Wednesday, November 16, 2016

November Update

Hello Families!

We're moving at a good clip right through November. We had a really exciting week last week, and Thanksgiving is closing in on us soon. Here are a few updates.

Pre-Thanksgiving: Last Thursday was our own little preparation day for Thanksgiving. During lunch, there was a bean tasting event in the cafeteria. The winning recipe, provided by Ms. Laura Coroi, was a Mediterranean bean recipe. Kiddos can taste it all this week as part of the bento lunch option. After lunch we hiked ourselves out to the garden and harvested kale, then to the courtyard to get some apples. We brought them back to class, washed them, and then made kale-apple juice with my juicer. It was a huge hit! Finally, later in the afternoon, we were invited to Ms. Frame's room for a Literary Book Tasting. Afterwards, the descriptor "EPIC!" was thrown out quite aptly. Thanks, Ms. Frame!

Conferences: Conferences went great! Thank you for making the time to come in and chat with me about your third grader. I have a big list of things to get started and look into, I'll be getting on those issues right away. Thank you for your patience!

Because of Winn-Dixie: We will be watching the movie version of Because of Winn-Dixie next week. Some of the questions we'll be asking: What are some of the major changes between the book and the movie? Why do you think they cut some things out of the book? Why do you think the director added the role of the bumbling sheriff into the movie? Does India Opal change the same way from the beginning of the story to the end of the story in book and movie? Does Opal grow as a character in believable ways like in the book? Try some of these questions out on your Media Master over Thanksgiving vacation!

Writing Prompt: We did our first in-class writing prompt for Personal Narratives this week. I've gone through a little over half of them so far, and I'm very impressed! Our young authors have been using the strategies we've been learning over the last months to pull together very interesting, succinct, and often funny Personal Narratives.

Volunteers: Our classroom volunteer coordinators, Tiffany Marianski and Cam Shannon, were at YES yesterday helping me plan volunteer activities for the coming months. If you filled out a volunteer preference sheet, expect to hear from them soon. If you would like to volunteer, please send them an email, I will be sending out their email addresses over email soon. (Sorry for the prolific use of the word "email" in that last sentence!)

That's about it for now. Hard to believe we're almost into December already!

Take care,

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