Monday, June 5, 2017

Fwd: UEW upcoming events

Sorry for the delay, thought this went our last week!  We had a great day today- finishing up projects and packing and a PJ movie afternoon!  Please see the student email below for details on the rest of the week.
Jean and Amanda---------

- Forwarded message ----------
From: "Jean Peters" <>
Date: May 31, 2017 3:47 PM
Subject: UEW upcoming events
To: "Amanda O'Dowd" <>


The students would like to let you know their plans for the last week of school. During the week, we will be cleaning and packing up materials. In addition, students have planned some fun events. 

Tomorrow afternoon the A3 students are hosting a field day for the elementary students.  Please remember to send a water bottle and sunscreen. 

Friday is our work share from 2-3, students are looking forward to showing you what they have been working on!

See you soon,
Jean and Amanda

From the students:

Hello U.E.W parents!,  

The week of May 5 we will be having a fun week! 

Monday: We will be having pajama and movie day! Blankets and stuffed animals are optional.

Tuesday: We will be having a read in and art day! And don't forget your crazy hair because its crazy hair day as well.

Wednesday: We will be walking to the Como pool! Please bring water,sunscreen, and a paper bag lunch!

Thursday: We will be having a fort and games day! Feel free to bring blankets, games (NO electronics!), and other fort building supplies! And don't forget to dress up as your favorite character from any book or movie.

Thank you!
_Upper El West! 

Montessori Model United Nations

Hello Upper El Parents,


As we close down this school year we are beginning to look forward to next fall.  We are thrilled to let you know that interested upper elementary students at GRS will have an opportunity to participate in the Montessori Model United Nations next year!  This program offers students an opportunity to work with other Montessori students to solve real life issues facing the world.  It gives students an opportunity to develop public speaking, writing, researching, and negotiating skills while crafting solutions to challenges we, as humans, face.  Conferences can be local, national or even international.  It is a powerful experience for all that attend.  


Last week, students learned about the MMUN program and had an opportunity to ask questions.  You can find more information at MMUN.  We look forward to sharing more information with you in the fall, but wanted to give you a preview of this amazing opportunity.



Upper Elementary Guides

Thursday, May 25, 2017

UEW update 5/25/17

Dear Parents,


The year is quickly coming to an end and we have some very exciting things coming up! The students have been busy planning outings, working on big projects and putting beautiful work into their portfolios. We are very excited to share all of this with you!


Important upcoming dates:


Field DayThursday, June 1st-1-2:30pm - This event will be led by our Adolescent students and is for the kids only.  However, they will be spending extended time outside on this day, send children with sunscreen, tennis shoes and a hat if needed.


Parent work share- Friday, June 2nd - 2-3pm – This is a day for your children to share some of their favorite works with you. This is an open house event and we hope to see you there. This event is scheduled the same day as the Lower Elementary work share for your convenience. 




Como Pool Day - Wednesday, June 7th - All of Elementary will spend the day at the pool.  We have many staff and a full set of volunteers coming along.  Please look for the permission slip sent home, sign and return by May 26th.  You can find all the details on the permission slip sent home.  This is a much anticipated event and great fun! 



Last Day of School and Community Social - HALF DAY on Friday, June 9th. Students will be dismissed at 12:00pm.  Look for details to come in the GRS Announcements about the end of year ceremony and social.






Remember that with the weather warming up we are trying to be outside as much as possible, please help your child remember to bring a water bottle and be prepared for sporadic spring rain!


We are looking for families to take care of our sweet gerbils for the summer and our very quiet and adorable goldfish.  Please let us know if you are interested in providing them a fantastic summer adventure in your home.


Many thanks,


Amanda and Jean

Thursday, May 4, 2017

UEW Update

Hello UEW Parents,

Spring has sprung and the classroom is filled with energy and work.  So many projects are going on!! Students are learning about the systems of the human body and the follow up work is amazing!!!  We have life size drawings, charts and models made out of clay, and even a magic bone wand! We have also been writing poetry and learning about US history.

Please make sure your child has a water bottle to keep at school.  With the weather warming up we will be spending more time outside and walking to different places. If anyone has a pet stroller we would love to be able to take our bunny on these walks with us. He also loves the rain……

Please check in with your child about homework, we have had a decline in homework turned in on time.  It is handed out on Wednesday and is due the following Tuesday.

Enjoy the beautiful weather!

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Jean and Amanda

Thursday, April 20, 2017

UEW Update 4/20/17

Dear UEW Families,


We have had a rise in cell phone use at school among elementary students.  School policy says that elementary students are not allowed to have personal technology at school, and if it is necessary for a student to have a phone, it should remain off and in their backpack.  However, as students are taking their phones to the bathroom, the hall, or elsewhere to use them for varied purposes, we have a few reminders:


·       Please do not call or text your child during the day.  Call the office if you need to get in touch with your child

·       If your child has a phone out, they will be asked to turn it in to the office and a parent can pick it up.


We are in need of a few supplies:

·       We are seeking cleaning wipes donations (both with bleach and without) to get us through the remainder of the year. 

·       We are also in need of Ticonderoga pencils, glue sticks and erasers.

·       As always, greens for the bunny are much appreciated!


Thank you in advance for considering our request.  



6th Grade Families:  You will receive a letter shortly inviting you to an info night for OWL classes (Our Whole Lives: Sexuality Education for Grades 4-6 ), but in order to help you plan better, here's the basic details - Next Wednesday, April 26th, the instructors will introduce the curriculum from 6:30-7pm. Keep an eye out for the letter, which should be sent home later this week.


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

4-11-17 update

Hello UEW Families,


This week is going by quickly as the students in UEW are finishing up biography projects!  We have songs being written, timelines being created and many other projects going on at the same time.  Students will be presenting their work to each other next week after taking the MCA Math assessment, which will be next week on Monday and Tuesday.  Students should come to school well rested and having eaten a good breakfast as snack will be later than usual.  The make up day for the Reading MCA will be on Thursday of this week.

We will not have early Wednesday work tomorrow.  We have a meeting we need to attend at that time.  Sorry for any inconvenience.  

Please think of our bunny Leo, or as we call him Bunbun, when you have any leftover greens, he sure would appreciate them!

Let us know if you have any questions,

Jean and Amanda

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

UEW Update

Greetings UEW Families, 


We are having a potluck tomorrow!  Students have chosen what they want to bring to share.  This will be part of the iRace event.   We will do iRace programming with A2 students in the morning, will host 3rd grade students for our potluck lunch, and then will head to Griggs Park with the 3rd graders in the afternoon.


We have influenza in our classroom.  Please keep an eye out for symptoms.  We'll encourage students to wash their hands and keep up with table washing here too.  


MCA Testing on Thursday and Friday- Please let us know if your child will not be at school on these days so we can plan accordingly.  Our MCA math test isn't scheduled for a month - we'll test on April 20 and 21.  


Homework this week will not be due until following spring break.  We're asking kids to plan a meal (and hopefully prepare it) and wanted to give them extra time as it'll be a larger work.  


It was great seeing all of you at conferences!

Jean and Amanda