Wow! The end of the year is really zooming towards us…which makes me both sad and relieved. Sad because I love these kids and wish I had more time with them. I will miss ‘em! And relieved because there’s the opportunity for more than six hours of sleep a night within reach. We do have LOTS to do before then though…
DIBELs (reading) testing: the week after Memorial Day. All I can say is, I hope they sleep and eat right.
Music Program May 28th @2:30 pm: you absolutely must hear “Don Gato” sung by first and second graders. There’s no experience like it. And there are dinosaurs.
Family Picnic on May 29th from 11:15-12 pm (for us): bring your lunch or buy school lunch and eat our delicious hamburgers, grilled by Nutrition Services.
It’s going to be so much fun! Thankfully we’re done with MAP testing (for better or worse) and can have a fairly normal week of learning. Please also remember that this Friday is a half-day because of state budget cuts, also known as a “furlough” day.
Sunshine and blue skies!
As always, I followed conferences with a lot of family time in celebration of Thanksgiving. Usually I’m dead tired but this year, I found myself with enough energy to not only help with dinner but to want to send thank you notes to each family that met with me. I’m not sure that will actually happen… but I hope I conveyed a little piece of that gratitude to my students and parents. I am SO grateful for their kindness, patience and willingness to work hard. I was amazed by the hard-working parents who are so concerned for their child’s education that they will come home and spend hours on homework, reading together, and making sure their children are involved in things that help develop their brains and bodies. David Ogden Stiers said that “Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.” And that’s exactly what we are building together this year – a family of happy, healthy, smart, responsible children – and why I feel so very blessed to be their teacher.
Today we read “All About Families” by Mary Ann Hoberman. It’s a silly way to affirm that families exist all around us and may not always look exactly the same. The kids were laughing to think that silverware (a fork, spoon, and knife) could be a family. It gave us the opportunity to talk about the idea that families are people who love and help each other. As students filled out their learning logs about families, I couldn’t help but chuckle. Somehow the idea that “carrots could be a family – living in a refrigerator drawer” was more exciting to write about than some of the more applicable ideas presented in the story. While we giggled our way through the book, I did see a few aha moments when kids realized that when they were born, they made their dad a “daddy” and their mom a “mommy.” I’m grateful that Sam made me “auntie” and that I”m soon to be an aunt again!
Love and giggles,