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Thanks to every family for helping your child to be prepared for the fair yesterday, and thanks to our chaperones for your time and commitment in caring for our kids at the fair.
We began creating our Chinook Fair from recycled objects. The students will continue to build the fair (which includes simple machines) next week on Monday. They were so engaed in the project it was difficult to stop them. They are having lots of opportunites for creativity and problem solving with this project.
During Spirit Time this week, we continued work with friendship and social scenarios, as introduced in the last 2 weeks. The students role played how to handle various situations. We used a visual analogy of a piece of paper being folded and crumpled with each destructive phrase, and it illustrated that even with constructive words, including apologies, the wrinkles in the paper remain. So kindness is our service to others, including our peers that we see every day.
In spirit time, we often emphasize that we care for ourselves so that we can care for others. This is the stillness piece, the meditation option. One way of looking at this is a quote I was taught by Sandra Alexander several years ago: “Make time for the Light, and the Light makes time for me.” So we have spent the first several weeks of school teaching and reminding students about the value of this special time we have each day, our spirit time. This is our service to ourselves right now.
Very soon, students will begin service to others, starting with our garden project on October 20th, followed by sponsoring families at Cuidando Los Ninos, a truly eye-opening experience, and later other projects such as visiting with residents at a senior center, writing letters to veterans, hopefully reading to shelter animals, and more (ideas generated by the class).
At home, you can support this process by considering methods of teaching genuine gratitude for the simple things, something we also do at school. There is an event coming up in Albuquerque over fall break that looks like an eye-opening, humbling, educational opportunity, The Compassion Experience, an interactive tour in the developing world. It is Oct 7-10 in Macy’s parking lot at Coronado mall, and it’s free.
“This free event features an interactive journey through the true stories of children living in developing countries like the Philippines, Kenya, Uganda and the Dominican Republic.
In over 2,000 square feet of interactive exhibit space, visitors will step inside homes, markets and schools — without getting on a plane. Each child’s story starts in poverty but ends in hope.” (excerpt from website)
I hope that you and your child can experience it. Our children are so fortunate and have so much, and this perspective would really help with the foundation to service-based learning at school. It is a consciousness we are hoping to nurture, and we appreciate your partnership. We will support this, along with responsibility and respect, at school in spirit time in the coming weeks.
There is a change from last week’s newsletter. Yoga may be offered once a month for the whole class, but it will not be offered each week. For the next 2 weeks and after fall break, we will begin our circuit training. Please have your child wear tennis shoes on Wednesdays for PE, and we will keep you updated about yoga options as they solidify.
–Guided reading centers: we are working on building responsibility with our school assignments. Specifically, we have 4-5 centers for literacy each week. The directions for each center are demonstrated on Monday, and they remain the same through Wednesday. This week, there were 3 “experience” centers: browse bag (reading instructional level books from their individual bags), poetry and song journal, and read around the room (get pointer and read resources we have introduced to the class and have hanging on walls, much of which we created ourselves). 1-2 of the centers include something they need to turn in. This week, it was a thank you card for the NM School of Music director and a paper writing their 10 word wall words (like spelling words). It is the student’s choice as to how and when they navigate through these centers, so we are teaching them to make responsible choices. Ms. Judy and I check in daily with individual students and as a whole class to see their progress, help them make productive choices and remind them of what is needed.
–Shared Writing this week continued to be a whole class story about the “Chinook fair.” We are emphasizing story structure and elements. The beginning introduced the setting and characters, and the kids have truly enjoyed developing our three characters in the story, their unique personalities. We are in the middle of the story creation and will continue next week.
–Math has been such fun as the students gain independence. I have been modeling “dot stories” (problem solving application) for a few weeks, and now the students are finishing dot stories on their own. Very soon, they will be creating them.
–Students are grouped by skills they are learning and include the following:
Intermediate class from Ms. Val
This week we were introduced to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., author Gary Paulsen, Helen Keller, Albert Einstien, and Elizabeth Blackwell. The students did an amazing job with their biography oral reports/presentations. We discussed the common themes that all of these people from history (and one from modern times) had in common. All of them had to overcome challenges, and didn’t let a troubled home life or society’s rules and expectations stop them from acheiving amazing feats. All of these people overcame all of the odds and went on to contrubute greatly to our world today. The presentations and the discussion that followed was truly thoughtful and inspiring. Next week we look forward to hearing from Daniel’s Story (holocaust) and Jane Goodall. I am excited to see and hear them.
Coming This Week
-Science: construction of “Chinook Fair” using recycled materials continues
-Volunteers: Jessica S.-C. and Jessica P., thank you!
-Art and music instruction
-Volunteers: Thank you Marth, Audrey, Melissa and Diana!
-Bring tennis shoes for PE
-Volunteers: Ernesto or Tatyana, and April, thank you!
-Explora field trip with (cold) picnic lunch at Explora
-chaperones: Audrey and Fernande, thank you!
Here are a few upcoming announcements and reminders for your convenience:
Field Trips at a Glance–
PE Wed Little Gym PE dates TBA
Sept 22 Explora
(Chaperones: Audrey, Fernande)
Sept 29 Santa Fe Children’s Museum for engineering
(Chaperones: Audrey, Nissa, Jessica P., Fernande, Jessica Sisneros-Counts)
Oct 6-13 No field trips due to Fall Break
Oct 20 Service Project (gardening)/Problem Solving, library
(Audrey, Mari, Jessica P.)
Oct 27 McCall’s Pumpkin Patch
(Audrey, Jovon, Linda, Fernande, Marc A., Marianne, Jessica and David, Jessica P.)
Nov 3 National Museum of Nuclear Science and History
(Chaperones: Audrey, Fernande, Robert; Back-up: Marc)
Nov 10 We are visiting a farm! Library
(Chaperones: Audrey, Nissa, Fernande, Jessica P.)
Nov 14 12:15 Popejoy show-Dr. Kaboom: Live Wire (Chaperones: we have space for first 3 that tell me they would like to attend.)
Nov 17 12:30 Pocahontas show at Kimo Theater; Problem Solving and/or service project in-class
(Chaperones: Audrey, Mari, Marianne, Jessica P.)
Nov 24 Thanksgiving break
Dec 1 Fall Out or Kid’s Gym (class will vote), library
(Chaperones: Marc A., Marianne, Jessica Sisneros-Counts)
Dec 8 Problem Solving, library
(Chaperones: Audrey, Mari, Marc, Jessica P., Marianne)
Dec 15 Service Project w/Cuidando Los Ninos, library, Winter break ahead
(Chaperones: Audrey, Linda, Jessica P.)
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