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The OCLM Barnes & Noble Book Fair continues through Wednesday for online orders and Thursday for...

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We are wrapping up Charlotte's web. The students are writing research reports on animals that we read about in Charlotte's Web. They are also writing newspaper articles that answer....

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Posted in: Newsletter, 2-3
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The buddies in Ms. Megan and Ms. Wendy's classes are planting seedlings to put in our new garden. We will be planting strawberries, rosemary and tomatoes.  

Ms. Jennifer and Ms. Wendy's classes are continuing to read...

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Posted in: Newsletter, 2-3
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We continue reading Charlotte's Web. The students have been so enjoying this book. They have learned how to write a synopsis and title analysis. This week, we will be writing newspaper articles regarding...

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Posted in: Newsletter, 2-3
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Last week, we had a wonderful time at the Satwiwa Native American Center. We had the opportunity to hike, make abalone shell necklaces and act in a play. This Friday, the students will rotate among...

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Posted in: 2-3
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For buddies, Ms. Megan and Ms. Wendy are still working with the kids on their presentations. Most students have started making their presentation posters. Ms. Jennifer and Ms. Joelle's classes are reading...

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Posted in: 2-3
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This week, we are reading a story called The Strongest One. It is a fable which involves the sun and many other "characters." We will be discussing the author's purpose in...

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Posted in: 2-3
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Next week, we will be reading a story called Seven Spools of Thread. It is a fable that teaches a lesson and is focused on the sun (so it ties into our science unit). The kids will be making...

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Posted in: 2-3
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OCLM 2013 tour dates as as follows: Tuesday, January 22nd Monday, January 28th Wednesday, February 6th Tuesday, February 12t...

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Posted in: General
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Thank you parents for bringing in the ingredients for stone soup. We all had a great time making it and tasting it! 

 

We hope you enjoy the winter break....

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Posted in: 2-3
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Tomorrow the kids will make stone soup in the morning and enjoy eating it in the afternoon. Perfect for this cold weather! The students' writing this week will then focus on...

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Posted in: 2-3
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In Math, the 4th grade students are continuing working on decimals including ordering decimals and addition and subtraction of decimals; it is very us...

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Posted in: 4-5
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Happy Holidays! Two more fabulous weeks before winter break! We are busy completing various exciting holiday activities (see below for more information) and are looking forward to...

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Posted in: K-1
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In Math, the 4th grade students will be exploring decimals including addition and subtraction of decimals; if needed for at-home practice, Ms. Heather...

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Posted in: 4-5
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We are reading a Chinese version of Stone Soup this week. Next week we will read the traditional version and then compare and contrast the stories. The week before break, we will make...

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Posted in: 2-3
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We've reached the final weeks of school and the big talk on campus of course is Stepping Up. We all are looking forward to applauding our students on June 6 as they...

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Posted in: Leaderboard
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Flutes Across The World, a humanitarian and educational organization based in Ventura County, will be taking over 700 flutes made by American children to the children of Haiti on May 6th for a music mission to that country. Taking the flutes personally and conducting numerous music workshops with the kids in Haiti will be Flutes Across The World founder and director, John Zeretzke. Flutes Across The World links with organizations on the ground to be effective in every country it works in to deliver its message of music and cultural understanding wherever the flutes go.

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Posted in: General
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We've got rhythm (it's a dance, dance, Dance-a-thon), we're synergizing (do the Habit #6 wave with us), and we're taking flight (destination: Stepping Up). 

 

We want all of you on board with us at OCLM as we soar through the rest of the school year!

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Posted in: Leaderboard
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The annual fifth grade hike to Wildwood is on Wednesday, April 11, in which students will be participating in three nature workshops.  Students need to bring...

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Posted in: 4-5
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Our Reenactment of the Immigration experience to Ellis Island last Friday was a smashing success!!  Ms. Wendy and Ms. Jennifer would like to thank all the parents for...

