Thursday, August 25, 2016

Open House

It was great to see so many of my Bair's Den friends this afternoon at our Open House. I was so excited to meet all of you, and I'm pretty proud of how many names I got right! Don't worry if you couldn't make it - we have many seats left, and we are all ready for everybody to come in and get comfortable.

One job today was to finish the prompt, "I am excited for 4th grade because...." Check out everybody's answers!

I agree with all of those things, and there are even more great things you'll learn about Bear Creek.

Many families asked, "What do we need for Monday?" Honestly, you don't need anything. Our team has all of the supplies you will need. You just have to bring a backpack, your smiling face, a healthy snack since we eat lunch so late, and sneakers since we have Phys Ed the first day of school. What if you want to bring some of your own supplies? Pencils and pencil boxes, special homework folders, and magnetic locker decorations are fine. We ask you not to bring large 3 ring binders or Trapper Keepers because we really don't have enough room for them. If you did get one, it would be a great tool to help your child stay organized at home.

I hope everybody has a wonderful weekend, and I'm looking forward to seeing everybody next week!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Welcome to the Bair's Den!

Hi everybody, and welcome to The Bair's Den! I am looking forward to having each of you in my class, and I hope you are just as excited as I am to be starting a new adventure at Bear Creek School!

Please check back here every day, and you will be able to find out a little bit more about our classroom, see some pictures, and find out more about what our days will be like in The Bair's Den!

All of our specials will be held from 11:25 - 12:10. Each day I will update our homework page and the community portal to remind you which special we will have the following day so you can help your child remember their sneakers, recorders or library books if needed. Here is the special schedule (as of this post) that we will follow:

  • Day 1 ~ Phys Ed / Health
  • Day 2 ~ Library
  • Day 3 ~ Technology
  • Day 4 ~ Phys Ed / Health
  • Day 5 ~ Music
  • Day 6 ~ Art

As you can see, we will have Phys Ed on our first day, so please be sure to wear or bring sneakers. We also eat a very late lunch (12:40 - 1:25) so we have a snack time each morning. As of right now, I am not aware of any food allergies in our classroom, but I will notify everybody if and when I become aware of any. A piece of fruit (apple, banana), goldfish, and pretzels are all all great snack ideas to start the year.

I'm hoping that all of you will be able to come and join me on Thursday, August 25 from 2:00 - 3:30 PM for our Open House. Come and see the school, visit the classroom, make your name tag, and meet some new friends.

I cannot wait for our new year together to begin!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Math Carnival

On Monday, May 16 the kids of the Bair's Den attended a math carnival. Students in Mrs. Sweigart's morning class picked topics that we learned about throughout the year in math class. Then they designed a carnival game that incorporated some way of using math skills and some way of playing a fun game. We spent 30 minutes trying out all of the game. They really tested our math skills, and we had a lot of fun playing the games and winning prizes! Thanks to Mrs. Sweigart's class for inviting us to the math carnival!

Division facts - know your fact, throw the dart, win a prize!

Fraction board game race

Spin, play, win!

Geometry Memory

Algebra Tic Tac Toe and Bean Bag Toss

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Surviving the PSSAs

Over the last few weeks, we have been working very hard to complete the PSSAs in reading, math, and now science. All the hard work does have its perks because we have been able to have some time to be creative and to play. We just wanted to share a little snapshot of some of the things we have been doing to "just be kids" after all of our hard work!

We just played! Tag, gymnastics, and learning how to make grass whistle were all fun to try!

We also did some creative indoor activities! While this is one of our successful runs, we had many other attempts at some crazy domino creations!


Friday, April 1, 2016

The Scientific Process

This week we started looking at the scientific process in more detail. The scientific process is the steps a scientist takes to come up with a do an experiment. We started by looking at the first two steps: observing and asking questions. Many people think it takes something special to be a scientist, but all you really have to be is observant and curious. You have to look at things carefully, think about what you know, and then ask questions!

To get some hands on experience with this, we split into five teams. Each team was given a wrapped box, and we had to use four of our five senses (no tasting, please) to figure out what was in the box. We are working on being very specific with our observations so we can explain why we came up with the inference we stated for the contents of the box. We ended up finding out that being a scientist can be very challenging, but it is also a lot of fun!

This small orange box made lots of people wonder about the contents!

Although this box was bigger, it didn't feel very heavy.

It was difficult to write our observations because we were all pretty sure we knew what was in this box!

For it's small size, this box was pretty heavy!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

We Have Eaglets! UPDATED!

The first egg in the Pittsburgh nest has hatched!! You can view them by clicking here!

Here's a screen shot from dinner time tonight (Tuesday) around 7:00 PM. The second egg should be hatching  sometime in the next 12 hours!

The second egg DID hatch around 9:40 last night. Here are some pictures from breakfast time this morning a little after 8:00!