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Happy New Year!



My New Year's Resolution is to continue my work on communication, sharing all the great work that your students are doing in 2nd grade.  The picture to the left is of our Holiday door.  You should notice that it is NOT GSB but GBS (Ginger Bread School).  These are original Ginger Bread Designs and the "brick" is handmade.  The right picture is the huge Thank You card we made for Lincoln Academy's International students.  To either side, I hung up our international posters.  I hope you had a chance to see your student's international poster come home in their folder. 

I hope you are staying warm! 


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Please consider a small tax deductible donation to our headset project.  I am excited about going wireless with our ipads.  I like the idea of making a smooth transition to skill building time or more importantly, for them to start their careers as researchers.

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Our big goal right now is to make posters about different countries as we try to "travel" around the world during the holidays.  This means that we have to gather facts and summarize what we learn!  We also have to keep track of our research materials so that we can refer back to them.  For a first big adventure in research, things are going GREAT.  We'll share the results of our efforts as soon as possible.

Thanks for your great kids!

Moving Water!

We learned SO much today from Bill Morgner of Midcoast Energy Systems.  He came in this afternoon with bean bags, tennis balls, pipes, and pipe fittings.  Check out these pictures to get a look at your children plumbing with pipes and balls.

Here is a link to the album that highlights our afternoon with Bill.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/dSiTfRTV37oaJycb2