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Thinking, Creating, Reflecting: Impacting the Future

Upper Elementary

Ages 10 - 12

  • Date created

    January 17, 2018

  • Last updated

    December 3, 2018


Upper Elementary is for kids ages 9-12.  We start the year reviewing lessons that students have learned which will help them continue to be successful students into the future.  We will continue working on more independent projects as the students choose projects based on their interests.  We face the world as a whole not just focusing on a piece but seeing how everything we learned is integrated together.

What to Expect

Weekly Project Time to innovate, create, and explore personal interests

Weekly visual and performing arts

Interdisciplinary social studies and science exposure

Emphasis on collaborative group work as well as personal social development

Instrumental Band program offered

Three Interest Group offerings per school year

Inside the Classroom

Bluejays’ Journal: May 13 – May 17

Cockroaches Good or bad? We debated this today as the ending to our insect study. Last day of fun at 

Bluejays’ Journal: May 6 – May 10

Invertebrates Lab Seeing how exoskeletons on insects work and hold up when damaged with hard objects. So much fun, AND 

Bluejays’ Journal: Apr.29 – May.3

REMINDER! This is a friendly reminder that your students should be at Spectrum, ready to go for Hairspray Jr, by 

Bluejays’ Journal: Apr.22 – Apr.26

Earth Day! Our Bluejays did some Earth Day trash pickup! They also decided to use their bodies to spell earth 

Bluejays’ Journal: Apr.15 – Apr.19

Art Interest Group Day 1. Cool projects that the students will get to keep!Art Interest Group Day 2: Churches and 

Bluejays’ Journal: Apr.8 – Apr.12

Outdoor Activity w/ Middle School! When the teacher brings in LEGO’s to school! Mollusks Some cool questions emerged from our 

Bluejays’ Journal: Apr.1 – Apr.5

Terse Verse Today we wrote "terse verse". This is a type of poetry featuring rhyming words which answer a question. 

Bluejays’ Journal: Mar.18 – Mar.22

Three-Day Angelic Organics Overnight Field Trip! Upper Elementary and Middle School students got to go on a wonderful adventure for 

Bluejays’ Journal: Mar.11 – Mar.15

A few friendly reminders for our Angelic Organics trip Mar. 18th - 20th: PLEASE be at Spectrum NO LATER THAN 

Bluejays’ Journal: Mar.4 – Mar.8

Happy March Everyone! I suddenly realized I haven't updated you all for a couple of weeks. In math, our group 

Bluejays’ Journal: Feb.25 – Mar.1

Here's a look at last week's field trip to IQRA School of Rockford!National "Say Something" Week For National “Say Something” 

Bluejays’ Journal: Feb.19 – Feb.22

Drama Class We play a game called bus stop, where the students have a chance to work on comedic timing 

Bluejays’ Journal: Feb.11 – Feb.15

3-Day Classroom Week! What a week! We started Monday with a field trip to Angelic Organics that as you know 

Bluejays’ Journal: Feb.4 – Feb.8

Tests of the Week Power Writing We learned about power writing today from Mary Beth. Stay tuned for our paragraphs. 

Bluejays’ Journal: Jan.21 – Jan.25

Week Review This has been an interesting week to say the least! Today we worked on math and selected our 

Bluejays’ Journal: Jan.14 – Jan.18

Positively impacting the future, one day at a time...Week Review Whew what a busy week! This week we have studied 

Bluejays’ Journal: Dec.17 – Dec.21

Farewell, 2018!Carol Day! We figured out how many gifts and how much they cost for the 12 days of Christmas. 

Bluejays’ Journal: Dec.10 – Dec.14

Action-Packed week! On Tuesday, December 18th, Upper Elementary as well as Middle School will be building Gingerbread Houses! Feel free 

Bluejays’ Journal: Dec.3 – Dec.7

Hello, December!Tree Day! We are counting down to Christmas break. Today is day 12, Tree day. We started the day 

Bluejays’ Journal: Nov.26 – Nov.30

Wrapping Up November!Math Some good ole' math on the whiteboard. Show your work! Class projects Testing our “beaks” with various 

Bluejays’ Journal: Nov.12 – Nov.16

Bluejays' Journal: Nov.12 - Nov.16Crane Watching Each fall, thousands of sandhill cranes congregate on the islands and sandbars in the 

Bluejays’ Journal: Nov.5 – Nov.9

Bluejays' Journal: Nov.5 - Nov.9 Our class is in need of colored dry erase markers. If you're in a position 

Bluejays’ Journal: Oct.29 – Nov.2

Happy Halloween! I have established a partnership with our class and Angelic Organics. We are in the early stages of 

Bluejays’ Journal: Oct.22 – Oct.26

Science and Drama: they balance each other out! Quick reminder! This Monday, October 29, is our field trip to Goebbert’s 

Bluejays’ Journal: Oct.15 – Oct.19

Be sure to check back next week for exciting updates from your teachers on all the happenings of Upper Elementary! 

Supply List & Resources

Resources  This site explains our plan-do-review process, how children learn through active learning, and how adults support children in their experiences.  You will also find the KDI’s (Key Developmental Indicators) listed.  How we support students in fine motor development and pre-handwriting

Supply List

You may want to label these supplies with your student’s name to prevent loss.

● Small manual pencil sharpener

● A supply of pencils, erasers, and markers and pencil pouch for storage.

● A marble composition book, 7 ½” x 9 ½”

● A pair of scissors

● Calculator (TI 30 XIIS)

● Reusable water bottle or plastic cup

● Weekly Planner- (Please find a planner that works well with your student’s organizational style.)

● 2 set of earbuds/headphones (dollar store quality is fine)

● A Chromebook (Chromebooks​ are a unique class of mobile computing devices, designed specifically for Web-based tasks.) Please note: Chromebooks are a school supply and need to be at school for use at school​. If a student’s internet access needs to be restricted, please contact the teachers and let them know. Any internet problems at school will be brought to the attention of the parents immediately.

● 1 large three ring binder (either 2” or 3” binding)

● Rain/hiking/outdoor appropriate shoes that are stored at school Supplies to be used by the whole class (It is not necessary to label these with your student’s name)

● A pair of scissors

● A set of watercolor paints

● A package of dry erase markers

● A package of pencils

Music: One: pocket folder with center fasteners, any color/style

Art: Spiral Sketch Pad 9′ X 12″ 50lb. (Micheals – I always use a 40% coupon) Avery Permanent​ Glue Stick ( Office supply store)

We have made considerable effort to scale down our supply list. As the year progresses and we need additional supplies, we will send home “Want Ads” in our Classroom Email.

**Students should also have a supply of pencils, sharpeners, and writing paper available for homework use**

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