Writing Celebration November 2019

We all really enjoyed gathering together to celebrate with the students upon the completion of their memoirs. Throughout this unit, the students dug deep into stories from their own lives for meaning. They thought about struggles they battle again and again, reflected upon special connections and took a step closer to understanding and accepting themselves for the unique individuals they are. Here are a few pictures of parents celebrating with the students.

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November Assembly – Gratitude

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Our class had the opportunity to lead the November Gratitude Assembly during two periods on Friday, November 1st. We each had an opportunity to address the audience and practice our public speaking skills. Katelyn even played the piano to welcome the classes into the assemblies and to send them on their way.

I was impressed with the presence each child demonstrated while speaking in public. Each and every student spoke clearly, loudly and at a reasonable pace. The class is quite a group!

 

October Is about Acceptance

“Acceptance is not love. You love a person because he or she has lovable traits,

but you accept everybody just because they’re alive and human.” ~ Albert Ellis

  • Acceptance is the willingness to embrace feelings, habits, or beliefs that are different from your own.
  • Acceptance is the ability to experience or survive something unpleasant.
  • Acceptance is the willingness to tolerate a difficult or unpleasant situation.
  • We all have the human need and right to be accepted.

Book of the Month:

The Day You Begin By: Jacqueline Woodson

What is one way you can show acceptance to someone who may have differences to you?

Start with Hello Initiative

This week we will celebrate “Start with Hello” week, which is a week to remind us how important and powerful it is to get to know one another, make new friends, say hi to new people, and make people feel good if they are feeling sad or alone. Every day you can do a special activity to remember to try and include others. Whether on the school bus, in the playground or in class, it is important to make sure others feel included and welcome.Sometimes to do this, you need courage. Courage can mean a lot of things and people can act courageously in a lot of different situations.  Listen to Bernard Waber’s book, Courage. Think about what courage means to you and how you too can act courageously in every day kind of ways. Courage is also staring with Hello! Let’s try to be courageous by getting to know new people and by helping others who might need a friend.

Caring Community Member

Many of you mentioned a desire to care for the Earth. We can begin caring for the Earth by being mindful of how our everyday actions in school and at home affect the environment.

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1. Write one UNIQUE way we can be more mindful of caring for the Earth in our classroom.

2. Write one UNIQUE way we can be more mindful of caring for the Earth in our school.

3. On a slightly different topic, a school goal this year is to connect to our community (to be active citizens). List one way you can volunteer in our community sometime between now and Wednesday (9/11) to participate in September 11th’s Day of Volunteering.