This week we hosted a Leader in Me coach, Mr. Paul Pitchford, for a day. Mr. Pitchford spent the morning observing our classrooms, touring with student guides, and meeting with groups of students. His reflections on the day brought joy to my heart! Mr. Pitchford described our school as warm and welcoming, even more so than typical Leader in Me schools. He said that our students seemed genuinely happy to be at school. He was surprised by how many students were even holding hands coming down the hall. Mr. Pitchford added that the staff also seemed happy to be at school, excited to see the students and he could tell they enjoyed working together.
Our school family of students, staff and families work hard, but we do it with passion and joy. As we break for the holidays, I want to thank you all for making our school a happy place and surrounding our children with joy!
Reid Huntley keeps his room clean every day.
Dylan Westercamp made up a game with his siblings and they all got along & had fun.
Easton Vaughn does his sight word practice at home before playing on his tablet.
Reid Huntley cleaned the house before he played on his PS4.
Olivia Manion gets her binder out of her backpack and leaves it open on the counter for mom to sign while she starts her reading.
Adam Pate helped an elderly man by picking up his cane for him before he played on the playground.
Journey Vaughn does her sight word practice before playing on her tablet.
Alice Smith read a book in her room while mom was busy without being asked.
Easton and Journey Vaughn helped mom set the table and cook for Thanksgiving dinner.
It has been so fun to watch our students problem solve as they practice computer coding this week. Through the collaborative efforts of our library media specialist and technology assistant, students have learned the background, purposes and basics of coding. Students were surpised to learn that coding is used in so many career fields in addition to technology. The students loved creating their own codes for familiar computer characters. They used a variety of strategies to problem solve from trial and error to standing in place and acting out what would happen with each code strand. It was great to watch students cheer when the characters moved they way they were planning, or when the students finished a level!
You can learn more about the Hour of Code through the following video.
I am so thankful to work in such an amazing school with such wonderful students, staff, and families! I absolutely love Eureka Elementary and our community and feel thankful to come to this caring, hard-working school every day!
As we prepare for Thanksgiving, I asked our kindergarten students what they were thankful for. Here are some of their sweet responses:
Weston: fish sticks
Gabby: having a good sister
Henry: riding my bike
Lilly: Mrs. White being a nice teacher :)
Chris: writing workshop because I'm really good at it!
Caleb: my family and friends
Jesse: being good in my class
Lynlee: when my mom cleaned my room for me while I was gone
Hailey: the class for working so hard
Lyla: my family
I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving break. Enjoy the time with family and friends!
Veteran's Day is one of our nation's most important holidays. We take the opportunity to thank military veterans, and those on active duty, for protecting our country and providing our freedom. It is important that we honor our servicemen and women as they sacrifice time, family, comforts, health, and even their lives for us. Our school celebration is a wonderful time for students to honor and learn about the Veteran's in their families and in our community. In our student-led celebration, the students planned, honored, and reflected on military service in order to deepen their understanding. We hope that our guests felt honored and enjoyed the celebration.
Faith Manion created a checklist to be sure she has everything she needs in
her bookbag for Girls on the Run.
Dylan Westercamp does his homework every day after school before playing.
Kylie Krechel completes all of her chores after school before craft time.
Anthony Fiordimondo helped mom with the dishes so they could watch TV together.
Ethan Melson comes home everyday and does his homework before playing with friends.
Erik Melson comes home everyday and does his homework before playing with friends.
Olivia Manion creates her own checklist in the morning so she can be sure she is ready for school before she plays or watches TV.
Jackson Vennemann always sets the table for dinner without being asked.
Faith Manion studied for her states test before going outside to play.
Jadyn Wren always gets her homework and reading done before playing.
Dylan Westercamp shows his siblings how to take turns and everyone gets a chance to try.
Hayden Doss listens to mommy talk without interrupting.
Jackson Vennemann worked with his little sister to build a whole city out of blocks.
Olivia Manion reads to everyone all the time and practices her math facts.
Fourth grade students spent the morning trying to solve a fun problem in Mrs. Careklas' class! They began by using their imaginations to draw plans, compare their ideas, and create a catapult to launch a (candy) pumpkin! Students chose from a variety of materials within a time limit. After testing the catapult in a distance launch, teams had the opportunity to improve the design before launching the pumpkins at a target. This STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activity provided a great opportunity to practice problem solving, collaboration and communication skills, plus it was a lot of fun!
Career Day was a highlight during Red Ribbon Week! We had almost every career field that I could think of including professional athletes, army medics, chefs, doctors, artists, writers, photographers, and teachers!
Some children will pursue these interests until they become careers, while others will change interests numerous times over the years. Regardless, it is great for our children to have dreams! It gives them goals to work for and hope for the future. Encouraging our children's dreams, even if they seem questionable at the time, will keep children focused on positive choices.
Our families had an amazing night at STEM night. Families rotated through three stations and used the engineering design process to solve given challenges by designing a plan, trying out the plan and making revisions.
The stations were led by our student speaker leaders who explained the challenges and how to use the 7 Habits of Happy Kids to help them. The stations included creating a paper helicopter, building a Lego maze, and coding a computer to move a cartoon cat.
Children of all ages enjoyed working with their family members to solve the challenges. Thanks to all of our staff, student and parent volunteers who worked to make this a wonderful family event!
During our school-wide buddy activity in September, each child made one of the fish for our bulletin board as they learned about celebrating uniqueness and accepting differences as positives. During October, we are recognizing Disability Awareness Month with a variety of grade-specific presentations to explain that we all face challenges, but some people need different supports or strategies. Students are learning that some challenges are visible and some are not visible to others, so we must always show understanding and acceptance.