January 20 – January 24

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Posted by pbouwens | Posted in News from Mrs. Bouwens | Posted on January 19, 2020

Upcoming Events:

January 21 – Culver’s school fund raiser from 5-8 at 7393 Cottonwood Dr.

January 31 – Spirit Day and Early Release, students released at 12:15

February 3 and 4 – Winter Break

February 14 – March 12 – Fundraiser for camp $

February 21 – Early Release, students released at 12:15

March 6 – Early Release, students released at 12:15

March 9 and 11 – Parent / Teacher Conferences

March 17 – Fundraiser pick up from 3 to 4 at door U.

April 3 – 10 – Spring Break

May 28 & 29 – 5th grade camp

This week in the room:

Read – a – Loud – Eating the Plates

Reading – Nonfiction, summarizing as texts get harder

Writing –  Journalism – Notice information writing qualities that are applicable to this type of writing

Math – Unit 4 review test, review and final test this week

History –  Colonial life

Science, see Mr. Karel’s blog:

ELA Plus, see Miss Carr’s blog

News from the Alward Office

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Posted by pbouwens | Posted in Mrs. Walcot | Posted on January 19, 2020

A few friendly reminders regarding sick children.

We have had many sick kids these past two weeks.  We have seen the following illnesses being reported:

  1. Common Cold
  2. Fevers of 100-104:  Sign that body is fighting germs
  3. Strep
  4. Influenza – Diagnosed and reported to Health Department
  5. Stomach Virus

We have to be a team to keep these kids healthy and limit the spreading of germs.  To do this, please abide by the following:

  1.  DO NOT send your child to school until s/he is fever free for 24 hours.  This means fever free with no motrin/tylenol to mask the fever. If your child has as fever, s/he is fighting a virus and is contagious.
  2. If we call you to tell you that your child has a fever, we need you to pick up your child.  We will not send your child back to the classroom to spread the virus. S/he will be in the health room until someone arrives.  It’s not fun for a child to be in the health room feeling yucky and waiting a long time.
  3. If your child has thrown up or has had diarrhea, DO NOT send them to school until they are 24 hours free of this.  PLEASE. If they throw up or have diarrhea at school, we will call you and tell you to keep them home until s/he is 24 hours free of the symptoms — without medication to suppress the symptoms.

The school setting is one in which viruses have ample opportunity to spread.  We do our best by cleaning regularly — and removing kids who are sick from the classroom space.

Please help us to keep your child healthy and all the other children healthy.  Thank you for your help as we work together to keep our school a healthy place!

January 13 – January 17

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Posted by pbouwens | Posted in News from Mrs. Bouwens | Posted on January 12, 2020

Upcoming Events:

January 31 – Early Release, students released at 12:15

February 3 and 4 – Winter Break

February 21 – Early Release, students released at 12:15

March 6 – Early Release, students released at 12:15

March 9 and 11 – Parent / Teacher Conferences

April 3 – 10 – Spring Break

This week in the room:

Read – a – Loud – Eating the Plates

Reading – Nonfiction, difficult vocabulary and complex text and structure

Writing –  Journalism – Notice newsworthy events and capture the details

Math – Multiplying multi-digit numbers and decimals

History –  Review colonies and triangular trade, test Tuesday

Science, see Mr. Karel’s blog:

ELA Plus, see Miss Carr’s blog

January 6 – January 10

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Posted by pbouwens | Posted in News from Mrs. Bouwens | Posted on January 5, 2020

Upcoming Events:  

January 31 – Early Release, students released at 12:15

February 3 and 4 – Winter Break

February 21 – Early Release, students released at 12:15

March 6 – Early Release, students released at 12:15

Parent – Teacher Conferences

April 3 – 10 – Spring Break

This week in the room:

Read – a – Loud – Nonfiction mentor texts

Reading – Nonfiction, “Uncovering What Makes a Main Idea Complex”

Writing – Begin our Journalism unit

Math – Multiplying multi-digit numbers

History –  Review colonies and triangular trade

Science, see Mr. Karel’s blog:

http://ckarel.edublogs.org

ELA Plus, see Miss Carr’s blog

Thank you from Mary Free Bed

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Posted by pbouwens | Posted in News from Mrs. Bouwens | Posted on January 3, 2020

Patti, just a quick note of thanks to let the generous families of Alward Elementary School how we used their donation.

