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?
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Newsletter 30 – 5/13/2018

Announcements

Curricular Summit this Wednesday – Help us plan for next year. Please fill out this QUICK survey to help us make some important curricular decisions that will impact what we teach next year.

End-of-Year Parent/Teacher & Student Conferences coming up. We will be sending invitations for our family conferences soon. Your child is expected to be at these conferences. Last week, they did some reflective work to prepare what they will say in these meetings.

THANK  YOU to all who helped make Project Celebration a big success! We are excited for all the possibilities that come from what was announced and from all the donation made in light of our school.

Weekly Highlights

Field Day Fun!

Strengthening Friendships & Building Healthy Relationships – This week, student pairs played games to help get to know one another better. Having something to do, such as a game with rules, can help people connect and have fun.

P3 – Students are preparing for our student-led symposium, in which they will be teaching invited community members alternatives to violence. This week, they zeroed in on what they will be teaching. Students also listened in on a live-recorded conversation that Mr. Devlon had with his wife Wendy. They spoke about stereotypes and racism they’ve endured in their lives.

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Writer’s Workshop – After noticing many students struggling with the thesis and set up of their essays, we had students approach their essays in a different way. This week, students were given two separate prompts, based on their interviews and will be using that writing to polish into an essay.

Book Clubs – New books were assigned and sent home with students this week.  Clubs will have their first meeting this week.Read Live students will continue the work assigned to them by Ms. Pam.

Geography Challenge – Students reviewed their score on their TEST OF THE AMERICAS and set new goals. They will have one final test to reach their new goal this Friday.

Questions To Ask At Home

  1. What game did you and your partner play during CPR?
  2. What stood out to you in your interview? Did you include that in your paragraphs you wrote last week?
  3. Have you shared me on your writing doc?
  4. Who are the characters in your new book club?
  5. Show me the packet that goes along with your book club reading?
  6. What’s your new goal for your geography test?

Newsletter 29 – 5/6/2018

Announcements

Field day this Friday! Please let us know if your child needs a school lunch, ASAP. Please be sure your child brings: Closed-toe shoes, swim wear, towel, water bottle, sack lunch (if not ordering from school), sunscreen, bug spray. Please be sure all items are labeled with their name!

End-of-Year Parent/Teacher & Student Conferences coming up. We will be sending invitations for our family conferences soon. Your child is expected to be at these conferences. This week, they are doing some reflective work to prepare what they will say in these meetings.

ISTEP testing is complete! Thanks for all the extra snacks and pencils. Over the next few weeks, we will be completing NWEA testing, another type of standardized testing that helps us measure the academic growth of students.

Weekly Highlights

Strengthening Friendships & Building Healthy Relationships – During CPR (Circle of Power & Respect), students were paired up with another student they wanted to get to know better. With their new partner, they are learning different ways to practice being a good friend. The way they found their new partner, was through an anonymous chatroom that the teachers set up and monitored.  It ended up being a really fun way for students to connect.

P3 – Students are preparing for our student-led symposium, in which they will be teaching invited community members alternatives to violence. This week, they explored possible ways to teach various topics.

Writer’s Workshop – Interviews are complete and students are putting all the information they have collected from their interviews AND their personal research into essay paragraphs.

Book Clubs – Most students completed another round of book clubs this week and signed up for their next book. New books should come home this week. 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. Who is your new partner during CPR? What did you learn about them?
  2. Where are you in your essay writing? What are some facts you wrote down from your research?
  3. Have you shared me on your writing doc?
  4. Did you like the ending of your book club book?
  5. How did you do on your Geography test?

⅚ Newsletter -4/30

Weekly Highlights

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Some of the work we did this week on self-regulation and self-awareness in a chart!

  1. In P3 this week, we did analyzing of scenarios and discussed where they fell on the Equality and Power and Control Wheels. After watching some short clips from movies, the large group talked about what they noticed in the movie scenes. Then, in partnerships, they identified equality wheel behaviors from the scenarios. Next there was a compare & contrast between the equality wheel and power and control-wheel scenarios. Students thought about what they would do vs. what they should do. They were asked “Why might your actions be different than what you think the right thing is?” The goal was to  challenge student’s own assumptions and ask, “What might get in the way of positive behaviors?”

