Physics is Fun! Today in kindergarten, students explored inclined planes with angles of varying degrees and the impact they have on the speed of an object in motion. Rather than demonstrate these principles, adults in class posed questions, provided materials, and observed students in motion--discussing, predicting, testing, problem-solving, and redesigning. We began our day with a hunt around the room for inclined planes. We expanded our understanding midday with a discussion in the hall about inclined planes we have at school. At snack time, students used crackers, frosting, and milk cartons to design inclined planes. We tested the stability and effectiveness of our designs by rolling cereal spheres down the ramps and observing the results. Afterward, we used a variety of play materials to set our smaller, edible designs in motion. We spent the remainder of the day polishing our work. We have not formalized our discoveries and plan to revisit this important project right away in the morning. We are, as are our ramps structure, a work in progress. Check back soon to find out how this work advances our knowledge of fun physics!
A Snapshot of our Week in Kindergarten: Students poured their hearts and minds into writing, building, and applying academic vocabulary this week in a variety of student-driven, authentic contexts. Here's a peek into what they explored... Kindergarteners took to writing independently and with their peers upon arrival time each day this week. They gathered their supplies, scattered around the room, and wrote sight words, names, descriptive sentences, labels for classroom objects, and recipes! All of these activities were entirely student-driven. They brainstormed, planned, problem-solved, collaborated, and congratulated each other's accomplishments stretching out sounds, recalling sight words, and forming complete, well-written compositions! Students composed blueprints and followed these designs to build incline planes/ramps. They tested their structures, revisited plans, and tested the overall stability and effectiveness with a variety of materials. This week, we will delve deeper into the physics behind forces (push/pull) as well as the impact the grade (the amount of steepness) has on the speed of an object traveling down an incline plane. Our STEM studies will be pretty exciting! This week, the students and I composed a recipe for melted (decomposing) snowmen that was comprised of several sight words the boys and girls had to recall. This was rigorous work that demanded an accurate recall of common words as well as proper penmanship within a small space. I took note of handwriting skills, fine motor control, decoding skills, and sight word recall. Our hands were tired after this two-day activity! On Friday, kindergarteners had to read their recipes for melted (decomposing) snowmen and follow the steps to make their snack for the day. They did a marvelous job and even attempted to compose (put together) their snowmen once more. This proved difficult, but many of them persevered! What an amazing week of learning in kindergarten! Our authentic, engaging activities emphasized writing, reading, social skills, engineering, science, and application of very complex terminology related to STEM. Who's ready for another fun-filled week? I AM!
Thank you to Tina Nelson from the Suicide Prevention Coalition for presenting to all high school students about the National Suicide Hotline, how to get help when needed and how to make a call. All students received a bracelet with the text number and hotline number. Remember, please seek help whenever you need - your school, family and friends care about you!
K-8 Winter FAST Assessments start next week! Be sure to get a good night's sleep beforehand, have a good breakfast, and be in school! See testing schedule in Student Documents or go directly to: https://5il.co/64xo
Tonight the boys play Wrenshall at home. The junior high will play early at 5:00. JV will play at 5:45 and Varsity at 7:15. Good luck Polar Bears!
Please plan to come to the January 10 basketball game and purchase tickets for the last three baskets for the Laurentian fundraiser. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. You can buy tickets starting at 5:30 and the drawing will be held during half time of the varsity game. The baskets include a s’more and fire pit themed basket, a basketball themed basket, and a soup and ladle themed basket. Thanks for supporting our fundraiser!
Update on girls basketball game tomorrow night at Wrenshall - Junior Varsity will play at 5PM and Varsity will play at 6:30PM. Good luck Lady Bears!
Monday, January 7th--School is cancelled. A decision on the basketball game scheduled for tonight will be made later this morning. Staff should report two hours late. The School Board meeting will be at 6:00 p.m. tonight.
LATE START—There will be a two hour late start this morning. The bus will pick up students two hours later than usual. There will be no preschool today, Monday, January 7th.
Work in Progress! Our kindergarten classroom will be experiencing a transformation in the near future. We were just awarded a STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) grant and plan to use most of the funds to complete our design of a fully-functional, student-centered classroom kitchen. We also plan to use some of the money awarded to create STEM "To Go" buckets for take-home, hands-on projects. Check back often to see our progress. Better yet, come visit us, roll up your sleeves, and experience authentic, hands-on, engaging work!
Creative, Kind Thinkers: Kindergarten students took part in a cooperative celebration after our long winter break: An indoor "snowball" celebration! As a group, students decided to use materials already available in the classroom for their snowballs: Scrap paper! Furthermore, they worked together to create a set of expectations for safe play: 1. Only throw the snowball at friends' feet. 2. Ask permission first. 3. Clean up our mess. Students took ownership of the entire process and were not only creative in their planning, but kind in their attention toward expectations and treatment of others.
Emergent Readers, Engaged Engineers--A Typical Day in K: Kindergarten students worked together as a team of builders to construct a sight word castle on Friday! Peers assisted each another while reading sight word labels on the clear cups and then positioned these cups to make the walls of the castle. Students worked extensively on their construction over the course of the morning. Not only did they gain practice with our 100 sight words, but they analyzed and tested a variety of sturdy constructions.
Our Construction Site: A Sweet Spot to Learn Kindergarten students, alongside our senior class assistants, spent the morning before winter break constructing gingerbread houses. After spending the week reading Hansel and Gretel and discussing our design plans, students went right to work constructing a solid structure using a variety of materials. We problem-solved ways to repair our structures, inspected peers' sturdy designs, and tested out (and sampled) many sweet building materials. Kindergarten students (and even our big helpers) poured their hearts into their creations!
