Halloween of 2012 will always be remembered as one that we shared with our friends from Taiwan. The children from Raey Guang experienced their “firsts” for pumpkin carving, costume making and classroom parties with traditional games and activities.
I am in the process of collecting photos from teachers and parents for a special slide show to share later this week.
Until then, enjoy this photo of Emerson and Makiah Schuur taking Mindy and Angela trick or treating for the first time!
It’s rare that we begin our week in such a boo-rific way. Many classrooms will celebrate Halloween on Monday which prepares you for an evening of trick or treating with your children. (NOTE: PK/K and Mrs. Bouwen’s 5th grade class celebrated Halloween last week.)
As we look ahead to Tuesday-Friday, we would appreciate a very limited supply of candy in the children’s lunches. To help them recover from Halloween, we advocate extra sleep and limited amounts of sugar during the day. We always advocate for healthy snacks during the school day.
This coming Friday is POPCORN DAY! And mark your calendars for the end of Daylight Savings Time on Friday, November 6. We will FALL BACK one hour and resume our normal amount of daylight until early April of 2012.
WOW! We are into our 8th week of school. Truly, this year is flying by at breakneck speed.
We finished our MEAP testing (grades 3-5) last week and all of our students worked exceptionally hard to do their best on these tests. The tests were harder and this required more intense focus for our students. We are relieved to have these behind us. An upcoming post (later this week), will provide information about the new cut scores for the MEAP for the coming year. Not only are the tests harder, they are also going to be scored harder. As always, we are working at a rapid pace to keep up with the state requirements and making changes to our curriculum to support our learners.
The week ahead looks calm and quiet from the school snapshot end….but, as always, I encourage you to check your child’s class blog for special events or announcements at the classroom level.
The big excitement this week will be the district wide PE sponsored Turkey Trot! This will happen on Tuesday and it will be held at the Baldwin Stadium. I will be there with my camera and my Turkey Trot shirt. Let’s hope for nice weather.
Halloween celebrations will be happening this coming Thursday through next Monday. Because there are multiple classrooms celebrating on different days, you will need to visit class blogs for dates/times.
We had a great turn out for our Thursday and Friday Halloween Celebrations! Many thanks to our PTC and our parents for organizing events that provided a great way for us to celebrate the season and have fun together.
I hope that by the time you read this blog post, your trick o’ treaters have counted their candy and are tucked in bed!
My favorite Halloween team dress up shout out goes to: GRADE 3, The Four Old Teachers!
We are heading into our eighth week of school and the final week of October, which as tradition dictates, concludes with Halloween celebrations.
The celebrations are held at varied times on Thursday and Friday. If you plan to visit the classroom, please make sure you check your child’s class blog for calendar specifics.
We will be holding Parent/Teacher Conference next week Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Teachers are posting conference times on their blogs and also confirming these via email. It takes a great deal of time to schedule 560+ conferences, and coordinate these so that you can come on one night for all of your children. If your assigned time does not work, please get in touch with your child’s teacher as soon as possible so that changes can be made.
I will be serving as the “conference time keeper”–calling out end times at each 15 minute interval. This helps to keep everyone on time.
The staff and students at Raey Guang Elementary learn about American customs and traditions while they are studying English. This week, they learned about Halloween—even holding an all school assembly about the holiday. Enjoy these videos created for us!
I can hardly believe that I posting the weeks event for the final week in October. This month has passed by very quickly! The week begins with the Turkey Trot and ends with Halloween and daylight savings time. Be sure to check you child’s classroom blog for more specific events related to classroom activities. Halloween festivities are scattered throughout Thursday and Friday–and times vary on these days.
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