Wednesday, April 26, 2017

April 2017

Spring has arrived and as usual I wonder where the year has gone. The students are busy working on special research reports, practicing songs for closing exercises, and getting into shape for field day. Whew! We don’t wind down at Breck…we buckle down and accomplish a great deal!

Parents need a clean calendar to record all the special events that are happening in May and early June. It will be important to know that your child is working hard and will need some down time, or rest during these busy weeks. The overlap of community events, music recitals, and family festivities only adds to a hectic feeling. Let’s have the mindset to spend a few hours a week outside in nature, observing and enjoying the changes of the season. It is such a short and precious time, especially in Minnesota.

Our parent Moving UP events have begun. Although we still have a lot of important time in the present grade, these events will give you parents a little peek or preview of next year. The teachers presenting have worked hard to share the excitement and possibilities in a new grade and will be able to answer your questions. Look at the Breck calendar to see when your grade level meets.
Here is what I have:
April 5th was the kindergarten meeting (Moving Up to First Grade)
April 20th was the second grade meeting (Moving Up to Third Grade)
April 27th will be the preschool meeting (Moving Up to Kindergarten)
May 4th will be the third grade meeting (Moving Up to Fourth Grade)
May 11th will be the first grade one meeting (Moving Up to Second Grade)
May 16th will be the fourth grade meeting (Moving Up to Middle School)

Teachers are also putting together some suggested activities for the summer. These are geared to keep learning present during the summer, in a fun and interactive way. All items are optional. Parents have appreciated ideas for those days that seem to need a boost. We all want to work as a team to keep children sharp in their skills and motivated to make learning connections on many levels.  Even when it is summer, children can play games to practice math skills, read and read some more, think like a scientist, and explore the world around them. Enjoy this time together as a family! It does go by much too quickly!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

January 2017!

Happy New Year!  There is so much to share! The new initiatives for 2016-17 are going well. Our students are eating more healthily at lunchtime. Discussions in classrooms when planning ahead seem to be the best arena for thinking about the good choices of food we are given at Breck School. Students are trying foods from all the food groups. More salad choices have been given and students are taking advantage of trying new foods. The preschool/kindergarten salad table is a hit. Even the students in grades 1-4 like to see what new foods are being offered and willing to try kale, beets, and couscous.

The STEAM initiative has also taken off. Students have shared that STEAM is one of their favorite parts of the day. Today I walked by the STEAM room and saw students building with wood, hammers, and nails. Of course they were wearing their safety goggles and earplugs!  (Photos of this activity to come.)

Coding continues to be popular among students Preschool-Fourth and beyond. The Hour of Code or our own Breck Code-In was a hit. The fact that it was also pajama day was a double reward. (The whole school had Pajama Day, which was from earning points for all the food collected back in October during the Breck Scares Hunger. ) Way to go Breck!


We have a lot to share with prospective parents and students during our admission season. Thankfully we have the help of fourth grade leaders. This group of fourth graders has proven to be very passionate and articulate when sharing their own Breck experiences.