Friday, June 2, 2017

Final week coming up ...

The end of the school year is fast approaching and we are in wrapping up mode these last few days.
Thank you to all the parents that came out for Student Led Conferences.  I know all the children were very excited to share their learning with their families.  

June 7 is ES play day.  On this day please make sure your child comes to school with comfortable clothes and shoes suitable for being active.
June 8 is PJ day in grade 2.  We will relax with a good book and take care of some farewells too.
June 9 is a whole school assembly day.  Also, this is the last day of school and will be a 1/2 day.  

Library books need to be returned in order for your child's account to be cleared.  If we could please all remember to return the books by Monday, June 5th then this would help us all greatly with the check-out process.
Some summer math practice can be found by clicking on this link.

Please see this message below from a MS/HS student group.
We are Happy Feet, a student led project which is about collecting donations of unused or old  socks and shoes and donating  them to those unprivileged enough to afford shoes. Shoes and socks are an everyday necessity because they provide protection for our feet from injuries that could lead to any other complications as well as keep our feet warm during the cold season . By donating your socks and shoes, you will be helping make the world a better place by helping little kids run around as freely as they want and help them make the their every day commutes a step easier without having to worry about complications to their little feet. Donation boxes will be located in front of the cafeteria and in the 11th and 12th grade counselor, Mr. Barekman's office.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

End of year logistics & new learning ...

In unit of inquiry we have started a new unit titled "by exploring geographical features, we can understand how the earth has changed over time."  This unit will focus on understanding landforms, earth's events that cause changes, and mapping skills as well.  This is the last unit of our school year.

In math we have been exploring partitioning shapes into equal shares (the foundations for an understanding of fractions) as well as attributes of polygons and various 2D and 3D shapes.

In reading we are exploring non-fiction that relates to our unit of inquiry as well as delving into the magical world of folktales, fairytales, and legends to inspire our narrative writing.

Our writing is focused on independent writing projects focused on personal growth around the areas of ideas, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and organization.  The big idea is to use all that we have learned throughout the year in writing to craft individual stories that we are passionate about while demonstrating our skills learned in action.

As the school year wraps up there are many important dates to keep in mind.  This blog post will be updated more regularly to keep you abreast of these changes, but also do use the Yezare Samint for updated on the latest school-wide dates as sometimes these may change.


  • Student Led Conferences will be held on May 23rd and May 24th - see below for more details.
  • Grade 2 has also completed MAP testing in the areas of reading and math.  On May 30th there will be a parent meeting at 8:00am in the Upper Commons to explain what this assessment is about and what the scores mean.  Please do make it a point to attend if you are able.  The Office of Teaching and Learning in coordination with the Assessment and Data coordinator will be sending out individualized reports via classroom teachers in the coming days.
  • On Monday, May 22 you will be receiving individual emails from me with a link to your child's ePortfolio, which is a Google Doc that contains links to their digital work throughout the year.  Please let me know if you don't receive this email so that I can follow up with you.  The purpose of this ePortfolio is to document student growth over time and you can look it over with your child when the internet cooperates - we will not be looking at it during Student Led Conferences.

Please see the note below from the Elementary office regarding Student Led Conferences:

Student-Led Conferences
A student-led conference is a forum near the end of the year where students present their portfolios to their parents, talk about their accomplishments, celebrate their growth, and review and reflect on their goals set in October. Students assume responsibility for all components of their conference -- planning, conducting, and evaluating. The child is truly the “star” in the process. The role of the parent is to be present, encouraging, and to ask probing questions. The teacher will be in the room as supportive observer.

To sign up for the conference please use this link:

Student-Led Conferences:
  • Tuesday, May 23 (4:00-7:00pm) Students go home at 11:30am
  • Wednesday, May 24 (3:00-5:00pm) Students go home at 2:00pm
EC Student-Led Conferences:
  • Tuesday, May 23 (2:00-5:00pm)
  • Wednesday, May 24 (3:00-4:00pm)

Additional Information:
  • Classroom Teachers have 25 minute conferences, with 5 minute transitions
  • Classroom Teachers time slots will accommodate 3 students
  • Specialist Teachers have 15 minute conferences, with 5 minute transitions
    • French, Music, and Art will be in their classrooms
    • PE and Ethiopian Studies location to be announced
  • Specialist Teachers time slots will accommodate 3 students
  • Pick-a-time opens for ICS Parents on May 12th
  • Pick-a-time will remain open until May 24th
  • EC’s Little Eagle Camp cancelled both days during SLC

We will provide child care for siblings to help families better focus on the conference.
Location: Elementary Covered Area between first grade and second grade.
  • Some of our outstanding lunch monitors will be providing child care.

We recognize that some parents may want a one-on-one teacher conference.  This is not the time for such a conference.  Each classroom teacher will have a sign-up sheet in their room that if a parent feels the need for such a conference then please ask the teacher and sign up. 

This will be Mr. Alex's last year at ICS.  I have accepted a position as a grade 4 teacher in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia starting fall of 2017.  In preparation for this there are logistical paperwork issues that I need to take care of and so I will be absent from Friday, May 26th to Tuesday, May 30th.  I will be back in the classroom on Wednesday, May 31st.

Tell me about some landforms you have inquired into and how they are formed?