Enrichment Fun for the week of February 24, 2020

Science fun with water and oranges!!   What will happen if we place an orange into the water in the tank?  What will happen if we put a peeled orange into the water in the tank?  Will they both sink?  Will they float?


OH MY! The unpeeled orange floats and the peeled orange sinks!  What???  This can’t be! Let’s try this again!

Trying it again! This time we tried to hold the unpeeled orange down for 10 seconds! Guess what?? It still floats! Why does this happen? The secret?? There is an air bubble in the unpeeled orange that allows it to float.

A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of February 24th

Classroom: Dental Health

The past week we discussed how different foods and drinks can affect our dental hygiene. We learned that our teeth get sad and full of tooth decay from sweets and soda and get happy and shiny and bright from brushing and eating healthy foods. We also learned that every tooth has a specific job. The incisors are used for cutting food, the canines are used for tearing food and the molars are used for grinding food. We talked about the importance of constantly visiting a doctor to take care of our health in every way! For parents, we recommend clicking here to find a pediatric doctor who can monitor your child’s health!

A peek into next week: Dr. Seuss and Eric Carle

Kindergarten: Telling time to the hour

The past week the kindergarten students have been learning how to tell time to the hour. They learned that the long hand is the minute hand and the short hand is the hour hand. They also learned that when the minute hand is pointing to the 12 it means zero minutes have past that hour and we can say it is __ o’clock. 

A peek into next week: Telling time to the half hour


Bring Your Parent to Work Time | March 13th (https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090B48A8A92DA6F94-bring)

Elementary & Kindergarten Event | World’s Fair | March 19th @ 6:00 pm8:00 pm

No School | Teacher In-Service Day | March 20th

Spring Break | NO SCHOOL | March 23rdMarch 27th

Enrichment Highlight:
In science this week we etched a robot into a piece of iron using a salt water solution.
Work Time:
Trinomial Cube: This child is learning how to put the Trinomial Cube together while also getting an introduction into algebra and preparation for the formula a3+3a2b+3a2c+6abc+b3+3ab2+3b2c+3ac2+3bc2+c3.
Tooth Brushing: This child is learning how to care for herself while developing a sense of independence and refining her fine motor skills and coordination of movements to successfully brush her teeth.
Shoe Tying: These children are learning how to care for themselves while developing a sense of independence and refining their fine motor skills and coordination of movements to successfully tie a shoe.
Buckle Frame: This child is developing his hand-eye coordination, fine motor coordination and manual dexterity while learning to care for himself by successfully buckling the buckles.

Peek In Our Week *** Mr. John’s Class *** Week Of February 24, 2020

Line Time:
This week we went back in time and took a look at Ancient Greece and talked about Greek Mythology. The Greek Gods hung out on Mt. Olympus and we learned the King of all Gods was Zeus and if you made him angry he had a lightning bolt in his hand that he would throw at you.  Zeus had a wife named Hera and she was the Goddess of Marriage.  If you were a sailor you dare not make Poseidon angry because he was the the God of the Seas and held a trident (a fork like spear) in his hand.  Zeus had a brother that he sent to the under world and that God was named Hades.  Hades had a pet that was a three headed dog named Cerberus.  We also learned about Pan and Medusa.







Did you know:
Tigers have striped skin not just striped fur. The stripes are like fingerprints and no two tigers have the same pattern.



Peek In The Classroom:

These two girls are working with fractions.


This is an impromptu classroom reenactment.


She is working on her fine motor skills and brushing up on shape identification.


Part 1 of this activity is to grate a bar of soap. Part 2 is to whisk it into bubbles. Both steps are depicted here.


Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- Ancient Rome

Letter Of The Week- W w

Rhyming Word Of The Week- beg

Next Language is Malay


Upcoming Events:
Akron Art Museum: Thursday March, 12.  Turn in your Field Trip Forms!

Spring Break: Starts Friday March, 20th returning Monday March 30th.

International Festival: Friday April, 24.    >>>> Sign up for a country on my classroom door <<<<


Friends, Frolic, and Fun:

You should’ve seen the other guy.


The hair and sparkly jacket…. It is all about FASHION!


Shorts in Winter? She longs for Summer. P.S. She did not leave the house like this.



