Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Island Adventure Memories

HERE IT IS!!! The long awaited slideshow of photos from our Islands Adventure!! We "traveled" to 5 islands in the volcanic area known as the Ring of Fire. In Fiji, we learned about and tasted tropical fruit. In Japan, we made carp kites and heard a traditional Japanese tale. In New Zealand, we learned the traditional Haka dance ritual often performed at rugby games. In the Galapagos Islands, we went snorkeling in the Galapagos Marine Reserve and mailed postcards home. Finally, we ended our adventure in Hawaii with singing and a luau lunch! What an incredible experience of learning and fun!

Special thanks to Mrs. Habstritt, Mrs. Wade, and Mrs. Rice for documenting the day
in amazing photos and video!!

Many of these photos are available for download at this link:

Monday, April 17, 2017

Passover Seder

Today, first and second grade gathered to honor the Jewish holiday, Passover, with a version of a seder meal. We sang songs, heard stories and prayers, and tasted some of the traditional seder foods including matzah, parsley, egg, haroset (a chutney of apples and raisins), and horseradish!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Gratitude Journals

“Life Feels Better When We Live With a Grateful Heart.” 

Dear Families,

We are excited to invite you to participate in our Gratitude Journal Project!  Yesterday we began our unit on gratitude by asking students to think of people, experiences and/or things in their lives that they are grateful for. They were then given a journal to write (or draw) about those things and asked to log daily in their journals for four cycles (aprox. 30 days).  At the end of that time, we will have a GRATITUDE CELEBRATION and all students who complete the journals will be invited to the celebration.

Why Gratitude?
Extensive research has shown that children who practice a mindset of gratitude experience positive effects that are far-reaching. They are more optimistic, better able to self-regulate, and more resilient. These effects of gratitude help them to be more successful students, as they feel more confident in school.

What to do?
Each night, ask your child to share his/her gratitude journals with you. It is beneficial for you to share what you’re grateful for as well - or get the entire family involved and make it a family project J The more children talk and listen to messages of gratitude, the more they will begin to internalize this way of thinking and living.

Want more information?
Making Grateful Kids – The Science of Building Character by Jeffrey Froh and Giacomo Bono is an amazing resource for parents on nurturing gratitude in our children. It is rich with both research and practical ideas on how to create a home that fosters gratitude.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call or email your child’s teacher or me.

With sincere Gratitude,
Lisa Heurung, Ms. Bennett, and Ms. Madden

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Birthday Wishes Donations

Birthday Wishes
April 6-21

We are collecting birthday celebration supplies for our local food shelf.  Families who use our local food shelf often are unable to buy extra items that make a birthday special, like...

Cake Mix & Frosting, Candles, Rice, Noodles, Cookie Mix, Pizza Crust mix,
Paper Plates & Cups. Gluten-free, Kosher and Halal items are often needed by families as well. 

If you would like to donate,
please bring items to school April 6-21.  Thanks!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Publishing Celebration

On Tuesday, we celebrated publishing our non-fiction chapter books! We held an "experts forum" in the classroom where our knowledgable authors shared facts about their ocean topic. It was informative and inspiring! We have a group of ambitious first grade authors! Enjoy this slideshow of the celebration:

A Letter from Mrs. Bailey

Please see an important letter below from Peg Bailey regarding class placement letters for the 2017-2018 school year:

April 2017 

 Dear Lower School Parents: 

Each year, I invite parents to provide input into the class placement process for their children. If you wish to share your thoughts with me, please send me a letter or an email by Thursday, April 20. The timeliness of this information is very important, as we will begin this process the following week. Therefore, letters received after this date will not be considered for the upcoming school year. A few important things to remember: 

  • Please write your child's full name and grade next year at the top of the letter. *If writing about more than one child, please send a separate letter for each student. 
  • Share your insights about friendships to foster or separate, your child’s learning dispositions and/or temperament, and the type of environment you feel your child thrives in. (You may want to share feedback on what has made this year particularly successful for your child, or if this has been a challenging year, what you believe may have contributed to this.) 
  • Requests for specific teachers will not be considered. Several factors are taken into consideration as teachers and the administrative team place students into next year’s classes. Summer moves and other changes impact class assignments. 

 Thank you, in advance, for respecting and trusting our decisions. 
 Best regards, 
 Peg Bailey

Tuesday, April 4, 2017


During break, you should have received an email regarding Baccalaureate (a link to the letter is also posted below). Baccalaureate is a special ceremony that takes place at Breck to honor the Seniors on Sunday, June 4th. It is optional to attend, but if possible, I highly encourage you to arrange for your child to be there because they develop very special relationships with their senior buddies. Most first graders do attend. We will be sending more communication about Baccalaureate in May and asking for an RSVP at that time. We wanted to give you a heads up so you can keep this in mind as you make summer plans.