Saturday, November 26, 2016

It's a Read-In at Horace Mann!

Readers all over Horace Mann are setting individual and class goals for books (or minutes) read as part of Reading Workshop.  And what do we do when we reach a goal?  Why, we celebrate, of course!

Fifth grade students reached a class reading goal right before Thanksgiving and they celebrated by (what else?) reading some more :-)  Students were invited to bring their favorite reading and relaxing items from home (pillows, blankets, plush toys, etc.) so they could get really comfy during their extended reading time.  As you can see from these pictures of Mrs. Robinson's students, they totally immersed themselves in the books on topics of their choice at their just right reading level.

I don't know about you, but when 5th graders are enthusiastic about a celebration that involves reading, it makes me proud, optimistic and just plain happy.

I hope everyone spent a little extra time reading over the long weekend.  I know I did!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Getting Ready for Thanksgiving

Around here, we feel we have had a wonder-FULL school year so far, with lots of learning and plenty of good times, too!  We are so thankful for our community, our students and each other.

Of course, we also welcome the short week ahead and the joys of Thanksgiving with family and friends.  We hope you'll watch the video to see how some of our students worked together--using technology--to tell us about the upcoming holiday.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Honoring our Veterans

Horace Mann Elementary School has a long tradition of hosting a Veteran's Day assembly each year. Our community deeply respects the commitment made by American men and women when they choose to serve in the armed forces, and we are proud to set time aside to pay tribute to them!

On Friday, November 11, 2016, twenty-one military veterans representing the Army, Marines and Navy visited our school.  Each vet has a student(s) at Horace Mann, and each was introduced--along with their student(s)--during the assembly.  Fifth grader Elise O'Donnell broke a record by having three veterans at our program :-)

Fourth grade students take the lead during this assembly, providing the color guard and a variety of readings.  The color guard members all participate in Cub/Girl Scouts (Christopher Mathiaos, Connor Pierce, Azaia Novak, Kaylin Arcuri and Nathan Kopko) and took their role seriously.  Our readers--Isaac Craciun, Ayla French and Emma Kelly--did a great job helping us understand the history and importance of the day.

Big thanks to Mr. Waryk for providing recordings of the songs of each of the branches of the military and for leading the whole group in patriotic songs.  Thanks, too, to PTA for having coffee and welcoming smiles on hand for our vets.