Shape Review, Detailed Writing and Ashely Wolff’s Visit!

Shape Review

We are working through our fifth unit in our Bridges math program. We are reviewing what we know about shape attributes. We learned three new work place centers that let us manipulate and create shape designs following a model.

Adding Details to Our Writing

We have been doing our best to add more details to our writing this week. I have been encouraging the children to think about including details about “Who?”, “Where?” and “When? as they write. At the same time, we are working on making our sentences to highlight those details clear and easy to understand. We did some writing this week about Mercy Watson, Red Clover Books and of course Ashley Wolff books.

CARES with Amy

We worked with Amy this week to practice showing Empathy every day. We learned about recognizing other people’s feelings and appreciating differences. We talked about how everyone has feelings and it is helpful to be sensitive to how your friends might be feeling.

Author Visit — Ashley Wolff

Today, a famous author and illustrator visited our school all the way from San Francisco. She came to our school through an event sponsored by the Starksboro READ Project that supports literacy development at our school and in our community. The visit resulted from an initiative in memory of Pat Young a long-time Kindergarten teacher here at school who passed away this past summer. Ashley shared her expertise, process and books with our whole school and then spent an hour with each class K-2. What a special experience for all of us! I will post pictures of our work with her on the Shutterfly site since it hasn’t happened yet as I write this! So, be sure to check them out!

Puppet Making

We worked in the Art Room this week with Mrs. Joy to create an animal puppet of our own choosing. We did an excellent job of tracing, decorating, cutting and assembling our own creations. It was very impressive work as we have only made one other puppet using this method.

Parent Conferences

We will have Parent Meetings on 3/12 and 3/18. I am sending home confirmations to those families with multiple children at our school. I am also sending home sign up sheets to those of you with single children in our school. Can you please indicate your top three or four choices for the dates? I will send home a confirmation to all of you early next week. If you have any questions, let me know. If you have to change your time/date at any time, please let me know as soon as you can!

NO SCHOOL for children on 3/13. It is a conference comp day for teachers.

Hope you have a super weekend.

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