Dear Families,
I enjoyed seeing all of you at the Chili Cook-Off last night.  It was certainly a fun filled evening. 

H4AC was very inspirational for me on many levels.  After the hike each year I always share some of my favorite memories from the weekend with the families in our class. Here are a few of my favorite moments:
On Saturday night at the opening event for H4AC our own Alana shared an amazing video about her journey with histio and how it has affected her life.  There was not a dry eye in the audience as our precious Alana shared her story.  At the end of her video she shared that someday soon we will find a CURE for histio.  Her words were so touching that if any hiker even for a second on Sunday wondered why we were hiking, all they had to do is remember Alana’s story.  My next memory was as I was heading for the summit and on my emergency radio I heard my precious Anton announce that he and his best friend Connor had made it to the top of Clouds Rest.   As I heard his voice I paused for a moment and reminded myself that 15 years ago Anton was born with a disease that had a 50% survival rate. And to think that not only did he survive but he had just hiked 12 miles in record time to a summit of 9,926 Ft.  In that moment my heart felt full of gratitude for his life and all that has come to be since the day he was born.  My other favorite moment was when I reached the summit with the incredible group of kids and adults in my hiking group.  I hiked with Dylan Cohen (our gardening assistant) my nieces/nephews Megan, Emily, RJ, Emilia our student from Sweden, and Ken McClain the other adult in our group.  Ken is one of the main research doctors for histio from TXCH.  My hiking group was quite a group of different hikers and everyone varied greatly in their ability to hike, and yet step by step we all made it to the top with smiles on our faces.

Here are some photos from the hike:

1.  Alana in Curry Village

2.  Elizabeth, Emily, and Kelly on top of Clouds Rest (three learners from CLC)

3. My hiking group when we arrived at the spine of Clouds Rest

4.  Group photo of H4AC hikers on top of Clouds Rest

5.  Colleen and Dylan (our gardening assistant) on top of Clouds Rest

1.  Parent Social with Katie and Colleen is tomorrow 10/6 from 4:30 to 6:30pm at my home in Belmont.  Katie and I are looking forward seeing all of you tomorrow afternoon!
2.  Sharing topic for the week of 10/7  –  make a fall collage or favorite book
3.  Parent Conferences are the week of 10/14, please sign-up for your slot on the sign-up sheets hanging on windows in front of the school office. If possible we like for the learners to join us for the first 5 to 10 minutes of the conferences, and then your child is welcome to go to educare while we finish his/her conference. 

At the beginning of each month I will give a brief summary of what we will be studying for the next four weeks. 

Writers Workshop Unit of Study for the month of October:  Where do writers get their ideas?
In this unit we will make charts and talk about where authors get their ideas.  We will read the children many books and discuss where the author may have gotten their idea.  We will spend lots of time making books from all of our ideas.  We will also learn how to write about small moments in our lives and how to write a personal narrative.  The project/process of writing about a “small moment” will be completed in November.  Please note that in Kindergarten many of their stories will be mainly expressed through detailed pictures.
Science Unit of Study Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – October to November
Enduring understandings:
    • Every person has a responsibility to limit the amount of garbage they produce
    • We can reduce the amount of garbage that goes to landfill by by reducing, re-using, and recycling

Essential Questions:
    • How can we care for the world?
    • How can we reduce, reuse, and recycle?
Unit Concepts:
    • What is personal and shared space?
    • How do we care for shared space?
    • What is litter?
    • What is landfill?
    • Why is it important to reduce what we send to the landfill?
    • How can we reduce landfill?
    • What can we reuse that is going to the landfill?
    • What can we recycle instead of sending to the landfill?

Readers Workshop Unit of Study – October
As readers we will learn how to:     
    • get our minds ready to read
    • acquire print strategies
    • be flexible with print strategies
    • read with fluency
    • choose the just-right book

Unit of Study for Math – October – Math Culture, Data, and Geometry
    •  We will create the math culture of our classroom – this will involve learning about number talks, math centers, math tiles, and whole group math lessons.  We will discuss, explore, and learn the expectations for math in                       our classroom.
    • We will study and learn how to gather data by making and using graphs, charts, and surveys.  We will also study geometric patterns, and learn about shapes and their attributes.