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Friday, December 9, 2016

Giving to Others

Every year our school social worker, Ms. Allison, asks crews in our school if they would like to adopt a family in need for the holiday season. Our crew adopted a family this year and had several discussions about what the family needed and why they might need it. We don't know who they are but we know that they need a little help. Below is a photo of the crew with some of the gifts that they brought in for the family followed by a ShowMe created by Nikelle explaining why giving to others is important. Thanks to everyone for your generosity towards this family. Ms. Allison was able to help 86 families in need this year thanks to your donations. Thanks to Ms. Allison for caring so deeply about our community.

Arts and PE
Our Arts and PE class next week is PE. We will be climbing so have your child wear comfortable clothing and shoes. It would probably be best to skip wearing a dress or skirt next week since we will be wearing climbing harnesses.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Mannequin Challenge

Nicholas suggested that it might be fun for our crew to try the #mannequinchallenge. So today during Exploration Stations, we tried it. It was hard to hold still and not laugh but we tried hard. Our story was that the children tied up Ms. Meghan and I and took control of the room and were doing whatever they wanted. The irony here is that this was during station time and they really were doing things that they wanted since they are now helping me plan out what happens in each station. Enjoy the video below along with the sneak peek photo. If you get this blog post by email, you will need to go directly to the blog to view the video.

We have library tomorrow. Please help your child remember to return his or her books.


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Ms. Jenni

Today, Ms. Jenni, our speech therapist, came in to do a lesson about sounds that letters make and the correct way to make them. This lesson ties together our reading, writing, listening and speaking skills and it was a lot of fun, too. Thanks, Ms. Jenni!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Skyping with Mrs. Price's Class in Australia

We had a very busy day and lots of schedule changes. We had to live our other motto of "go with flow like seaweed in the ocean" many times. But we all did a great job handling all of the changes.

Now that daylight saving is in effect, we can Skype with Mrs. Price's class in Australia. We have one hour of overlap in our days - our last hour of school is their first hour Their school year is almost over - it ends on our winter break. They are excited for summer while we are getting ready for winter. In February when they come back to school, Mrs. Price will have a whole new class. Thanks Ms. Jen for helping try to get a few photos during this crazy time.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Meet Ms. Meghan

Ms. Meghan will be the educational assistant for our crew now that Ms. Martha will be our new school librarian. Ms. Meghan volunteered in my room a couple of years as a parent. Her son, Will, was in my crew. Will is now in 4th grade and her other son, Carter, is in 6th grade. This means that  Ms. Meghan knows a lot about first graders and how things work at our school. We are so happy that Ms. Meghan is part of our crew.

Important Dates
12/5 Vision and Hearing Screening
12/7 Gifts for Family O are due to Ms. Allison
12/12 - 12/16 Climbing during PE from 1:15 pm to 2:05 pm
12/14 Pajama Day for First Grade
12/16 Fieldwork to Pacific Ocean Asian Market and Kings Land Dim Sum Restaurant 9:30 - 1:00
12/16 Bookworm Party at 3 pm - Everyone is invited.
12/19 - 1/3 Winter Break
1/13 No school for students - Professional Development Day for students
1/16 No school - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Friday, December 2, 2016

Joyous Chinese Cultural Center

Today we visited the Joyous Chinese Cultural Center. We experienced many things from the Chinese culture there. We did some paper cutting, made dumplings, used calligraphy to write some Chinese characters and did some Chinese dance/martial arts. We also ate a yummy lunch there that included the dumplings that we made. We loved meeting all of the Chinese teachers. We all learned so much. Thanks to our chaperones - they were so helpful to have on the trip today.

Arts and PE Class
Our Arts and PE class next week is Performing Arts.

To see all of the photos and a short video from today, please visit our crew photo album at the link below. Chaperones, please feel free to add any photos that you took today to the album, too. Check back again to see any new additions.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Life in Venezuela

Today, Nicholas' mom, Ms. Claudia, came and talked to us about life in Venezuela. We loved hearing all about her life there. Thank you, Ms. Claudia! We are learning about so many different countries and cultures. Ask your child to tell you all about it.

We have library tomorrow. Please help your child remember to bring back his or her books.