Hydroponics Update

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The gardens are looking great. Our hopes for a big harvest are still high. The cucumbers have moved into a flowering stage, and the class is taking bets on just how far the vines will reach! 
This week we did a bit of research to find out some more about our plants and discovered that cucumbers have separate male and female flowers. So without and bees available inside our room, we have to start taking matters into our own hands. We have begun hand pollination using q-tips.
The pepper plants look fine as well. They were given a new tank change of nutrients and we hope the added boost will help them thrive next week. 

    
 

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Kindness Buddies Face to Face

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A few weeks ago our class left a surprise for Mrs. Bearfield’s class and today they invited us back to meet face to face for the first time.
They had made special “Thank You” cards for us! We also took a moment to get to know each other and practice how to greet people as we made sure to learn each other’s name.
It was sweet how quiet our second grade buddies got during the meeting. I think the big kids in my class enjoyed being role models and were treated like celebrities!3 PhotosPhoto by Tim Swick

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Germ Study Results

So a few weeks ago my class began a study about germs. We conducted an experiment using potatoes as Petri dishes taking samples from different sites around the school to test where the germs are hiding.
Today we looked at our results! Based on what we saw we were quite surprised. We compared samples that had been exposed to different surfaces to control samples that had been left “clean.” 
We tested 6 different sites. From our observations of germ colonies the worst place for germs was the bathroom floors that we tested. No shock there, but Surprisingly! The toilets we tested looked much cleaner than the chromebook keyboards we sampled. Think about that! Our chrome books were grosser than a toilet seat?
Here are pictures of our results.8 PhotosPhoto by Tim Swick

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Just a reminder that Thursday is a half day with dismissal at 11:30. I will be holding parent conferences that day, so if you have not signed up and would like to, please use the sign up through Bloomz or send me an email. 
Today I emailed a copy of our class reading log to parents. If your child happens to forget theirs or lose sit one week, you will have a copy! These are due on Friday.  
Some of the students presented their science projects today, and they did a fantastic job! If your child has not yet completed their project, I have encouraged them to revise their original plan into something simple they can complete this week. I would like to have all projects turned in by Monday.  
Thanks to Pontiac’s reading coach, Mrs. Rodriquez, for sharing some books with our class today!Private Reply

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International Day Of Peace

Today Montessori celebrated the International Day of Peace! Upper El worked together to create a Peace Pole, with the words May Peace Prevail on Earth displayed in different languages. Lower El made a Peace Quilt and Primary made Peace Stones!Private Reply7 PhotosPhoto by Michelle Hawkins

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Bring your bike and helmet to Quaker Steak and Lube this Thursday Night from 4-8 pm and have a try at the bike obstacle course.

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Pontiac Golf Tournament

Each year Pontiac hosts an annual golf tournament. This year it will be held on Friday October 9 in partnership with our 25th anniversary celebration. It will be held at Wildewood Country Club and starts at 11am. Please help us make this event a success. Contact the front office if you or your business is interested in making a Silent Auction Donation or if you are interested in bringing a team.

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For the International Day of Peace, Upper students created a Peace Pole to help spread the United Nation’s message of peace. The pole is temporarily placed in the courtyard outside Mrs. Robbins’ office. It features the phrase “May Peace Be on the Earth” in four different languages. So far it features English, German, Spanish and Swahili, but will be expanded next year with four additional languages.
Our plans are to find a permanent location featuring a peace garden and reflective “Labyrinth” trail to further promote the elements of peace in our community.
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Kindness Buddy Face to Face

A few weeks ago our class left a surprise for Mrs. Bearfield’s class and today they invited us back to meet face to face for the first time.
They had made special “Thank You” cards for us! We also took a moment to get to know each other and practice how to greet people as we made sure to learn each other’s name.
It was sweet how quiet our second grade buddies got during the meeting. I think the big kids in my class enjoyed being role models and were treated like celebrities! 

    
 

Germ Study

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Today we looked at our results! Based on what we saw we were quite surprised. We compared samples that had been exposed to different surfaces to control samples that had been left “clean.” We tested 6 different sites. From our observations of germ colonies the worst place for germs was the bathroom floors that we tested. No shock there, but Surprisingly! The toilets we tested looked much cleaner than the chromebook keyboards we sampled. Think about that! Our chrome books were grosser than a toilet seat?

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Hydroponics Update

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Hydroponics UpdateOur cucumbers are starting to take off. They are no longer considered seedlings. These young plants got a nutrient boost this afternoon with a reservoir tank water change. We should see flowers developing soon! 

 Also our pepper plants have germinated and the seedlings look healthy. These plants grow more slowly but should be ready to transfer to our other hydro system in a week.

Our class is hoping to learn how to make pickles and salsa from these plants.            

Random Act of Kindness

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Random Act of KindnessToday we worked on surprising our Kindness Buddies with a RAK. We watched a video about the importance of the Butterfly Effect when spreading kindness and how one small good deed can lead to major change.

Our idea was to surprise our second grade partners with a kind card and doughnut. We made Butterfly Pop Up Cards with a quote about the importance of kindness and delivered them while our buddies were out of the room.

We can’t wait to hear their reaction!Photo by Tim SwickPhoto by Tim SwickPhoto by Tim SwickPhoto by Tim SwickPhoto by Tim SwickPhoto by Tim SwickPhoto by Tim SwickPhoto by Tim Swick

When I Was Your Age

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When I Was Your AgeI am sharing this to give parents a heads up. This weekend students are going to ask parents to share a “When I Was Your Age” story. We are developing Writing Territories as we progress towards developing memoir writing examples this quarter. So use the next few days to come up a good story to share from your childhood… Funny, scary, bittersweet or sad is fine! Fill it with lots of detail.