Jolabokaflod Day: PJ Reading Day in K! Kindergarten students enjoyed an entire day devoted to literacy last week. We constructed cozy reading forts, went "shopping" for "good fit" texts, invited classmates to read with us, and hunkered down in our dimmed classroom to read with flashlights and plenty of chocolates on hand. We learned about this Icelandic tradition of giving gifts of books for Christmas and reading and eating sweets all day in bed. What a sweet way to usher in the holiday season!
Kindergarten students continued partner engineering work last week with marshmallow and toothpick structures. Though much trial and error, we discovered the marshmallows were much too fragile. They crumbled and did not hold the weight of our hands when we applied any amount of downward force. We returned to step 5 of our STEM inquiry process multiple times as we revised blueprints and improved our designs. We also invited the 2nd graders to our class to help us problem-solve our marshmallow and toothpick structures. They confirmed our hypotheses--marshmallows are not the ideal building structure. While in the midst of our engineering work this week, our classroom was infiltrated by a mischievous elf! Initially, he was bent on messing up our room. We used our iPads to take pictures of evidence of his misdoings and also conducted some research on suitable traps that would withstand the force of an energetic elf. We decided to use our marshmallow structures to trap him overnight early in the week. We discovered he was nocturnal and had a penchant for sweets--especially candy canes. Our structures were almost exclusively made of squares and rectangles. After testing out multiple designs...and receiving some clues from one of the elf's daily notes, we learned that triangles are much more resilient. Thanks to the elf who supplied us with a few clues, some research, and a bag of new materials, we went back to our drawing board and created structures made with gum drops in the shape of pyramids. This was the key to success and we met his challenge to cooperatively build a trap that measured more than 10 cubes in height! Hooray for our enthusiastic and persistent engineers and one little elf who learned how to be kind in kindergarten!
Itasca Public Health will be offering the flu shot to students (& staff) on Monday, December 17th at 9:30AM at Floodwood School. Watch for a permission slip to come home with your student. Contact Sarah Marshall, School Nurse with any questions: email@example.com
STEM Structures with Flat and Solid Shapes: Kindergarten students spent the week planning, testing out, and redesigning a series of structures with flat and solid geometric shapes. On Friday, students worked through this scientific process to visualize effective structures based upon their previous learning, properly identify flat and solid shapes, and collaborate with their team members. Many structures collapsed, yet these engineers persevered and revised their designs to construct sturdier models!
Generations of Generosity! The kindergarten and 6th grade classes worked alongside a host of high school students, parents, staff, and community members this morning and put generosity in action in a BIG way. Teams were hard at work all morning creating a beautiful variety of holiday treats that will be given as gifts during our upcoming Christmas caroling event. What a sweet way to bring generations of people together for a common goal!
Please plan on supporting the 5th and 6th grade class Laurentian Fundraiser Basket Raffle at the winter program December 20th at 6 pm. Purchase tickets for $1 each. Donations toward the trip will also be accepted. We appreciate the support.
Floodwood School is seeking a SUBSTITUTE VAN DRIVER to transport students with school van. Route times vary from 30 to 75 minutes. $25.72 per route ($51.44 if do both AM and PM routes in one day). A valid driver’s license, a clean driving and background check required.
Any temperature greater than 100 degrees F is considered a fever. Children must be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications (such as Tylenol, Motrin, Advil, etc.) in order to return to school. This applies even if the underlying cause of the fever is non-infectious, such as middle ear infections, etc. Children with a fever do not usually feel well enough to participate and attend school activities. It is recommended that they be given 24 hours to recover from the fever before returning to school. Please note that a child who exhibits symptoms of illness without a fever may be sent home if the nurse feels this is in the best interest of the child or the child’s classmates (with compromised immune systems)
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STEM Challenges with 3D Structures: Over the course of last week, kindergarten students explored STEM concepts beyond the kitchen and focused on constructing 3D shapes from a specific set of materials--playdough spheres and cylinder coffee stir sticks. The question I posed was this: Can you construct a tower that is at least 10 counting cubes tall, is free-standing (stands without any help from our hands), and uses playdough spheres (balls) and sticks? Students got right to work visualizing their construction and making plans for creation. They shared materials, problem-solved with peers, analyzed their constructions, built, measured, and rebuilt. This initial activity was extremely challenging and intentionally designed to get students to struggle through the process and begin to discover which 3D designs were most effective. This week, we will delve further into the scientific process of inquiry. We will discuss our questions/problems, experiment with a variety of building materials, visualize and plan solutions, construct a free-standing 3D structure, analyze results, and revisit our designs to improve stability and effectiveness. Last week's initial work with structure buildings and our discoveries involving the strongest, most effective 3D shapes will equip us with the background knowledge we need for this STEM challenge of the week. Stay tuned for our discoveries in the days to come!
Growing Generous Learners: The Fruits of Our Labor: Throughout the week, we read and reread variations of the folktale, Stone Soup. We learned about generosity and how contributions (no matter their size) collectively make BIG results! This theme was applied to a special Alphabet Stone Soup project we completed on Thursday. Students helped me think of possible foods to correlate with each letter and foods were assigned to each member of our group last week. The letters Q and X were especially challenging and required a little research on my part! This week, each student contributed one or two small ingredients for our own "Stone" soup. Every contribution aligned with a letter of the alphabet and were stored on our Alphabet Stone Soup pantry shelf on Thursday morning. With the help of a classroom mom, small groups of students worked through the process of preparing a feast to share with our little classroom community. Students washed, sliced, poured, measured, mixed, added, and stirred our crock pot creation. There was such an abundance of ingredients that we even hand enough leftovers to create another entire crock pot of soup. We created invitations to deliver to staff members, high school assistants, and parents to share in our feast that afternoon. We had several folks visit us and enjoy our bounty of delicious soup, rolls, and "stone" chocolate candies given to us by one of our favorite classroom paras! It was an amazing day that made such a huge impact on our understanding of the theme of generosity. When we share, the results are always incredible...AND delicious.
