Newsletter 6 – 9/15/18

Weekly Updates

This week we moved from writing our pieces to turning them into zines! A zine is a self-published magazine and is/was a part of the punk movement that we’re reading about in The First Rule of Punk (our read aloud). Kids are storyboarding, cutting, collaging, finding images, and pulling together these zines – the final touch will be their Art to Remember cover!

We also started our book club meetings. The theme of this round is for kids to build listening skills. Students brought ideas to the meeting, had a chance to share their ideas with the group, and then their group members repeated back and connected to what they heard.

We’ve been adding in some “mindfulness” to our post-recess transition. We’ve been using videos from Mind-Yeti to bring down our energy and be ready for IDR & Book Club Meetings.

Announcements

  • We’ll be seeing The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe on Sept 21, 2018 at 10am. Please send in $6.50 for your child to attend. No child will be excluded based on an inability to pay and if anyone wants to cover an extra ticket (or portion thereof) – please feel free. These payments should come in as soon as possible!
  • We are carrying on a tradition of 5/6 – the pet wall. Please email us pictures or send in hard copies for us to add these members of your family to the wall outside our classroom.
  • Homework will come home tomorrow in blue folders. The assignment will involve kiddos talking/sharing with someone at home.

Questions to Ask Your Child at Home

  • What images/ideas do you have planned out for your zine?
  • What is MaLú learning in The First Rule of Punk about Selena?
  • How is the work of “listening” going in your book club?
  • How has advisory been going?
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Newsletter 5 – 9/10/18

Weekly Highlights

In Readers Workshop, we started book clubs. The titles that kids are reading are:

  • Hatchet
  • El Deafo
  • Aru Shah and the End of Time
  • Jake & Lily
  • Out of My Mind
  • The Jumbies
  • Bloomability
  • Save Me a Seat

Though they will not have extensive writing, we will be using protocols during book club discussions that kids will need to be prepared for. Their assignment is likely to look something like this, and they’ll have time in class to complete it.

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Writers Workshop – We’ve finished up our revisions, checklists, and partner feedback. Students spent last week making sure that each kind of elaboration is in each of their pieces. This week we’re moving onto zines!

In Community/P3 we’ve been continuing our study of punk and rules. We are also working on some photo projects to show off who we are. These will hopefully be up in our classroom in the coming week.

Announcements

We’ll be seeing The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe on Sept 21, 2018 Matinee. Please send in $6.50 for your child to attend. No child will be excluded based on an inability to pay and if anyone wants to cover an extra ticket (or portion thereof) – please feel free!

Blue Homework folders haven’t made a reappearance yet. We’ll be sending something hopefully by the end of this week!

  • Snacks this week:Parker to Roussos
  • Snacks next week: Searcy to Wright

John & Kalei will be sending out conference notifications soon – we are starting conferences in the next week.

Questions to Ask

  • How are you feeling about the possible agreements “Be Yourself” and “Consider others” ?
  • What are you looking forward to with book clubs? How has your past experience been with them?
  • What are you most interested in with creating your zine in Writers Workshop?

Newsletter 3 – 8/27/18

P3 & Arts Integration

We have been working on a study of rules. Our read aloud The First Rule of Punk has led our main character to face up to her new school’s dress code. We talked about implicit (hidden) and explicit (visible) rules in our school and Bloomington community. We also took a look at TPS’s dress code.

Writers Workshop

We had a soft deadline of Friday for students to submit their first two personal narratives. In our unit, they’ll be compiling at least four stories that center around a theme. Their Art to Remember piece will be the cover of a booklet they’ll create in the coming weeks.

Reading

We have been building stamina during our reading time in the afternoon by doing Independent Daily Reading (IDR). This week, students will select their first choices for book clubs, which will begin later this week.

Homework

Today, students will bring home the permission slip for the filming event that will happen tomorrow. You’ll find it in the blue folders that we give out to kids. We’ll be sending out a longer letter on our approach to homework in 5/6 this year.

5/6 Celebration

This Friday, August 31, we’ll be having a celebration for students at school. Please meet us in the parking lot at 6:45 for us to take your kiddos for a few hours to enjoy some snacks and a movie in the 5/6 classroom. This will be an event for 5/6 students only.

Questions to Ask Your Child at Home

-Where did you go during the arts integration time and what rules did you observe?
-What is your passions? How has it been going ?
-What is the theme of your stories? How are you feeling about writing them?
-What do you feel you’ve learned about members in your community?

Newsletter 33 – 6/10/18

Weekly Highlights

We were so impressed at the work our students did at our student led conference, Silence is Violence: A Conference on Healthier Relationships, at the library last week. Some students led workshops that taught strategies and skills to groups of fellow students and families to help them create equality in our world. Others created zines, animations, slide shows, and cartoons that taught ways to promote kindness and caring. Thank you to ALL who helped our students do this work.

