Last week we continued to emphasize learning to work together, recording individual assignments using a work plan, managing our time, and getting back into the school routine. We started our study of botany and by the end of the week we were busy in the outdoor learning environment.
Our returning students enjoy getting to know the students new to our class: Annabelle and Emily, as well as reconnecting with Christopher and Jesse who were students at Pinewoods in the past. With every passing day, the rising first year students seem to feel more comfortable being elementary students and accept ownership of their new class. The upper elementary students are taking a leadership role and are proving to be a big help to the younger students. Everyone is busy writing stories, reading books, tackling math problems, and exploring topics in geography.
Ms. Summer has stepped right in to fill the very big shoes of Ms. Brittany. In art, she helped the students complete a beautiful self portrait. We expect to have some beautiful art work to include in a Pinewoods art gallery this year.
Third through fifth graders are eligible to join a Pinewoods Science Olympiad team. While neither the specific topics or the dates of the competition have yet to be announced, we need to decide if we want to form a team and compete with other schools in our area. The competition is usually some time in January or February. There are numerous factors to consider once we decide to participate so I am hoping a decision can be made by the end of the week. If you have a child who is eligible, I will be approaching you within the next couple of days for your feedback.
As a reminder, T-shirt orders are due on Friday.
Thank you to Michelle Manzon for her help in our classroom garden and for the generous donation of plants. Dr. Manzon will be helping with our unit on botany. We welcome all parents who would like to be involved in the classroom.
Jo Ann and Summer
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