What's going on in Room 125?

Weekly Update: 4-7-16

on April 7, 2016


Our first trip to the ranch is tomorrow! Make sure to send students in weather and dirt appropriate clothing, including closed-toed shoes. Please send a waterbottle and pack a lunch unless you have already told me you need one from the cafeteria. If you want your child to wear sunscreen and/or take allergy medicine, please put this on/give prior to school.

A few parents have expressed interest in joining us on these trips. While this is a fun trip and I’d love for you to see your child in action, one of the main goals of this trip is also to foster independence for students. This is their chance to experience new things, have hands-on learning opportunities, and have a field trip catered to them so they do not need adults directing them all the time like at school. For this reason, I generally discourage parents from joining these trips. However, if you are interested in joining us for the first trip tomorrow, feel free to meet us at the ranch (your child must ride the bus with us, but you can meet us there in your car). When there, I encourage you to give plenty of space and take more of an observer role, as we want students to have more ownership and independence during these trips. I promise to post pictures of this and other ones! Please let me know if you are planning on coming tomorrow. Parent presence may not be appropriate for every child, so let’s make sure to have a plan in place!

Classroom updates: Two friends are leaving our classroom. Valeria (our new student) has already left for a new school. Ms Valerie is soon to embark on a new adventure at Lutheran Hospital and her last day will be next Friday. I will keep you posted as we work on hiring a new team member! (If you know anyone who may be interested, please send my way).

This is testing season. The next several weeks I will be doing a lot of individual testing of students in the upper grades. As such, there will be more “go with the flow” days and para leadership in our classroom. Let me know if you have any questions about this!

Finally, our please vote for our art classroom to win a makeover with IKEA! http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1965768/Vote-for-Your-Favorite-Life-Improvement-Project-2016

Have a great weekend,

Ms Wales


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