Hello 2/3 Families,

Welcome to the first of our weekly blog posts! Each Friday, you will be able to read about things happening at school, see pictures, and learn about what has been going on in the 2/3 multiage classrooms.

It was great to see many parents at school Wednesday morning for our 2/3 Curriculum Meeting. We understand that early mornings can be challenging, so we have included the information for you in several ways. Each tab above about contains information about the 2/3 classrooms including our Program of Inquiry, foundations for discipline and information about homework. Everything is also available for you to download in a packet.

2_3 Curriculum Meeting 2019-2020.docx

This week, both classes started the first unit of inquiry under the transdisciplinary theme of Who We Are. The central idea is: Indigenous cultures may influence beliefs and values of modern communities.

The three lines of inquiry are:

  • Understanding the distinct and unique characteristics of indigenous people: values, beliefs, spirituality and traditions.
  • Recognizing the importance of indigenous cultures.
  • Reflecting on similarities and differences between indigenous people and our own cultures.
If you or someone you know is able to share with the students about indigenous cultures locally or around the world, we would love to learn from you! This is also a great way to get started on your volunteer hours.

In English, students started the year by writing about things they did Labor Day weekend. Students used their five senses to plan what they wanted to share. After reading several books by Tomie dePaola, students revised their work to share more information, including descriptions like dePaola’s. Step in the classroom early next week to see their finished work on display!

In Design, students were “super secret technology spies” as they explored the school in search of technology. Ask them what they found!

Students started learning about the design process.

  • The first step is to inquire or ask. What are we doing? Is there a problem that needs to be solved? What is the task?
  • The second step is to plan. Students started planning a weaving project, selecting the colors they would like to use and creating patterns for them to follow.
  • Stay tuned for steps three and four!

Thursday morning, students had the opportunity to learn about different cultures from international visitors through the Mansfield Center. Check out some of the pictures under the photos tab above!

This week, students started exploring the math workshop, learning games and activities that will support the development of a variety of skills. Ask your child(ren) to teach you one or two of the games they learned!

Upcoming Events

  • Walk and Roll Week – September 15 – September 21
    • Bike, Walk or Bus to school!
  • All Parent meeting – Thursday, September 26, 6:30 PM
  • NO SCHOOL – Monday, September 30

Have a wonderful weekend!

The 2/3 Team