Students have been studying the work of Author Mo Willems in kindergarten. Shown above are some of Ms. Wilsbach’s students, who used the story “Knuffle Bunny” to inspire their writing. Knuffle Bunny went to the beach. He went swimming. He made friends with the dolphin. He stayed in ocean. – Milana.
Thank you Kindergarten Team for all your great work with this unit of study!
For the past several weeks, kindergarten and first grade teachers have been learning more about phonics instruction and its role in the teaching of reading. Teams of teachers watched demonstration lessons presented by Ms. DiMarco/reading specialist, and they discussed new ways to enhance their shared reading with phonics strategies and tools that will support students. Special thanks to Ms. DiMarco and our “host” classrooms!
Students in our Leadership Club had a visit from Tri-State K-9 (therapy and response dogs) on Thursday. Thank you Ms. Leach and Ms. Wilsbach for arranging this visit, which aligns with the mission of the club – to be of service. Students learned about the role of therapy dogs and how the dogs learn to comfort and support others in times of need or emergency.
Define the Things You Want to Define You!
Define the things you want to define you – that was the message at this year’s Saturday Reunion at Teachers College Reading and Writing Project (TCRWP) at Columbia University on March 18. Keynote speaker Drew Dudley, whose TED talk, Everyday Leadership, was voted one of the most inspirational of all time, spoke to more than 3,000 teachers during his opening address. According to Dudley, leadership is defined too narrowly. “The examples of leaders given to us are giants – Steve Jobs, Oprah,” he stated. But Dudley stressed that we all have the ability to lead, and especially teachers, by helping others see how powerful they can be.
His advice – Identify your values (honesty, integrity, or empowerment, for example) and then use these values to make decisions every day. Ask yourself, “How did I show my commitment to (that value) today?
You can read more about Drew Dudley here:
What three elements support learning?
According to Cheryl Tyler, presenter on peer tutoring/book buddies at TCRWP’s Saturday Reunion, three elements help children (and everyone) to learn best. These are:
Collaboration (someone helping)
CHOICE – When you have choice, you have engagement and you take ownership.
Preschool students marched in their annual BEAR PARADE last Friday to celebrate the culmination of their popular author study unit. Students chose a character from a favorite story and dressed up bears as that character.
Thank you to our preschool team for making this event so meaningful for our students. Students did an excellent job of showing their characters and marching at the ECEC building!
Ms. McCann’s art students used skills they acquired this year to create themed artwork, which is being showcased at Casciano’s Coffee Bar & Sweetery for Youth Art Month. (These are fantastic.) The show wraps up April 7.
Ms. Rybacki’s ONE LITTLE WORD: Optimist
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 – Faculty Meeting, 3:30.
Friday, April 7, 2017 – RTI Meeting, 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 – Single Session (Marking Period Ends)
Thursday, April 13 – Monday, April 17, 2017 – No School
Tuesday, April 18, Wednesday, April 19, and Thursday, April 20, 2017 – K/1 Conferences.
Thursday, April 20, 2017 – First Grade Meeting, 7:30, Preschool Meeting, 11:30 (Ms. DiMarco will address reading levels/text demands in the early levels), 3:30, Kindergarten Meeting.
Monday, April 24, 2017 – CIC Meeting, 3:30, Room #12. (Moved due to conferences)
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 – FIRST GRADE ZOO TRIP
Have a great weekend!
From Ms. Zuber’s Room: BELIEVE