This week we are absorbing lessons from our community! Making these connections possible are a field trip to the Mayor’s Office on Monday, Assembly member Patrick Flynn as a guest speaker on Tuesday, and a field trip to go ice fishing at Jewell Lake on Friday. A huge thanks to those that were able to volunteer as chaperones and drivers! I truly believe that the best lessons learned are those rooted and supported in real life experiences and examples, and opportunities like these make that possible!
In the classroom this week, in addition to looking at different parts of our local government, we will be exploring watersheds in STEM, the mood of verbs in Language (indicative, imperative, subjunctive verbs), our type of government research project I writing, and weekly choices in reading (in addition to gearing up for a novel study). In math we will continue our way through concepts from long division to ratios to geometry.
Looking ahead, Wednesdays have become our “spirit day” at school. This Wednesday is wear your favorite jersey day, followed by dress like a P.E. teacher day next week. These are fun ways to show unity, commonality, and pride in our local community at Denali.
Parent teacher conferences are right around the corner, the week of February 20, and I am eager to discuss the progress of your children and hear more about how things are going on your side of their education. This is a time to celebrate achievements and reflect upon goals and progress. If you have any concerns or a desire to talk in length, you are always welcome to schedule an additional and/or separate time for before or after school. Of course, invitations always stand for any families to visit the classroom while we are learning if you would like to see us in action!
For information on parent teacher conferences go online to http://www.asdk12.org/parents/conferences/ . To locate a good time for you, make sure you select “mix” for grade of student. I have made my schedule available Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, as well as Thursday morning. If you feel that you cannot make it for these times, please contact me so we can try to arrange something that will work for both of us, even if it is the week before or after. Students are invited and highly encouraged to be part of this meeting, though it is not necessary depending on your own personal preferences and availability.
Valentine’s Day is also coming up, next Tuesday, the 14th. As such, we will celebrate together in our class after library, beginning at 2:05pm. The celebration will include mail exchanges and snacks. If your child brings Valentine’s cards to share, please use the attached list of names to ensure no one is left out. Snacks will be allowed this day, and although I always ask families strive to offer healthy snacks to the class, this day of sugar shall be an exception. Please keep in mind though nothing should have peanuts and anything with dairy or carrots should be clearly marked before leaving your possession.
I hope you all have a great week! As always, call/text/email/stop by with any questions, concerns, or causes for celebration!