Growing Big Learners from a Strong STEM: This week, kindergarten students used the scientific process of inquiry to design and improve a design for grilled cheese sandwiches. Students followed the process of questioning, making hypotheses, planning, creating, and redesigning a meal requiring multi-step directions. It was rigorous work over the course of two days! On Monday, we wondered how the shape of our cheese topping (circles cut from string cheese or "rectangles" pulled from the cheese stick) would impact the sandwich. Which process of topping our cheese sandwiches would melt easier and taste better? We made predictions, created our product (on "double bubble" rolls mimicking our Venn diagram/double bubbles used for compare/contrast activities), analyzed our finished product, and discussed possible redesigns. The sandwiches were pretty good, but we felt we could improve our designs and learn from our mistakes. On Tuesday, we revisited the process of inquiry and discussed our conclusions--the "rectangle" cheese we pulled from the string cheese was better because it was thinner and covered more area of our rolls. However, students also concluded our "double bubble" rolls were too thick (like our string cheese circles were too thick!) and we needed to redesign our sandwiches with thinner bread. Our math standard with learning scale and learning targets for the week involved comparing and contrasting shapes, according to the attributes of these shapes. While our main focus was on attributes such as lines, corners/points, and sides, students made connections to other measurable attributes such as thickness within this authentic cooking context! We visualized and then made blueprints of an improved sandwich with "square" bread and recreated the ideal sandwich--square bread with rectangular cheese. This was an opportune time (again, within a meaningful context) to analyze the similarities/differences between these two shapes within a relevant context. We concluded this design was the best by far. The cheese melted uniformly and the bread was perfectly crisp! This two-day process aligned directly to the content areas of STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Bravo, STEM scientists!
Cooking up the STEM in Kindergarten: Our daily cooking experiences in kindergarten are fostering a great deal of curiosity, questioning, and interest in experimentation. We have begun to explore the field of STEM research with our kitchen activities, learning about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. These subject areas have always been naturally integrated in our cooking studies, but now they are intentionally designed to be the force behind our work. Here is a snapshot of our wonderings over the last two weeks. Can you see how our explorations align with STEM? Maple Cinnamon Applesauce study: Do smaller slices of apple cook faster than larger chunks? Are my chunks 1 inch long? How can I measure them? Does more liquid make the applesauce cook faster? What would happen if we cooked it on low overnight? How does mushing them with this tool (potato masher) help the apple chunks? What is the temperature difference between "low" and "high" on our crockpot? Would a larger crockpot help our applesauce cook faster? How does our applesauce compare/contrast with a recipe we made in the microwave? Why does the microwave cook so much faster? Homemade Churned Butter (using my great great grandma's butter churn vs. baby food jars vs. our KitchenAid mixer): Which method is easiest and makes the best butter? How long will we need to churn vs. shake in the jars? How did people churn for THIS LONG every day??? How does it change from liquid cream to whipped cream to separated butter and buttermilk? What does shaking or mixing do to make the butter? What does a marble do to help make butter in the jar? Why does this butter separate from the buttermilk? What can we use this liquid for? Why does our butter look, taste, and feel different from store-bought butter? How is butter made and sold in stores? How does this old-fashioned butter churn work? Do these gears need to be fixed to churn better? How does this churn compare/contrast with our mixer? How long will the mixer need to take to make butter? Cornbread vs. Buttermilk Cornbread: Which method is easiest and quickest? What ingredients are in the Jiffy box mix of cornbread? How is it all put together in the factory? How do the batters compare/contrast? Why is this batter with the buttermilk so much taller and thicker? How long will it take to cook both batters at the same time? How does the batter change from a liquid to a solid in the oven? Why is this batter still gooey after cooking the right amount of time? These young children are incredibly curious and engaged in our daily cooking experiments. It is this curiosity that is beginning to guide us further into STEM topics of interest. What's cooking in K? Authentic, student-centered, rigorous learning...made to order to suit everyone's taste buds and cooked to perfection!
Now hiring a score board operator for girls basketball and bookkeeper for boys basketball. $25 per evening. Contact Frank Bartsch, AD at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
Change of Date for Basketball Pictures: now set for December 17th (Elementary and High School)
High School students will be taking the STAR and/or FAST Math and Reading Assessments next week.
No School on Friday, November 16th! Enjoy the long weekend!
This is a reminder that the Polar Den is closed today due to the Book Fair. Come check it out!
