Highlight from Teacher Newsletter1/22/2021
"Should you happen to be reading or traveling with your child during the next six weeks, I encourage you to find ways to have conversations around point of view as it relates to history and narrative."
- Mr. Wilson, student teacher in Ms. Hilber's 4th grade (students are learning the history and cultures of the native peoples indigenous to this region and their encounter with explorers Lewis and Clark).
Staff Highlights for the Week/Aspectos destacados del personal en la semana1/15/2021
“The resiliency of our students is outstanding. Last week, I had a session with a first grade student that attends childcare during the school day. A few minutes into our session, he politely excused himself, muted his computer and moved independently to a quieter space in the building. He didn't require an adult's assistance. He just knew what he needed in order to get the most out of our time together.” -Ms. Amanda, Speech Pathologist
“La capacidad de recuperación de nuestros estudiantes es sobresaliente. La semana pasada, tuve una sesión con un estudiante de primer grado que asiste a la guardería durante el día escolar. A los pocos minutos de nuestra sesión, cortésmente se excusó, silenció su computadora y se trasladó de forma independiente a un espacio más tranquilo en el edificio. No requirió la ayuda de un adulto. Simplemente sabía lo que necesitaba para aprovechar al máximo nuestro tiempo juntos ". -Ms. Amanda, Patóloga del Habla
Helping Your Child Focus During Class
One of the many challenges of distance learning is that our houses are full and we are all working. Many of you learned where your child works best and where they are not able to focus as well.
Things to consider:
Where does your child’s work area face? Are they distracted by others walking by? If your child is getting distracted, consider shifting their space to face a wall or window (without a lot of action outside)
- Is your child listening to your meetings or siblings’ classes? When your kids unmute themselves, we sometimes hear other teachers’ classes at full volume. Even in optimal environments, it is really hard to focus on screens. Consider having all of your kids use headsets or placing them far enough from each other to help them hear just our class.
- Ms. Macdonald
Advice From Sr. Siam to his Kindergarten Immersion Class
"I am encouraging you to speak in Spanish, even when Sr. Siam is not the person you are talking to. You want to be proficient in Spanish, you have to practice. We need to lose the fear to talk. We need to talk, talk talk!"