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Monday Mail - February 15th
February 15, 2010
I hope this letter finds you rested and renewed after the weekend. I am looking forward to meeting with you this week. (Please check under Parent Handouts on our website to confirm your conference time) Conferences are a rewarding and connecting experience for me. I look forward to them each time they come around. Thank you for your consistent support of your children. Your unconditional love is admirable and inspirational. I will value all that you share with me; I am committed to do all I can to foster a fervent learning environment where each of our children feels successful both in academics and as developing human beings. It is an honor to be a part of such a wonderful community.
We are starting to focus on some new units of study. We are discussing the virtue of justice this month. Our children are steadfast in their beliefs about fairness. As always, I seem to be the one learning the most in our morning meetings. We have such thoughtful and compassionate children. They motivate me to become a better person.
I hope you have had a chance to discuss your child’s NESA Science Fair project with them. They should be well on their way. We have already received compliments from the NVSF founders that our children are doing exceptional work thus far. Please do inquire.
Literacy Studio is going to begin to look a little different as we delve deeper into our comprehension and understanding of literacy both as readers and as writers. We are focusing primarily on nonfiction text. In reader’s workshop, I will be forming book clubs with our children where I assign them books to read collectively. I am also expecting that each child re-reads a book they have finished already so they can truly form a deeper grasp of authors’ craft and they can sharpen their ability to determine importance within the text. Most of the Book Club work will be done online in our virtual classroom. Be sure to ask your child for a glimpse.
In writer’s workshop, we are beginning our exploration of nonfiction and expository texts. This is woven into our nonfiction unit. We are also taking some time to craft some poetry. It is harvesting time in Literacy Studio; we have planted the seeds, we have cultivated our products and are now reaping the rewards of our crop. Soon, we will have a variety published pieces to yield and share.
It astonishes me that we have completed half of our year together. I am exceptionally pleased with the flourishing growth and development I have witnessed thus far. This is the time of year where we need to challenge our children and to create even higher expectations for them to aspire toward. I appreciate all that you do to nurture and care for your children. You are the roots of their success both in school and in life. Your dedication does not go unnoticed by me. I appreciate you. Thank you.
Warmest of regards,
Ms. Amy Branch
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Ever since I was a child, I wanted to travel the world and to make a difference in other people's lives. I truly didn't believe I would become a teacher though; however, I am so glad that I am 5D's teacher! I am originally from Washington state but have enjoyed living in both West Africa and Lebanon. I am very blessed to have lived such an incredible life thus far.
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