Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Good morning friends,

Good luck to our 3rd and 5th grade friends as they take the Reading MCAs today.  I know you will put forth your best efforts to show the world what you know.  Concentrate, take your time, and be a thinker.  You got this!

We understand this time of year can feel overwhelming because we are asking students to show what they know in a lot of different ways. To help you deal with the stress that this may bring, I want you to picture a giant pause button that will let you stop and take a few moments to breathe. Think about “pushing the pause button," and finding a few moments each day for peace and calm and re-energize for your important work.


Some ways that you can “push pause” and relax may be to listen to music, draw a picture, read a book, or get some exercise. Don’t forget about the Self-Management Skill of maintaining a healthy lifestyle: I can respect my body and mind. I make sure that I have a balanced lifestyle and diet.

What are some ways that you can “push pause”?

Stay curious!
Mrs. Magnuson


Good morning thinkers!

Thank you so much for your self-control and respect yesterday. As students continue to take the MCAs, it is very important that we support our fellow Lincoln Center students and remain silent in the halls. For those of you currently taking the test and those still preparing for the test, please remember to read the directions carefully, take your time, and use your thinking and problem solving skills.

When preparing for any test, it is important to get a good night sleep and eat a good breakfast. If you didn’t get a breakfast at home, please take a moment to get a breakfast at school. We want you to start your day in a positive way.

We love you and care for each one of you. We have high expectations and know that great things are possible for each one of you. You are all amazing and we hope all your dreams come true.

Did you know that every day this week is a palindrome? Look at the following numbers and see if you can figure out the meaning of the word palindrome.


Stay Curious!
Mrs. Magnuson

Monday, April 14, 2014


Happy Monday Learners,

This week many of our Lincoln Center scholars are taking the MCA Reading test. We are so proud of all the hard work done each day by students and teachers. This test is just one way we can show others all that we have learned this year.

Students in grades 3-6 are taking the test in classrooms, computer labs, media center and intervention rooms. Please show respect by being silent in the halls so that students can focus and concentrate on doing their very best. Thank you so much for your cooperation.

For those of you taking the test this week, please remember to take your time, read each question carefully, and don’t forget to go back and check your answers. We appreciate your commitment to learning each day and now is the time to show everyone what you know! If you are feeling anxious, take a couple deep breaths. Remember, this test is designed to see how well you understand the important concepts we have been learning all year long. Listen carefully to all directions and do your very best. Your ATTITUDE is important!

I believe in each one of you.


Stay Curious,
Mrs. Magnuson

Friday, April 11, 2014


Happy Friday Friends!

I wonder how many students have seen this in our hallway upstairs...

I hope that as you passed by this curious contraption, you stopped to examine its parts.  A curious person would stop, look more closely, and try to find answers to discover the purpose of this "thing".

This is called a Window Farm. I could tell you exactly what it is used for, how it works, and how it will benefit our school. But what fun would that be?

I challenge my school friends to be inquirers and research Window Farms.  We are looking for curious and committed classrooms to help our school learn more and share their findings and discoveries with our school community. Who knows… maybe your classroom can be the ones to conduct experiments and be the SCIENTISTS of the school!  If you are interested, please contact Mrs. Gerber, our amazing PYP coordinator!

Stay Curious,
Mrs. Magnuson



Thursday, April 10, 2014


Happy Thursday Thinkers,

In order to be a thinker, we need to be creative and make connections. Think about the word ORDER. What does this word mean? It can mean to arrange or command depending on how it used.  The idea or concept of order can be explored in many different ways.

In math we can talk about order of numbers in a number line or the order of operations. In language arts we can talk about the order of events in a story.  In science we can explore the order of classification of animals and plants.  In social studies we can dive deeper into understanding how judges and courts can order people to do certain things.

Being a thinker and connecting your learning makes your knowledgeable useful and meaningful.  Try making some connections today!

Stay Curious!
Mrs. Magnuson

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


Happy Wednesday Small Citizens,

I always enjoy hearing from my students. Technology is a useful way for us to express our creativity and communicate with one another. What other ways can we express ourselves? What is your favorite way to communicate?

Deep inside every student is wonder, curiosity, talent, and potential. It is my job, OUR job as PYP teachers, to bring out the brilliance in each and every one of you. We BELIEVE you are capable. We KNOW you can and will achieve great things. We HOPE you will use your knowledge to leave a legacy to help make the world a better place.

This month we will be asking many of our students to show us what they know. Students in grades 3-6 will be taking the MCAs and students in 1-2 will be taking the NWEAs (late April into May). Throughout this month I will be asking you to stay balanced and make sure you get plenty of sleep each night and eat healthy. I will be encouraging each one of you to be a THINKER and transfer what you have been learning in class to new situations. Remember to Live the Profile!

Stay Curious!
Mrs. Magnuson

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


Happy Tuesday Creative Kids!

There are many different ways to express your ideas, thoughts, emotions or humor. Poetry is one form of artistic expression and this month people all over the nation are celebrating poetry. Poetry can be expressed using different styles such as acrostic, haiku, limerick, rhyming and many more.

I am sure you know that I love watching and sharing Kid President videos. Well Kid President wrote a poem too and I would like to share it with you today. This poem is simple but the message is big.

A Tiny Poem to the World 
-Kid President

The world is so big and we’re all so small
sometimes it feels like we can’t do anything at all
but the world can be better
(in spite of its flaws)
the world can be better
and you’ll be the cause
and even though the waves are bigger than our boats…
the wind keeps us sailing
it’s love gives us hope.
Some days it’s dark,
but we’ll keep rowing
because people like you whisper
‘keep going. keep going keep going.’”
Who keeps you going?

Stay Curious!
Mrs. Magnuson