Thursday, March 15, 2018

CE1/CE2 Classroom Celebration

Last week, the CE1/CE2 reached 1000 points on their classroom point system.  Check out the reward: A ziplock bag full of arts and craft materials AND an some time in class to create anything and everything! Merci Patrice and Estelle for your creativity!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Gorilla Day Illustrations

In celebration of World Gorilla Day, the Kindergarten class made beautiful illustrations of gorillas. Last week, Sonya Kahlenberg (proud parent of Lilah and Hazel), Executive Director of the Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education (GRACE) Center, hand delivered the artwork to her Congo team.   The team loved them and thought they were very well done! These illustrations will be hung in the new education center, which will be completed this month.

The first World Gorilla Day was celebrated on September 24, 2017. World Gorilla Day creates the opportunity for people all over the world to come together in celebrating the gorilla, and more importantly, taking action to protect gorillas in the wild.

Snow Day Reading!

Don't forget that snow days are great days to READ READ READ! The Read-a-thon is a close race this year.  Keep up the great work English Language Arts students.

Monday, March 12, 2018

100th day of school celebration!

Every morning, GS-CP count how many days they have been coming to school by adding a coin to their piggy bank. This is a great opportunity to review how to say numbers in French, practice math by making exchanges (10 coins against one bill of 10, and that day, 10 bills of 10 against one of 100), seeing how many tens and units are in a number, and much more.

The special day started with a portrait to remember their 100th day of Kindergarten or First Grade. The rest of the day was filled with fun activities around the number 100. 

Each student created their own crown as they are Kings and Queens of learning. To continue, they wrote how they imagined they would be when they are 100 years old and drew a self-portrait to illustrate their story. They created collections of 100 different objects: pompoms, paper clips, beans, game pieces, pearls, googly eyes, etc. They had different challenges to complete cooperatively: guessing how much of a glass would be filled by 100 drops of water, write (with correct spelling) 100 words independently, build a structure with 100 cups, assemble a 100 piece puzzle, count how many balloons were in the classroom, complete 100 fitness moves (10 jumping jacks, jumping on one foot 10 times…). 

To end the day in color, they created a piece of art made of 100 hand prints. But first, they had to count how many times they would each have to print their hands. 

This was an excellent day and everyone had a whole lot of fun!!!

Snow Art!

To follow our marble cake cooking day, the students combined science with art and made marbled snow-painted paper. Pre-k ripped up colored tissue paper and placed it on sheets of white card stock. Students put snow on top of the colored paper and watched as it melted. After a weekend of the water evaporating, we were left with dried tissue paper that had bled its color onto the white paper. We pulled the dried, colored paper off to reveal beautifully colored marbled artwork! 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Winter Walk

Earlier this week, the Maternelle enjoyed a wonderful winter walk to see all the changes that happened with the landscape this season.  Students observed plants, animals and their tracks, objects  in nature, like snowmen! We had beautiful weather and even felt a little warm by the end of our walk!

Week 1 Read-a-thon

Breaking News: All students in Grades 2-6 read every night last week for 20 minutes or more!  Bravo!  Kelly couldn't be prouder of this record breaking first week. :)

All students read every night for 20 minutes or more in English!

The English Read-a-thon is here!

Every year at EFDM, students in English class participate in a reading contest.  The 2nd Grade class, the 3rd Grade class, and the 4th/5th/6th Grade class will compete against each other to find out which class can read the most in one month's time.  Students work together along with their classmates.  The goal for the contest is for all students to read each night for 20 minutes!

The contest is off to a great start as Week 1 is well underway! Please check the English bulletin board for weekly updates.

Stay tuned to see who the winning the class is and Happy Reading!

Above is last year's bulletin board.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Welcome Lauriane and Romain!

We are delighted to welcome Romain and Lauriane, our student teachers from France, to EFDM! They arrived last weekend Boston Logan airport and were warmly welcomed by their host families, John and Stephanie Brewer and Jeremy and Caroline Foust-Wright. 

We are very grateful to have Lauriane and Romain for the next 2 weeks. 

A big thank you to the Brewer Family and the Wright Family for welcoming Lauriane and Romain into their home.  Merci!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Recess enjoyment

Recess is incredibly fun at EFDM no matter the weather!  We certainly have been enjoying the warm weather we have had!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

La valse des violons

Please stop by on your next trip to school and take a look at the beautiful collage violins created by the GS-CP in the style of Picasso.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Le restaurant

GS-CP students have opened a restaurant!

They have worked on the vocabulary of food, the different parts of a meal and how to order food politely in French. They created menus for the restaurant, which include entrees, main courses, desserts and drinks. The class determined prices for every item, in Euros of course!

The restaurant was opened on Thursday with students taking on the roles of chef, waiter or waitress, and customer. 
It is a great opportunity to practice oral language, discover some cultural differences and practice additions. It is also great fun!