This post includes a lot of important information, so please read carefully! The goal is to give an update on the current happenings in Morado and share upcoming dates to put on your calendar. We've also included a few curriculum plans to give you an understanding of where we are headed academically. I would love to start by saying how valuable it was to sit with all of you for parent teacher conferences. The important job we have as teachers isn't anything compared to the job you have as parents, and it is always so productive to sit down as a team to discuss your child's social, emotional and academic life.
We love our theatre residency! We had our first week working with Gillian Jorgensen, our theatre teacher from Book It Reperatory Theatre. She will be giving us ten hours of direction and guidance in order to prepare us for the March 1st performance. The kindergartners have been joining first and second graders and it has been wonderful to see the shared leadership skills that are developing. Third graders have joined the Upper Elementary and are so proud to be part of something that feels big. We can't wait to see you on Saturday, March 1st! We hope you've had a lot of fun and success over the weekend to practice lines with your child.
We have begun our lessons on the Tree of Life, beginning with the students using their bodies to build a living tree made up of Prokaryotes, Protistas, Fungi, Plants and Animals. Next we will look more carefully at bacteria and how it relates to everyday life. We will also be creating our own pond environments, growing our own fungi in the classroom, and conducting plant life experiments!
In Choices, we are covering bullying. This is a popular topic as students are always looking to categorize and understand the choices they make in friendships and problem-solving. We made an important distinction between actually bullying (multiple behaviors happening a lot or all the time ) and making a ''bullying mistake'' (a choice you know you shouldn't have made that can be fixed through problem-solving) We are reading a lot of stories to understand why children bully and are learning the power of the bystander.
Please note that next week Morado will be going to the library on Wednesday and the Seattle Art Museum the following day. We are looking for parent volunteers to help drive and chaperon these two events, so let us know if you are available! It is also important that your family is available and committed to the Saturday, March 1st event. Your child has been cast in the play and will have put an extraordinary amount of work in to prepare for his/her role.
We are looking for parent volunteers! We would like some help coordinating our efforts for refreshments on the day of the theatre performance. Ideally, we would like one parent who is willing to communicate and coordinate refreshments. MCH will have a cake for dessert but we would also like to serve finger foods and beverages.
We also need help with our book fair that is coming up in April. Other opportunities continue to include spelling pre-test support, reading with students, and flower arranging. With spring getting closer, students take more interest in plant life in the classroom-it helps us get through the last long stretch of winter-and donations of fresh flower bouquets provide children with practical life opportunities in cutting, arranging and drying flowers. Please let us know how you would like to help in your child's classroom!
Ms. Jessie and Mr. Ben
We are really excited to be able to meet with everyone tomorrow! It was another busy week with a lot of hard working students. We had a lesson on the Million Cube, an impressionistic lesson that reinforces quantity and place value. Students also continued to study the Adverb, Homographs and Africa. Third grade students began research on an African country of their choice. They were asked to examine the Needs of People with different areas of that country-past and present day. There was a lot of excitement as national anthems were sought on YouTube and graphic organizers filled up with information from their library books.
Today, your students should have taken home their Friday Folders without homework in them. We will pass out new homework packets during conferences tomorrow. Since next week is a short week, the new homework packet is a two-week packet that includes extra work for students to complete over mid-winter break.
This Wednesday, Feb. 12, is our annual Friendship Cafe for Valentine's Day. Your child is welcome to bring Valentine cards to share with classmates from Morado and Turquesa. Please send 26 cards total. Your child is welcome to write their friends names on their cards, or they can bring unaddressed cards if that makes it easier for them to distribute. Please do not send any candy or treats of any kind. Children will distribute cards in the morning and then we'll share lunch and Friendship Cafe with Morado.
We are looking forward to meeting with you all tomorrow during conferences. Please bring your child's Progress Report and all of your questions so we can look more closely at your child's learning. You can drop your child off in childcare and then meet me over in the new building. We will be meeting in our third classroom, the first door on the right as you come up the stairs.
See you tomorrow,
Mr. Ben, Ms. Mary and Mr. Robin
El Salon Morado Lead Teachers