On Tuesday and Friday, please wear blue. As a school community, we are going to show our support for Autism Awareness and our monthly assembly, Respect! This is a great time to show respect for others and others diagnosed with Autism.
What else can you do? Please visit Mrs. McBride’s website for further details – Blue for Autism.
March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD.) “It is a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. Down Syndrome International (DSI) encourages friends all over the world to raise awareness of what Down Syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down Syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities.”
Rock Your Socks tomorrow March 21st to show your support. Visit Mrs. McBride’s website for more information.
What is the message behind this film? What do you think the “author” wants you to know or feel? Add a comment below. Be prepared to discuss your thinking in class.
Kids love sports and it seems they spend most of their afternoons and weekends involved in some type of athletic event. Additionally, being a New Yorker, basketball is serious business. This makes March Madness the perfect event to merge the students’ love of basketball and their love of amazing books.
WHO IS ABLE TO VOTE?
As part of the voting, any 5th grade student is allowed to participate in the book tournament. Students are only allowed to vote if they’ve read the two books facing off. So, scavenge through your classroom library, go to the school or town library, or order from your favorite book store the titles in the tournament.
WHEN DO YOU START YOUR TOURNAMENT?
Now that the bracket is up, read can begin. We will follow the NCAA tournaments dates. We’ll vote for our Elite 8 on March 29th (as the Elite 8 Games are taking place on March 28th – 31st), then the Final 4 on April 6th, and the Championship game (vote) will be on April 8th. A Google Survey will be set up so students can easily vote online.
In addition to voting for the best books of our school year, students will also fill out their own bracket predicting the winners. For every correct answer, students will receive a point. The 3 students with the most points will receive a free book from our next Scholastic order! We’ll fill out our brackets with the start of the tournament this Friday! (Check Back for the Bracket Information)