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Intermediate Elementary

Welcome to “Inside the Classroom”! This is a space where we post weekly updates of what’s happening within the walls of our amazing classrooms. Feel free to browse the updates to see what amazing learning adventures our students are having.

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! May 17 – May 25

Getting started on our summer reading lists with a book 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! May 10 – May 14

Leona shared her writing workshop story “Astrocat’s Diary"! https://secureservercdn.net/50.62.88.95/s4d.4ec.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/leonavid.mp4 Personal 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! May 3 – May 7

A week from Thursday, on May 13th, we will be 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! Apr. 26 – Apr. 30

We finished our fraction number line during Math on Monday!Beginning 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! Apr. 19 – Apr. 23

Just a heads up…Monday, we discussed and practiced an intruder 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! Apr. 12 – Apr. 16

stamps, Stamps, STAMPS! Going through Miss Pam’s stamp collection for 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! Apr. 5 – Apr. 9

Fraction work during Math!Reading! This week, we engaged in both 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! Mar. 29 – Apr. 1

The Brainstormers finished a timeline showing all the people from 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! Mar. 15 – Mar. 19

Monday morning yoga with Ms. Tammie!Learning how to add decimals 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! Mar. 8 – Mar. 12

Creat-ova-tors kicking off their week with a yoga session!Using “Stop 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! Mar. 1 – Mar. 4

Happy Birthday to Jace and Nathan, who completed their birthday 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! Feb. 22 – Feb. 26

Shades of Meaning! Arranging synonyms by level of intensity in 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! Feb. 15 – Feb. 19

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Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! Feb. 8 – Feb. 12

Word Wall! We collaborated to make a classroom Word Wall 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! Feb. 1 – Feb. 5

Song for a Whale! Song for a Whale has been 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! Jan. 25 – Jan. 29

Creat-ova-tors have been working hard on their digital processfolios for 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! Jan. 18 – Jan. 22

Parent/Teacher Conferences are coming up for both classes on Friday, 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! Jan. 11 – Jan. 15

Creat-ova-tors' Reminders: -Please make sure your Creat-ova-tor's device is fully 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! Jan. 5 – Jan. 8

Winter Wonderland!Our Japanese work with Ms. Keiko!Happy New Year! As 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! Dec. 7 – Dec. 11

Hike Break! After cursive writing practice and finishing artwork in 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! Nov. 30 – Dec. 4

Outdoor Music class with Mrs. Puetz!The Creat-ova-tors started a new 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! Nov. 16 – Nov. 20

Our latest project based investigation: Floating Cities!Creating Japanese New Years 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! Nov. 9 – Nov. 13

A group of students from Sally's cohort participated in this 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! Nov. 2 – Nov. 6

Figuring out the volume of our classroom in cubic meters! 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! Oct. 26 – Oct. 30

Continuing our architecture study and designing our Frank Lloyd Wright 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! Oct. 19 – Oct. 23

The Brainstormers need some donations for a project next week, 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! Oct. 12 – Oct. 16

The Brainstormers testing out ideas and collaborating with teams for 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! Oct. 5 – Oct. 9

Our guitar gals proudly sharing their instruments!Yoga practice with Ms. 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! Sept. 28 – Oct. 2

Chris Grabenstein presentation! The Creat-ova-tors attended a virtual presentation by 

Brainstormers and Creatovators’ Highlights! Sept. 21 – Sept. 25

Puffball dissection during recess!The Brainstormers adding to their Picasso guitars, 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! Sept. 14 – Sept. 18

Scholastic Book Clubs is the best possible partner to help 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! Sept. 8 – Sept. 10

First-week-of-school birthday: Happy 10th Birthday, Lorien! Some book caddy construction: 

Recy-COOL Kids’ Chronicles! May 25 – May 29

Last Day Zoom Picnic & Bingo!Thank you so much for 

Recy-COOL Kids’ Chronicles! May 18 – May 22

Spirit Days for the last week of school! Tuesday 10:00AM 

Recy-COOL Kids’ Chronicles! May 11 – May 15

Check out this fun activity from Kelli's math group that 

Recy-COOL Kids’ Chronicles! Apr. 27 – May 1

An incredible source for children's books, and it's FREE to 

Recy-COOL Kids’ Chronicles! Apr. 20 – Apr. 24

Friday April 17th was International Haiku Day. Here are some 

Recy-COOL Kids’ Chronicles! Apr. 13 – Apr. 17

Genius Hour Intro! https://spectrumschool.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/genius-hour-intro-Google-Slides.webm Genius Hour proposals and pitches! Our 

Recy-COOL Kids’ Chronicles! Apr. 6 – Apr. 9

Nathan's skeletal system research! Dexter's fraction combinations! Ryan and Bear's 

Recy-COOL Kids’ Chronicles! Mar. 30 – Apr. 3

Recap Here's just a handful of things discussed this week 

Recy-COOL Kids’ Chronicles! Mar. 23 – Mar. 27

Zoom! We learned a lot with our first ZOOM meeting 

Recy-COOL Kids’ Chronicles! Mar. 9 – Mar. 13

Please remind students to have water bottles here throughout the 

Recy-COOL Kids’ Chronicles! Mar. 2 – Mar. 6

If you are participating in our "Bring Your Own Device" 

