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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Camp Invention Information!

Imaginations get their rocket fuel this summer at Camp Invention!
Rocky Branch Elementary is partnering with the National Inventors Hall of Fame to provide Camp Invention, a unique out-of-school-time elementary enrichment experience with a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) focus for children in our community, the week of:

June 5 -9 from 9:00am - 3:30pm
or 
June 12-16 from 9:00am - 3:30pm

An exciting, week long summer adventure awaits with activities that explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation and sharpen their 21st century skills. A program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Camp Invention allows children in kindergarten through 6th grade to experience real-world problem solving, creative thinking, invention, and teamwork. Local, certified educators lead a week of hands-on activities that fuel children’s confidence in their natural ability to dream and create. Early registration discounts are available so don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity. Visit campinvention.org or call 800.968.4332 for information.

In the Launch curriculum, children will participate in four fun-filled modules each day:

Duct Tape Billionaire™
Your child will experience invention with a twist in Duct Tape Billionaire. Children can choose to explore their imaginations and invent from scratch, or they can select a basic design to make their own. They explore patents, hear how to launch a business, and present their products to mock investors.

Mission Space Makers™
This mission takes your child out of this world to locate and prepare a new planet for human habitation. Mission Control sends teams challenges to design inventions that transform the atmosphere, terrain, and ecosystem of an exoplanet. They set up a Space Lab to hatch eggs and grow crystal trees. Take on the jobs of tomorrow and explore beyond our galaxy!

Have A Blast™
Your child will fling, fly and float through high-energy air battles while using physics to boost their advantage. Children engineer a variety of working tools, including “snowball” throwers, a giant air cannon and more. Everyone builds their own high-tech Bubble Blaster with flashing lights to take home. This summer, campers will Have A Blast that will last a lifetime!

 
Register at http://www.campinvention.orgEvery registration includes a complimentary Camp Invention t-shirt. Availability is limited, so visit  www.campinvention.org or call 800.968.4332 to secure your child’s spot today! 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Extra Yearbooks

If you would like to purchase a year book, the cost is $27.00. Send in your money early next week if you would like one!

May 15th-19th

Here’s a sneak peek at next week!


For the last week of school, First Grade has decided to have a fun theme each day!

Monday, May 15th: Game Day/Electronic Day
Your child may bring in an electronic or their favorite board game/puzzle!


Tuesday, May 16th: STEAM Day/Maker space Day
Students can bring in recyclables from home to turn into toys that kids may enjoy! (empty soup cans, empty drink cans, plastic gallon jugs, straws, paper plates, etc.)


Wednesday, May 17th: Art Day/Outside Fun
Bring your crafting skills and supplies for art and outdoor fun!
(coloring books, markers, pom pom balls, glitter, glue, water colors, paper, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, football, soccer ball)
Students may bring in yearbooks today for their friends to sign! Those who did not purchase a yearbook can pass around their memory book.


Thursday, May 18th:Read-In/Clean-Up
Bring in some of your favorite books to read with a friend or friends! You may bring in one stuffed animal today along with your books. We will also be cleaning out our desks and classroom.


Friday, May 19th: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!
We will watch a movie in the morning and conclude our day with a Chick-fil-A box lunch and fun station rotations in each first grade classroom – Volunteer trained parents may join in on the fun at 12:30!
Stations: Dance, Limbo, Outdoor Fun, Popsicle/Karaoke, Minute to Win It, Beach Ball Autograph



Thank you for sharing your sweet children with me this year! They have made it a very special year. I have made lasting memories with each of them and I wish them nothing but the best in their future. Thank you all for all of the volunteer hours you put into this year, all of the donations, and all of your support. I am truly grateful! Please stay in touch and have a safe and enjoyable summer!

Mobley Brandenburg :)

Thursday, May 4, 2017

May 8th-12th


Here’s a peek at next week!

Phonics Family Words: None
Phonics: Review
Reading: We will be reviewing skills already covered this year through Daily 5 groups and other activities – summer themed reading and activities

L.Arts: We will review skills already covered this year. 

Writing Workshop: Creating summer “bucket lists” and review

Math: Math review games

Positive Discipline: Finding solutions independently to our problems



 Jump into a good book!

We will participate in Field Day on May 11th. Please make sure your student has comfortable, cool clothes, tennis shoes, a water bottle, and sunscreen that day. Please also send in a COMPLETE change of clothes for your child after the Field Day fun (including shoes). There are water events and students will get wet. We are looking forward to all of the fun!

Last Week of School Daily Themes


For the last week of school, First Grade has decided to have a fun theme each day!

