Sarah's Weekly Update 12-2-11

posted Dec 2, 2011, 12:31 PM by Cynthia Friedman
Academics:
This week the class has begun a geographical study of a country in North or Central America. Students have each picked a country and are taking notes on things they would want to know about that country if they were going to visit there. Next week students will begin using this information to plan what a vacation to that country would look like.

In history, students are studying the causes of the Revolutionary War, and creating a timeline of events that led up to the war. For many, these events, such as the French and Indian War and the Stamp Act, are just names, but we will soon be discussing them as a class and investigating the results of each.

In writing this week we talked about writing as a process, and how a first draft is very, very different from a final draft. Students are currently using this idea as they begin writing a story that will, in its final draft, become a picture book.

Practical Life
Work expectations for the class have been steadily rising over the last month. Students are dealing with more assignments and more deadlines. Therefore students are learning to be much more careful with their class time, or finding consequences meeting them.

Human Growth and Development
In two weeks, December 14 - 16, both upper elementary classes will be participating in a Human Growth and Development presentation being given by Planned Parenthood. Students will be receiving age appropriate instruction about physical changes related to puberty and pregnancy and will also receive instruction on transmission of HIV and AIDS. Students in grades 4 & 5 will be split from students in 6th grade, but all will be receiving basically the same information in some form.

If you have any questions about the information that will be presented, an instructor from Planned Parenthood will be coming to school on December 6 for a parent informational meeting to give an overview of the material that will be covered. If you plan to attend this meeting please inform me on or before December 5. The instructors will cancel the informational meeting if less than 5 adults RSVP, so please be sure to let me know if you are attending.

If you would not like your child to participate in our Human Growth and Development education, you may opt out. Students would be able to work in a different room during that time. I will need verbal or written confirmation directly from parents if you should choose to opt out.

Read-A-Thon
Remind your students that reading they do at school counts towards their totals. Each day students participate in 30 minutes of silent reading and 10 minutes of the class read-aloud. Those 40 minutes can really add up if students remember to record them.

Thanks a lot,
Sarah, Emily, and Room 10
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