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March Happenings

March 06, 2018
By Kate Goodwin
It's hard to believe March is already upon us! Please read on for classroom updates:
  • Father's Morning: Dads or Special Friends, we are excited to welcome you to our classroom next Thursday and Friday for a morning with your child! You will be spending two hours exploring the classroom and experiencing a morning in the life of your child. At some point during the morning you will be asked to collaborate with your child about your profession in a brief interview.   Please be sure that all dads or special friends have signed up on our Google Sign Up Sheet.
  • Field Trip: As a part of our current study of Rocks and Minerals, we have scheduled a visit to The Delaware County Institute of Science (DCIS) Museum on Thursday, March 15th. This small, free museum is located in downtown Media. We will be taking the Walden School bus at 9:00am and returning to school before 11:30am. We will be sending home a Permission Slip today, Thursday, March 1st in the Communication Envelope. Please fill out, sign and return this form by Monday March 5th.
  • Chaperones: We will be asking for 6 Chaperones. Please keep in mind that you must have your Childcare Clearances in order to attend as a chaperone. If you have these complete and are interested and available on this date, please let us know by responding to this email. We will get back to you. If it doesn't work for you to join us this time, there will be other trip opportunities this Spring. 
  • Report Cards: Report Cards will be sent home next Friday March 9th. We will be using binders to prepare report cards this Friday and the following Friday is Father's Morning so binders will not be sent home for two weeks. Look for your child's White Report Card envelope on Friday March 9th. Please remove the report card and sign and return the white envelope on Monday, March 12th.
  • Homework:
     Over the course of the year, students have been introduced to reading skills for deeper thinking during Reading Workshop, such as predictions, connections, identifying character traits, evidence for character traits, asking questions/wonderings, etc. We have practiced writing "Stop & Jots," or Post Its, in-class, where the students "record" their thoughts on a post-it note. Our hope is to transition into making this a habit at home each time they read. Starting Monday, March 5th, the homework expectation will change.  
    1st Grade students will now be expected to read at least 20 minutes a night and write one post it note. 2nd Grade students will now be expected to read at least 30 minutes per night and write two post it notes. 
    Several materials will be sent home in the Homework folder next Monday to further explain the expectations for Stop & Jots. We look forward to encouraging our Readers to develop and integrate these deeper thinking skills.
  • Blog:  Take a moment to reflect upon the past month on our recent Photo Album: February 2018.  This February Photo Album includes:
    • Our Mae Jemison Classroom project
    • Photos from the African American History Month Presentations Grades 1-8
    • Weather Report Presentations
    • Pajama Day Reading with Grades 7-8
    • Valentine's Day Exchange
    • Layers of the Earth Fun Friday Activities
  • Bid Sip & Celebrate: Just a heads up that Bid, Sip and Celebrate is scheduled for Saturday, April 21st at 7pm. Save the date! More information to come! Hope to see you there!
That's all for now. Let us know if you have any questions or concerns in the upcoming weeks!
Kate, Donna and Eve

January Wrap Up/ Coming Attractions

January 29, 2018
By Ninette Paffett Lugassy

Dear Families,

As many of you know, students have been busily working on the beginning stages of several large projects. Please visit our class blog detailing our important updates.


Ninette & Faith

February Happenings

January 29, 2018
By Kate Goodwin

Hello Families-

Greetings from Room 203! The students are finally settling back into the routines of school after a long winter break and early January snow interruptions. Please read on! We are excited to announce and share a few upcoming events in the month of February. 

February is Black History Month: We are excited to be a part of a cross-grade study from 1st through 8th grade on noteworthy African Americans from our nation's past. Our class will be highlighting the life of a female scientist, Mae Jemison, the first African American woman to travel into space. Throughout the month we will be reading about her life, her challenges and accomplishments. We will also identify positive character traits that she embodied throughout her life as we begin to delve into character studies in Reading. By the end of February, the students will take time to learn from the other classrooms about other important African Americans in our country's history.

German: We are delighted to continue to welcome Kate Raue to our classroom to share German stories and lead foreign language activities in German with our class. We are looking forward to these Friday lessons on 1/26, 2/9 and 2/23. Thank you for sharing your time with us, Kate!

Weather Report Celebration: Throughout the month of January, the students have studied Weather. Each student chose a topic of interest to research in small groups of 2 or 3. From their notes and research, students are working to write, plan and present a "skit" modeling a Weather Report. We are planning to present and hold this event on Friday, February 9th at 1pm. Parents and guardians are invited from 1pm-2pm to support our future Meteorologists and News Reporters! (Stay posted for more information regarding props/costumes!)

Pajama Day: Our school wide Pajama Day will (also) take place on Friday, February 9th. Students are invited to wear their favorite pajamas to school. The Student Council will be offering Breakfast for Lunch for $5.00 which includes French Toast Sticks and Fruit Salad. The order form will be coming home today in Communication Envelopes.

Half Day Chinese New Year Celebration: Friday, February 16th will be a Half Day dismissal at 12pm. The students in grades 1-8 will be attending a presentation compliments of Mindy Magee, mother of Megan and Sean about the celebration of Chinese New Year. After the presentation, the students will split into their Student Learning Community (SLC) groups for further Chinese New Year activities.

Homework: Please continue to encourage and support your child in their homework routines. The January expectations for reading at home have been increased to 15 minutes per night for First Graders and at least 20 minutes per night for 2nd Graders as stated on the Homework Logs. In Math, the students are still required to complete 5 pages or 10/15 minutes of math per night. If the students establish a daily math routine, it will be consistent with their independent math learning in class.

Blog: Check out our recent photo album, "2017 Endings & 2018 Beginnings." Pictures include Snowman Making in December, our "Dreams for the World" bulletin board in honor of MLK Day, the storyboard for the German story "Klingelingeling", a Fun Friday lesson and experiment about The Water Cycle, and Jamie Anderson's Watershed model presentation about the importance of pollution awareness and the runoff of water in our communities.

Father's Mornings: Father's Mornings are quickly approaching on March 12th and 13th. Please mark these dates on your calendar. Google Sign ups will be sent out in a few weeks. Stay posted!

Spring Conferences: The Elementary and Middle school decision has been made that we will be implementing Student-Led Conferences for the upcoming conference. This unique conferencing experience provides the opportunity for our students to reflect upon and share their school experience with you in an intimate conversational setting. We will be providing more information at a later time, but we wanted to inform you of this elementary and middle wide decision. We are looking forward to cultivating this unique conversation time for you and your child. 

Please, if you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to contact us. Thank you for your continued support in our special Walden classroom community. We look forward to what February will bring!


Kate, Donna and Eve

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