School Report #33 February 26, 2021 Dear Smithfield Staff and Families, This 33rd edition of the Return to School report includes our weekly report on COVID cases,...
School Report #32February 12, 2021 Dear Smithfield Staff and Families, This 32nd edition of the Return to School report includes our weekly report on COVID cases, an...
School Report #30 January 29, 2021 Dear Smithfield Staff and Families, This 30th edition of the weekly Return to School report includes our weekly report on COVID cases,...
Every fifth grader at LaPerche serves on the student council. This year, the council runs the whole school Morning Meeting over the intercom. They give reminders, share compliments, celebrate birthdays and lead the Pledge of Allegiance. The new March student council is doing an amazing job speaking clearly and using inflection in their voices, all while holding an old fashioned type of phone they have never seen before! Great job, LaPerche students! view image
In third grade yesterday, Reading Rotations were in full swing. During reading rotations, each group has an assignment one of which is guided reading. Guided reading is a time to work with the teacher at your instructional reading level on skills you need to practice. In Mrs. Nonis’ class, she was meeting with students in the class but they were all on a google meet. This way, students from across the room can come together for a discussion and still be socially distanced. The group quietly spoke while the rest of the room worked on their own activities at their own pace. It was a focused, productive learning environment! view image
LaPerche is a Responsive Classroom (RC) School. One part of RC is Morning Meeting. Morning Meeting has four components; greeting, sharing, activity and message. The whole point is to build community in the classroom as we learn about each other and have fun together. Today in fourth grade the activity was “What are you doing?” One student starts a movement and the next asks What are you doing? Whatever that person says, the student has to act out. The process continues around the room until everyone is laughing and acting out something silly. Today we had students picking flowers, playing football, taking a shower, riding a bike, making pizza, rocking climbing and more! Ask your fourth grader to introduce “What are you doing” to your family! view image
Now that third grade at LaPerche has figured out what makes a functional cart (two sets of wheel/axel systems and a base, moved freely, no friction on the ramp) We explored how we can improve our cart and make it travel further. Students added weight to their design, reduced friction, and many other design modifications! We learned how to measure with a centimeter tape measure by lining it up at the base of the ramp at 0. We also learned how to measure on, beyond 100cm with the same measuring tape. Students were challenged to create a cart that traveled 15cm farther than their original design. view image
Students in first grade at LaPerche have been reading Hunter’s Money Jar. During writing time, they retold the story in their own words using the transition words First, Next, Then and Finally. Students looked back in the text to find the events and used their writing binder filled with resources such as word wall words and organizers. At the end of writing, partners shared their writing with each other. Writing time is fun (and challenging) in first grade!! view image