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A New Blog??

Hi Students and Families,

I am in the process of creating a new blog for our classroom. It will have most of the same activity links and pages but will allow me to add some new pages such as a book review page for the kids and a calendar page to keep you updated on all of the important dates you need to know! All new posts (announcements, articles, newsletters, etc.) will be found at the NEW blog (same name). Check it out by clicking the link “OUR NEW BLOG” on the right hand side of the screen!

See you there!

Ms. Sawyer :)

Posted on August 24th, 2011 by hsawyer  |  No Comments »

Room 202 Awaits “Set-Up”!

Last week, I headed into school. As always, it looked great! The custodians do an amazing job, especially over the summer, when they scrub, wax, paint and repair. We (the teachers and other staff) come in to a “fresh canvas”, so to speak. These pictures, kindly taken by Mrs. Brooks (our new neighbor in the third grade pod! Yay!), show the room before I set to work. Check back soon for the “after” photos! :)

Posted on August 21st, 2011 by hsawyer  |  No Comments »

Welcome to the new members of Team 202!


Posted on August 10th, 2011 by hsawyer  |  4 Comments »

Happy Summer to you!!

Happy Summer to my former and future Team 202 members!! I hope you are having a super summer doing all of the things that make you happy. I have been having a great summer so far. My daughter, Alexi, and I have had many beautiful beach days, enjoyed a trip to Walt Disney World, taken many walks and bike rides, read some great books ( are you logging your minutes??) and have been spending lots of time with our wonderful family and friends. Summer is also one of my favorites times because I enjoy thinking about and planning for the upcoming school year. The possibilities are endless!! Keep reading, relaxing and having fun!! Love, Ms. Sawyer :)

Posted on July 24th, 2011 by hsawyer  |  No Comments »

You Are Cordially Invited

You are invited to attend our “Living Wax Museum” on Wednesday, June 8th, 2011 from  6:30-7:30pm. PLEASE NOTE THIS TIME CHANGE.

The children’s speeches, props, costumes, buttons and any extra credit elements are due in school on Monday, June 6th, to be prepared for dress rehearsal and proper set up of Wednesday afternoon’s performance.  All props should fit in a grocery bag. No furniture or weapons are allowed.

Children should arrive, no later than 6:15 pm on Wednesday night. We will be “setting the stage” for the Hall of Fame in the hallways,  and would prefer it to be a surprise for families when they arrive at 6:30 pm. Thank you in advance for respecting this request.

On this night students will pose as wax and will “come to life”-at the press of their button- to give guests a rendition of who they are and why they are famous. If you have any further questions or need additional information please feel free to contact me.

ALSO: Keep practicing that speech! I will make a copy to be kept at school and will send the original home to allow your child to continue practicing!

Thank you for all of your support for this very special, once in a lifetime project! I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday evening!

Posted on June 5th, 2011 by hsawyer  |  No Comments »

Spring Has Sprung!

As the weather changes and the sun is out longer, it becomes increasingly more challenging for the children to keep their brains in the classroom during the day. This is natural, of course! We talked this morning though, about the importance of continuing to do our best in these final six weeks. The Wax Museum is our biggest third grade project and will require substantial effort and attention. It will all pay off on the magical night of June 8th when over one hundred third graders transform Mullen-Hall into a phenomenal learning experience for families and community members of Falmouth.

A Reminder….tomorrow, Tuesday, May 10th and Wednesday, May 11th, your child will be taking his/her first Math MCAS test. These two days will test your child’s math skills.  The test will include answering multiple choice questions, short answer questions and even Math open response questions (“O.R.Q.s”).

The children have been learning and practicing math skills, strategies and important math vocabulary since the beginning of the year. They have been working hard and I know they will do well!

A friendly reminder of the best ways to prepare your child for the test:

  1. Have your child go to bed early on Monday and Tuesday night so he/she will be well rested on the MCAS days.
  2. On the MCAS days, have your child eat a well-balanced breakfast (including protein) before coming to school. We will not be able to have morning snack at our usual time.
  3. Please be sure that your child arrives on time to school on each of these days.

