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Update from our Head of School - November 18, 2022

Good Evening Families, Make sure you take a look at the Cortland Standard tonight! Mrs. Boyden is on the front page with some of our kiddos talking about the grant that she just obtained for our STEM program. So many exciting things have happened in our building this week. All of our children have been taking advantage of the Scholastic Book Fair, Mrs. Hull has had some of our children being trained in a special program called The Circle Keepers, the second grade travelled to SUNY Morrisville to see the trout program at the fish hatchery, and the pheasants we have been raising in the Rural Life Lab were released and so much more! I have two very special announcements: 1. We need substitutes. If you are interested, please email me your resume with 2 references. 2. Please think about becoming a member of the New York Charter Schools Parent Advocacy group-see the flyer attached. Upcoming Dates 11/22 October Student of the Month Breakfast 11/23-11/24 No School-Thanksgiving Recess 12/2-November Student of the Month Celebration 12/12-Coffee with Kerryanne 10am-11am 12/12- Coffee with Kerryanne 5:30pm-6:30pm 12/12-Board of Trustees meeting 7pm Note from Mrs. Hull Thank you to everyone who supported our food drive and Book Fair this week! We are so fortunate to have such an amazing school family! If you missed the Book Fair, there is still time to shop online at Updates for the Classrooms: First Grade This week in 1st grade we: -Started learning our L blends! -Learned about the attributes of a triangle! Ask you kiddo what all triangles have in common! -Learned what a Quadrilateral is! -Practiced solving word problems with Ms. Laurie! -Started a new Math unit, using 1st grade strategies to count on! -Had a great time picking out books from the book fair! -Watched our pheasants be released into their natural habitat! -Had so much fun finishing our 5 senses unit with a Taste Test with a Bitter surprise! -Enjoy dressing up for Spirit Week and seeing all the fun outfits! -Started planning for our Mac and Cheese Contest! Students spent time thinking about all the ingredients that they would want to try in their Mac and Cheese! -Learned so much more about the Human Body! This week we learned about the Muscular System and Digestive System! Ask students what organs are used to digest food and in what order! *Please send all students with winter gear everyday so they can enjoy spending time outside! Second Grade Ask your Second Grader about...-their field lesson to the Trout Hatchery, -how many trout eggs we bright back to school to put in our school fish tank, -what they are creating and teaching in our Trout PBL, -what they like about doing PBL's, -how they celebrated World Kindness Day, -reading the book "Turkey in Trouble," -what they disguised their turkey as, -the persuasive letter they are writing to Mr. Tur Key, -their favorite strategy to use to solve addition and subtraction story problems, -releasing our school pheasants into the wild! Third Grade his week the 3rd graders: *worked with the spelling pattern for t and ed *used awesome adjectives to describe an animal *worked hard in our new Math stations * practiced solving multiplication problems and worked with addition facts *went on a virtual field trip and learned about white corn *saw the pheasants be released *read about life in ancient Egypt and wrote about whether or not they would like to live there *got our pet crayfish in their classroom habitat and made initial observations about them! They are awesome!!! Fourth Grade This week the fourth-grade read the expository text, Letters from Yosemite, by Lisa Halvorsen. The class worked on identifying the main idea and details. We also studied writing a personal narrative and using a scoring rubric. The class started reading Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate di Camillo. We will work on several comprehension skills, and story elements as we read the novel. Everyone continues to work on division facts and solving division story problems. The class continues to work on behavioral expectations in and outside of the classroom. Spanish In Spanish this week we read a story about a bear and a little girl, El Oso y La Nina, which is a twist on the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Many of the kiddos enjoy watching a PBS video series called Salsa. It is complete in Spanish and the children really like it. Here is a link in case you are interested in watching episodes at home.Salsa PBS PE/STEM This week in PE we started our chasing, fleeing & dodging unit in all grades! TAG Games - Fan favorite! Ask your child which one was their favorite! In STEM this week we made fishing poles to get ready for our math fact fishing game for the next couple weeks!

Art In Art class this week, we began to explore stamp making. Our stamps were made of halved apples dipped in paint to create festive harvest pumpkins complete with stems and vines made of pipe cleaners and googly eyes. Students had fun developing narratives, making expressive faces, or creating abstracts playing with the medium. We will be exploring stamps again in future classes. ~Mrs. S. “Be yourself, everyone else is already taken” —Oscar Wi Kerryanne Schenck Head of School Truxton Academy Charter School pronouns: she, her, hersOffice: (607) 842-6252 Ext. 109 Cell: (607) 218-2268

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