Greetings parents! On the eve of our Thanksgiving holiday, I wanted to make sure and thank all of you for sharing your children with me. Transitions are never easy, but I for one, have enjoyed my 1st two-weeks in this new space and getting to know each of your children. So this Thanksgiving, I am especially grateful for the opportunity to be their teacher this year.
This past week we continued our math unit on measurement, area and perimeter, by designing “My Dream Bedroom”. Each of the children have been learning about scale and how to draw plans using graph paper. After deciding our original rooms were going to be to small, we switched our scale to be: 1 square equals 1′. We now have SUPER huge bedrooms! Hey… we are dreaming after all 🙂
Also, as part of our math curriculum I have introduced many STEM activities (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Our Geo Boards and nuts and bolts have been a huge hit and a great creative challenge. Sometimes I give them tasks to do, and sometimes I let them use their own imaginations In either case, they are enjoying themselves and working together while solving problems… that’s a GOOD thing 🙂
Everyone did an EXCELLENT job with their Saint projects. We LOVED hearing about each one and the presentations went very well. Great job 3rd and 4th grade! Aren’t these ALL AMAZING?!? I will have them on display in the hallway if anyone wants to see them in person.
Our share time has continued to be a special bonding time We have had everything from this super cool tiger head to a special sea shell box all the way from Spain!
On Wednesday we had a great visit from Ms. Angie who works for Ventura County. She told us all about energy, renewable and non-renewable as well as got us thinking about great ways to conserve energy and maybe even some ways to create energy. It was a great morning!
A few reminders before we leave for the week…
- See’s Candy Fundraiser information went home today.
- We still need LOT’S of cans for our canned food drive… and,
- The annual Tree Lighting ceremony will be held on Friday, December 1st. Your children are invited to join in the festivities as Holy Cross School has a live nativity and the school children sing Christmas songs each year. If your child will be participating, please remember to bring them directly to the Bonaventure Room to sign them in and sign them out once the evening has concluded. More information on this great event will be coming via the school newsletter.
I am not sending ANY homework or assignments home for this holiday. Mission Projects, book reports and other project information will come home in the coming week. Please just enjoy this time with your families.
Again, I am truly thankful for each of your children. In closing, I wanted to share a prayer with you that 4th grade wrote collectively during a religion lesson this week:
Today’s Prayer of Thanks…
“Dear Lord, thank you for our food today, and what we were taught today. Thank you for our teacher and that we all got along today. Thank you for our day! ~ Amen”
It doesn’t get any better than that…
May God bless all of you and keep you safe this Thanksgiving Holiday