What a wonderful winter wonderland we had this weekend! I hope you all had fun and stayed safe playing in the nature glitter! I’m so excited winter is back! Unfortunately it looks like rain should be here to take it away by Wednesday.
Speaking of Wednesday, for most of you, that is when Parent Teacher Conferences begin. The deadline to schedule online is Tuesday by the end of the school day after which time you may schedule through the office. As previously mentioned, if the available times do not work for you, please contact me so we may arrange a schedule that works for both of us!
Due to conferences, this Wednesday and Thursday students are dismissed from school at 12:30pm. Friday is an in-service day so there is no school for students. It’s also Red Ribbon Week and a spirit week: Monday is PJ Day, Tuesday is dress like Mr. Eddie Day, Wednesday is Superhero Day, and Thursday is Wear Red Day for Red Ribbon Week.
Although there are no classes on Friday, Denali Montessori is hosting a fall carnival that evening. The spooky and fun-filled annual fundraiser put on by our PTSA includes food trucks, carnival games, door prizes and costumes for all! Our class is hosting a fishing-for-prizes booth and will need students to volunteer for 30 minute time slots. The carnival is 6:30 – 8pm.
In class this week, due to the short days, we won’t be doing spelling, skyscrapers, new grammar lessons, or map of the week. However, we will be starting a new weekly reading comprehension work called “graphic organizers”. These worksheets practice isolating important parts of text and organizing them in a visual manner helpful to the reader. We’ll also begin a “map of the month” that students will be working on over the course of the quarter. Additionally, we’ll have some computer lab time, explore the different elements of a story, begin doing morning writing prompts, and continue studying salmon in science.
Ah yes, salmon in science…next Tuesday, November 1st, we will be dissecting pink salmon in the afternoon. A retired ADF&G salmon biologist, Greg Molyneaux, will be leading the dissection, but we’d really love a few parents to volunteer to help with the preparation, safe dissection, and clean-up. Let me know at conferences or by email if you can be part of this awesome exploration!
One last thing: Thursday we are going to do a classroom read-in all morning. This is a time for students to read simply for the pleasure of reading. Students may bring a pillow and blanket/sleeping bag, a stuffed animal, a cup/mug for caffeine-free tea, and at least one at-level chapter book. Graphic novels will only be allowed for 30 minutes. At the end of the morning students will note in their reading journal different elements of their story (plot, setting, etc.). There is a book fair at school this week if you’re looking for new reading material.
I am excited to see you all this week to celebrate success and set goals for progress! Keeping in mind we only have 20 minutes maximum per conference, if you have any major concerns we can always schedule an additional meeting for a later time.