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Our collective observations on essays

  1. We gained more practice in our lines this week with interviews. Students got to do a little improv in a mock talk show. The “guests” had intro music and there was clapping and laughter! It was joyful to see students demonstrate their interview skills and have fun in a lighthearted way. The skills they are gaining in asking big important questions that are open-ended will be valuable life-long skills. Thinking about our writing, we began the work of identifying a thesis for our upcoming essays. The 5 paragraph essay will be the culmination in our Interview Unit. The big work will be integrating their facts, evidence, and quotations from the interview, into their essay.
  2. Most Book clubs have had their third meeting! Agenda books are continuing from now until school ends as an organizational tool. They will be used to record the reading and writing assignments. If your child does Read Live, they will continue with that as their homework and will not be doing the book club writing assignments.
    • Each week they’ll have two writing assignments due as well as reading.
    • Students are given time in class to begin working on their reading/writing assignments, but will likely need time outside of school to complete the work.
    • Last week, students checked in daily with their book club teachers to report how deadlines are being met.
  3. We will continue ISTEP testing next week. Small groups of students will test throughout the week and Wednesday we’ll be testing the whole large group of students in the morning. It is very helpful to know in advance if your student has a planned absence. Attendance is very important. If your student has an appointment that cannot be easily rescheduled, please email their line teacher in addition to Ms. Kristin so teachers can plan accordingly. If you have questions about your child’s specific schedule, feel free to email us!

Announcements:

Agenda books are continuing from now until school ends as an organizational tool. In addition to students copying the reading/writing assignments from Book Clubs and other deadlines, they will be used to get initials from family members. This is a great opportunity for a home-school connection. You should see a teacher’s initial about once a week as well.

Thanks to your generosity, we had lots of chewing gum and hard candies this week! Our students really enjoyed this added boost for their concentration and focus.

Thank you for all the healthy snacks! Here’s the Snack schedule:
Last names Daniels-Lawson – 5/21
Last names Leinenbach-Port – 4/30, 5/29
Last names Pulley-Wright- 5/7

Questions to Ask Your Child at Home:

  • What did you learn about the Equality Wheel?
  • What do you know about the role of a thesis in an essay?
  • What surprised you when you filled out the “All About Me” page for CPR this week? (Some of the responses they gave were answers to these questions: What are you proud of? What do you not believe in? What is something you regularly do? What worries you?)

⅚ Newsletter -4/23

Weekly Highlights

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James and the Giant Peach was a huge success! After weeks of dedication to memorizing lines, designing and building sets, and practice practice practice, we got to see the fruit of all their labor! Well done, ⅚ students! You were awe inspiring. -With Love,  Your ⅚ Teachers!

  1. In P3 this week, we did some constructing. First, we diagrammed a web of harm with topics and categories based on student observations.Then, we learned about The Pyramid of Hate:

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Asma Jama, who is Somali-American, was eating in an Applebee’s restaurant. Another woman who heard Asma speaking Swahili and wearing a hijab demanded that she speak English or leave. When Asma told her she was a US citizen, the woman smashed her beer mug across her face, sending Asma to the hospital to get 17 stitches.

“My thoughts were, Man. That’s horrible.” -⅚ student

“I would think that is really mean. And it shouldn’t happen.” -⅚ student

At DePauw university last week, someone used giant rocks to spell out the n-word at a public nature park. This followed several other actions using the same language and violent phrases like “you must die.”

“I think that’s awful and I don’t understand what human would think that’s ok. And just. Why?!” -⅚ student

After reading through several scenarios this week that could be considered rooted in discrimination or hate, students determined where they felt these scenarios fell on the pyramid of hate. We learned that the base of The Pyramid of Hate is where attitudes of prejudice begin and at the top of the pyramid is acts of violence.

Next, students chose the topics they will each be presenting at our upcoming conference. The conference will be led by students and will center around the them of alternatives to harm. It is scheduled for the end of May. Stay tuned for more details!

  1. In Writers Workshop, we continued our work with interviews and had a few more groups of students interview guests. Enthusiasm is still really strong for this and we are really excited to see how this develops into the next writing piece. Thinking small about writing, each writing piece is made of many paragraphs. We started work on generating paragraphs and discussed the criteria of a good paragraph.
  2. We will continue ISTEP testing next week. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday we’ll be testing the whole large group of students in the morning. Small groups of students will test throughout the day. It is very helpful to know in advance if your student has a planned absence. Attendance is very important. If your student has an appointment that cannot be easily rescheduled, please email their line teacher in addition to Ms. Kristin so teachers can plan accordingly. If you have questions about your child’s specific schedule, feel free to email us!

Announcements:

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Thank you for sending in all the yummy cereal and breakfast items. The students were delighted to have so many choices for their cast party on Wednesday morning!

