Tired of the four same walls however many rooms there are in your house? If so, go somewhere else virtually! This link(https://www.btsb.com/virtual-tours/) will take you to National Park tours; webcams from zoos, aquariums, museums, etc; and lots of other places around the country and around the world! Here is a sample of the variety:
10:00 – Check out Peter Reynolds reading a book a day on Facebook.
11:00 – Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems. (about 20-25 minutes
12:00 – Draw Every Day with Jarrett Krosoczka (live on YouTube daily)
Check Mrs. Matthews page or the Hawks homepage for other special events and activities.
The second and third graders had a joint 2 part Library listening and activity. They first listened to Oh, The Places You’ll Go! at Library this week. Before leaving they told where they would go if they could travel anywhere they wanted. The answers were as varied as the students.
They returned for the activity–making a hot air balloon. Working in pairs (a 2nd grader and a 3rd grader) they blew up and tied their balloons. Not an easy task for many. Then, using straws and tape they connected the balloon to a plastic cup. The final challenge came next. Can you move your cup across the table without touching it. Success was measured in inches, but everyone gave it a try.
The Book Fair is here! Click on the link to shop online. https://www.scholastic.com/bf/hayspringspublicschool1
In school sales start Monday, Feb 3rd and continue through Monday, Feb 10th. The Fair will be open during Parent-Teacher Conferences on Thursday, Feb 6th.
Students at Hay Springs Public School use a software program called Accelerated Reader. This program has a special feature called “Home Connect”, which you and your student can access outside of school from any computer with an internet connection. Home Connect allows you to view information about your student’s progress. It also allows you to sign up to receive email notifications after your student completes an activity or assessment at school.
Log in to Home Connect Website by using this link:
(The user name and password are the same as your student uses to log into his/her AR account at school.)
A help video can be found at:
If you have questions about Home Connect, please call Mrs. Matthews at school in the afternoon.
Carole Matthews, School Librarian
The Kindergarten through Third grade students studied one author this month. We began with a biographical video then read books by each author.
Kindergarten – Eric Carle, author and illustrator
We read A House for Hermit Crab and The Mixed up Chameleon. After reading A House for Hermit Crab we decorated a picture of a shell for hermit crab’s house.
First – Mo Willems
We read The Pigeon has to go to School and drew pictures of Pigeon. We also read I’m a Frog.
Second – Mem Fox, an Australian author
We read Magic Hat and drew what we would become if the hat landed on us. We also read Koala Lou.
Third – Eve Bunting
We read Dandelions, a book about Nebraska homesteaders and The Night Tree. After reading The Night Tree we talked and wrote about what the family experienced with their five senses.
Top Checkouts from Last Month
Llama Llama hoppity-hop
Pete the cat and the Cool Cat Boogie
Pete the Cats Checks out the Library
Alexander, Who used to be Rich Last Sunday
Chapter Books and NonFiction
Eva and the New Owl
Afternoon on the Amazon
Babymouse, Rock Star
Balto of the Blue Dawn
Stars above: a Lunar Chronicle Collection
The Friendship Experiment
Quote of the Month
“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” – Walt Disney
December 9-12 Hour of Code week
Symbolic Migration (https://journeynorth.org/symbolic-migration)
The Third Graders are participating in the Symbolic Migration of Monarch Butterflies. Each class participating creates individual butterflies with their first name, school, and teacher’s email. The individual butterflies are placed in a larger butterfly folder with a group picture and a letter to children in Mexico. All the butterfly packets are sent to schools in the area near the Monarchs’ winter sanctuaries. In March when the monarch butterflies migrate north, the paper butterflies are also sent north. Students don’t receive their own butterflies, but butterflies made by other students in the United States and Canada.
Check out the Map of participants in this year’s symbolic migration. Can you find us? https://maps.journeynorth.org/map/?year=2019&map=symbolic-monarch-sent
Top Checkouts In The First Quarter
High School/Middle School
The Bat Boy
The Death Cure
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Elementary – Picture Books
Should I share my Ice Cream?
Pete the Cat Saves Christmas
Pete the Cat and the Mission Cupcakes
Buzz Boy and Fly Guy
Creepy Pair of Underwear!
The Grouchy Ladybug
Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons
Chapter Books /Non Fiction
Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray
Bad Kitty meets the Baby
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: the Last Straw
The Usborne Book of Machines that Work
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down
Quote Of The Month
“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.” – Anna Quindlen in How Reading Changed My Life