This week, students are transforming our room into museum exhibits for our annual MAW – Museum of Authentic Work. We look forward to seeing you there!

Announcements

Museum of Authentic Work (MAW) – Please join us TUESDAY, JUNE 12, at one of our Family and Community visiting times:

2-3pm
4-5pm
5:30-6:30pm

 

Book Swap – We’d like to try out 5/6’s first ever Book Swap! This WEDNESDAY, the last day of school, we are going to have an event where kids can take home a set amount of books that have been donated. This will provide them with some summer reading opportunities as well as a way us all to potentially do some cleaning. And that’s where you come in – we are asking families to do some sprucing and cleaning up of your at-home bookshelves – checking to see if there are any titles that can be donated and be used by someone else. Please send these books in any time in the next weeks and contact Kalei with any questions.

Questions to Ask Your Child at Home:

  • What topic did you teach about at the library (or what did you create)?
  • How did others respond to your presentation or display?
  • What exhibit are you working on for the MAW?
  • How do you feel (generally) about the end of the school year in the classroom?
  • What will you miss about school this summer? What will you not miss?
  • What do you hope continues next year?

Newsletter 32 – 5/29/18

Weekly Highlights

This week we spent time wrapping up our Pots & Pans friendship partners. Students played games, did some science experiments, and shared about their lives.

We also focused on wrapping up our Interview Essays. Students moved their essays from paper copy to typed up on Google Classroom. We are introducing a checklist today that they will use to revise and finish their pieces.

We also finished up our reflection conference preparation, NWEA tests, and started thinking about the MAW.

This week we’re going to be focusing on…

  • Completing interview essays
  • Finishing the third reading assignment for book clubs
  • Completing all NWEA tests
  • Finish P3 conference plans and products
  • Forming MAW (Museum of Authentic Work – June 12th – a show of all our work this year) committees and starting to develop our exhibits.

Announcements

Homework — This week we will NOT have written assignments for book clubs. We are going to ask that kids work on their interview essays (these are based on google classroom, but we can send paper copies as well) with a goal of completion. We are also going to ask that kids spend time at home with you discussing and practicing their workshop and WHY they are teaching what they hope to for our P3 conference.

Conference Dates– We will be hosting a conference at the Monroe County Public Library on June 5th and 6th. Students will need a packed lunch (or one from school) on Tuesday. Students will be teaching and presenting information related to healthy relationships.

Book Swap – We’d like to try out 5/6’s first ever Book Swap! This year, on the last day of school, we are going to have an event where kids can take home a set amount of books that have been donated. This will provide them with some summer reading opportunities as well as a way us all to potentially do some cleaning. And that’s where you come in – we are asking families to do some sprucing and cleaning up of your at-home bookshelves – checking to see if there are any titles that can be donated and be used by someone else. Please send these books in any time in the next weeks and contact Kalei with any questions.

Questions to Ask Your Child at Home:

  • How did you feel about the “pots & pans” work?
  • What was something important you learned from the person you interviewed?
  • How do you feel (generally) about the end of the school year in the classroom?

Newsletter 31 – 5/20/2018

Announcements

NWEA testing continues this week. Larger groups testing Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday mornings. Smaller groups testing in morning slots throughout the week.

We will walk to the Waldron to watch the 7/8 class dress rehearsal Tuesday morning. Their class is performing a “mash-up” of Romeo & Juliet with West Side Story called Star-Crossed.

Alternatives to Violence Conference – Tuesday, June 5 – Wednesday, June 6 at the Monroe County Public Library. 5/6 students will be leading, participating and attending sessions of their student-led conference.

No school this Friday – Conference Day.

No school next Monday – Memorial Day.

Weekly Highlights

P3 – Students are preparing for our student-led conference, in which they will be teaching invited community members alternatives to violence. This week, they began planning their individual sessions. Also this week, we hosted a guest speaker, Dana Black, an Indiana politician. She spoke to our students about civil engagement and how to make positive change in our society.

Writer’s Workshop – Students completed writing their essay paragraphs and looked at ways they were using transition words to help their writing flow.

Book Clubs – Students completed their first book club meeting and turned in their week one assignments. Week 2 assignments are due this THURSDAY. Read Live students will continue the work assigned to them by Ms. Pam.

Geography Challenge – Students took a TEST OF THE AMERICAS on Friday. They were challenged to learn many of the countries and territories of the North and South American Continents.  They will get their test results this week and will reset their goals for one final test they will take in the next week.

Questions To Ask At Home

  1. What stuck out to you from the guest speaker, Dana Black, this week?
  2. How was your first book club meeting? How often did you share?
  3. Have you shared me on your writing doc?
  4. What are you preparing to teach for the P3 conference?
  5. What’s going well for you in class?