 

Thank you to all who sent in the pencils. We appreciate all you do!

We could use some mints (Like the individually wrapped Brach’s or Lifesaver’s brands) for ISTEP testing. And chewing gum. We have found that having gum and/or mints available during testing can boost concentration and focus.

SNACKS: We will be ISTEP testing Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. On those days in particular, it would be great to have more substantial snack items such as cheese or breakfast bars.

Snack schedule:
Last names Daniels-Lawson – 4/23, 5/21
Last names Leinenbach-Port – 4/30, 5/29
Last names Pulley-Wright  4/9, 5/7

Questions to Ask Your Child at Home:

  • What topic did you choose for the conference?
  • What do you know about conferences?
  • What inspired you from the James and The Giant Peach Performance?

 

⅚ Newsletter -4/16

Weekly Highlights

There is so much excitement in the air these days…

Here’s what was overheard during our Interviews this week…(Writer’s Workshop):

“I would be happy to come and do this again. Anytime.”– from the director of the LGBTQ+ Culture Center on campus.

“I really enjoyed this. I’m impressed that your students care about this and want to talk about prisons.”–from a board member of New Leaf New Life (organization that provides support to those in the incarcerated system)

“Can we keep going? Wait, there’s so much more I want to talk about!” –from a student

  1. In Writers Workshop, we distinguished between interview questions that are related to a person’s job or activist work and questions that are personal and relate to a person’s thoughts, beliefs, or memories.  Some students met with a guest (interviewee) and we held our first round of INTERVIEWS! Your children were professional, caring, engaged and just generally knocking it out of the ballpark!
  2. In P3, our CONFERENCE work took a bend towards recognizing how it feels to be shown gratitude. We worked on recording observations of traits and habits of others for which we are grateful and thanking them for being who they are. Each student is writing some form of a gratitude letter and anonymously giving it to another student. They are eager to receive these!
  3. Book clubs have had their second meeting! Agenda books are continuing from now until school ends as an organizational tool. They will be used to record the reading and writing assignments. If your child does Read Live, they will need to continue with it as their homework, and will not be doing the book club assignments.
    • Each week they’ll have two writing assignments due as well as reading.
    • Students are given time in class to begin working on their reading/writing assignments, but will likely need time outside of school to complete the work.
    • Last week, students checked in daily with their book club teachers to report how deadlines are being met. The assignment will be added to FreshGrade.

We will be starting ISTEP testing tomorrow. Monday and Thursday we’ll be testing the whole large group of students in the morning. Small groups of students will test throughout the day. It is very helpful to know in advance if your student has a planned absence. Attendance is very important. If your student has an appointment that cannot be easily rescheduled, please email their line teacher in addition to Ms. Kristin so teachers can plan accordingly. ISTEP testing begins April 16 and finishes when we’ve tested all the students.

If you have questions about your child’s specific schedule, feel free to email us!

 

Announcements:

1. No SCHOOL this Friday, April 20th (bad weather make-up day)

2. ⅚ Performance of James and the Giant Peach: THIS TUESDAY! April 17th at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Auditorium. 122 South Walnut Street Bloomington, IN 47404

  • 5:45pm (Hopes line arrives) and 6pm (Hopes line performs).
  • 7pm (Dreams line arrives–no earlier – the previous show will be going on) and 7:15pm (Dreams line performs)

On 4/16 and 4/17 we will be at the Waldron Arts Center to rehearse. Please contact the office on those days if you should need to pick up your child early, as we may be off campus rehearsing.

3. Cast Party/Cereal Celebration THIS Wednesday, April 18.

Please send in a box of cereal with your child.

We are looking forward to celebrating the hard work and dedication students are putting in to their shows. We are excited to have a cereal party Wednesday morning. We will provide bowls, spoons, and milk. We are asking families to provide the cereal! Just one box of any variety of cereal will do per family. For those with food restrictions: Teachers will provide dairy free milk and have some GF/Vegan alternatives on hand, but feel free to send in favorites if your child has dietary restrictions 🙂

4. We need more pencils. Any pencils that can be sent in would be greatly appreciated!

5. Books and Beyond 10 Year Celebration…Are you attending? Please RSVP here if you and your student author will attend (due to space limitations, please only RSVP for 1 student and 1 family member.)

6. We appreciate the healthy snacks! We strive to have snacks where sugar is not listed as the first five ingredients. We will be ISTEP testing Monday and Thursday and would love to have more substantial snack items such as cheese, breakfast bars, or bananas.

