Tuesday, June 19, 2012

P.S. Technology is...Update


I thought you might enjoy our last "Technology is..." writing prompt. 

Monday, June 18, 2012

Dear Families,

Thank you for your support during my first year at Rowe School.  You have made me feel welcome and at home since Day One. I feel that my efforts with your children have been well received and appreciated. 

I'd also like to thank all of our parents, grandparents, and community volunteers for your help and thoughtful communication. It really has been a team effort and our students have shown great growth in many areas as a result. 

Please be on the lookout as I hope to see many of you around town this summer!  And remember...

Goodbyes are not forever.
Goodbyes are not the end.
They simply mean I'll miss you
Until we meet again!

Terry Lincoln

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Sideways Poetry!

Ever since we received our two iPads from YEF,  I have been trying to find and learn to use apps that will help to fill our classroom blog with the sound of children's voices.  The Explain Everything app seems to do just that.  I'd like to thank Rowen's mom, Melina Roberts, for coming in for a few extra volunteer spots to record our first graders reading their favorite poems!

And, yes, the student work IS sideways!  I have tried everything I can think of to turn the pages around but the iPad seems to have a mind of its own and emails the images in the horizontal mode--no matter how many times I change the page set-up in Explain Everything!  Darcy Berry thinks it may have something to do with the page orientation before I clicked the word "done" prior to recording your children's voices.  Alas, there is no way to change the little video without losing the voice recordings.  Lesson learned!

The second group of student slides was so large that I was unable to drop it into the blog in the way that I did the first.  During our tech class, Cathy Wolinski helped me to export the video to my classroom YouTube channel.  Click on the words below and you should be able to enjoy the rest of the student written poetry.   

Please click here to view the new video of the first group of student poems.

Book Series by Level

It just dawned on me that now is the perfect time to share some leveled series your children might enjoy reading this summer.  Why now you might wonder?  Well, because I just sorted all of our leveled reading books and the names of the series are literally in my grasp!

Here goes:

Level I:   Little Critter series by Mercer Mayer (Golden Books)
               Dragon series by Dav Pilkey (Scholastic)
               Danny series by Mia Coulton (MaryRuth Books)
               I Can Read series by Syd Hoff (Harper Trophy)

Level J:  Henry and Mudge series by Cynthia Rylant (Trumpet Club)
               Mr. Putter and Tabby series by Cynthia Rylant (Scholastic)
               Poppleton series by Cynthia Rylant (Scholastic)
               Young Cam Jansen series by David A. Adler (Scholastic)

Level K:  Nate the Great series by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat (A Yearling Book)
                Frog and Toad series by Arnold Lobel (Harper Trophy)
                Little Polar Bear series by Hans de Beer (North-South Books)
                Level 2, I Can Read series by Crosby Bonsall (Harper Trophy)

Level L:  Cam Jansen series by David A. Adler (Scholastic)
                Horrible Harry series by Suzy Kline (Scholastic)
                Otto & Uncle Tooth series by Geoffrey Hayes (Random House)
                Amelia Bedelia series by Peggy Parish (Harper Collins)
                Pinky and Rex series by James Howe (Scholastic)
                Arthur series by Marc Brown (Little, Brown and Company)
                George and Martha series by James Marshall (Houghton Mifflin Company)

Level M:  Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne (Random House)
                 Marvin Redpost series by Louis Sachar (Random House)
                 Kids of the Polk Street School series by Patricia Reilly Giff (A Yearling Book)
                 Bailey School Kids series by Debbie Dadey (Scholastic)
                 Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park (Scholastic)
                 Flat Stanley series by Jeff Brown (Scholastic)

4 Plays X 2 Shows

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Crescent Beach Trip

I saw a lot of sunny faces at Crescent Beach today but I can't honestly report that the skies were as sunny as the one you see in this picture!  Please click on this photo to watch our slideshow from today's fun trip.

Thank you to all of the families who were able to help out on this whole-school trip.  I can't imagine what it would have been like to count 20 green shirts all by myself all day long!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Stinky Cheeseman Production

Did you hear that last week we went to YHS to watch the fabulous production of the Stinky Cheeseman?  Please check out our pictures of the amazing cast and set.