May 9, 2014
Let me start with a tremendous thank you to our students and families for the overwhelming amount of gifts, cards, and love we have all gotten this Teacher Appreciation week. Thanks to everyone for making last week incredible.
This past week, students have been very busy starting their poster boards for Passion Projects, they are starting to look great and students are excited to show them off. Because of their hard work, we decided to hold off on homework this weekend and give out a small homework packet this Monday, May 12th and have it due later in the week. Next week will be the final full week for the students to work on their projects so it is going to be another busy one. If you haven’t gotten an Evite to the Passion Projects reception on Thursday, May 22, please let us know. It will be from 6pm-8pm and will be in the new building.
Also last week, we had two parent volunteers give lessons to the class. Mr. Jason (Aubrey’s Dad) returned after his last fun science experiment and talked to students about the water cycle and built “tornados in jars” with them. We also had Ms Karolina (Iza’s Mom) make 4 different and delicious salads with the students. Thanks to both Jason and Karolina for their help, the students had such a great time.
Next Tuesday, May 13, we will have another parent volunteer join us to talk about art appreciation. Ms. Savita (Arjun’s Mom) will be showing students different art pieces and have them discuss what they think and feel about them. We have a lot of artists in the class and we are very excited to get a more well-rounded understanding of the power of art. We are also planning our field trip on Thursday, May 22 to the Arboretum; we still need some more drivers so let us know if you are interested.
One last thing, if you haven’t ordered a Scholastic workbook for this summer and are interested in getting one or have any questions, please let us know as soon as possible.
Have a Happy Mother’s Day,
Jessie & Ben
May 2, 2014
Well, we made it through a busy week of books, sun, and Passion Projects! Thank you to all of you that donated books to Morado and Turquesa. We introduced them first thing Monday morning and the students-and teachers-are really enjoying them! We hope you are enjoying the reading time at home as well.
Passion Projects was on everybody's mind this week, and they have the research to prove it. We are all on track to begin the work on posters and reports next week. Please notice that some students have the Passion Project section of their homework packet filled out, and should work on the tasks listed over the weekend (as well as anyone else feeling inspired). Research online is encouraged, as well as parent/sibling/extended family/friend participation. Part of Passion Projects is getting people to learn something new about the topic, so have fun with it! Additionally, there is no new literature assignment this week for third graders.
This month, we are excited to have some fun lessons brought to us by parent volunteers. Jason (Aubrey grade 1) will be joining us on Tuesday, May 6 to make clouds...in jars! Savita (Arjun grade 2) is excited to come in and engage the students in art appreciation lessons on Tuesday, May 13. And we will be cooking again with Karolina (Iza grade 3) next Friday, May 9.
We are asking for students to bring in their favorite salad ingredient between Wednesday and Friday...feel free to get creative! We will make several different types of salad-yum!
We are gardening again with Ms. Katherine! Students go in small groups to complete tasks like shoveling dirt, potting up plants and putting new seeds in the ground. Please, please be sure your child has boots and spare clothes at school! Gardening-and life in general for a Lower Elementary student-can get messy at times, and we want to be sure your child is prepared and comfortable at all times. Thanks so much!
Please have a wonderful weekend, and feel free to email-students too!-if you have questions about Passion Projects or anything else!
Mr. Ben, Ms. Mary and Mr. Robin
El Salon Morado Lead Teachers
Montessori Children's House
5003 218th Ave. NE
Redmond, WA 98053
Founded in 1987