Monday, November 13, 2017

A word about WordMasters....

Our WordMasters test will be Friday, December 1st.  We will continue to work on learning all about analogies at school but here is an interesting perspective from the site English for Everyone:

"People often wonder about the effectiveness of analogies. What do they teach? How do they work? Why are they so useful? What makes analogies so effective is their ability to get students to think critically. In order to answer an analogy question correctly, the student has to form a logical relationship, or "bridge" between two words. They must think about how the words are related. Since words represent particulars (not universals), there is a nearly infinite number of ways they might be related. It is the student's job to narrow this number, and focus on the most essential relation -- the most basic aspect of the word's function or definition.There are seven primary types of relationships used in our analogies: function, degree, lack, characteristic, type/kind, part to whole, and definition."

We know that being able to compare, contrast, and find relationships is an important thinking skill to develop. Additionally, study after study has shown the importance of vocabulary development. For these reasons, I think WordMasters is an important part of our curriculum. I will continue to work with our children on analogies and word usage. Please continue to practice with your child in different ways at home. I have told them that they are allowed to make their own Quizlet sets but PLEASE don't let that be the only way they practice for our test.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Update....

Update re: Breck Scares Hunger. Thank you to all you have helped in any capacity so far!

54.7% of our student body have signed up to participate so far....BUT less than 15% have brought in food. 

Good news: there's still time! Food collection will go through Friday Nov. 3....7:45-8:30am at MS/US doors. Bus riders can bring donations on the bus.  Thank you for your generous support of this important effort to respond to hunger in our community!💥🍽

Monday, October 30, 2017

From the Library...

Please remind families that Shelly Bean the Sports Queen books can be ordered (with personalized autographs!) through Monday at www.shellybeanthesportsqueen.comUse the code BRECK17

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

And they're off!

Today we mailed our Travel Journals!!  Mr. Walker showed us how he has to weigh everything and how the weight plus the zip code determines the price.



Here are also some notes from Mrs. Z.
Breck Scares Hunger!  Students in gr. 1-4 will be bringing home a card this week that will help them participate in our All School Food Drive.  We are asking students to consider asking a friend or neighbor to donate canned or boxed food that we will then deliver to community partners.  Donations can be delivered to school Sunday, Oct. 29, or before school Mon. Oct. 30-Nov. 1

All-School Chapel: Tuesday, November 7
Next month in honor of All Saints' Day, our All-School Chapel will include a small tribute remembering people within or connected to our community who have passed away. 

If you would like a loved one remembered, email Alexis Kent with his or her name, their connection to Breck and a photograph. Please submit the name(s) and photograph(s) by Friday, November 3rd to alexis.kent@breckschool.org.

Thank you!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

WHAT A DAY!!

What a great day we had today - it was science from beginning to end!  We went to the Bakken Museum and had STEAM buddies with Mrs. Wegner's class.  Here are a few photos of our learning fun!!




Sunday, October 1, 2017

Conferences and skating!

The students begin skating this week.  They will skate Monday and Wednesday - the most commonly forgotten item is the helmet and they can't skate without one.  We can keep the skates at school unless your child needs them for hockey practice.  


A note about conferences, too - your child will be a part of the first half of the conference.  The second half of the conference will be for us to talk and discuss anything you may be wondering about.  I'm looking forward to our conversations!


Friday, September 22, 2017

Hurricane Help!

Hurricane Help!  2nd grader Felix Muellereile has asked us to consider dropping some  change in the containers located at Door D, near Gym C, and near the Upper School Office.  All change collected will be sent to the Red Cross.  Thanks!