February 10th Newsletter

Ana and Mary’s News – February 10th  2017

“For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this century he is beginning to realize that, in order to survive, he must protect it.”    Jacques Cousteau

Attention all Moons (2nd graders):

It is time for us to begin putting our portfolios together. Please have your child bring in a 2-inch, 3-ring binder with a plastic front pocket that will allow us to slip your child’s self-portrait into the front for the cover. Please send in 50 plastic sleeves as well, so we can preserve your child’s best work!
  • 2-inch, 3-ring binder
  • 50 plastic sleeves

 

From the Classroom

We immersed ourselves in learning about the biography of Jacques Cousteau this week.  Students were mesmerized to hear about his life and watch it unfold in the form of a beautiful puppet theater presentation.  Students connected with Cousteau’s life as a child learning about his willingness to overcome illness by swimming, being a lifelong tinkerer – taking things apart and putting them back together, and a huge fan of movies.  Students were heartened to find out that the passions, interests and dreams Jacques had as a child became fertile ground for an adult life spent inventing equipment to explore deep in the ocean and create films bringing to life an underwater world previously unfamiliar.  Next week we will continue our study of his biography learning about his conservation efforts. We also began working with the thinking strategy of determining importance.  As biographers our students will be figuring out what to include when they write the story of Jacque Cousteau, what are the important experiences that shaped his life and inspire our own?  We ended our week with advising, lingering with the idea that as we grow up we develop passions and interests of our own which might later influence our adult lives.  Students spent time thinking about their own interests and dreams for their future.

Upcoming Dates

  • Tues., Feb. 14th – Valentine’s Day (Students are invited to bring in 44 valentine cards to hand out to friends.  Students should sign their cards but should not address cards to individual students in the class.)
  • Fri., Feb. 17 – Early Release – 1pm
  • Mon., Feb. 20 – President’s Day – No School
  • Tues., Feb. 28 – Frog and Toad Play at the Arvada Center – $10 (We only purchased enough tickets for students and staff.  If you would like to attend with us please purchase a ticket for yourself in advance directly from the Arvada Center.)

Jump Rope & Hoops for Heart:  Thank you so much for participating in our Jump Rope & Hoops for Heart event on Friday!  It was an amazing day with lots of people down in the gym jumping and shooting hoops in memory and honor of all those we know and love who live with and/or who have died from heart disease and stroke.  This year we were able to raise $4,665 for the American Heart Association.  This is the biggest donation that we have given, as a school, in the 17 years we have held this event.  What an awesome day and an amazing way to help fight heart disease and stroke. Thank you for being apart of this very worthy cause!

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