Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Welcome to Team Spencer. My name is Andaiye Spencer, but most just call me Spencer. I am so excited to work with your students this school year.
I love to sing, dance and do lots of theatre. I am also a carpenter. I love using all of these creative outlets regularly in my class.
Parents have been asking what their student should bring to school as far as supplies. Everything that is mandatory for them to be successful will be provided.
Thing that would be awesome if they were donated:
-Pencils, pencils, pencils
-Erasers for the tops of pencils
In the coming days and weeks I will be sharing information with you regarding happenings in the classroom. This will either be through email or the classroom blog (which you can subscribe to via email.)
A quick word about snacks and birthday celebrations. We are a nut-aware facility and ask that families refrain from sending any snacks that contain nuts. In my classroom, I ask that individual families send snacks with their child to keep them nourished throughout the day. We will break twice a day for snacks so please keep that in mind when you are packing.
As for birthdays, the 3rd and 4th grades have traditionally abstained from birthday "treats" and instead have opted for providing the students with an opportunity to share something special with the class on their birthday. This has allowed us a chance to learn a little more about that person and given him or her the opportunity to share their interests with us. Others have simply chosen to enjoy a little extra recess as their class celebration.
That being said, if you are still eager to bring food as a celebratory item, please let me know so that we can coordinate it with classroom allergies and sensitivities.
We will celebrate every student even if their birthday is not during the school calendar. If it is not on a school day, they will receive a celebration day. I will let you know when this will be.
Also, Just for your reference, I am very allergic to flowers, perfumes and body sprays. I have mentioned this to the students, but if you notice them becoming attached to a new scent, please ask them not to wear or bring it to school.
Due to my transplant surgery last year, I am immuno-suppressed. This means I can get sick very easily. I am requesting that all students either use hand sanitizer or wash their hands when they enter the classroom. Also, if your student has a slight cough or is getting over a cold, please let me know so that I can take extra precaution. I would also like to know if your student will have, or has just gotten, a live vaccine. I will need to be extra cautious around those students as well.
I am so excited for this year!!!
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Sunday, June 12, 2016
A HUGE thank you to all who helped out for our Flint Water Market. Thanks to your generous help we have raised $760!!!
We will be sending the money to The Community Foundation of Greater Flint's grant for Flintkids.org.
This money will be used to aid children with interventions that support positive health outcomes for Flint children, including:
Optimal child health & development
Early childhood education
Continuous access to a pediatric medical home
Access to infant and child behavioral health services
Healthy food access
Safe & healthy home environments
Integrated social services
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Our final math project this year is a treasure hunt. The math class was split into pairs that set about making a list of clues to follow in order to get to hidden treasure. The teams were given tape measures and were asked to make their clues a set of measurements and directional changes (lefts and rights). Their measurements are to be in inches, feet, and yards, or centimeters and meters. The true test will come next week when we try each others instructions and see if we can locate the treasure.
Friday, May 20, 2016
For our spring project we will be studying how we create fun! More specifically we will be studying playgrounds and playscapes. We will be visiting several playgrounds in Southeast Michigan, playing on them for 30 minutes each, and evaluating how fun they are and why.
The class did research on different playgrounds in the area that might be fun to test out. Some of them include playscapes as close as our own SK playground and the one at County Farm park, as well as Timbertown in Chelsea and the giant play structure on Belle Isle.
The class decided that the "control" for our exploration should be nature, or an open field. For that we will go to the Arboretum.
As a class, we came up with a list of things that we look for when we evaluate a playground. We discussed everything from useful utilities to fun features. From that the survey was created. to view the survey click here.