We have been counting down the sleeps until we go skating and most of the kids are excited but some are a bit anxious because they don't know how to skate. We will discuss all the things we can't do when we start kindergarten and how well we do them now because of all the practicing we have done and how its the same with skating. I will remind the kids to bring their helmets and skates, snowpants and mittens (but not hockey sticks) and that there are a few pairs of skates available if they don't have any. Unfortunately the school does not have extra helmets and the children must bring their own. I will have the kids put their skates into their backpacks to travel on the bus because they must be in a bag. We should be at the MacArthur Park arena about 10ish if you are coming to join us (yay!). We will be assigned a changing room where we will put on our skates and leave our things. Our ice time starts at 10:15. The children will be encouraged to stay on the ice as long as possible as there is nothing for them to do once they are finished. They may sit on the bench and wait for us (11:15ish) but they may not run around or go on the bleachers. I will not be on skates as it is difficult to help the children with them on but please, if you are a skater, by all means bring your skates and helmet. Looking forward to seeing you at the arena!
All this bizarrely warm and unseasonal weather have you slightly unsettled? Beginning to worry about drought and forest fires this summer? Me too. Which led me to an alarming major climate report about global warming and what we have to do to slow it down- an easy, interesting, frightening read. A magazine intro states,
A landmark report from the United Nations’ scientific panel on climate change paints a far more dire picture of the immediate consequences of climate change than previously thought and says that avoiding the damage requires transforming the world economy at a speed and scale that has “no documented historic precedent.”
The report, issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a group of scientists convened by the United Nations to guide world leaders, describes a world of worsening food shortages and wildfires, and a mass die-off of coral reefs as soon as 2040 — a period well within the lifetime of much of the global population.
An article from the New York Times about children and chores:
Miss Dowler will be joining us for the next ten weeks- from January through to Spring break. She will be completing her final teaching practicum at BEST before receiving her Bachelor of Education later in the spring and going on to teach in her own classroom. As this is her final practicum, Miss Dowler will gradually increase her teaching load until she is eventually responsible for the delivery of 100% of our curriculum for a short time just before March holidays. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to address them to Miss Dowler or myself during this time period. Team Awesome will be excited to see her on Monday!
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