Dear Families,
I wish you all a peaceful weekend. Ron, Anton, and I are going for a short visit to our cabin to relax and prepare our cabin for the winter. We are hoping for a winter filled with lots of rain and snow. I am looking forward to breathing in the cool mountain air and going for a nice long run on Saturday afternoon.

1. Here is the Halloween schedule that Katie sent out on Tuesday. In case you did not see it I have cut and pasted it below.

I wanted to give you all a head’s up on our Halloween plan.

First of all, please note that the learners will be changing into their costumes during recess and will only wear their costumes to the Halloween parade and carnival. Please be sure to send their costumes to school with them in a bag, clearly labeled.

We will have a special center time on Halloween. I could use two or three extra parent volunteers to help run these. Center time will be from 8:30-9:30. Additionally we will need some help getting learners changed into their costumes at 10:20. Please e-mail me if you can volunteer to help with center time or costume-changing time.

Our schedule will be the following:
• 8:30-9:30 Halloween-themed centers (2 or 3 extra volunteers needed)
• 9:30-10 Spanish
• 10:00-10:10 snack
• 10:10-10:20 abbreviated recess
• 10:20-10:30 get dressed in their costumes (2 or 3 volunteers needed)
• 10:30-10:45 K/1 parade (Parents welcome)
• 10:45-11:45 Carnival (Parents welcome. See below email from Stacy explaining the carnival)
• 12:00 regular Kinder dismissal

Parents are more than welcome to join us for the Halloween Parade and Carnival. Extra hands are ever-so helpful on this exciting and energetic day! After the carnival, the kinders will go home at their regular dismissal time. First graders will go home at their regular dismissal time 3:00pm.

2. Monday, November 3 – Picture Day for our class!

3. No School on Monday and Tuesday 11/10 and 11/11. It is a Professional Development Day and Veteran’s Day
Monday – center time
We started our day with spanish and then we had our slingerland lesson. Our letter for the week was the lowercase k. While the kinders had a slingelrand lesson, the first graders had writers workshop. Then we left for our wonderful field trip to the pumpkin patch. I sent a blog update about our FT on Monday afternoon.
Wednesday – mindfulness, math, and the all school assembly
We began our day with a wonderful mindfulness lesson about moving our bodies mindfully. The lessons for the past few weeks have been about moving our bodies slowly and mindfully. The lesson we had on Wednesday was focused on feeling and sensing our heart beat. During our lesson we all paused for a few moments to feel a sense of gratitude that our heart beats everyday 24/7 without stopping. I feel so grateful to be teaching and learning about mindfulness with your precious children each day. Our mindfulness lessons have been quite transforming for the children and myself these past few weeks.

We also had our next King Maximo Number Knights story about the number 5. Five is a another difficult number to write, so we all spent our time practicing our number five formation.

We had an amazing all-school assembly. Many of the educators showed their talents by singing and dancing for all of us to enjoy!
Thursday center time
We had math tiles and cooking with our parent volunteers. Math Tiles is a math activity that allows each child to work at their own pace. They work on different math concepts that involve solving problems/equations which begins with counting and moves onto addition, subtraction, and eventually multiplication and division. While half the class had math tiles, the other half had cooking or a slingerland review practice lesson.
This week the kinders made wonderful halloween themed treats. I sent a blog update about it earlier today.
Writers Workshop
We continued with our unit of study on “Where do authors get their ideas from?” We read all three of the “Knuffle Bunny” books and discussed where we thought Mo Willems got his ideas to write his books.
First Grade Language Arts time
This week we continued with our regular first grade languages art time. Each afternoon the first graders have small group guided reading instruction, a phonic lessons, and listening center and/or independent reading/writing time.
This week during guided reading we learned about: (each group is learning about different strategies based on their current reading level)

– paying attention to the print while reading – reading the words that we see
–  learning new sight words
–  learning more about compound words

In phonics we have continued to learn about:
–  making rhymes
–  recognizes rhymes
–  hearing sounds in a sequence
–  hearing ending sounds
Math in Room 10
We continued with our number talks and discovering new strategies to solve our math equations. This week our number talks were about learning how to be flexible with where we see the = sign. We had some math talks where the = signed moved around. For example 10=9+1, 4+3=7, 3+4 = 4+3.