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    Service Project

    ILES Day of Service Project - Making comfort bags for chemotherapy patients.


    January 9-13, 2017

    Message from our Principal

    It was a great week at Indian Lane.  Throughout the week, students contributed supplies for our cancer patient comfort bags.  They worked on decorating the bags by adding their personal touches.  This Friday, former Indian Lane eighth grade students from Springton Lake joined us for our day of service project.  These 25 exceptional students assisted the Indian Lane students in filling their bags.  Students shared stories about the bags and why they wrote or drew the items on their bags with each other.  The eighth graders worked so well with our younger students, and our students were thrilled to be assisted by the older students.  I overheard one conversation where a student had told the SLMS student that his bag was for his grandfather.  The 8th grade student was so touched by the story that she wanted to write him a note and keep in touch with him.  Talk about a powerful and meaningful service project.  One first grade student left after making his bag saying I just made a new friend.  As a principal in this district, I am continually overwhelmed by the exceptional caring and giving demonstrated by our community, students, and staff.  I hope that you take a moment to talk to your child about this service project and that they got as much out of it as I did.  Enjoy the long weekend.


    From our Classrooms


    Kindergarten students continued to learn about subtraction. The children learned how to write subtraction equations, draw pictures and write equations for word problems, and looked at patterns to understand fact families.

    During Reading Workshop the children learned how to how use multiple reading powers at the same time. They also learned that our reading books have patterns. The children looked for books that have unknown words at the beginning of each sentence and unknown words in the middle of each sentence.

    The children decorated their Goody Bags last Friday and were excited to fill the bags this Friday. When we arrived back in the classroom, the children were eager to share how they thought the cancer patients will feel when they receive their Goody Bags. It was a wonderful experience to share with the children.


    First Grade

    This week in first grade the students began their own non-fiction chapter books.  They did a great job picking topics that they could teach about.  In reading we did an author study on Mo Willems.  The students loved reading these books and discussing all the different things Mo Willems included in his writing.  We finished up topic 6 in math.  It was a nice change to learn about measuring data! The week ended with an exciting assembly to celebrate MLK day and our MLK service project!


    Second Grade

    The weather cooperated at the beginning of the week and stayed cold for our winter-themed activities! After learning about Snowflake Bentley, the children created geometrical snowflakes…they look beautiful and will soon be hanging in the hallway. To go with these symmetrical creations, the children wrote about winter with the emphasis of their piece being the use of descriptive language.  In Social Studies, we split our time between mapping and Dr. Martin Luther King. One of the highlights of the week was celebrating the MLK Day of Service. Of course, the other highlight was our trip to Arden Theatre. We send our thanks to our parent chaperones for joining us! In Math, the children practiced double-digit subtraction with regrouping. Using their understanding of bar diagrams, the children then checked their work by adding the parts.


    Third Grade

    Third grade detectives wrapped up their mystery unit this week and enjoyed solving crimes before the crime solvers in their books. In Writing, students began drafting thesis statements for their persuasive speeches. In Science, students created models of the human body, learned about the nervous system and illustrated their faces. Third graders also participated in activities to learn about the significance of Martin Luther King, Jr. day of service.


    Fourth Grade

    In fourth grade, we will be starting historical fiction book clubs in reading. This is a unit developing ideas about characters, determining themes, inferring within a text, comparing and contrasting texts, synthesizing across texts, and talking and writing about reading. Most stories at their level tell of a young person struggling towards social justice.


    Fifth Grade

    In fifth grade we are working through re-assessing of Teacher’s College reading levels. This helps us to track the level books the students are reading in Reader’s Workshop. We also are beginning to do our winter MAP’s testing.  We are finishing up historical fiction and will be jumping into a reading unit on fantasy.  In writer’s workshop we are beginning to break down the parts of an argument essay.  In math the classes are dividing with decimals.  In the AMP class we are in the middle of a chapter on percents and ratios.


    From our Specialists:


    First graders are learning about cast shadows. Second graders are reviewing the work of artist Jacob Lawrence. Third graders are rendering figures on scratchboard. Fourth graders are involved in a color study. Fifth graders are reviewing functional art.



    This week first and second grade started their unit with deck rings! Third through fifth started their basketball unit!



    Kindergarten, first, and second grades are learning about snow through both fiction and non-fiction books.

    Third grade is learning to use WebPath Express, the search engine provided by Destiny, our online library catalog.  It’s safer and yields only appropriate educational search results.  Check it out!

    Fourth and fifth grade classes are beginning a research project using TrueFlix, an ebook resource by Scholastic.  



    Fifth grade news:  Papers were sent home this week with information concerning “The Jungle Book” auditions for students interested in being a part of the stage cast.  Once returned, students will be given an audition time and 3 small scripts to practice.  The last day to hand in an audition form is Friday, January 20th.  The auditions will be held every day from 3:30 – 4:30 the week of January 23rd.


    From our PTG

    • Box Tops are due the first week in February.  Each Box Top that is turned in is equal to cash for our school.  The class that brings in the most Box Tops will win a fun class reward.  For collection sheets and more info, click here.
    • The next PTG meeting is Thursday, January 19, 2017.  We hope to see you there!
    • The January Birthday Bash is Tuesday, January 24, 2017.  Special thanks to the parents that signed up to bake cupcakes for this fun event.
    • ILES Annual Mid-Winter Festival is coming up on Friday, February 3rd from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  Pizza pre-orders are due Monday, January 30th.  For the pre-order form & more information, visit the website.


    From our Student Council

    Student Council is excited about helping to work on the comfort bag project for chemotherapy patients. Students are taking on leadership roles and are stepping up to new challenges. Thanks to all the families that donated to this rewarding project to make it possible.

    We are looking ahead to a fundraiser called “Bring the Change” to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  More information will be available soon.


    From our School Nurse, Mrs. LaRose

    Sneezing, a stuffy nose, coughing--all symptoms of the common cold!  You can catch a cold by touching your nose or eyes after you touch a surface with cold germs on them or by inhaling the germs.  Symptoms begin 2-3 days after infection and can last for 2-14 days.  Washing your hands and keeping away from people with colds will help to prevent the common cold.  Teach children to cough into their elbow or shoulder so as to not spread germs.


    Upcoming Events and Reminders

    • Monday, 1/16 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: No School
    • Thursday, 1/19 - PTG meeting, 7:00 p.m., Library
    • Friday, 1/20 - January Bobcat Pride Breakfast
    • Tuesday, 1/24 - January Birthday Bash during lunches
    • Wednesday, 1/25 - ILES/RTES Beginning Strings Concert, 7:00 p.m.
    • Friday, 1/27 - 4th & 5th grade Geography Bee, 9:15 a.m.
    • Monday, 1/30 - Pre-order forms are due for ILES Mid-Winter Festival
    • Tuesday, 1/31 - Fifth grade parent End-Of-Year Luncheon planning meeting, 7:00 p.m., Library
      • Note: All fifth grade parents are invited to attend!
    • Friday, 2/3 - ILES Mid-Winter Festival, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.


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