Tuesday, January 16, 2018


You may hear about and see two new faces in our room.  Carly Bass will be with us for the rest of year.  She is part of the PROPEL program at Hopkins High School.  This program matches exceptional seniors with mentors in their areas of interest.  She will be with us approximately 4 hours at week through the end of the year.    Also, as in years' past, we will be hosting a visiting student teacher from South Korea.  Seoyoun Stella Choi will be joining us at the end of January for about two weeks.  We look forward to learning more about Korean culture!  

Friday, January 5, 2018

This and That!

Happy New Year!

Just a few notes -

  • For the rest of January we will be collecting cooking utensils for Bridges.  We will be assembling them into bouquets.  Ask your child for more details.
  • Music rotation begins next week!  Half of the students will be in orchestra and half will be in  band and then they switch.  At the end of the ORCHESTRA rotation there is a little performance but not for band.  This special opportunity is from Jan. 9-31.  
  • Believe it or not, it is time to sign up for Breck Summer Programs.  The catalog etc. is available on the Breck website!  It really is "the most fun under the sun!"

Friday, December 15, 2017

Friday, December 1, 2017

From Mrs. Z.

"Tis the season to share..."  Breck Lower School is collecting Warm Winter Wear for children experiencing homelessness.  Needed items include coats, jackets, snow pants, boots, gloves and mittens for ages 5-10.  Donations can be new or gently used.  Donations can be delivered to classrooms or to our "Service Shelf" located near the Middle/Lower School entrance.

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 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