Week 18

Sneak Peek of the Week

Week 18: January 9th-13th

Dear Families,

Brr! It's been a chilly week back at school!  Unfortunately, we did not get outside for recess for much of the week.  Please keep in mind that we will go outside for recess unless the temperature/wind chill are below zero.  

We are consistently working on building independence at school in academic and social areas.  Please encourage your child to work on getting dressed for the cold independently at home.  Your child can practice putting on boots and snowpants, zipping up their jacket, etc.  These skills are important for school as they allow your child to be responsible for his/her items while building independence.



In Science, students are setting up a bird feeder station outside Erin's classroom.  We hope to attract birds and collect data about which types of birds stay in Minnesota for the winter.  Students will learn how to create a chart for recording bird observations.  Our data will be reported to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology as part of an ongoing citizen science project to track bird species and locations around the world.  We will also use this project to explore the idea of habitat and what birds need in order to survive.

Ways you can support learning at home:

  1. Observe bird behavior outside your home.  Even in the city, birds are plentiful!
  2. Create simple charts to record data using tally marks about observations at home.  For example, record how many times the refrigerator door is opened, number of times a pet barks/meows/chips, or what types of cars pass by outside a window (and when).  Ask your child to make inferences about what they have recorded.  For example, Why do you think there are more cars passing by a this time of day?
  3. You can participate in eBird as a family.  Here is the link to the resources and directions for recording your own bird counts: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/

Coding residency

Beginning on Tuesday, Kindergarteners-2nd graders will participate in a Coding residency!  We will welcome leaders from the Science Museum of Minnesota into our classroom to learn about coding.  Students will create their own simple interactive animations, learn the basics of computer programming and design a simple computer game on the iPads!  


Literacy Pilot

As you may be aware, Minneapolis Public Schools is piloting new literacy curriculum across schools in the district.  Webster is participating in the pilot in grades Kindergarten-2nd.  The Kindergarten team will use the Houghton Mifflin curriculum across areas in reading and writing.  We intend to implement the materials in Literacy Lab as well as in the classrooms.  I will share literacy updates in the newsletter once we begin at the end of the month.  Please contact me with any questions you have regarding the literacy pilot.


Special Notes:

-Please read, view and complete the Winter Conference form found in your child's folder.  Please return the form to me (you can send it in your child's folder/backpack) as soon as you can so I may begin scheduling.  As always, if you have questions please let me know.

-There is no school on Monday, January 16th in observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.


That's the news for now!