Friday, June 29, 2012

Crepes Around the World


The Shrewsbury Public Library will hold a multicultural festival - Crepes Around the World at 12:30 this Saturday, June 30th.  Members of the SPS Multicultural Advisory Team will demonstrate how to prepare Indian, Chinese, French, and Mexican crepes. Participants can sample the crepes and try their hand at making their own.

This sounds fun and yummy. If you attend let me know how your crepes come out.

                                                                                                       : )  Ms. Hurley

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Free Fridays at Local Museums

According to the Shrewsbury Daily Voice local museums are offering free admission on Fridays this summer. I am passing along the dates, locations, and contact information so that you can take advantage of what sounds like a great opportunity.

                                                                                               : ) Ms. Hurley

The Highland Street Foundation has arranged for various attractions around the state to be admission-free on Fridays. For more information, call 617-969-8900 or visit  

June 29th:  Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Peabody Essex Museum, Heritage Museums & Gardens, Museum of African American History, and Tanglewood. 

July 6th: Boston Children’s Museum, Stone Zoo, Cape Cod Museum of Art, Wenham Museum, and Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute. 

July 13th: Franklin Park Zoo, Children’s Museum in Holyoke, Danforth Museum of Art, Decordova Sculpture Park & Museum, and Reagle Music Theatre. 

July 20th: Buttonwood Park Zoo, Mass Audubon Visual Arts Center, Hancock Shaker Village, Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum, and Higgins Armory Museum. 

July 27th: Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Children’s Museum in Easton, Springfield Museums, N.E. Historic Genealogical Society, and New Repertory Theatre. 

August 3rd: Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Norman Rockwell Museum, Amelia Park Children’s Museum, Fuller Craft Museum, and Arnold Arboretum. 

August 10th: Battleship Cove, Berkshire Museum, Cape Cod Children’s Museum, Fruitlands Museum, and The Sports Museum. 

August 17th: Institute of Contemporary Art, Edward Gorey House, New Bedford Whaling Museum, Garden in the Woods, and Concord Museum. 

August 24th: Boston Harbor Island Alliance, USS Constitution Museum, American Textile History Museum, Old Sturbridge Village, and Basketball Hall of Fame. 

August 31st: JFK Library & Museum, Plimoth Plantation, The Discovery Museums, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, and EcoTarium.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Summer Institute 2012

                                       iPad Classroom                           

I participated in Shrewsbury's first Summer Institute, an opportunity for SPS educators to join together collaboratively to explore select topics on 21st century education. What a fanstastic experience!

I am fortunate to have had an interactive whiteboard installed in my classroom last fall. It opened new avenues for my students to engage in active learning.  With all the talk of iPads I took the opportunity to enroll in an institute course titled iPad Classroom. Twenty of my colleagues and I spent a week together exploring the unlimited opportunities offered by this new technology.

I know summer vacation has barely begun but I am so excited to share what I learned with my class this fall. I created a Show Me for several class activities, made a Scribble Press template for an All About Me text, and replaced the pencil and paper assessment of the New England states and capitals with an interactive review through Socrative.

I look forward to blending small teacher guided groups, peer collaboration, and technology to offer a unique, fun, enriching learning experience for the students in room 35.

                                                                               : )     Ms. Hurley

Summer Reading Carnival

I saw a great photo online in the Shrewsbury Voice of Eric from my class last year, now a fabulous fourth grader, at the Shrewsbury Public Library Summer Reading Carnival. Did anyone else go? Did you have fun? It's not too late to register for the SPL Summer Reading Program. Stop by the children's room or look online to find out about the cool prizes you can win.

                                 Row of Realistic Books

Remember, for the first time ever, summer reading gives you credit for your first stop in the Coolidge Reading Takes You Places program. My goal is to help every student in room 35 receive a reading medal next May.

                                                                                                                     : )   Ms. Hurley

Congratulations and Welcome

       Congratulations on your successful completion of second grade!  

                           WELCOME TO GRADE THREE
I enjoyed meeting you on your tour of the "penthouse" and am very excited to have a class list with the names of the newest members of the room 35 learning community.

I hope you stayed cool the past few days. Keep in touch with me:
and let me know how your summer reading, math fact practice, RAZ Kids, and vacation in general are going. I look forward to a great year together.

                                                                                                   : ) Ms. Hurley