Thursday, October 30, 2014

Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world. Constantly color your picture gray, and your picture will always be bleak. Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor, and your picture begins to lighten up.
Allen Klein

Student Spotlight

Student Spotlight

The preschoolers are still talking about how much fun they had riding the bus, playing at the park, and watching CURIOUS GEORGE! All the preschoolers were very well behaved and everyone had an enjoyable day! This week Miss Schacht taught the preschoolers about space! On Monday, they traveled to the moon. Tuesday, they learned about the sun, and Wednesday they learned about the planets. Since the preschoolers aren't here on Friday, they wore their Halloween costumes to school on Thursday for their party!

Only 7 More Fridays until Christmas!!!

The Kindergarten spent time this week learning numbers 6-10! It is fun to write our numbers using shaving cream. They also learned all about the letter Nn and how to correctly write it! We had fun getting ready for Halloween making jack-o-lantern cookies and scarecrows. The highlight of the week of course was Halloween. Parading our costumes around in the gym and fun and games during our party. Also, forgot to put in last week that we had a special day celebrating Jacob's birthday! Happy safe and fun Trick-or-Treating!

We are learning interesting facts about the sun. We went outside and saw the reflection of the sun by poking a hole in a breadboard box. We saw the sun spots. In Social Studies, we have learned the four cardinal directions. We drew a map of our classroom. In Math the first graders are using a ten frame to add numbers. They are learning how to write a paragraph in Language.
The 2nd graders are going batty in second grade learning about bats! Did you know that bats use their sense of hearing to find their food. They send out high pitch chirps and create an echo, that bounces off their prey and comes right back to them. They listen for the sound waves and know exactly where their prey is! Ask any second grader and they will tell you all about echolocation! 2nd graders are becoming fantastic writers as they continue to write paragraphs starting with a hook! Their goal is to grab the readers attention and pull them into their writing! Students have been writing about favorite holidays, fishing trips, favorite food, four-wheeling, and much more! In math, we have been practicing counting back change to $1.00. What a great week of learning!!


The 3rd graders continue to understand multiplication better and enjoyed using Cheerios to construct arrays to show their knowledge. They have learned 2's, 5's, 10's and 9's so far along with the shortcuts and "tricks" to help them become quicker with their facts. They used shaving cream to practice their cursive letters and it felt smooth as silk. So far, they know 11 upper case cursive letters and are practicing their lower case letters also. In their Weekly Reader, they learned about spiders and did main ideas and details in a web. They also enjoyed "No Shoes" in the room as a reward for being Vocabulary Super Heroes. It wasn't even smelly! They are anxiously awaiting the Halloween Parade and the party afterwards. Happy Halloween from the Third Graders!

*The 4th graders are continuing to work hard in math as they practice their multiplication by 2-digits. They understand the steps, but they are discovering that there are many places to make careless errors as they work through each problem. *In Nebraska history, they finished up their chapter on Native Americans with a test. Even though there were many ideas to remember and memorize, their test scores were outstanding! 10 students even got an A! Their next chapter studies explorers, traders, and missionaries. *In science, the 4th graders have enjoyed learning about the plates that make up the Earth's crust and part of the mantle. They were amazed to learn about and watch videos of how the Earth's surface can change quickly during earthquakes and volcanoes. They were thankful that they lived in an area that isn't known for earthquakes and volcanoes. *In language arts, they studied a new part of speech--pronouns! They realized how often they use pronouns without even doing it on purpose! They have also been focusing on capitalization rules. Mrs. Metschke is REALLY looking at their independent work in all subjects to make sure they are USING these rules! :)
Youth BB Season is about to get underway! Letters and waviers were sent home on Monday. Note the deadline to return the waviers – November 6th if you want to play in games!! Also looking for parent volunteers to help out!

Mark your calendar for our next reading event – DONUTS WITH DADS – Nov. 18th 7:45-8:30

Our Pre-School enjoying their Halloween Party!!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sending out a HUGE thanks to all the Parents and Father Kramper for donating time, treats, games and prizes to help make our NeSA Carnival a HUGE SUCCESS! Keep up the great work students! Also, a HUGE thanks going out to the Clearwater Fire Department for donating your time and Fire Safety Sacks! It was a fun night had by all!

Student Spotlight
Emma Lea

Student Spotlight

In preschool this week, we learned about Fire Safety. Miss Schacht worked with the preschoolers during small group time and storytime. They really enjoy listening to her read stories! We learned about dialing 911 in an emergency (and ONLY in an emergency!), we practiced Stop, Drop, & Roll, and sang songs about Fire Safety. The preschoolers are more than excited to go on a real field trip to Norfolk to see Curious George today!

