January 2022

This semester, we will be bringing back one of our best and most popular themes: “The Character of Kindness”!! 


Plays will focus on the importance of being kind, respectful, caring, and fair.  Titles are still being selected, but some options are The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig, Love, Z by Jessie Sima, and The Quiltmaker’s Gift by Jeff Brumbeau & Gail Marcken.  When we can squeeze them in between rehearsing our plays, we will also play some drama games such as Why are you Late?, Who Started the Motion?, and Bear in the Woods. 


The spring shows are scheduled for May 5th, 10th, and 13th.  See home page on this website for more specifics!







K/1 Writing

This month the kindergarten students will begin our author study on Jan Bret which is a lot of fun! The students will enjoy hearing some of her favorite books including The Mitten. We will be acting out some of her stories and working on some fun writing projects. If you have any Jan Brett books at home, please send them with your child to share. We love finding all of the “clues” that she leaves in her stories!


The first graders will kick off the year talking about including a beginning, middle and end to our stories. This is such an exciting time for these writers as everything begins to come together, and I love seeing more confidence in their writing. We will then get into our How to Write a Letter Unit. This is a favorite of the students as they enjoy writing letters to one another as it is a wonderful practice in communication.


2nd-3rd Writing

The second and third graders finished up the Organization trait before break. They enjoyed listening to the mentor text, Snow Globe Family, by Jane O’Connor and writing their own snow globe story. They did a wonderful job and came up with some very cute stories. Be sure to take a look at them if you haven’t already. 


In January, we will begin focusing on the Word Choice trait. The students will be learning how to use vivid verbs and awesome adjectives to paint a picture for the reader and to make their writing sparkle. We will be reading some great mentor texts and writing about our pets and the best day ever. 


4th/5th Writing

We wrapped up our How-to demonstration speeches before Winter break. This was a great presentation experience for our students! Mrs. Weis and I saw our students shine in their confidence and we felt so proud of their efforts in speaking loudly and clearly to their audience. The topics they selected were both interesting and original. In January, we will learn many important lessons in writing with Word Choice. Our next writing assignment will be to write our very own Memoirs. We’ll choose a special memory and capture our readers’ attention with our focus on word choice and detailed description. 


6th-12th Writing

We will be starting a poetry unit in January.  We will learn different forms of poetry such as parody poems, simile/metaphors, haikus, bio poems, blackout poems, and concrete poems.  We will also study a few authors and their styles and write around 20 of our own poems.  We will use Canvas to share our poems with other members of the class and offer feedback.  At the end of the unit, students will compile their poems into a poetry book to share with others.


Open Book

Middle School Book Club: We will be starting this semester reading and discussing The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.  It’s a true middle school classic.  The other titles this semester are still being decided but some options are The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt, The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, and Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick.


That’s a wrap on the first semester in the ART room!

Our time together came to a close with the completion of the construction portion of our CLAY projects.  

Currently, those are in the process of being “bisque fired.”  With 19 classes participating, this step of our unit seems to take the longest; however, Mrs. Craven is on top of it and firing everything as quickly as possible.  Next, students will either paint or glaze their work before bringing it home. 


Here’s what we created:

K/1  After taking a peek at the children’s book “The Little Lump of Clay” by Diana Engel,

students created their own little pinch pots and will be glazing them to be re-fired soon!

These will be “dinner-ware safe,” and may be used to drink out of, or have a snack from

if you should choose.

2/3, 4/5  This level of student put all of their clay skills together and came up with an

ANIMAL sculpture to go along with our ART THEME for the year, “Animals in Art.”

They were asked to design a work that was either functional, decorative, or both.

There are many, many clay animals currently being fired in this age range.  We can not wait to share them with you!

6-8  Our middle schoolers took their knowledge of pinch pots, coils, scoring, and began designing a work of their own that incorporates all of this vocabulary and skill as well as

a reflection of our theme~ “Animals in Art.”  Mrs. Craven made a birdbath!  Let’s hope it does not explode in the kiln..  :)  This age student will need to have patience as they are the final ones in the line-up of firing among 19 classes.  Perhaps we will be able to display some of these during our spring drama performance evenings~


Coming up next in the art rotation for the High Schoolers:  STAINED GLASS!

Students will learn how to cut glass, prepare the pieces so they can be joined together, and solder.  Look for these works to be on display in the glass case by the windows in the lobby near the end of February.

As always, thank you for sharing your wonderfully kind and creative students with us at Rex!  Happy New Year! 




Thank You.

Here’s to more creating together~  Mrs. C

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Art Class

We finished up our fall semester learning all about the pH scale (acids and bases) and testing 10 liquids to determine where they fall on the scale. Students will complete their pH activities the first week back from winter break by wrapping up their lab and pH scale sorting activity. 


This brings us to our next topic for the year…dissection. This can be exciting for some and nerve-wracking for others. Please know that I will do my best to make sure EVERY STUDENT is comfortable during these weeks in my classroom. My expectation is that every student respects the animals (or organs) we are dissecting AND their classmates during this learning experience. 


We will be dissecting and learning about the following animals/organs in each grade level: 

Kindergarten-1st grade:

Owls and Owl Pellets

2nd-3rd grade:

Eyes and Vision (dissecting cow eyes)

4th-5th grade:

The Brain and Nervous system (dissecting sheep brains)

6th-7th grade:

The Heart and Circulatory system  (dissecting sheep hearts)

8th grade:

Mammalian systems-Digestion, Circulatory & Excretory  (dissecting fetal pigs)

Image by Tania Malréchauffé


Kdg - 1st grade students will continue our study of weather and calendar by reading and acting out Froggy Gets Dressed (en español of course)!  We will also do lots of weather dress up with our weather bear!  


2nd - 5th grade students will be completing their emotions unit and starting a sports unit, just in time for the 2022 Winter Olympics!  


6th - 7th grade students in Spanish Stories will begin our second story of the year, called “La vaca y el mono” (“The Cow and the Monkey”).  Make sure to have them show you how expertly they were able to write the first story in Spanish after only 12 hours of in class instruction!  It is quite amazing to see what they can do!  NOTE:  Students in Spanish Stories should have a folder to keep all their study sheets and mini quizzes, as they are allowed to use them when writing the story at the end of each unit.  Mini quizzes are given each week, and students can find the study link on my website at:


8th grade students in Spanish B are ready to begin a unit on meals and food! Mini quizzes are given each week.  Students are given a hard copy of the study sheet each week, AND/OR they can find the study link on my website at:

Chalkboard with Different Languages


Students are encouraged to be active and have fun.  While it can feel great to win, activities are meant for students to do their individual best and enjoy the experience. 

Each class completes a short warm up before students select a couple of activities to play.  Most activities are “team”-oriented so students can experience the value of teamwork.

As a reminder, please make sure that students are either wearing or have access to tennis shoes.  Boots and sandals are not as conducive for active exercise.

Getting Ready to Run