Reminder: Even with the cooler temperatures that winter brings, we try to get out for recess every day. On days it's too cold to be outside in the morning, we will still try to get outside if it warms up later in the day. Please have students bring outdoor clothing every day. Thanks!
It will be great to see everyone at Friday's winter concert. A couple quick notes:
- Parking will be tight. We know that. Where ever you end up parking, please make sure there is room for emergency vehicles to pass.
- If you want to dismiss your student at the end of the concert you will need to (a) go back to your child's classroom with them, and (b) sign them out from the classroom. This will allow us to keep track of who has been dismissed early and who hasn't.
Many thanks to parent Sandra Roman for coordinating the Staff Holiday Breakfast.
The cafeteria was transformed into a serene space, with a beautiful selection of food and the gifts continued the pampering theme. We're so lucky to have such a supportive parent community.
Friday, 12/21 is a full day of school. Our annual holiday assembly will start at 1:45pm in the Auditorium. Parents are welcome to attend. Students will return to school on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.
Reminder - Read-A-Thon Pledges Due Tomorrow
Thanks to everyone who has been collecting pledges for our Read-A-Thon, the proceeds of which will benefit our playground patio.
Just a friendly reminder that pledge sheets and pledges should be returned to Buker by tomorrow, Friday, December 21st. We are looking forward to a fun morning of students reading books of their choice!
Thank you again for supporting our Read-A-Thon!
Buker Media Center
All students have been learning how to code during their time in the Media Center this month. The students used a combination of iPad apps, Khan Academy and robots to learn coding.
The students in kindergarten have been learning how to make simple algorithms. We began with a fun app called Kodable. The students learn how to direct a character around a maze using simple arrows and conditional statements. Then we switched over to Scratch Jr. where they used backgrounds, characters and programmed blocks to animate scenes.
In first and second grade the students built upon their previous Scratch Jr. knowledge. New programming blocks were introduced and the students were challenged again to create animated scenes. The blocks used were triggering, motion, looks, sound, control and ending blocks. Next, the students programmed Beebots and Lego Wedo robots.
The third and fourth grades were introduced to the Hopscotch app. They used the app to create a Crossy Road game. The blocks are more sophisticated and the students needed to build off of earlier Scratch Jr. knowledge. The students were challenged but completely engaged. The students finished the unit by programming Lego Wedo and Ozobot robots.
These units are always a lot of fun for the students.