It's the season of giving. Everyone is rushing to shop in the department stores, the mall, the bookstores, the grocery stores, or if you are like me...you do lots of your shopping online. While it is fun to give things to others and see the look on people's faces when they open up a gift, there are many things that we can give that can't be bought.
Those are just a few gifts that cost nothing and can't be bought in any store. I am sure you can think of several other gifts that you can give to your students.
What gifts will you give to your students during the holiday season and continue to give to them into the new year?
As we wind down 2017, and get ready to dive into 2018, I love to look in my Goodreads account and see the different books I have read this year. I also like to see what books I missed that I need to add to my always-piled-high to-be-read pile! Here are some links to lists of good books from 2017:
I can't wait to spend some time over the break curling up with a good book! How about you?
Events this week:
Monday - Elf Hunt Fun in the am! Dr. Chesson visits in the am, Elementary Curriculum Leadership Mtg @ 2:15
Tuesday - "Lettuce" get ready for the holidays! Office/nurse/guidance are providing a salad lunch in the staff room
Wednesday - Bling it on Day! Wear your best festive wear! GDRSD HS Chorus Concert in the PAC @ 9:30, Staff meeting @ 3:30, Farewell Party for Russ Hoyt at Boutwell from 3:00-4:30
Thursday - The ever-popular snack cart will be making its way around the school today! GDRSD HS Band Concert in the PAC @ 9:30
Friday - Pajama Play Day! Liz and Melissa at SLT in the am
**I encourage everyone to leave as soon as the students are gone. I hope you all enjoy the holiday break with your family and friends. See you in 2018!
Great things I noticed last week:
- I had so much fun taking the 4th graders to see the movie "Wonder" on Tuesday! Students were glued to the screen during the whole movie, and many asked me if I cried. Yes, I did. and so did many of them. Great conversations that have happened since watching this movie, and I am looking forward to what our 4th graders will do to pay it forward after this trip.
- These 3rd graders from Mrs. Fournier's class stopped by to visit with me in my office and share some information writing that they have been working on. I learned several new facts about the ocean as a result of our chat. I didn't get a picture, but I also stopped into Mr. Smith's class and learned that his students are writing about topics such as sloths, soccer, and Nascar. Going to have to go back in and read more information books!
- I did not get to snap any pictures (but Mrs. Miln snuck one!), but I did enjoy reading in several different classrooms on Thursday. I read Malala's Magic Pencil to several classes and we discussed how our words and what we write is magic and has special power. I also had fun reading The Case of the Stinky Stench to some first grade classrooms and we brainstormed our own fridge adventures and food landscapes!
Jess Lahey, the author of The Gift of Failure, has been putting together some video clips in response to frequently asked questions. Here's one called 'How to Motivate Kids Who Coast':