Weekly News - October 18, 2019

October 18, 2019

Class News

Thank you for a wonderful brunch!  We always feel so spoiled (and appreciative!) on these Fridays.  The rest of the staff asked us to pass on their thanks too!

Hopefully your child gave you the trip note with the luggage tags and information about tents, groups, and carpools.  If you need a new copy of the reminder letter, please let us know.  Also, if you haven’t already, please reach out to your carpool driver, or passengers, as the case may be, to make plans for where the students will be taken at the end of the trip.  

Please remember: if your child doesn’t have a family member coming on the trip, we need the end-of-trip release note that gives us permission to release your child to his/her carpool driver at the end of the trip.  Please fill out any missing information and return it to school as soon as possible.  Also, if your child takes any medication (and there isn’t a family member coming), we will need the doctor’s information about dosage, administration, etc, so that we can give your child what he/she needs.  When you are packing, please keep the medication separate, clearly labeled with your child’s name, so that it can be handed to us that morning.  And if you want an adult to take charge of any money you might be giving your child, please be sure that it is in an envelope, clearly labeled with any directions you have about how it can be spent.  

We are really excited about starting One Book, Three Clusters this week.  After having such a great time last year with One School, One Book, we decided we wanted to do a version of that with Blue and Purple.  We’re reading New Kid, by Jerry Craft, a wonderful graphic novel that give us much to discuss.  So far, we’ve read the first four chapters.  We purchased the audio book, so some students are listening to that as they follow along with the book.  Each Wednesday morning for the next four weeks, we will be sitting in small groups with Blue and Purple students to discuss the book and share our thinking.  We will also be having discussions and follow up activities in class.  The book is about an African-American boy who is starting as a new student at a very fancy, highly regarded, not-very-diverse, private school.  He makes good friends, learns how to navigate in this new world, and deals with biases, assumptions, and micro-aggressions.  He also learns that everyone has stories to tell and things they are worried about other people learning.  It’s a wonderful book and we would encourage you to read along with your child so you can join in the conversations.  We have one book for every two students, but they are allowed to take turns taking the book home, if you’d like to read it.  They just have to make sure the book is at school each day.  

We also started our coding program with the Bitsbox site.  This is a program that teaches the students java script by giving them apps to code.  The apps then play on a picture of a tablet that is on the screen.  You can also use the QR code to play them on a phone or tablet.  Students are welcome to explore and do more at home; the log in information is on a sticker in each student’s yellow folder (if they brought it to school).  As we progress through more lessons and activities, there will be more they can do at home.  We would love parents on Monday before recess to help support the students as they code.  No knowledge required!  You just have to make sure they are doing what they should be doing and help catch typos.

We sent home the new book orders earlier this week.  Orders are due by Monday, October 28th, right after our trip.  We were short some flyers, so some packets were missing either Arrow or Lucky flyers, but they are all available on the website.  Last month we were able to get over 40 free books for our classroom library, many of which have long waitlists since so many students want to read them.  Thank you for your support of our book orders!


Since we are leaving on Thursday for our trip, we are only sending home a problem of the week this week.

Problem of the Week:  This week’s problem is about arranging dominoes to follow rules given by the problem.  If you have dominoes, actually using them to figure out the solution is a great idea.  If you don’t you can suggest your child make them from pieces of paper.  Having actual things to manipulate make it easier to be sure that you’re not skipping any or using any twice.  It’s due on Wednesday, October 23rd.


Expiration Date: 
Jul 31