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Posted in: 2-3
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It’s that time of year again. Time to start planning our annual Stepping Up ceremony. next meeting will be March 14 at 2:45p.m. in Room 18. This is your child’s culminating event...

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Posted in: K-1
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We'll be dancing our way into Spring this year with a Dance-a-thon, and why not? It's an exciting time, especially for our teachers who will be...

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Posted in: Leaderboard
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On Friday, March 2nd, OCLM and Conejo Elementary celebrated...

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Posted in: General
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This is a friendly reminder that our UCSB Field trip is scheduled for this Thursday, March 8th.  Please ensure that your child is at school by 7:15 am with a sack lunch!  The school bus is scheduled to leave...

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Posted in: 4-5
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We have begun work on the Immigration Unit!  A family tree and family questionnaire was sent home...

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Posted in: 2-3
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        ● Feb 23 - Math ...

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Posted in: K-1
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Call for a tour to see OCLM in action.  Here you'll see our program up close and personal, and how we create lifelong learners by bringing the jo...

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Posted in: General
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At OCLM, we are in the business of being open. And, hopefully, that means that we are also open to new ideas. We are doing many positive things that other schools aren't, and not doing many of the not-so-positive things that other schools are. 

 

Experts like Alfie Kohn validate us and add fuel to the fire of many of our projects, but they also open our eyes to possibilities that we hadn't imagined. Particularly at a school like OCLM, there is always more to learn if we want to ensure that our school thrives and continues to offer the best for our students....

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Posted in: Leaderboard
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The summertime’s “Jammy Nights,” in which the younger students hear stories read to them as a group by teachers and guests, have now evolved into “Barnes & Noble Read Aloud Nights”—featuring our upper grade OCLM student's reading to our younger ones! Many of the students in Ms. Heather’s 4-5 class have written their own stories that they cannot wait to read to our younger students...

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Posted in: K-1
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There are three upcoming fieldtrips:  (1) Grammy Museum, February 24, (2) California Science Center, March 16, (3) UCSB, TBD in March.  Information will be sent home in the Wednesday folder....

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Posted in: Newsletter, 4-5
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Taught by OCLM K/1 teacher Shoshana Wheeler, this course offers parents the opportunity to learn • Effective parenting roles • How to emot...

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Posted in: General
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Now is the time of year to share what we love about OCLM! Invite someone to Alfie Kohn's presentation tomorrow night and our Parent Information Night on January 30. Or, remind them to pick up a school choice application and check us out with a campus tour next month.

 

We have a lot to be proud of, and aren't you glad someone told you about OCLM?

 

Happy New Year, and welcome home (to OCLM)!


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Posted in: Leaderboard
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I am looking for student volunteers to kick off our read aloud nights.  Our first night will be Friday, February 10, at 6 pm. The read aloud will be...

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Posted in: 4-5
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Our “Balance and Motion” science unit continues this week as we learn about “sounds all around us.”  First, we are going to experiment and learn about how sound travels through solid objects.  We will be tying in “volume” and “pitch” as we...

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Posted in: 2-3
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On January 30th at 6:00 pm we will be having OCLM parent information night. If you have an incoming kindergartner, or know of friends or family interested in joining the OCLM family, come and join us at the information night. There will be tour sign-ups as well at the event.

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Posted in: K-1
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REMINDER!!!  Our Tall Ship Fieldtrip is this Friday, January 20.  I need students to arrive no later than 8 am so that we can be on the road by 8:15 am.

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Posted in: 4-5
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We are continuing our study of “Balance and Motion” in our classrooms.  Last week, we did exciting “experiments” on ourselves, such as how long you can stand on one foot with eyes open, and then how long can you do it with eyes closed!

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Posted in: 2-3
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The Open Classroom Leadership Magnet and Conejo Schools Foundation are pleased to present renowned author, speaker, and education leader Alfie Kohn at the Thousand Oaks High School Performing Arts Center on January 10th, 2012, from 6:30-8:30pm, including Q&A.

