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BUES April 2024 Newsletter

  • Community Corner

    Each newsletter we will post a question and share responses/feedback from the previous question. 

    Don't miss this opportunity to share your answers!


    From February: 

    Students always ask ‘Why do I need to know this?” Making real world connections with math and science can increase student engagement.  What real world connections do you and your student make at home with math and science?

    Here are some answers: 

    “Cooking with measurements”

    “During the recent storm, we discussed why tree branches might be more likely to fall if they ice over. I said the ice makes them more heavy. Student said that as the ice forms it expands which also may be a reason. Student said they learned that at school.”

    Thank you for sharing!

    We’d like to hear from you. 

    April Question:

    • Does your family enjoy playing math games together?
    • If so, would you share your favorites with us?

    Share your answer here!


    From February: 

    Have you recently discovered any new books or series that your child is excited about?


    • My daughter is devouring everything written by Kate DiCamillo! 
    • Babysitter Little Sisters Kitty Cat Club, Best Friends and Friends forever.
    • The World According to Humphrey by Betty Birney (and the series)

    Thank you for sharing!

    We’d like to hear from you. 

    April Question: Do you have any traditions that involve reading in your family? 

    Share your answer here! 

  • From the Desk of Mrs. Clark

    I have been so very impressed with all BUES Math and STEM Gateway students!  They are hard-working, creative, talented problem-solvers! It has been an absolute pleasure to work with them!  

    Advanced Math News

    Tier 2 Math  

    All participants in Tier 2 Math have been flexing their math muscles completing a wide variety of the posted activities.  I have been very impressed, not only with all of the work completed, but with students’ perseverance and dedication to retrying things until they have it! Both Tier 2 Math Google Classrooms are populated with a plethora of activities that can stretch and grow math brains!  Keep up the great work!

    Tier 3 Math 

    4th Grade: 

    4th grade mathematicians have been working with algebraic reasoning in our current unit “At the Mall with Algebra”.  While learning about variables, equations, and expressions, students are using number sense, logical reasoning and problem-solving strategies to solve real world scenarios. 

    5th Grade: 

    5th grade mathematicians recently completed a fraction problem solving unit with great success!  They demonstrated a strong understanding of fractions and how to use them as they solved an Escape Room Mission and competed in Fraction Jeopardy! Next on the agenda, we will be working with Order of Operations, Integers, and Combining Like Terms.

    Tier 3 STEM News

    Grade 4:

    After extensive research of types of bridges, students designed and presented impressive slideshows or posters on a chosen bridge. Next, our student engineers were challenged to build the strongest bridge possible using only glue and 50 craft sticks.  They followed the Engineering Design Process to plan, build, test, and modify their bridges.  We are now in the final testing stage!  Students have done a tremendous job presenting their bridges, and many are holding more weight than we thought possible (including a “baby Godzilla”)!  

    Grade 5:  

    After extensive research on the different fields of engineering, 5th graders designed and presented excellent slide shows or posters on a chosen field.  Following this, 5th graders became automotive engineers.  We began by building background knowledge of Newton’s Laws of Motion. They were then challenged to build either a balloon or a rubber-band propelled car that could travel as far as possible.  They followed the Engineering Design Process to plan, build, test, and modify their cars.  Races are being held this week! I can’t wait to see them go!

  • From the Desk of Ms. Rezendes

    Advanced ELA and FPS News

    Tier 2 ELA

    Grade 4

    In the Grade 4 ELA Google Classroom, students have been eagerly engaging with their assignments! Recently, they completed their unit on "Invaders," exploring the intriguing question of when harmless things become harmful. Throughout this exploration, they investigated mold and fungus, researched invasive plant and animal species, and let their creativity flow by crafting imaginative short stories inspired by the entertaining tale, "The Fungus That Ate My School."

    Grade 5

    Our Grade 5 students have embarked on an exciting journey through history, diving into The American Revolution. Guided by the thought-provoking question, "What does it take to start a country?" Students have immersed themselves in the roles of prominent women during this period, written from diverse perspectives including those of children and soldiers, and even had the opportunity to exercise their creativity by designing their own countries! It's been an enriching exploration, deepening their understanding of our nation's history.  

    Tier 3 Advanced ELA 

    Grade 4

    In Tier 3 Advanced ELA for fourth grade students, we've been exploring creativity and culture! Our students crafted unique and beautiful poems centered on the theme of peace, which they submitted to the 29th annual Cape Cod Veterans for Peace Poetry Contest. Now, we've embarked on a literary journey with our new novel, Inside Out and Back Again. Before diving into the story, we took time to build background knowledge about The Vietnam War and the fall of Saigon, immersing ourselves in the historical context. Additionally, we explored the customs and traditions of the Lunar New Year in Vietnam, drawing connections to our own cultural practices. Through class discussions, we've been unraveling the experiences of the protagonist, Ha, during the war, and we're excited to continue exploring themes of resilience, bravery, and loss while delving deeper into Vietnamese culture throughout this unit!

    About Inside Out and Back Again:
    Hà has only ever known Saigon: the thrills of its markets, the joy of its traditions, and the warmth of her friends close by. But now the Vietnam War has reached her home. Hà and her family are forced to flee as Saigon falls, and they board a ship headed toward hope - toward America.

    Grade 5

    In Tier 3 Advanced ELA, fifth graders enthusiastically participated in the Cape Cod Veterans for Peace Poetry Contest. Some students focused their poems on social issues such as preventing war, while others explored their personal definitions of peace and how it can be shared. We kicked off by discussing individual perspectives on peace and then spent two class periods crafting our poems, sharing and editing them along the way. Currently, we're fully immersed in The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. Before diving into the novel, we discussed background information about World War II and learned important British vocabulary to aid our understanding. Bringing our vocabulary knowledge to life, we engaged in vocabulary charades. As we journey through Ada's experiences, we're excited to explore the depth of the novel's themes, characterization, and historical context further throughout this unit!

    About The War That Saved My Life:
    Ten-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada’s twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother Jamie is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada doesn’t waste a minute - she sneaks out to join him.
    So begins a new adventure for Ada, and for Susan Smith, the woman who is forced to take the two kids in. As Ada teaches herself to ride a pony, learns to read, and watches for German spies, she begins to trust Susan - and Susan begins to love Ada and Jamie. But in the end, will their bond be enough to hold them together through wartime? 

    Grade 5 Future Problem Solving(FPS) 

    In Future Problem Solving, students have been actively using their problem-solving skills as they progress through the final step of our Creative Problem Solving Process, carrying out the Action Plan. Group 1 is dedicated to reducing beach waste locally, demonstrating their abilities in research, analysis, and community engagement. Meanwhile, Group 2 is focused on tackling food waste in the community, showcasing their skills in communication, collaboration, and planning. Both teams have crafted letters and prepared presentations to share with community stakeholders, showcasing their persuasive writing and public speaking skills. As they navigate through this process, students will continue to use their creative problem-solving skills to overcome any obstacles or challenges that may arise along the way.