Mrs. Steinbeck’s Weekly Review

Remember last week when I said I didn’t take many photos during the week, well sadly this week it was even worse. In my defense Ms. Hahn was out two days so I was subbing and on my own, plus it was a short week, but I can assure you we had a good week.

First off, thanks to the kids for their good behavior while I was subbing. It really helps a lot when they listen and do what they are asked. We were all happy to see Ms. Hahn return on Wednesday!

So on Monday morning they had Spanish and it was one of the favorite lessons of the year. Mrs. Roman-Ahlgrim taught them how to make salsa! The kids did a great job of chopping veggies, mixing them up, and eating them. Thank you to all who sent in ingredients!

On Tuesday we went to the October Green Assembly. This months theme is trash-free lunches. The Green Team showed us how to make a homemade replacement for energy bars. We got to taste them as well and everyone really liked them. Here is the recipe if you would like to make it.

While I’m on the subject of lunches, I wanted to tell you that we will be doing a challenge in our classroom the week of the 23rd. We will be counting the pieces of trash in the kids lunches and the kids with the fewest pieces will win some prizes. We did it last year and they really enjoyed it. Plus we had significantly less trash that week. So consider sending leftovers, sandwiches, homemade lunchables, fruit, veggies, and homemade treats. I’ve also challenged the kids to start making their own lunches. They are ready for this responsibility. We talked about discussing with parents what the base of the lunch should be, like 1 fruit, 1 veggie, 1 meat, 2 snacks, etc. and then let them put it together.

One last thing, lately we have had an increase in the number of kids asking us for more food after they have finished their lunches. We have asked them to let you know that they need more food. Kids this age tend to be going through some growth spurts and that could be the cause. We do have a few things to give them, but we often find that once we do that they keep asking. Please ask your child if they have enough in their lunches and if not, please send in another apple or something. Thanks.

PE was all about fitness testing this week. They had to do the pacer test, flexibility reach test, curl ups, and push-ups. All the kids did a great job with these tests. I didn’t get many photos because I was recording their results.

We have transitioned from science to social studies and our subject is explorers. We started by making a little book with some important vocabulary words. To make them easier to learn we had them draw pictures next to each one. Ask them about them because they should be bringing them home once in awhile to study the definitions. The more they do that the better chance they will actually understand them and do well on the test at the end of the unit.

One of the highlights of the week was spending time with Ms. Naomi over on the soccer field doing a compass course. They worked in groups and had to collect colored cards that could only be found with the effective use of compasses. Some did really well and others had to be redirected a bit. But they finally all found the cards and finished the course. If they have access to a compass at home ask them to show you how they can use it.

Have a wonderful long weekend!

~ Mrs. Steinbeck