February 10th Newsletter
Thanks for joining us at Student-led Conferences last Thursday. The kids were so excited to share their learning with you!
Mrs. Funk and I were able to determine a date for a possible Mystery Skype sleepover. The 6th graders will be away the first week of April, so we will be able to use both the 5th and 6th grade classrooms for an overnight on April 7th. I'm currently working on scheduling the Skypes. For now, please continue to keep this between us. I'm hoping to be able to share this with the class when they return from winter break, but I need to first make sure that we have enough volunteers to run it. I will let you know as soon as I have enough confirmed to share the good news.
I'm in need of:
- 3 volunteers to spend the night with the students. You are welcome to hang with us the whole time, but we'll definitely need you from 10pm-7:30am.
- 2-3 volunteers to set-up and make breakfast for 8am on April 8th.
- Anyone willing to order/donate a couple pizza's for late dinner on April 7th?
Please reply to this email if you are able to assist with any of the above.
- We will have an optional Valentine's Day Exchange in class. If your child would like to participate, please have him/her bring in a valentine for each student this Friday.
- Mark your calendars for February 28th! Over the next two weeks, we will be preparing displays in class and practicing presentation skills. On the 28th, we will showcase a museum display featuring writing techniques used in our narratives and present our stories with a storyteller's voice. We will present in two separate groups, one will start at 8:15am and the other at 1pm. The 8:15am group (doors open at 8am) will be Luke, Neve, Finbarr, Graham, Griffin and the 1pm group (doors open at 12:45pm) will be Ty, Nathan, Amaan, Victoria, Mary. We hope you can be a part of our audience!
HIGHLIGHTS FROM LAST WEEK
Water Conservation Garden
The Compliments Project
Writing in the Park
Another great trip to the park for writing!
OVERVIEW OF THIS WEEK'S CLASS TOPICS
The biography presentations noted above are prepared in class. We learn how to plan presentations with talking points and we practice presentation skills in class. With lots of practice, preparation, and expertise on the topic presented, students deliver great performances. Students will use the notecards prepared in class as they present on Friday. For homework each evening Monday - Thursday, students will be asked to practice at home in front of a mirror, live audience, or even an audience of stuffed animals. Please do not encourage your child to write a script at home. Believe me, the talking point method is tried and true, and it really helps students to develop confidence when presenting. Students were already knocking their introductions out of the park when we practiced last Friday! Thanks for your help!
School Wide Events
February 17th - 21th WINTER BREAK 2/17-2/21 - NO SCHOOL
Happy Mid-Winter break!
Monday, February 24th School Resumes
Regular Day for ALL grade level 7:55 a.m. - 2:55 p.m
Monday, March 2th Read Across America Day!
Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!
March 9th - May 18th Room Representative Meeting
Join our class representatives as we plan fun events here at CCDS!
Monday, March 16th Teacher Workday - NO SCHOOL
NO SCHOOL TODAY.