Rigorous, Hands-on, Authentic Learning in K: This week's "Fun Food Friday" cooking experience had kindergarten students applying what they've learned about comparing and contrasting! We read two texts by Laura Numeroff (If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and If You Give a Cat a Cupcake) and compared/contrasted key details and central themes of the stories, using a "double bubble" or Venn diagram to record our ideas. We also compared/contrasted two "good fit" texts about food groups and created Venn diagrams with evidence collected from the texts. These instructional-level texts really prepared us for hands-on applications with two different recipes--one for pumpkin spice cookies and the other for pumpkin spice cupcakes. We compared/contrasted required ingredients and tools, discussed predictions for similarities and differences between the two products, compared/contrasted the batters by using many of our senses, and analyzed the final products with a taste test during snack time. We had so many ideas that we ran out of space on our double bubbles! Students were highly engaged throughout the day in these hands-on, minds-on activities and made deep connections to our academic work in numerous other authentic ways. For example, we compared/contrasted our physical appearances with friends (using concepts connected to measurement), noticed a Venn diagram in the 2nd grade classroom (which we HAD to go investigate!), and even compared and contrasted our pumpkin spice cookies with some surprise sugar cookies brought by a classmate! This added an entirely different level to the day's learning. The magnitude of knowledge acquisition during this week's "Fun Food Friday" cannot be fully quantified. Without a doubt, students are well on their way to mastery of challenging concepts and are enthusiastic about future endeavors! That intrinsic motivation is like the frosting on our cupcakes...SO sweet! Learning is infinitely more relevant and FUN when we connect it to our interests and prior experiences. Come join us and discover what authentic learning looks and tastes like!
CONGRATULATIONS to all those students who had 100% attendance for October! Way to set a goal and do all you can to meet it! Our students ROCK!!
Scholastic Book Fair starts Monday, Nov. 12 and runs through Thursday, Nov. 15th. It will be open at 11:30 ~2:30 pm daily. It will be open during Parent Teacher conferences, please stop by. Check out our homepage and online sale: http://www.scholastic.com/bf/floodwoodschool
Have you heard about the Ann Bancroft Foundation? “The Ann Bancroft Foundation is working to create a world where every girl has a chance to live her dream and reach her full potential. We achieve this mission by providing grants up to $500 to girls across Minnesota to pursue their dreams.” For more information checkout their website. www.annbancroftfoundation.org
The polls are now open and ready for our kindergarten citizens! Our Election Day will have students casting their votes for their favorite sport, breakfast food, occupation, fruit, weather, and school subject. We will also vote later today for our daily snack and digital story. Our votes count and so do yours! See you at the polls!
Apple Pie Roll Ups: Authentic Problem-solving in K We reflected on this recipe individually afterward and opinions were mixed. Some students really loved it and several did not. Having mixed opinions and reflecting on what we would change helped students learn... *We all have our own opinions and preferences. Each should be respected. *We should try new foods, even if we're not sure we'll like them. *We can problem-solve together and analyze different options for the products we create in class. *Mistakes (or in this case, less than favorable results for a recipe) are opportunities to learn. If we had all loved the roll ups, we would have missed a chance to use our skills as problem-solvers to think of alternative ingredients. Last week's recipe provided an authentic means to learn and grow...together!
No School on Monday, November 5th. See you on Tuesday!!
Operating Referendum Information Link: http://www.isd698.org/o/floodwood-school/browse/38898 If you have any questions, please contact Superintendent Villebrun at 701-278-1599 or email@example.com. Voting takes place on November 6th at your designated polling place.
The 5th and 6th grade boys elementary basketball program is searching for a coach for their season. If you'd like to be a part of the Polar Bear program, please contact Amanda Fjeld for details
The Floodwood Media Center has signed up for the Amazon Wish List Program to help increase its YA & Middle School Fic, Research, music collection. If you can help us out, please check out our wish list at: http://a.co/aXGPIcA
What's Cookin' in K? Kindergarten students spent the week writing recipes using illustrations and initial phonemes in words. We used environmental print as a guide and also our own imaginations and knowledge of letter sounds for our concoctions. Later, we created healthy snacks from a buffet of snack foods and wrote out recipes of our ideas. Finally, we used a wide assortment of everyday materials to create unique menu items for our classroom kitchen/restaurant. Reading, writing, math, science, and social studies all baked into one delicious week! We're hungry for more!
Urgent: Football Playoff update. Game time Tuesday has been changed to 7pm.
URGENT playoff update: Floodwood volleyball's first game in the playoffs will be Wednesday, the 24th at 7pm. Repeat, Wednesday, the 24th at 7pm. Opponent TBD.
Playoff update. Volleyball plays at home on Monday, the 22nd at 7pm vs Fond du Lac Ojibwe. Football plays at home on Tuesday, the 23rd at 6pm vs Isle.
The Fiber Arts class is looking for donations of left over yarn. Yarn can be dropped off at the office. Thank you!
Support the Senior Class! Use the link to order from Schwan’s. https://www.schwans-cares.com/c/42466
Tonight's Football Game has been cancelled. BF/LF forfeited.
Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Floodwood School Nov. 12th ~Nov. 15th. It will be open at scheduled times during the school day and Parent Teacher Conferences. Online shopping starts soon. Can you help, please contact Ms. Davidson at the school. See you there!
Operating Referendum Informational Meeting -- We will host another information meeting on Monday, Oct. 15th at 6PM in the media center. If you have questions and cannot make it, please contact Superintendent Villebrun.
A successful Homecoming Week at Floodwood School! Thanks for the hard work by all of the students and staff
Bus Drivers Needed: 4.O School Services of Floodwood is hiring one full-time route driver and sub drivers. Paid training, $500 sign-on bonus, competitive pay, and a $250 referral bonus. Flexible schedule if needed as well (shared route.) Contact Jessica at 763-286-6835
Community Operating Referendum Informational Meeting: Friday, Sept. 28th at 5:30 in the media center. If you have any questions, please contact Superintendent Villebrun. We want to make sure all voters have all of the information they need in order to vote on Nov. 6th.