Monday, May 15th: Game Day/Electronic Day
Your child may bring in an electronic or their favorite board game/puzzle!
Tuesday, May 16th: STEAM Day/Makerspace Day
Students can bring in recyclables from home to turn into toys that kids may enjoy! (empty soup cans, empty drink cans, plastic gallon jugs, straws, paper plates, etc.)
Wednesday, May 17th: Art Day/Outside Fun
Bring your crafting skills and supplies for art and outdoor fun!
(coloring books, markers, pom pom balls, glitter, glue, water colors, paper, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, football, soccer ball)
Thursday, May 18th: Read-In/Clean-Up
Bring in all of your favorite books to read with a friend or friends! We will also be cleaning out our desks and classroom.
Friday, May 19th: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!
Chick-fil-A box lunch and fun station rotations – Volunteer trained parents may join in on the fun at 12:30!

End of the Year Celebration

We will serve lunch to the kids (Chick-fil-A boxes) and then we will have stations set up outdoors or in each classroom for the classes to rotate around. There will be fun activities planned at each station – Dance, Limbo, Outdoor Fun, Popsicle/Karaoke, Minute to Win It, Beach Ball Autograph. We are asking for a donation from each family to help us to pay for the food and supplies needed to make this party successful. If each family is willing to contribute $7 towards the party, we should be able to cover the cost of every child. Please send in your donation (we can only accept cash) in an envelope to your child's teacher labeled "End of Year Party" by May 12thWe are also in need of volunteers to help run stations. If you are volunteer trained and willing to help, be on the lookout for an email from Mrs. Hayno. She has graciously volunteered to coordinate all of our party helpers and supplies. Thank you for helping make our End of the Year Celebration great for the kids!

Parent Survey

In an effort to improve system practices, Oconee County Schools is conducting a parent survey. We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey. The web survey will be available until May 12, 2017.

In order to complete the survey, please go to: http://eprovesurveys.advanc-ed.org/surveys/#/action/19726/2963/1

Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous. Your honest opinion is appreciated.

 
We have snack every day. Please encourage your student to pack a snack each day. Lunch time can be a long time to wait to eat.


Upcoming Events
Step-Up Day (students will visit a 2nd grade class) – May 10th
K-2 Field Day – May 11th
Last Day of School (parties start at 1:30) – May 19th

Have a great weekend!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Week of May 1st-5th

          Here’s a peek at next week!



Reading: Daily 5 rotations and guided reading groups – We will continue to review and reassess standards.

Math: Students will have the opportunity to review various math concepts through math centers. We will also reassess standards, as necessary.  

Writing Workshop: The students will be working on various projects during their writing time for the remainder of the school year.

Social Studies: Review/Reassess – We will also be working on making memory books.

Positive Discipline: Students will continue to work on solving problems with others. We will use the text “Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun” to discuss how we should treat others who may be different than us.


1.      Read a good book!


Calling All Field Day Volunteers!
Be on the lookout for information regarding Field Day volunteers for our K-2 Field Day on May 11th.

End of the Year Celebration

We will serve lunch to the kids (Chick-fil-A boxes) and then we will have stations set up outdoors or in each classroom for the classes to rotate around. There will be fun activities planned at each station – Dance, Limbo, Outdoor Fun, Popsicle/Karaoke, Minute to Win It, Beach Ball Autograph. We are asking for a donation from each family to help us to pay for the food and supplies needed to make this party successful. If each family is willing to contribute $7 towards the party, we should be able to cover the cost of every child. Please send in your donation (we can only accept cash) in an envelope to your child's teacher labeled "End of Year Party" by May 12th. We are also in need of volunteers to help run stations. If you are volunteer trained and willing to help, be on the lookout for an email from Mrs. Hayono. She has graciously volunteered to coordinate all of our party helpers and supplies. Thank you for helping make our End of the Year Celebration great for the kids!

Parent Survey

In an effort to improve system practices, Oconee County Schools is conducting a parent survey. We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey. The web survey will be available until May 12, 2017.

In order to complete the survey, please go to: http://eprovesurveys.advanc-ed.org/surveys/#/action/19726/2963/1

Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous. Your honest opinion is appreciated.


Our field trip to Bear Hollow Zoo is scheduled for Wednesday, May 3rd from 9:15-1:00. If your child does not have a permission form turned in, they will be unable to attend. We are asking that lunches be sent in a disposablebag with items that can be tossed or recycledafter lunch. If you did not let me know that your child will need a lunch from the cafeteria, please send them with a lunch. Thank you for your help!

We have snack every day. Please encourage your student to pack a snack each day. Lunch time can be a long time to wait to eat.

Upcoming Events
Bear Hollow Field Trip – May 3rd
Step-Up Day – May 10th
K-2 Field Day – May 11th
Last Day of School (parties start at 1:30) – May 19th

Have a great weekend!