Weekly Wrap Up (December 2 – December 6)

Dear Parents,

Last week was also eventful as we prepare for our Restaurant Wars in our current Unit of Inquiry on economics.

Students have been hard at work applying for jobs, designing logos, deciding on dishes to add to the menu, and budgeting for how much everything will cost! They had to decide on dishes based on price of ingredients, popularity, ease of preparation, and expectation of profit! All of these required real-life application of economics concepts that many adults use everyday. Many students already had some prior experience with their own small businesses, which included selling used items or running a lemonade stand. They were also cooking and testing recipes, as well as asking for loans to start up their restaurants.

Designing a restaurant logo

On Friday, December 6th, a panel of restaurant experts from the Shekou community came in to share their knowledge with Grade 4. Students were divided into groups and asked questions they had prepared in advance about the logistics of running a business, with a focus on restaurants in particular. Our experts emphasized the importance of keeping the customer happy, tasting your food as you cook it, and staying clean and organized at all times! Many of our students expressed their thanks in letters delivered to our guests!

Deciding which logo to choose with Manuela (front of house expert)

Chef Martin from the Grand Hyatt Hotel

Chef Thomas from Bakerei Thomas

Just a reminder also that this Friday, December 13th, is an early dismissal day. It will also be a Spirit Day called Books N’ Cocoa. Students are encouraged to wear a cozy pair of pajamas, bring a reusable mug, and a favorite book for the event. STUCO will come around to serve hot cocoa to all the classrooms.

Grade 4 will also be having a holiday potluck this Friday. Please see the signup genius link sent by Mr. Damroth so that you know what to bring.

Thank you as always for all your support and Happy Holidays!

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