As October is wrapping up we've been feeling grateful for the lovely weather and beautiful fall colors around our campus, and what a perfect day for Harvest Fest on Saturday. It was good seeing so many of you there and all the happy children and creative costumes.
Throughout last week students were engaged in focused work continuing with language and math lessons and materials from the previous week, as well as research projects, Spanish, and finishing up this round of Literature Circles. Students worked with materials focused on grammar and parts of speech (nouns, suffixes) and another round of letters to kindergarten buddies went out. A number of students opted to make dioramas for their literature circle projects and will present them to their classmates in the upcoming week, while other groups have performed or will be performing skits.
This was the second week in which some Morado students signed up to visit Early Childhood classrooms to read to them in small groups. The feedback from students and EC teachers has all been positive, and it is a valuable opportunity for Morado students to practice reading aloud and bond with younger members of our community. During the afternoons last week students also had the opportunity to spend time outside with Turquesa students and kindergarten buddies making the many scarecrows that were on display at Harvest Fest. We were grateful for all there help preparing for the event.
Looking to the week and month ahead, we'd like to highlight a few upcoming dates to remember. Please remember picture day is this Monday 10/30.
Monday, 10/30 - Picture Day for Morado and Turquesa students
Wednesday 11/1 - Elementary Coffee Talk with Ms. Nicole 9:30-10:30am at La Casa
Friday, 11/3 - Aegis visit
Monday, 11/6 - visit from author and storyteller Margaret Mead MacDonald
Wednesday 11/15 and Thursday 11/16 - Speech and Language Screening (please send in your authorization form and check if this something you'd like your child to participate in)
Friday, 11/17 - K/El Family Night at the Happy Valley Grange
Weds, 11/22-11/24 - Thanksgiving Break
Mary did the Fifth and final Great Lesson, which focuses on the creation and history of numbers, counting, and mathematics. Other highlights were a suffix lesson with Mr. Ben and students learning about expected and unexpected behavior and how it makes others feel in the classroom.
Students also got some math lessons with new materials and operations. Some even did some fun story problems and got to try reading and writing with Roman Numerals. They are also doing their finishing touches on their research projects and some even got the chance to read books to the students in the Early Childhood classrooms.
We also had our first earthquake drill and the students learned what to do during an earthquake. Some students also learned to make sure they have their indoor shoes, not only at school, but also on their feet or they get wet socks when we need to evacuate.
Students made scarecrows with some of the upper elementary students and their kindergarten buddies.
Your child should have brought home a speech and hearing testing consent form. Please fill it out and return to the office only if you are interested in your child to get tested.
Mr. Ben, Ms. Mary and Mr. Robin
El Salon Morado Lead Teachers