Sharon's Weekly Update 9-13-16

posted Sep 14, 2016, 11:05 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Hello Returning and New Families of Room 10!

Successful Start to the School Year

Having a strong group of 5th and 6th Graders to perpetuate such a supportive classroom culture was so evident this week.  This week we played games, shared stories, built spaghetti and marshmallow structures, and started the year-long process of working and playing together.

Work Plans

There are two main reasons that we ask students to use a work plan here in Room 10.  First, it provides students with a convenient way of tracking their own progress on the work they are asked to engage with.  Second, it gives you an opportunity to ask specific questions about those works that your child has completed, are still working on, or have yet to begin.  Please take the time to go over the work plan at the end of each week and feel free to contact me if you have any questions that your child cannot clarify.  

Whole Class Parent Meeting - Wednesday, September 21

This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for us to share ideas about curriculum, routines, and procedures that make our classroom work so well.  This parent meeting also serves to help new families build meaningful connections with returning families.  Plus, this year you will have the chance to get to know the classroom’s new physical configuration from our summer remodel.

Ancient Civilizations - Materials and Resources NEEDED!

This year’s cultural studies curriculum will be focused on Ancient Civilizations, including but not limited to Egypt, Mesopotamia, China, Greece, Rome, Mayans, and Aztecs.  The Upper El Teaching Team is currently looking to expand our collection of materials and resources for students to use.  The idea is to have at least 11 suitcases filled with reading material and artifacts that will help students create a broad understanding of different ancient civilizations.  Each suitcase is going to have a theme and will be rotated among the Upper El classrooms.  For example, I have a National Geographic magazine titled “The Most Influential Figures of Ancient History” and would be most helpful in the “Governments of Ancient Civilizations” themed suitcase.

Please send in anything that you think will help our collection grow while fitting the following themes:

  • Family structure

  • Housing

  • Health

  • Communication

  • Nutrition

  • Clothing

  • Arts and Entertainment

  • Religion

  • Government

  • Animals

  • Transportation

(We understand that many resources might be able to fit into multiple suitcases and might decide to make duplicates of some materials.)