This weather is a bit all over the place. It's a good thing that our students and teachers are focused on learning in 2019.
Follow the Regan garden on Twitter @RESReadGrowPlay -- it's almost time to start thinking seeds. Mrs. DeFazio has offered to take the grow light and have her class get us started.
What's Happening with DEEP?
The Passport to Parks was part of the new Connecticut budget and effective January 1, 2018, parking fees are no longer being charged at Connecticut State Parks for cars with Connecticut license plates. There are great places to check out, even in the winter. The No Child Left Inside® Winter Festival is right around the corner, on February 2. It will be at Burr Pond State Park in Torrington. Get out your winter gear and come join us for ice fishing (weather permitting), marshmallow roasting, search and rescue demonstrations and a host of fun and games.
What's Going On In The Computer Lab?
We will continue working on our typing skills in grades 1-5 throughout the rest of the year. Our students are working toward levels of at least 20 words per minute. Many have surpassed that. We know that as they progress into middle and high school, they will be required to type their assignments and this will get them on their way to being successful.
Recently we've been using SeeSaw to create digital portfolios of student work. I'm looking forward to using it more and allowing students to use their devices to combine their Google Apps for School with our other apps and do some App Smashing.
Miss Williams is working on including more Google Apps practice and assignments and our foray into Google Slides with our New Year's goals went really well. I'm looking forward to great things.
We've also been reading books on Epic and between both schools, we've read over 1100 books this year! Great job.
What's Miss Williams Reading?
Miss Williams has been using OverDrive to read the Jack Reacher series on her Kindle and is also reading The second book in the Land of Stories by Chris Colfer. It's called The Enchantress Returns. She also read The Candymaker. It's about a kid who lives in a candy factory and there is a contest for three kids to invent the best new candy. One kid is a spy, one kid is an expert and there's something odd about the other two.
If you have a Silas Bronson library card, you can use it at the Southbury Public Library and they are open on Sunday, during the school year. Their children's and teen section upstairs is a great place to read and play. You can always borrow a book there & return it to Silas Bronson, thanks to Bibliomation.
Remember, our local library loans out books, museum passes and DVDs (one week) for free. You can even get the museum pass online without going to the library.
Remember, there are free books you can borrow online from The Silas Bronson Library, without leaving your house! Get your library card number and click on the OverDrive logo to go there.
Bird photo by Mr. Rimany, Park Supervisor Macedonia State Park Unit
Mini-me graphics by The Library Fox
Other graphics from Creative Clips -- Krista Wallden