Lead Teacher :: EJ Turner: eturner@mdpsc.org
Assistant Teacher :: Kaylee Campbell: kcampbell@mdpsc.org

October Web Post

October brings with it cooler temperatures, pumpkin spice lattes, and many fun and exciting activities for our classroom. Along with parent volunteer opportunities now beginning, we have an array of special events coming up such as Child as Teacher Night, Parent-Teacher Conferences, and the Character Parade.

Child as Teacher Night will be held on Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017. This is a popular event for students as they take on the role of teacher and teach their parents something they’ve learned so far this year. Please sign up for a time slot on Bloomz.

Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place on October 26th and 27th. Please sign up for a time slot on Bloomz.  If you would like to set an alternate time please contact Mrs. Turner via email.

The Character Parade will be on Friday, October 20th from 9am to 9:45am. Parents are welcome to attend! The children may wear a costume that pertains to a character from a book they have. The children MUST bring the book to school with them. Since Friday is not an early dismissal day the children will need to bring in their uniform to change into after the parade. NO scary characters (We don’t want to scare the Primary students.) or weapons please!

We will be busy in the classroom getting everything ready for International Day and we cannot be more excited! We will be talking about our cultural heritage and preparing flags. Information on the potluck can be found on Bloomz. International Day will be on Saturday, November 4th, 2017 from 11:00am to 1:00pm. This is a wonderful event where we commemorate our different cultural backgrounds. Junior Elementary students will have a Family Tree display.

The Butter Braid fundraiser is here! Order forms have gone home in the Friday Folders. If you would like an additional order form, please print one out by clicking the link below. We will be using the funds to pay for a PE teacher. Delivery will occur BEFORE Thanksgiving, which means one less thing to cook! Orders and funds are due November 3rd. Delivery will be November 16th.

This year we are using Bloomz to communicate with parents. All parents will be required to sign up for the Bloomz application. Bloomz will allow the school and teacher to inform you of any relevant information, such as emergency closures or classroom events, in a timely fashion via text or email. Bloomz will be used to sign up for conferences and volunteer opportunities. This service will also allow parents to send a message to the teacher and other parents.  This is a free service that does not share your information with others. If you are having trouble joining, please let me know.

Every month we will be sending home Scholastic catalogs. If you would like to place an order online, please visit https://orders.scholastic.com/L8RQC . Our class code is L8RQC. You can also return the order form and payment to us. October book orders are due on 10/20/17.


Important Dates in September and October

  • Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017 – Child as Teacher @ 3:30-6pm (See Bloomz to reserve your time)
  • Monday – Friday, October 9-13, 2017 – Fall Break *Extended Care
  • Friday, October 20th, 2017 – Character Parade @ 9-9:45am
  • Thursday & Friday, October 26th & 27th, 2017 – Early Release (Parent/Teacher Conferences)@ 11:30am *Extended Care ***See Bloomz for Conference Sign Ups****
  • Saturday, November 4th, 2017 – International Day @ 11am – 1pm
  • Friday, November 10th, 2017 – NO SCHOOL (Veteran’s Day)
  • Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 – Early Release *Extended Care
  • Friday, November 17th, 2017 – Great Skate @ 5pm-7:30pm
  • Thursday & Friday, November 23rd & 24th, 2017 – NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Holiday) **NO Extended Care



Besides the individual lessons the children receive throughout  the week, during the month of October we will be learning  about;

  • Reflexive Pronouns – We will learn that a reflexive pronoun is a special pronoun that ends in -self or -selves.
  • Abstract Nouns – We will learn that abstract nouns are concepts or ideas, attributes or features, and feelings. These are things that cannot be heard, seen, smelled, tasted, or touched.
  • Pronouns – We will learn that a pronoun is a word that takes the place of a noun and that they allow speakers and writers to avoid repeating the same nouns over and over again.  As a class we will look at different sentences and mark the pronouns with a purple acute-angled isosceles triangle, which is the Montessori grammar symbol for pronouns.
  • Conjunctions – We will learn that a conjunction is a connecting word that joins two parts of a sentence together.
  • Coordinating & Subordinating Conjunctions – We will learn that coordinating and subordinating conjunctions are used to form compound and complex sentences.
  • Complex Singular/Plural Nouns – We will learn about complex singular nouns and how to convert them to plural nouns by adding “es”, changing the “y” to “i” and adding “es”, or by changing the spelling of the word (fox/foxes, foot/feet, family/families, shelf/shelves).
  • Punctuation (period and question mark)- We will learn that question mark is used at the end of a sentence that asks something and that a period is used at the end of a statement. We will look at some sentences and determined if they require a period or a question mark at the end.
  • Prepositions – We will learn about A preposition shows the relationship between two words in a sentence, such as, on, in, under, and above.  As a class we will look at different sentences and mark the propositions with a green crescent shape, which is the Montessori grammar symbol for propositions.




