Newsletter 10 – 11/5/17

Weekly Highlights

This week we worked on really moving up our responsibility. We had our first round of book club meetings that focused on inferring about who the characters are. Students met for 20-30 minutes once this past week and completed two written assignments about their book club reading.

We also started to move into some project work in our P3 unit about natural disasters. After putting final touches on research essays, students began to break into groups based on who may be more vulnerable in case of a storm or natural disaster. In small groups they discussed why some people may have more needs than others when a disaster strikes, and what might be done to address those needs.

Throughout the next few weeks, students will meet and do projects based on these vulnerable communities. We’ll have project time scheduled in a few times a week, and some students may also need/want to do work at home.

Announcements

  • As one P3 unit closes down, we begin another. Over the next two weeks before Thanksgiving break, we’ll be doing some work around gender in 5/6. During our P3 times we’ll be taking on questions like “What is gender?” and “What are stereotypes about gender?” This quick study will gently touch on media/advertising influence, and also help kiddos develop a more comprehensive understanding of what makes them – them! Following Thanksgiving break, our work will be a little more focused on bodies (and puberty!) but we will follow up with details on that soon.
  • We are so very excited to share with you the opportunity we have to take our 3-8th grade students to see the movie Wonder on Friday, November 17. This is a movie adaptation of the amazing book Wonder by RJ Palacio. The book and the movie fit so well with the work we do everyday at TPS. Many students have read this book themselves or had this book as a class read aloud at some point in the past few years. What is even more exciting is that we will be going on opening day and viewing the movie before any of the regular show times begin!
    The cost will be $6.00 per student.  Every child will attend the movie, regardless of ability to pay. If you can send an additional donation, beyond the cost of your child’s ticket, that will be greatly appreciated.
    There will be NO concessions offered at our special viewing. Please do not send additional money for snacks/concessions with your child.

Questions to Ask Your Child at Home:

  • What have book clubs been like for you this round? How did your first discussion go?
  • What vulnerable population did you decide to focus on? What draws you to that group?
  • What have you learned about the natural disaster you studied?
  • You’ve been spending some time during dismissal playing the game “Rare Birds.” What has that been like?
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