A Day to Celebrate Love and Friendship


Valentine’s Day is a special day when we celebrate friendship and love with family and friends. Let’s invite a special guest to join us on Wednesday morning, February 14th to celebrate together from 7:50-9:10. Invite your mom or dad, grandmother or grandfather, aunt or uncle or a special family friend.


We will prepare for them a special breakfast of toaster waffles, fruit, juice, hot coffee.  We will play together Valentine Bingo, and a share with them a special song. It will be a wonderful morning spreading happiness to all!

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What do you like most about Valentine’s Day? 

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Beauty in Diversity


Yesterday we celebrated the holiday, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Day. This week we will be looking at the idea of beauty in diversity and the power of our words.  Dr. King’s message was about the importance of diversity in our world.  His words remind us to look at a person on the inside.  He encourages us to judge a friend based on their character and not by how they look on the outside. He reminds us to look at the things we have in common: a belief in the good in all people, a hope for a bright future and a love for all. Listen to his story below:

His words also inspire us to work hard to bring about positive changes in the world through peaceful ways: through our words. Words can make people happy, they express our feelings, they can change lives, and they can inspire us. However, words also have the power to make people sad and to hurt feelings. Here are some ideas for us of things we should say more often:

We talk about friendships and how to be a good friend. We have talked about how each of us is unique and special. We have different tastes, different interests, and different opinions.  We are learning to see the good in each other and express our gratitude for those things. We are learning how to discuss our differences in a calm way. We are learning to listen well and listen respectfully to each other so we can expand our friendships.  We are learning to admit mistakes to our friends and say, “I’m sorry” when we have hurt their feelings. We are learning strategies to help us stop unkind actions.

These are not easy goals, but Stafford is a place where students are kind and caring and they work on their friendship skills.  Let’s commit ourselves to these goals in the new year. It’s a beautiful world.  Not only do we have the power to see this beauty around us each day, but we also have the power to help create it.

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Let’s work on expanding our friendships

this week!

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Geology Rocks!


We are excited to be back from the Winter break and begin the New Year. We are starting a new unit on nonfiction reading and writing and will be using our skills to learn about geology.

We began our study of geology with looking at the layers of the earth, which are inner core, outer core, mantle, crust.  We learned the 3 rock types: sedimentary, igneous, metamorphic. We are enjoying exploring the various parts of the rock cycle and thinking about how rocks are formed.


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Our Gift

We are excited to share a reading of one of our favorite books that we created with a tool called a Voicethread. A Voicethread is an online slideshow that allows you to upload pictures and make comments. We hope you enjoy our reading! It is a gift made with love for our families.

We wish our families love and joy

this holiday season!


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The Quilt Maker’s Gift

Last week we read two books by the author Jeff Brumbeau: The Quilt Maker’s Gift and The Quilt Maker’s Journey. One of the central ideas is how important it is to have empathy for others. We have been learning about the importance of empathy in class and how we grow in our empathy toward others.

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We discussed the importance of trying to help others in need whenever we can. As a school community, we are doing a Seats, Feets and Diaper Drive to give to children in need. Wednesday is the last day of the drive.

We hope that we, too, can do something like making a quilt for someone in need. Well, how about this Friday? Let’s make our own quilt to give to someone in need. We can do it at our Winter Celebration this Friday. Let’s do it!

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What kinds of things have you made to give as gifts for family or friends?

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Hour of Code


Will you be one of tomorrow’s superheroes? As your teacher this year, I will bet on it. Amazing things are happening these days in the area of Computer Science.  Watch this video that introduces us to some important people who talk about the importance of kids like us learning computer code.

This week is Computer Science Education Week, and we are celebrating with others around the world “An Hour of Code“. Students all around the world will spend one hour learning the basics of computer programming. We will explore programming with tutorials throughout the week. The fun tutorials include Star Wars, Minecraft, Anna and Elsa and Lightbots!

Almost everything we do involves some sort of computer programming. Creating things through code may seem to be wizardry or involve superhero skills, but one thing is for sure. It can make a huge difference in the lives of people, and we can use these powers for good.  So, let’s get to it geniuses!

Our learning targets:

1. I can create something new using computer code

2. I will collaborate with others to learn a new language: “computer code”

3. I can use my critical thinking skills to use code to design and complete a project.

Haven’t we all wished we were superheroes? Here is our chance.

How many lines of code did you create today?

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Family Traditions

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This week we are excited to share more about our families with our storytelling beads. We love our families. Families are the people who love us. Our families teach us important values and pass on important traditions. We will share the stories of our names, our ancestors, and our family traditions with each other this week. We are learning to look for similarities and differences as we listen to our family stories and know that it is our stories that make us unique and special.

Which winter traditions do you enjoy?

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art_Penguins_emperor_and_chick[1][1]Family are the people who love you.

This week we begin our social studies unit about Family. Each family is unique. Some families are big, and some are small. But, what they all have in common is that they are the people who love you.

Over the next two weeks we will be listening to our family members tell the special stories of how we got our names and where our ancestors are from. We will also share details about important family traditions. Our families hold the keys to these stories for us. We want to learn to tell these stories as part of our family history.

Where are your ancestors are from?

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The “Choose Kind” Challenge

Ms. Barbour visited our class last week and read the wonderful book We are All Wonders by R.J. Palacio. The central message in this book is that when we choose to practice acts of kindness toward others, we pass on both love and hope and inspire others to do the same. We also learned that it is important to have empathy for others who may be different than us.

Each day we have so many opportunities to choose to be kind. We want to join the Choose Kind Challenge at Stafford and see how many kind deeds we can do for others this week. Each day we have so many opportunities to choose to be kind.  We want to promote, recognize and celebrate each act of kindness.

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We read another book that we loved called Don’t Laugh at Me by Steve Seskin and Alan Shamblin. In this book, we really discovered what it means to have empathy. Empathy means understanding how someone else feels.

Why do you think it is important to feel empathy? 

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A Time to Give Thanks


November 23 is the day we celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States. Thanksgiving is a celebration where families and friends come together to share in a special meal. Thanksgiving is all about gratitude. Gratitude is the act of giving thanks,  expressing appreciation, and returning kindness. All communities and cultures have celebrations where they express gratitude. Sharing gratitude is also one of the tools in our tool belt we use for creating positive emotion or happiness. We try to share gratitude throughout the school day.

Let’s create happiness for ourselves and others by sharing gratitude today!

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Tough Boris By Mem Fox

This week we are reading Tough Boris by the Australian author Mem Fox. It is another great book that we are reading as a part of The Global Read Aloud. One of our learning targets in reading is “I can read with expression” and this is a great book to practice this with.  Two other learning targets have been “I can retell a story” and “explain the central message”.

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What did you like about this story?

Do you feel empathy for Boris?



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