It’s Spring time, the sun is shining, flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, the snow is finally melting, and the 5th grade has delved into the infamous Science unit covering the endocrine system. For adults, this means that the kiddos will be studying the pituitary gland, pancreas, ovaries, testes, thyroid gland, parathyroid gland, and adrenal glands.
For kids, this means we will be addressing the much-giggled-about topic of puberty. For this topic, students will learn about what changes to expect in their own bodies for their own gender as they go through puberty. Girls and boys will be separated, girls with Ms. Wenndorf, and boys with Mr. Wenger. We will watch a video that is specific to their gender, then have time for questions and answers.
Please know that it is our intention to support you as parents as your kids enter this hormone-y season of life. We will provide a basic level of information and promote a safe environment for your kids here at school, but hope that you will have continued conversations about this topic, including your own family’s values, at home. Again, we will only be addressing puberty, and not the topic of reproduction in 5th grade.