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Posted in: K-1
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The Open Classroom Leadership Magnet and Conejo Schools Foundation are pleased to present renowned author, speaker, and education leader Alfie Kohn at the Thousand Oaks High School Performing Arts Center.   On January 10th, 2012, Mr. Kohn takes an intriguing look at our basic assumptions about competition, school success, and the relationship between our long-term goals for our kids and how we’re actually teaching them.  Click below for more information.

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Posted in: General
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We have a lot to learn from our kids in their enthusiasm and willingness to try new things. The impact of this year's Fall Festival is a testament to their ability to make the most of their experiences. And, the success of the day (as a meaningful, educational community-builder) was reflected in what they, along with our parents and teachers, put into it. Music is powerful it's true, and matched with the unique talents of our OCLM community, made for a wonderful day!

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Posted in: Leaderboard
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Ms Heather and Mrs Newmyer hope your Thanksgiving break was filled with fun and good times with family!  Welcome back to school!

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Posted in: 4-5
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Ms. Wendy and Ms. Jennifer hope your Thanksgiving break was filled with fun and good times with family! Welcome back to school everyone!

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Posted in: 2-3
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A BIG welcome back from our Thanksgiving break.  We hope everyone had a delicious, happy, fun and restful five days.

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Posted in: K-1
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You may think that the Fall Festival is a carnival or unstructured playtime event in the park. Rather, it’s a unique learning experience consisting of centers and hands-on cooperative encounters designed to let children discover things about the chosen theme. This event is planned and coordinated by parents and teachers as they work together to make the theme come alive for the students.

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Posted in: General
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There are a thousand words in a picture (so they say) and this issue of the Leaderboard is full of them. But they all seem to be saying just one word...fun! I think we would all agree that we're making the most of the school experience here at Conejo and OCLM.

Just as this newsletter is a monthly snapshot of the positive things happening at OCLM, so is our annual Fall Festival. It utilizes multi-age groups, themed teaching, hands-on experiences and creativity to make learning fun and meaningful, and gives us all a chance to participate in our children's education. And, as we end the day together with a whole-school circle, we all get a picture of what a true community can be.

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Posted in: Leaderboard
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The new class website will allow you to see homework, a monthly calendar of upcoming events, due dates for assignments, dates for quizzes and tests, and a link to the online grade book. You must have an access code to view your grades. The online grade book is for grades ONLY. This is a great online resource!!!

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Posted in: 4-5
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Ms. Shoshana’s and Miss Megan’s classes are beginning to work on Native Americans, Pilgrims, the Mayflower, Thanksgiving, and learning how to give thanks.

They are also continuing their science unit on Air and Weather and incorporating it into Habit 1, being proactive, and creating their “own” weather. Miss Megan’s class will be reviewing the different types of clouds and creating their own clouds in class.

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Posted in: K-1
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Our field trip to the Santa Monica National Recreation Area last week went really well! We not only had a great time, but we were able to view the different habitats of various creatures living in and around the area.

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Posted in: 2-3
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Fun Fridays Have Started!

Last week we started our Fun Friday rotations, in preparation for the Fall Festival on Friday November 18th!  The theme this year is Music and the children are learning different aspects of music as they rotate each week from room to room within their multi-age groups.  See the article at the end of this newsletter for more information about this year’s Fall Festival!

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Posted in: 2-3
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Parent Expectations     

If you are unable to attend your volunteer time, please find a replacement or contact me immediately.  The sooner I know, the sooner I can readjust my day!  Wednesday folders are a great time to sit down with your child and discuss their education.  Ask your child about something they may be learning about or about their personal relationships at school.  Also, you can be my ears away from school.  If you hear of any inappropriate behavior that is occurring on campus, please let me know.  Also, please help your child establish a homework routine.  Be sure that your child has a quiet space to complete their work and encourage them to turn it in the following day! 

