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Friday, October 10, 2014

Musical Opportunities

Wednesday, the students of TMA enjoyed an incredible performance by the Telegraph Quartet! 

They recently won the grand prize at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, which is held at Notre Dame, Indiana every Mother's Day weekend. 

Their performance today highlighted incredible composers such as Haydn, Mendelssohn and Bartok.  The students of Room 107 now want to attend the Chicago Symphony's annual holiday concert, since children under 8 years of age, can attend!


On Thursday, the UE took a field trip to a private nature preserve in Mishawaka. 

We learned how we can make a difference in helping to improve the water quality in lakes and streams and save the natural wildlife that lives in them. 

View the photos and see the fun we had on our first-ever trip to the RES.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Upper Elementary Breakfast

Thanks to all the parents and grandparents who came to the U​E breakfast!

We have field trips coming up to the RES and the 5th years will go to cabin days next week...we need drivers for that trip!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Upper Elementary Update

There is a whole new meaning to space in the classroom! 

The Big Bang has created a hole in the ceiling to our universe.  

Imagination, Creativity, and Inspiration are everywhere.

Friday, September 19, 2014

ETHOS Science Center

On Tuesday the lower elementary classes traveled to Elkhart where they spent the morning at ETHOS Science Center. The name stands for Encouraging Technology and Hands-On Science, a very appropriate name for the students’ visit!

Each student participated in three different activities including an introduction to several of the animals at the center, an exhibit scavenger hunt, and a visit to the star lab. The center’s animal wrangler took the bearded dragons and the ball python from their tanks to give the students a close up view which included being able to touch the animal.

During the exhibit scavenger hunt the students moved through the exhibits in pairs and small groups doing activities and marking them off of their lists.  In the star lab the students sat inside an inflatable dome and learned about stars and constellations.

On our return to school the students in Room 106 wrote about their field trip. Some first year student comments included:

  • “Today we went to ETHOS Science Center and we learned about the stars.”
  • “We learned about holograms. I love holograms.”     
  • “We learned about the stars and the bearded dragon. My favorite was the Earth spinning on air.”
  • Second year students wrote:
  • “What I liked best was holding the bearded dragon and exploring all of the science stuff.”
  • “We went on a field trip to ETHOS Science Center. My favorite thing was the star lab. I liked the star lab because we saw constellations. I saw the Big Dipper.”
  • “I did electricity experiments. I got to pet a bearded dragon and a ball python. Its name was B.P. It was fun.
  • Third year students also enjoyed the field trip and wrote about their favorite activities.
  • “One of my favorite things to was the exhibits. I liked the hologram exhibit. It had a whole bunch of holograms.”
  • “Today we went to ETHOS Science Center. In the star lab I learned that the North Star never moves.  We also did a science hunt. We got to go in the hologram room. Pictures looked like they were coming out of their frames.”
  • “I want to go back to ETHOS.”

I am positive that all of the students and teachers would agree!

Friday, September 12, 2014


Ask the UE students about the DEADLY GLOW experiments that they have been conducting.

After Camp Eberhart, we learned about invisible ultra violet rays from the sun. How can we protect ourselves from them?

Using uv beads, the students enjoyed coming up with many new “What If” imaginative ideas to test the beads and see if and when ultra violet rays are reaching them. Experimenting with ways to block the sun rays was very imaginative and successful. Predictions were flying everywhere! 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

6 + 1 Traits of Writing Lessons

The Lower Elementary students are enjoying participating on the 6 + 1 Traits of Writing Lessons.

Our lessons use picture books to model good writing and provide our students with fun writing experiences.  What a better way to inspire our young writers than by celebrating he design, illustration and words of fine literature?
Currently, we are learning to generate ideas. The trait of ideas deals with the heart of the piece of writing. What is the topic?  Is the topic narrow enough so that the writer can be specific with lots of good details?  Is the topic interesting, and does the writer have knowledge or experience on that topic to make the writing come alive?  

Young writers do not always think they have strong ideas for writing.  As we read the pictures books together, we talk about the writer's idea and how often a simple idea became an inspiration for the book.  The children learn to see they can use the ideas in the picture books as springboards for ideas in their own pieces. 

Each month, we will introduce a new trait.       

The six traits are:
1.  Ideas
2.  Organization
3.  Voice
4.  Word Choice
5.  Sentence Fluency
6.  Conventions