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Update from our Head of School - June 4, 2022

Hello Families and Supporters,


Happy Saturday! While we had a short week this week at school because of Memorial Day, it was a very busy one. With the end of the year coming up, our classrooms are still busy learning, while at the same time, our teachers are busy doing end of the year assessments and planning fun activities for the end of the year to celebrate the community we have spent all year building.


Our classes have spent more time outside and in the gardens this week. We now have a pretty full garden planted and are moving into the caring for it phase. This means classes will be watering the garden and doing weed control. This will need to continue over the summer. If you have any time you can commit to helping water and weed over the summer, please contact the office so we can put together a list of volunteers. Our goal is to grow a lot of food which can be used in our cafeteria.


Next week will also be busy as we have quite a few events. We are participating in the Cortland County Dairy Parade on June 7th. If you are interested in joining us, please fill out the following survey so we can plan accordingly: https://forms.gle/bstm7Ma8VYwNioFo8

Our students have made cow masks and tails that they will be wearing, and they will be singing a song in Spanish about a cow. If you want to practice with your child, you can find the video link here: "La Vaca Lola"-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNLjdPI9zdE

We'd love to see all of our students there!

We are also having our Field Day next week on Thursday. Please send your child with sunscreen, weather appropriate shoes and clothes, and extra water. We will be outside most of the day. We have a lot of volunteers (parents, grandparents, and community members) coming in to run the activities that are planned for this fun day. Parents are welcome to join their child for this day. Please contact your child's teacher if you plan to come and spend time with your child that day.

Important Note from the Office-

As the warm weather has arrived, we are experiencing several speeding vehicles in the school zone particularly at arrival and dismissal times. Please adhere to the 15 mph speed limit and remember these are all our children.

From the Truxton Academy PTO - Read-a-Fun Fundraiser: The PTO is extending the Read-a Fun Fundraiser through June 17th. Please have your children keep reading and reaching out for sponsors. We are really excited to promote reading and help our school raise the necessary money for our ongoing needs. Thank you so much for your support! Keep reading kiddos! Ways to Help Our School Sign up for and use Amazon Smile with Truxton Academy as your chosen charity Amazon Smile is a division of amazon that donates a portion of sales from many items to a variety of charities and nonprofits. Truxton Academy is one of those nonprofits. If you are purchasing items from amazon, please go to https://smile.amazon.com/ and choose Truxton Academy as your charity of choice. Purchases you are making anyway will benefit our school. Donations Needed: ~3rd & 4th grade are looking for smores (graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate) donations for our end of year Makerspace Project. Please send these donations in with your child or feel free to drop them in the office for Mrs. Boyden. Upcoming Dates- Check out our calendar of events here: https://www.truxtonacademy.org/calendar-of-events 6/6- 4th Grade NYS Science Written Test 6/7- Cortland County Dairy Parade 7PM (Line up on Maple Ave at 5:45) 6/8- 4th Grade Field lesson to the Cortland County AgStavaganza 6/9- Field Day (Parents welcome to attend if they notify teachers) 6/13, 6:00 PM- Board of Trustees Meet and Greet- prior to the board meeting, please join the board members for light refreshments and get to know the wonderful volunteers who help govern our school 6/13, 7:00 PM- Board of Trustees Annual Meeting Board Meetings are held in person at Truxton Academy Charter School in the pavilion, weather permitting, or in Room 105. 6/14- K, K/1, and 1st grade Hiking Field Lesson and Picnic to Tinker's Falls (parents are invited to join) 6/15- 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade Hiking Field Lesson and Picnic to Tinker's Falls (parents are invited to join) 6/15- Kindergarten Graduation 5:30 PM 6/17- 4th quarter ends 6/20- No School- Juneteenth 6/23- Last day of School 6/24- Professional Development Day Updates from the classrooms: Mrs. Francis (K/1): Ask your K/1 student about: *the "most of the time" rule for when two vowels go walking *what they learned about dolphins (What did the ocean say to the dolphin? Nothing, it just waved!!) *the MAP tests *"Just Write June!" *the strategy of making groups of ten to make counting larger groups of numbers easy peasy *how we can reuse and recycle fabric to conserve natural resources (land, air, and water) *finishing their 3D playgrounds *our community circle about how having hands to ourselves helps us feel safe and happy at school (please reiterate at home) *the fun butterfly activities we did with Mrs. Elaine Miss Smith (1st): This week in first grade we: -have been continuing our assessments -working on subtracting and adding with groups of tens and ones -spent some time in the beautiful weather reviewing shapes -creating our ocean animals! If you are in the school come check out our awesome ocean bulletin board with students finished writing samples and creation of their ocean friends -had a visit from Ms. Smith's mom who came in and showed some pictures of Ms. Smith when she was in first grade! -read, The Day The Crayons Quit, and worked on recalling details and using different words for different emotions! -spent some time reviewing our controlled R rules -did a mini lesson on how we identify and write our b’s and d’s -learned about our classroom management Mirror Rule! Ask your student what that is! Ms. Jess (2nd): Ask your Second Grader about...-building homes for solitary bees like mason bees and leaf cutter bees, -taking care of our garden, -reading about ways to stay safe this summer, -how pigs, woodpeckers and otters stay safe in the summer sun, -the poster they created for summer safety, -finishing up all math and reading MAP assessments for the school year, -poetry with Ms. Bella, -the math game Partners and Teams, -and building cube houses in math. Miss Madysen (3rd): Ask your third grader about: -using starter problems to solve 3-digit addition, -shopping at the 'Stuff Mart' after Grandma gave their group $300 to spend on their road trip, -using the prefixes dis-, non-, un- to change the meaning of words -using the silent 'e' rule when applying suffixes that end in vowels or constants, -reading the play "Not So Wicked After All" that tells the story of Cinderella from the stepsisters point of view, -comparing multiple Cinderella stories, -finalizing their endangered species report and displaying them for other classes to read, -what the three states of matter are, the game we played using liquids and what states of matter occur when making Jello,' -tye-dying class shirts to wear for field days next week! Ms. Chelsea (4th): Ask your 4th grader about:- math fact practice that creates "magic pixel art" in Google Sheets and how it works! - the math themed (fractions) "Escape Room" we are working on together as a class. - the short story they are writing- the plot, characters, and main problem especially. - working on their math and ELA MAP tests - the fourth grade fun days calendar Señora H (Spanish): In Spanish we had fun reading the Spanish version of the book Good Night Zoo called Buenas Noches Gorila . We reviewed animals, numbers and food and learned a fun, new song "Buenos Dias Amigo". Here is a link to a video that shows the song we learned.:https://ny.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/exploraciones28/arte-y-mas-lesson-28/ Mrs. Boyden (PE): This week in PE 2nd, 3rd & 4th graders learned the skills and game of pickleball! K & 1 learned and practiced jump roping, we are getting good! Mrs. Boyden (Makerspace): This week in Makerspace K-2 completed their cow masks for the dairy parade, we also began a 9 circle challenge where they recreated each circle into something different! We have posted a lot of pictures of activities in the past couple of weeks. Check out our facebook and instagram pages for pictures of our students' learning throughout the year: https://www.facebook.com/truxtonacademy

Thank you, as always, for your support of our students and our school family! Enjoy the weekend!


- Sara and the Truxton Academy Team

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