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Posted in: 4-5
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Habitats

We are continuing to study our CRAYFISH  and learn about their habitats, the adaptations that they make, and all about their different body parts.  There is a NEW crayfish in Ms. Jennifer’s class which is WHITE, a color we haven’t seen before (the other ones have been black and red). 

Keeping in line with learning about habitats, we will read the story Two Days in May, by Harriet Peck Taylor, which is based on the true story of a girl in Chicago who discovers 5 deer grazing in the small garden behind her apartment.  That is not the deer’s “natural habitat” and the story tells how they are brought back safely into the wild.

In writing, we have been adding detail sentences to our paragraphs and expanding upon how to write using facts.  We have learned to write a “power topic sentence,” which means including a “number” in the sentence.  For example, instead of writing “There are a lot of things to know about crayfish,” we can write more specifically, “There are five things you need to know about crayfish.”  Then we can continue explaining in the paragraph those five things.

The teachers look forward to talking with you about your child at Parent Teacher Conferences, held all this week (early release 12:30pm, every day).

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Posted in: 2-3
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Along with the usual Fall things (pumpkins and turkeys), at OCLM we'll enjoy a Fun Fair and Fall Festival. This month we are in planning mode for these exciting events in November.

 

A first for Conejo, the upcoming Fun Fair means more fundraising with built-in fun (think Rio and those rubber ducks!). We're only six weeks into the year, and we've raised over $10,000 so far for our school. Beyond the food and fun, the best part is the "doing" that we share (to make it all happen) and the results that we see.

 

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Posted in: Leaderboard
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Student Expectations  

I am noticing that students are not taking responsibility for their learning.  Homework is a great way for students to gain a sense of responsibility.  They will be held accountable for their assigned work.  Now is a perfect time to establish homework routines at home while the homework load is light.  Once we dive into our Core Literature (to begin on October 17th), students will have more homework to ensure their connection to the text.  Please discuss with your child the importance of turning in work that shows their pride in learning.  This pride will only help them as they continue on their educational journey!

The weekly Wednesday report should be expected every Wednesday.  If you do not receive a report, please let me know immediately.  This report should be reviewed and signed.  Please return this report with the Wednesday envelope the following day.  The completed work should be reviewed and kept at home.  However, if it is a test, please sign and return with the Wednesday envelope the following day.

I strongly suggest that your child be a part of the conference process.  In the twenty minute time frame, I will be discussing your child’s strengths and weaknesses.  I will also offer your child the opportunity to give input and feedback.  We will also discuss a plan of action for the remaining year.  If you haven’t done so, please return the parent conference schedule letter, which was sent home on October 3rd

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Posted in: 4-5
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Annie and the Old One

We have read the story, Annie and the Old One, by Patricia Miles Martin, about a Navajo girl who doesn’t want her grandmother to die.  The grandmother says she will “soon be a part of the earth” and helps the little girl understand the inevitability of death and the ultimate connectedness with the whole universe.  Sadly and coincidentally, our bearded dragon CJ died this week and will be buried to “become one with the earth” in Hailey McCool’s grandmother’s garden.

On a happier note, we have been watching our new creatures, the crayfish, and making scientific observations.  For example, one crayfish in Ms. Wendy’s room is red and turning black in color because it is “molting,” which means its outer shell will be coming off soon.  We have been writing facts about these animals and other things as well.

We are also learning to write “personal narratives,” which involves writing about our own experiences, as opposed to copying down or writing about facts we have learned.  It’s interesting for us to learn the difference between these two types of writing. 

Very soon, there will be information about our planning for Fall Festival—look for this info to come!

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Posted in: 2-3
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Teacher News

Seasons, air, and weather are the science feature for the next several weeks. The students will be learning about what air is and what it does. Also, the four seasons that will include leaf activities for the fall.

Kindergarten math is still focused on Geometry; shapes and exploring the shapes in our world. First grade math is investigating money and learning how to add and subtract money.

