Newsletter 11 – 11/12/17

Weekly Highlights

This week in morning meeting we worked with the ideas of growth mindset. We talked about the windshield wiper method to de-stress. We imagined times that we get “stuck” and how these moments are like fog on a windshield. Eventually, the windshield is reducing our ability to see clearly and we have. We also talked about our current interests and hobbies – and reflected on those we’ve had in the past.

In readers workshop, we’ve been diagramming the plot of our books. We’ve been comparing conflicts/problems and breakthroughs as our stories move forward. Our read aloud Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere has been an incredible model of a plot where the character continues to be challenged and rarely experiences a breakthrough.

We began conversations in our classroom about gender and gender stereotypes. Soon into them, we discovered that students are very interested and curious about bodies – we’re hoping you respond to Mr. John’s email earlier about our plans to talk puberty this upcoming week.


  • We are going to see “Wonder” on Friday. Please send in $6 for your child if you are able to. No child will be prevented from going based on an inability to pay.
  • We regularly use Google Classroom to send out assignments to students. If you have tech access at home, your child can show you how they log in by going to and signing in with their address.
  • The arts team has posted an update about 5/6. 
  • Art to Remember products online now include buttons, posters, and rulers
  • Repost of the snack schedule:

Last names Allen-Crouch – 8/14, 9/11, 10/23, 11/27
Last names Daniels-Lawson – 8/21, 9/18, 10/30, 12/4
Last names Leinenbach-Port – 8/28, 9/25, 11/6, 12/11
Last names Pulley-Wright 9/5, 10/2, 11/13, 12/18

Questions to Ask Your Child at Home:

  • Explain how the plot has looked in your book club book.
  • What is something you’ve gotten better at?
  • What stereotypes did you discuss in class?
  • How have you used Fresh Grade this year?
  • What new connections are you making?

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