Besides the individual math lessons the children receive throughout the week, during the month of August we will be learning about;

  • The children will be practicing their addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division using the stamp game, multiplication board, and bead frame, according to their level.
  • Dot Game – This activity introduces the child to the 10,000 place value and allows the child a further level of mathematical abstraction in addition and multiplication.
  • Multiplication Board – This activity helps the child with comprehension of and memorization of multiplication facts.
  • Peg Board – This material is used for demonstrating the mechanism of finding multiples and square roots of numbers.
  • 1st years CCP lessons – We will be introduced to addition and subtraction facts to 20. They will learn that you can use different methods to solve an equation. They will learn the meaning of the equal sign and determining if an equation is true or false. They will work on finding the missing numbers in equations and learn that they can count on or use a related fact to find the missing number.
  • 2nd years CCP lessons – We will learn reading and writing numbers to 1000. We discussed writing numbers in expanded and word form ( 362 is 300 + 60 + 2). They will be introduced to comparing numbers. We will compare two three-digit numbers based on the meaning of the hundreds, tens, and ones digits. We will use the symbols >, =, and < to record the results of our comparisons (925 > 826). We will learn that > means greater than, < means less than, and that = means equal to. They will be introduced to adding two-digit numbers with regrouping. They will learn that when you add the units in a two-digit number and it equals a number greater than nine that they will need to move the ten over to the tens place. They will be introduced to identifying and explaining patterns in arithmetic. They will learn that a pattern has two parts: the starting number and how to find the next number in the pattern
  • 3rd years CCP lessons – We will continue to learn that multiplication and division are related, in order to help them be able to fluently multiply and divide to 100. They will learn about the zero property and the identity property of multiplication. The zero property says that if you multiply any number by 0, the product is 0. The identity property of multiplication says that if you multiply any number by 1, the product is that number. They will be introduced to using an equation to solving two-step word problems. They will learn that they must read the word problem carefully and gather all of the information needed to solve the word problem in two steps. They will be shown that they could use multiple strategies to solve the equations and to check their answers by using estimation or working in reverse.


Virtues of the Month

During the month we will be discussing a weekly virtue with the children. Your help in reminding them about these virtues and how to practice them would be greatly appreciated.

  • Forgiveness – Forgiveness is overlooking the mistakes others make and loving them just as much as before. Forgiving does not mean that all of a sudden you do not feel hurt or that the wrong choice someone made was right. It means that you find it in your heart to give the person another chance. Talk to your child about ways they can show forgiveness at home. Your help in reminding them about this virtue and how to practice it would be greatly appreciated.
  • Peacefulness – Peacefulness is an inner sense of calm that can come in moments of silent reflection. It is a way of becoming very quiet and looking at things so you can understand them. In class we talked about how peacefulness allows us to be free of trouble and worry, and how we can practice peace by reflecting and meditating. At home, talk about ways your child can practice peacefulness when they have a disagreement with someone to solve the problem. Your help in reminding them about this virtue and how to practice it would be greatly appreciated.
  • Trustworthiness – Trustworthiness means you can be counted on. When you are trustworthy, if you make a promise or a vow, you keep your word no matter how hard it becomes. Your help in reminding them about this virtue and how to practice it would be greatly appreciated.
  • Helpfulness – Helpfulness is being of service to someone. When you are being helpful, you do useful things that make a difference. Helpfulness can be doing something that others cannot do for themselves, things they don’t have time to do, or just little things that make life easier. Your help in reminding them about this virtue and how to practice it would be greatly appreciated.


Composers of the Month

During the month of October, each week,  we be discussing the following composers and compositions with the children.

  • Benjamin Britten – The second movement (Playful Pizzicato) from the Simple Symphony.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven – The third movement (Pastoral) from Symphony No. 6.
  • William Byrd – Qui Passe
  • Zoltan Kodaly – Viennese Musical Clock from Hary Janos