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  • Parent Information Night is this Wednesday, 9/18. Please choose one session to attend, 6:30PM-7:15PM OR 7:15pm-8:00pm. 

  • CMOST’s Traveling Program will be coming to us on Tuesday, 9/24 to help us answer the question, “Where does our weather come from?” Performing hands-on experiments with air pressure, wind direction, the water cycle and various other weather elements students will work to answer this question.

  • On October 11th, we are going to see The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at Sage.

  • PLEASE try to get your child to school on time. The door opens at 8:20 am, and we begin our school day at 8:25 am. 


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  • What does it take to work successfully in a group with others? What does G.R.O.U.P. stand for?
  • What is constructive criticism? 
  • Tell me about the game you created with your group using various random items.
  • Why and when would you want to use mindfulness techniques? Show me how to do the Bumble Bee breathing technique. 
  • What’s your favorite part about being in Mrs. Hotaling’s class?


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Our “Game-Changing Kids” are off! We began our entry event to our P.B.L. (Project Based Learning) Game Engineering Design project with an inquiry-based activity where the students were asked to work together in groups to invent a game using only cups, spoons, string, popsicle sticks, and rubber bands. This task seemed easy at first, however after we got started, we quickly realized there are many variables to consider when inventing a game, and that conveying the directions on how to play to an audience is an even more challenging task. Over the course of the next couple of weeks, students will be playing lots of games, analyzing and evaluating, to discover for themselves the necessary features or components to a successful game.   

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We are learning about how to be responsible “digital citizens” with an excellent program through Common Sense Media.  Students have explored what it means to take on responsibilities in both their offline and online communities, how to protect themselves and their families online, and have explored ways to handle and to respond to cyber-bullying. Please go to the following link for this week’s Family Tip Sheet. For more information on Common Sense Media and Digital Citizenship, please visit

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The wonderful wild world of weather is very exciting. We kicked off our study of weather by going across the street, to our “outdoor classroom.” We had an amazing afternoon integrating science through art. Students experienced the life of a tree and its relationship to the sky by going out in nature, studying various trees, and creating realistic sketches through landscape drawing. Stay tuned for our Sky Tree paintings. We can’t wait to turn all our sketches today into beautiful works of art.

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Mindfulness is an important part of our daily lives. Each day, we will be putting time aside to learn new and valuable mindfulness techniques for “chillaxing” when needed. We did some mindful drawing of each other and learned some new breathing techniques.

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We had a blast celebrating International Dot Day, a celebration of courage, creativity, and collaboration. Based on the book The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds, students worked together collaboratively to spread the idea of encouragement and created life-sized 3-D dots hung in our classroom as a daily reminder to take risks, show courage, and have the confidence to be all that we can be.






Welcome back to school!  I am really excited about working with you and your child this year.  We are going to spend an enjoyable first couple of days getting to know each other better, participating in a variety of activities, and getting used to our routines.  The children are going to have lots of fun investigating and exploring their classroom. I have planned a fun and exciting beginning to an amazing school year.  

Arrival & Departure

  • Your child’s school day will start in a fun and interactive way. On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, your child is to come to the classroom promptly by 8:25 a.m. (but no earlier than 8:20 a.m to ensure that there is supervision).  Please try to have your child to school on time. Beginning our school day in this way will help to build our community, set a positive tone, increase excitement about learning, improve academic and social skills, and help in making everyone feel welcome and comfortable to find their “voice” and be a willing participant. On Fridays, your child should go directly to the Common Room at 8:30 a.m. for Community Morning Meeting.  
  •  Dismissal begins at 3:30 p.m. and ends at 3:40 p.m. everyday.  Aftercare begins at 3:30 p.m. Information about aftercare hours and procedures will be shared by the office.  

calm, cool, and collected!

  • This year, 3-4 students will be using Student Agendas to record homework assignments, stay organized, and be responsible. These will come home every night and will need to be brought back everyday. Depending on how homework is going for your child, a parent’s signature may be required each night to ensure success. 
  • It is important that you check your child’s “Take Home Folder” every night because there may be important papers, materials, homework and timely information you need. 
  • Please make sure your child has an extra set of clothing that will remain in his/her cubby space all year long in case of any accidents or mishaps. A shoebox works best because it fits perfectly. Please make sure garments are appropriate for weather conditions, as the seasons change, so should the garments. As the weather gets colder and wetter, I ask that each child have a pair of sneakers, slip on shoes or even a comfy pair of slippers to wear in the classroom so that mud and snow are not tracked around the room. These can come in as early as tomorrow!
  • Students will need to keep a reusable water bottle on their desks to minimize trips to the water fountain. Please pack an extra snack for your child each morning. In an effort to minimize waste we will no longer be providing napkins, plastic spoons and forks.  For your child’s snack/lunch please make sure they pack any necessary utensils. We also ask that each student pack two cloth napkins daily that will be used for a place setting and a napkin. We encourage the children to help reduce their footprint on the Earth by bringing these back home for washing and reusing daily/weekly.


  • Our first module is called Nationwide Highs and Lows, and the thematic unit we will be focusing on is Wonderfully Wild Weather.


  • Our first Think-Tank engineering design project will be Game Changing Kids! We are looking for donations of any and all kinds of GAMES, missing pieces and everything! More information about our exciting curriculum, Think Tank, and P.B.L. (Project-Based Learning) will be given on Parent Information Night. 

Field trips

  • If you would like to join us and help with transportation on any field trips this year, please fill out the Volunteer Driver Agreement & Checklist, and Field Trip Chaperone Agreement forms. Please attach a copy of your driver’s license and insurance card. You may come in and copy it in our office if needed. Please know that you may join us on any field trip and transport only your child if you choose. 


Go team!