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Update from our Head of School - October 29, 2021

Hello Families and Supporters,

What a fun week we had here at Truxton Academy! We ended the week with our book character parade. Thanks to all the community members and families who came out to watch and greet the kids. We had some awesome costumes and kids brought in their books, both commercially made and homemade ones to go with their costumes.

This week we had practicum students from SUNY Cortland in our school every day. They got to observe and interact with our students in all of the different classrooms and spaces in the school They will be with us for the rest of the semester learning from our teaching team on Tuesdays and Thursdays in either Ms. Smith or Ms. Jess' class and will spend another full week with us in December. We are glad to partner with SUNY Cortland to help pre-service teachers prepare to become teachers.

Community Information: Baltimore Woods in Marcellus has some great outdoor educational programs. Check out this upcoming onr for children ages 5 and up: All Kids Bike Donation We have raised almost half of the money needed to buy the strider bikes and add a biking unit to the kindergarten and first grade PE curriculum. Biking is a lifelong skill that is fun and healthy. Help our kids get a good start at it by helping raise funds for this equipment. Upcoming Dates: 11/11- Veterans Day- NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS 11/12- Parent Teacher Conferences- NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS Updates from the classrooms: Ms. Elliott (K): This week our kindergarten friends had lots of fun learning about the different types and parts of a tree. We've done lots of outdoor observations using all five of our senses and we also learned a new tree song. Mrs. Francis (K/1): Ask your K/1s about: *The letter sounds Aa and Ll and to name words which begin with those letters *How to add labels and a pop of color to writing pieces to make them even better *Different ways to make 6 *To name the 5 senses *What it means to be unique *How much fun they had on the Character Parade! Ms. Smith (1st): This week in first grade we had Sara come read us the story about the Little Old Lady That Was Not Afraid of Anything. We made a play on the life cycle of a plant and video-taped it for parents! Ms. Jess (2nd): Ask your Second Grader about-rolling up their sleeves and reading tricky words, -making addition fact cards they know and are still working on, -their feelings check in, -and their presentation from the Cortland County Dairy Princess on dairy farming then and now, what is in a cows diet and making their own TMR mix! Our Second Grader Evie wants to share her guitar making skills with her class. Please send in any empty rectangular shaped tissue boxes for her project. Thank you! Ms. Madysen (3rd): Ask your third graders about...-creating arrays, -using descriptive words to describe our pumpkin wagons, -how readers make predictions based on what's already happened in a story, -decorating pumpkins, -about our Book Character parade. Ms. G (4th): 4th graders have been working on using line plots to analyze data. They measured their classmates and first graders and used a line plot to compare, analyze, and draw conclusions about the data. Señora H (Spanish): In Spanish the students enjoyed learning about clothing, la ropa, and Day of the Dead, El Dia de los Muertos, which is celebrated in Mexico on November 1 and 2. The students in 4th and 5th grades also learned the names of the Spanish-speaking countries in Central America. If they would like to do a fun craft related to the Day of the Dead, they may go to and click on "Altar Dia de los Muertos". There are lots of Spanish videos, songs and games. Here is the login information:, Log in: Truxton, Password: 12345. Mr. C (Music): In Music K, K-1, and 1 recorded our school song (final mix forthcoming!) and began preparations for our winter concert. Our 2, 3, and 4 friends had an opportunity to explore different types of percussion instruments. Mrs. Boyden (PE): This week in PE we had some fun relay races! We celebrated Halloween on Friday with some cool Halloween themed stations in K-2 and in 3rd and 4th grade we celebrated Halloween with a STEM in PE challenge! Congratulations to the PE students for the month of October: River Zimmerman in Ms. Elliott's class Krysali Valdes in Mrs. Francis' class Michaela DeLee in Ms. G's class Follow Mrs. Boyden on Instagram to see photos of all the fun activities the kids are doing in PE and opportunities for activities out in the community! mrs.boyden_pe

Mrs. Boyden (Makerspace): In Makerspace this week Ms. Sara read the classes the book the little old lady who wasn't afraid of anything then each class was able to work together to build a scarecrow! Check out the school Facebook page for some photos! Thank you for your continued support of our school family! Have a great Sunday! Sara and the Truxton Academy Team

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