Newsletter 6 – 9/16/16

Weekly Highlights

This week was all about urgency and deadlines! We spent most of our week getting through the final stages of our writing pieces and finishing up/reflecting on our reading paths. We saw a lot of kids work hard and work extra in order to meet the deadlines, which was a new step in maturity and responsibility. Woohoo! We’ll have a writing celebration on Wednesday 9/21 at 8:30 which you are welcome to attend in the 5/6 classroom.

Another piece of work we did was taking the throughline perspectives and applying it to some issues of exclusion in our community. We talked a lot this week about “in-groups” and “out-groups.” We did a snowball share where kids shared an in-group/out-group dynamic they’d observed in our classroom in the past few weeks. We were, in many ways, surprised and not surprised by what came up. We talked about intentional exclusion (i.e. not allowing someone to play a game, using hurtful language and/or mean jokes) and un-intentional exclusion (sharing inside jokes publicly, sitting at a table with friends) and how both kinds can have negative consequences. Up next, we’ll discuss the more “gray” area situations – where it is unintentional and possibly unavoidable (ex: there are a limited amount of seats at a table, at some point, they all fill up!). We’ll also do some work thinking about diversifying our sub-communities and how to connect to one another.

Announcements

One major push from our librarians this year will be to bring new titles into our library. We are certainly trying to build new perspectives into our text & text sets and are looking for some help from you! You can go online and order from Scholastic Reading Clubs giving our class points to spend toward new books. You can also order titles that you’d like to donate or direct toward our class. Both options are amazing and helpful to us! Our class code is LVRCJ and can be used at any time. However, if you can order in the next few weeks (i.e. before September 30th), we can get all these extra add-on points that give us even more books. Of course, this is not at all required. Below are some titles we hope to purchase.

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Soon we will be sending home conference letters. Look for them toward the end of the week!

Questions to Ask Your Child at Home

  • How did you feel about meeting the reading and writing deadlines this week?
  • Talk to us/me about in-groups and out-groups. What came up in your morning meetings this week?
  • What have you been discussing in your latest P3 unit?
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