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March 24, 2013
Monday, March 25, 2013 11:50 PM

The News From Room 209
March 24, 2013

The Garden Party
Hopefully the Garden Party invitations made it home on Friday. It is scheduled for the morning of Wednesday, March 27. Please come sometime between 7:30am and 9:00am to see your child’s work.

So far one family has offered to bring some donut holes, and another will bring juice. If you can contribute fruit, donut holes, juice or coffee, please let me know. Thanks.

Roller Skating
The 3/4 team is going Roller Skating on Thursday, March 28. We will go in the morning and eat lunch there. The cost for skating is $7.50 which includes the skate rental and bus. Students must bring a lunch from home, and can also bring extra money to purchase food at the refreshment stand.

Plant Sale
Just a reminder that if you need additional plant sale forms, there is a stack in the classroom. Let me know and I will put a few in your child’s backpack. So far, the room 209 total is $465.

Paper Bag Book Projects
We are finishing up sharing these projects. It was fun to see the objects that were placed inside the bags to help tell the story and to hear about the main characters. The presentations generated many questions from the group, and provided me with insights into their thinking. Most of the books were highly recommended, so there is now a waiting list for many of the titles!

Writing Workshop
We’ve been studying the “author’s craft” while reading short stories - reading the way a writer would read someone else’s work. So far the focus has been on character development and plot. This week we will pay close attention to the setting and its impact on the story.

Following spring break, each student will use this new understanding of writing, to develop a short story with a strong main character, an interesting setting and a plot that moves through rising action to a turning point, the climax and finally a resolution. Stay tuned for publishing updates!

On the Calendar …
Garden Party - Wednesday, March 27, 7:30 - 9:00am
Roller Skating - Thursday, March 28
All School Morning Meeting dates: 4/12, 5/10