Children welcomed a 15th student. The Montessori Method of introducing children when they turn 3 rather than sticking to a calendar year is benefitting everyone’s independent development — social, academic and physical.
The addition and subtraction finger boards are very popular with the older children. Many young have mastered the 1-10 number rods. They are now ready to tackle tenths, hundredths and thousandths.
There will be no school on Monday Feb. 20.
Twin Bluff Middle School
Students of the month
February students of the month are: Jayden Jech and Weston Wyatt (grade 5); Jessica Scheerer and Dana Seamans (grade 6); Braydon Potter and Morgan Zebro (grade 7).
Registration information meeting
There is a registration information meeting at Red Wing High School for incoming eighth-graders and their parents on Tuesday Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. in Hovda Hall. Please call the high school office with any questions.
The weather was warmer Feb. 15, and there were 56 walkers. This week’s winners were Nick Wooden, from Ms. Pumper’s kindergarten, Emily Estabrooks, from Ms. Maki’s first grade, and Nadia Poole, from Ms. Hicks’ second grade.
Guest readers in Mrs. Damman’s first-grade classroom this week were Derek Tembreull’s mom, Sophia Rahn’s mom and Brooklyn Gram’s aunt.
In Mrs. Fagerlund’s kindergarten room, guest readers were Blake Ulvenes’s grandparents and big brother Jorgen, Elsa Cory’s mother, Reghan Prall’s mother and Brianna Stewart’s mother.
Students made bookmarkers to coincide with “I Love to read” month. The children made Valentines using heart-shaped die-cut felt, pompoms and buttons. Staff attended the Minnesota School Age Conference.
Second- and fourth-grade music classes are beginning their preparation for their upcoming concerts. The second-grade concert is March 19 and fourth-grade concert is March 15. Third-grade classes are studying the instruments of the orchestra.
Carnival of the Animals
A program on the music of Saint-Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals” will be presented to the third grade classes on Feb. 22. A duo from Minneapolis will teach the students about how instruments were used in this music to mimic animals such as the lion, tortoise and swan. This program is funded by the Jones/Red Wing Schools Foundation.
The fourth graders are listening to the book "A Walk on a Snowy Night" by Judy Delton. They are looking for the similes in the story. The second graders are sequencing the story "Little Oh" by Laura Krauss Melmed.
The children participated in making very beautiful heart decorations to go along with Valentine’s Day.
Deb Brodie’s class started growing bean seeds in a mixture of paper towels, newspaper and apple cores covered in a ¼-inch of soil. There are four beans that have sprouted and started to grow in the compost.
As part of “I love to read” month, the following students earned reading medals in Sue Busch’s third-grade classroom: Sigrid Fitschen (gold), Ella Scott and Serenna Snider (silver) and Hayden Baker and Hayden Luhman (bronze).
Students have started their second science rotation. Molly Zervas and Donna Wordelman’s classes are learning about rocks and minerals. Peg Sutherland and Tim Ford’s classes are learning about electricity and magnetism. Joanna Milo and Stephanie Ryan’s classes are learning about the immune system. Mike Pagel and Char Auge’s classes are learning about water and the water cycle.
St. John's School
School spirit week
Next week is school spirit week. Tuesday, Feb. 21, is Backwards Day, Wednesday, Feb. 22 is Hero Day, and Thursday, Feb. 23 is Orange and Black Day. There is no school Monday, Feb. 20, or Friday, Feb. 24, when grades 4-8 will be attending the New Ulm basketball tournament.
Little Blessings Preschoolers
Little Blessings parent/teacher conferences will be held on Thursday, Feb. 23. Please sign up outside the classroom door. "Jesus Helps His Friends Catch Fish" is the Bible lesson this week.
Students went to the library on Monday for story time with Mrs. Martin. They also went for a walk, with each taking a turn deciding which way to turn when we reached a corner. This was a good review of left and right.
Grades 1, 2
Students completed their study of the moon. Celebrating eight weeks of perfect spelling are Joseph Engel, Devin Klatt, Mackenzie Nelson, Cheyenne Verdugo, Adam Dilks and Isabella Goeman. Tori Pritchard and Joseph Engel have completed another Memory Treasure chart.
Grades 3, 4, 5
Third-graders have practiced fact triangles and learned about ratios in math class. Fourth graders worked on finding the whole of a fraction while fifth graders are adding and subtracting mixed numbers. In science class we went over atomic number and mass.
Everyday Math 6 worked on solving equations by finding equivalent equations. Transition Math worked in algebraic fractions, the distributive property and areas of shapes. Algebra students learned to identify the domain and range of a function, and they learned about independent and dependent variables.
Students divided into groups to prepare their mushroom farms for science. Eventually they will be able to harvest and eat these.
Spring pictures are scheduled for Feb. 28 and 29. Group classroom photos need to be purchased in advance. Individual picture packages will be available for sale at the Colvill Family Center office approximately three weeks after pictures are taken.
Colvill Kids 3’s
Miss Tina’s classes will be reading "Goodnight Moon" by Margaret Wise Brown. They will be talking about what we do to get ready for bed at night and cutting circle moons to make a night sky picture.
Colvill Kids Mixed Ages class
Miss Katie’s class will be talking about nursery rhymes. They will sing some nursery rhyme raps and talking about the letter Rr with Reggie Rooster. They will read the book "Three Little Kittens" by Paul Galdone and play a dish and spoon game.
Colvill Kids 4’s Classes
Miss Catie’s classes will be reading "Bear Snores On" by Karma Wilson. They will also be learning the letter Bb with Bennie Bear and some facts about bears. They will be hibernating in our class “cave.”