Thursday, March 2, 2017

Celebration!

Today is a day to celebrate!



Today was the 100th day of school!
With all the snow days and schedule changes, it's been tough to keep track, but we've made it to this very exciting milestone! It's incredible to pause and observe in the SRC Primary classroom these days--the kids are moving so independently through their schedules, interacting with their friends and teachers and working hard in their sessions. It is clear how much more confident they feel, and the love of learning is growing by the day. We're over half way through this exciting school year, and have so much further to go!



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Above are some shots of us dancing and counting to 100 with gonoodle!





Today is also Dr. Seuss's birthday!
We focus on literacy throughout each and every day, but every year on this day it's nice to pause and reflect on the important authors that have helped shape children's literature. Today we celebrated by reading lots of Dr. Seuss books aloud, and making special Cat in the Hat hats! Last year on this day, I wrote a blog with some tips to encourage reading, if you would like to check it out, the link is below:

Oh the places you'll go!
Our amazing Special Education Program Assistant, Kerri, surprised the kids with her Cat the Hat costume!
Below are some samples of our writing today! We read some of our favorite Dr. Seuss books and wrote about them! I am so impressed by our details and careful handwriting!







Community Helpers
This is also a time to celebrate all of the exciting learning we have done this month! We have talked quite a bit about community helpers this month. We have read stories, colored pictures, matched supplies, counted helpers and generally familiarized ourselves with some people in the community that are safe and helpful to talk to. We hope that our students are never in a position to need to find a police officer or fire fighter, but with this unit we have aimed to help them understand how and when these people can help us. After spring break, some of our wonderful resource officers are going to come to Sexton Mountain to do a presentation with us about their jobs. Stay tuned for more information about that!

Musical
As many of you saw, we did an AMAZING job performing on stage at our SRC musical! Our hard work over the previous several weeks paid off to have a confident and exciting performance! Many of you were there to video the performance live, but if you would like a copy of our videos, please send in a burnable disc and I can make you a copy!
(The videos are too large to post here)

Time for IEP meetings
As you all know, now is the time of the year when we start to have lots of annual IEP meetings. This is a really exciting time for the specialists and me! We love to talk with you about your kids and the progress they've made! Please also keep in mind that this is a very BUSY time. With all of the additional paperwork, and the revised calendar (loosing all of our work days because of the snow days), our time is very limited. Most of my day is spent directly teaching children--my favorite part of the job! The very little time I have away from kids is divided between meetings, lesson planning, paperwork and communication. With the increase in meetings and paperwork, my time to communicate is a bit crunched. I will continue to do my best to reply promptly, thanks for your understanding! :)