Week #20—January 17 to 21

So glorious to have a three-day weekend during the gray days of winter; and to have such warm, inviting weather . . . wow!  Since this is a short week for us, this will be a short door letter.  Remember that everyone should be getting ready for long-range work on a science fair project. Some thoughts on that will go home today—explaining the parameters of the project and what will be required. This week the biography book reports are due and it is the last week of the grading period. Report cards will come out next week. As always, Wednesday will be tour day, so we are sprucing up the halls to get ready for that. Maybe some new art projects to go up and some old ones will go home.

Tuesday—Spanish is today so everyone needs to find and bring their blue folders to work with. During the course of teaching Spanish phrases, Senora Fretwell found that some of the older kids need to brush up on the parts of speech, so there will be some grammar work coming up to remind everyone about sentence structure  and tense.  Today, I am going over to the recreation center to meet with the leader of the 4-H group to see if our 4th and 5th graders can be included. I am super excited about this possibility—4-H is similar to Junior Achievement with teaching kids business sense and life skills. If we join, it will be on Tuesdays from 3:00 to 4:30. In the afternoon, the Owls and Hummers will be working on the fancy welcome letters for the hallway in art.

Wednesday—We have drama this afternoon from 3:00 to 4:30, so pick up happens at 4:30. Since they are starting on the rehearsal for the play, please don’t come in early to pick up your child as that makes focusing on learning their parts really choppy and difficult.  They all have scripts and the parts are assigned, to an extent. Elizabeth and I looked at the big stage for the actual play over in the community building and we’re waiting on permission to use it during the month of April for practice.  Also, this is tour day so there will be visitors off and on all day.

Thursday—Catch our breath day. Some younger kids may want to do some playdough in the afternoon—we’ll make some up to use for today. Usually, the Owls and Hummingbirds have game time from 1:30 to 2:30 on Thursdays, so that’s a good time for the kids to team up on games. We usually do checkers, connect four, mancala, uno, Hangman, snap, and this week we’ll do Yahtzee. This teaches logic, problem-solving, some math and language skills, along with the social stuff about waiting for your turn, supporting your friends, etc.

Friday—Today, we’ll listen to everyone’s biography book reports and we’ll have afternoon Yoga. Hot Lunch today will be Chicken Parmesan Sandwiches and citrus fruit salad.