Friday, March 30, 2018


Dear Families,
We had a wonderful day today sharing our passion projects. Thank you to everyone who made it in to learn from our presenters! I have uploaded pictures of all of the students to a shared google folder and shared it with the kids.  Have your student log into their account to show you.   

Next month Lighthouse 4th graders will be completing the SBAC test.  They will be testing over the course of two weeks, 2 days each week. The schedule will be written on the April homework log which will come home on Monday. Please review it with your student so you know when they will be testing.  Please encourage your students to take the tests in stride, reminding them that they should not stress out about the test but should work hard and just try their very best. Thank you for supporting your students!

Also, I am looking for some parents who would be willing to send in some snacks for testing weeks.  I am looking for gum and mints, as well as maybe pretzels or goldfish.  Please email me if you are willing to help with this.  

Monday, March 12, 2018

March Madness

Dear Families,
We are into the start of a busy month for students.  We have officially started the Student Blogging Challenge.  Students are connecting with students around the globe as they participate in weekly challenges.  Check out the website that is helping students connect to this great opportunity!
Student Blogging Challenge

We are also beginning our research for our passion projects.  Over the next three weeks students will read about, take notes on, and create a report about the topic of their choosing. They will also be ready to create a project for display at our sharing session on March 30th.  We look forward to having you join us that morning. 

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