Fun Friday! Kindergarten students used a variety of math, reading, and writing skills to help make the day's snack: Cinnamon raisin roll ups. This activity taught students a genuine purpose for reading and writing and had them following multi-step directions, identifying letter sounds and sight words, counting, measuring, strengthening fine motor skills, problem-solving, predicting, evaluating results, and EATING! We had such a good time and made plans for next week's recipe: Homemade applesauce. Visitors are always welcome (please check in at the office first) and be ready to take part in purposeful, engaging, student-centered learning.
Voting matters! Kindergarteners learned about the importance of voting and had real-life application of the process by advocating for their favorite playdough color. Students read and wrote their selections, represented tally marks, counted and recorded the final results, and assisted in mixing up a batch of our winner--red. Voting matters...and makes our classroom experiences richer and more authentic!
The 2018-2019 Floodwood Yearbook is for sale right now! If you buy before September 21st, the yearbook is $40 and you get 4 free icons on the cover. Click this link: https://www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/1062694/Floodwood-High-School/ or order in the school office.
Polar Pride in Action: Several elementary students at last night's football game were spotted picking up trash and making our grounds beautiful once again. Way to show respect and responsibility for our community, Polar Bears! We are ROARing with Pride by your actions!
The school library will be open every Tuesday from 10-2 in June. Come check out the wonderful books!
The June regular School Board meeting is on June 25th not June 18th. It was incorrect in the letter sent home.
Garden plots are available for summer at the school. Please call the office if you're interested.
Next Tuesday, May 15th, is our final visit to the bookmobile. Patrons will only be allowed to return books unless they have parent notes saying they can check out books.
The Floodwood Library will start collecting all books next week. This week is the last week for checkout. Please check for library books in your home and return them.
Prom is Saturday! *6:15 Grand March along the river at the pavilion (participants must line up at 6) *7-11 Dinner & Dance at Savanna Portage *Grand March seating is limited. If inclement weather, it will be moved to the large gym.
Please note the time change for JAMD on May 10 to 6:30 at the Event Center
The Floodwood School will be closed Monday, April 16th due to inclement weather.
The Floodwood School will start at 10:25 a.m. on Monday, April 16th due to inclement weather. Buses will be running 2 hours late. Staff should report at 10:00 a.m. All pre-Kindergarten classes have been cancelled. Again, school will start at 10:25 a.m. on Monday, April 16th for students in K through 12.
The Polar Den is closed tomorrow after school. Please make alternative arrangements for your elementary student. Thank you
Father/Daughter Ball registration forms are located in the school office or grocery store. Deadline to sign up is this Friday 4/6
Dollars for Scholars applications are due by April 13th.
Homework help is available to students on Tuesdays after school until 4:00 in Mrs. Fjelds room and on Wednesday from 2:30-3:30 in the Polar Den.
BUS DRIVER POSITIONS AVAILABLE AT FLOODWOOD SCHOOL WITH $250 SIGN ON BONUS!! GO TO: www.isd698.org for more information
For more pictures of Pajama Day reading see the school’s Facebook page.
Spring Sports Meeting tomorrow March 1st @ 6pm. If you are participating in Track, Softball, or Baseball please be present to meet with your coaches.
Come cheer on our Lady Bears during our first round of playoffs vs. Wrenshall. Game starts at 7:15 in Hermantown. Hope to see you there!
School will start at 10:25 a.m. today due to inclement weather. Buses will be running 2 hours late.
1 Day Scholastic Book Fair coming March 27th during Grandparent's day. Support the library, grab a good book to share with your kids. Online: 3/27~4/17: http://www.scholastic.com/bf/floodwoodschool
Tonight's game vs Cook County has been cancelled due to inclement weather and unsafe road conditions.
Attention Seniors, Dollars for Scholars application working day is scheduled for Tuesday, January 30th to apply for available scholarships. Meet in the computer lab during Senior High 4th period.
Dollars for Scholars application opens February 5th. Application deadline is April 13th.
Dollars for Scholars needs Senior student volunteers to help with the phon-a-thon on Tuesday, February 13th. Sign up to help raise money for college scholarships.
Monday's girls basketball game versus Hill City is an away game at Hill City, not a home game. Have a great weekend!
Tonight's GBB vs Two Harbors has been cancelled due to weather. It has been rescheduled as a double header in Two Harbors tomorrow with JH boys playing at 4:00, Varsity girls and JV boys @ 5:45, & Varsity boys and JH girls @ 7:15. Bus loads at 1:15 and leaves@ 1:30. If you have any questions please contact Summer Opacich at firstname.lastname@example.org
GBB will be on coaches corner on WKLK radio station this Saturday @ 9:45am!
Just a reminder that there is no gymnastics after school today
The Polar Den will be open next Thursday 12/21 from 1:30-4:00
Holiday Program Information: Wednesday, December 20th @ 6:00. Kinder Families: Please bring your child to our classroom at 5:45 and return for pick up after the concert.
Mr. Tollefson has created a Go Fund Me campaign to raise money for their Laurentian Trip this spring. Click on the link now to donate! https://www.gofundme.com/floodwoodlaurentiantrip?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=email&utm_content=cta_button&utm_campaign=upd_n
There will be no gymnastics on December 20th due to the 6 pm Christmas concert. Happy Holidays!
FYI Kinder Families: We will visit Santa's Shop to make our Christmas wish lists on Tuesday afternoon. We'll shop for our presents on Thursday afternoon.
Check out our new app on iTunes! https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/floodwood-school-mn/id1185675949?mt=8
Thank you for purchasing at the book fair. The online book fair goes until November 21st:http://onlinebookfairs.scholastic.com/entrance.aspx?FID=3744492&direct=Y
30 Students spent their day off at Planet 3 Trampoline Park in Duluth!
Conference Tips for K Families: Please arrive on time and be ready to discuss your child's progress. Also come ready with any questions you have!
