Sarah's Weekly Update 10-3-13

posted Oct 3, 2013, 11:16 AM by Cynthia Friedman
This week we started writing lessons by focusing on how to take boring subjects and make them more exciting. On Tuesday we worked together to think of 10 words to describe socks, each more flavorful than the last. When our list was complete, we put the words
together in the form of a poem. As follow up, students were asked to try the same activity with a different subject: faces.
We also began literature circles. Small groups started meeting to choose the books they would like to read, and decide what the schedule would look like for completing each book. Next week we will begin discussing the books together.
The focus in math continues to be on understanding place value and order of operations. One group has started looking at what each operation means, so that when they see examples of each in the form of word problems, they know which operation they need to be doing.
*Bike Safety Education*
Upper el is lucky to have instructors coming in to teach our classes about bike safety. The class will begin on Monday Oct. 14, and take place Mondays through Thursdays until October 29. The whole class will be participating in the sessions. If your student has a bike helmet and/or a bike, it would be helpful for him/her to bring it on those days (the instructors will have bikes available for everyone). Please remember that weather can be all over the place this time of year, and students will need to be dressed for outside activity regardless of the weather.
If your student is a non bike rider, we will need to know that ahead of time.Please e-mail me and let me know.
Heating up food has become problematic at lunch time. With many people from all three upper el classrooms trying to heat up food, some students have been waiting more than half of their lunch time in line to use the microwave.Staff had a long discussion about how to solve this problem, and the solution we decided on was asking students to please bring lunches that don’t need to be warmed up. We do encourage the use of a thermos to keep hot foods warm on those cold winter days. This was not an easy decision to make, but it
is the most feasible option right now. Thank you for your help making this new practice work.
*Volunteers Wanted*
We are still looking for a few parents interested in helping with a session of Creative Expressions. This is a time during the school day on Fridays which we will be setting aside for students to take part in small group electives. If you have time on Friday from 12:15 until 1:15 to share your talent, please e-mail me at

Thanks for everything,
Sarah, Adriene, and room 7