Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Swimming is Coming Soon!

Minnehaha Falls

After a lot of rain, it turned out to be a perfect day for our field trip to Minnehaha Falls. The falls were spectacular, the creek was flowing, and the sun shined on us the whole time. The first grade scientists were hard at work observing and sketching as we followed the journey of the falls to the Mississippi. We even stopped at a cave carved in sandstone and had a chance to look inside. The day ended with a picnic lunch and playing at the park. We returned to school just in time, as the rain started pouring down again! Here is a slideshow of our trip:

You may want to return to this park sometime as a family. It is spectacular in many seasons and there are always new things to observe and discover. The first graders are particularly curious about what it looks like in the winter!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Student Council Election

Congratulations to all of the students who ran for class representative. 
Room 26 will be represented at Student Council by Taylor!


The first graders enjoyed creating pom poms and pennants with their Senior Buddies to prepare for homecoming. On Friday, the class joined them for the pep rally and homecoming coronation. It was a Blue & Gold day filled with Mustang pride!


Sunday, September 25, 2016

A Peek into the S.T.E.A.M. Lab

This year, Breck Lower School students will have the opportunity to participate in several design challenges in the STEAM lab. Led by Mr. Dave Kust, we took on our first challege: to design, build, test, and refine a structure that would hold a piece of paper using only marshmallows, spaghetti and toothpicks! The first graders were up for the challenge and some even designed structures that could hold 10 pieces of paper without collapsing! Take a look:

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

A Few Notes

Hello Room 26 Families,

Thanks for a great few weeks of school! As we continue to get into routines, here are a few things you'll want to be aware of:

Folders/Peek at the Week

Please help your first grader remember to share his/her folder with you each evening. Start to get in a routine of checking the folder, reviewing the contents, initialing the Peek at the Week, and emptying any old papers to keep at home. Return the Peek at the Week each day. After Friday, your child can keep or recycle the Peek at the Week. There will be a NEW Peek at the Week each Monday! :)


Friday will be a Blue and Gold Spirit Day at Breck. This will be our FIRST NON-UNIFORM day for students. For those who ordered homecoming shirts, they will be in your child's backpack today (9/13). They are welcome to wear any blue and gold clothing items on Friday as well as comfortable shoes (they do not have to be uniform shoes). In Lower School, children are asked to refrain from face paint and colored hair sprays. First graders will attend the afternoon pep-rally and coronation on Friday. Families are invited to attend Blessing of the Animals and Homecoming on Saturday.

Student Council

First graders are invited to participate in the student council elections. A yellow permission slip was sent home yesterday. One representative for each class will be selected next week through an anonymous election process in the classroom. The teachers interview each child and share the candidates ideas anonymously to the students. Children vote for the IDEAS they think would serve the class best. Only after the election is the winning candidate revealed. We find that this helps first graders to better handle the process of winning and losing. If your child is interested in participating in the student council election, you may also want to have some discussions with your child at home about student council (what is it? why would you want to be a class rep, how could you help?), about election process (ie. majority wins), and about handling the winning and losing process.

Picture Day

Please remember that our picture day is next week on Tuesday, Sept. 20th. Children should wear their uniform for pictures.

Minnehaha Falls

More information will be coming soon about our field trip to Minnehaha Falls on Friday, September 23. Parent volunteers will also be contacted with details shortly.

Ms. Bennett+Ms. Madden

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Back To School Night

Thank you to all who attended Back to School night. It was nice to share with you a bit about what your child will be doing in his/her first grade days. If you missed it (or if you want an encore!) here is the slideshow of photos and the PowerPoint from the evening:

*Note: We do not endorse any of the suggested YouTube videos at the end.

Friday, September 2, 2016

The First Days of School

We had a wonderful first week of school! The first graders were all smiles to meet their new teachers, make new friends, and get to work in the classroom.

We've been busy learning new routines, exploring classroom materials, meeting Senior Buddies, and going to our first Lower School community meeting of the year. 

Great days are ahead in Grade 1! 
Happy Back to School!!