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Dot Day at Allen Brook School

Sylvie 2by Sylvie and Lucia

We watched the video ‘The Dot” about the book “The Dot.” There’s a girl who can’t draw. Her teacher tells her to draw a mark. She makes a dot. The next day, she sees it hanging up in a frame and says, “I can make a better dot than that.”  She made a bunch of other dots. At the art show, her dots were a masterpiece.

In our class, we colored dots. We each colored in a circle. All the girls in class said,”Whoa!” when they saw mine because it was super cool. All of our dots are hanging up in our hallway.

At the end of the day, the whole school went to the gym. We all sat down and made a HUGE DOT! The grown-ups had to sit down, too!

Dot day was great!

human dot

September 17, 2013 at 4:32 pm 6 comments

The Rules of Allen Brook School

Abby N school rulesby Abby

At Allen Brook School, we have the theme of bees. Our school rules are, Be Safe, Be kind and Be responsible. We have ‘buzzies’ and a honey jar for each classroom. The big jar, the beehive is shown here. It is in the office.

If the big jar is full of buzzies, we have a celebration. This month, we had a celebration of Dot Day.

The way to earn a buzzy is to be kind, safe or responsible. Any teacher will give you one or two if they see you follow the rules.

September 17, 2013 at 2:56 pm 12 comments

A New Year

(Student Reporters in all Grade1-4 Houses asked classmates about starting a new year.)

The First Week of School

Emma A.  (Gr. 4) and Brianna A. Equinox House Reporters

The morning school started, we all had first day jitters. So, for all the new third graders, we say this to you. It’s really not that tough. The first days are always the most difficult for the brand new kids. What are the Houses? Well, the Houses are Equinox, Kaleidoscope and Mosaic. Those are the third and fourth grade Houses. If you’re wondering, it’s not all new teachers. You still have Mrs. T-H, and Mrs. Poirot and if you went to summer camp at WCS, you’ll see Liz (Ms. Demas) around. And you go to Tech classes with Mrs. Provost. Now, from this amazing school to you, have a fabulous school year!

What is the best thing about coming back to school?

Equinox students:

Emma (reporter) – the new kids

Brianna (reporter) meeting new friends

Brianna C. – I don’t stay after school this year

Mary – I get to do math again

Nolan – new people

Kyle – recess

Ethan – seeing old friends

Olivia – reading groups

Carmella – new class

Allison and Izzy Kaleidoscope House Reporters

Can you believe it? We’re back in school! How are you feeling? Well, here are some examples of what kids in Kaleidoscope think are the best things about being back.

Rylee – getting to see your friends

Tristan – having cafeteria breakfast

Ananya – making new friends

Nick – going to Art and Library

Katrina – singing in chorus

Diego – going to recess

Leslie – to make new friends

Luna – getting back into the routine

Gabe – getting to read different books.

Kerrigan Mosaic House Reporter

Bridget – getting to see my friends

Amelia – seeing the teachers

Ada – having the best teacher

Zoe – You get to meet new friends.

Megan – Reading

Joshua – Art

Allen Brook School

Montana – Harmony House Reporter

I went around to the classrooms in Harmony House and I asked the teachers and students, “What is your favorite thing about coming back to school?” My favorite thing is seeing all of my friends.

Rose – seeing friends again

Naomi – getting the same teacher again

Logan – Recess

Elizabeth – Art

Amelia – Snack

Marin – Writing

Jacob – seeing friends

Ms. McCormack – seeing the kids

Ms. Crowley – meeting all of the new kids.

Lily – Horizon House Reporter

Lily (reporter) – seeing my friends and teachers

Brian – seeing my friends and teachers

Bella – hanging out with my friends

Kinsley – playing with my friends

Mia – meeting new people

Aaron – I get to do math.

Parker – Synergy House Reporter

Parker (Reporter) – Meeting my new teacher

Kyle – going to P.E.

Kevin – seeing all my friends

Sam – building structures I did not get to build last year

Brayden –getting to learn again

Cadence – having fun with your friends

Baylee – reading new books

Alyssa – the fish

Chris – learning more

Welcome back to all!

September 4, 2013 at 6:48 pm 4 comments

Starting the Day by Morgan

Explore Time

In first grade, we don’t have any toys. How do we play? Well, let me tell you. We have lots of books and lots of other things like gems, rods and dice. We also have toy clocks and scales.    Explore time lasts thirty minutes while the kids are coming in for the day.


Every day we sign-in by answering a question. On Monday, we answer, “How are you feeling?” We have black, green, blue and red markers. We write our answers on the white board. I might write happy or sometimes, and this is very rare, someone might write confused. I once made up a question. It was, “What is your favorite flower?”

Daily Math

We have math packets every morning. Every day, it is different math like 28 + 31 = ? or Matt has two dogs. One ran away. How many are left? I like word problems. Sometimes we have animal problems. We might have a chart to fill out.

This is what we do in the morning.

June 18, 2013 at 1:57 pm Leave a comment

Let’s Celebrate



We had a police dog come to Allen Brook School. It was outstanding.

We had filled our whole school ‘buzzy jar.’ Each time it’s filled we come together for a celebration. We have filled it six times. Every time, Mr. Terko and Mrs. Tatlock come around in bee costumes. We’ve had lots of celebrations. We have watched the preschoolers doing a dance, wearing monkey costumes. It was really cute. We’ve had Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. Most of us had mint chocolate chip! Once, Mr. Terko played the drums and Mr. Bolger played the guitar and sang. They were really good.

One time we all did the ‘honey bee.’ This is a fun dance that we learned from a video. It’s easy to catch on to this dance. All of the celebrations were in the gym.

Last month was when we had the police dog and police men come to school. They explained what police dogs do. They save the police men and women when they are in trouble and when a child is lost they sniff them down. They follow robbers’ footprints to where they are hiding.

Just April vacation we had filled the buzzy jar again! For our seventh celebration, we had teachers from Thailand come for a special presentation. They danced, showed us some Thailand fighting and yoga. They also had an instrument from Thailand. It like a flute but it’s wooden and it only has one open hole for your finger.  The sound was very pretty. The Thailand performance was amazing.

I hope our next buzzy celebration is as exciting as the others have been.

May 2, 2013 at 4:43 pm 5 comments

Making Work Problems by Morgan

Do you want to know what work problems are? Since you can’t all come here, I’ll tell you my problem. I used bees.  There are five bees. Three fly away. How many are left?

They are special. Each one is made out of bugs.

To make a work problem, you need paper. You cut the paper and make it the way you want to make a picture of the problem. Then they are laminated. In Ms. Ashford’s class, we all made them. We solved each other’s’ problems.

Making the work problems was hard.

(Morgan poses in front of some ladybug problems.)

November 13, 2012 at 6:49 pm 11 comments

Learning About Money in Mr. Lake’s Class by Kevin

In Mr. Lake’s class we learn about money on Monday. Sorting coins is fun. Do you want to hear about it?
Sorting coins is all about putting them in different piles. One way to sort is by pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters. Another way is by color.
We also learn by making number sentences about coins. We make number sentences by putting one number at the beginning and you put a plus sign, (this is what they look like: + ) and you put another number and then put them all together and see what they equal. So, if I had a nickel and a dime, I would write, 5 + 10 = 15.
I feel happy because I like learning about money.

November 1, 2012 at 5:44 pm 4 comments

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