Newsletter 15- 12/17/17

Weekly Highlights

This week we spent time working on narratives, and the stories we’ve created are amazing. Students planned out the beginning, middle, and end of their stories quickly and then had some craft instruction on a lead. We set these stories up so that they will be done by tomorrow afternoon (hopefully)!

We also started to test out a new spelling program in 5/6. We’re going to try this week and see how it goes, and right now the whole class is doing the same thing. We are hoping to move to small groups and/or individualized lists within the few weeks after winter break.

We talked in P3/Health/Pre-Teen Hygiene this week about crushes and managing feelings. We had a panel of local birth workers – a doula, a midwife, and a person from All Options Pregnancy Center come in and talk with us about their different roles in pregnancy. On Friday, we talked about some of the things that make up Human Sexuality and sorted these ideas into the categories of: closeness, health, identity, and violence. In partnerships, students tried to place behaviors/ideas/things into these categories and/or overlap them in categories. We had a few whole-class discussions – particularly around the words vulnerability and risk-taking.

Announcements

Copied from the TPS Update: Our K – 5/6/7 classes will be attending Cardinal Stage Company’s production of “Peter Pan” on Thursday morning. This includes all students except for our 7/8 class. The discounted tickets are $6.50 each. If you have not yet sent in ticket money for your child/ren, please do so early in the week. As always, no student will miss out on this opportunity regardless of ability to pay. Let teachers know if you need confidential ticket support. And for families who are able to contribute to support attendance by other students, we are always grateful!

A project of 7/8 that we are participating in this week: 

Spirit week is coming! Your child can participate to build community and collect personal care items for the Shalom Center. We’ll collect any personal care items in our classroom in a large box. Items can include soaps, toiletries, socks, feminine hygiene products, disposable razors, and anything else you think someone experiencing homelessness or poverty might find beneficial. We’ll deliver the items before we go on break so that people can benefit from them right away.

Each day has a theme.
Monday: Dress Alike Day (Groups of students choose to dress in a similar style/fashion
Tuesday: Color War between grades: 8th-Blue; 7th-Red; 6th-Purple; 5th: Green
Wednesday: Pajama Day
Thursday: Throwback Thursday (choose an era from the past and dress for the time!)

We talked as a community about Dress Alike on Monday, and came up with some group possibilities – fancy dressing (suit, bowtie, etc.), Harry Potter, different shoes, animal prints, and camo.

We are getting so excited for our annual Variety Show, which will take place on Wednesday, December 20, from 8:30-10:30a at Rhino’s! All family members are invited to join us, but we ask you to please, please remember to be good neighbors and TPS community members by parking only in designated and approved locations. These locations include: the free overflow lot for the Convention Center, the free spaces at 3rd Street Park, and the 4th Street Parking Garage (free for the first 3 hours). You can also use the paid metered spots along Walnut. Please DO NOT PARK anywhere in the extended Rhino’s parking lot, or in the TPS lots behind our building or along the mural wall. Thanks!

Questions to Ask Your Child at Home:

  • What is respect/empathy? What does it look like, feel like, & sound like?
  • What are some of the social, cognitive, physical, and emotional changes of puberty? [this is on a google doc they did in classroom]
  • How did you do with the homework deadline [Friday 12/15]?

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