Important Reminders:

Thank you to the parents who have already signed-up and volunteered for center time and the other various classroom support jobs. We still have lots of wonderful volunteer opportunities available – please consider signing up for one of the positions. I would love to have all of the positions filled by BTSN. Remember it is completely fine to split/share a job. If you have questions about any of the jobs, please let me know. We will begin center time the week of 9/21. The children of Room 10 – thank you!

Here is the link to sign-up for our classroom volunteer jobs/opportunities: http://vols.pt/ma2AE7 Thank you Colleen (Aidan’s mom ) for setting up the on-line link for our class. Detailed directions on how to use the volunteer link is below. Also it is completely fine to share/split any of the jobs with another parent.
Important reminder that Back To School Night is Wednesday, September 16 at 6:30 to 8:00pm.
Parent Social Saturday, September 26, 2015, 6:00 to 8:00pm Please join Colleen and Katie at our annual gathering to welcome the new kinder parents and re-connect with the first grade parents. Colleen McGuire is coordinating babysitting for the evening. Here is the potluck link for the Parent Social: http://www.luckypotluck.com/potluck/ColleensClassParentSocial
Our first field trip will be Monday 9/21 to the Belmont library. Please e-mail Liz Stoll if you can help chaperone on the trip. – lizstoll@gmail.com
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Birthday Graph
On Wednesday morning we made our class birthday graph. We had a lesson / class meeting on Thursday about what we can learn from graphs and how they can help us gather data. Here is a photo of our graph and the list of what they shared during our class meeting about what we learned.

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Mindfulness
During September we will be learning how to quiet in our minds and bodies for 2 to 3 minutes. During this time we will be learning how to pay attention to our breath. We begin each mindfulness lesson with the ringing of our Tibetan bell. I have found that just hearing the sound of that bell helps the children calm down. After our lessons this week I asked them what it felt like to be “quiet” for a few minutes. Here is a list of some of the words that they used to describe what mindfulness felt like to them:
peaceful
love
kindness
calm
quiet
happy
still

Over the course of the year I will share different things with you about mindfulness. Here is a quote from Jon Kabat-Zinn about how he describes mindfulness, ” Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; On purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.”

Daniel Rechtschaffen the author of “The Way of Mindful Education,” shared that these can be some of the benefits of Mindfulness:
– Better focus and concentration
– Increased calm
– Decreased stress and anxiety
– Improved impulse control
– Skillful ways to respond to difficult emotion
– Increased self-awareness
– Increased empathy and Understanding of others

After recess on Thursday we made a list of what peace means to you? The words they used to describe “peace” I felt were quite profound for a K/1 classroom. I feel so blessed to grow and learn with your children each day. I learn as much from them and they learn from me.

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Writers Workshop
On Thursday after our morning meeting we had writers workshop. I don’t think I have ever seen children so excited to write. We began with a short mini-lesson on how we will make books in room 10 and then we had table time. The learners were all on task writing and making books. There was a tangible “hum” of excitement in the classroom as they made their books. It warmed my heart to see them so excited to learn and write. Here are some photos of table time during writers workshop.

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Roll-n-Write

The first graders learned about roll-n-write this week. They were so excited to do roll-n-write independently when the kinders were dismissed at noon on Thursday. Roll-n-write is a fun math activity because it allows the children to all be at their own individual levels. It is a math game that involves using dice and you learn about addition, subtraction and it eventually moves onto multiplication and division.
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