Alas, we are in the final week of our first semester together. What an amazing time spent building our community, exploring our curiosities, and growing as individuals. Nothing is meant to be easy but rewards come to those that work hard and that is something every child in Room 223 can be proud of this year, as I am certainly proud of each of them!
Our final week together in 2016 will be used primarily to finish up existing projects, mainly our writing piece featuring a planned plot, a thought-out setting, and interesting characters. The story’s point of view should be apparent and a theme may just be icing on the cake. We’re working through rough drafts as we piece together the different parts of this story towards a final typed draft, the masterpiece!
We’ll also be finishing up our unit on immigration by hosting two guest speakers in the classroom from the Alaska Institute for Justice (a non-profit organization that provides legal services to immigrants and refugees). One speaker, Carol Forner, will talk about general immigration challenges and Anchorage's diversity, while the other, Ms. Nyachan, whom immigrated with her family when she was young, will talk about her challenges and all of the ways she has helped her mom navigate immigration.
Last week our field trip to the Naturalization ceremony was a huge success. Although we were surprised by a different judge, we were also surprised to be addressed by Alaska’s U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan, who provided some Q&A time exclusively for our class following the ceremony. Ask your child what their thoughts are on the words that were spoken at the event!
This week in math we will work mostly in the realm of geometry, from shapes to coordinate planes, to measurements. MathWhizz will also be utilized by different students. It is very, very important that students continue ALL of their extra math practice THROUGHOUT the winter break. It is common for students to experience a decline in their testing from December to Spring as a result of a break in study habits. Let’s keep the momentum rolling, or even use the extra time to pick up steam, and keep our students on the right track by studying outside of school. This goes for reading as well! Reading journals can help with this.
Before the break comes, we will be hosting the previously mentioned pot luck on Thursday. (Avoid nuts/almonds and label any dairy/carrots). All family is invited to the room for some food, reflections, and celebrations. If you are able to bring/send a dish of your choosing, the contribution is much appreciated! We’ll be eating 12:15-1:15pm. Parent volunteers to help set up and clean up are always so so so welcomed!
Thursday is also a Read-In. Students are allowed a pillow, blanket/sleeping bag, teddy sort of animal, pajamas, and must have at least ONE chapter book.
Thank you all so much for a wonderful first semester. I am so excited and looking forward to 2017! I wish you all a very meaningful holiday break full of family and memories that will last a lifetime!