There's a distinct chill in the air and some of our recess days have been pretty chilly!
Hopefully you are able to get outside and enjoy it. There are lots of great places to hike and things to see, right in our own backyards. Wadsworth Falls State Park in Middletown has great hikes to the falls and the town of Middletown has tours of the mansion. The mansion isn't open every day, but the grounds are and it's a super spot to bring a picnic and catch these last few days before the snow flies.
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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 explore all around Connecticut. I recommend bundling up and checking out Kent Falls on a sunny day in the winter. There's nothing like the beauty of waterfalls in the winter. It's a long ride, so stop by Annie Bananaie for ice cream.
What's Going On In The Computer Lab?
Our students have been learning a variety of things. Students are working on their typing skills using typing.com and Typing Club. Did you know that the average person writes approximately 20 words per minute? Many of our students are typing at over 30 words per minute. That's thanks to lots of practice since second grade!
We've learned how to show our learning about animals using Canva. Enrichment students are building their own websites, learning coding to create a game and researching something of their choosing and figuring out the best way to show me what they've learned.
See Saw is our latest addition to our learning and it creates a digital portfolio for students that I can share with the class. 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.
Park photo by Mr. Rimany, Park Supervisor Macedonia State Park Unit
Mini-me graphics by The Library Fox
Other graphics from Creative Clips -- Krista Wallden