Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Classroom Notes

Greetings!

I am happy to report that we had an excellent week.  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!

This week we began developing the idea of working together as a team.  The kids decided to call themselves Team 20.  They also decided on yellow and red 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 Friday, we began to talk about being a team, using the homework sheet that I sent home on Thursday.  I am very happy to report that every sheet was returned completed 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.  Each week two kids will have a turn as team photographers.  Their photos, along with mine, will be included in daily tweets and on our blog.  If you are not already, please be sure to follow us on Twitter @LewisRoom20 for daily photos and look for regular updates at LewisRoom20.blogspot.com, including a roundup of Photos From Our Week.  We made strides toward our writing project, had SSR (Silent Sustained Reading), did some creative dramatics, and worked on making hallway name cards as part of classroom d├ęcor. We also finished our first read aloud, Ned Feldman – Space Pirate by Daniel Pinkwater.  So, as you can see, it was a very busy and productive first week (and I’m sure I’m forgetting some stuff). 

Thank you for signing and returning the papers in the info packet from the office and for sending art supply money.  Please send the papers back by this Friday, if you have not yet done so.  Please know that school picture day for room 20 is scheduled for the morning of Friday, September 11th.  Lastly, here are two homework questions for parents:  What are you hopes and dreams for your child this year?  Is there anything else I should know?  Please share your responses with me via this Google Form on our blog.

Thanks!
Mark

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