All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them. ~Walt Disney

People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily. ~Zig Ziglar

Kindergarten studied the letter Tt this week. And made tasty trains. We finished our topic on numbers 0-5, more/fewer and also learned how to make on organized list! That was pretty hard. We are decorating our room for Halloween with ghost that we made with cotton balls! We also had a blast with the firemen at "Red Hot Reading Night" and learning all about fire safety!

First Graders are learning about "Me on a Map". They have learned their address, city, state, country, continent, and planet. They have also learned the names of 7 continents and 2 oceans, and our neighbors to the North and South of the United States. In Math, students are learning to work with 10-frames to find math combinations. In Language, students are reviewing how to tell if a group of words are a sentence. First grades were well represented at the Red Hot Reading Night with 9 out of the 11 students attending along with their parents.

The Second Graders have been learning about sound this week. We made chicken cluckers out of a cup and a string. When we pulled down on the string with a wet paper towel, the string and the air in the cup vibrated causing a chicken cluck sound! We listened to many different sounds and determined if they were making a high or low pitch. We also discovered that sound travels better through a solid than a liquid or gas! We are continuing to work on our math money unit. We can count money that is more than a dollar and even make change using the least amount of coins!

The 3rd graders started multiplication this week! They worked with manipulatives and explored what multiplication was and when they would use it in real life. They also prepared for their plant test in science by playing Plant Jeopardy as a review before they did their final assignment. Proper nouns and creating sentences using different parts of speech keep them busy in English. It's hard to believe that school is already 1/4 of the way finished!

*In Nebraska history, the 4th graders finished learning about the Native American tribes and their ways of life. They will continue to study and practice ways in which each tribe has unique traits to prepare for their test next Tuesday!
*In science, the ways in which the Earth can change above and below the surface has been the main topic as the 4th graders studied weathering, erosion, and deposition. On Wednesday, they got to experiment with different types of ways to control erosion. They used toothpicks to represent roots and washcloths to represent cover crops. They noticed that these ideas would help to keep soil in place.
 *In math, the 4th graders were PUMPED to learn how to multiply by a 2-digit number! They have been waiting for this lesson for a long time! As long as they remember to "circle, cross, zero," ...and remember their facts... then things will go well! :)
 *In Reading Mastery, they have been discussing the difference between the genres of fantasy and realistic fiction. They concluded that their story, "The Cat That Walked by Himself" was a fantasy due to the talking animals and the animals' requests and cunning moves.
*The 4th graders enjoy learning new vocabulary words in Reading Mastery. They were surprised when Mrs. Metschke asked them to stand on their desks so they could learn how to "descend."

YOUTH VB Practice for 3/4th and 5/6th Graders will practice Thursday, Oct 23rd from 6:00-7:30 @Clearwater!
Sunday, Oct 19th @ Creighton
5/6th Grade be there by 6:30
3/4th Grade be there by 12:00.

Our 3/4th and 5/6th Grade Volleyball Team is doing GREAT!! These girls are putting in a lot of time as do their coaches to learn and love the game of Volleyball! Keep up the great work girls and THANKS to the coaches for helping out. Also, thanks to Father Kramper and the Sunset Store for helping purchase 3 new volleyballs this year! Rock on Future Cyclones!!

NeSA Carnival was a Fantastic Time! Kids and Adults had so much fun! Rewarding kids that work hard day in and day out to be the best students they can be! Mr. Sanne talked about the NeSA Wall of Fame! For those of you that haven’t taken NeSA tests, you will get that chance soon and for those of you have or will take them again – do your best and Good Luck! I can’t wait to see how many students we can get on the Wall of Fame!! Carnival Fun-

Pictures are posted in a seperate Blog!

Red Hot Reading Night was a HUGE SUCCESS!! Thanks so much to the Clearwater Fire and Rescue for helping out! We learned about fire safety, tried on some Bunker Gear, were able to check out the Ambulance, took a ride on the Fire Truck and last but not least had Real Live Fireman read us stories!!

Pictures are posted in a seperate Blog!

Over 100 in attendance!! Way to “BRING THE HEAT” to Read Hot Reading Night!! Mark your calendar for our next reading event – DONUTS WITH DADS – Nov. 18th 7:45-8:30

Red Hot Reading Night