- Kahli shared her new water bottle, Logan brought his guitar, Riley had a dinosaur skull model and Aiden pointed out attractions on his map.
- Tuesday, Oct. 14 Family Projects are due (or when they are completed).
- Friday Oct. 17 will see us having our photos taken.
- The group Hoja will be at BEST to present their anti-bullying message at 9am Tuesday Oct. 21. Feel free to join us in the gym.
- We will be travelling to Roderick-Haig Park Wednesday Oct. 22. Parent helpers will be needed.
- Please remember to send an extra change of clothes, a water bottle and a big lunch with your child for field trips.
- If you have not paid your school supplies fees, they are due at the office.
- Enjoy the extra day at home!
Friday Housekeeping (on Saturday)
Sorry for the late post but there are only so many hours in a day and I had used all of them up yesterday. First, THANK YOU to the wonderful parent helpers who came with us to Tranquille Farms yesterday!! We would not have been able to attend without your help. The children were great and I hope they came home tired and happy with some awesome stories about our day.
A few parents have offered to help with our trip Friday to Tranquille Farms. Meeting us at Tranquille Farms after dropping your child off at school is the best option and there is plenty of parking there. The children will be sorted into groups, depending on how many adults there are, and although we will stick together as a class, it would make things ever so much easier for me if the parent helpers would keep an eye on a group. We will move through four stations during the day, with a snack and recess break. There should also be time for the corn maze. If you are taking your child with you at the end of the day, rather than sending them back to school on the bus, please do not leave before letting me know. If you would like to join us, please notify me and we would love to have you! (Just showing up is good too.) Parent supervisors are free but children will be $5.00.
We will also need parent (grandparent/auntie/uncle etc) supervisors for our trip to the Adams River salmon run on Wednesday Oct. 22. As we will be by the water and there are sure to be many people, including other classes there as well, the more adults that can help the better. Unfortunately, there will be no room on the bus as it will be crammed with more than 60 small children so you would have to provide your own transportation. (Although if you think about it for a minute, do you really want to spend 2 hours on a bus with 60-some small, excited, loud bodies?) As of yet we do not have a firm itinerary but in general the day will be spent walking and exploring the trails and seeing the salmon (dead and alive), We look forward to having you join us!
The Kissing Hand
Kids at Play
I do believe you are the fastest group of parents to return things that I have ever had. Ever. That is a good thing, believe me.
As you know, we have a 12:30 dismissal on Wednesday and Thursday due to parent/teacher interviews. As of Wednesday at noon we will have been in school for 10.5 days and I met with you all before school started. I also see many of you once or twice a day. The children have been great and at this time I have no concerns. If that changes I will certainly contact you and set up a meeting.
Many of you have returned the interview schedule asking for a conference Wednesday or Thursday and I am not sure if that is because you have items you would like to discuss with me or if you felt obligated. If you would still like to meet with me this week I would be happy to see you, just reconfirm with me sometime Monday or Tuesday. If you felt obligated, I propose that we have a bit of an 'open house' on Wednesday and Thursday. When you pick your child up at 12:30 have them show you around our classroom and explain some of the things that are up on the walls and some of our routines. They will be thrilled to play tour guide and excited to have you at school. If you have any specific questions for me about your child at that time, please ask.
I look forward to seeing you!
Our first full week finished- and none too soon. Team Awesome was tired today, rightly so, and deserves a weekend at home after all the activities we did this week. They have been an awesome group so far and I am excited about all the fun things we are going to do this year!
There was a mountain of paper work that came home this week as I worked to get caught up and organized. I apologize. Things will slow down soon- I promise.
Meet Mrs. Unsworth
I have been teaching since.....well, to be honest, some days it feels like forever. I have never once taken on a student teacher, although I have been encouraged by many of my colleagues. They site the benefits for the teacher in training, as well as for myself. But I have felt like I lacked the knowledge, despite reassurances and evidence to the contrary, to help initiate a young impressionable newbie into my chosen profession. After all, my job changes by year, according to the needs of my class and often by the minute, according to the needs of my individual students. And the 20 small people in my care for six hours every weekday will have many more teachers and years of schooling to undo any unintentional craziness I might have instilled during their year with me, but a teacher candidate has only a very small amount of time in which to undo any unintentional craziness I might have instilled during their time with me. I have always felt inadequate and, truthfully, not up to the extra commitment.
But last spring I received a phone call and found it much more difficult to ignore than the emails and so, after taking in a huge breath and screwing my eyes tightly shut, accepted the responsibility of helping a student teacher in their final, big practicum. >Yikes!<
That being said, I have met Mrs. Unsworth a number of times and am looking forward to having her join us at BEST this year. She is confident and eager and friendly. I have no doubts that she will not only learn many things but also teach me, and Team Awesome, many things during her time with us.
Mrs. Bowden &