LOOMIS LEOPARD NEWS ON THE SPOT Wilmer F. Loomis Elementary School “Pulling Together for Excellence” School Line: 610-359-4350 Attendance: 610-359-4358 Informa-Line: 610-359-4200 x7603 Loomis on the Net: www.mnsd.net/loomis January, 2013 Issue #29 LOOK WHAT WE’VE BEEN DOING IN CLASS Kindergarten The Kindergarteners rang in the New Year with lots of learning and fun! They returned to school with smiles and were eager and ready to jump back into our routine! In our study of the alphabet, we have made it all the way to letter “Pp”! The kiddos have made SO much progress already and are using their new skills to help them learn proper letter/sound correspondence. We are beginning to understand how these skills help us to read new words! We have also learned a few new word families—the “-ap”, “-at”, “–ag”, “-an”, and “–op” family. We have been practicing the skill of “tapping” to segment and blend sounds together to read and write words. How exciting it is to see them using this skill more and more each day! Not only are we working on learning how to read and write, we left time to listen to many great stories! The Kindergarteners are working on their retelling skills and are also doing a great job identifying story elements. In Math, we have been busy learning about numbers to 100! We have learned how to identify and write these big numbers, and have worked hard on our counting skills. Through use of our Smart Board, tens frames, and the hundred chart, we have learned many ways to represent numbers! Up next—the kiddos will learn about addition and subtraction! We also took time to learn about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and read stories about his life and why he is remembered today. We talked about fairness and equality and took time to write about how we can help bring positive change to the world...what an important message for us to remember! We ended our month with learning about Groundhog Day and we enjoyed making a Groundhog Day Prediction Graph in which each kiddo predicted what will happen on Groundhog Day…will it be six more weeks of chilly Winter or is Spring on its way? We are anxiously awaiting the fabulously fun month of February with many fun-filled holidays and events: Chinese New Year, 100th Day of School Celebration, Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, Dental Health Month and the long awaited Wedding of Q & U! 1st GRADE – Rooms 1, 2 & 4 Give a cheer, the new year is here! As we say good-bye to 2012, we warmly welcome 2013. We trust that you had a restful holiday break with family and friends. It was a nice time away for all of us, but equally as nice to get back into the routine of school. We are all well rested and ready to take on the challenges of the new year. There is still so much for us to do and learn. LOOK WHAT WE’VE BEEN DOING IN CLASS (cont’d) We cannot stress enough, how proud we are of our first graders and their Welcome Winter Holiday Show. Long hours of practice surely paid off as we spread warmth and joy to family and friends at our performance. Thank you to all that were involved in helping to make the show a huge success. The smiles on the faces of the boys and girls faces would melt any heart. A BIG thank you to Mr. Murray for burning a CD for each child as a special treasured memory. We are moving right along in all of our subjects. By the time you read this, we are getting ready taking our third Theme Test in reading. We practice daily and review all that is on the test, so your child should be well prepared. Our goal is working on reading fluently, paying attention to end marks and expression as we read. Look for this as you are reading in your library log each evening. Speaking of the library logs, we are so proud of the routine that the children are in. They know how to quickly exchange books and give the next reader a sneak peek at what they are about to read. It warms the teacher's hearts as we see boys and girls excited to share a new story to a classmate. In math, have finished our topic of Subtraction Facts to 20. We covered concepts such as Related Facts and Fact Families with strategies to help your child memorize his/her facts. Why not visit Beckers Parent/Teacher store? They carry wonderful three corner cards you can purchase for practice, or simply make your own at home. You can take one fact family a week and practice and memorize it, so that responses become rapid and natural for your child. We certainly enjoyed our gingerbread study. We read oodles of fun books and made comparisons to each story. Ask your child which version was his/her favorite, from pirates, to girls, babies and friends, the versions read were endless. We are still getting postcards in from all over the United States. The children are tickled pink when a new post card arrives at Loomis School. We post the cards around a map in our hallway and attach yarn from the post card to where it was sent from. The boys and girls are beginning to understand how big our world really is. We are working on a mini study of Animals in Winter and learning about how animals hibernate and migrate and other ways animals spend the