Thursday, October 12, 2017

October 11, 2017

Autumn News

A fabulous time of the year to explore the school garden.

15 pounds worth of pumpkins :-)

Mrs.Haskell is teaching the children about seeds and seed dispersal.

Reading is always a popular choice.  We have been talking quite a bit about choosing books that are "just right" for us.  This is a work in progress.  In addition, we are pursuing a class goal of reading longer. Being able to sustain quiet reading time for over twenty minutes takes, PERSEVERANCE!
We put his word on the back of the bookmarks we made.  Talk to your child what else in life might take perseverance. 

Mr.Gleason is reading to the children.

The children are deciding how the book wants to be read. Is it best read in a silly voice or a more somber one?

We read about the United States flag, answered questions after the reading and enjoyed books having to do with famous songs written about our country.  The children loved writing their flag report as a culminating project. They had to do quite a bit of looking back into their reading packet to make sure they were getting the facts straight, excellent research skills.  

We published our Flag Reports using Book Creator on our iPads. Then we transferred them to SeeSaw, quite a lot of new technology learning. The books came out great, check them out on your child's account.

Ask your child what interesting facts they have learned about the Stars and Stripes.

Thank you for sending your children in with such healthy snacks.

Mr.Doloff came to read to our class, The Day the Crayons Quit.

Mrs. Wolinsky is going over iPad procedures and safety rules.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Happy Lion due 9/19/17

Dear Parents,

Today I am sending home a Junior Great Books story.  Please read this story with your child and then put it back into his/her Take Home Folder in order for us to use it next week.  

As your child’s at-home partner you will read the selection aloud, pausing to ask the critical thinking questions on pages 11, 14 and 17. The main thing to keep in mind as you read and talk with your child is to enjoy yourself!  This is an opportunity for your child to talk and ask questions about the reading selection in a one-on-one setting.  Remember that these questions have no single right answer and that this is just the beginning of your child’s work with this story.  Answers should not be considered final.  One way to help your child fully express his or her ideas is to follow up a statement by asking, “Why do you think this?” or, “Can you tell me more?”

Your child has already heard the story once and will be reading it with the class again. Reading with your child will help further his/her understanding of the story and promote good thinking.  We will be using the story as part of our shared inquiry program throughout.  Shared inquiry stories are read as a group and then discussion takes place about the story.

Thank you so much for taking the time to help with our reading!

Elke Tate

Here are the questions that go along with The Happy Lion. It appears that most of them were cut off in the photocopying process.

Page 11
Why doesn’t the lion like the idea that anyone could walk into his house?

Page 14
Why doesn’t the lion get angry when Madame Pinson throws her shopping bag in his face?               

Page 17

Why does the lion’s happiness make him forget all about the firemen?

Conference sign up fall 2017

September 15, 2017

Dear Parents

It was wonderful to meet so many of you at Open House.  We are off to a great start and I am looking forward to meeting you at our upcoming conference.  This conference is for the parent and teacher.  It is an opportunity for you to tell me a bit about your child.  In the winter we will have another,more academically focused, conference with the report card in early February.

Please follow the online procedure below to sign up for our Fall Conference.

Monday, September 25,Tuesday, September 26, Wednesday, September 27
Tuesday, October 3, Wednesday, October 4,Thursday, October 5, 2017.
PLACE: Mrs. Tate's room, 207.
To pick a time slot, enter this link in your internet browser:

At that link, you will be asked for your Entry Code, where you should
enter 8471195057
If you do not have internet access, please send in a note .
I very much look forward to seeing you.
Best Regards,

Elke Tate

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Birthday Girls and Boys

Our Birthdays



Jocelyn, Vivienne, Trevor

Eli and Ben

Wyatt and Conor

Henry, Zachary, Cecilia and Shane

Hugo, Eloise and Tessie


Atley and Arielle


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

September 13, 2017

September 8, 2017

We have had a wonderful first week of school. The children are getting to know new routines, a new teacher, and a new building.  I am sure you will have some fairly exhausted kids this weekend, the first weeks can be a lot. 