During the week of MCAS testing there will be no written homework on Tuesday-Thursday. Instead, please encourage your child to continue practicing his/her math facts, reading and to play outside. Also, I’m looking for donations of healthy snacks for us to share those 2 days. Students with last names beginning with A-M can donate on Tuesday, N-Z on Wednesday (juice boxes, cheese sticks, fruit, veggies, banana bread, fruit snacks, etc.). My only request is that you send in enough for 19 students to each have exactly the same size, shape or flavor. Otherwise it gets challenging trying to figure out who – gets – what and to make it equal. (Thank you, in advance, for your help and understanding!)

Also, we are looking for volunteer drivers/chaperones for our full day field trips to the Aptucxet Trading Post Museum (on June 3rd) and the Cape Cod Canal (June 16th). Specific details will be sent home this week. If you are able to drive, please send me an email indicating how many children you can fit in your back seat (how many seatbelts). As always, thank you so much!

Posted on May 9th, 2011 by hsawyer  |  No Comments »

Room 202 is Ready to Research!

We are beginning to work towards an exciting research project discovering many famous and talented people that have ties to Massachusetts.

Some students have chosen one person who made a significant contribution to America and is connected to Massachusetts in some way. If your child has not brought back his/her top three choices, please do this as soon as possible. We will research important information about this person, write a well developed research report, and later “become” this person in our living wax museum. Please keep an eye out for additional information that will be coming home with your child on Wednesday.

Of note this week:

*On Tuesday, your child will participate in CAST (Cross-Age Science Teaching)!  Eighth grade students from the Lawrence School will come to our classroom to teach the children about circuits, insulators, conductors and electrical safety. It is a hands-on experience that is a fun & fantastic learning experience for all involved.

*Please be sure to come by for some dinner (Spaghetti Supper-5:15 PM) and to view the incredible artwork (Art Show 6:00 PM) created by the students of Mullen-Hall, including YOUR CHILD! :)

*On Friday, we will enjoy a special concert with Bill Harley!  ”Bill uses song and story to paint a vibrant and hilarious picture of growing up, schooling and family life. His work spans the generation gap, reminds us of our common humanity and challenges us to be our very best selves.”~ www.BillHarley.com

“…Harley’s witty, ebullient performances will have listeners young and old laughing out loud.” ~ Publisher’s Weekly
There will be a special FAMILY CONCERT on Friday, May 6, 2011 @ 7:00 PM
Lawrence School. More information will be sent home on Friday.
Tickets are available through Mullen-Hall, at Eight Cousins, Booksmith or at the door.
$4.00 Students
$6.00 Adults

Posted on April 11th, 2011 by hsawyer  |  No Comments »

Buddy’s Great Escape!

One day this week, late in the day, the classroom was a flurry of activity as we transitioned from Math to Science. Pencils fell, notebooks slapped desktops, and children scurried about in an attempt to get cleaned up and set up for our next activity. As the children pulled out their science notebooks and began to get settled, I noticed an unusual second upsurge of noise and movement. “Look!” Sara gasped. As I turned my head, a shadow caught my eye. Almost instantly I realized, “That’s no shadow!” My stomach dropped.  Cries of, “An anole! One of the anoles got loose!” rippled through the classroom. I tried to steady my voice and my hands. Why was I so afraid of these tiny little creatures? “Okay guys, it will be alright”, I soothed. Who was I kidding? They were thrilled! I was the only one regretting that no thick dictionary or thesaurus had been set on the cover of each terrarium that morning! “It’s Buddy! Buddy is not in his cage!” Ani said.

Despite my fear, I grabbed my camera from my desk drawer and cautiously approached the window screen. Buddy the Anole was casually climbing it with his special extended toes that help him climb trees and apparently screens as well! “Do those things bite?” someone asked nervously as I sloooowly inched closer, more for my protection than for Buddy’s! “They don’t bite”, I stated. I moved more purposefully toward him as I thought to myself, “I don’t know! Do they bite?? Ugh! Why had I never check that little tidbit?!”) I clicked the camera on to video and started to record.  “How do you think he got here?”  I asked the group. An uneven chorus of replies answered my query. “Could be…” I said to the group in general. Then the words, “And then he slithered over there” came from a nearby student scientist. “Look at his toes. Do you think he slithered or do you think he has pretty good climbing toes?” I asked. “CLIMBING TOES!” they responded as one. You bet! I clicked off the video, took a few quick snapshots and mumbled, “How are we going to get him down?” Apparently I had not said this as softly as I thought.