Kindergarten This Week:
This week we learned how to tell time to the hour/analog, hands and such.



We practiced writing in cursive writing sentences (sometimes silly sentences).


Cultural Subjects:
We now can count to ten in 24 languages (English, Sign Language, Latin, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagolog, Hebrew, Korean, Hungarian, Irish, Kiswahili, Welsh, Dutch/Flemmish, Polish, Serbo-Croation, Cebuano, Malay, Hindi).


Next Week:
Weekly Theme: Telling Time to the half hour

Synonym Of The Week: Bad: incorrect, awful, unsatisfactory, faulty, defective

Sight Words Of The Week: then out

Language Of The Week: Farsi











Take A Peek Into Our Week/Ms.Kate/February 27, 2020

Today we had so much fun  on our field trip to the Akron Children’s Museum! ! Thank you to all the parents who came and helped!


This week was all about Friendship!! We had so much fun reading some amazing books on how to be a great friend. We also created different types of charts on the characteristics of how to be a good friend to others. Ms. Amanda created some really fun crafts that went along with our theme!!!

Your kiddos did so amazing brainstorming all of their ideas!!
Just look at their friendship quilt!
Isn’t our friend”ship” so cute?


Don’t forget the International Festival sign ups  are on the door!!



Academic Enrichment *** Cuyahoga Falls Campus *** Week Of 2/24/2020

Weekly Theme:
This week we learned how to tell time to the hour/analog, hands and such.



We practiced writing in cursive writing sentences (sometimes silly sentences).


Cultural Subjects:
We now can count to ten in 24 languages (English, Sign Language, Latin, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagolog, Hebrew, Korean, Hungarian, Irish, Kiswahili, Welsh, Dutch/Flemmish, Polish, Serbo-Croation, Cebuano, Malay, Hindi).


Next Week:
Weekly Theme: Telling Time to the half hour

Writing: We will be using a sentence rewriter tool to enhance their writing ability.

Synonym Of The Week: Bad: incorrect, awful, unsatisfactory, faulty, defective

Sight Words Of The Week: then out

Language Of The Week: Farsi


2/24 Weekly Enrichment Spotlight

Weekly Enrichment Spotlight

In music class, Ms. Lisa began teaching us about pianos. We are so excited to continue learning about this musical instrument!

A Peek Into Reading Group

In reading group the kindergarteners listened to a story called, Big Wolf and Little Wolf. In the story, a little wolf approaches Big Wolf. Big Wolf gets nervous that this wolf might be bigger and better than he. It ends up that this wolf is smaller and starts copying what Big Wolf does. Little Wolf doesn’t follow Big Wolf when he goes for a walk an when Big Wolf returns, Little Wolf is no longer there. Big Wolf find that he is now lonely withought his friend, and worries about him. When Little Wolf returns, Big Wolf is happy and he lets Little Wolf copy him and follow him around all of the time.

During Reading Group time, the students participated in group discussions, evaluative activities, and comprehension activities. These activities include drawing scenes from the story, and writing down their own thoughts and feelings. After the last reading, the students evaluated how well they wondered while listening to the story. Then, they came up with a goal for the next reading sessions. They said they will do better at listening to their friends’ questions.

A Peek Into The Next Two Weeks

-The kindergartners will listen to the story Jamaica’s Blue Marker

-The kindergartners will learn the vocabulary words: grab,  bother, and upset.

-The kindergartners will participate in comprehension and movement activities.

A Peek at Our Week | Elementary | Week of February 24

“An interesting piece of work, freely chosen, which has the virtue of inducing concentration rather than fatigue, adds to the child’s energies and mental capacities, and leads him to self-mastery.” -Maria Montessori

This week we had so many wonderful opportunities to see children recognizing their mastery of work. We take time every day to observe children working to see when they are ready for something new or when they may need help reviewing something. Each Friday at their conference, we also go through their work individually to see how they are progressing, but the best way to discover a child has mastered something, is when they tell us! Students take such pride in their work and when they have figured out everything they can about a material, they are so excited to ask for a new lesson! Below you will see two instances of that from this week!

