Our annual Grade 5 Talent Show took place this past week. I like to say “this event is about the kids, not the adults!!”
A few quotes from parents:
The support that I saw students giving one another was something that will bond them together as a class as they grow throughout the next stage in their school experience.
I think everyone worked so hard, and it was so wonderful to see so much talent in the Bedford 5th grade class. These are very driven children- it’s amazing to see such talent- both raw and totally developed. I loved it!
This Talent Show has been an incredibly positive experience for our son
It is a wonderful event and so amazing how these young kids have the courage to go up on stage and perform!
Visitors to the Lane School on Friday were greeted by bicycles strewn everywhere due to the huge success of Bike to School Day. 128 young cyclists participated, helped in large part by the Safe Routes to School volunteers and the warm day. I hope to see students biking to school through the next few months. Its a great way to start and end the day.
This week we had visitors as part of the BEST- sponsored Celebrating Differences Program. The guests, who were blind, talked with the students about their differences and how they are still able to live successful lives. This tied in nicely with our theme of the month being “perseverance.” What is it like to navigate through life without sight? What can we learn from these inspirational people? We want our students to know that you can’t give up, and that success often is the result of persevering.
We also referenced this video in our talk today for our Friday School Meeting. Worth checking out!
Every Friday 6 classrooms from all grades come together to discuss our monthly theme and to share “good news” about our school. These meetings are new this year and so far I have really enjoyed seeing the students stand up in front of 140 peers to help lead. This morning we had students from Ms Edwards talk about their trip to the Blue Hills with Mrs DiIrio’s gr 3 class. The video gives you a little flavor for our meetings, and how impressive it is for students to be leaders.
Beginning in October, Mrs. Post and I paired students from Ms. Edward’s fifth grade classroom with students from Mrs. Stadtlander’s third grade class. Throughout their partnership, the grade five students mentored the younger students and taught them to use hand held GPS systems. The GPS systems were purchased through a BEF grant in the spring of 2010. The idea behind the project was to have students take an active role in the school-wide initiative to build community while incorporating technology. These interactive electronic devices enhanced the students’ learning experiences. The project added excitement and enthusiasm to the curriculum, while integrating classroom learning with Physical Education. Students took part in weekly activities and assignments using the GPS systems which prepared them for a hiking trip to the Blue Hills in Canton Massachusetts.
On Friday, November 19th Mrs. Post and I took the students from Ms. Edward’s and Mrs. Stadtlander’s class on a hiking trip to Blue Hills Reservation. During the trip students used the GPS systems to navigate the trail and find several way-points along their journey. In addition they used flip cameras to capture exciting moments on their trips as well as enjoyed the weather observatory and petting zoo. The trip enabled the students to challenge one another to use the community and technological skills that they have learned throughout the unit in a real life experience. This was a great experience for all of the students that were involved and we look forward to making this a Lane School tradition!
gr 3 and 5 students collaborate with their GPS devices
students follow their coordinates, as Ms Edwards observes from a far
October is our Walk/Bike to School Month here at Lane. I am hoping that students can experience the joy of walking or biking to and from school. Its a great way to get some fresh air, morning exercise, and gain some independence. The first and last Thursday we will have volunteers helping with walkers and cyclists (more info will be coming). Even though Thursdays is the designated day, I am encouraging students to participate as many days as they can.
The students who participate the most will be eligible for a new bike donated to our school. So someone is going to win!!!
Next week our school will be celebrating the National Walk/Bike to School Day. We have dedicated Wednesday, May 5th (subject to change if it rains) as the day when we our encouraging students and families to walk or ride their bikes to school. I have set the school goal at 100 bikes and 100 walkers. Here are some details to help you plan:
First, since I know mornings can be stressful for families, I have decided to waive the tardy rule for those participants. In other words, if you arrive 10 minutes late, thats OK for next Wednesday.
For those who want to meet up with chaperone bikers- Meet at the Marshall’s Parking Lot at 8:00am. You can also be supervised home from school by biking back to the lot at 2:40pm.
For those who want to meet up with other walkers- Meet at the Middlesex Parking Lot at 8:00am. There will be adult chaperones. There will be no chaperoned walking home to Middlesex lot, so please plan accordingly.
Obviously, we hope many can participate by joining up with neighbors and traveling to school as a group. It will be fun!
This week we began our Hip Hop dance unit in gym class. Nancy Griffiths, a Lane parent and instructor at Kamate Fitness led the kids through funky moves as the sounds of Top 40 music and “Thriller” by Michael Jackson echoed through the gym. Although Nancy isn’t offering a student class through the Rec Dept this Spring, there will be a kids class in the Fall. However for you adults out there, Nancy passed this on to me:
“Mrs. Griffiths’ modern and innovative weight lifting and dance classes for adults are now being offered at the Bedford Rec Department this spring. Classes start April 10th.”
We thank Mrs. Griffiths for volunteering her time to come in this week to provide every class the opportunity to try this exciting program.
This week our grade 4 students were given a presentation on bike safety by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation in coordination with our Safe Routes to School program. Bedford is lucky to have access to the raill trail and other great spots for cycling. As a cyclist myself, I want kids to experience the independence and health benefits of biking while also being safe.
Our guest shows the kids how to prevent their pants from getting stuck in the bike chain