I changed up our reading competition a little bit for the new semester and added Kindergarten and 1st graders together.
K-1 Winner – Fonda with 5004 minutes (Not far behind was Backlund and Erdman)
2-3 Winner – Seaman with 6851 minutes. (Close behind was Pieper)
4-6 Winner – Kiger with 9825 minutes. Come on 4-6th…beat out Kiger for January J Kiger’s class has won them all so far this school year.
That time is here! Welcome back to the 2nd semester! Winter break was fabulous. I hope each and everyone of you had time to relax and enjoy time with family. I know I did!
My kids and I played outside in the snow a lot, sometimes twice a day! We also had a lot of cousin time! I got to meet my brand new niece! I can't wait to see her again.
December book logs are due this week. We are also starting our Primary Golden Sower unit, this is my absolute favorite, even though quite a few kids have already read the books on this years list, it is fun to reread them all!
Congratulations to these November book log winners:
K: DeLancey with 3,948 minutes (Erdman was close behind with 3,585)
1: Fonda 4,679 minutes
2-3: Seaman with 7,536 minutes
4-6: Kiger 10,747 minutes
November total: 80,487 minutes (a slight drop from October)
School year total: 440,042 minutes
Congratulations also to Mrs. Kiger’s class who had everyone turn in their logs again and to Mrs. DeLancey’s class who had almost everyone turn theirs in. That is awesome!
December Book Logs will be collected after our Christmas Break!
Calling all 2nd - 6th Graders
YOUR CHALLENGE: To READ at least 5 of the 10 Intermediate Golden Sower Nominee Books for the 2015-2016 school year.
You MUST pass the AR quiz. (Don't forget to show Mrs. Barney).
WHO: 2nd - 6th grade students
WHAT: To READ at least 5 of the Intermediate Golden Sower Nominee books and pass the AR quiz.
WHEN: Now until the End of March
PRIZE: Fun afternoon in April
(If you've already read one or more of the Nominee books that COUNTS too!
Just show Mrs. Barney know how you did on the quiz.)
List of the books is under the Golden Sower tab on my webpage. Or can be found at the website below.
It is hard to believe that this week is Thanksgiving. I am so thankful for all the students and Bennington staff that I encounter every week. I am truly apart of a great district. As I reflect on the past year there are so many things that I am thankful for. I'm just going to name a few:
* My family
* Our home and everything in it (we have been in it a year this week)
* Books, Books, and did I mention Books
I could go on and on with things that I am thankful for. What are you thankful for?!?
This past week and coming week the 2-6th grade students are finishing up their current projects and K-1 students have been discussing what they are thankful for. It is fun to hear all the things they are thankful for. Ask your student what they are thankful for this coming holiday season!
This past Monday, I spent the day studying to complete level 1 of the Google Certification for Teachers. We spent the morning reviewing and looking at sample questions. The afternoon was spent taking the Certification test. It was a lot tougher than I thought it would be with all the google background that I already have.
I am pleased to say that I passed and am now a Level 1: Google Certified Teacher! I definitely couldn't have done it without the help of some wonderful coworkers! I am so amazed at the amount of dedication Bennington has to give teachers the opportunity to do such things!
Congratulations to our October Book Log Winners:
K: Erdman with 3,595 minutes; DeLancey’s class close behind with 3,260
1: Backlund with 4,742 minutes; Fonda close behind with 4,513
2-3: Pieper with 5375 minutes; Babbel’s class was so close with 5,358
4-6: Kiger with 8,404 minutes
October total: 72,516 minutes read
School year total: 276,336 minutes read
This week students are continuing or starting new projects. We have also been reading fun books for Fall and Halloween. Students have been enjoying these books.
Kindergarten students are mastering control of the mouse. Soon we will be working on some keyboarding skills!
1st grade students are working on typing their own logins to the computers. Most have done a fabulous job. We are also working on typing in Microsoft Word and using the tools within that program.
2nd grade students are working in Google Slides to create a slideshow all about themselves.
3rd grade students have started or will be starting their Bennington Heritage collaborative projects.
4th grade is starting their collaborative Famous Nebraskan projects.
5th grade will be starting a research project learning about states all around us.
6th grade is working on an outline for learning about countries around the world. We are finishing up those outlines and will start working together to create a slideshow to share with their classmates.
The past 2 days I have spent time with 400-500 other librarians throughout the state. It has been a great time to collaborate and hear new ideas to try in the library. I'm excited to share what I've learned with other teachers and students at Bennington Elementary.