The school year started with an unexpected extra few days off due to Hurricane Dorian, so the children have spent the past couple of weeks becoming more familiar with the routines of the classroom. Mentors have made themselves available to help their younger protégés with everyday questions and with bigger work, such as shelf-cleaning and large-scale cultural work. This mentor-protégé relationship will last for the school year and provide more opportunities for growth, both academically and socially.
Besides community building, the children have enjoyed lessons on the states of matter; time, such as the origins of the names for the days of the week and months of the year; the solar system; the phases of the moon; and the composition of the earth. This month, we will begin our studies of volcanoes, the continent of North America, and biomes of the world.
We also welcomed Ms. Emily to our classroom as an assistant. Ms. Emily, who hails from California, has been a fantastic addition. Her artistic talents and love of nature expand our children’s learning opportunities.
I would like to stress the importance of having your child at school on time every day. We begin our group meeting at 8:15 a.m., and a group lesson follows. When the children are present for the start of our day, they are better able to feel a part of the community, and our classroom runs more smoothly without interruptions.
Every day the children receive lessons, most of which build upon each other. In order for your child to progress through the curriculum, they must be present for these lessons. Of course, sickness cannot be helped, but please help your child learn the importance of being present and on time on a regular basis. This aids your own child’s education and provides them with a valuable life lesson, and it also helps the rest of the students have their needs met with little disruption due to makeup lessons.
Thank you for your help in supporting the children to be successful!
Parent/Teacher conferences will begin Nov. 4 and run through Nov. 12. Sign-up sheets will be available at drop off and pick up, beginning later in October. I will allocate 20 minutes for each conference. If you feel you will need more time, please sign up for two slots, or email me so that we can schedule a different time.
Conferences are not mandatory, but they are a good way to check in on your child’s progress at school. If this is your child’s first year in the classroom, I strongly recommend having a conference.
Historical Halloween will be celebrated Thursday, Oct. 31. More information will be sent out shortly. All parents are invited to our morning group meeting at 8:15 a.m. that day. The students will present at that time. We will begin promptly at 8:15. We will make time after the presentations to take group photos. Parents are welcome to attend. It’s a lot of fun!
Oct. 14: Field Trip – UNF Environmental Education Program on Insects
Oct. 19: Fall Festival
Oct. 31: Historical Halloween