Parent conferences are next week and forms are in your child’s homework bag with your scheduled time.

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Posted in: K-1
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Fall Theme!
This week the classes are culminating their science unit of the 5 Senses and what it is to be a scientist. They have been adding all of their information into their science journals.

Kindergarten math is learning Geometry; shapes and exploring the shapes in our world. First grade math is investigating money and learning how to add and subtract money. 

Response To Intervention (LEAD/ELD) is starting this week as well. This is the beginning of working with your child at his or her level.


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Posted in: K-1
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Mr. Newmyer!!

Our classroom has a new addition.  She is a student teacher and her name is Wendy DiLullo-Newmyer or Mrs Newmyer to the kids!  She is in her final semester of credentials.  Please welcome her with open arms!

We are continuing our work with summary writing.  Students are also working on their first Learning Menu.  In the Learning Menu, students are given choices of activities to complete.  This Learning Menu is an extension of our unit on Nature’s Fury.  Students are expected to complete at least two activities during our Language Arts block. 

In math, our 4th graders are working on Number Sense, in particular, name collection boxes and place value.  Our 5th graders are also working on Number Sense, in particular, adding and subtracting whole numbers and decimals as well as solving number stories (or better known to the parents as word problems). 

In Science, we are continuing the scientific process with hands-on centers in the science lab.  In essence, the students are learning how to think like scientists. 

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Posted in: 4-5
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Crayfish, Seeds & Ants!
In the past week, CRAYFISH have arrived!!!  We will be studying these creatures and comparing them to the plant life we have witnessed in the past few weeks.  We will also compare animal life of one kind (crayfish) with life of another kind—ants!  We will not only be starting to study ants, we will also be going on an “ant hunt!”

 

To tie in with our ant hunt, we will be reading both fictional and non-fictional books about ants.  Two Bad Ants by Chris Van Allsburg is our fictional story which we will be comparing to a non-fiction book about ants.  We will also be learning about “perspective,” as the ants in Two Bad Ants think grass is very big and are amazed when they get inside a house!  Everything looks HUGE to them!!  We will explore how perspective makes a difference in how you see the world (in more ways than one!).

We have each written a paragraph on “facts” and have learned that “facts” are words you find on the page—as opposed to writing and making up a story from our heads.  It’s important to know the difference between facts and fiction.  This week we will once again be writing a paragraph using facts as we continue learning about this type of writing skill.

Ants, crayfish, seeds—much is happening in 2-3!!!

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Posted in: 2-3
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Welcome back, and thank you to all who attended this year's Back to School Night. We are fortunate to have an excellent team of teachers who are excited about working with students and parents for a great year of learning.

Let's share in their enthusiasm by helping in the classroom, volunteering for school events and supporting the efforts of SCOPE and PFA. Being on campus and taking an active role in our children's education is one of the most important ways that we can "be there" for them.

We're off and running now and the opportunities abound. Get involved and be a part of the exciting things happening at OCLM!

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Posted in: Leaderboard
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Nature’s Fury!!!

 

Our story of the week is Volcanoes.  Once we finish this story, we will begin to focus on writing a proper summary.  We also have planned some fun activities now that we’re nearly done with our unit on nature’s fury.  Please remind your child to remember to rephrase the question when providing their answer to the question being asked.

 

There will be a unit test for math for both grades on Thursday, September 22nd.  A study guide went home on Monday, September 19th

 

Our classroom website should be up and running by October.  We’ll keep you posted on the progress.

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Posted in: 4-5
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Hydroponics!!!

WHAT is hydroponics?  Ask your child this week!  We are growing seeds in water and comparing and contrasting the differences between that method and growing seeds in soil.  We are looking at sunflower seeds, beans and peas in our comparisons.  And within this next week, we will be getting LIVE CRAYFISH so our studies will expand to comparing plant life with animal life!