cold winter months. Be on the lookout for an additional research project about BEARS. This will be an at home project which will be shared in school. Of course, we will be reading and learning other fun and interesting bear facts in class. This is another highlight of first grade fun and enrichment. As you know, gymnastics are taking place in Mrs. Ward's P.E. classes. Make sure your child comes to gym class appropriately dressed, and ready for the tumbling activities that will take place. LOOK WHAT WE’VE BEEN DOING IN CLASS (cont’d) Thank you for helping with the Caring Quilt project. Of course this is yet another way the Loomis family donates their time and talents to warm the hearts of some lucky boys and girls. Our Loomis children are very eager to make a quilt square and are delighted with the finished product of a cozy, warm, quilt. Thank you, in advance, to helpers and sewers who make this project a huge success. We were thrilled to take part in our "Service Day" on Friday, January 18, 2013. Each grade lovingly and thoughtfully made items to send to nursing homes in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He would have been proud to see all of the school working so hard to make things to show care and love. Great Job, Loomis School! We look forward to many upcoming events...Progress Reports, Pizza Bingo, and so much more. Our time is zipping right by! 2nd Grade – Rooms 3, 5 & 6 If it is January, and you are in second grade, then you are immersed in a month-long study of that fine black and white bird, the PENGUIN! Our super science lessons about this flightless bird have been fascinating. You will be amazed at how many cool facts your child knows about penguins. The highlight of the month, of course, is our annual Penguin Parade. Penguins of every size, shape, and style waddle their way throughout the halls of Loomis. Our rookery will be rockin’ to the sounds of the boys and girls singing their special parade song. We are sure that he/she will sing it for you again if you ask...Here they come, down the hall, penguins on parade! Black and white, tall and small, penguins on parade! Another highlight of the month for the super second grade is the annual Hobby Show. A vast array of hobbies and collections were shared with parents and students. Rocks, coins, Legos, seashells, sports cards, action figures, books, video games and much more were on display for everyone to enjoy. The collections revealed a bit about the personality of the owner and allowed a chance to hone the students’ public speaking skills when asked questions about their hobbies/collections. In reading, we are finishing up our third theme in our reading anthology. At the end of each theme, there is a Readers’ Theater story, which the children enjoy performing. Reading scripts, practicing fluency, working with simple props, and engaging in teamwork are all skills that are practiced through Readers’ Theater. We think there are some Broadway-bound kids among us! We ask parents to continue to help your child dress appropriately for winter weather. Hats, scarves, and gloves are important to have for those cold mornings and chilly lunch recesses. We are looking forward to another great Pizza Bingo Night. Thank you to the PTO and Mrs. Melonie Petersen for planning this yearly event. We know our Loomis families always enjoy spending time together and having fun! LOOK WHAT WE’VE BEEN DOING IN CLASS (cont’d) The second graders are thrilled to be spending time in the computer lab working with a program called Type to Learn. This program teaches keyboarding skills through a variety of lessons and uses games to help provide additional practice of learned keystrokes. The boys and girls have learned that it is hard to not to look at your fingers while typing, but they are improving every week. Second graders know that learning these skills now will help them throughout their lives. We can hardly believe that January is nearly over! It was fun to see a few snowflakes this month. The year is going quickly and we have a lot to do! The second grade teachers thank all the parents for their support and enthusiasm with all our special projects and events. We couldn’t do it without you! February Fun: Groundhog Day, 100th Day of School, Valentine Social, Caring Quilt Assembly, Valentine’s Day party, and Presidents’ Day Weekend! 3rd Grade – Rooms 10, 11 & 12 Third grade has been busy working hard and having fun this month! We took time out of our day to celebrate Martin Luther King by making Valentine’s Day decorations for two local nursing homes. The children also enjoyed making the residents thoughtful cards and conversation starters for residents to enjoy. On January 25th, the entire 3rd grade took a spectacular trip to Lankenau Hospital to learn all about the Human Body Systems. The students thoroughly enjoyed the talking human model, Pandora, as well as participating in a “mock” surgery to explore the digestive tract. It was a trip the kids and teachers will definitely remember. In Language Arts, the students have begun working on a research project. The students are learning how to research, take notes and