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    Staff vs. Student Council Floor Hockey Game


    February 13-17, 2017


    Message from our Principal

    It was a jam packed week at Indian Lane. Tuesday was Valentine’s Day and Wednesday was the hundredth day of school. We wrapped up the week with a half day special assembly where the student council representatives played a hockey game against the staff. The students gave a valiant effort but came up short as the staff was able to hold on for the win. Enjoy the long weekend.


    From our Classrooms


    This week we continued topic 9 in math, the children are learning to recognize and write the numbers 11 through 20. Students will learn to count forward from any number to 20. We are continuing to focus on our Super Reading Powers during Reading Workshop. The children continuing to apply their Super Reading Powers as they read. They are also helping their reading partners when they find a tricky word in their books. During Writing Workshop the children are encouraged to leave spaces between their words. They have been practicing to add a period at the end of a sentence and start a sentence with an uppercase letter. This week in kindergarten we celebrated Valentine’s Day and 100th day of school! Students had a great time at our Valentine’s Day party, thank you to all the parents who volunteered and donated goodies. During our 100th day celebrations students rotated through stations completing stem activities.


    Second Grade

    Although the highlight of our party was the opening of our Valentines, we send our thanks to our wonderful homeroom parents for coordinating the snack donations for our party. Thank you also to our awesome parents for sending in the treats, which made our party even more special. In Reading Workshop, we are learning how to become experts on our main characters. This week we focused on making inferences about characters and observing how characters respond to problems. In our book clubs, we discussed the similarities we found across a series. In Math, we made equivalent amounts of money using different coins. We discovered that this task is made easier by using a chart and starting with the coin with the highest value. We also solved story problems with bills. The children were introduced to Ruby Bridges and the contributions she made to our country as we were struggling with desegregating our schools. In Writing Workshop, we wrote more lab reports and then carried out the experiments during Science.


    Third Grade

    Third graders enjoyed their Valentine’s Day celebrations this week. Thank you to all the families who contributed to making that day special for the students! In Reader’s Workshop, we entered our last bend of our Character Studies unit where students are now comparing and contrasting characters not only across a series but in different books. In Writer’s Workshop, students are finishing their Persuasive Essays and are preparing to present their essays as speeches to their classes next week! In Science, students wrapped up their Human Body unit and completed their paper models of the human body. Next week, we will return to Social Studies to study a chapter focusing on Having a Voice in Our Community. There are many things to look forward to for the rest of the month in third grade!


    Fourth Grade

    Students will collect and write about evidence to support each of the reasons for the opinion expressed in their thesis statement. They will select the most powerful evidence and tell it in a way that supports their reasons. They will draft sections of their essay, using transition words and phrases to create cohesion. As they draft, they will also learn to use the introduction to orient and engage the reader and the conclusion to offer final thoughts. They will assess this draft to determine how much they have grown, and then they’ll revise the draft with these goals in mind. Students will edit to improve their clarity, finding and correcting run-on sentences and fragments.


    Fifth Grade

    We are looking forward to a new unit on Social Issues in our Reading block.  During this unit, we will discuss many sophisticated themes and how the text represents those ideas.  In Writing, we are wrapping our unit on argumentative essay writing, and will focus on how to deconstruct an informational prompt, brainstorm independently, and begin writing.  In Pearson Envisions Math, we will wrap up Topic 7 on adding and subtracting fractions, and then move to Topic 8 on Multiplying Fractions.  In AMP, students are working to solve equations with variables.  We had a great Valentine’s Day and enjoyed hearing from the students from Widener University about healthy heart habits.  


    From our Specialists:


    First graders are adding snow and ice to their winter landscapes. Second graders are creating ink blown trees! Third graders are reviewing the art of the Middle Ages. Fourth grade is continuing their study of space, scale and overlapping. Fifth graders are printing their abstract designs.



    This week students completed formal and informal gymnastic skill testing. Also, students participated in mat games. Next week, all students will start pyramid building!



    Indian Lane Night at Middletown Free Library had to be cancelled due to the snow day on Thursday.  The new date is Wednesday, March 15, 2017 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

    Kindergarten, first, & second grade students enjoyed a variety of fun books about Valentine’s Day & the 100th day of school. 
    Third grade students participated in a fun read aloud titled Alpha Betti by Carlene Morton about a child who masters alphabetical order.  We made several connections to the book within our library.

    Fourth and fifth grade students are coming along nicely with their research projects.  



    1st – Learned how to play a C scale and “I Had A Little Snowman” on a glockenspiel!

    2nd – Performed a flag routine to “You’re A Grand Old Flag.”

    3rd – Earned a Starburst by correctly playing “Starburst.”

    4th – Getting our dance steps down to “The Locomotion.”

    5th – Singing “in a military style” with “Colonel Hathi’s March.”


    From our PTG

    • The next PTG meeting is Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 7 p.m. in the library.  We hope to see you there!
    • Yearbook Photos wanted!  If you have any photos to contribute, please click here (Link is also available on the website under Site Shortcuts on the right side menu.)


    From our Student Council

    Our “Bring the Change” Spirit Week & Fundraiser (February 6-10) for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society was not only a ton of fun - it was a HUGE success.  Indian Lane students and staff raised a total of $4,237.60.  Thank you all for the amazing participation and generosity.


    From our School Nurse, Mrs. LaRose

    Just a reminder that head lice are ever present in the community.  Did you know that by the time a student is found to have an outbreak that they have probably had lice for four weeks already?  The district nurses suggest that “Once a week, take a peek!” and check your child’s head at home.  This is the surest way to catch the little bugs early.


    READING OLYMPICS Announcement:  The date of our competition has been finalized.  Our 3 teams will participate on Monday, March 27th.  Students in R.O. should plan to stay after school on that day & will be bused to Springton Lake Middle School for the competition.  Parents are invited to meet us there.  More information will be sent home a week or so before the competition.  Thanks for your support & patience.


    Upcoming Events and Reminders

    • Monday, 2/20 - No school for students; President’s Day Holiday
    • Tuesday, 2/21 - February Birthday Bash (during lunches)
    • Friday, 2/24 - February Bobcat Pride Breakfast, 8:15 a.m., Cafeteria
    • Monday, 2/27 through Friday, 3/3 - Art Goes to School
    • Thursday, 3/2 - Principal’s Advisory Board meeting, 3:30 p.m.
    • Friday, 3/3 - DinoMan Assembly, all grades
    • Wednesday, 3/8 - Parent/Teacher Conferences, 3:30 - 8:00 p.m.
    • Thursday, 3/9 - No School for Students; Parent/Teacher Conferences, 8:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    • Friday, 3/10 - No School for Students


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