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The Hour of Code!

Oh, what a day! We spent the afternoon using our Chromebooks in order to participate in the Hour of Code! The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics of computer programming. It is a worldwide event that takes place during Computer Science Education Week, December 8-14, 2014. We used Code with Anna and Elsa as our introduction, and I hope that students will continue to take their coding knowledge further! It is a valuable skill that is much needed for many new careers!

Sumdog Holiday Contest 2014

SumdogHolidaySumdog’s Holiday National Math Contest is almost here! It starts tomorrow at 8:00 AM, and finishes at 8:00 PM on December 18th! Remember, every student is limited to 1,000 contest questions. The final student score is based on the total number of correct answers. Student scores count from any computer, at any time, as long as the student is logged in to their personal account. The prize for the winning class is an iPad – and there are other prizes available, too! In addition to a Myths and Legends outfit, every student who plays in the Holiday Contest will receive three – yes, THREE – festive outfits for their on-screen avatar to wear: Santa, snowman, and reindeer. Are you ready, Room 36? Let’s make this happen!

Holiday Multiplication Practice

Holiday Multiplication PracticeGooey gum drop buttons! Each time you get a multiplication fact correct, another piece of the holiday scene is revealed! When you complete the level, you get to build your own holiday picture! Now that we know our multiplication facts, this is easy as pie. :) Be sure to always click on 0-9!

Happy Holidays Multiplication Practice

Twitter: Room36Aloha

Multiplication SlidersHave you been following along with us on Twitter this year? Perhaps just by clicking on our Homework List page, or by directly following along with your own Twitter account? If not, please join in! We’re upgrading our style of the last four years where our only postings were homework and reminders. Now you’ll find photos of projects and activities, students hard at work, links to other teachers’ classroom Twitter accounts, and more! Check it out!

Giving Tree Project

Beginning on December 3rd, our school will collect food items for needy families. The food will be donated to Sacred Heart Food Closet to prepare food baskets. Sacred Heart Food Closet is in most need of peanut butter, canned fruit, canned tuna, corn muffin mix, canned soup, tomato sauce, stewed tomatoes, pasta noodles, canned vegetables, powdered milk, pinto or other dried beans, bags of rice, etc. We will collect these items until Thursday, December 18th. When a child brings in an item, they will be given a paper ornament to decorate and place on our giving tree at the front of our school hallway! Thank you for all your help! If you have any questions, please contact our principal, Mrs. Allen. Remember, every food item helps ensure that one child or adult in our community will not go to be bed hungry!

High-Tech Holiday Paper Chains!

Parents, do you remember making paper chains in elementary school? Well, we kept the classic activity, but made it a bit more high-tech! Yesterday, we used Google Docs to add imagery to holiday themed sentences! Mele Kalikimaka!

First Annual Jog-A-Thon / Grandparents Day

That title is quite a mouthful! After years of discussion, Wilson Elementary is changing our sole schoolwide fundraiser from the Math-A-Thon to the Jog-A-Thon! In addition, it is scheduled to take place in conjunction with this year’s Grandparents Day! In this way, family members will not only be able to contribute to our school’s future activities, but will also be able to cheer on the children of their family in the Jog-A-Thon!

On Tuesday, November 25th, the 4th/5th grade portion of the Jog-A-Thon will take place from 10:30-12:00 (a detailed schedule is below). Pledge sheets with attached collection envelopes have already gone home and the pledge envelopes are due Monday, November 24th. However, further pledges can be obtained until a December 3rd deadline. Green Grandparents Day invitations have also been sent home. If a grandparent is attending, the card must be returned by Friday, November 21st so that we have an estimate of persons on campus.

Thank you for your attendance and participation in this year’s events! This is our only true fundraiser during the year — let’s make it count!

10:30-10:45 — Continental breakfast for grandparents, time with principal

10:45-10:55 — 4th/5th graders warm-up with P.E. teachers

10:55-11:40 — Jog-A-Thon!

11:40-12:00 — Awards Ceremony

The Secret of Saying Thanks

What do you overlook in your day to day life? What natural phenomena are you grateful for that you may forget to acknowledge when you’re feeling down? After reading The Secret of Saying Thanks by Douglas Wood, we decided to create leaves with simple descriptions of ideas and items that we are thankful for. Not the material “I’m thankful for my XBox” answers, but ones that made us think a a little deeper. You can see some of our results by clicking on the photo.

Trimester One Conferences

Sign-Up GeniusTrimester One Conference Week will take place from December 1st to December 5th. Each day during the week is a minimum day with student dismissal at 1:45 PM. Conference slips will be sent home tomorrow and your prompt reply is much appreciated.

Also, if you see this message soon enough, please follow THIS LINK to an online schedule where you can pick your own appointment date before I send home slips with a time and date already filled in. I wish I were able to allow more time for the online scheduling, but I will unfortunately be away from school on Monday and Tuesday due to a minor surgery.

If any changes need to be made after slips have been sent home, please let me know as soon as possible. Conference reminders will also be sent out a few days before your scheduled conference. Please take a moment to note any questions or concerns you may have. See you soon!