Remember to come to the Floodwood School book fair next week. Check out the Homepage (http://www.scholastic.com/bf/floodwoodschool) Check out the online fair too!
The Polar Den will be closed on Wednesday 11/8 and 11/15. Please find alternate arrangements for after school
Parent Teacher conference slips went home with kindergarten students on Friday. I look forward to discussing your child's progress with you!
Parent Teacher Conferences will be held Tuesday, November 14th and Thursday, November 16th from 3:30 to 7:00 p.m. Conference times will be going home with PK-6th grade students.
There is No School on Monday, November 6th. The teachers and paras are participating in professional development.
Remember to wear Polar Pride wear (including purple and gold) and our good behavior roller skating trip tomorrow! We’re in for a fun filled morning elementary students!! Can’t wait!
Due to weather and unplayable field conditions in Wrenshall, tomorrow's football playoff game will be played at 10 a.m. at the Esko School fields. Hope to see you there! Good luck Polar Bears!
Today's trip to the Pumpkin Patch has been cancelled. Linda's bus is running extremely late this morning.
The kindergarten walking field trip to the Floodwood Fire Hall will be Monday, October 30th. We will leave the school around 8:45. Adult volunteers are needed!
Come support our Lady Bears in the first round of playoffs this Monday vs. Silver Bay at 7pm. See you there!
Come support the Floodwood Polar Bears vs. Isle, in the first round of football playoffs, this Tuesday @ 7:00. Hope to see you there!
Mid Term Grades have been posted. Check out the Parent Portal for details. If you need access, contact Lois in the office for help
Kindergarten will visit the Cowhorn Crossing Pumpkin Patch with ECFE on Friday, October 27th. The cost is $6.00 per person. Adult volunteers are needed!
Arrowhead Librarian, Mollie Stanford Coming Th. 10/26 to share member resources available with a FREE ALS card. Community members' 30 minute demo is 8:45~9:15 a.m. in the Art Room. Come & Learn!
Super Second graders are on a mission to tell the class what time it is at their house. We are looking for times that are a quarter after (15), half past (30), or a quarter till, (45). Super Second graders will use these photos as we make up our story. For example: "A movie night is planned at this time at _____'s house. What time do you need to be there?" Sincerely, Mr. Nelson
Tomorrow on Wednesday Super Second Graders will perform "contraction surgery!" We will study our patients. I had a patient named "cannot." After surgery he came out feeling brand new with a different look, "can't." The band-aid is our apostrophe. Armed with their scapel (scissors), non-latex gloves, mask and their knowledge of a patient, Super Second Graders will perform their "surgery." Sincerely, Mr. Nelson
Did you know that Floodwood School has an app? Go to the app store on your iPhone or Android to find it.
Adrianna Palmer and Cameron Goutermont have been crowned Queen and King for our homecoming festivities!
Today, 4th grade had to pause their game in PE to do the cha cha slide.
Tune in to WKLK 96.5 tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. as the Polar Bears Volleyball team will interview LIVE on Coaches Corner
2nd grade celebrated Johnny Appleseed's birthday today. We made a foldable project which shows where he traveled, some facts and fiction, all things apples and more! Play the fact or fiction game on the back! Way to go Second Grade! He is the first of many legends we will learn about. Sincerely, Mr. Nelson
If you didn't get to order pictures today, it's not too late to order! Late orders will be accepted online only up to 48 hours. Go to mylifetouch.com Enter Picture Day ID#: MI537065Y0
Picture day is Monday. Practice those smiles!
2nd graders will have Math Fastbridge Testing on the computer tomorrow, September 20th. Encourage plenty of rest and a good breakfast. As always, do your best 2nd graders and you can't go wrong! Sincerely, Mr. Nelson
There will be a planning meeting for baseball/softball this Wednesday, September 20th at 11:22, during advisory time. Any students interested in playing this spring MUST attend the meeting. See you there! :)
Kindergarteners will take computer assessments in math tomorrow morning. Results from aMath will be used to help guide instruction. Plenty of sleep and a good breakfast is needed to do our best!
7th & 8th grade spent the first couple weeks working on Character Playbook. It is important for students to learn how to recognize emotions in themselves and others, as well as how to handle them in a variety of situations. #developingemotionallyawarestudents
Standing for the last day of the ultimate Frisbee season for team sports: Spice Girls 3-0-1 Awesome 2-1-1 Jaxson's Team 2-2 Initials 0-4
Second graders solving an unknown number in the middle math problem. For example one sudent is thinking I saw 10 cubes. My partner pulled off an amount off and put it behind his back. Then he gave me the leftovers. So I know there was 10 now I am looking at 4. What number of cubes does my partner have behind his back? I think 6 behind his back, because 4+6=10 or 10-6=4. Keep practicing partners of 10 Second Grade! Soon you will see a pattern when we talk about partners of 100! Hmmmm....Sincerely, Mr. Nelson
Kindergarten students have been learning about kindness! Encourage your children to show kindness toward others at home and discuss how they can be kind at school(such as helping, sharing, being responsible, and listening). This week: More on school and classroom expectations and our daily routines.
Third graders have beat the teacher 3 out of 4 days at the WBT Scoreboard Game with a mighty OH YEAH! Ask your student to show you how our classroom rules lead them to Polar Pride!
In math today, second graders played a game called, "Which bucket will win?" Each student was given one hundred, one ten, and one cube worth one. Second graders saw the impact place value has when filling up a bucket. The other buckets ended up with 40 and 25 in them. Strategy came into play. They found using their 100 square made the most impact. Results of Round 3 they will find out tomorrow!
