Newsletter 19

Weekly Highlights

In morning meeting/CPR we have been discussing “us vs. them.” This week we talked about five different ways of handling differences – 1. Avoid 2. Exclude 3. Tolerate/Allow 4. Accept 5. Appreciate. Using scenarios, students tried to code behavior based on these ideas. We’re going to continue this work this week, with scenarios specific to our classroom/age level. The “us vs. them” conversations have helped our kids go deep and also make connections to the world of The Giver.

In our read aloud, our main character is becoming aware of truths that the rest of the community he lives in are not aware of. He is learning that the elders of his community make sure people make safe choices. We have had some powerful discussions about this book and are excited to continue to tie it to our study of ethics. We’re also looking forward to the graphic novel, which comes out in two days! And, we’ll be starting our next round of book clubs. Check out our blog to see photos of these choices.

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We’re onto the next stage of our Books & Beyond process, students are beginning to illustrate the pieces they’ve written so far.

We’re looking forward to the last full week before our class play!


–The 5/6 Class presents The Phantom Tollbooth – Tuesday, Feb 12 – at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center. Dreams Line – 6pm  &  Hopes Line – 7:15pm

Costume Information HERE

Music can be found HERE

–Movie Possibility – we are hoping to watch The Truman Show as a part of our Ethics Unit. We will be doing some writing connected to the themes and ideas of the movie. If you DO NOT want your child to watch this movie, please email us by the end of day Sunday Feb. 3, so we can arrange another movie or project.

–Conference Window – we are in our winter conference window. We will continue reaching out to families to schedule conferences, but if you would like to meet with Kalei, John, or Heather, please let us know!

–Snacks this week: Gomez to McGranahan / Snacks next week: Parker to Roussos

–Homework this week: students will be asked to write a paragraph about The Phantom Tollbooth. We’ll send an example home with them tomorrow.

Questions to Ask Your Child at Home

  • What do you think about the community that Jonas lives in in The Giver?
  • How are you feeling about your preparedness for the play next week?
  • What news articles have you been reading in class?

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