Indigo Cluster (Grades 2-3)

Welcome To indigo.clusteratme.com (Indigo Cluster)--Regina Jeffery & Stacy Messaye

Have you seen a look of wonder and awe on your child’s face recently? When children have the freedom to explore, these expressions come naturally, as do teaching and learning opportunities.  Wonder surrounds us everywhere! In Indigo Cluster, our theme is Wonder and Exploration.

Our Earth Year takes us on a student-led journey wondering and exploring Mother Earth.  Students will learn about the diverse life forms that inhabit this planet, and study them from a multitude of perspectives.  And what about going beyond our world to our universe? In our alternate Space Year, children are intrigued about space and their natural curiosity leads them to explore far beyond our planet.

Indigo's thematic curriculum is developed around student interests and wonderings, which may lead to scientific explorations in geology, botany, zoology, archaeology, paleontology, physics, magnetism, astronomy, and engineering.  Students venture to discover new ways to interact and problem solve by exploring long ago, today, and looking forward to the future.   Indigo Students also wonder and explore about people who make a difference, the amazing contributions they have made, and their impact on the world.  

The Engineering Design Process is an integral part of student learning and exploration. The process begins with a wondering.  It involves asking a question or defining the problem, brainstorming solutions, and then accessing and using information as well as acquired knowledge to develop a solution.  Using project based learning, they are challenged to apply this knowledge in new and useful ways using an invent to learn model.  Students create, build, and test their solutions and are not afraid to fail.  They work, often cooperatively, to revise approaches and try again to improve their outcome. The Engineering Design process is not only used and applied in science but is an approach to teaching and leaning integrated throughout Indigo’s curriculum and encouraged in daily life.  Technology is fully integrated into several steps of this process as a tool of exploration, application, and creative presentation of knowledge.

We are excited each time a child discovers something for the first time!  We encourage them to take risks, push the limits, and explore our world a little further. We strive to provide opportunities for students to explore actively, interact, and communicate with others thoughtfully, and feed a child’s inquisitive nature.   Indigo Cluster is a child-centered community of learners using a variety of strategies and methodologies to meet the needs of our diverse learners.  Children are empowered to share and expand their thinking, while diverse perspectives and strategies are honored. 

Imagine the possibilities when a child is allowed to explore and construct knowledge through their experiences and interests. We provide a hands-on, project based, thematic experience that allows children to touch, hold, move and experience to construct foundational knowledge.   Technology and the arts are fully integrated daily and embedded throughout projects. 

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Free This Morning? (Article)

Submitted by Indigo Teacher on Nov 9 (last updated Nov 15)

Goodmorning Everyone,

     We are just about to have our Young Author's go through the publishing process.  If anyone has some time after drop off today, we would love to have you edit their work.  Just drop in anytime this morning before recess.  

 

Thanks so much!

Regina

Tynker Homework (Article)

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

Hi Everyone, 

    Just wanted to let you know that we found out that Tynker on the iPad, does not continue the curriculum we are working on in class.  In order for your child to pick up where we leave off in class, they will need to use a computer and log in using the same log in they use for Spelling City.  

We are so sorry for the confusion.  As a result, we told our students yesterday that they will not need to have the lessons completed up to lesson 5 this week.  We will extend that until next week. 

Happy Coding!!!!

Fall Conferences (Article)

Submitted by Indigo Teacher on Oct 30 (last updated Oct 30)

Hi Everyone,

     Our Fall Conferences are right around the corner!  We are very much looking forward to meeting with you and your child to discuss progress made so far and make new goals on our journey in Indigo Cluster.  Please remember to sign up for one conference slot.  Thanks so much and see you soon!

 

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Tomorrow's Fieldtrip (Article)

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

Hi Everyone,

The Planet Parade!!! (Article)

Submitted by Indigo Teacher on Oct 19 (last updated Oct 19)

Hi Everyone,

    We just wanted to let you know that tonight might be a good night for checking out planets in the night sky.  We heard that Jupiter, Saturn, Mars and maybe even Uranus might be visible tonight.  You can use an app like Star Walk, to find it in the sky.  Some of the planets might not be visible until much later in the evening, but hopefully we will get to see one or two(if the sky is clear)  before we all go to sleep.  

 

 

Indigo Cluster Update (Article)

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

Dear Families,   

Happy Monday Everyone! We just wanted to give you a couple of updates for the week.

Homework

Indigo Cluster News October Revised (Article)

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

Indigo Cluster News 

Wonder and Exploration

October

   

Reminders and Parent Survey (Article)

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

Hi Everyone,

 

We just wanted to remind you that our next Author's Visit is quickly approaching.  Today is the last day for ordering books from the author, but if you would like to still order, you can turn it in tomorrow morning.  

Also, if you would lke to order a snack from the Restaurant "Roy Choi's" to be delivered at 10:25 on October 6th(the day of our author visit), please turn in your orders by Friday, September 29th.  

Scholastic Book Orders (Article)

Submitted by Indigo Teacher on Sep 11 (last updated Sep 11)

Scholastic Book Orders

Book Order Forms were sent home last week.  The orders were due Tuesday(tomorrow), September 12, 2017.  However, today I found out that I some a few issues from families trying to order books as it said my account was not activated yet.  As of now, my account is fully activated (I forgot I had to go through a verification process each year) and the deadline for ordering books will be extended until this Thursday, September 14, 2017,  You may order online at scholastic.com/readingclub. The Class Activation Code is MLF3N.

Back-to-School Night Reminder (Article)

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

We are so looking forward to seeing you all here at 4:30.  We just realized that at 4:30 the office will be closed.  We think it might be helpful for you to park in the Bus Parking lot for easier access to the classroom.  

 

Thanks so much and we will see you in just a few!

Back-to-School Night Reminder (Article)

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

Back-to-School Night Reminder

Indigo Cluster News August 18, 2017 (Late Edition) (Article)

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

Indigo Cluster News 

Wonder and Exploration

August 15, 2017-August 18, 2017

 

Indigo Welcome

Doubled donations when you help Indigo Cluster students today! (Article)

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

Hi Indigo Cluster Families,

Solar Eclipse Permission Slips (Article)

Submitted by Indigo Teacher on Aug 20 (last updated Aug 20)

Hi Everyone,

    We just wanted to remind you to sign your child's permission slip for the Solar Eclipse viewing and have them turn it in tomorrow.  We are so looking forward to tomorrow and hope all our students get a chance to participate.

 

Happy Solar Eclipse Day!!!!

 

Thanks so very much!lll

Parent Helpers Wanted (Article)

Submitted by Indigo Teacher on Aug 11 (last updated Aug 11)

Hi Everyone,

      Happy New School Year!  It looks like summer vacation 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.  

Parent Helpers Wanted (Article)

Submitted by Indigo Teacher on Aug 8 (last updated Aug 8)

Hi Everyone,

      Happy New School Year!  It looks like summer vacation 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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