Cultivating a positive classroom community is a priority at Seven Peaks. This is why it is important to remember that the little things do matter. While academics is important, honoring and celebrating each child as a unique spirit is essential in creating a happy, respectful community of learners. We recently took pause between writing units to focus on poetry. After reading the mentor text, “The Best Part of Me” by Wendy Ewald, third graders reflected on what they considered an important part of their body, and how this part reflected who they were as an individual and what they value. It was so heart-warming to see these children so engaged in this activity, and they beamed with pride when sharing about what made them unique. I encourage you to check out the bulletin board outside the third grade classroom, which features stunning black and white images along with student-created poems celebrating the the amazing gifts of each third grader.
Portraits, Clay Elephants and Weaving! With many projects in process, the third graders are in full gear using all the different parts of their creative minds as they move between mediums, wow-ing this teacher at all turns. Currently in the middle of weaving, on their own painted looms, the students are honing their skills of listening, following directions, helping each other and being patient with themselves as they see what they can do when they slow down and enjoy the process. Following this weaving unit, they will be embarking on the famous 3rd grade mask-making project using their own faces as the mold! Hold on, this is a favorite with some challenges along the way. When overcome, however, the students can’t help but be proud and excited at what they have accomplished.
Buen trabajo, Elementary Spanish! I am so proud of all my students this year. My greatest reward in teaching them is seeing their improvement in their conversational skills and written sentence constructions we have been working on since the beginning of the year. I am definitely witnessing it in the classroom. I know some parents have shared with me their enjoyment in having their kids help, by listening and speaking, in the Spanish-speaking countries your have recently vacationed in this past Spring Break. I expect that, and told them before they left, not to be shy. However, practicing their conversational skills with strangers is never as easy as doing it in the comfort and familiarity of our classroom at SPS. I can not begin to tell you how grateful I am for the loving atmosphere, enthusiasm, happiness and the great attitude your kids bring to class everyday. Their willingness to learn, participate, and practice with their peers always goes beyond my expectations.
I would like to witness with your own eyes the progress they have made. In the next few days you will be receiving an email from me inviting you to watch them “show off” how they are developing their gift of a second language. I know they can’t wait and I hope you can find the time to come to watch them. If you are not able to attend, please feel free to contact me and I will be happy to meet with you during a time that is more convenient.
The end of the school year is quickly approaching. In the final two months, I will be gradually immersing your kids further in to the language. There will be a little confusion during the first couple of days, but I know by experience they will find it a lot of FUN. Let’s all remember that, at their age, FUN plus IMPROVEMENT is what should be about! Muchas gracias for sharing and trusting all your child to me.