You already know that SLCs are some of my favorite parts of the school year. Now that you have attended one, I’m sure you understand why. It is so incredible to be in the presence of young scholars who are taking ownership of their learning, are poised and well-spoken and who organize and present their accomplishments so clearly. I feel newly inspired at the end of each conference.
An important housekeeping detail…For some families, the DVIA dress code has fallen off the radar and students have been coming to campus in other types of clothing. Please remember that when your child is on-campus, we ask that they dress in accordance with the dress code (see page 27 of the handbook). In a nutshell: polo shirt/dress or DVIA t-shirt, closed-toe shoes and school-appropriate pants/shorts/skirt. The exception is FAN social events. Thanks!
The Los Angeles Project
As you know, the project has morphed into the creation of stop motion animation videos based on the Ice Age period and the La Brea Tar Pits. I want to send a big THANK YOU to Dan Racusin, Arthur’s dad and our guest teacher for the past two weeks. In addition to helping the kids learn about animation, in general, he supported them in creating their clay puppets, learning about storyboarding and creating animated stories where they were the actors. These animated videos will be shown at the 2nd Film Festival on Saturday, Nov. 5th. A side note: I’ve taken down the kids’ work that was on the wall. Please pick up yours the next time you are on campus.
DVIA Film Festival #2: Kid Made Movies
Our fabulous FAN film fest crew, led by the intrepid Jennifer Racusin has organized another great event on Saturday, Nov. 5th, where student-created films will be screened (including those made in our LA Project workshop with Dan). There are four workshop opportunities leading up to the event that will be wonderful learning opportunities for kids. Spaces in the workshops are limited, so please sign-up as soon as you can. See the October 14th post for all the details.
Parent Educator Conference 2 (PEC 2)
Hold the date! Weds., Nov. 2nd, 9:15-2:15 at the Hawthorne Memorial Center. The focus will be on Language Arts. Don’t miss it. More details coming soon.
Exhibition is coming up. Monday, Nov. 14th and Tuesday, Nov. 15th.
- Information was distributed in a meeting last month, via email and is available on the Resources tab of our DP. Here are a few reminders:
- All students are expected to participate. Sign up for either Monday or Tuesday.
- Students and families are present for the entire evening.
- Students will be given space to display their project work…street fair style.
- Please email me (or give me a hard copy) your child’s Exhibition Proposal on or before November 4th. Ethel and I need this information in order to organize the event to best showcase student work and meet student needs. We really need this lead time.
- Students will have 30 minutes to share their work with visitors (I will send out a schedule). For the remaining hour, they will:
- Spend some time with visitors at the Los Angeles Project display, if they were part of the project.
- Visit other exhibits in the Collaborative and the Hybrid. Some families attend both nights, in order to have enough time to see everything.
- There are Exhibition dress expectations. Please keep your costs to a minimum. Share items with other families, utilize a hand-me-down system, visit thrift stores. We want students to feel the part of being presenters but don’t want to break the bank to do it. The tone is serious work, not “cute.”
- You are sure to have questions. Just let me know how I can help.
The Hour of Code
I have registered our class to participate (for the 3rd year) in the annual Hour of Code event during the week of December 5th. The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code", to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts. Check it out at https://hourofcode.com/us. This grassroots campaign is supported by over 400 partners and 200,000 educators worldwide. I would love to expand on what we have done in the past to include events for students and for parents. If you are interested in helping to plan how we will participate, please let me know.
Not attending one of our Global Read Aloud classes but interested in what is happening? Here is the scoop (GRA fams…you have already seen this)…
- Lauren Castillo (author study): We readThe Troublemaker. We focused on:
- Finding clues in the illustrations that told us more about the story
- Making predictions based on the text and the illustrations
- Noticing the feelings of the characters
- Noticing that what we do influences how people respond to us
- Thinking about why a character might “make trouble”
- Thinking about how calling someone a troublemaker (or another label) doesn’t leave room for them to act in a different way/change their behavior (fixed mindset vs. growth mindset).
- This is a wonderful book! I just always try to push back on things I notice in kids’ books that don’t support what we work toward as a community (like not labeling people).
- The BFG by Roald Dahl:
- We explored the BFG’s vocabulary.
- We worked with partners to find evidence in 2 excerpts from the text that showed why Sophie felt the way she did about the BFG. We looked at assumptions, appearance and personality, matching up some stereotypes and discussing them with a partner.
- Individually, we started creating a character whose appearance and personality do not fit stereotypes.
- We were interrupted by an unexpected fire drill because a technician was working on the alarm at DV Science. The kids did a great job following instructions.
- Ongoing…keep noticing similes, understanding giant language and making predictions as you read at home.