grade1We had a visit from Kate Banyas who is our Naturalist in the Classroom from Prescott Farm on October 26th. She brought several types of flowering plants - sunflowers, dahlias, and snapdragons - which the students were able to dissect. Using a variety of instruments like scissors, tweezers and magnifying glasses, we cut apart the flowers and sorted them into 6 different categories – petals, buds, seeds, leaves, stems and roots. We also found some little critters in our plants – snail, worms and spiders - which Ms. Banyas took back to the farm with her. It was really cool to see all the different parts of the flowers. We are looking forward to her next visit this week to learn more about composting.

foodStudents in grades PK-6 are asked to contribute to the annual food drive sponsored by Student Leadership. This food drive runs from Monday, November 13th through Thursday, December 7th and items will be donated to the Meredith Food Pantry on Friday, December 8th. Non-perishables (stuffing mix, cranberry sauce, canned vegetables, etc.) will be collected and used to benefit the needy this holiday season.
In the past, students at Inter-Lakes Elementary School have collected almost 2,000 items in cans and boxes. Please help us by sending in non-perishables with your child(ren) or drop off your donations at the I-LES office. Thank you for your contributions!

rocketOn Friday, November 17th, in the gym, the third grade students will be showing off their square dancing skills from 2:00 to 2:30 p.m. Parents are invited to attend this Intergalactic Event. Hope to see you there!

techtoolsStudents in second and third grade have been busy using lots of technology tools to enhance their writing. They have been creating their own storybooks using a great tool called Wixie. Students use technology to help them in all steps of the writing process. They start by brainstorming in a story planner on google docs and using the app read&write for google chrome. This extension is a powerful tool that helps students gain confidence as readers and writers. 

preschoolThe preschoolers recently enjoyed field trips to Moulton Farm where they rode through the fields on a tractor ride, toured the farm store and saw the many different kinds of pumpkins that are sold. Bumpy, roly pumpkins have been a recent theme in class as the students learned how giant pumpkins are grown, painted paper pumpkins using red and yellow paint, carved pumpkins into Jack O' Lanterns, found words that begin with “Pp” and numbered pumpkins from 1 to 5 for the song “Five Little Pumpkins.”

nutOverall, food allergies affect nearly 15 million people in the United States. Peanut & tree nut allergies alone affect 3 million Americans, a number that, for unknown reasons, has risen 18% since 1997. Food allergy reactions can affect any of the four following areas of the body:
Skin: itchy red bumps (hives); eczema; redness & swelling of the face or extremities; itching & swelling of the lips, tongue or mouth.
Gastrointestinal tract: abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.

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