Darien students who participated in the December Reading Challenge were treated with popcorn and hot chocolate today at snack time. Continue reading boys and girls!
Mrs. Pickel, principal at Darien Elementary School is meeting with each student to set a goal for improving their math and reading scores on the upcoming MAP tests. Students should be reading each night for 20-30 minutes and spending time in Dreambox (by themselves) to practice math concepts. MAP tests will begin next Monday. Students should get a good nights rest and eat a healthy breakfast on the day of their test. They will do a math test one day and a reading test another day.
From all of the staff at Darien Elementary School to all of you, "Hve a safe , healthy, and happy holidays!" We will see you when school resumes on January 4, 2021!
Third grade scientists explored magnetism today through Virtual Reality Google Goggles. They explored the parts of a magnet, where magnets are used, types of magnets (including electromagnets), and Earth as a magnet! Check out their reactions in this short video: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ByDkrag-tSlWH7hcRX4Uw-p2vID3eDrE/view?usp=sharing
Darien students took a virtual field trip today to the Aram Public Library. Those who had parent permission were also able to sign up for a library card while also getting a tour of the library. Thank you Katherine for serving as our tour guide!
Fourth graders have completed a reasearch project on an animal for a part of their English Language Arts class. Today they celebrated by presenting their research and reading and commenting on others work. Ask a student to share his/her work with you!
Darien School had 3 classes featured on the NBC 15 morning show school shout outs this past week. Click on the link to take a peek of some of our staff and students saying, 'Good morning Darien!' https://www.nbc15.com/2020/12/11/15-school-shout-out-darien-elementary-school/
Mrs. Hooverson's third graders were highlighted on NBC15's School Shout outs recently. Check them out online at https://www.nbc15.com/2020/12/08/15-school-shout-out-darien-elementary-school Good Morning Darien!!
This holiday season many students at Darien Elementary decided they would use their Starbcuk rewards to donate toys for kids at hospitals during the holidays. Students saved their Starbucks they earned and turned them in to 'buy' items to donate to others. With the help of donations from staff members and their families, especially Ms. Hungelmann-Skiba, we were able to purchase over 100 items which will be donated to Children's Hospital in Milwaukee. Some students also made cards to share with the gifts in hopes of making others smile. The students and staff enjoyed taking part in the season of giving, and are sending well wishes to you all as well!
Learning in action! "I can examine the effects of magnetism." Our 3rd grade engineers worked with magnets and compasses recently.
We will have some staff and students on NBC15's Good Morning Shout Out section in the upcoming days. Mrs. Hooverson‘s class will be featured on Tuesday, December 8 at 4:45 AM and 6:20 AM as well as on the NBC15 website. Mrs. Cardelli‘s class will be highlighted on Thursday December 10 and Ms. Rae’s class will be highlighted on December 11 at the same times. Keep an eye out for us!
Congratulations to these third and fourth graders for earning their golden ticket! In order to receive the golden ticket, which is worth five star bucks, students had to read 20 minutes per day for twenty days in November and log it on a reading log. Keep reading kids!
The amazing artists in 3rd grade are finishing their Yayoi Kusama inspired pumpkins. In this lesson, students learned about Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama and painted a pumpkin in her style. The students used two colors of paint and learned how blending colors helps create depth to their art work. Students then used markers to add the artist inspired dots.
Darien recently purchased access to a resource called CalmConnect which is used in classrooms during movement breaks, during times of transition, or when staff see students need to move or calm. Students follow along (either sitting or standing) to a series of movements which are effective in reducing off task behaviors and helping students to self-regulate. Staff and students report they are seeing a positive effect themselves.
Take a peek of an example of a biliterate student in action while at school yesterday. What amazing skills our students are learning! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1HelAgWPa5p5xMiB_yYEFJ-VEHOi-Aa0G/view?usp=sharing
Please read this important message. Also, NO CLC for Darien students tonight (11/11/20). https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/1003622/School_Closing_due_COVID_Exposure_.pdf
Darien students put together cards for local veterans. Thank you to all who have served our country. You are appreciated! Take a peek at the link here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1mplw4gjA8zEwm8kYMYmxVpoldUxIX57v/view?usp=sharing
Third graders were working on their nonfiction writing topics this morning. Here students are discussing their topics with their think-pair-share partner.
These engineers worked with forces and motion today to solve an investigation: How does force affect an object's motion? Engineer: problem solver!
4th graders worked together with simple circuits to get the lightbulb lit. They were quite successful!