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    Highlights from the week at Indian Lane


    February 8-12, 2016


    Message from our Principal

    We managed to survive the snow and not lose any days in the process.  Our fourth grade students participated in the NAACP Black History Month Poster Contest.  A panel of teachers judged the posters and selected our winners.  First place goes to Belle Petka, second place to Katie Brokken, and third place to Kate Stanton.  All the students did a great job.  Congratulations to our winners and all participants.


    As a reminder, please note that a school nurse is not available before or after school hours.  The school nurse is only available between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  If your child is participating in a before or after school activity and has a health condition, please make sure your child can safely participate by having with him/her any necessary medications, such a Epipens or inhalers, can self-administer this medication if needed, and have the appropriate self-administration form on file.  If you need a copy of this form, please contact the school nurse.  In the event that a student has a  medical emergency before or after school, 911 will be called.


    From our Classrooms


    Kindergarten celebrated the completion of Reading Workshop unit 3. They reviewed all of their super reading powers, pledged to continue using their super reading powers, and were given a Super Reader Cape to wear whenever they read at home.

    Topic 6 in math was completed this week. The children learned what subtraction is and started some simple subtraction problems in Topic 7.

    They completed the week with a healthy Valentine celebration. Parent volunteers came in to help with the celebration. The children participated in Valentine games, crafts, and snacks. The party finished with a Valentine exchange.


    First Grade


    Second Grade

    We continue to enjoy reading our series books! In addition to finding patterns across a series, we are growing big ideas by discussing our findings with our reading partners. In math, we continue subtraction with regrouping. Please be sure to help your child master the math facts. This includes addition to 20 and subtraction from 20. Your home support will greatly benefit your child! In science, we are integrating our Solids and Liquids unit with our writing unit, Writing Lab Reports. We will be addressing the question, what is matter? We will seek to discover the properties of solids, liquids and gases. We will conduct experiments and record our findings. Although the highlight of our party was opening our Valentine’s Day cards, we send our thanks to our wonderful homeroom parents for coordinating the donations for our party. Thank you also to our fabulous parents for sending in the heart-healthy treats, which made our party even more special.

    Third Grade

    To conclude the end of our Mystery Unit in Reader’s Workshop this week, students completed self-reflections. Students determined which skills they did really well and identified 2-3 skills they would like to continue to focus on in our next reading unit. In Math, students learned about inverse operations relating to addition and subtraction; they also reviewed rounding, estimating sums and estimating differences. In Writer’s Workshop, students used their checklists to edit their final copies of their Persuasive Essays. Many of the third graders were excited to begin typing their final copies. In Social Studies this week, students researched the lives and contributions of famous African Americans in small groups. Each group then became an expert on their famous person and taught the class about him/her. Most students were excited about this cooperative group project! Finally, students were most excited about celebrating Valentine’s Day in school and a good time was had by all! Enjoy the long weekend!


    Fourth Grade

    Our students are finishing up their travel through the southeast region of the United States.  We have integrated Black History, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the history of the southeast region. Through this study students have a deeper appreciation for the issues facing our country with civil rights.

    Thursday we focused on being healthy and keeping our hearts healthy.  We concluded the day with the entire 4th grade having fruit and yogurt parfaits, veggies, a little chocolate and a Valentine treat.  


    Fifth Grade

    Currently we are in the Social Issues unit of Reading Workshop. We are using Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli to highlight this unit. In writing we are learning about the different attributes of poetry and figurative language. We just celebrated Valentine’s Day with heart healthy celebrations focusing on healthy foods.


    From our Specialists:


    We are starting to organize for the art show! Mark your calendars for April 7th!

    Please email me if you are interested helping prepare your child’s work for the art show. This will be done during their art time in during the last two weeks of February and the first two weeks of March.



    All grades continued practicing rolls and cartwheels. Students also started testing on these skills. Next week, all grades will start partner and group gymnastic activities.


    Students in first through fifth grade explored their student Google accounts.  


    The next two dates for IL Night at MFL are February 17th and March 30th. On February 17th, we will help Mr. Jason paint tiles for the community room.  Click here for more information.  We hope to see you there!


    If you would like to volunteer in the library, please visit Mrs. Hatton’s website or click here to sign up.  Thank you!



    1st:  Students are learning how to read a score by being part of a rhythm band.

    2nd:  We’re enjoying the music of John Williams, Indian Lane’s composer of the month.  How many of his movies can you name?

    3rd:  Third graders were composers when they created their own verses to “A Sailor Went to Sea.”

    4th:  Wow!  Only 4 more music classes until our concert on March 17th.

    5th:  During the Lion King experience students have taken turns being leaders in their “pride.”  This week we explored character development using body, voice and imagination!   


    From our PTG

    Our next PTG meeting is February 16th.  We hope to see you there.


    Parent Website of the Week

    A new feature of our E-News on the Lane is a Parent Website of the Week from our Technology Department.  

    This week's site is a "Cyber Risk Assessment" that parents can take themselves and/or use with their students to assess their digital decision making. It is taken from the site, the presenter at SLMS on Wednesday evening. The questions will certainly give food for thought.



    Upcoming Events and Reminders

    • Monday, 2/15 - No school; President’s Day
    • Tuesday, 2/16 - Parent/Teacher Conference sign-ups go live.  Conferences are Wednesday, 3/9 from  4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, 3/10 from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  No school for students on 3/10 & 3/11
    • Tuesday, 2/16 - PTG meeting, 7:00 p.m., library
    • Wednesday, 2/17 - IL Night at MFL, 6:00 p.m.
    • Friday, 2/19 - February Bobcat Breakfast, 8:15 a.m., cafeteria
    • Wednesday, 2/24 - Kindergarten registration for the 2016-17 school year, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., lobby
    • Thursday, 2/25 - Featured Artist Breakfast, 8:15 a.m., main office

    For a printable version of this week's E-News on the Lane, click here.


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