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    102 Community News

                                            Week of September 9-13, 2019                                


    Thank you so much, families, for helping your students find out about how they got their names. Monday and Tuesday, we took time to share with many of the students. Tomorrow we will finish our presentations. I’m sending reminders home for students who may need some information from you about their given name (or if they are 4th graders, maybe their middle name or the given name of someone else in their family). I’m learning so much from their talks! Thanks for your home support.

    Moving forward, we’re on to another “getting to know you” assignment… don’t you wish your child could stay this age forever? Well, while that’s impossible, it is possible to catch a glimpse of what they thought was cool and disgusting, what they liked to eat and what they detested, or what they loved to say best, during this small window of time. This week we’re going to make a time capsule! In a year, we’ll dig them up and reflect on who we were at the beginning of the year and how much we’ve changed over the time we’ve been together. In the homework section of our newsletter, you will find the steps for following this project. We will do this project mainly in class, so please make sure this newsletter/homework stays in your student’s binder in the homework section all week. 😊

    Last week, all our Sacajawea school community did a big review of our Sacajawea SHINE expectations for our community behavior. You may have heard about these from our principal, Rachel Friesen. We decided we wanted to use an acronym that would work in two ways: first, it would be easy for students to remember and second, it would represent how we want our students to feel at our school. So, we chose S.H.I.N.E. to help build our new important expectations. Each letter stands for important action words that we want to think about as we move through our days at Sacajawea. Below is listed what each letter stands for:

    S – Safe

    H – Helpful

    I – Inclusive

    N – Neighborly

    E – Engaged


    I’ve attached a copy of our Room 102 SHINE matrix that shares what it means to SHINE in our classroom. I’m also attaching an empty matrix if you would like to SHINE at home! I’d love to see what you come up with!


    Next, I want to share that we are spending much of our day getting to know one another, building the important foundation for our classroom community and doing some sharing and classwork to help understand where each learner is with their learning growth in different academic areas.


    Today, I am also sending home the Family Volunteer Form. If you are interested in helping in some way with our classroom community, please fill out the form with your preferences. I’ll get back to you with a plan after Curriculum Night in early October.


    I’m sure I could go on and on about what’s going on for us in Room 102, but I think I’ll save more for next week! Thanks so much for all you’re doing at home for your sons and daughters in our class. Thank you also, for meeting with me for the family partnership conferences that began this week. This is a great way for the adults in the family to share what they know about their child with me. If you haven’t set up your conferences, please send me an email or send a note in the HOME section of the binder and I will schedule a 10-minute conference time with you. My email is:

    I am attaching a copy of the current schedule for meetings with families, so you can consider a time to come in and meet with me. Thanks!


    Upcoming Events


    Curriculum Night:  Thursday, October 3, 6pm

    We will be discussing the school year in general and answering questions.


    School Picture Day: Tuesday, October 15


    Move-a-thon: Thursday, October 3


    Heritage Potluck and General PTA Meeting: Thursday, October 24, 6pm