Acknowledgement Circles: Holding the earth (inflatable globe), the birthday child walks around a paper sun (made especially for the occasion and signed by everyone in the class) one time for every year old. We sing "We celebrate your birth, and your place on the earth, may the sun, moon and stars, bring you peace where you are" (to the tune of Happy Birthday). Then we go around the circle and give acknowledgements to the birthday child. An acknowledgement is something special we see in the person. Family members are encouraged to join us for birthday celebrations. I will be in touch a few weeks before your child's birthday celebration to invite you. Often parents ask if they need to bring anything to the celebration–the answer is just your presence & perhaps a tissue (many find it moving to hear their child acknowledged and valued). A few families in the past have chosen to give a book to our classroom library in honor of their child, either a family favorite or one off of our wishlist.
Summer Birthdays: If your child's birthday falls outside of the school year, we will celebrate his/her half birthday.
Each day your child will bring home the QAE orange folder and must return it to school each day. Important notes and work may be sent home through this folder. Papers on the “return to school” side need to be filled out and sent back to school. Please encourage your child to take responsibility for the contents of his/her folder and remember to bring it back to school. In 4th grade the expectation is that parents assist with this, but the student should primarily be responsible for it. It's a good idea to help your child establish a system at home for unpacking his/her backpack after school, emptying the orange folder, refilling it if necessary, etc. This helps them learn to be responsible, disciplined, organized scholars. If you put something in your child's orange folder for me or the office, please let your child know it's there and that it is important to put in our green bin (located on top of student mailboxes) when he/she gets to school.
We have a snack time in the afternoon. Your children are encouraged to bring a healthy item (such as fruit, cheese, crackers, yogurt) that will sustain them until the end of the day. Please do not send high-sugar drinks, sweets or chips.
Our school-wide focus on reading includes a nightly reading-at-home program. We ask that your child reads for a minimum of 20-30 minutes every night.