It was such a pleasure to see the many parents that were able to brave the cold and come to the parent meeting. I know that it is not easy to work around work and other responsibilities, so I appreciate it. I love getting the chance to visit with the parents of my amazing students.
If you were unable to attend the meeting, I am posting the presentation below. Please feel free to email or comment with any questions or concerns.
Thanks again for entrusting me with your sweet children.
If you are looking for a fun, enriching camp for your child this summer then take a look at the flyer below. Mrs. Davis and I are hosting a Tech Camp in late July for K-5 grade students. We will meet with K-2 in the morning and 3-5 in the afternoon. We can’t wait! The kids do NOT need to be part of the Gifted and Talented class to participate. We welcome all kids who love technology like we do!
I want to thank the kids and the parents for making this another fantastic year! I am the luckiest teacher in the world to work with such great kids, with such supportive parents. Please remember that I check my email all summer long. I love to hear from the kids and about the kids. I enjoy seeing pictures of the vacations and hear about all the swimming medals the kids get and their other extra curricular activities.
I have to mention that one of my favorite things about this school year is seeing all of the super dads and grandpas roaming our halls as Bulverde Creek WatchDogs. It is neat to see wonderful male role models interacting with the boys and girls in our school. I am a little late in posting, but I was lucky to have one of these awesome watchdogs come and visit my 3rd Grade GT class one morning in April. I know that the kids loved having him join in our their QR Scavenger Hunt.
In 3rd through 5th grade my students are introduced to algebra through a program called Hands On Equations. The third graders have completed level 1 and have been putting their understanding into practice through algebraic verbal problems. To test their understanding so far the kids were paired up and given a clue and an iPad. They used the iPad to scan a QR code that matched their clue. The QR code revealed a verbal problem that they had to solve algebraically. Once they solved it they had to find me so that I could check their answer. If they had it correct they were given their next clue, if not they had to go back to the problem and try again. It was a fun way to assess how the kids were doing.
Here are some examples of the problems they were solving:
If five times a number, increased by 3, gives the same result as twice the number increased by 30, find the number.
Mark is 4 years older than Kate. Together, the sum of their ages equals three times Kate’s age. How old is each?
Again, a big thanks to Mr. Walls for taking time out of his schedule to diligently patrol the halls and cafeteria 🙂 and to give of his time in so many classrooms.
Thank you for making the time to come join me this morning. I love getting to know the parents and it was awesome that we had 100% attendance. I just love matching my students with their awesome parents. I hope that you enjoyed the meeting. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns that pop up.
“Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.”
-Oliver Wendell Holmes.
In 3rd grade we started with a Quote Quizzler that when solved led to the quote above. The kids had discussed what they thought the quote meant. It was a terrific discussion. Each child then created an illustration to represent the quote. They took a picture of their illustration using an app on the iPad called WordFoto. With this app they were able to add words that describe their wonderful parents and the words are put on the forefront of their illustration. The kids then used their Google Docs account to insert their WordFoto, as well as 3 other pictures, to express their love for mom and dad. I hope you enjoy their work.
On Tuesday I was able to surprise my 5th graders with a wonderful gift, hand crafted stained glass angels created by my wonderful grandfather in law. He is an incredibly talented man. I am in awe of his many talents. At the age of 91 (92 in February) he has the most incredible yard you have ever seen. One that he maintains on his own. He also has also surprised so many people, friends, family and strangers alike, with his stained glass works of art. He is someone we could all learn from. I am blessed to have him in my life.
It was thrilling to be able to share his talents with my fifth graders. It was a gift to see the excitement on their faces, as well as the awe when they found that a person created each one of the angels.
I have had the pleasure of working with many of these kids for 5 years. Whether I have had them for 1 or 5 years, they all mean so much to me. I am lucky to have had the opportunity to work with them, as I am with all my precious students.
Have a happy holidays! Enjoy the break and the gift of time with family. I look forward to seeing the kids in January 2013!
I am thrilled that so many parents were able to make the First-Second Parent Meeting. I know that this is an incredibly busy time of year, so appreciate that so many were able to make it. If you were unable to attend you can find the presentation below. Please email me if you have any questions or concerns. I love meeting the parents, so stop in to say hello any time you are at the school.
Thanks to all of the parents that were able to take time out of their busy schedule to make the Parent Meeting. I love having the chance to know my students’ parents. It was great to visit with you.
If you were unable to attend, I am sorry that I missed you. Please pop by to say hello any time. I have attached a slideshare of my presentation. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
We are officially out of pencils and running VERY low on glue sticks. If you are able to donate pencils and/or glue sticks to the GT classroom, the kids and I would be extremely grateful. Our crayons are looking a little sad too, but pencils and glue sticks are at an urgent state. Thank you for helping keep the classroom supplied!