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Greetings families of most awesome kids! The year is flying, and we are excited to see the progress our students are making since September. Thank you for joining us for conferences. We really enjoyed the chance to meet with you! We will have more opportunities throughout the year for you to come to East End and be a part of our learning community. As Thanksgiving approaches, we are very thankful for the great kids we get to spend our day with, and their families. Have a great break, Marilyn Melton & Mat Brown Side By Side Our students are working on an exciting project. We are working with filmmakers to create four silent movies telling the stories of different Native American Legends. We will be taking the legends through the same process filmmakers use starting with story boards, writing a script, filming. We even had a chance to work with actor Meg Christie, who led the kids through a set of exercises to help kids with their acting skills, and how to express themselves with their faces and bodies. It was a lot of fun! Stay tunes for an invitation to our film presentations. Native American Study Our students have been using technology to learn about our earliest Americans. We are studying their culture and their legends. After the break we will start research projects with opportunities for kids to choose ways to show their learning...slideshows, reports, posters, or ideas of their choosing. We will end our studies with a feast for families, and a chance for you to see their projects. FYI *As the weather gets colder, don’t forget hats and mittens, and sooner than we would like, boots and snowpants. *Healthy snacks help your child get through the morning! *Remember to have your child read 30 minutes a day for at least 5 days a week, and check for math homework they may have. “As we express our gratitude, may we never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” John F. Kennedy
Posted by Mathew Brown  On Nov 24, 2016 at 7:03 PM 1 Comment
  
Hello all, we we are coming down the homestretch of the 2015-16 school year!  It has absolutely flown by. Here is an update to what we have been doing and what we will be doing in the classroom over the next month.   MEA testing started last week for 3rd grade. I love to use analogies with the kids and I told them not to be nervous, anxious, or scared. We have been preparing for this all year, just like an athlete trains or practices or a performer rehearses their lines or practices with their instrument. This is simply the "performance". I always remind them to relax, focus, and do their best thinking and work. If they do that, they will be just fine!  Remember all the skills and strategies we have practiced this year and in years past. Next week in math, we will begin our division unit, unit 8. Students will be able to understand the meaning of division and why we use division. Some of the ways to understand division is sharing equally, repeated subtraction, and through finding a missing factor in a multiplication fact.  In unit 9, we will continue division by learning about division facts and the inverse relationship between multiplication and division.  In writing and content, we are starting to write persuasive essays around scientific principles and ideas. Students will choose an idea and will have to persuade other students and teachers by using facts in their argument. Currently, the students are trying to persuade Mrs. Fream to let them conduct the Mentos and soda experiment!  If you do not know what that is, ask your child, they are pretty excited about it! As a reminder, parent/teacher/student conferences will be Thursday and Friday, April 28th and 29th. Please be on the lookout for information coming home over the next few days. We would like to have all the conferences scheduled before spring break since conferences are the week we come back.  Thank you you for your continued support! Mr. Brown
Posted by Mathew Brown  On Apr 05, 2016 at 7:49 PM
  
Hello folks, Here we are in December and it seems like we are starting to hit a groove.  Math groups are in place, students are getting in the routine of reading with endurance and fidelity, they are working hard on writing and are being thoughtful and respectful learners.  We have a wonderful team full of wonderful teachers and staff. In math, we have been working on number sense, triple digit addition and subtraction, estimating, and mental math.  During writing, we have been working on forming good sentences, which in turn create great paragraphs and stories with lots of details and descriptive words.  My goal is to post student work on each individual student's webstie at a site called Weebly.  This is a private site but will enable the students to share a special code so family members and friends can see all their hard work.  In science, we have been talking about lifecycles.  Right now, we are working on shadow boxes to show each student's animals lifecycle.  I have such a wonderful group of kids and learners and can see them growing emotionally and academically each day.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me any time. Sincerely, Mr. Brown
Posted by Mathew Brown  On Dec 07, 2015 at 1:54 PM
  
Welcome back! Hopefully we are turning the page on winter and spring will be soon coming!  I don't know about you but I'm tired of all this snow, mainly because we are running out of room to put it. We are also turning the page academically.  The students have been working incredibly hard on their math, reading, writing, and science.  We are finishing up our multiplication and division units this week and we will be starting on fractions next week.  Very exciting! In reading, today we started our biography reading unit, which is a great transition from our non-fiction expository texts.  Students will learn that although biographies are non-fiction, they are read like fiction stories...each character has overcome some obstacle to become who they were.  Students will learn how to make connections with their own lives to those characters in biographies. Our writing unit on weather will be winding down this week as well, and we will be transitioning into persuasive writing, which is always a fun unit and the students love to be persuasive writers. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Sincerely, Mr. Brown
Posted by Mathew Brown  On Feb 23, 2015 at 8:13 PM
  
Welcome to my new website.  I apologize for using and/or trying so many different mediums of communication this year.  My intentions are to make is as easy as possible for both you and I to keep in touch and communicate.  Now that the school district has rolled out this site and has mandated that all schools use this, I will keep all information on this website. You will be able to download your child's homework, send any questions directly to me, ask questions about curriculum, submit reading logs, and much more!  Hopefully this will streamline the communications process. If you have any questions, please to not hesitate to contact me.  You can click on the "Contact Me" link on the left hand banner from my webpage and it will send me a secure email. Sincerely, Mr. Brown
Posted by Mathew Brown  On Feb 10, 2015 at 9:59 AM