It was great having a few sunny days this week! Students got to have lunch outside a couple of times this week and had lessons outside on our nature trail.
Highlights this week was a Zones of Regulation lesson about Inner Coaches with Mr. Ben and Ms. Mary. We talked about how when we face something new or challenging we have an inner voice that says things like, “you can do this” and “keep going.” Students discussed different things inner coaches can say and how it feels after they succeed with help from their inner coach. Also, Ms. Khavitha took students out to have a leaf scavenger hunt, where student had to identity different types of plants around the school by their leaves.
On Wednesday, students had an Art lesson with Ms. Michelle painting animals and backgrounds inspired by Henri Rosseau. Student had to choose an animal to paint and paint a background of its environment.
3rd graders were busy all week planning and helping cook dozens of foods with the upper elementary for their Colonial Feast. It was a huge hit and it was great to see how proud everyone was of the event.
March 5 - Montessori Celebration (Elementary students will be singing)
March 11 – No School for In-Service
March 24 – Math Day (After School, Please Add it to your Schedules)
This week in Morado, we began a study of Asia which will culminate with a particular focus on India in March. Many of the children learned where Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan are, since we are sending money there through the Pennies for Peace program. A couple students presented what they learned about the Mongol Empire, while others presented a Chinese folktale, "The Dragon King's Gift."
In the week ahead, third graders will be joining the Upper Elementary students in preparing for the annual "Colonial Feast." The children will be purchasing supplies on Monday. We will have a time of sharing this Friday, February 26. If you wish to share something, please bring an item that does not require batteries or electricity and that fits in the backpack.
It was great getting to see everyone on Friday and spending time talking about each child and how they are doing at school. It is a wonderful feeling when we hear how much both parents and students are loving our school and our classroom. We don't nearly get enough time to meet with everyone during the school year, so we are very thankful everyone could make it.
This will be just a quick update about the week. School will be closed from Thursday, February 11th to Monday, February 15th. We will be having a normal schedule on the days we are open with the usual lessons. There will be no spelling next week and we will start sending home new spelling lists on Tuesday the 16th. If you have any questions, please let us know.
Lastly, we would like to invite anyone, especially the 3rd grade families, to the Upper Elementary Colonial Feast on February 25th from 6-8 pm. The Upper Elementary will be cooking and serving food that was eaten during Colonial times. 3rd graders will also be helping them cook during that week as a way to start to bridging them into the Upper Elementary, that they will be joining next year.
We hope you are all had an enjoyable weekend. We have had a busy week last week with students challenging themselves with new math lessons and a lot of writing of short stories and students writing about some of their favorite things. Third graders were also invited to the Upper Elementary for some informal writing lessons with Ms. Nicole. Other highlights were a lesson with Ms. Mary about erosion using the information students learned previously about rivers and its parts and learning about bacteria and other microscopic living things with Mr. Ben.
This week was our first library trip. Students teamed up and did a scavenger hunt to find books in both the children’s section and the non-fiction section of the Sammamish Library. It went really well and students got to talk to the librarians to help them find books and using the card catalog on the computer. Also, this week students have been getting letter from their Kindergarten buddies and have been inviting them to have lunch with them or read some of their favorite books together.
This is a quick reminder that Progress Reports will be emailed to you on this Thursday afternoon, February 4th. If you would like a hard copy sent home on Thursday, please let us know and we can get one ready for you in your child’s folder. School will be closed on Friday, February 5th for conferences. These conferences will be just between parents and teachers, the students do not need to come.
Mr. Ben, Ms. Mary and Mr. Robin
El Salon Morado Lead Teachers