April 20

Thanks once again to all of you who accompanied us on our field trip today. We got lucky with nice, cool weather. When we returned from the trip we watched a slide show of pictures I had taken at the temple and the children’s insights were remarkable. They described it as a place that felt safe, comfortable, peaceful and calm. They understand it was built by fisherman to bring them blessings and protection. They could explain it meets the needs of people in our culture who want a place to pray (or ‘make wishes’) for their wants and needs.

On Monday, you will see yet again another permission slip come home. This slip will cover two field trips that we will take the first week in May to Ole Grocery Store and the Wet Market. The children will discover how where they live (near the sea) is reflected in what is sold at the wet market (produce and fish) as opposed to the imported goods at Ole. They will also purchase items and compare the price of local and imported goods.

We wrapped up our study of measurement in math this week. We are now embarking on a geometry unit. In writing workshop, we are continuing to focus on writing opinions, but now we are reviewing restaurants and eating establishments. In reading workshop, we are preparing to make audio recordings of our favorite books for the school library. The children are working on developing their fluency, expression and timing when reading aloud.

Next week, we will also celebrate and learn about Earth Day.

Monday, April 23- our visiting author, Helaine Becker will present to the students. *The students will also have swimming in PE class. Please remember to send swim gear!

Tuesday, April 24- Library day! Learning Comes Alive in Chinese class, 1:25pm.

Wednesday, April 25- the 9th graders will come to teach us a nutrition lesson, we go to the literacy lounge to meet our book buddies at 11:00

Thursday, April 26- vision screening, swimming in PE!

Friday, April 27- Talent show at 1:00. We are currently slotted for swimming but Mr. Elliott is looking for a date to reschedule. We will keep you posted.

Wear blue and green for Earth Day.


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