Kindness Ninja

What a fun assembly we had this afternoon with Brian Williams visiting our school.    His mission is to inspire MEASURABLE ACTS OF KINDNESS in schools and communities around the world.  


He challenged us to change the world in just 15 days!  How can we do that?  We can all be “Kindness Ninjas” and spread kindness around. Each child has been given a journal to record down their acts of kindness.  They have two weeks to fill out their journals and turn them in.  If they fill out a journal completely before the two weeks are up, they will get a new one to fill out.  The more kindness, the better!


Happy Spring!

Looking forward to meeting with everyone during Spring Conferences.

A couple of reminders:

  • Wednesday, March 22 and Thursday, March 23 are half-days
  • Dismissal time is 11:45 a.m. on these two days
  • No school for students on Friday, March 24
  • Spring Break is a great time to clean out your child’s backpack and Bravo Binder

Art in Action

Last week, the school participated in the annual Art in Action day at Avoca West. Artists from around the community volunteered their time and expertise in many different areas of the arts. Stations included hip-hop dancing, clay, painting, air brushing, and much, much more.

Here are some fun pictures from the day:

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Read-A-Thon Assembly

Avoca West’s first every Read-A-Thon is officially over and what a success it was! So many students read and earned money for our school.

Today, we had an all-school assembly to celebrate our success. The highlight of the assembly was when one student from our classroom earned the honor of smashing a pie in Mrs. Hutchison’s face. What a fun event for the school, though maybe not for Mrs. Hutchinson.

Here are a few pictures from the assembly! Enjoy!

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IPAD fun

As we learn more about place value and three-digit numbers, the children used the iPads to play fun games to reinforce these concepts. As you can see, they were completely engaged and working hard the whole time.  

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Penguin Problems

This past week, Mrs. Hutchison read the book Penguin Problems by Jory John to our class. In this book, a penguin levels with human readers about what penguin life is really like—and it isn’t all fun and games. After speaking with the walrus, the penguin learns that there is much he should be grateful for. 

Once Mrs. Hutchison finished the book, each student made a penguin and wrote what they were grateful for on their penguin’s belly. Check out the front bulletin board at school to see if you can find your child’s penguin.

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Happy Halloween

What a fun day we had yesterday on Halloween!  It kicked off with an assembly in the morning, followed by the parade in the afternoon, and our class party after that!  

Thanks to everyone who helped to make yesterday so special!


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Plural Nouns

We have been working hard on identifying plural nouns and the different ways to make a word plural.  We created a class anchor chart to learn the rules and have been on a hunt to find examples in our independent reading books.

Look how many we have found!


Literacy in the classroom

In our classroom, we have launched The Daily 5!  The Daily 5 is a way of structuring the literacy block so every student is independently engaged in meaningful literacy tasks.  These research-based tasks are ones that will have the biggest effect on student reading and writing achievement, as well as help encourage children who love to read and write.  Students receive explicit whole group instruction and then are given independent practice time to read and write independently while I provide focused, intense instruction to individuals and small groups of children.  The Daily 5 which is made up of the following:

  • Read to Self
  • Work on Writing
  • Read to Someone
  • Listen to Reading
  • Word Work 

One thing you’ll notice that may be a change for you is a direct decrease in the number of worksheets your child brings home.  They will be spending their time reading “Good Fit” or “Just Right” books which will help the motivation and enjoyment of reading to skyrocket.  I will help them choose their own books that are at their estimated reading level.