First Day

9-4-12

Hello Everyone!

Today has been wonderful. 🙂 We spent some time on organizing our materials, playing memory games and learning about our Morning Meeting routines. We opened the library and read quietly for a good 20 minutes. The peace and independence of the silent reading was a welcome respite mid-morning. 

We had our snack at 10:00 am or so; after speaking with Ms. Ali, we’ve decided to have a before lunch snack. 

As we separated out our supplies for Art and classroom storage, it became clear that almost everyone will need to think about their tools container. I have collected from the students the index cards, water color paints, most of the pencils and glue. We decided as a class to keep our art materials in our desks. To that end, each student needs one or two cases big enough to hold their crayons, markers, a few pencils, an eraser, a pencil sharpener, and a glue stick. I should have put this on the school supply list, but at the time I wasn’t sure I was going to have them keep their own supplies in their desks.

 So. Some students have exactly what they need for organizing their materials and some students need some kind of pencil box to augment what they already have. A few students had soft cases big enough to hold everything. One student commented that she bought hers at Staples –but that she’d gotten the last one. I suggested a hard plastic case:

 Hard case:

 http://www.greenmountschool.org/lists/lt.php?id=N00HUwEMBQJOBloMRQVVBg%3D%3D

 The below soft case isn’t exactly right, but it’s close (and spendy!):

 http://www.greenmountschool.org/lists/lt.php?id=N00HUwEMBQNOBloMRQVVBg%3D%3D

 I don’t care if students keep their pencils, sharpeners and erasers in a smaller case and their markers, glue and crayons in a different case. They just need SOME way to organize these materials.

 I am very sorry to spring this on you at the last minute. When you have time to go out and buy this will be soon enough. We’re set for now in class as I’ve handed out sturdy plastic bags for now.

 We played a community building game I’m calling ‘Line Up!” Students were all given a number card that they pinned to their foreheads. They could see everyone else’s card but not their own. Their task was to line up in order without talking or touching each other.

 Clearly this is a group accustomed to working together! They pulled this off in record time, and we were so excited at the end I forgot to get the final picture! 😦 Attached find a few of the in action shots I captured.

 Thank you for such a fabulous group. I know we are going to have an amazing year!

 Peace,

Pam

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