Thursday, August 27, 2015

Happy New Year!

I hope you all are getting as excited as I am for the start of our new school. The fourth grade wing has a very special "new year celebration" planned for you as we start our new adventures at Bear Creek. We'll be celebrating a Happy New Year in August instead of January! Each teacher has picked a country, and on the first day of school, we will ring in the new year. Can you guess which country I picked for our classroom?

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Open House

Thank you to everybody who was able to come out to our Open House this afternoon. I was very excited to be able to meet 16 new friends! I am really looking forward to getting our year started, and by the looks of things, so are you! Check out what the newest 4th graders said they were looking forward to!

Just like you, I'm excited to get to know my new friends, see you succeed at your lockers, and have lots of fun! But I'm like you in another way, too. I'm always a little bit nervous about the start of the new year. Don't worry, though! We will have a great time getting to know each other and Bear Creek next week. Come prepared with any questions you have about the school, 4th grade, or me. We will have lots to start learning next week.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Welcome and Special Schedule

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 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. We have two food allergies in our class this year, a peanut allergy and a raisin allergy, so please be mindful of that as you are packing healthy snacks for your child. 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 Tuesday, August 25 from 2:30 - 4 PM for our Open House. Come and see the school, visit the classroom, make your name tag, pick your first book, and meet some new friends.

I cannot wait for our new year together to begin!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Welcome to the Bair's Den!

Hello new 4th graders!! At the end of 3rd grade, you had a tour of Bear Creek, and you may have even attended one of the orientation tours here at Bear Creek this summer. But you may still be wondering, "What's it REALLY like to be a  fourth grader in the Bair's Den?" Well, the students who were in my class in the past have some answers for you! Check out the video below to get the scoop!

We hope you enjoyed the video! If you have any questions, please leave comments, and I will answer them for you!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Exercise Your Brain

While it's easy to think about reading and practicing math facts as fun things to do over the summer, there are many other ways to keep your brain in shape! You can click on the image below to see some fun and different ways to keep your brain (and your parents' brains!) working over the summer.

Another fun activity we've enjoyed this year was GoNoodle. Starting June 29 your family can can enjoy Camp GoNoodle! Sign up here to get in on the fun!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Celebrating Hubble and New York

Today we talked about the importance of our learning to the real world, and we specifically talked about how science, math, and research help us every day. To highlight the importance of developing these important skills, and the importance of being creative, we talked about two milestones: the 25th anniversary of the Hubble Telescope and the opening of One World Trade Center.

Both of these accomplishments showcase people using art, math, science, creative thinking, and problem solving skills. We also noticed that reading and writing were important parts of the ways people were sharing these important events with the world. While we couldn't take time to look at every image or learn every fact about Hubble and One World Trade Center, the kids were very interested about both. You can check out the links below or do your own search to learn more about both of these events.

The Official Hubble Site

One World Trade Center

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Watch the Eagles!

Today we had some time to learn about one of the top predators in Pennsylvania, the bald eagle. In math class we completed a graphing activity, and one of the favorite animal choices was the bald eagle. After we surveyed our friends and made bar graphs, pictographs, and line plots using the results, we had a chance to watch the live eagle nest cam from Codorus State Park.

Did you know the following fun facts:

1. Female eagles are actually bigger than male eagles.
2. The eagles don't actually sit ON the babies, the nestle around them and cover the babies to protect them.
3. The adult eagles don't always feed the baby eagles when they bring food back to the next.
4. The eagles' nest is about as wide as Mrs. Bair is tall! That's over 6 feet.

There are many more amazing facts you can learn about bald eagles by checking out the webpage with the live eagle cam! You can view it by clicking here!