Please review these videos with your child. This is a great example of creativity and initiative. We viewed the first video with some of the classes and every child has enjoyed it! I have also shown them to the IC Club groups this week. I am hoping to include some of the concepts into our IC Club as an extension or start a new Makers Club in the spring with some other ideas I have. We will include some activities in the GT classes as part of culminating project options this year. If any of your kids make cardboard arcade games at home, bring them in or send video! We would LOVE to see them!
We now have fish at both campuses in our GT room. Thank you to Jennifer Patlovany for being a great help on setting up the tank at Ellison and bringing the fish from PetSmart. The tanks were purchased from grants I was awarded from PETCO. The kids seem to love the fish already. Hoping to add more fish and water features soon! Come in to visit them!
The students completed The Cactus Hotel owls. Photos soon! You can see our display across our room at Ellison and in the main hall by kindergarten at Braun Station.
They are almost completely done with their Desert Plant Adaptation visual aids. They look super awesome...such creativity! The students learned about a specific desert plant and how it survives in the desert. They then created their plant and added the adaptations so we can all learn something.
Some students have started their next project which is either a PowerPoint and Scrapbook or a Desert Game. More information is on the Links Tab.
We are looking for any scrapbooking items that may be used for our project. Thanks for all the items in so far! They have really helped with these projects in fabulous ways.
I have marked received items on SignUpGenius and added new ones that we need for upcoming activities. Make sure to read notes under the item on the left. Thank you parents!
Please also sign up for Remind (previously Remind 101) if you have not already. It is the quickest way to send out information. If you need the code and info, first check your child's Parent section in their binder. If the information sheet is not there, please email me.
The ALPHA T-shirts created by MZR Shirts will be delivered on Friday. I will check them over and send them home next week. Yay! If you still need to pay or were not able to order one, please contact me asap.
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The anthology, titled "Happiness Is..." at Braun Station and “Bee-ginnings” at Ellison, will include student artwork and writing pieces. All students and classes may enter artwork and/or writing to Ms. Longoria to be included in the anthology from today through April 17th. Students may also submit artwork for the cover contest. The deadline for the cover contest submissions is January 30th. Funding for the publication of the anthology comes from the Deanan Popcorn fundraiser in December. All teacher, students who have published submissions, and 4th grade Anthology editors receive a free copy of the anthology.
I am personally asking that each ALPHA student consider submitting at least one writing or art piece to the anthology. This is a wonderful way to be included in such a creative endeavor. Entries should be ALPHA-quality, so please include creativity concepts of flexibility, fluency, originality, and elaboration. In other words, think of something in a new way and express it through writing or artwork with plenty of details.
You have plenty of time to be inspired!
Ms. Longoria is a GT/Enrichment specialist at Braun Station Elementary and Bonnie Ellison Elementary