Snack schedule:
Last names Allen-Crouch – 4/16, 5/14
Last names Daniels-Lawson – 4/23, 5/21
Last names Leinenbach-Port – 4/30, 5/29
Last names Pulley-Wright  4/9, 5/7

Questions to Ask Your Child at Home:

  • What are you learning about speaking and listening during interviews?
  • What have you learned about about showing gratitude?
  • Which countries in North America are you curious about? What did you learn about land formations on North and South America?
  • How did you participate in your second book club meeting?

Newsletter 25- 4/9

Weekly Highlights

What a great week it was getting back into our groove. Here’s what we did…

  1. In Writers Workshop, we listened to INTERVIEWS! NPR’s StoryCorps recorded an interview that featured one of our very own students! It was a delight for all of us to listen and learn about what types of questions are used in interviews. We also created a bar graph which displayed the results of a classroom poll that gathered data on which interview questions were most effective. Students selected the interview topic for which they are curious, passionate, or just want to learn more about.  Next, they’ll begin writing questions to ask a local activist who’s working to stand up to a particular injustice in our community. We’ll conduct a few interviews this week and some next week.
  2. In P3, our CONFERENCE work centered around defining violence.  Since our conference will be called Change Makers: Alternatives to Violence, it is important that students spend time thinking about which words are synonyms to violence and alternatively, the antonyms to violence.  This work will help us begin to narrow our focus into topics that are more relevant to our healthy relationships study, movements, gender, puberty, etc. Some possibilities might be:
    • How to do self-care at home
    • What is relational aggression?
    • Books & poems that address self-confidence
    • Your brain on Instagram – body image
  3. All book clubs have had their first meeting! Agenda books were used to record the reading and writing assignments. If your child does Read Live, they will need to continue with it as their homework, and will not be doing the book club assignments.
    • Each week they’ll have two writing assignments due as well as reading.
    • Students are given time in class to begin working on their reading/writing assignments, but will likely need time outside of school to complete the work.
    • Last week, students checked in daily with their book club teachers to report how deadlines are being met. The assignment has been added to FreshGrade.

We will be starting our next round of ISTEP testing soon. The practice session window is now open. It is very helpful to know in advance if your student has a planned absence. Attendance is very important. If your student has an appointment that cannot be easily rescheduled, please email their line teacher in addition to Ms. Kristin so teachers can plan accordingly. ISTEP testing begins April 19 and finishes when we’ve tested all the students.

Announcements

  • School Pictures are THIS WEEK – ⅚ will do photos in the morning on Thursday, April 12. Thursday, April 12. MAKE-UPS will be Friday, April 13 at 8:15.Sibling pictures are also available – if a K-4 student has a sibling in 5-8, the 5-8 student should dress for picture day on Tuesday, April 10.
  • Books and Beyond 10 Year Celebration: Wednesday April 18th 6:30-8:30 at the Indiana Memorial Union, 900 E. 7th St. Bloomington, IN 47405. Please RSVP here if you and your student author will attend (due to space limitations, please only RSVP for 1 student and 1 family member.)

Books and Beyon Newsletter

 

  • We need more pencils. We have not recovered from the great pencil shortage of February 2018, so any pencils that can be sent in would be greatly appreciated.
  • Just about 1 week until the ⅚ Performance of James and the Giant Peach! Performances will be: Tuesday April 17th at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Auditorium. Hopes line students need to arrive at 5:45 and their performance will be at 6pm. Dreams students need to arrive at 7 (and no earlier – the previous show will be going on) and they’ll perform at 7:15.  

Need costume information? We can resend the email from Mr. Chris upon request.  

On 4/16 and 4/17 we will be at the Waldron Arts Center to rehearse. Please contact the office on those days if you should need to pick up your child early, as we may be off campus rehearsing.

  • We appreciate the healthy snacks! We strive to have snacks where sugar is not listed as the first five ingredients.
  • Snack schedule:
    Last names Allen-Crouch – 4/16, 5/14
    Last names Daniels-Lawson – 4/23, 5/21
    Last names Leinenbach-Port – 4/30, 5/29
    Last names Pulley-Wright  4/9, 5/7

Questions to Ask Your Child at Home

  • What topic did you choose for your interview topic and why?
  • What have you learned about synonyms and antonyms? Which synonyms and antonyms to violence have left you intrigued?
  • Which countries in North America are you curious about? What did you learn about land formations on North and South America?
  • How did writing in your agenda book go for you? What has been your biggest realization about yourself and organization? (Feel free to look on FreshGrade for a post about this topic as well!)