Great news from Telisha Bennett... we received a grant for kids plus from Northland foundation. This grant will be use to support the kids plus coordinator position and to help the program. I've teamed up with Floodwood school community ed and will be offering an after school program on Wednesdays with snacks, planned activities, crafts, homework help, outings such as the school play ground more info will be available after school starts. Here's a sneak peek of our room at the school.
To report absences for the day, parents now have the option to email the school. Please add the following email to your contacts: email@example.com
Fall sports meeting is July 31st @ 6pm, see you there!
If you have paid your summer membership for the fitness center, hours will be Mon-Friday 6 am-8pm. The fitness center will be closed on weekends, July 3 & 4. Watch for possible closings later this summer due to possible floor waxing and relocation.
2nd grade Summer Reading Tips for Parents- by Mr. Nelson. Copy and paste the link below into web browser to view presentation: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1havXbuRfRlh0JR72XGNlWaVN4tWxdoFPpee3w67CYR4/pub?start=true&loop=true&delayms=10000
Last day of chemistry. I'd love to say there is some educational value to meter stick styrofoam ball hockey, but alas I'm fresh out of ideas.
2nd grade, water games tomorrow, 6-1-17. Remember to bring change of clothes for water games, sunscreen and water bottle. We will celebrate with root beer floats. Happy last day of school! Sincerely, Mr. Nelson.
Kindergarten Graduation Ceremony: June 1st at 2:00. Reception to follow. See you there, families and friends!
Senior Graduation Celebration Walk!!!! Congrats https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B8N3WQwjDGluNjR2UkRKZ3IzTWc https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B8N3WQwjDGluODdHNHRveExBX00
1st to 3rd Track and Field Day resheduled to Thursday, May 25th, from 12:30 to 2:30. If there is bad weather it will be in the large gym instead.
Kindergarten trip to Riverview Farm RESCHEDULED to Wednesday due to the rain. Please have your children wear "work" clothes tomorrow as we will be working out in the garden tomorrow afternoon. :)
1st to 3rd Track and field day is coming up on Tuesday May 23, from 12:30 to 2:30. If make up day, if needed, it will be on Friday, May 26, at 2:30.
Growing Readers Presentation for Families of New First Graders http://www.screencast.com/t/KI8hvXfutx
2017 yearbooks are in and delivered contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have yet to recieve or want to buy still 12 or 55
ECFE presents Robert The Magician on May 25th 11:30-12-30 in the small gym. All preschoolers and families are invited for cake and coffee after the presentation. Preschoolers will be receiving participation certificates.
There will be no Polar Den after school this Wednesday 5/17. Sorry for the inconvenience.
We're going to the zoo, zoo, zoo! Kindergarten students and their families will explore the Lake Superior Zoo on Friday, May 19th. Dress for the weather!
If you are a high school student that needs to attend summer school, please make a note of the dates and times. Class will (usually) be held in Mrs. Kabus’ classroom, but the location may change due to the summer cleaning schedule. June 15th from 9-1 20th from 9-1 27th from 9-1 July 5th from 9-1 10th from 9-1 18th from 9-1 25th from 9-1 August 1st from 9-1 8th from 9-1 15th from 9-1 22nd from 3-5pm 24th from 3-5pm 31st from 3-6pm
Media Designs iMovie of a shop project https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8N3WQwjDGlucG9icXliQ3ZxVHM/view?usp=sharing
Media Designs stop motion project, using the iPads and many digital skills https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8N3WQwjDGluTlRha1pGU0x0UEk/view?usp=sharing
Track and Field day will be held May 23rd at 12:30 for grades 1-3. Rain make-up day is scheduled for May 26
If any students are interested in taking drivers training this summer, please contact Ms. Fierke
Due to lack of vendors, the Mother's Day Craft and Vendor show has been cancelled for this Saturday. Hopefully we can try again next year.
Awesome job 3rd graders learning how to type in a google doc proper format about Spring, not many said the snow. 😝
It's Teacher Appreciation Week. Thank a teacher when you see them! The teachers at Floodwood are amazing! They are dedicated to our students.
Fourth graders head out to the school forest to study vernal ponds.
May 5th @ 6pm is the annual Floodwood Sports Banquet. Hope to see everyone there! :)
3rd graders will be celebrating moving up to another level on the Super Improver Wall tomorrow. This is in recognition of overcoming obstacles and achieving individual goals they have set to becoming better students. GOOD JOB!
If anyone has a business or craft that you'd like to sell at the Mother's Day Boutique on May 6, please contact Liz Kabus for a table reservation and details!
Tree planting scheduled for this Friday and next Monday is postponed. Date will be announced when it is scheduled.
Students created short interview videos about a real world problem they thought students needed awareness of. https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B8N3WQwjDGluU2JYM0ZCN2F5OEE
Only 2 slots left to fill the CPR refresher course on May 18 from 5:45-9:00. Cost is $42. Please preregister email@example.com
Fourth Graders made the newspaper by going out to the school forest looking for vernal ponds. We had a great time measuring the pond, looking for bugs, and identifying trees in the area. Watch for photos of this event soon.
Floodwood foresters coming to help K~6 & 8th grade students plant 160 red oak and maple trees in the school forest this Friday. Prekindergarten students will plant on Monday.
Five Floodwood students wrote poems that were selected to be published in the 2017 Young American Poetry Digest. We're very proud of these young poets about to be published.
First two sections of Reading MCAs with the third graders went well today with everyone having a good attitude! Everyone came ready and excited to do their best! Thank you families!!