A round of “I WILL! I WILL!” echoed from seemingly every desk in the room. Matt’s voice added the comforting words, “I hold them all the time. My sister has one!”  Sold! I beckoned him over. Hmmm. That anole was significantly higher than he was. “Grab a chair, please.” I said. He dutifully dragged his chair over in front of the large, long brown shelf that functioned as a mailbox system for the class. As he climbed up, I realized this was still not going to be good enough. “Hoooold on” I cautioned in a sing-song voice. I lifted him up onto the top of the cabinet. “Be careful, please!” I cautioned nervously.  He leaned forward and stretched out his hands. Gingerly, he used both hands to try to unhook Buddy’s feet from the minuscule screen holes while supporting his underbelly. Buddy scrambled away and up a few more inches on the screen. Matt tried again and this time was able to unhook the little feet and cup Buddy safely in his hands. “Got him!” he breathed triumphantly! I lifted him down with his passenger in tow and I held my breath as Matt wrangled the lime green, defeated Buddy back into his terrarium. “Thanks Matt!” I said feeling both grateful and relieved. “You’re welcome” he replied with a smile and he sauntered back to his seat, pleased with himself. I smiled back and reached behind me to grab a bunch of thesauruses and piled them on top of each terrarium! No one was getting out again! “Okay class, it is time to examine some crickets. Matt?”

Posted on April 9th, 2011 by hsawyer  |  2 Comments »

Eagles in Action!

Mrs. Brooks recently shared an amazing link with me. It is a link to a live video feed that is streamed online 24/7. The video is of the Decorah Eagles from atop their tree at a fish hatchery in Decorah, Iowa. (At night an infrared light provides night vision to viewers through the camera. The infrared light is not visible to eagles. It does not bother them. They do not see it or know it is there.)

There are two adult eagles (both the male and the female) and their three new eaglets that hatched over the past week. They are in a nest that is about 80 feet high in a cottonwood tree. The nest is 5-6 feet across, 5-6 feet deep and weighs about 1 ½ tons! This video feed is an amazing way to view wildlife that we may not otherwise have a chance to see. It is also a great way to experience a natural food chain in action. Check out the pile of carcasses that the eagles feed from that is on the nest!

To watch the live feed go to:

http://www.ustream.tv/decoraheagles or check out the “Eagle Cam” link under our blogroll!

Posted on April 8th, 2011 by hsawyer  |  No Comments »

MCAS: Round 1!

Next week, on Wednesday, March 23rd and Thursday, March 24th, your child will be taking his/her first English Language Arts/Reading MCAS test. These two days will test your child’s reading comprehension skills.  The test will include answering multiple choice questions, short answer questions and open response questions (“O.R.Q.s”).

A friendly reminder of the best ways to prepare your child for the test:

  1. Beginning tonight (not just the night before please), have your child go to bed early each night so he/she will be well rested on the MCAS days.
  2. On the MCAS days, have your child eat a healthy breakfast (that includes protein) before coming to school.
  3. Please be sure that your child arrives on time to school on each of these days.

During the week of MCAS testing there will be no written homework. Instead, please encourage your child to continue reading and to play outside, if the weather permits.

Also, I’m looking for donations of healthy snacks for the children to share on those 2 days. Students with last names beginning with A-Ma can donate on Wednesday, Me-Z on Thursday (juice boxes, cheese sticks, fruit, veggies, chips & salsa, banana bread muffins, whole wheat mini-bagels, etc.). My only request is that you send in enough for 19 students to each have exactly the same size, shape or flavor. Otherwise it gets challenging trying to figure out who – gets – what and to make it equal. (Thank you, in advance, for your help and understanding!) Also, please be sure that your child has a water bottle that he/she can use during the test.

Finally, please know that I have taken the time to explain to the children that despite the focus right now on MCAS, that it is just one small part of their education. I have assured them that if they are well rested, have breakfast and most importantly, try their best, they will do well. I am, and will continue to be, proud of their effort and accomplishments! Please feel free to contact me with any additional questions or concerns.

Thanks, as always, for your continued support!

Posted on March 17th, 2011 by hsawyer  |  No Comments »