Thank you so very much for thinking of our patients and families that were in the hospital over the holiday season. Your donations make a huge impact on the lives of many children and youth not just at Christmas but throughout the year. Many of the items you donated we used as personal gifts for patients as we ended up having 9 patients ages 20 months-18 years old in the hospital over the Christmas holiday and Alward was our only donor during this time. So thank you very much!. Items that we did not use as gifts will be used in therapy to work on all kinds of skills while having fun. I was also able to replenish our social areas where patients and their families are able to hang out and enjoy some time together after therapies are done for the day. Your gifts will keep on giving throughout the year and we simply cannot thank you enough for assisting us and our patients and their families in making their stay at our hospital the best it can be.

With sincere gratitude,

Deb Webb Brewer, CTRS

Mary Free Bed Hospital

December 16 – December 20

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Posted by pbouwens | Posted in News from Mrs. Bouwens | Posted on December 15, 2019

Upcoming Events:   

HOLIDAY SPIRIT WEEK!

Monday – Wear warm hats, beanies, and scarves

Tuesday – Dress in red and white

Wednesday – Wear your best flannel and fuzzy socks

Thursday – Wear your ugly holiday sweater

Friday – Wear cozy PJ’s

December 20 – 5th grade Holiday breakfast at 10am – We will be supporting the patients at Mary Free Bed again this year. Gifts may come until our breakfast on the 20th! A representative from Mary Free Bed will come to our breakfast to talk with the students and pick up the gifts for her patients.

December 23  – January 3  – Holiday break

This week in the room:

Read – a – Loud – Nonfiction mentor texts

Reading – Nonfiction and a Reader’s Theater

Writing – Publish and share our literary essays

Math – Multiplying multi-digit numbers

History –  Triangular trade

Science, see Mr. Karel’s blog:

http://ckarel.edublogs.org

ELA Plus, see Miss Carr’s blog

December 9 – December 13

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Posted by pbouwens | Posted in News from Mrs. Bouwens | Posted on December 8, 2019

Upcoming Events:

December 10 – Shop at Santa’s Secret Shop

December 13 – Early release for students at 12:15

December 20 – 5th grade Holiday breakfast at 10am – We will be supporting the patients at Mary Free Bed again this year. Gifts may come in anytime, from today until our breakfast on the 20th!

December 23  – January 3  – Holiday break

This week in the room:

Read – a – Loud – Nonfiction mentor texts

Reading – Nonfiction

Writing – Drafting a literary essay

Math – Multiplying multi-digit numbers

History –  Triangular trade

Science, see Mr. Karel’s blog:

http://ckarel.edublogs.org

ELA Plus, see Miss Carr’s blog

December 2 – December 6

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Posted by pbouwens | Posted in News from Mrs. Bouwens | Posted on December 1, 2019

Upcoming Events:

December 3 – Holiday Program, 5th is in the second half of the program which begins at 7:30, at Fellowship Church.

December 13 – Early release for students at 12:15

December 20 – 5th grade Holiday breakfast at 10am – We will be supporting the patients at Mary Free Bed again this year. A letter will be sent home Monday explaining this, along with a wish list from the MFB staff.

December 23  – January 3  – Holiday break

This week in the room:

Read – a – Loud – Home of the Brave

Reading – Comparing characters’ connections to theme

Writing – Drafting an intro paragraph for a literary essay

Math – Multiplying whole numbers and decimals

History –  Middle colonies and comparing all colonies

Science, see Mr. Karel’s blog:

http://ckarel.edublogs.org

ELA Plus, see Miss Carr’s blog

Morning Basketball with Mr. Karel

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Posted by pbouwens | Posted in News from Mrs. Bouwens | Posted on November 24, 2019

Morning Basketball

When:  Beginning November 25 through Jan. 24, 2020 (8:00- 8:40 a.m.)

Where:  Alward Elementary Gym

Who:  Girls-  play on Monday and Wednesday

           Boys-  play on Tuesday and Thursday

What:  We will be working on basketball skills such as ball handling,  passing,  shooting, and a variety of drills.  There will be time set aside for live play (games).  We will also concentrate on the concept of team and sportsmanship.  There is no minimum skill level required!

November 25 and 26

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Posted by pbouwens | Posted in News from Mrs. Bouwens | Posted on November 24, 2019

Upcoming Events:

PE CARES Food Drive – Ends Monday

November 27 – 29 Thanksgiving Break

December 3 – Holiday Program

This week in the room:

Read – a – Loud – Home of the Brave

Reading – Using themes to compare and contrast texts

Writing – Drafting a literary essay

Math – Review unit 3 / retest Tuesday if needed

History –  Middle colonies

Science, see Mr. Karel’s blog:

http://ckarel.edublogs.org

ELA Plus, see Miss Carr’s blog

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