Hello Parents and Families!
The kids are making a smooth transition into our classroom. They’re quickly learning the routines and how to organize their work using Things to Do sheets. You’ll have the opportunity to learn more about our routines too at Curriculum Night! Curriculum Night is on Thursday, September 13th(that’s tomorrow!!). Karen and Chris (our Principals) will be in the Auditorium with the Specials teachers at 7pm to talk with parents, and we will be in our classroom to meet with you at 7:30pm. You’ll also have an opportunity to sign up for Conferences that night. We hope to see you there!
Our Mythology Book Projects are underway! Kids have been reading myths, and they’ll pick their mythology characters for our Wax Museum tomorrow. Please check with your child to make sure he/she is reading myths, has picked a character, and is getting their costume ready for our Wax Museum at the end of the month! At the Wax Museum, they will be dressed up and frozen like their character. They might be asked to tell museum visitors a little about their character, but they don’t need anything formal written up. We’ll give you more details about the time and date of our museum when we get closer to the end of the month.
Poet in Residence, Scott Beal
This Friday, we’ll start a program called “Author-in-Residence,” sponsored by Dzanc Books. Dzanc Books is a nonprofit organization committed to increasing literacy in Michigan's youth through this educational outreach program.
Every Friday, author Scott Beal will come into our classroom and work with our kids to further develop their writing and creative skills. Scott Beal is a poet, educator, freelance writer, and father of two Open School alums. He leads the Short Story Workshop at the Neutral Zone, teaches regular writing workshops at 826michigan, and teaches at the University of Michigan.
At the end of the year, Dzanc will publish a hard copy book edition comprising an anthologized collection of the participating students' work. Dzanc will distribute a complimentary edition of this book to every school library in the school district as well as providing each student participating in the program with a copy.
This is the fifth time our class has had the privilege to have Scott work with us, and we couldn’t be more excited. The creativity and emotion in each poem that Scott inspires kids to write is absolutely amazing. We’re really looking forward to another great year with him! Click here for a letter from Scott.
Each week, we try to give you a few little tidbits to ask your child about at home. The hope is that these blurbs might help you to prompt a conversation about what’s been happening in class lately that goes a little deeper than this classic exchange:
“So what did you do in school today?”
Ko and Jason
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