Thanks to everyone who was able to come to our class photo session last week! I know that it can be hard to juggle schedules and I was so pleasantly surprised by how many of you made it. With the changes in play for picture day, our workshops got a little wonky but I’m sure we will be back on track tomorrow. We will spend most of the morning in the makerspace, working on our planets and creatures (count on messiness every week😊 at this point).
You will notice events scheduled on two days during the week of Nov. 6th but we don’t have workshops on that Friday (for Veterans’ Day). So, I’m hoping that makes it more do-able for those interested in attending on both days.
Halloween Fun! – Tuesday, Oct. 31st, 10:00am-1:00pm
Join the whole Adventurer crew for some Halloween fun! We will have crafts and games (you are invited to bring something fun for everyone to do) in the Innovation Station and then move on to Hollyglen Park for lunch and play (for those interested). This is a whole family event, not drop-off.
Apologies to those who preferred the afternoon! A substantially larger group was available in the morning. Remember you can always send out a call for help if you have some logistical challenges. Another parent might be able to help.
Please note: For staff-sponsored celebrations, we do not include candy, sweets, etc. If you would like to contribute something to make the day enjoyable, please consider offering a craft or game, instead of treats. This helps us to ensure the most inclusive experience possible for all kids. Thanks in advance.
November Office Hours are available!
You are welcome to avail yourself of office hours as much or as little as you like. I am here for you! Let me know if you need an alternate date/time.
November Home Visits are available!
I love to visit, but please know that home visits are not mandatory.
NWEA MAPs Assessments
The MAPs assessments in reading and math are one of the ways DVIA measures and tracks student learning and academic skill growth. They are computer-based, dynamic test that adjust the questions being asked based on the student’s answers to previous questions. Kindergarten through 2nd grade students take the MAPs for Primary Grades assessment, which has auditory guidance, so that the skills of emergent/early readers are appropriately measured. I’ve attached an informative letter that I have used I previous years, for more info.
I recommend that all first and second grade students take both the reading and math Primary Grades assessment. Typically, each takes up to about an hour because we take breaks during the test. It is best to schedule two testing appointments, unless you just can’t. If you would like your kindergarten student to participate, they are welcome to do so. Please let me know if you would like them to do a briefer benchmark assessment or the full Primary Grades assessment. If you have any questions, let me know.
Parent Workshop on Projects and Exhibition – Monday, Nov. 6th, 10-11am
As part of the Collaborative program, all students are expected to complete a developmentally-appropriate project/in-depth study of a topic in which they are interested each semester. Many students complete more.
Exhibition (on Dec. 14th and 15th) is the opportunity for students to share their projects with the community at-large.
Need more info about projects and Exhibition? This presentation is for you! You can also find Exhibition info I posted last year on the resources page of our digital portfolio. A supervised learning activity will be provided for Adventurers (and DVIA-age siblings) during this workshop.
Using Reading A-Z – Monday, Nov. 6th, 11am-noon
Looking for a solid, easy-to-use resource for foundational reading skills? Reading A-Z, one of the resources available to all of you, is chock-full of helpful resources, tools, tips, and lessons to support your reading. We will spend this hour exploring this resource and I will offer strategies for incorporating it into your homeschool plan. Time will be built in for you to use some of the tools with your child, while I am available to support you.
This workshop follows the Projects and Exhibition Workshop. Students will be with you, not in a separate activity.
Handwashing Lab and Viral Art – Tuesday, Nov. 7th, 9:30-11am
Students will join Cheryl Elliston (nurse and DVIA parent) for a 30-minute experience learning about germs and germ transmission, including an awesome handwashing lab. She has done this with several other classes and they loved it!
Following the lab, students will create unique art pieces, inspired by high-resolution imagery of viruses.
Families are welcome to participate but drop-off is fine.
Parent Night Out for Learning and Sharing – Monday, Nov. 13th, 5:30-7:30pm
Come to enjoy an adult evening with other Adventurer families, as we eat dinner and explore...
- the common emotional, social, physical, and cognitive characteristics of Adventurer-age children
- snapshots of reading, writing and math learning targets for Adventurers
- cool resources that you are using at home that could be of interest to others (please bring one or more resource, tool, game, etc. to share with the group)
Please bring a food dish to share.
5:30 Everyone arrives, fills plates and gets kids settled into care (with their food)
5:45 Exploring the common characteristics
6:25 Learning target snapshots
7:05 Sharing cool tools
7:30 Clean up and head home
Simple Assessment Strategies to Use at Home – Monday, October 27th, 6:15-7:45pm
…aka: coffee and dessert with friends… Join me for coffee and dessert as we discuss some easy methods to use at home to assess your child's learning and growth. You will leave with resources to use right away.
I'll bring coffee and tea. Please bring a dessert to share, if you have the bandwidth to do so.
This is intended to be an adult meeting, to get you out of the house child-free for a little while to be with friends and add to your toolbox. However, if you need to bring your kids, we will all understand.
If you have questions about anything in this note, please let me know!