In workshops last week, we:
- explored types of energy, focusing on kinetic and potential energy. We worked in teams to build Rube Goldberg machines with at least 3 chain reaction events. We will have another opportunity to build RG machines again this week.
- explored the meaning of kindness. We created a rough-cut video with each student presenting their own "Kindness is..." This video will be shared with the hybrid middle school Kindness seminar group. We each also created an origami paper box (shout out to their perseverance and exploration skills) to use at home for appreciations, inspired by a short video of a school with a similar system. The idea is that members of the family can put in appreciations for each other throughout the week and perhaps choose a day when they will pull them out and read them to each other. We will continue this week with this idea as well as explore events we might create with our whole school community.
- learned fun, creative hand lettering innovations with Kaitlin. We experimented with different ways of adding artistic flair to our printing. We used our ideas to create appreciation cards for others. If one came home, I hope you survived the glitter attack. This week, we will use our new skills to design a print ad for our Marvelous Medicine while we listen to the end of the book (George's Marvelous Medicine).
- worked on finalizing our keychain nametags. Those who were ready started designing houses to be printed. I have started printing the keychain nametags. This week, we will look at what worked and what didn't in our designs. We will create a quality indicator checklist to use when preparing a design for printing. We will revise and reprint our nametags, as desired.
Student-Led Conferences and Family Feedback Sessions are coming up soon! If you have not already done so, please sign up.
- Friendship Day at the Park! We will meet up this Tuesday from 12-2 at Hermosa Valley Park. I hope to see you there. See the SignUp for more info.
- PEC 3 (Math Mash) is this Wednesday from 9:15-2:15 at the Hawthorne Memorial Center. This is a great opportunity for professional development and making connections with other parent educators. See the DVIA newsletter for info and keep a lookout for a PEC blast to arrive in your email Monday or Tuesday. Our K-3 Collaborative group will have our own time together in the afternoon.
- Want to chat? I have office hours available!
There are a number of events coming up near the end of the year that I want to be sure you are aware of and prepared for. This week, I will send you calendar info for our last Student-Led Conferences of the year, state testing (3rd grade and up), the Poetry Jam, the Spring Carnival/Cardboard Challenge, the Talent Show and Presentations of Learning (POLs). I will also have meetings and workshops to help parents and students prepare for testing and POLs. While this time may feel jam-packed to you, I encourage you to participate in as many of the optional activities as possible. They are wonderful learning opportunities for the kids.