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Weekly News

May 15 – 19

-Grade 2 students would like to invite you to our Poetry Cafe where they will be sharing a few of their favorite poems they have written in our poetry unit!
Please join us (location tbd) at 9:30 AM on Wednesday, June 7. The atmosphere will be relaxed and laid back. Parents, please bring a coffee (or tea) of your choice to personally enjoy while checking out some of our poems.
I will also ask a few parent volunteers to bring snacks that students and families can share together and a beverage for the students to enjoy. Hope to see you there!

-Grade 1 and Grade 2 students will be taking a walking field trip to the creek nearby the school on Tuesday, June 6 to enjoy some fun and celebrate the end of the year. We will leave at 9:00 AM and return to school at 11:00 AM. Students should bring a swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, sunhat, water shoes, and snack to enjoy! All parents are welcome to join us. Please send me a private message if you are interested! 

-Lower elementary will be enjoying a Water Splash Day on Thursday, June 8 at 1:50 PM. BFS will send out detailed information to parents soon.

Reading Workshop

Learning Objective: Students will be able to… discuss main characters’ tendencies and personalities, as well as author’s craft, in series books.  


We have been working through our final reading unit.  In this unit students have been working in book clubs and have been working together in groups to think about and ask questions about when characters encounter familiar characters and places, book after book, throughout a series. Our thinking across books helps build reading stamina and also sets up students to read in longer, multi-chapter novels. We are continuing to focus on our fluency, vocabulary development, comprehension, and thinking about the author’s craft.

Writing Workshop

Learning Objective: Students will be able to… analyze the structures of poetry to see poetry through “poet’s eyes”.

Summary: Students have been analyzing the structures of poetry to determine the role that observations play in our everyday life and our feelings play. Students will continue experimenting with language, word choice, and line breaks to create emotion and music within their poems. Students are encouraged to read and discuss poetry with their families at home.


Learning Objective: Students will be able to…understand the foundations of multiplication and division.

Summary: We are continuing our sixth unit which lays the foundation for learning multiplication and division next year in third grade. Students are currently learning about arrays, rows, columns, making equal groups, and moving from concrete work with objects to more abstract pictorial representations.


Learning Objective: Students will be able to… describe and classify different kinds of materials by their observable properties

Summary: Students have already chosen their topics for the upcoming science fair and we will begin our investigations and experiments next week! Students have created a guiding question to guide their experiment, crafted a hypothesis, list of materials, procedure, and determined their controls and variables. The science projects will be worked on primarily during Science and Makerspace time. Parents are encouraged to join us on Friday, June 2 for the science fair presentations. The science fair will begin at 2:45 PM and will run until about 3:15 ~ 3:30. We hope to see you there!


Reading for 20 minutes each night

  • Read to self
  • Read to someone
  • Listening to reading

Upcoming Events

  • No school Monday, May 29 (Buddha’s Birthday and US Memorial Day)
  • End of year pep rally Thursday, June 1
  • Science fair on Friday, June 2, 2:45 in the gym
  • Walking field trip / creek party Tuesday, June 6 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM (Bring a towel, sunscreen, snack, and swimsuit!)
  • Poetry cafe 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM in grade 2 classroom
  • Water Splash Day from 1:50 – 3:00 (bring swimsuit, sunscreen, and towel!)
  • Last day of school Friday, June 9 (early dismissal at 12:00 PM)

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