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  • 10:30 – 11:10 Recess/Snack

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  • 12:05 - 12:40  Lunch/Outside play

  • 12:45 - 1:30 Inquiry

  • 1:35 – 2:30  Minecraft Club


October 29

Showcase/Teambuilding is usually the last Tuesday of the month from 12:45 - 1:30!

Showcase is an opportunity for students to showcase something they have done, made, learned, shared with their peers.


Ocean Theater Options:

Advanced Theater: Where the Wild Thyme Grows

Join us for a spoof of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, written by the same playwright who brought us the hilarious Outrageous Fortune.

Sign up with SURVEY by NOV. 15

AUDITION DAY NOV. 22 at Ocean from 10:00–12:00 

Theater Tech Fine Arts: Sets, Props, Costumes

URCHIN & GROUPER Theater Class for those NOT in the Advanced Play, Where the Wild Thyme Grows.

Please SIGN UP by filling out interest survey by January 22nd or SOONER. 


Five weeks of working on the sets for Where the Wild Thyme Growsas well as possibly acting in minor parts or a pre-show skit, and possibly developing sets, props, or costume pieces for Tales of the Hundred Acre Wood.

Class times will be five THURSDAYS

February 13–March 12 


Everyone participating can be at Ocean as usual from 1:00–3:00.


Tuesday (3rd - 5th grade)

Advanced Theater Option 

Sign up with SURVEY by NOV. 15

AUDITION DAY NOV. 22 at Ocean from 10:00–12:00 


Math Focus Groups are ongoing for First Semester.


This year, I am lucky to work with very small Focus Groups in math. We'll spend time deeply exploring concepts, thinking flexibly about computation,  playing games to build fluency, and working to connect concepts to traditional and alternative algorithms. 

Here are some of the things we've looked at so far: Primes, Composites, and Squares; Multiplication arrays, and finding smaller arrays within. Here's an example: 

Here we have an array that shows 8x5, but inside of it are arrays made up of 5x5 and 3x5 (which most kids know fairly easily). So 8 x 5 is also (25 + 15). We start with fives because it's an easy number, easy to visualize and to count.

Oh, and when we build this with square tiles (sadly, the image is small rectangles so it's not clear), they can see which of these smaller rectangles in the array is a square. Can you?

     Math Focus Group with Joy

In this small group, we will be playing with a variety of materials to learn and practice 3rd grade math concepts and skills.  Using a format of games, working together, talking about our process, we will practice addition and subtraction with regrouping, multiplication, beginning division, fractions, and more.  The goal is to get more comfortable and "fluent" with math, to share ideas and have fun! This group meets Tuesdays after the break, 11:15 - 12:05.  

11/5: This week we played a multiplication game in pairs.

SPECTRA ART CONTINUES Thursdays in November.  

1:00 - 3:00. 

Details on Thursday Page

Welcome Sea Urchins!
Welcome Sea Urchins!


 This week, we learned about the moon phases and why they occur.  We will continue our study next week.

 For previous weeks', go to Mary's Science Page


Inquiry Groups

Inquiry Groups are student-created groups on various student chosen topics/projects with a teacher/facilitator.

The two groups of interest:

Newspaper and Coding
Inquiry meets weekly from 12:45 - 1:30 except on the last Tuesday of the month which is Showcase. 


Clubs extend the fun and learning. Parents interested in sharing a skill or interest with our students, please talk to Mary.


After School Clubs - Check out the Club page to see all the opportunities!

Running Club - Mondays 1:30 to 2:30 (starting 10/7)

Strings Club - Tuesdays/Fridays 

Chess Club - Fridays 10 - 11 (starting October 11)

(and the ones listed below special for Urchins)


What? In Minecraft Club we will be using Minecraft EDU, a game based learning tool that looks and feels like Minecraft, with teacher controls and guidance.  

Sign up beginning Tuesday, Sept. 17

When? Tuesdays, starting Oct. 1, from 1:30 – 2:30pm.  

Who? Class space is limited to 14 students and priority is given to Tuesday Sea Urchins (grades 3-5). Students in 2nd, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade can join on a space available basis.  

Where? Meet in the Science room at Ocean Alternative.  

***Note: Students must sign-up, no drop-ins please.***

PARENT PERMISSION REQUIRED! Sign-up forms will be in the office starting September 17.

Contact Justin for more info: