September 30th Newsletter
We have an unbelievably exciting week ahead. Please take a few minutes this weekend to read through our newsletter to stay up-to-date.
- The Julian Chapter Symbolism Collage is due this Thursday. Encourage your child to complete it sooner rather than later so it doesn't turn into a last-minute Wednesday evening crunch. Project work is a great way for students to learn the benefits of managing time effectively. Students have already completed an organizer in Drive titled "Wonder and The Julian Chapter" to brainstorm ideas and complete the captions for this project. Students now have to proofread their work to make sure they provided complete responses to the prompts and create the artwork. :-) Creativity is encouraged! Here is a link to the guidelines and here is a link to the rubric. Both have also been posted to our Reading Google Classroom for student reference.
- Students can bring a beach towel on Friday for Writing in the Park. Friday is also a sports-themed free dress day.
- I look forward to seeing your child at Day School Sunday tomorrow! The service begins at 10am. Students are asked to arrive by 9:55am. I will be outside of the church leading up to that time to direct students to the pews that have been set aside for us. The service is expected to conclude by 11am.
Bring your pet to campus for our annual Blessing of the Animals this Thursday morning. Students must report to the classroom for attendance at our usual start time. Please stay with your pet in the courtyard and we will meet you there at 8am. Thank you for helping to direct your child to class with all the activity there's sure to be downstairs.
Progress reports go home this Friday. You will sign and return the progress report instead of our typical weekly reflection this week.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM LAST WEEK
A Long Walk to Water (New Novel Study)
We started a new read-aloud on Monday. A Long Walk to Water is a short novel that tells two seemingly separate stories that take place in two different time periods. One story takes place in the 80s and is about a lost boy of Sudan. The other story takes place over twenty years later and tells the story of a young girl living in Sudan who must take a half day's walk to retrieve water each day. In the end, the two stories are woven together. This novel has already led to valuable discussions that intertwine with Social Studies and Science, and students beg for more chapters each day. It's been fun to see them so excited about reading! Here's a little more information about the true story behind this novel if you are interested:
OVERVIEW OF THIS WEEK'S CLASS TOPICS
We have A LOT going on next week. Here's a more detailed breakdown of what's new...food for dinner conversation!
- We will have our first live Mystery Skype! This is really exciting, so be sure to ask your kiddo for "the scoop" in the evening.
- Writing and sending post cards to pen pals.
- Setting up a science experient that we will be monitoring for 10 days. Check in with your child to find out what this is about. It's going to be a lot of fun...and maybe a little gross. Of course the kids will love that ;-)
- Blessing of the Animals from 8-8:30am.
- "Julian Project Symbolism Collage" is due.
- Your child shared a little about our new read aloud on the weekly reflection. The main character in this book, Salva, had to leave his war-torn village is Sudan. He is a "lost boy" refugee, destined to cover Africa on foot, searching for his family and safety. Salva is a real person and the book is a true account. At 8am Friday morning, we are going to Skype with him! He's going to talk a little about himself and share about Water for South Sudan, a foundation he founded in 2003.
After reading this book, a previous class of mine worked hard to fundraise money to fund a well through Salva's foundation. Last spring the well was drilled and the people in the village of Hai Jebel-kher and Bright Minds S.S. in Baggari, Wau, South Sudan now have easy access to clean water! Students and parents from the 5th Grade class of 2017-18 will be joining us this Friday morning.
You are invited to join us as well. Respond to this email to let me know if you'd like to attend.
- We'll be heading to Spreckles for our second Writing in the Park this Friday afternoon.
School Wide Events
Monday, June 1th HALF DAY - 12PM NOON DISMISSAL, NO AFTER CARE
12:00 p.m. dismissal today, no after care.
Wednesday, June 3th PLAY DAY 11:20 A.M. - 2:15 P.M. - DISMISSAL FOLLOWS
A funfilled Play Day with lots of exciting activities from 11:20 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. Dismissal follows.
Thursday, June 4th TALENT SHOW @ 12:45PM
Talent Show at 12:45 - 2:30pm
Congratulations to our Class of 2020 6th Graders! Dismissal after graduation - NO AFTER CARE.