The following is a mid-week update you on our upcoming field trip and other news.
1. I sent home our field trip notice today that needs to be signed and returned with $4.00 by January 16th. We are not in need of chaperones for this particular field trip, but save a personal day for our early June field trip to the Flume and Cannon Mountain! In fact, I wanted to let you know that if you plan on chaperoning for this field trip, you need to be fingerprinted through the SAU office. Please go to the New Boston Central School home website page and scroll to the very bottom for more information on volunteer fingerprinting.
I have some great news (and not so great news). Our fourth grade Reading Red Sox won the reading competition for the month of December against a sixth grade class! We read 1,127,536 words and surpassed their word count by over 300,000 words. That is the good news. The not so good news is some members of our class did not contribute to this total - which means that some of us may not be reading for 20 minutes a night at home. I discussed our goals with the class today and we talked about making sure we are reading EVERY night. We will set our new goal for January AND challenge another class for this coming month. Congratulations Reading Red Sox!
Now that we have completed our New Hampshire animal projects and our New Hampshire ski posters, we are moving back into science. Today marked the beginning of our unit on the human machine. We will be learning about our senses and how the information we process helps us understand and react to our environment.
In reading, we have begun a new unit with our big idea, "How can we show our community spirit?" This week's essential question is, "How can we make new friends feel welcome?" We are reading fantasy selections that revolve around this theme and working on point of view once again. The students will love reading the abridged version of the classic, "A Cricket in Times Square!"
We are well underway in math learning different ways to multiply and converting milliliters to liters. The children did a great job today working in pairs trying to figure out if they could walk away with A MILLION DOLLARS. Ask your child to tell you about this activity.
Friday is the first ski day for participants of the Pats Peak Ski Program. If your child is in the ski program, please make sure to review your plans with him/her.