Newsletter 37 – 6/13/14

Welcome summer!


Revisiting Gender

Our PhD student friend, Ms. Jenna came in for a wrap-up of our gender unit. We talked about some of her findings and made a final gender collage, representing our thinking. We asked students to think about the question “How have my actions changed now that I’ve studied gender? If they haven’t, why?” We discussed how we determine gender and what we might do over the summer to make different decisions.


Closing our Community

This week we say goodbye to the community we’ve worked so beautifully in this year. We had several closing activities to bring our work to an end. Mr. Jim and Ms. Kalei had two conversations, one was a loving goodbye to our 5th graders – celebrating and thanking all the work they have done over their two years in this classroom. We also talked to rising 4th graders about next year – and how their 5th grade selves can be positive leaders in the classroom.

We also did an end of year affirmation piece where people were given the chance to silently affirm the goodness in everyone else. The teachers said prompts like “touch someone who is a leader” and “touch someone who has dreams they will achieve,” and kids in the center of the circle tapped those who were facing away from them.



On Wednesday, we had our Museum of Authentic work. With the work of over ten sub-committees, and a lot of pitch-in effort, we had a successful demonstration of all the incredible work we’ve done this year.

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End of Year Math Notes

Ms. Kalei’s group had a math packet- but it got lost. She will send a pdf of one in the next few days! Mr. Bryan’s group was also sent home with a math packet. For summer math resources, we recommend that students use Khan academy in learning specific skills that were “risky” for them this year.

Summer Reading

On Thursday, we discussed some options for summer reading. You can find some of our recommended summer titles here.

Until next year!


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