As I’m sure you’re aware, the buzz in 5th grade is all about BizTown! Students have been hard at work learning about personal finance, including how to write checks, use a debit card, and balance a checkbook. We’re learning about philanthropic opportunities to support people in our community that have unmet needs (perfect timing with our Ronald McDonald House service project!). In the coming week, students will explore what kind of job they might be well suited for, and the characteristics of a good employee. All this preparation will culminate in our overnight field trip to Portland where students will get to be grown-ups for a day. This is such a unique and memorable experience for our kids, where they will learn the importance of time management, working with a team, and why their parents are so tired and stressed after working all day!
As always, this experience wouldn’t be possible without the support of our awesome parent community! Thank you for driving kids across the mountain, sleeping on the floor at the zoo, and wearing highly unfashionable green aprons as you supervise and support our kids in their businesses. This is an experience your kids won’t soon forget!
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.