Kindergarten Families: We will be doing outdoor education activities on Monday and Tuesday afternoon with the preschool classes. Please have your child dress for the weather.
7th graders are taking their Reading MCA tomorrow! Get good rest!
Today's softball and track meet have been cancelled for today. There will be practice after school as normal.
Our FAST Math test has been reacheduled to tomorrow, Wednesday, April 19 at 8:45! Having a good night's rest and a healthy breakfast would be the best way for students to be prepared! Thank you parents and families!
Al Sands is back on for Tuesday 4/18! He will be presenting to the students at 12:30 in the large gym. See you there!
Junior High basketball open gym every Tuesday starting at 4:30-6:30
Our guest speaker, Al Sands, who was slated to be at the school Tues. 4/18 has to postpone his visit. We'll let you know as soon as a new date is set.
Math assessments are Monday morning for kindergarten. Have your child get plenty of rest, eat a good breakfast, and be ready for a personal best!
Adult, Child and Infant CPR class, May 18 from 5:45-9:00. Cost is $42. Please pre-register 476-2285 ext 70211 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Third grade Poetry Slam was a big success! Thank to all that came to watch your students-they were amazing!
It’s BOOK FAIR week! Learn more about special book fair events, discounts, and how to order books online: http://www.scholastic.com/bf/floodwoodschool
The 6th grade is learning about the Fur Trade, so we had our own "6th Grade Trade" where the students hand-made items to trade....becoming the voyaguer, trader and clerk, and setting up their own trading posts. Some things were replicas of European tools that were traded with the Native Americans for furs, and some items were things that the students just chose to make for fun!
3rd graders are learning their 0, 1, 2, 5, and 10 multiplication facts. Practicing at home would be great!
3rd graders were able to find characters in their books that showed a growth mindset!
Monte Selby talking with 3-6 graders today.
Spring FAST testing for Reading and Math will start next week.
This week we will be learning about rain and rainbows.
Don't Forget: Monte Selby, motivational speaker and song writer will be visiting our school this week. Family and Community event begins at 5:30pm Tuesday. See you there!
We identified subject and predicates and created our own. We viewed a video clip (https://youtu.be/cbSu2PXOTOc). With the crow as the subject we created predicates to describe the bird's journey!
Hola!! This week in Spanish, we talk about the Mayans and one of their largest and most important cities "Chichen Itza", please ask your child to tell you more about this story. The students drew pyramids and decorated them with beautiful colors, some built pyramids with pieces of cardboard and wood. Here is a small explanation so you can talk with your child about it: “In the world of the ancient Maya there were many sacred days, most often associated with celestial events. But none perhaps more widely celebrated than the Spring and Fall Equinox at the ancient site of Chichén Itza in central Yucatan. Dominating the center of Chichén Itza and the center stage for this event is the remarkable Temple of Kukulcan (the Maya name for Quetzalcoatl), often referred to as "El Castillo" (the castle). Great sculptures of Plumed Serpents run down the sides of the northern staircase, and are set off by shadows from the corner tiers on the Spring and Fall equinox. This twice-annual spectacle is said to have captured the hearts and imaginations of the Maya and Toltec people who once inhabited this robust ancient city.”
No School on Monday, March 27th---Teacher Inservice Day
Pie Auction and Bingo When: Saturday April 1, 2017 Where: Rich Event Center Time: 5:30pm-7:00pm Sponsored by: Floodwood Sr. Class of 2017
Learning a second language: How parents can help? . A parent’s attitude toward language learning is crucial to a child’s success, and parents don’t always recognize the value of learning a second language in a changing world. Why learn a language? It’s likely to help your child become a better thinker, as well as giving her/him an advantage in the work world. Here’s what you can do to support language classes at your child’s school and language learning at home: Help your child make time to practice. Learning a language is like learning to play an instrument. Have your student teach you to say something in the language every day. Explaining is learning. Let your child laugh at your mangled pronunciation – and correct you. Ask Ms. Cortes for resources your child can use at home. Provide videos, books and music in the language. Here are some suggestions; all the programs are FREE- GRATIS! -Oh Noah Spanish BBC -Salsa Spanish Episodes Georgia Broadcasting -Peppa Pig in Spanish YouTube
Attention all students. Homework Help is available to students from 2:30-5:30 every Wednesday at the Hope Lutheran Church. If you attend Homework Help you can earn extra credit in the subjects areas you work on. Students also have the opportunity to earn hours back for unexcused absences from school. Please sign in at Homework Help and list the subject areas you work on. Don't forget to sign out to receive the credit for the hours you are attending.
Support was great last night for the senior Donkey Ball Event....thanks to everyone who rode and came out to support us!
Preschool for 2017-2018 Application Deadline is April 7th 4 Year Olds - FREE Programming! 3 Year Olds - based on family income Applications available in the office or contact email@example.com.
Congratulations to the Girls Basketball team on their win against Wrenshall! Next game will be Saturday at 7:15 p.m. against Carlton at the HIbbing Memorial Building. See you there!
Floodwood Girls Basketball--7:15 pm at Hermantown High School---Support our girls against Wrenshall tonight!!
7th-12th Grade Students will be attending a presentation by Scott Harvey called IamSomeone on March 1st. Check out www.speakingofharvey.com to learn more.
LAST CALL FOR 2017 YEARBOOKS!! All orders must be in by Friday (Feb 25th) to guarantee your $50 quality yearbook. To order, go online at Jostens.com or contact Mr. Reker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It was a fun SnoDay at Floodwood! 8th grade won the tug of war championship, 11th grade won the snow shoe relay and 8th grade won the sled pull