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!

Friday, May 5, 2017


Dear Families,
The students did a WONDERFUL job with all of the their testing the past few days!  We are looking forward to a fairly normal week next week.  Please look for field trip notices coming home on Monday.  Homework will also be a little different, consisting of review for Science NECAPs and our unit math test which will likely fall on Friday. Here's a preview of our cardboard arcade games that students started working on today.  Next week we'll send home a notice about the date it will be held on.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

The Results

What a successful fort day!  Have a great vacation.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

April and May Activities

Dear Families,
What beautiful weather we have had this month.  Students have really enjoyed being outside and starting to build laps in our Long Trail Activity.  The students have filled up our token jar and have requested a fort day to celebrate.  They may bring in a blanket or pillow to relax with tomorrow.  Please do not send in anything very special or valuable.  Also please make sure all building materials are clean before coming to school.

Fourth graders will be taking the SBAC test the week after vacation (May 2-5).  Here is what the approximate schedule will look like.  Not all tests will take 1 ½ hours but we wanted to make sure that all students would have time built in to finish. Thank you for trying to ensure that your child is present here at school and is well rested this week.
SBAC Testing Schedule:
10:00-11:30 and 1:15-2:45
10:00-11:30 and 1:15-2:45
10:00-11:30 and 1:15-2:45

During SBAC week (and again during Science NECAPs May 15-19) students will be allowed to have gum and other snacks such as pretzels, goldfish, animal crackers and mints.  Please let me know if you would be willing to pick up some of these supplies to share with the class.  Feel free to comment here, or send me an email.
Thank you,
Miss Taylor