October 20, 2017

Trillium Room Sept. 6

For some reason, week 2 always seems more exhausting than week 1. Maybe it’s because we’ve used up that initial burst of adrenaline, or perhaps it’s because we aren’t teaching routines as much, but getting into “real” work.
Our “real” work this week included the kick-off of our unit on the geology of the Columbia River Gorge. As we were strolling around the school property Tuesday, we were astounded to see signs directing us to DIG HERE. Obediently, we began digging and discovered lovely jewels awaiting our arrival. This led to a discussion of geologists and how they look inside the earth to discover interesting things (and how they aren’t so fortunate to see signs telling them where to dig). We also began reading the book Terra Tempo, which tells about children who time travel back to the time when the Columbia River Gorge was formed. This will be a 6 week unit full of great information about the end of the ice age.
Guided Reading and Letterland are in full swing. Letterland is where children learn how to identify letters and their sounds and how to combine them into words. The kids who are not in Letterland are doing Guided Reading. If your child is new to Guided Reading, they are bringing home a separate sheet describing the program.
Writing groups also began this week. The children selected the names Super Writers, Star Writers and Gutsy Writers. The Super Writers are learning how to be the bosses of their own writing time and how to stay on-task and productive. The Star Writers and Gutsy Writers are learning about how to write narratives that are “small moments.” Your child should be able to tell you which group they are in.
We are all so thankful that our administration continues to stress safety and security. We appreciate all of your help in maintaining protocol that ensures every child is supervised at every moment. One way that you can actively support this important goal is by volunteering once a month for crossing guard duty. See this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4DACA822A3FE3-crossing
for more information on how you can contribute to our safe and secure campus.
Conferences are coming up! Sign-ups began at Back-to-School night Wednesday. Please stop by the classroom any time to choose a time-slot that works for you. Our sign-up pages are on the long counter in our classroom. A week before conferences, we will assign time-slots to anyone who has not already chosen one. Alternately, you are welcome to call or email to ask about which slots are still open.
If you haven’t signed up to receive our newsletters automatically, make sure you check the “Teacher Pages” portion of the district website this weekend. We’ll be posting lots of pictures of your adorable children Friday night.

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.