Tying in to our science unit is our language arts story, Miss Rumphius, by Barbara Cooney, about a woman who wanted to make the world a more beautiful place—and found a way by planting lupins.  We are reading this book and learning how planting seeds, which grow into plants and flowers, also make the world a more beautiful place.

In writing, we are still working on “friendly letters” and have also been using our science unit to learn about writing facts.  We are writing paragraphs containing these facts which we first look up in our science books.  We can see the difference between facts and opinions when we write in the science journal, vs. when we write in the communicator or friendly letter.

So much learning is taking place in our rooms—and we look forward to welcoming those crayfish!!

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Posted in: 2-3
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Fall Theme!

Miss Megan and Ms. Shoshana are starting their Fall Theme curriculum this week. You will notice in class different activities reflecting fall. Flowers were planted last week in the garden and vegetable seeds will be planted this week. Students will watch them grow through the fall.

Decodable books will be sent home this week. These books are to stay at home and do not need to be returned. They have been practiced in class and reading them should be easy for your child. They will go home Mondays with the homework bags.

Also being taught this week is Habit 2, “Begin with the end in mind.”

 

 

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Posted in: K-1
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Getting to Work!!!

Ms. Heather would like to invite everyone to the Back to School Night THIS THURSDAY, starting at 6:30pm (6:30- 7:00pm will be the Welcome a Address, 7:00-8:00pm we will be in our classroom with Ms. Heather).  You will find out what your child will be working on this year and what the expectations are, so please make time to attend the Back to School Night!  

What have our children been working on?  In math, the 4th graders are learning about parallelograms, polygons and circles, while the 5th graders are working with prime and composite numbers, squaring numbers and unsquaring numbers.  Our language arts story we are reading is called Eye of the Storm  and we are thinking of questions as we read—then we’re talking with a partner about possible answers.  Our focus is on learning the sequence of events within a story, and the difference between fact and opinion.

Please note that when homework goes home, it is due back the very next day!

Thanks to everyone who signed up to volunteer.  If you have not selected a time frame, please see Ms. Heather to find out what time slot is best.

Ms. Heather looks forward to seeing you and answering any questions you may have at Back to School Night—see you there!

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Posted in: 4-5
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Lots to Learn!!!

Ms. Wendy and Ms. Jennifer enjoyed talking with everyone at Back to School Night last week!!!  We hope all your questions were answered; if not, please either email or call your teacher to have specific questions answered. 

We are continuing our science unit, “Structures of Life,” in which we are comparing and contrasting plant life and animal life.  We have been investigating seeds, both in class and in the garden.  We observed celery roots, plum and peach seeds, and noted the differences between them.  Pretty soon, we will be getting live crayfish in our classrooms which will be very exciting to watch!!!

It’s important to learn how to get along with each other, and so we are expanding upon our “Cool Tools” strategies every day.  These “tools” help our children make good choices socially, both inside and outside of the classroom, thus creating a cohesive learning environment on our campus.  While everyone gets to know one another, the teachers will also continue their assessments, so that our classrooms can be geared towards meeting the needs of our particular group of students this year.

The teachers look forward to seeing you every week inside our classrooms!

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Posted in: 2-3
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Getting to Work !!!

Ms. Heather would like to invite everyone to the Back to School Night THIS THURSDAY, starting at 6:30pm (6:30- 7:00pm will be the Welcome Address, 7:00-8:00pm we will be in our classroom with Ms. Heather).  You will find out what your child will be working on this year and what the expectations are, so please make time to attend the Back to School Night!  

What have our children been working on?  In math, the 4th graders are learning about parallelograms, polygons and circles, while the 5th graders are working with prime and composite numbers, squaring numbers and unsquaring numbers.  The language arts story we are reading is called Eye of the Storm  and we are thinking of questions as we read—then we’re talking with a partner about possible answers.  Our focus is on learning the sequence of events within a story, and the differences between fact and opinion.

Please note that when homework goes home, it is due back the very next day!

