January 19, 2018

Trillium Room Jan. 31

Dear families, Jan 25, 2013
This week was our grande finale for Birds of Prey, and truly grand it was. When the kids walked in Monday, they saw their “new discovered” birds of prey proudly perching on perches in the hallway. The writing they did to accompany the project is stapled beneath their bird. The little birds they sketched last week, have been covered with real feathers (thank you so much for the donations) and should be at home by now.
The big “Ooooh” moment, however, was when Ms. Belesiotis led us in a fascinating dissection of owl pellets. We teased the kids in the morning, telling them something special was planned for the afternoon. Some kids thought we were getting ice cream; some thought we were renting a bouncy house; and one hoped ponies were being handed out. No one was disappointed when they were presented with a foil-wrapped (and disinfected) owl pellet, tweezers and a skewer. The kids found skeletons of shrews, moles, voles and birds in their pellets. It was incredibly exciting. If you are reading the paper version of this newsletter, check out the electronic one on the website (under “teacher pages”) to see a few pictures attached to this story AND check out the slideshow posted yesterday in a separate post that has about 50 pictures.
Our next unit of study is about animal tracking. This will be a 3 week unit, during which we will learn how animals leave evidence of their activitites. We will examine many artifacts and enjoying playing detective. Let us know if you have anything relevant to share with the class.
Attached to the paper copy of the newsletter is information about our upcoming valentine exchange. Bringing valentines is completely optional. If your child chooses to bring valentines, please help us by determining if they can accurately read all of their classmates names or not. The children who can read all of the names should address their valentines to specific people. The children who are not yet able to read their classmates names should just sign their own name, but NOT write who the valentine is to.

Kristin Wold About Kristin Wold

This is my 28th year teaching in Corbett. I am incredibly fortunate to have brilliant, energetic colleagues; creative, supportive administrators; and parents who over-whelmingly love partnering with the school to make the best possible opportunities for their kids. I have a great job.
Professionally, my passion is working with emergent readers. I strongly believe that our first priority in teaching reading is to get kids to love books. We need to introduce them to authors and topics they’ll love so they’ll seek out reading for pleasure.
Personally, I have been married for 30 years and have a 16-year-old daughter who attends Corbett. I enjoy traveling, hiking in the gorge, and studying Japanese.