Newsletter 22 – 2/26/17


So much of our week was focused on our incredible show HONK! We were so excited to see you at the performances and are so grateful for your help in at-home rehearsals, costuming, and nerve calming.

The shows were so successful. In class, we spent a lot of time talking about how to be an audience, the work of being backstage and making sure you meet your cues, and how to improvise when you forget a line.

Other work for the week centered around some test-genre prep. We talked about how to answer most short-answer comprehension questions in anticipation of the ELA test. We also started to plan and work on essays in response to a passage.


This week we will begin ISTEP+ testing. There will be large group testing as well as small group accommodations. Kids that test with the big group will test on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday morning. We are in need of some supplies if you’re able to provide them for testing, including:

  • gum
  • mints (lifesavers, typically)
  • snacks
  • pencils (#2)

Please let us know if you have any questions about testing.

We are also preparing for our final project with the IU law students that have been coming to teach us about legal literacy. Our mock trials will be on April 7th. More information coming soon!

Questions to Ask Your Child at Home:

  • How did you feel about your performance in the show?
  • What did you notice in watching the other casts (5/6 and 4/5/6)?
  • How are you feeling about ISTEP testing coming up?
  • Did you make any progress on your fantasy story this week? If so, what?


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