Newsletter 15 – 12/22/16

Weekly (Two of them!) Highlights

We’ve worked a lot on our essays and due to our accidental four day weekend, we won’t be done before 2017 arrives. We’ll pick up these pieces when we get back. In the meantime, if students feel like working on their pieces over the break, they can review on Google Docs or in print and use our final piece checklist, which can be found here.

(almost) ALL the P3 projects are done! We’ll be adding some documentation around these after winter break, adding pictures of posters to Fresh Grade. Several of the performances have already been uploaded.

Book Clubs finished and we had a great time discussing the themes that went along with Strangers in a Strange Land.

The Variety of Talent show was on Wednesday and Oliver was on Thursday. We had such lovely experiences as participants and audience members at both of these performances.

Questions to Ask Your Child At Home:

  • Looking through Fresh Grade, what do you think is your biggest success of the year so far? What goal do you want to set for the next part of the year?
  • How did you write a compelling/serious/exciting/engaging argument in your writing piece?
  • What were some surprises of the Variety of Talent show? What acts did you like or love?
  • How did you feel about Oliver? What did you learn about the time period? What did you like/dislike about the production of the show?

Newsletter 14 – 12/11/16

Weekly Highlights

5/6 is in mid-swing with all of our projects and getting ready to tie things up before break. We started meeting around our book clubs. We’re reading Save Me a Seat, The One and Only Ivan, The Jumbies, Under the Persimmon Tree, Home of the Brave, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and Flora and Ulysses. Our unit theme is “Strangers in a Strange Land” so we spent the first two meetings talking about what it means to BE a stranger, how/when we know someone is feeling like they are a stranger. We talked about the different conditions and identities of our characters, how the main character is sometimes thought to be the stranger and then it ends up being someone else in the novel. In all the novels, there is a dynamic where someone is in the story/setting that wouldn’t normally be. For example, in Home of the Brave, Kek is a Somalian refugee in Minnesota. He has no contact with or understanding of what has happened to his parents and he’s forced to figure out how to live in the United States. This work has proven to be powerful, especially in considering how we have empathy for the characters/are connected to the characters. Next week we’ll be doing some work around allyship.

We are finishing up our P3 projects, which we will turn in and present on Tuesday. Students may have already brought these pieces home to work toward getting them done on time!

Announcements

We will be seeing Oliver on December 22nd at the Buskirk Chumley! We are asking that families contribute $6.50 for this trip if they are able. No child will be prevented from going due to an inability to pay. If you are able to give more than $6.50 to fund another kiddo, please let us know!

Homework this week will be prep for book clubs. If your child is in LLI, they do not need to do the writing components of the book club work unless they have time to do so!

Questions to Ask Your Child at Home

  • What kinds of meditation did you learn this week (4-7-8 breath, think before you think)?
  • What did you incorporate into your writing this week? How many body paragraphs have you written and what are they about?

Newsletter 13 – 12/5/16

Weekly Highlights

We had a lot of guest teachers this week – Ms. Steph teaching us meditation, a group of IU students teaching about biodiversity, and our friends from Books and Beyond came in for our final session to make sure we formatted and edited all of our documents correctly.

We are midway through project work in P3. Our project asks students to pick an issue they feel strongly about, and then use the constitution to reflect on a party platform as it relates to that issue. You can see a master document of parties/platforms that Mr. Scott used several weeks ago with our class. Students are choosing a medium to communicate content and opinion on this issue.

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Announcements

Homework this week will be prep for book clubs. If your child is in LLI, they do not need to do the writing components of the book club work unless they have time to do so!

We will be seeing Oliver on December 22nd at the Buskirk Chumley! We are asking that families contribute $6.50 for this trip if they are able. No child will be prevented from going due to an inability to pay. If you are able to give more than $6.50 to fund another kiddo, please let us know!

Snack Schedule Reminders

Week of 12/12  Families with the last names Ainslie-Daniels

Week of 12/19 Families with the last names Dimick-Jaynes

Week of 1/10 Families with the last names Kelley-Orth

Week of 12/5, 1/16  Families with the last names  Osmon-Wisler

Questions to Ask Your Child at Home:

  • What styles of meditation did you learn last week?
  • What is your thesis for your essay? What are your reasons?
  • How is your P3 project coming along? How will you convince others who think differently than you that they should value your perspective?
  • What is happening in the read aloud, First Light?