Indigo Cluster News February 2020

Indigo Cluster News 

Wonder and Exploration

February 2020

We apologize in advance - this is going to be a long news update!  Please be sure to read the whole thing. 

Indigo Curriculum Update

An official happy new year to all! What a start to this new year and new decade, already packed with many ups and many downs. But honestly, opening the doors daily to welcome the bright smiling faces of your happy-go-lucky children is one of the greatest benefits of teaching and provides daily balance to all the craziness we see happening in our world. We are reminded to hold our children close and take time to talk to them about what's going on around us. Children experience, hear about, and understand the world often through our lens. It is our adult examples that model compassion for others, resilience, respect, and kindness. Our Roots of Respect curriculum is a time used to discuss, explain, and model these important values. Our current Roots of Respect word, integrity, is sparking interesting discussions about doing the right thing because it’s right not because someone is watching or telling you what to do.  We are focusing on demonstrations of integrity in our classroom, and broadening our understanding to include our community, our country, and the world. Furthermore, in social studies, we are in the midst of exploring people who make a difference. How does making a difference in the world oftentimes take integrity? Change makers don’t often set out with the impact in mind, but a drive to do what they feel is right or to solve an existing problem. Each student has selected one person they wish to explore that has made a difference in our world and they are researching, taking notes and preparing to share the life of that change maker through non-fictional writing. Thank you for supporting them in this choice and initial research at home.

We are almost concluding our exploration of the constellations through our Project Polaris Math/Science simulation. Students have enjoyed learning about the stories and myths surrounding the different constellations and are now creating their own constellations with a creative story to match. Throughout Project Polaris, students worked in groups moving through challenges that took them to different constellations and honed their estimation and metric measurement skills. They practiced finding the difference between estimates and actual measurements using a variety of subtraction strategies. We are continuing to develop flexibility and look to the numbers to subtract larger numbers using efficient and precise strategies. Students measured length, distance, capacity, and mass using non-standard and then standard metric units. The metric system, though not commonly used in the U.S., is used everywhere else, including in space ;) and is so easy to understand because of the use of tens. Fact practice has been connected to this content and will continue as a class focus multiplying by 0, 1, 10, 2, and 5.    

As Project Polaris comes to an end, we look forward to using the skills we’ve gained to solve engineering design challenges! Through hands on projects, we will learn how the engineering design process readily integrates multiple rounds of questioning, design, experimentation, and failure. We have our NASA’s Best materials cart for most of what is needed, but for Challenge #1, we could use DONATIONS of some paper towel or toilet tissue rolls, and 6-8 scotch tape rolls. In the next couple of weeks, ask your kiddos about the satellite models they are making to orbit the moon!

We Appreciate You!

*We wanted to give a super belated Thank You to  Darling and Eric (Deegan's Parents) for coming in and helping us transition from lockers to hooks.  Once the lockers were removed, they volunteered to  come in and install enough hooks for everyone to put their backpacks and jackets on and we absolutely love them!  Thanks so very much! 

*Math Night was a super success!  Thank you all for coming out and supporting this Family Event!

*We ended the year with fun, fun, and more fun! Our Holiday Program was a huge success! Thank you for helping your child practice the songs to make sure they were performance ready.  We also want to thank you for our fantastic day of Winter Fun Activities and the wonderful Holiday Feast! This was so much fun!

*Last but not least, we just wanted to thank you for the very generous Holiday Gift!  We are overwhelmingly grateful and totally appreciate you thinking of us during the Holiday Season.

Open School Day

Open School Day is a time we get to celebrate and appreciate the many cultures that make up our school community! The entire day is spent having students move from activity to activity to learn about the a variety of cultures that make up our cluster and then culminates with a multicultural feast.  Be on the look out for an email from our room parents about how you can volunteer to help make this day a success.

Fieldtrip Donations

We are excited about all the wonderful opportunities that exist here in our own backyard to help enrich our knowledge about space.  We are planning on going on a few more fieldtrips this year and would love your support.  We realized we will need funds for the buses and some entrance fees are hoping we are able to get donations to cover that.  No donation is too small as any and all donations are welcomed.  Our Room Parents will be in touch as to how you can support our upcoming fieldtrips.

Valentine's Day Activities

Friday, February 14th is Valentine's Day and we know some of our students will be eager to share their Valentine's with each other(this is completely optional).  We currently have 47 students and we just ask that if they are bringing Valentines to share, please bring enough for everyone.  You don't need to write who the Valentine is going to, we would just like for you to write your name on it so your classmates will know who they are from.

 

Homework:

If you are checking over your child’s homework, please look for the following: complete sentences and correct spelling of all words that are printed on the paper and any Fry Words that have been sent home. These are “must haves” in all our writing now. Hopefully, the Fry Word List are kept in a convenient location during homework time and studied on a regular basis. Any packets that they have completed are sent home for your child to continue to study as they are regularly assessed for mastery after packets have been completed.  Keep an eye out for more words!

The website below has games for practicing the math facts.

www.aplusmath.com/games

Here are a few apps that may be fun as well: Sushi Monster, Timez Attack (multiplication), and Math vs. Zombies

 

 Upcoming Events:

Open’s Chocolate Factory Readathon – Friday, February 7- Thursday, February 27, 2020

100th Day of School – Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Governing Council/Friends’ Meeting Thursday, February 13, 2020

Valentine’s Day- Friday, February 14, 2020

No School: Presidents’ Day – Monday, February 17, 2020

Field Trip to Griffith Park Observatory – Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Open School Culture Day – Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Field Trip to California Science Center – Friday, February 28, 2020

OLSAT for 2nd graders – March 3-4, 2020

One Book, One School begins – March 5, 2020

 

 

 

 

Expiration Date: 
Jun 30