Friday, October 20, 2017

Rennie Orchards field trip

What an amazing day at Rennie Orchards.  Thank you to the volunteers who joined and supported our learning community.  The students took a tractor ride to pick a pumpkin, visited the stump of the 3rd largest tree in the USA, looked at bark rubbings from deer in the area, found three coyote dens, ate lunch, ran a hay maze, played and picked apples.....wheeeeeeew what a fabulous day!







































Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Reading groups have started

We have been practicing reading behaviors since September and we are building stamina every day.  Students can enjoy: 

  • Read to Self
  • Read to Someone
  • Listen to Reading
  • Word Work 
  • Writing
Students have choice within their language arts skills and again within each of those with a variety of activities.  Stay tuned for our stamina building progress...






Writers record their ideas

Today, the writers in our classroom learned about recording their ideas about stories they may want to share with their peers and families later during writing time.  Students each illustrated their idea and many students "wrote" a description of the story below it.  The developmental stages of writing are fascinating to watch students transition through.  Here is a brief description of the stages your child will go through.  Take a peek at their writing on their work coming home, which stage is your child at?  We will discuss this awesome process and how to encourage your writer where they are at in their developmental stage of writing.  

Authors had a chance to share their writing, if they wanted.  We have so many brave students, many of them sat in the author's chair and wore a microphone to share their story ideas with the class.  The listeners practiced sitting in a ready to learn position, listening to the speaker, thinking about what the speaker is saying and making connections to what the speaker is saying.  






Authors had a chance to share their writing, if they wanted.  We have so many brave students, many of them sat in the author's chair and wore a microphone to share their story ideas with the class.  The listeners practiced sitting in a ready to learn position, listening to the speaker, thinking about what the speaker is saying and making connections to what the speaker is saying.  

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Move - a - thon

Thank you Westwoods PTO,Westwoods parents and families!  The Move - a - thon was a BLAST!  Everyone smiled, moved their bodies, enjoyed the sunshine and even danced a little!  Another HUGE than you to anyone who donated to the Move-a-thon.  We are so lucky that every teacher request the PTO has received to support students, has been approved.  Your donations are what makes that possible and make Westwoods a unique place to work and to attend.  Chromebooks, programming, field trips, Scholastic News, online reading subscriptions, playground equipment, furniture, professional development for staff and countless other educational opportunities are a sampling of the grants funded.  

If you would like the opportunity to donate, we are still accepting pledges through Friday the 20th.  Checks can be written to Westwoods PTO.

Here are some fun pictures of the athletes.