Recy-COOL Kids’ Chronicles! Feb. 24 – Feb. 28

Celebrating dental health month with an informational scavenger hunt!Congrats to 

Recy-COOL Kids’ Chronicles! Feb. 18 – Feb. 20

Nathan's Trombone Solo! Nathan practiced his trombone solo with piano 

Recy-COOL Kids’ Chronicles! Feb. 10 – Feb. 14

Bravo to the students who participated in the Future Problem 

Recy-COOL Kids’ Chronicles! Feb. 3 – Feb. 6

It was a short and busy week here with the 

Recy-COOL Kids’ Chronicles! Jan. 27 – Jan. 31

Please remember to go to this link and sign up 

Recy-COOL Kids’ Chronicles! Jan. 21 – Jan. 24

Pandebono! Novella shared homemade Pandebono (Colombian Cheese Bread) with our 

Recy-COOL Kids’ Chronicles! Jan. 13 – Jan. 17

Spies! Learning about spies during the American Revolution. We shared 

Recy-COOL Kids’ Chronicles! Jan. 6 – Jan. 10

One of our Board members came across an out-of-school online 

Recy-COOL Kids’ Chronicles! Dec. 16 – Dec. 20

Holiday Show dress rehearsal!We wish nothing but a relaxing, magical, 

Recy-COOL Kids’ Chronicles! Dec. 9 – Dec. 13

Gingerbread! Ask your Recy-COOL Kid how Gingerbread helped save the 

Recy-COOL Kids’ Chronicles! Dec. 2 – Dec. 6

Here is a link to our classroom's Google Calendar! Recy-COOL 

Recy-COOL Kids’ Chronicles! Nov. 18 – Nov. 22

Our students proudly sharing their hard work during Processfolio Night!Ecobricks 

Recy-COOL Kids’ Chronicles! Nov. 12 – Nov. 15

Japanese class! Writing names in Japanese with adzuki red beans 

Recy-COOL Kids’ Chronicles: Nov. 4 – Nov. 8

THANK YOU ALL for your donations for our Ecobricks! Our 

Recy-COOL Kids’ Chronicles! Oct. 28 – Nov. 1

We are collecting some cereal/snack food boxes for a project. 

Recy-COOL Kids’ Chronicles! Oct. 21 – Oct. 25

A Sign Up Genius invitation was sent to each family 

Recy-COOL Kids’ Chronicles! Oct. 14 – Oct. 18

Field Trip to Rockford University: Monday, Oct. 21st 8:40-9:40AM. Please 

Recy-COOL Kids’ Chronicles! Oct. 7 – Oct. 11

We had a great time with Angelic Organics this week! 

Introducing: The Intermediate Recy-Cool Kids! Sept. 30 – Oct. 3

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Intermediate Elementary: Sept. 23 – Sept. 27

Reminders & Notes: Please remind your students to bring their 

Intermediate Elementary: Sept. 16 – Sept. 20

Each classroom is organizing a raffle basket for the Fall 

Intermediate Elementary: Sept. 9 – Sept. 13

We have started collecting our non-biodegradable trash to make eco-bricks! 

Intermediate Elementary: Sept. 3 – Sept. 6

WELCOME! We sent out an email invite this week for 

Bluestems’ Dossier: May 20 – May 24

Last lunch of the school year! Highlights from the Spectrum 

Bluestems’ Dossier: May 13 – May 17

Field Trip on Friday, May 24 9:00am-11:00am Don Carter Lanes 

Bluestems’ Dossier: May 6 – May 10

Bluestems' Notes: - Our field trip to Angelic Organics has 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Apr.29 – May.3

REMINDER! If your student will be performing in Hairspray Jr 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Apr.22 – Apr.26

Happy Earth Day! Here's ways the Bluestem class celebrate Earth 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Apr.15 – Apr.19

We are excited about the Fun Day, Run Day on 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Apr.8 – Apr.12

Upcoming Schedule: Monday 4/15 Interest Groups Tuesday 4/16 Interest Groups 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Apr.1 – Apr.5

We had a wonderful time at our field trip to 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Mar.18 – Mar.22

Snapshots of our Bookmaking Station and other activities during our 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Mar.11 – Mar.15

Bluestems' Friendly Reminders: We need drivers for two field trips 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Mar.4 – Mar.8

IQRA Collaboration Our cultural exchange with IQRA School of Rockford 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Feb.25 – Mar.1

Learning Japanese numbers, colors, and greetings! Ichi, ni, san, shi!Our 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Feb.19 – Feb.22

Bluestems' Notes: Super exciting news!!! Our class and Early Elementary 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Feb.11 – Feb.15

Bluestems' Scrum Section Genius Hour-themed Valentine boxes! Great work, Bluestems!There 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Feb.4 – Feb.8

We finally got to use our new sleds at recess 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Jan.21 – Jan.25

The Bluestems are super excited for their upcoming field trip 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Jan.14 – Jan.18

Positively impacting the future, one day at a time... Conference 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Jan.8 – Jan.11

2019: LET'S DO IT! SAVE THE DATE! January 23rd is 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Dec.17 – Dec.21

Farewell, 2018!Book Share! Dexter presenting his book share! Birthday Treats! 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Dec.3 – Dec.7

Hello, December! Bluestem Families, Thank you for all of your 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Nov.26 – Nov.30

Wrapping Up November! Please remember to return your Processfolios, thanks! 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Nov.12 – Nov.16

Legos & Gratitude is all you need! Bluestems' Notes & 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Nov.5 – Nov.9

Bluestems' News & Upcoming Dates Be sure to join us 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Oct.29 – Nov.2

Happy Halloween! REMINDERS: Remember to send in your “Pennies for 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Oct.22 – Oct.26

This week, everybody couldn't stop buzzing about Severson Dells: what 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Oct.15 – Oct.19

Enjoy this glimpse at all the work and fun that