Indigo Cluster (Grades 2-3)

Welcome To Indigo Cluster--Regina Jeffery & Stacy Messaye

The theme of Indigo Cluster is "Prisms and Pyramids." The "Pyramid" year curriculum leads students through an exploration and investigation of outer space, and the mathematics, myths, science, art and language. The curriculum encourages students to engage with the subject matter and showcase their imagination and creativity through oral presentations, stories, art, and group projects.

This year through "prisms" we will focus on planet Earth and her many beautiful biomes. Students will learn about the diverse life forms that inhabit this planet, and study them from a multitude of perspectives. Botany, geology, anthropology, entomology, and other natural and social sciences will be departure points for exploring the dynamic biosphere. We will celebrate our ability to see similar things in a variety of ways.

We will also study the global human village and discover new ways to interact and problem solve by researching the civilizations of our ancestors, some of the great citizens of the earth, like Eleanor Roosevelt, Princess Diana, Mahatma Gandhi, Jane Goodall, Dr. King and others.

Students will develop their proficiency in language arts; transitioning from learning to read to reading to learn. The support to make this transition enjoyable and successful will be given in opportunities to read aloud, in groups and one-on-one. Students will develop their reading skills at a pace that is suited to their individual needs. Students will learn to select reading materials that are appropriate to their proficiency level. They will be challenged to grow in skill and reading confidence. Writing exercises will reinforce students' understanding of the material and provide opportunities to express and explore new ideas through essays, presentations and story-telling. By the conclusion of the Indigo Cluster, students will be more effective, competent and confident writers and develop language arts skills that will easily transfer to other areas of study.

Building a sustained love of math in our students is the thread that runs through the diverse subjects of the Indigo Cluster. Math exploration is thoroughly integrated into the curriculum. Our study of ancient civilizations will require students to create and read maps. We will experiment with mathematical techniques from around the world. Measuring, converting, dividing, subtracting, adding and multiplying is just the beginning. The natural world provides a myriad of math lessons, such as number sequencing that exists in trees, fruit, pine cones and animals, as acknowledged by ancient Indians and the Italian mathematician Leonardo Fibonacci.

As they become familiar with the earth and its many wonders, students will cultivate a healthy respect and sense of responsibility for the Blue Planet. So, citizens of our Mother Earth we look forward to a year of great discovery and growth.

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Indigo Cluster Reminders (Article)

Submitted by Indigo Teacher on Jun 5 (last updated Jun 5)

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Indigo Cluster News (Article)

Submitted by Indigo Teacher on May 22 (last updated May 22)

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Wonder and Exploration

May 22, 2017

 

Volunteer Reception

Indigo Cluster News (Article)

Submitted by Indigo Teacher on May 5 (last updated May 5)

Indigo Cluster News 

Wonder and Exploration

May 1, 2017-May 5, 2017

 

Spring Testing is Almost Here!

Indigo Cluster News (Article)

Submitted by Indigo Teacher on Apr 24 (last updated Apr 24)

Indigo Parents are Creative and Very Thoughtful

Thank you so very much for the Fantastic Brunch you all hosted for us.  The dishes were delicious and the library was decorated so very lively that we just couldn't help but smile when we walked in.  So many teachers expressed their appreciation and how this Teacher Brunch could not have come at a more perfect time.....and we absolutely agreed.  You absolutely made our day!  

 

Open House

Word Study Updates (Article)

Submitted by Indigo Teacher on Apr 4 (last updated Apr 4)

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Rescheduling Conferences-New Sign-Up Genius Link (Article)

Submitted by Indigo Teacher on Mar 24 (last updated Mar 24)

Thank you again for your patience as we figured out the best time to reschedule conference.  We are trying to keep your same conference time so let us know if that doesn't work.  We already slotted in some students based on the previous time, but if another time works better, then sign up for that and let us know so we can delete it from the sign up.

Here is the new link:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f48aeaa2eaa8-indigo

Thanks so very much!

Field Trip Chaperones Needed for This Monday/Conference Reschedule (Article)

Submitted by Indigo Teacher on Mar 24 (last updated Mar 24)

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Classroom Updates (Article)

Submitted by Indigo Teacher on Mar 14 (last updated Mar 14)

Read-A-Thon

Here is a message from our Fabulous Read-A-Thon Committee:

Please initial your students' daily minutes, achievements, and challenges; and remind them to bring their logs tomorrow (Wednesday morning)

Also, Thursday, March 16, is Dress-Up DAY, and students may come to school as their favorite character!

Indigo Cluster News (Article)

Submitted by Indigo Teacher on Mar 10 (last updated Mar 10)

Indigo Cluster News 

Wonder and Exploration

March 6, 2017-March 10, 2017

 

Spring Conferences

Spring Conferences and OLSAT Testing (Article)

Submitted by Indigo Teacher on Mar 6 (last updated Mar 6)

Spring Conferences

Fieldtrip and Reading Log Remiders (Article)

Submitted by Indigo Teacher on Feb 28 (last updated Feb 28)

Hi Everyone,

Just wanted to send a few fieldtrip reminders for tomorrow.

