Dear families, Sept. 22, 2011
We read a lot of Karma Wilson books this week and the kids are really getting a feel for her as an author. Most of the kids have a favorite Karma Wilson book, so please ask your child about it. We found out from one of our super-sleuth moms that Karma Wilson is coming to the Portland area later this fall. Check out this link:
to find out how you can meet Karma Wilson in person on October 15th at Powell’s in Beaverton.
We’ve had a bit of spider drama this week as Felicity got fed up with us and escaped twice. We don’t know where she is right now, but we wish her the best as she leads an independent life. A few kids brought in replacement spiders, but the most gruesome…pardon me…impressive of all was Steve. Steve lived in the Leith-Ross garage previously and is now creeping out the teachers with her new home in her pool. We’re trying to rename her Stephanie since she’s most likely a female, but honestly, Steve is more fitting.
The “Red Dot Writers” began their Writers’ Workshop this week. Writers’ Workshop is when each child gets out their own writing portfolio and works on projects of their own choosing. We are learning how to be self-sufficient by collecting our own supplies, replenishing our own paper and writing “with bravery.” These young authors are showing great enthusiasm for their writing projects and making some courageous efforts at writing difficult words.
The “Blue Dot Writers” are working on personal narratives. They are using inspiration from books they read to inspire their stories. They are also learning to narrow the focus of their writing so it’s manageable. We call this making a “small moment”.
Next week, we begin a super fun area of study: The Chinook People, who were one of the original inhabitants of this area. We will be assuming a Chinook identity and creating homes and canoes that we can play with. Attached to this newsletter is a letter asking you to help us gather supplies for these activities. We are also asking for some extra parent helpers on the day we make our longhouses. October 3rd is construction day and if you’re available at 1:15 on that day to help manage glue-guns and piles of supplies, we would love your help. Please email if you can join us on that day.
Does anyone have a supply of random buttons you could donate to our class? We are working on sorting.