Newsletter 28 – 4/20/17

Weekly Highlights

This week we spent some lovely time working on transplanting just 27 of our germinated baby plants. We also started to talk about some of our big questions for our Visual Arts/P3 Unit on food:

  • Where does my food come from?
  • Where do people get food in my community?
  • Why do some have enough food and others don’t?
  • Why do/don’t people eat meat?
  • How do plants grow?

We also converted all of our stories to PDFs and have been reading and reviewing each other’s work as a part of writers workshop. We’ll have a publishing party/celebration on Wednesday at 12:40 in the park (weather permitting). Kids will be able to come into class in the costume of their main character if they want. We’ll be presenting these ideas to kids on Monday.

Another piece of our week was talking about the difference between teasing and relational aggression. We’ve been noticing some issues, which were confirmed by data (some excerpts below) that kids are seeing unkind communication in school. We talked about crossing the line from helpful/good-natured to harmful.

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Kids were very open to these conversations and were somewhat surprised with what our anonymous survey found.

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Proposed ideas were to re-take the survey now that awareness has been raised. There were also questions about what kind of humor is/is not appropriate, which we’ll do some teaching with in coming weeks. We also intend to meet with kids in smaller groups to help them have conversations with their friends about what kinds of teasing cross the line for them.

Next week, we’ll be launching a new writing unit on Zines! We’ll be growing and transplanting more food lovelies! We’ll be getting back to our work with current events and news!

Announcements

We sent out an email earlier this week about needs for our plant unit. If you can help or need another copy of that email, let Kalei or Sara know!

Snack schedule is:

Week of 4/17  Families with the last names Ainslie-Daniels

Week of  4/24 Families with the last names Dimick-Jaynes

Week of 5/1 Families with the last names Kelley-Orth

Week of 5/8  Families with the last names  Osmon-Wisler

We’re working on coordinating a few museum trips in preparation for the MAW, and we’ll update you soon with details.

Questions to Ask Your Child at Home:

  • What questions and ideas did you raise about food during the World Cafe?
  • What did you think about the communication conversations? What surprised you?
  • How are you (and members of your class) going to approach one another differently?
  • How did the CPR you ran go?

 

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