Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Classroom Notes


I just wanted to take a few minutes to write you a brief letter, reporting on the events of the week.  “Classroom Notes” will be shared on our blog, on the Lewis website, and included in your child’s “Take Home Folder” each Wednesday.  The purpose of my weekly letter is to keep you informed about the events that take place in the classroom during the week.  But I also realize that I cannot possibly cover everything that happens during an action-packed week.  If you ever have questions about assignments, policies, or projects we are undertaking, please do not hesitate to ask.  Drop me a note, call, or stop by.

And I am happy to report that we had an excellent week.  The weather couldn’t have been more cooperative.  What a nice first week of sunny and pleasant days!  The kids did an outstanding job making the transition from summer to the beginning of school.  Everyone arrived with a smile on their face and an abundant supply of energy.  And we got a lot done!

We began developing the idea of working together as a Team through activities.  They decided on green and blue as our official team colors.  Most of the first day was spent getting organized, putting away supplies, establishing notebooks and folders.  The kids assigned themselves seats using the systems and standards I wanted them to use.  As a matter of fact, we’ve spent a good deal of time this week talking about systems, as well as other words and concepts that will be important to our work all year long.  On Wednesday, we began to talk about being a team, using the homework sheet that I sent home on Tuesday.  I am happy to report 23 sheets were sent home and 23 sheets returned the next morning.  Outstanding!

Besides the business of setting up a classroom, several projects got underway.  We’ve started taking photographs with our digital camera to document the life of our classroom.  The photos are used first for reflect and assess the prior day and then for experience-based writing.  The kids have also decided on a theme for decorating the room.  Over the next week, the room will be filled with scenes of animals playing sports!  We started our first writing project, had DEAR (Drop Everything And Read), began math, did some creative dramatics, started a collaborative art project, and began making alphabet posters for our room.  So, as you can see, it was a very busy and productive first week (and I’m sure I’m forgetting some stuff).

Join us for the Back-to-School Night next Tuesday, September 16 at 6:00 p.m.  I would love to meet everybody and give your kid a chance to show you around the room.  Have your calendar handy when you come so you can mark down your time for parent-teacher conferences.  They are about a month earlier than usual this year, October 29 and 30.

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