Lower Elementary

This week, the first years were introduced to the number line! They have learned to measure with it and will soon be learning to add and subtract with it. These first year students were measuring how far they could jump forward, backward, and sideways!
One of our third years was SO excited to learn how to divide on paper that I had to put it into the blog! After working extremely hard every day for two weeks on dividing with the pegboard, she told me she felt she had mastered it. I observed her doing some equations and helping friends, and agreed that she had. This week, she attended a review lesson with some fourth year students to learn this work! We love seeing students working towards their goals and feeling confident in sharing when they are ready for a new challenge!

Upper Elementary

Our fourth year students are finishing up their study of viruses by writing their final copy of a research paper and creating a 3D model of their virus. These students are using clay, Popsicle sticks, and hot glue to make their models. These will be displayed next week!
This picture is a bit tough to see, but it is some great work! Our sixth grade student has been working with square roots and was so excited to learn how to extract a quadrinomial from a square root in the ten millions! We began our lesson using the pegboard and pegs and our student realized he could do it all in his head and on paper! After we solved the “active” portion of our equation, we checked our answer by squaring the number and subtracting it from the radicand to find our remainder!


These students are practicing recorder songs to try to get their black belts in “Recorder Karate” with Ms. Lisa!
This first year student is completing her critique in art class. She shared how she completed her project and others offer insight into how she may improve next time or what they liked about her project!


  • Monday, March 2 – NO SCHOOL DAY FOR ELEMENTARY – We will hold our Student-Led Conferences. Double check your time here!

A Peek Into Our Week|Ms. Courtney’s Class|Week of Feruary 17th

Presidents Day:

This week the class learned about the president and what he does. We learned that he makes laws and is in charge of the armed forced. The students got to complete coin rubbings and found out which presidents are on our coins.

A Peek Into Next Week: Dental health


The kindergartners went over fractions in group lesson this  week. They learned the terms: Numerator- The number on the top in a fraction that shows how many parts are taken from the whole number and Denominator- The number on the bottom of a fraction that represents the whole number. The students made their own fraction book too.

A Peek Into Next Week: Time

Work Time:

This student is practicing cursive letters in the sand tray with a stylist. This work prepares the student for handwrititng and gives more guidnce and practice before writing with pencil and paper.

This student is working on the short seven bead chan. The bead chains are used for linear counting and skip counting. This is in preparation for memorizing the multiples of 7: 7,14,21,28,35,42,49.

This child is tracing our skeleton work. He is strengthening his fine motor muscles while learning about the bones in the human body. He is also gaining concentration, coordination, independence, and order through this activity.

Enrichment Highlight:

In music class, the students got to sing hello to Alley the Aligator and continued in the unit of Peter and the Wolf to learn about different instruments.

A Peek at Our Week | Elementary | Week of February 17

“While we may come from different places and speak in different tongues, our hearts beat as one.” – Albus Dumbledore

This week we made a lot of progress on our World’s Fair projects! Lower Elementary students have worked on parts of their display by drawing, coloring, and painting famous items and landmarks from their countries. They have also continued to finish their research. Upper Elementary students have handwritten or typed their final draft, started their cover pages, and are completing their bibliographies! Next, we will all be moving on to creating trifold boards and memorizing a speech to inform you at our Fair! We have really enjoyed seeing the students learn about different people and places around the world and seeing them appreciating the similarities and differences they have discovered! We hope to see you there!

Lower Elementary

These second year students are working on a history assignment together. They learned about the origins of the names of the days of the week. For their follow-up work, they drew pictures to represent the meaning behind each day’s name!
This first year is working on her World’s Fair project! She is researching Italy. She has decided to draw and paint the Leaning Tower of Pisa! Come see her finished product on March 19!

Upper Elementary

These third and fifth year students are working with our landform models! They listened to a CD that came with our work to learn about landforms like a plateau, a canyon, and a volcano! They were able to locate different geographic features on each model and hear how they were formed. They loved this work so much that they spent three days with it!
This fourth year student is typing the final draft of her World’s Fair research paper! She has researched Japan and really enjoyed learning about their customs and culture! After typing her final paper, she will create a cover page and a bibliography before moving on to her trifold board!


Our students have completed their collage art project! They spent weeks studying collages, making pages of paper with the colors they would need, and cutting out each individual shape from those pages. Next week, they will complete an art critique with their peers!