Newsletter 25- 4/9

Weekly Highlights

What a great week it was getting back into our groove. Here’s what we did…

  1. In Writers Workshop, we listened to INTERVIEWS! NPR’s StoryCorps recorded an interview that featured one of our very own students! It was a delight for all of us to listen and learn about what types of questions are used in interviews. We also created a bar graph which displayed the results of a classroom poll that gathered data on which interview questions were most effective. Students selected the interview topic for which they are curious, passionate, or just want to learn more about.  Next, they’ll begin writing questions to ask a local activist who’s working to stand up to a particular injustice in our community. We’ll conduct a few interviews this week and some next week.
  2. In P3, our CONFERENCE work centered around defining violence.  Since our conference will be called Change Makers: Alternatives to Violence, it is important that students spend time thinking about which words are synonyms to violence and alternatively, the antonyms to violence.  This work will help us begin to narrow our focus into topics that are more relevant to our healthy relationships study, movements, gender, puberty, etc. Some possibilities might be:
    • How to do self-care at home
    • What is relational aggression?
    • Books & poems that address self-confidence
    • Your brain on Instagram – body image
  3. All book clubs have had their first meeting! Agenda books were used to record the reading and writing assignments. If your child does Read Live, they will need to continue with it as their homework, and will not be doing the book club assignments.
    • Each week they’ll have two writing assignments due as well as reading.
    • Students are given time in class to begin working on their reading/writing assignments, but will likely need time outside of school to complete the work.
    • Last week, students checked in daily with their book club teachers to report how deadlines are being met. The assignment has been added to FreshGrade.

We will be starting our next round of ISTEP testing soon. The practice session window is now open. It is very helpful to know in advance if your student has a planned absence. Attendance is very important. If your student has an appointment that cannot be easily rescheduled, please email their line teacher in addition to Ms. Kristin so teachers can plan accordingly. ISTEP testing begins April 19 and finishes when we’ve tested all the students.


  • School Pictures are THIS WEEK – ⅚ will do photos in the morning on Thursday, April 12. Thursday, April 12. MAKE-UPS will be Friday, April 13 at 8:15.Sibling pictures are also available – if a K-4 student has a sibling in 5-8, the 5-8 student should dress for picture day on Tuesday, April 10.
  • Books and Beyond 10 Year Celebration: Wednesday April 18th 6:30-8:30 at the Indiana Memorial Union, 900 E. 7th St. Bloomington, IN 47405. Please RSVP here if you and your student author will attend (due to space limitations, please only RSVP for 1 student and 1 family member.)

Books and Beyon Newsletter


  • We need more pencils. We have not recovered from the great pencil shortage of February 2018, so any pencils that can be sent in would be greatly appreciated.
  • Just about 1 week until the ⅚ Performance of James and the Giant Peach! Performances will be: Tuesday April 17th at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Auditorium. Hopes line students need to arrive at 5:45 and their performance will be at 6pm. Dreams students need to arrive at 7 (and no earlier – the previous show will be going on) and they’ll perform at 7:15.  

Need costume information? We can resend the email from Mr. Chris upon request.  

On 4/16 and 4/17 we will be at the Waldron Arts Center to rehearse. Please contact the office on those days if you should need to pick up your child early, as we may be off campus rehearsing.

  • We appreciate the healthy snacks! We strive to have snacks where sugar is not listed as the first five ingredients.
  • Snack schedule:
    Last names Allen-Crouch – 4/16, 5/14
    Last names Daniels-Lawson – 4/23, 5/21
    Last names Leinenbach-Port – 4/30, 5/29
    Last names Pulley-Wright  4/9, 5/7

Questions to Ask Your Child at Home

  • What topic did you choose for your interview topic and why?
  • What have you learned about synonyms and antonyms? Which synonyms and antonyms to violence have left you intrigued?
  • Which countries in North America are you curious about? What did you learn about land formations on North and South America?
  • How did writing in your agenda book go for you? What has been your biggest realization about yourself and organization? (Feel free to look on FreshGrade for a post about this topic as well!)


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