Newsletter 4 – 9/4/15

Committees have started! The blog committee met for the first time on Friday, and we are starting the student/teacher collaboration out right. Italicized text is written by Ms. Kalei, and everything else is student voice.


This week students went to Field Day at Ms. Sara’s farm! We had a treacherous hike, a session of fort building, and a fabulous game of instincts. Kids certainly enjoyed this 11th field day at Yard Dog Farm. 

We also spent time this week talking about independence and agency. We are working to build the skills of asking peers before adults when the question is quick/logistical, trying to solve problems for ourselves, and thinking of alternatives to a situation on our own. 

We finished our read aloud of El Deafo this week. We had a lot of empathy for main character Cece, as she dealt with the pressures of being 11 on top of having hearing loss. 

Next week we will travel to Bradford Woods. Students will be at TPS on Tuesday for “normal” school, but the rest of our week looks very different. If you have any last minute Bradford Woods questions, please email us over the weekend.

Do you know about our homework page? It exists.  We will be updating it regularly so you can find assignments here for writing.


In CPR this week we talked about hurricane Katrina and listened to interviews of people who witnessed it. We listened to StoryCorps and This American Life and talked with people who were affected by the Hurricane. Students shared their wows and wonders. 

Readers Workshop

What we did this week we are working on our reading path books that we chose three weeks ago. This is what we have been doing for the past week and most people (notice I say most!) are on their 2nd or 3rd book on their path. So this is the idea for this unit of reading. The whole idea is to finish books and then find new ones to read. This week we started work with “signposts and text tools” for fiction reading. We talked about memory moments and used a short story from the anthology 13 to practice finding these moments. 

Writers Workshop 

In writers this week we learned more about elaborations. We talked about how to add in extra information in our writing by putting details in between existing sentences. We are also working on paragraphing and making sure we transition into the next paragraph at times that engage and help the reader.

Questions to Ask Your Child at Home

  • What did you do for Morning Work this week?
  • What social risks did you take at Field Day?
  • What stories did you hear in CPR about Katrina?
  • Where are you in your reading path?

2 thoughts on “Newsletter 4 – 9/4/15

  1. Tonda Radewan says:

    Hello Newsletter team. I would like to know if there is a “snack schedule” (and hopefully I haven’t missed it) I want to make sure our family is doing our part. Last year this information was provided in the scoop. Thanks for your efforts.

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