Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Jobs in the Real World

Students brought home a career survey today. They are to interview an adult that is employed full time. Most were talking about interviewing their parents. Please take this opportunity to talk to your kids about the realities of the working world. Later this week, I will be showing students the ugly world of the adult finances. Why is it important to have a job with health insurance? How much money do you really take home after taxes? And what bills are reality when it comes to juggling your money? I think this will be an eye-opening experience for them. It shall be interesting!

Remember that conferences are Wednesday and Thursday. Further, Thursday and Friday are half days (for students, not us!) I look forward to seeing all of you this week.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Pocohontas: Real or Fiction?

For the past few classes we have been studying the details of Jamestown, the first English permanent colony. We've learned about several key players that took part in the Jamestown story: John Smith, King James, John Rolfe, Powhatan and Pocohontas. Yes, Pocohontas is a real person from history. Many students were able to relate to the Disney movie dedicated to her. Unfortunately, they often perceive movies as historicial truth. Hopefully, students have been able to create a new (more accurate) understanding of this period in time. Students will receive a practice test this week. Please ask your child about the practice test and take time to review the information. There will be a test the following week.

Wednesday and Thursday are Parent/Teacher Conferences. Specific times have been sent home with each student. Please return the slip confirming your attendance at your child's scheduled time. We look forward to meeting with you! See you this week.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Will We Ever Have a Normal Week?

Normal? What's that? It seems that we have been off schedule for the last couple of weeks with all the snow days and camp. And as we look ahead, we have mid-winter break and conferences to prevent us from having a full week until March. Whether that's good or bad, it's the way the scheduling cookie is going to crumble.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all the parents that volunteered their time to brave the cold at Camp Pendalouan. It was frigid and snowy, but the kids had a great time! We had one of the best camp staffs yet. They were very energetic and knowlegeable.

Congratulations to all the students that made the first and second marking period honor rolls. It was exciting to see how many families were able to attend last Tuesday's assembly. Keep up the hard work and you'll continue to earn honor roll privileges!

Conference forms went home last week with students. Please fill out times that work for your family and return to your child's language arts teacher. Look for a confirmation letter with your scheduled conference time to come home in the next week.