Tomorrow, some of the learners will be participating in book groups. (Not all students are in book groups at this time. Later in the school year all the learners will have an opportunity to participate in book groups.)
Today your child brought home a book group contract in his/her homework folder. (It is also attached to this email, if it did not make it home.) Please read and review the contract together, sign the contract and return it to school. It is important for learners to complete their reading and work before each book group meeting to ensure the success of book group meetings.
Book groups will be held on Tuesday mornings. Each group meets once a week and will have time during the school day to complete assignments. If assignments are not completed during the school day, learners may bring their work home to finish. Each learner will have a book group folder to help them stay organized and keep their work together.
Thank you for your support and please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Erin and Jami
As you know, we are learning about reducing, reusing, and recycling in the classroom. Today, I surprised the learners at lunch and collected all of their trash. We found that as a class, we had thrown away 25 pieces of trash. Next we sorted out all the recyclables and compost materials and reduced our waste to 15 pieces. Not too bad, but I know we can do even better! Most of the trash was from small plastic bags and snack packaging.
As a class, we brainstormed ways we could reduce our trash even more at snack and lunch time. These ideas included:
-pack snacks and sandwiches in reusable containers. Even recyclables like plastic yogurt containers can be reused to pack lunch box items.
-buy bulk sizes of snack foods and pack them in reusable containers.
-use a reusable water bottle or drink container.
-pack reusable utensils and cloth napkins.
I told the learners that as an experiment, we would see if we could reduce the amount of trash in our snacks and lunches each day this week. I will be collecting the trash each day and we will graph our results. Please involve your child as much as possible in the packing of his or her lunch each day. Have your child problem solve ways of reducing the waste. If your child gets hot lunch, he or she can figure out ways to cut down on snack time trash.
We will report back to you with our results!
Thanks for your support,
Erin and Jami
The 1/2 class is putting together a group of Dad's to be our chili cook-off cooks this year. John Thompson has volunteered to be one of the Dad's (with lots of Mom support behind him), we need a few more to share the load. It involves, making the chili (again, lots of mom support here), transporting and serving the chili the night of the event (Oct 14th). A theme is encouraged, we're in it to win it and we're not beyond wowing the judges with themes and endearing dad charm.
Any takers? Contact Kristin Thompson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Kristin : )
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