Newsletter 2 – 8/16/13

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This week 4/5 spent many sessions creating classroom agreements. So far we have settled on five, and we have a sixth one to revisit in coming weeks.

  1. Seek & Spread Joy
  2. Be Respectful
  3. Be Safe
  4. Be Yourself
  5. Use Integrity

The conversation was facilitated by Mr. Jim, and students used fingers to demonstrate consensus. We had healthy arguments over phrasing and specific wording. Ask your child about our pending sixth agreement, around being an ally and including everyone in the class.

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Otherwise, we moved to table groups and have established our crew lines (the seats for lessons). Students are getting used to the daily routines of checking off their name for attendance, participating in the morning message, and learning the songs that cue them for different workshops.

Bradford Woods

8/24  Saturday 1:00-4:00 Bradford Woods Open House (at Bradford Woods) for 4-5 Families.  Bradford Woods holds an annual open house for any family whose child will be attending camp this year.  Our 4-5 class will be attending Bradford Woods October 16-18.  While we will have a parent meeting at school, being able to experience where your child will be is something a lot of parents enjoy.

Readers and Writers Workshop

In readers and writers workshop we have begun to launch our big picture systems. Much of the focus of this week has been on getting into flow as well as generating ideas. We will be using this quote (Buddha) to continue our work with power spots and concentration:  “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”

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Math Workshop

Math groups started this week and are being taught by Mr. Jim, Ms. Kalei, Ms. Pam & Mr. Bryan. Some groups will have flexibility and students might attend different lessons with teachers over time. You can find more information out about Bridges, our K-5 math curriculum on their website. This week we have done guided discovery and gotten used to the routines of transitioning to math workshop.

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Our New Blog Team

We have a fabulous bunch of bloggers that will be taking over the newsletter next week. This will make the information you get about what’s going on more fresh and from a student perspective. Though Ms. Kalei will still be responsible for sending the newsletter (and occasionally editing), students will meet on Wednesdays to communicate the happenings of the week.

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