Archive for November, 2016

Personal Narratives

Written by Liz Jacobs. Posted in 1st Grade

During Writing Workshop we have been establishing the necessary structures and routines for all students to succeed. All students now have a solid understanding of what it means to navigate our workshop with independence. This means that all students are ready to take risks and to invest their thinking and energy in more challenging thinking tasks that will enable them to become stronger and independent writers!

These past weeks students dove deep into the world of Personal Narratives. In first grade we call them “Small Moment Stories”! A Small Moment is a story that was created based on something they like to do or something that has happened in their lives.  For example, a sleep over, a birthday party, a visit to the doctor, etc…. Students will be invited to zoom into the moment and write a sequential story that includes a beginning, middle, and end.

Children will be encouraged to write about Small Moments that have happened in their lives. They will be invited to show their character’s actions, dialogue, and feelings. Throughout the unit, children will produce lots and lots of small moment stories in the form of books and move with independence through the writing process. They will choose their ideas and will plan their writing by sketching stories across the pages of booklets. In addition, they will repeatedly share their story with others until the story feels just right. They will revise and add details to bring their stories to life. Children will have ample opportunities to share their stories with others, to revise their thinking and writing and to make choices about their books. Since we value the idea that each child brings different understandings of how writing works we will be modifying our students’ writing goals depending on where each child is in the writing and language continua.

Most or all of your children´s written work will live in our classrooms as students will use them to self reflect throughout the unit and throughout the year!

We are very much looking forward to reading your children´s stories where they will be the main characters, the authors and the owners of their writing craft!




Written by Elena Pons. Posted in ES PE

The Ultimate Frisbees Pick 10 Ultimate Disc Bundle

Ultimate it i s a GREAT sport that is not very well known yet.

Ultimate, originally known as ultimate Frisbee, is a non-contact team sport originally played by players with a flying disc (Frisbee). The term Frisbee, often used to generically describe all flying discs, is a registered trademark of the Wham-O toy company, and thus the sport is not referred to as Ultimate Frisbee. Points are scored by passing the disc to a teammate in the opposing end zone. Other basic rules are that players must not take steps while holding the disc, and interceptions, incomplete passes, and passes out of bounds are turnovers. There is no referee which allows players to solve any conflict themselves. Ultimate is fantastic to build sportsmanship skills.

Mr. Raphael Vanderheyden, the PE teacher at Kensington School has played this sport for years and came to our school on Oct. 10th to show 4th grade the basics of Ultimate.


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Celebrating Friendship in the ES Library

Written by EmmaK. Posted in ES Library

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Friendship is an important part of our lives at BFIS and, this month in the ES Library, we are celebrating what friendship means by highlighting some great books about friendship and kindness.

These books encourage kids to develop positive social skills. They encourage kids to share, communicate, be kind, include kids in their play and develop empathy. This booklist includes many of my favorite stories about friends and many of my favorite stories period.


Early Elementary

Chrysanthemum By Kevin Henkes

 The Recess Queen By Alexis O’neill

 Enemy Pie By Derek Munson

 Days With Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel.

  A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead 

 George and Martha: The Complete Stories of Two Best Friends by James Marshall.

 Friends by Helme Heine

 Chester’s Way by Kevin Henkes.

 Feelings by Aliki

 How to be a Friend: A Guide to Making Friends and Keeping Them by Laurene Brown


Upper Elementary

 Wonder By R.J. Palacio

 Thirteen Reasons Why By Jay Asher

 Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick

Blubber By Judy Blume

The Hundred Dresses By Eleanor Estes

 Stepping on the Cracks by Mary Downing Hahn

 There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom by Louis Sachar.


Library Opening Times

Written by EmmaK. Posted in ES Library

The Library will be open from 8:15 until 4:15 every day.

The library is open before and after school every day.  If you notice that there is a class using the library, don’t worry!  I will do my best to help you during that time.  If you can come to the library, before or after a scheduled class, I can give you my full attention.  If I am not in the library, there is a book self checkout form on my desk.  Simply write down your name, your child’s name and the book’s BFIS call number and I will add it to your account.  Please use the Main Entrance, the double glass doors at the side of the Orwell building, to enter and leave the library.  The Emergency Exit is no longer available to enter the building.