a minute to pop in and sign the chart for your preferred time, or  you can choose a few times and have your child sign up for you!  If you have any questions, feel free to email us, but due to the volume of students in the room, we ask that parents not request times over email.  Thank you!

Monday, September 17, 2018

Are They Dangerous or Not?

By:Leilah Kooshiar, Kayla Traylor, and Simone Bermudez 

They live in Southeast Asia, Africa, and Philippines. They can also live in villages that have a lot of mice. They can live up to 20 years. They can grow up to 18 feet long and weigh up to 20 lbs! The king cobra can eat other snakes, small reptiles, and small mammals. They swallow their prey whole could they swallow a human whole? Are they dangerous or not. 

New born king cobras can hunt right away. The king cobra is vulnerable, and the population is decreasing. They can stand up to 5 meters high. Female can lay up to 10-20 eggs at a time. King cobras spread their hoods open to scare off enemies, mainly mongooses, who are unaffected by the snake’s bite because they have triangular blood cells. 

So, are they dangerous or not? They get mesmerized by the shape and movement of a flute. Not from the sound. Female king cobras guard their until they hatch. They shed 4-6 times a year. It takes about 45 min for the venom to sink in. It is not the most toxic snake, but 1 bite can kill and elephant or 20 full-grown men. 

Verdict? Definitely Dangerous! 

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Safety Is No Accident!

Today, we practiced our fire drill scenario and had a visit from the fire marshall.  Upper El students were great leaders, demonstrating to the younger students how to move quietly and listen during an emergency!  This was second of many drills we will have this year to keep us prepared should a true emergency present itself. 

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Junior Journalists Joining Soon?

Image result for news paperCalling all kids, Calling all kids!  Do you a story you're aching to tell?  Is there a topic you need to research?  Do you read Newsela and think, "I can do that!"?  Well, here is your chance!  Posted in our classroom is a sign up sheet to join the journalistic ranks!   Ask an editor educator to approve your story and you can start right away!  Stories can be worked on during your choice time at school, or at home during your free time!

Also needed are peer editors who are interested in sharpening their skills checking the work of other students!  Apply today with an educator editor!

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Year 6 Trip to Dauphin Island: Dates Changed, Meeting Next Week

 We are excited to invite you to a meeting on Wednesday, August 29 at 5:30, about our upcoming Dauphin Island Sea Lab trip for the 6th years!  At the meeting we will talk about the exciting adventure that awaits your child and give important information about preparation for the trip!
 I also wanted to announce that the trip dates have been changed to September 18-21.  The cost of the trip on the information sheet is an estimation pending incoming quotes,  however we will have the final total to you as soon as we are able. We will be collecting a deposit of $150 due on the the day of the meeting.  Thank you, we look forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

"I Love Science!"

This past Tuesday, we were excited to welcome Mary Long, parent of our our own Leilah and alum Shahin to come and speak about her career in science!   Her passion and knowledge were a great example to our growing minds!  Using straining vegetable soup as a metaphor for chromatography she hooked the students and introduced the concept for an exciting hands on experiment!  

We observed carefully as capillary action pulling the colors of our pens apart.  As we waited for our results, Mary revealed a we were in fact searching for the results of a mystery!  Using the chromatographic evidence, we learned who was stealing the erasers (I will let the investigator/scientists reveal the answer to you!). It was inspiring, and we are so grateful to Mary for all the work she put into her visit, as well as the time she took for us!

Thursday, August 9, 2018

First Week Back!
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Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, people standing, shoes, tree, child and outdoorIt's the first week back and everyone has been so excited!  We have enjoyed meeting each other, getting to know each other better, and sharing stories from our summer.  Of course, we have also gotten a start normalizing to our environment, working on our work plans, and getting into the rhythms we will be living in for the next year.  What will our year bring?  Family, friendship, learning, and challenges await around each bend.  Let's all work together to make the best of it all!
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