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Monday, October 25, 2010

50th Day of School

The kindergarten, 1st and 2nd graders celebrated the 50th day of school with very fun activities. Everyone dressed in 50's style clothing. The children went to 6 different rooms of learning centers about the 50's. We jumped rope and sang Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, played Hopscotch, and Hoola-hoops in one room. We learned to play Jacks and Pick-up sticks, did a puzzle of the 50 United States, made a picture frame for our very own picture, and read Dick and Jane books. We also went to a pretend drive-in and had hotdogs, chips and a rootbeer float while watching a black and white DVD of 'The Little Rascals'. We culminated the activities with a sock hop in the cafeteria which featured the DJ's 'Sandra Dee and the Tooth Fairy'! What a fun way to celebrate 50 days of school!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Walk-a-thon Fundraiser

Howard Elementary School funded a Walk-a-thon for education. Each child was given 10 envelopes and asked to find supporters for the walk. Donations were sent in from Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents and community members. The t-shirts (which were paid for by sponsoring companies) had a design logo which was drawn by a student and won by penny votes. The whole school had to walk a certain amount of time around Howard school. All monies coming in were 100% profit. The school earned $10,000.00! Now the principal has to shave his mustache and also shave his head. Great team work... great fun!

Pumpkin Play

Pumpkins here, pumpkins there. Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere! Pumpkins orange, pumpkins green. All the pumpkins are nice and clean!
Our class performed 'The Littlest Pumpkin' for the kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade classes. Many parents and grandparents came too. We sang October songs and recited poetry. We mostly enjoyed reciting James Whitcomb Riley's poem 'Little Orphant Annie'. We especially liked saying... "And the goblins gonna getcha if you don't watch out!"We said our parts loudly and with expression. We are good actors!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Special Student of the Week

Our special student of the week lives in a tan brick tri-level with her dad, mom, and three sisters. She has dogs named Corey and Jack Jack, and cats named Lucy, Pedro, and Princess. She has hamsters named Coco and Snuggles and fish named Veda and Kevin. Her favorite color is purple because she likes purple toys. Her favorite subject is Gym because she gets to play soccer. Her favorite TV show is ICarly and her favorite books are the Junie B. Jones chapter books. She like to eat Fettucini Alfredo. She likes to play with her dogs, go swimming and go camping. She feels happy when bees don't sting her. When she grows up she wants to be a teacher because you get to teach kids and it's good for them. If she could go anywhere in the world, she'd go to Disney World. She feels she is special because her mommy and daddy are nice to her. She feels the best thing about her is that she is cute. She says she has good friends.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Fieldtrip to Conner Prairie

The first grade classes took a field trip to Conner Prairie. We participated in a Prairie Pioneer program designed especially for first grade. While there we went into a real log cabin and learned about how people lived a long time ago. We learned about wool and how it is cleaned and dyed. We also played several games pioneer children would have played. Afterwards we went on a tour of Conner Prairie. We were able to pet real animals, sit in a dug out canoe, and experience many things that would have happened in pioneer days. We will reinforce our experiences with several activities in November. What a wonderful place to learn about history!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Learning Fire Safety with the Smokehouse

The Galveston Fire Department brought the Smokehouse, which is funded by Ronald McDonald House Charities, to Howard School.
The firemen taught the children fire safety rules in the kitchen and livingroom. The children learned if there is a fire, they need to dial 911. It is important that they know there address so the firemen will know where to go. Children are to feel the door with the back of their hand to make sure the door is not hot before opening it. They are to crawl to stay below the smoke, and back down stairways so they won't fall. Families should always decide on a meeting place where everyone gathers when they have gotten out of their house. That way they know everyone is safe. We appreciate the Galveston Fire Department taking time to teach us about Fire Safety.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Special Person of the Week

Our special person of the week lives with his mom, dad, sister and brother in a brick ranch house. He has a dog named Mazey and a cat named Casper. His favorite color is orange because it is about everywhere. His favorite subject is Reading because he likes to learn. His favorite TV show is 'Diego' and his favorite book is Bertram's Trip to the Moon. He likes to eat potato soup. He likes to build Legos. He feels happy when he does good things. When he grows up he wants to be a pilot because he likes airplanes. If he could go anywhere in the world, he'd go to Texas to see the cowboys. He drove his Grandpa's Model T, (with grandpa's help) and his other grandpa's forklift (with grandpa's help.) He gets to drive his own lawn mower around the yard for fun. He feels he is special because he is the first-born child. He feels the best thing about him is that he is a good helper.

Our Superintendent Read to Us

Mr. Snoddy, our superintendent came to Howard to read to the first grade children. He read the story 'The Little Engine that Could." He talked to the children about trying their best, and not giving up when things get difficult. Just keep trying and have a good attitude. Say 'I think I can, I think I can', and very often you will find out that you really can!