Mrs. Clarke

Happy Friday. Spring has been full of wonderful happenings at Agnes Gray.  The Celebration Barn enrichment trip was engaging and fun. Our garden shed was delivered and placed in its new home next to our outdoor classroom. The wonderful folks from Grover Gundrilling completed their installation of shade screens and vents. Students have begun hiking to Berry’s Ledge. New fruit trees were planted by members of our garden club. We had our second-to-last fire drill of the year. Enjoy your weekend!
Beth

Classrooms

• Pre-K – This week, Pre-K has explored a beach theme unit. Because it is the end of the year and we have no curriculum unit, I have been able to create activities and games around themes I choose. We have been packing
for a beach trip in dramatic play and heading to the beach in the block center. At the writing center, we are working on our letters using stamps, sand, and word cards. A matching alphabet sandals game and letter puzzles fill our manipulatives shelf. At our art table and easel, we are working on fine motor skills with crafts that involve cutting and gluing. I hope everyone enjoyed their three-day weekend.
Ms. Larracey

• Kindergarten – We have four children who can now tie their shoes! They are earning prizes for this difficult feat. Please take a few minutes daily to work on this with your child. We will have Delilah the “reading dog” visit our classroom a few times before the end of the year. She and her handler came last Friday to talk about the sessions and we’ll be starting next week. We continue working on our math facts up to 5 through games. We are also counting up to 100 by 10’s and ones.
Mrs. Biggers

• Grade One – It’s been a fun and busy short week. Our Firsties loved their trip to the Celebration Barn on Wednesday. What a fantastic show. Be sure to check out the schedule of shows that your child brought home, as they have many family-friendly offerings this season. Our final Firstie Family Luncheon will be on Wednesday, June 12, at 11:45 a.m. We hope that you can join us for our last gathering of the year. Our last Math unit is all about working with groups of two, five and ten, and talking about place value. We’ve been asking questions like, “How many fingers would be on ___ hands?” and, “How many hands would be on ___ people?” Try these out at home. Have a great weekend!
Mrs. Chafin

• Grade Two – Second grade had a fantastic time going to the Celebration Barn on Wednesday. It was an incredible show and I encourage you and your family to explore the many exciting performance options they have this summer. This week, students showcased and recommended book series to each other to encourage their classmates to try out a new series. It was quite exciting to hear them discuss various books and compare characters and themes within each series. Each student then chose a new book to read based on recommendations. We began our new mini-unit in Writing titled, “The Best of Me.” These works will be displayed during our Celebration of Learning on June 12, at 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, will be our last Family Luncheon of the school year. We are working on creating a class movie to show on Step-Up Day to the current first grade. We’d like to show it to our families while we eat. It’ll be great to get together one last time before the end of the year. Have a great weekend!
Mrs. Puiia

• Grade Three – We have been reading a variety of traditional tales, and this week we are beginning to write our own adaptations of “Jack in the Beanstalk.” Each student has created a new “Jack,” assigning character traits of his/her choice. They are working on modifying the key details of the traditional tale to match this new character. I expect the finished stories will be featured in our Celebration of Learning in June.
Mrs. Cooper

• Grade Four – It is great to be back in the classroom. We are working on double-digit multiplication and division. We are also finishing up studying the Revolutionary War. It is nice to see how engaged the students are in history. We are looking for parents to hike with us on Friday, June 7. If you happen to have the day off, please join us. Time to be determined, and it is weather permitting.
Mrs. Toita

• Grade Five – We had a fantastic trip to the Celebration Barn this week, and we are looking forward to several more trips and events in the coming weeks before school ends. Please let me know if you have any questions about any of these events. We hope everyone can join us June 12 at 5 p.m. for our Celebration of Learning. Our Constitution essays will be on display, as well as some other examples of the hard work we’ve doing lately. In Math, we’ve been doing some tricky problems involving multiplying and dividing fractions and whole numbers. It’s great to see that students are really making sense of what this work involves, using representations in addition to the equations we’re using to explain the math happening in the word problems. Ask your child to share some examples. You could even write your own problems based on real life (e.g.: “If the four of us share this half-carton of ice cream, how much of the carton will we each get?).
Mrs. Timm

• Grade Six – Written by Claire: In sixth grade this week, we are learning how to divide decimals in math. In Science, we are learning about ecosystems. We are getting ready for our sixth-grade celebration and starting projects for the celebration of learning.

Upcoming events

Monday, June 10 – West Paris Explorers dinner and show fundraiser from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 per person and $25 for a family.
Tuesday, June 11 – Sixth grade visit to OHMS from 9 a.m.-noon.
Tuesday, June 11 – Step Up Day from 9:30-11 a.m.
Wednesday, June 12 – Celebration of Learning from 5-6 p.m.
Wednesday, Jun 12 – Carnival at 3 p.m.
Friday, June 14 – End of year awards ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Outdoors, weather permitting.
Friday, June 14 – Last day of school and dismissal at 12:30 p.m.

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