Share Time on Fridays
On Friday, during our Morning Meeting, the children may bring in something to share. They can also choose to just tell us something.  All other days of the week it is best to keep stuffies, toys, and electronics at home.

Reading Homework next week
Next Friday, 9/15, I will send a JGB ( Junior Great Books) story called The Happy Lion, home.  I will have read the story already in class. You and your child are to read the story together.  More directions will be included with the story, this is just a heads up.  Please return the story to school so we can use it in our reading workshop on Monday. It is a lovely read.

Some of the children have taken on the challenge of memorizing poems. Cricket Jacket is a great poem to start with. It's musical, rhythmic beat calls out to be memorized.  

Time for Kids
If you have not sent in your $5 for Time for Kids could you please do so. We will be using the magazines for our non-fiction reading. 

We will have our Open House next week on September 14 from 6 to 7.  This is for adults only.  I look forward to seeing you there.

Scholastic Book Club Ordering

This year we will be doing all Scholastic Book Club orders online.  This will ensure that all orders come as rapidly as possible with less confusion.   If you choose to order, go to the Scholastic website at and create an account.  Our class activation code is  N2H6D. You will need to put this code in to help our class earn free books for our classroom library!  If you have any questions please feel free to ask.  This is, of course, an optional way to get more great books into your own library at home!  Thanks!

In the future, I will not be sending hard copies of the newsletter home. I will post most things on the blog or Seesaw.  I know we all get bombarded with information and sometimes going online at the end of the day is the last thing we want to do.  I will keep long letters to a minimum. :-)

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

iPad Use Guidelines for Students

This letter went home on 9/12/17. It needs to be signed and return to class before your child can start using the iPads.

iPad Use guidelines for Students
Yarmouth Elementary School

Belief Statement: The Yarmouth School Department provides technology, networks, and Internet access to support the educational mission of the schools and to enhance teaching and learning opportunities for students and school staff.

  • Student use of Yarmouth Elementary computers, tablets, networks and Internet services is a privilege, not a right.
  • Teachers at Yarmouth Elementary School monitor technology and Internet activity by students, and students are expected to follow all access rules.
  • Unacceptable use or activity may result in a change in access to technology by a student.iPad.jpg

Student agreements (filled in and signed each fall by all YES students):
I agree to...
  1. ...use only the iPad assigned to me.
  2. ...use my iPad to learn about or complete school assignments.
  3. ...use only the apps and websites that my teacher and school have approved.  
  4. ...use the Internet only with teacher supervision.
  5. ...only look for information on the Internet that is school-related.
  6. ...keep my iPad away from water or food.
  7. ...use good manners when using my iPad.  This includes:
    1. Being polite when writing.
    2. Using only my own password when logging onto any online account.
  8. ...let a teacher know if anything happens that seems dangerous, inappropriate or makes me feel uncomfortable when I am using any technology.
  9. ...take responsibility for all that I do while using technology equipment and resources, including charging my iPad when needed.
  10. ...lose my technology privileges and there may be other consequences if I do not follow these rules.

Student signature: ___________________________________________________

I have read and reviewed these guidelines with my student.

Parent signature: ____________________________________________________

Friday, September 8, 2017

Scholastic Book Order online ordering

Class Code - N2H6D
Order Due Date -  09/26/17

Dear Families,

I want your child to be a successful reader—and for that, I need your help.

When children choose their own books to read for pleasure, they enjoy reading more and spend more time doing it. The more your child reads, the better they will do in school and in life.

Scholastic Book Clubs flyers are made for you and your child to shop for books your child will love to read. Each month, the flyers are filled with trusted, excellent quality, age-appropriate books chosen by Scholastic for prices as low as one dollar.

Plus you will be helping our class when you order: Scholastic matches each order you place with FREE BOOKS for our classroom to share.

Thank you for helping your child become a successful reader.


Please place your online order to me by September 26, 2017

To order:

Go online to:
Look up my name: Elke Tate
Or enter our Class Code: N2H6D
Follow the instructions to place your order online by: 9/26/17.