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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Mission Statement

We finally completed our work on interpreting our school mission statement and putting it into our own words. We had some wonderful discussions about all of the topics involved. It is a bit long but the crew really wanted to include all of those items. We were able to condense a couple of ideas into one statement. You can see our final statement below along with some other signs and charts that are around our room.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Gift of Reading

Micheal and his family recently gave our crew a very nice gift of some books and stuffed animals. They gave us a Corduroy book and stuffed bear and a Paddington book and stuffed bear. We are already enjoying them and love having more book friends to read to in our classroom library. Thank you, Michael and family!

Connor loves Curious George books. He and his family gave our crew a new Curious George book to add to our collection. We do love to read! Thanks Connor and family!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Gallery Walk

We started our new case study for our We Are Family Expedition. We will now be taking a deeper look at families in another culture (along with continuing to learn about the families in our own crew). Because we have so many great resources in the Denver Metro area that go along with our study, we chose to take a close look at families in China. We will compare how those families live to how we live to find similarities and differences. It will be very interesting! We began our study with a Gallery Walk and took a look at some artifacts from China. There were so many interesting items to see. Check out the photos below for more.

Important Dates
10/31 Halloween Costume Parade and Breakfast
11/8 No School - Professional Development for Teachers
11/14 - 11/18 Book Fair
11/16 - 11/17 Student-Led conferences for 1st grade
11/17 Thanksgiving Feast - our lunch time will be 10:45 - 11:10 followed by lunch recess
11/23 - 11/25 Thanksgiving Break
12/19 - 1/3 Winter Break  

Friday, October 21, 2016

River's Family

River brought his family to school today and shared a little bit about their family culture. River and his little brother were both adopted in South Korea. We learned so much about River and Korea today. River can speak Korean. We learned where Korea is, what the Korean flag looks like, how to say a couple of Korean words, what the written language looks like (we even wrote some ourselves) and tried some tasty treats. What a wonderful presentation! Thank you River and family!

Remember, we would love to hear about the culture of your family, too. If you are willing to come in and share a little bit about it with us, be sure to let me know.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Guest Speaker on the Culture of Puerto Rico

Today we had a guest speaker come and talk to us about the culture of Puerto Rico. It was the mom of a student in Ms. Mary Beth's crew. She had lots of pictures and interesting facts to share with us. We were all fascinated. Ask your child to tell you all about it.

We have library tomorrow. Please help your child remember to bring back any library books that may be lurking in your home.