Friday, September 22, 2017

Fund Raiser for Hurricane Victims

A very enthusiastic group of committed Fox Hill fifth graders has organized a coin drive to raise money for victims of the recent hurricanes. The coin drive will run from Monday, September 25 to Friday, October 6. Donation jugs will be placed in each of Fox Hill's pods, as well as the lobby. All proceeds from the coin drive benefit the American Red Cross.

Please talk with your child about this fund raiser, and support this worthy cause by sending him/her to school with some change or dollar bills.

Congratulations to our 5th grade students' initiative to help others!

Kickoff Session for This Year's Book Buddies!

Today, Room 20 4th graders visited Ms. Keefe's kindergarten classroom, beginning our year-long Book Buddies program. Throughout the school year, 4th graders will read to their kindergarten book buddies once a week. At today's kick-off session, after being introduced to their kindergarten buddies, Room 20 students jumped right into reading to their new friends.

The excitement shown on the faces of the kindergarteners and 4th graders during their time together was energetic! If our first session is any indication, this year's Book Buddies will be rewarding for both kindergarteners and 4th graders alike.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Before School Extra Help for Topic 1 Math Test

Earlier this week, I put a call out to all Room 20 students inviting them to come to school early this morning for extra help in preparing for tomorrow's Topic 1 math test. Thirteen of my students (or 13/18 of my class) arrived at 7:45 for help with comparing numbers, understanding place value, rounding, using expanded numbers, writing number names, etc. Here are the Room 20 early risers! (Note the progression of students' comfort levels during our extra help session!)

7:45 a.m.

8:00 a.m.

8:15 a.m.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

"Sense of Belonging" Assembly

On Friday afternoon, Mrs. Johnson led a "Sense of Belonging" Assembly in the cafeteria with Grade 3 through 5 students (the K through Grade 2 assembly was held in the morning). At the assemblies, Mrs. Johnson facilitated discussions about what it means to "belong" to a school, to a classroom, to a community. During the week leading up to the assembly, Room 20 students drafted academic and social/emotional "Hopes & Dreams" for their Grade 4 journey. Additionally, students identified activities in which they enjoy participating, along with identifying characteristic traits describing themselves.

Two students from each Grade 4 classroom shared their Hopes & Dreams at the assembly, while two other students shared their activities & traits. A number of Room 20 students took a risk in volunteering to share at the assembly. The students who shared were chosen through my "picking sticks." Rudra A. and Ellery S. shared their Hopes & Dreams, while Brianna G. and Stephen H. shared their personal activities and traits. Congratulations to all Grade 4 students who shared at the assembly (and those who volunteered to share).

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Back to School Night Presentation (including our "Building a Room 20 Community" Video)

Dear Parents,

Thank you so much for attending tonight's Back to School Night at Fox Hill. Your presence made the evening a huge success in Room 20. Below is my presentation from tonight, including our "Building a Room 20 Community" video. Enjoy!

New Classmates in Room 20

I am pleased to announce new members to this year's Room 20 community of learners. They are two 6-month old gerbils! Yesterday, we held a democratically-run election to name our new classmates. After some energized campaigning and last minute changes of heart in voting, the kids named our new friends Caramel and Hershey. While Caramel and Hershey seem to be adjusting to the Room 20 routines and expectations, they also seem to sleep and snuggle quite a bit. We'll give them a pass since they are still babies. Welcome, Caramel and Hershey!

Hershey (left) and Caramel (right)