The night has finally arrived! The BES dance is tonight so "Let's Glow Crazy"!!! The PTO is hosting a family dance, so come out and hang out with your families, glow in the dark, take a few selfies, and have a great time! I'll be the guy walking around with a glow in the dark tie asking kids to not play "tag games." Keith's Music House is once again DJing the event and we hope to teach this new generation the "Electric Slide"...no really, they don't know how! Given the recent snow, we will drop the rope to the playground to allow extra parking.
My personal highlight from the week was our Pi Day celebration. For those who don't know, March 14th is a bit of a holiday in math circles (pun intended.) March 14 = 3/14. Our math crew (Mr. Andrews, Mrs. Koziak, and Mrs. Smith) planned an afternoon of inquiry-based activities for our 4th and 5th graders all relating to pi. Students were measuring circles, calculating areas, discovering volumes and having a blast doing it. No really, I saw smiles and laughter while they were exploring math concepts (and some tough ones at that). I think their favorite part though, was when we calculated pi using pies as a unit of measurement. Thanks to Table Talk pies generous donation, each student had a pie to place in a circle. Once we counted the pies in the circumference, we determined how many pies were in the diameter. We took the circumference and divided it by the diameter to get within .2 of pi. Not bad! And the pies tasted great too! The video below explains the mathematical experiment.
We finished our week with a first for us. We held our first Virtual All School Meeting. We regularly discuss behavior here at BES as a part of our Positive Behavior Intervention and Support system (PBIS). Most recently, the topic of student's behavior in the bathroom was a topic of conversation. The typical response is to develop some clear expectations and then host an all-school meeting to teach the kids the right way act. Given the topic (bathroom behavior) the group had a hard time picturing a format that would cover our multiple age groups and differentiating for their developmental need. From this sprang the idea of a "virtual" meeting. The group, led by Mrs. Koziak, developed a slide show and a few short videos to share in classrooms to drive conversations. At 2:00 today, we held our first VASM. You can see it for yourself and even better yet, ask your kids about it!
A note from Mrs. DiFonso: "Mini-courses are set! If you haven't heard from me with mini course enrollment confirmation please reach out."
The Week Ahead:
- Thursday (3/21)
- Kate Hanscom Author's visit to the library
- Friday (3/22)
- Wear Orange for MS Awareness!