Thanks to everyone who signed up to volunteer.  If you have not selected a time frame, please see Ms. Heather to find out which time slot is best.

Ms. Heather looks forward to seeing you and answering any questions you may have at Back to School Night—see you there! 



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Posted in: 4-5
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Getting to Work!

Your child will be assessed over the next few weeks by the teachers, to see where he/she fits for math, reading, and other skill sets.  If your child tells you something was too easy or too hard today at school, please remember that assessments are happening so that lesson plans, homework and individualized assignments and small groups may be created to best meet the needs of each student.  Meanwhile, we are all working together on units in math, science and language arts, to learn basic skills and learn how to work together as a team.

In science, we are continuing the investigation of seeds, by watching lima beans sprout and by dissecting the embryos of these seeds.  We are realizing that seeds are “baby plants” and that’s why they have an “embryo.”  We are also comparing and contrasting different seeds, such as the corn, plum and peach seeds.  Ask your child what he/she discovered about the differences between these seeds!

In math, the 2nd graders are learning about the number line using the 10’s, 100’s and 1000’s, and using “greater than” and less than.”  The 3rd graders started learning about how to look up information and find math games within our reference book. 

We will all learn more about our classrooms at Back to School Night on Sept. 8th at 5:30—see you there!!!

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Posted in: 2-3
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Welcome Back!!!

Ms. Heather would like to welcome everyone to the upper grades!!!  We have an exciting year planned and you will find out more at our Back to School Night (6:30pm for whole school Welcome Address, 7-8pm for our 4-5 class). 

Ms. Heather would like to thank everyone who signed up to volunteer within the classroom.  We still need some time slots filled, they are: Tues. 1:30-2:40;  Wed. 8:45-10:10;  Thurs. 8:15-10:10 and Friday 1:30- 2:40.  Please remember that our program depends upon us parents being present in the classroom, to help with centers and projects, and this allows the teacher to have time to work individually with each child to best meet their learning needs. (Also,  please know that schedules will change once we get the specialist times.)

Things to know about homework include the “Wednesday Folder,” which will start going home on September 7th and will contain completed work to discuss (& keep at home) with your child, and a weekly report for you to sign and send back in an envelope the following day.  Multiplication tables should be practiced nightly, as well as the Word of the Day.  There will be a Word of the Day worksheet, and on Fridays there will be a quiz.

This year promises to be a great one, so welcome, everyone, to the 4-5 class!!

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Welcome Back!

Ms. Jennifer and Ms. Wendy welcome everyone back, and into the 2-3 grades!!!  This year, the teachers will be team teaching quite often, with Ms. Jennifer teaching the 2nd grade math and Ms. Wendy teaching the 3rd grade math.  The two classes of 2-3 will also be getting together to learn their science units—the first of which will be “Structures of Life,” where we will be comparing and contrasting plant life and animal life.  We will be investigating seeds, both in class and in the garden, and also viewing live crayfish and our two class pets, Lucky (bird) and CJ (a bearded dragon!).  A terrarium will combine both plant and animal life for us to view!

The first few weeks we will focus on “Cool Tools,” which are strategies to help children make good choices socially, both inside and outside of the classroom, thus creating a cohesive learning environment on our campus.  The teachers will also be getting to know your child, socially, emotionally and academically, as assessments take place so that lesson plans can be geared towards the best needs of this particular group of students this year.

The teachers also want to welcome back all the wonderful, helpful parents of our students, and can’t wait to work together to make this year the best!


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Welcome Back OCLM Families!
 
Summer is fading and the first day of school is just over a week away. We thought we'd get a head start on the new year with the first issue of the Leaderboard Online.
 
First things first (have we been using our habits this summer?), we want to make sure everyone has the opportunity to attend a Volunteer Training to prepare for working in the classroom. See the article below for more information and dates.
 

Our Back to School Picnic on Monday the 22nd also will help you get dialed in and prepared for the year. It's a fun evening with friends and new faces. Hopefully we'll see you all there!

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