Dear Families,

Social justice is one of our school’s values. To support our on-going learning, an educator from Teaching Tolerance lead us through a workshop that focused on how we can design lessons around social justice standards: identity, diversity, justice, and action. Teaching Tolerance is a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center. The workshop was inspiring and meaningful. To learn more about Teaching Tolerance, you can follow this link, https://www.tolerance.org/.

Our experience on Monday connects to an on-going theme we have in fifth-grade. Early in the year, the children were designated as Agents of Change, and over the course of this year, the class will look within themselves and discover how to make positive changes in their lives and in our world. 

Here’s the link to the video that informed the children that they are agents of change: https://youtu.be/Y4bjlcykAfk.

Next week is an intensive week with Krissie in the Discovery Center. During this time, the class will be exploring the first standard, Identity, as they complete a project that demonstrates self-awareness, confidence, family pride, and positive social identities.  

Later in the year, the children will research a social justice issue and determine what actions one can take against prejudice and discriminatory actions. The topic your child takes on should reflect your family’s values, and we encourage you to talk to your child about social justice issues.

Something about social justice and issues may come up in discussions. 

Message to parents that they will hear about things from kids. We want to know their concerns about what their kids are taking home.

As we study our nation, conversations around social justice will arise. We intend to guide the children through these discussions so they can establish a developmentally appropriate understanding of the world around them with compassion. Please let us know as soon as possible if you have any concerns or if a topic develops at home that you would like to talk about.

Working with the group on writing has been inspirational to say the least.  This week we continued to discuss the idea of elevating our writing through dreaming the dream of a story. The idea is that kids put themselves inside the story or memory before they begin to write. In order to develop vocabulary that may help with this process, we discussed and created lists of vivid verbs. For example, there is definitely a difference between walk and strut, or strut and saunter. Next week we will begin our journey through the writer’s process with a personal narrative. 

And now, a message from Kirsten:

Please join us for a special class of fitness and fun in physical education. Participate with your child’s P.E. class and experience how they are learning to lead physically active and healthy lives. Class times are listed below. Please RSVP by Wednesday, October 2nd by emailing Kirsten Mehl directly at kirsten.mehl@gatewaysc.org or by filling out and returning the BYPTP form sent home with your child. 

4th Brianna: Thursday, October 10th 9:30-10:30am

4th Rachel: Wednesday, October 16th 9:30-10:30am

5th Kurt: Monday, October 7th 11:30-12:30pm

5th Sari: Monday, October 7th 2:00-3:00pm

What to Expect: This is a learn by doing event, so expect to run, jump, have fun, play AND LEARN while participating as a member of your child’s P.E. class. If participation is not possible, please come and observe.

What to Wear:  Wear appropriate clothing for exercise and don’t forget your sneakers!

When to Come: Please arrive a couple of minutes before your child’s scheduled class time indicated above.

Where to Go: We’ll meet on the blacktop near the P.E. classroom. Please be sure to check in at the receptionist desk first for a name tag.

What if it rains?  Some classes may have to be rescheduled. Check your email before coming.

Hope to see you on the field!

Finally, Picture Day is next week:

Thursday, September 26th

8:30-9am…….8th grade

9-9:30am…….Brianna’s 4th grade

9:30-10am……..Julie’s 3rd grade

10-10:30am……….Kurt’s 5th grade

11-11:30am…………Rachel’s 4th grade

11:30-12:00pm…….Kaia’s 3rd grade

Friday, September 27th

8:30-9:15am……6th & 7th grades

9:15am-10am…….Becky’s Kindy

10-10:30am………..Jonnie’s 1st grade

11-11:30am……..Sari’s 5th grade

11:30-12:00pm……..Nichole’s 2nd grade

Student Photo Timeline:

  • Order Forms will arrive for distribution one week after Picture Day.
  • Make Up Day scheduled 2 weeks after the original Picture Day.
  • Printed photos around the end of October! Photos will be distributed through the school to each class for students to take home.

All the best,

Sari