organize information. Some have begun working on the final product: a power point presentation. The students and teachers are looking forward to watching each power point and learning new facts about animals around the world. The third grade is looking forward to February and the Caring Quilt assembly. Thank you to our 3rd grade parents and other Loomis parents who helped create and sew the adorable quilts that will be loved by others. LOOK WHAT WE’VE BEEN DOING IN CLASS (cont’d) 4th Grade – Rooms 14,16 & 18 Happy New Year! January is here and the fourth graders are well rested and ready to work hard after a lengthy winter vacation! In Reading, we continue to read novels and short stories in a variety of genres. This month we also pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and think about the importance of his contributions to the world. We have reflected upon how important his work has been to all of us. The fourth graders took part in the school wide service project making tissue paper flowers, heart chains, and heart shaped envelopes to be filled with treats for local senior citizens. In Social Studies, we just finished a unit on Geography/Map Skills and were also busy learning about the regions that make up the United States. In addition, we just started a new Science unit. The children started one of the following units: (Room 16) Animal Investigations, (Room 14) Electricity & (Room 18) Land and Water Unit. In Math, the fourth grade is working hard on Division. This is a difficult concept, but through hard work and practice, the children are doing a great job! The fourth graders have also been quite busy working on the patches that will be incorporated onto our caring quilts. We look forward to the “Caring Quilt” Assembly next month. 5th Grade - Rooms 13, 15 & 17 The fifth graders continue to work very hard in class. In math, we are wrapping up multiplication of decimals and beginning Topic 8 Numerical Expressions, Patterns, and Relationships. This exciting and challenging unit includes variables, order of operations, and algebraic expressions. In addition to our regular math class, we are also preparing for PSSA during IE time. We have been studying Explorers in social studies. We are learning reasons why these men chose to explore and, more importantly, the effects of their explorations on the rest of the world, especially the Americas. In science, we are studying Motion and Design and exploring rubber band energy, in addition to reviewing measurement. We continue to read many books, during read aloud time, SSR, and book club. Students’ favorite books can be seen on the books spines that are seen around the school hallways. Many fifth graders have already earned 100 points for their reading, and many are close to achieving that goal. Be sure to ask you child what he or she is reading. LOOK WHAT WE’VE BEEN DOING IN CLASS (cont’d) January has also found fifth graders joining in with the rest of Loomis to serve others. During our afternoon of service, we made cards, decorated door handles, and created puzzles for the residents of the Wallingford Nursing Home and Broomall Presbyterian Village. News from Mrs. Ward: Rope Climbing Contest 2013 th 4 Grade Girls 1st Place Ceirra Whithworth 15.2 seconds 2nd Place Olivia Cooks 19.2 seconds 3rd Place Hope Santone 28.7 seconds Boys 1st Place Kevin O’Keefe 24.3 seconds 2nd Place Alex Tenaglia 25.2 seconds 3rd Place Christopher Solakian 26.0 seconds 4th Place Joey Paoletti 26.8 seconds 5th Grade Girls 1st Place Donna Holt 9.9 seconds 2nd Place Selena Galloway 16.9 seconds 3rd Place Kiley Rufo 34.7 seconds Boys 1st Place Xavier Williams 7.3 seconds 2nd Place Sean Travaglini 11.5 seconds 3rd Place Chase Whitworth 14.0 seconds 4th Place James Bullock 23.1 seconds Xavier Williams is the overall winner for the rope-climbing contest this year. However, Nick Adelizzi still holds the school record of 7.2 seconds by a tenth of a second. So Nick’s record set back in 1998 still stands. LOOK WHAT WE’VE BEEN DOING IN CLASS (cont’d) Musical Notes from Mr. Peters: A special congratulations to all students who participated in the Elementary District Music concert last week. The concert featured the elementary district band, orchestra, and choir and everyone sounded fantastic! Bravo! 5th Grade students are beginning to learn a fun Coffee canon. Ask your students to sing it for you and find out if it applies to you! 4th Grade students have recently begun a unit on the blues. So students have participated in scat singing, wrote their own blues, and played through the 12 bar blues on the Orff instruments. Next week we’ll compare the blues to the Boogie Woogie! 3rd Grade students are excited to be learning how to play the recorder. We’ve been working hard and are starting to get to play recognizable melodies. Students will get to bring home their recorders to practice during spring break. 2nd and 1st grade students have been learning rhythms at an unbelievable pace. A new rhythm was introduced this week in both grades and they seem to have already mastered it. Keep up the great work!
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