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Monday Mail - October 12th
October 12, 2009
We begin this week with our exciting camping trip. We are all looking forward to it and are hopeful the weather cooperates and allows us to enjoy our time dry and happy! It will be a fun night full of bonding activities and memorable times. After our camping trip, our children will have an early dismissal. We will return to ACS in time for you to pick them up promptly at 11:30. Each 5th grade class has scheduled this for the day after their particular camping night. It only pertains to the classes who have camped. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
We have successfully completed our MAP testing. Each of our children set obtainable goals and most were successful in reaching them. It is always a prideful moment for me when I witness our scholars aiming high and setting lofty goals for themselves – and then feeling the exhilaration of success. Please talk with your child about their MAP testing. Remember that this is only one indicator of your child’s development this year. We have also insisted that all MAP scores are private and are only to be discussed by the child with their parents and teachers. MAP tests are designed to monitor a child’s growth and development over the year – the comparisons should be from test to test – not child to child. Thank you for your support in this.
I am pleased to announce that there is an additional component that has been added to our Morning Meetings. It is called Word of the Day (instructions will be posted on website under Character Ed – MM). It is a powerful way for us to deepen our understanding of the attributes we focus on each month at ACS.
Each child is assigned a word to be shared on a specified date (word and date assignments will be posted on website under Handouts) during our morning meeting. The Word of the Day becomes a valuable catalyst for conversation about character and competence. So far, the conversations have been invigorating and captivating. I am thoroughly impressed with our children’s wisdom, compassion and empathy. They have become articulate and conscientious young intellects who have much to share and offer this world.
Please be sure to read the calendar updates on our website. There are many things coming up that you will want to be well informed of ahead of time.
May all be well with you and your family.
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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