Friday, October 23, 2015

Circle Letter 10/23/15

Dear Families,
         Greetings! We now call our three ring binders (brought in on the start of school) the Portfolio.  It is a place to showcase a variety of work samples from all of our units of studies.  We have begun putting work into our portfolios for we have “wrapped up” our Earth and Geography studies and are moving on to the study of the Human Body. 
         As we introduce this investigative unit we start with thinking about systems in general and the individual parts that interact together to help the system function for a specific purpose. We had fun looking at a variety of “systems” … (mostly from my kitchen drawers…!) to demonstrate this point.  Be sure to inquire further with your student.
         We are at an exciting place with our personal narrative “small moment’ writing. The class is mostly done with one draft, having gone through many steps of the writing process.  We will now put that draft to the side and begin an entirely new narrative using all the many things we learned along the way.  It might be helpful to have your child practice their “story telling” with you.  You could help them with when to add flare and emotion at just the right moments.

         Our first round of conferences began this week and it has been a pleasure to sit and connect with many of you about your child.  Although it makes for a long workday, I find it so meaningful and enjoyable to talk together. Next Tuesday we will resume conferencing.  And please note, next Friday, October 30th, we are having our grade level Fall Festival. Thank you in advance for supporting this event by volunteering or contributing an item or two on sign-up genius.  The event will be from 8:30 – 10:30. IT promises to be a nice break from the regular routine of things!