Monday, January 9, 2017

January 9 Announcements

Happy New Year to all of our STEAM Families!!! 
Your PTSO hopes you all had a restful winter break ⛄!!! 

*Reminder PTSO General Meeting January 12 6:00pm-7:30pm @ MSR (media studies room) childcare is provided

Getting back into the swing of things please be on the lookout in the coming announcements for the online STEAM Spirit Wear Store and please be sure to check the PTSO Event Schedule for upcoming events.


Thank You STEAM Families!!!

Your PTSO would like to announce that over $8,000 was raised for our Annual Fall Drive!! Way to go and Thank You for making it a success!!

WESO Coaches Needed - 

Elementary Science Olympiad is still in need of coaches.  For those parents who are not familiar with how it works, practices are traditionally 1 hour a week and then if needed twice a week as the day of the Olympiad approaches. This is an excellent way to create another layer for us as parents to be able to see our children shine academically. Please contact Tejas Rao @ for more information.

❄Snow Ball❄ has been moved to February 24, 6:00-8:00pm - 

Join us for our first STEAM family dance Friday February 24!!! Details and volunteer signup coming soon...

Hold on to those BoxTops!!! There will be another opportunity for STEAM to raise funds coming in March. Please make sure you are sending in VALID BoxTops with your students. 

Teacher Feature:

Mrs. Heather Bertelson

In 4th grade, PBL feels very relevant and real to the students.  They are old enough to see the deep connections across the content areas AND across the particular projects that we do.  Our brain project this year is a great example of this!  Our students spent considerable time preparing to answer the Driving Question, "How do we, as students at A2 STEAM, raise awareness about concussions in school aged children?"  We began our journey into this topic learning so much about the brain and our nervous system.  Once we had that solidly under our belt, we focused on how concussions can impede our brain function.  Now 4th grade had a job to do!  We needed to help students and adults understand the effects and symptoms of concussions and ways people can avoid brain trauma.  The students created PSAs (Public Service Announcements) for targeted audiences to help raise awareness about this growing problem in school aged children.  If you were lucky enough to come down to our rooms for Expo, you got to see this in action.  This project related so well to our Mind Up Curriculum that the students quickly saw how important it is to keep your brain safe and working at full capacity.  It is a pleasure to create and implement projects with my students throughout the year.  I can't imagine doing anything else!

Thank you Mrs. Bertelson! To see more about  Mrs. Bertelson and the rest of the 4th grade please click on the link

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