• End of Year Wrap Up

    Posted by Christine Naessens on 5/11/2018

    The last few weeks of school seem to be flying by! I am sure that everyone is ready for a break! 

    I would like to say THANK YOU to all of you who sent in treats and gifts for Teacher Appreciation Week. I am truly blessed to teach such wonderful students and to work with such great parents!

    We are winding down, and will be finishing up our last Sphero challenges, as well as doing some EOG review to support what is going on in the regular classroom. I have really enjoyed the poems and Storyboard projects students have been working on this quarter. Ask your child to log on to Storyboard That to show you how it works. They have been very creative with it!

    Parents of rising 4th and 5th graders, be on the lookout for a small summer assignment for your students. They are not major projects, just something to keep their minds engaged over the summer. We will enjoy sharing them at the beginning of the school year! Also, keep in mind that students can get a head start reading the books for the Elementary Battle of the Books if they are planning to participate next year. I hope to see them on the team!

    Parents of our newly identified students, we will have a floating information meeting next fall if you have any questions about the AIG program or your child's test results. You can also call or email me any time, and I will answer your questions or set up a conference if you would like one.

    Have a great summer!

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  • Yay Spring!

    Posted by Christine Naessens on 3/20/2018

    Today we welcomed Spring with an eye to possible snow again tomorrow, but we look forward to the gradual lengthening of the days and warmer temps ahead! 

    We have finally finished AIG testing for the year. Tests will be sent out for scoring over Spring Break, and results should be in shortly after that. Parents will receive notification of results through a letter, after the AIG Committee meets to finalize the paperwork.

    As we head into the final portion of the year, we are digging deep to keep motivation up! Hopefully, after Spring Break, students will be refreshed and refocused for the push to June.

    We are working on a variety of skills in each grade, including inferencing, writing essays, interpreting poetry, and research in LA. In Math, geometry, algebra, fractions, and problem solving are on the menu. As we finish up the units we are currently working on, we will begin to look at our next Sphero/STEAM projects. I can't wait to see what the kids come up with for their next challenges! Be on the lookout for pictures!

    As always, let me know if you have any questions or need to discuss your child's progress!

    Happy Spring!

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  • November

    Posted by Christine Naessens on 11/3/2017

    The first nine weeks went by very quickly! 

    This nine weeks, we will really be focusing on coding/STEM projects with our Spheros in all grade levels. 5th Grade math students will be making sleighs, and coding routes for Sphero the Rein-robot. 4th Graders will be building bridges for a high-in-the-sky Sphero obstacle course, 3rd graders will be building bridges to get Sphero "over the river and through the woods," and 2nd graders will be aiming for targets with basic coding. 5th Grade LA students will get in some coding practice with Sphero starring in reader's theaters. We will be very busy!

    Science Olympiad is also starting soon - thank you to all of you who are able to help lead groups and get our kiddos ready for the competition!

    Book Battle sheets are due soon, so keep an eye on those deadlines!


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  • Sept. 18

    Posted by Christine Naessens on 9/18/2017

    We have had a busy few weeks of school already! I really enjoyed the presentations of summer homework that the 4th and 5th graders shared. It looks like many of you had very busy summers! 

    We started off the year talking about our mindsets again. Students thought about their accomplishments and successes and all of the hard work that went into them. (The efforts most people don't see.) I want them to think about all of the work that goes into their own successes, because I want them to see that success doesn't just happen for other people either; they also had to put in a lot of hard work to get there! (Ask your child about his/her iceberg.)

    Remember that I will be in my room from 5-7 on Thursday, Sept. 21st during Curriculum Night. I have your child's DEP (Differentiated Education Plan) to give you. I have an overview of the ABSS AIG Plan if you are interested, and I will be available to answer any questions you might have. If I don't know the answer at the time, I will make sure I get it for you quickly! I hope to see you there!

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  • 1st Week of School

    Posted by Christine Naessens on 9/1/2017

    It has been a great first week of school! I have really enjoyed getting to see everyone again. If your child has been to AIG this week, they should have brought home a letter from me. If you have not seen it, please ask for it. It has communication details and information about the ABSS Remind for the AIG department.  

     I also noted that we will have our DEP meeting on September 21st. That is the first Curriculum Night for AO. I will be here early, and leave a little later so that parents can come get their child's DEP (Differentiated Education Plan) and ask any questions that have arisen so far.  I will send home a formal invitation soon. I hope to see you all there!

    Don't forget! 4th and 5th Graders had small projects to do over the summer. We will start sharing them next week. The assignments are on the right side of this page if you can't find yours. I can't wait to see them!

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