Sunday, December 13, 2015

Classroom Notes

Greetings!

It was a very busy and productive week in room 20.  The kids did a great job maintaining their focus throughout the past week, despite “visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads.”  All in all, we managed to get quite a bit done.  Here’s a look ahead to what’s on tap for the next two days.

Friday begins with the 4th Grade Family Breakfast and Sing-Along.  The 8:15-9:00 breakfast in room 22 is followed with a 9:00-9:30 sing-along in room 24.  For the buffet style breakfast, please bring a serving size of a store bought healthy breakfast item to share, such as pre-bought fruit salad or pre-washed small fruit, bagels and cream cheese, muffins, or granola bars.  Please do not bring sweets, such as donuts.  Teachers will provide drinks, dishes, and cutlery.  Please come by when you can and stay for the whole event or part.  A flyer included with last week’s Classroom Notes has more details.

In writing, kids are working with storyteller Anne Rutherford to share their work through a performance for our actors and authors studyOn Thursday, from 10:50 to 11:30, kids will perform by reading a “zoom-in moment” from their writing while four teammates act out that part of the scene.  You are welcome to attend this short classroom performance

Team 20’s first annual read-a-thon will be Friday, December 18th.  Kids will be able to enjoy a full day of reading in our room.  During the afternoon we will also read with our first grade buddies.  For this reading event, kids are welcome to bring a couple of things to make them comfy while reading.  They may bring a pillow and a blanket.  Kids know to drop these reading comfort supplies off in room 20 and then head to room 22 for the 4th Grade Family Breakfast and Sing-Along to begin our day.

Included with today’s Classroom Notes is a free pass to all federal parks, lands, and waters (e.g. national parks, like Crater Lake or Mount Rainier).  This free pass, available to all fourth graders in the country, is good until the end of next August, and was made available through the federal government's Every Kid in a Park program.  Thanks to the Slichters for sharing.

I wish you a very pleasant Holiday season.  The kids have worked very hard since September.  They have much of which to be proud!  They deserve a break (and I wouldn’t mind either!)

Team 20 will reconvene on Monday, January 4th.  See you then.

Mark

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