School notesFrom the Oct. 6, 2012, print edition.
Monday Oct. 8 is a teacher workday.
Red Wing High School
Tuesday is dress your best day.
On Wednesday, three buses of students will attend the College Fair at the Minneapolis Convention Center while students at school will dress in outfits that clash.
Wednesday night will bring back Wednesday Night of Fun where high school students are invited to the football field for games and fun activities.
Thursday is twin day.
Friday is Winger Spirit Day.
Homecoming Friday brings learning, games, fun, a new Wall of Honor inductee and a great pep fest. Beginning at 4:30 p.m. the entire community is invited to the parking lot for live music and tailgating.
Twin Bluff Middle School
Twin Bluff Middle School students in Vickie de Jager-Pound's classroom experienced the life cycle of butterflies up close. They watched as each caterpillar built a chrysalis and then emerged as a butterfly. Last week they released the butterflies on the bluff behind the school.
Burnside Today announcers
Staff members filling in as announcers for Burnside Today this week include Joyce Peterson and Bill Pfohl along with special guests Guy News and Cam Corder. Fourth-graders interested in auditioning for Burnside Today announcer and camera positions have returned their parent permission forms and auditions will begin this week. Fourth-graders will assume all of the morning show announcer duties beginning Oct. 15.
Fourth-grade music classes are learning to play the Japanese Taiko drums from a member of Mu Daiko, a taiko group from Minneapolis. Through a grant written by our teacher Iris Shiraishi, each class participates in three lessons, learning the language, stance and rhythm patterns of this ancient art.
Burnside students have finished up their first rotation of art with Joyce Peterson and they have begun a computer rotation with Rebecca Lippert. In art, second-graders made a jungle collage using the work of artist Henri Rousseau as inspiration. Third-graders learned about the Japanese art of Notan and made a cut paper design using those principles.
Fourth-graders looked at and discussed images that were simple but still had a strong visual impact. They then imagined a simple image of their own and created it using only paper and a scissors.
Third-graders will be going on a field trip to Oxbow Park in Byron, Minn. Neil Lahammer and Gina Borgen’s classes will go Wednesday Oct. 10 and Rachel Glover and Kim Thompson’s classes on Oct. 11. The rest of third grade will be going the following week.
On Friday Oct. 12 the Red Wing High School cheerleaders will be at Burnside selling homecoming items before school at 8:45 a.m. At 9:15 all students will attend a pep-fest in the gym.
Oct. 3 we had 33 students participate in our walking/biking to school program. Our winner drawn was Cheyenne Tyler from Ms. Maki’s first-grade class.
Family Reading Night
Family Reading Night will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday Oct. 9 in the Sunnyside large gym for students and their families. Author David LaRochelle! David will share storytelling and drawing, puppets used to perform a stage presentation of "The Best Pet of All" and pictures of where and how he makes his books.
Red Wing High School cheerleaders and football players will be here mid-morning Thursday Oct. 11 to put on a pep fest in the large gym.
The next elementary Parent Advisory Council meeting will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday Oct. 12 in the library. All parents are welcome.
The children cut out a large white leaf, then sponge painted it with vibrant colors of fall. They also worked on a fashion collage using magazine and sales ad cutouts.
St. John's School
Parent/teacher Ccnferences will be Monday Oct. 15 and Tuesday Oct. 16. Please complete the sign up form and return to the office by Monday Oct. 8.
Students in grades 3-8 completed Terra Nova testing Oct. 5.
Kindergartners are working with “teen” numbers. This can be hard to learn, but the students are getting the idea. The study of five senses continues. Students tasted various crunchy, salty, sweet and bitter things
Accelerated Reader goals have been set. You can check out how many points your child needs by checking the chart located on the inside classroom window.
Third-graders are working on fact families. Fourth-grade math lessons are about place and value. Fifth-graders are polishing up their multiplication skills.
Students used a portfolio form to show their work and explain their reasons on a math problem they selected. Students have been assigned books about English colonies: Jamestown, Salem, Plymouth and Williamsburg. This week they have been reading aloud from the books they are assigned.
Colvill Kids 3’s
Miss Katie’s classes are reading “10 Red Apples” by Pat Hutchins. They will taste and graph a favorite apple. They will paint and make an apple, then pretend in an apple stand.
Colvill Kids Mixed Ages
Miss Lila’s class is learning about leaves. They will read “Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf” by Lois Ehlert. They also will make our a tree with leaves using arm, hand, and fingers and make a leaf print.
Colvill Kids 4’s
Miss Catie’s classes are reading “Fall Leaves Fall” by Zoe Hall. They are learning the letter Aa with Andy Apple. They are celebrating green on Thursday or Friday.
There is no school for Colvill Kids and Early Childhood Family Education Monday Oct. 8. Head Start will have class.
Early childhood screening
Early childhood screening dates are Oct. 11, Oct. 25, and Nov. 8. Minnesota requires screening for all children before they enter kindergarten. Please call 651-385-8000 to schedule a screening time for your child age 3 or over.
Adventures in Learning Preschool
With the help of Nevaeh's mom, the students learned the routine of checking out books from the church library. After sorting fall leaves into color groups, the students made a fall wreath. The felt board, a song, a puzzle and a spider climbing up our pipe in the classroom made Itsy, Bitsy Spider come to life for the students.
Sawyer's mom helped the students make Halloween cats and read to them in the library. The students went for a walk to see the fall leaves and they discovered all the different colors of the leaves before painting their own fall tree. They graphed which color was the classes favorite fall color. Red won. They had their first fire drill.
Under the Rainbow
Children learned about apples. They had many fun art projects such as finger-painting apples, handprint apple trees, and painted an apple. They pretended to pick apples and make applesauce, and had an apple taste test. Their book of the week was "Under the Apple Tree."
Children had a great week learning about bears. They read books like "Goldilocks And The Three Bears", "Brown Bear Brown Bear" and "Care Bears." The children enjoyed going on an outside bear hunt, and even had a day of cooking porage.
Jumpstart has been learning all about Fall! The children have been bringing in leaves from home to share with the class, and use for some activities. They are doing a fall color collages, tree rubbings, and leaf observations. Some books they are reading are "Why Do Fall Leaves Change Color", "What Happens In The Fall", and "What Are Some Fall Colors."
Red Cottage Montessori
Red Cottage children definitely noticed the change in the weather this week. They have been working hard shoveling dirt into a wheelbarrow and hauling it to one of our new garden boxes in time to plant a few bulbs before the snow.
Many children learned the seven continents of the world this week and will be practicing their pencil grips by tracing puzzle pieces of the continents to make a world map.
The extended day children have taken over the assistant's afternoon job. Not only do the children set up for lunch themselves, they now clean up. They wash the table, sweep the floor, take out the garbage and return the chairs to their proper tables. They have decided as a group that they love making the lunch area look as clean as Midge would.