Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Working Together

Dear Families,
Students have been earning tokens for working together, both to accomplish work during daily lessons and for group work on research and presentations.  They will be celebrating this Friday with a fort day.  Students can bring in sheets and small pillows to build with.  They may also bring in small tents (for example the kind that you bring to the beach).  Students will be completing work in their forts for part of the day and will have some free time in the afternoon.  I will share some pictures of their creations on our twitter feed!  Remember you can take a look by following the link on this blog - no twitter account necessary. 

Have a great week!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Greek Plays

Dear Families,
Thank you so much to the parents who could make it to our plays last week!  The students had a great time working on and sharing their Greek plays.  I have included a link to the video of our play King Midas and the Golden Touch.  Please take a look if you were not able to make it to our performance.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Dear Families,

This week students are starting to work on their 4th grade blogs.  The links have been uploaded to the "Student Blogs" tab at the top of this page. Students will begin by picking themes for their blogs, creating an All About Me page and creating avatars.  They will also be learning about internet safety (using the grade 3-5 presentation found on and creating their first post about what they are thankful for.  Next week they will learn to comment appropriately and meaningfully on other people's blogs.  Take a look at the site: Student Blogging Challenge to see what students will be working on.  There is also a nice introduction video to blogging on the page.

It was nice meeting with so many of you last week!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Dear Families,

The Travelers have earned their reward for being safe, respectful, and responsible and have opted to have a technology afternoon before Comic Con tomorrow.  We have discussed that students need your permission to bring in different devices and have talked about making good (following school expectations) choices about what to do on those devices.

On Monday, Pick-a-time will open for conferences (November 20th and 21st).  I look forward to discussing your student's progress with you. I will also be sending home a parent input form on Monday so that you can share with me topics or concerns that you would like to make sure we get to talk about during our conference.

Make sure to check out our twitter feed (linked on the right side of this blog) for pictures and frequent updates on what we are doing in class.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Team Building

Dear Families,
We have done many activities over the past week to encourage teamwork and build our collaboration skills. The Great Cup Challenge required groups to work together to manipulate a rubber band which was used to position cups in specific patterns. As one level was achieved the difficulty of the task increased. By the final round students could not use verbal communication while building their structure. On Friday, Lighthouse 4th graders worked in mixed groups to build the tallest spaghetti tower they could, given only spaghetti, masking tape and a marshmallow, which had to be supported at the top of the tower. Students utilized what they had learned the week before when repeating the same challenge over again. We have talked with students about learning from situations that may seem like failures and making improvements as we go along. Check out photos from our adventures at the link provided below.

If you are on twitter we would love it if you would follow us at @MBSTaylortravel to see frequent updates of what we are working on.  I look forward to meeting you at Open House this Thursday 6:30-7:30.

Genius Hour Photos

Friday, September 1, 2017

Dear Families,

We have had a wonderful first few days of school!  We have worked to set common expectations for our classroom and around the school.  Today we read the book, We The Kids, a fun children’s book about the preamble, and wrote our class constitution.  It has also been a lot of fun learning more about our classmates through their presentations of things they enjoy.  

We have begun discussing the idea of perseverance and working hard at learning.  Students have brainstormed some ideas for items they would like to have in our chill space, an area where a student can take a short brain break.  Some items we would like to include are: thinking putty, a stress ball, a fidget cube, and smooth stones.  Please let me know if you would be willing to donate any of these items. We will also have mindfulness coloring sheets, a mesh fidget and a small sand garden in that space.

Here is our Unified Arts Schedule for the first quarter:
Monday: Library
Tuesday: P.E. (sneakers)
Wednesday: Art
Thursday: P.E. (sneakers)
Friday: Art

Thank you for all you do to support your learner!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

End of the Year!

We had a great time at the Shelburne Museum today!  Thanks to all the chaperones who helped to make it such a successful day. Tomorrow we will head to Bayside Park.  We will head down at about 10:15.  We start with some relays and tag games and then students may choose to participate in a super-soaker fight.  They may bring a super-soaker or squirt gun that they have at home.  Students should also bring their lunch, sunscreen, a bathing suit, a towel, and a water bottle.  Our class will be swimming 12:30-1:15 and will head back to school a little after finishing.  

On Thursday we will have our school BBQ. If you are planning on joining us, our class is scheduled to eat at 12:00.  On Thursday we will also be showing students a few of the movies that align with our recent Roald Dahl and Judy Blume book groups.  Friday's dismissal will be at 12:45.  Thanks for such a great year!