Weekly Newsletter for Ms. Hahn’s Class – Week of April 3
The Week at a Glance:
OUR TOP 10
10. Mrs. Obney had her baby, a girl named Rylan
9. Art mural
8. Filled in March’s gaps in our read aloud (The Girl Who Drank the Moon)
7. Gymnastics in Gym
6. Pacer Test is history (until 6th grade…)
5. Writing narrative nonfiction
4. Reading Without Walls -- Empathy
3. Ian will be in the starting six for the dodgeball tournament – and BREAKING NEWS – our team is the champion of the elementary division! WAY TO GO, WOLVES!!
2. Ms. Hahn is back
1. Kiki, Hannah J., Adam all had March birthdays
Reading: The Reading Without Walls Challenge comes from National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature, Gene Luen Yang. It is helping us to have a continuing conversation about EMPATHY. We’ll get back to our regularly scheduled programming of standards-based instruction next week, while continuing our conversations about the power of developing empathy through our reading choices.
Writing: Our current challenge is narrative nonfiction. I’m super excited about what I’ve seen so far. Students are blending factual information into a narrative form. I invited the class to join me in writing poems that teach about a topic. That’s what I’m doing for my 2017 National Poetry Month project (read up from the first post at the bottom) about the folksinger/songwriter Malvina Reynolds. Some of the narrative forms the student have chosen include story, diary, interview, hybrid (blend of two forms), and haiku.
Word Study: stru- and struct- were our roots this week. I intended for there to be a quiz yesterday, but the day got away from us, so we’ll quiz on Monday. Your child has a study guide and/or could use the Quizlet to study.
Hahn Math: This week we dipped into Geometry through Which One Doesn’t Belong, and we learned to multiply and divide fractions. We reviewed multiplying and dividing decimals.
Sixth Grade Math: Reviewed for AIR: ratios and proportions, etc.
Science: We began our review for the Science AIR test, using I Have, Who Has activities.
Math AIR on Monday and Tuesday
No school Friday
We are most of the way through our LAST box of Kleenex. Please and thank you for donations!
In the folder you will find a BOATLOAD of graded papers. (Multiply your child’s folder by 22. Yes, it was an epic grading session, and I gave myself permission to wait to grade the opinion writing over the long Easter weekend.)
5th grade math has a packet of geometry terms for optional looking-over this weekend prior to Math AIR.
You’ll find our first science practice. These are terms you could review with your child prior to Science AIR week after next.
Please don’t fret about your child’s current grades in Progress Book. We’ve got WEEKS of learning yet to go, and I’ll make every attempt to give enough small assessments to provide a true picture of every child’s learning. Also know that I still have some grading to do that will clear up the last of the “missing” assignments.
Thank you for your kind thoughts and words of sympathy. My mom was an amazing teacher, and the best way to honor her memory and continue her legacy is to be back in the classroom doing the very best work I can. It’s good to be back.
I figured that if I was gone for four weeks, it would take at least four days to reestablish the classroom community. I was right. Thursday was our best day.
We started the week with conversations about what we value in a teacher, in classmates, and what value we feel we bring to the classroom community. The Reading Without Walls Challenge was chosen intentionally to attempt to decrease the amount of conflict and increase the level of kindness and understanding between members of our class.
As I read through the class KidBlog for the weeks I was gone, my heart was heavy. It had devolved from a place to showcase best writing and thinking and had become a free-for-all of random posts and not always nice comments that would not make you proud if I chose to show you what some of your children had written. Rather than try to clean it up with extensive deleting on my part, I chose to archive the blog. It’s gone, and we won’t go back there.
Then, based on some reports and some direct evidence, I put in a ticket to the DCS tech department asking for an audit of the computer usage/website access for the class during the month of March, and until I have a true picture of the facts, we are not using technology in our classroom.
In our conversations about classroom community, we used the analogy of our class as a family, with me as the away-from-home Mom. And yes, School Mom has grounded all of her kids from technology, not because they ALL were inappropriate, and not because I don’t like them and don’t care about them, but in order to keep them ALL safe, and to help them ALL learn to be better people.
I also made the choice to switch up Genius Hour. Rather than students following their own self-directed passions in the projects they chose each week (something that is harder for this class than the two previous classes who have experienced Genius Hour), I will be offering whole-class creativity challenges on all the Fridays we have left. Judging from the response to the Legos challenge yesterday (did you see the pictures of our amazing city on Homeroom?), I think this is the right decision at the right time for this class.
Last of all (thank you for reading this far), March wasn’t done with me when it took my Mom. On the first day of Spring Break, my husband and I were going to go on a quick road trip to Yellow Springs to replace a bowl I’d broken that morning. As we drove down Indianola in the far right lane, a young driver coming the other way cut a left turn directly in front of us (didn’t see my RED car?) and hit us nearly head on. The wreck totaled my car and I spent the night in the hospital under observation with a fractured sternum and broken ribs. My husband’s right hand is broken. So I spent my spring break dealing with extreme pain and the hassles of insurance and car shopping, rather than relaxing, recovering, and grieving. I have my first follow-up appointment today (Saturday) with my family practitioner, but my follow-up with the thoracic orthopedist about my sternum and ribs is Thursday morning. I was not planning to have another single absence all year long, but I will be out that morning. A sub who has been in our room, who is an excellent teacher, and who knows and loves the class will be in for me that morning. Thank you for your understanding. J