Friday, February 18, 2011

An impressive new computer lab!

We are all so happy to welcome the new addition to Lynn Woods School.  On Wednesday an entire computer lab arrived at our door.  By Friday the entire lab was completely up and running.  Mrs. Kennedy immediately began her quest to find on line resources that would supplement her current lesson.  And oh what a beautiful site!  There is nothing more satisfying to walk into the lab, 1 day old, and find the 5th graders doing virtual dissections of many creatures from small rodents to owls.  As I circulated the lab, I listened to the children actively learning in a 21st century style.  Jarrod-Michael exclaimed, "this is awesome."  Paris responded, "look you can zoom in on the bones."  Cam said, "Look Mrs. Fritz you take the bones and drag them on the skeleton of the rat!"  Kevin said  in the distance, "this is hard, but I like it."  This learning experience that Mrs. Kennedy designed for students continued later that afternoon when the students returned to class to actually dissect owl pellets.  The prior computer learning experience gave the students some background knowledge to build upon.  There was not a peep in the room because they were so engrossed in the dissection. 

PJs to school?

The Student Council organized a  pajama day fundraiser.  The students were allowed to wear their pajamas to school on Friday the day before vacation for a $1 donation.  The Student Council determined that the Northeast Animal Shelter would be a worthy recipient of our generosity.  As educators, it is our responsibility to teach children the academics so students have the skill set to be successful and productive members of society, but it is also our responsibility to raise children who have a sense of community and compassion for all.  This fundraiser was a great way to accomplish that, with a silly theme built in!  Very proud of you all!

Book Fair a Big Success!

The students and parents at the Lynn Woods School certainly take reading seriously.  This past week we had our second well attended Open House.  That evening we also held a Scholastic Book Fair. Students also visited the book fair during their library time on Thursday.  Thank you parents for working the book sale and special thanks to Mrs. Anderson for organizing the event!