Classroom Updates (Article)

Submitted by Indigo Teacher on Feb 21 (last updated Feb 21)

Fieldtrips

Indigo Cluster News February 13, 2017 (Article)

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Wonder and Exploration

February 6, 2017-February 10, 2017

 

Valentines’ Day

Flat People Project Update (Article)

Submitted by Indigo Teacher on Feb 3 (last updated Feb 3)

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Chaperone's Needed (Article)

Submitted by Indigo Teacher on Feb 2 (last updated Feb 2)

Goodmorning,

   We just wanted to let you know that we still have room for a few more chaperones for our trip tomorrow.  If you are interested in attending the trip, please let us know as soon as possible (but hopefully by the end our school day).  You can come with us, drive your own car, or meet us there.  This is a self-guided field trip so would love to make our groups as small as possible as we tour the museum.  

Open School Day Thank You!!! (Article)

Submitted by Indigo Teacher on Jan 31 (last updated Feb 2)

This email is revised and updated.

We are so thrilled to be a part of such an amazing community.  Tuesday was one of those days we were especially grateful.  Just having the opportunity to have our parents and students share more about their culture creates a greater respect for each other and an opportunity to further build the incredible family we have here in Indigo.  

Indigo Cluster News January 20, 2017 (Article)

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Indigo Cluster News 

Wonder and Exploration

January 16, 2017-January 20, 2017

 

Open School Day

Open School Day is coming soon!  The Open School will be celebrating Open School Day: A Celebration of Culture and Family on Tuesday, January 31, 2017. Each year we dedicate a day to sharing and celebrating the many cultures and families represented in our school.  We are striving to create a deeper sense of community amongst the students, parents and staff.

Indigo News-December 5th-9th, 2016 (Article)

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Indigo Cluster News 

Wonder and Exploration

December 5, 2016-December 9, 2016

 

Hour of Code

It's Giving Tuesday!!! (Article)

Submitted by Indigo Teacher on Nov 29 (last updated Nov 29)

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Weekly News November 14, 2016 (Article)

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Indigo Cluster News

Wonder and Exploration

October 24, 2016-October 28, 2016

 

Fall Conferences

Pumpkin Globes (Article)

Submitted by Indigo Teacher on Oct 13 (last updated Oct 13)

Hello Everyone,

    We just wanted to let you know that we need 15 more pumpkins for our Pumpkin Globe Project.  If your child has not brought a pumpkin to school yet, please send one in tomorrow so that we can get started tomorrow.  Thanks so very much!  

   We also wanted to remind you that tomorrow is a Minimum Day.  Dismissal will be at 12:50.

 

 

Weekly News October 7, 2016 (Article)

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Wonder and Exploration

October 3, 2016-October 7, 2016

 

Pumpkin Project

Pumpkins anyone?????? We are going to participate in a fun culminating activity(The Pumpkin Project) of our geographical study about Earth.  For this project, we would like for each student to bring in a medium (regular sized) pumpkin by next Tuesday, October 11th.  We are hoping this will be a great way to apply the skills they have learned and share their knowledge with others.

 

Scholastic News Book Orders Due Today (Article)

Submitted by Indigo Teacher on Sep 26 (last updated Sep 28)

Hi Everyone,

     Just wanted to let you know that Scholastic Book Orders are due today.  Along with the Scholastic Book Club Flyer, we attached a coupon for a free book pick if you spent more than $10.  If your child lost the Scholastic Book Club Flyer and would still like to order books, you can also view the flyers online.   You may place your order online at www.scholastic.com/readingclub. The Class Activation Code is MLF3N. 

Thanks so much!

Indigo Cluster News September 16, 2016 (Article)

Submitted by Indigo Teacher on Sep 16 (last updated Sep 16)

Indigo Cluster News 
Wonder and Exploration
September 12, 2016-September 16, 2016

 

Classroom Activities

Indigo Cluster News September 2, 2016 (Updated) (Article)

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Indigo Cluster News 
Wonder and Exploration
August 29, 2016-September 2, 2016
 

***We are resending this in case it might have been looked over during the long holiday weekend.  We also wanted to remind you that if your child would like to run for Cluster Representative for Student Council, they should turn in their application by tomorrow.*****

Indigo Cluster News (Article)

Submitted by Indigo Teacher on Aug 26 (last updated Aug 26)

Indigo Cluster News 

Wonder and Exploration

August 22, 2016-August 26, 2016

 

Back to School Night 

Indigo Cluster News (Article)

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Indigo Cluster News 
Wonder and Exploration
August 16, 2016-August 19, 2016

Parent Helpers Wanted (Article)

Submitted by Indigo Teacher on Aug 9 (last updated Aug 9)

Hi Everyone,

      Happy New School Year!  It surely feels that summer is winding down so we sure hope you all are enjoying the last few days of summer before school starts!  We are excited about a new school year and looking forward to seeing our wonderful students next week.  

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