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November 22, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010 11:20 PM

Kristin’s Class Newsletter
November 22, 2010         Clara Barton Open School
612-695-5410      kristinlorna@comcast.net       kristin.sonquist@mpls.k12.mn.us
 
 Dear Families,
            It will be a short and busy week! It will be great to have Wednesday at home to get my bread and pies baked, but my favorite Thanksgiving cooking will happen on Monday when we make our stone soup. It is so much fun to see kids empowered to scrub veggies, chop them up, and cook them into a wonderful soup. They will serve their creation from 11:30-12:30 on Tuesday in room 102. You are all invited!
            If you can’t come, it’s ok. Let me know so that I can invite a Barton sibling down to the party or have your child bring soup to a Barton teacher. Glen, Steve, Pete and Dave are all big fans of our soup!
 
Send a Lunch!
            The kids will love to cook and serve the soup, but they may not be ready to eat it. Send a lunch on Tuesday if your child is not a veggie soup eater.
 
Spelling Tests
            If we run out of time for the spelling test on a Friday, we’ll try to do it on the following Monday. The real benefit from the weekly spelling list isn’t to find out the Friday “score” but to use it to do some pattern word study, build a collection of sight words and have some vocabulary words that will help us talk and write about our studies. If your child is really wishing for the challenge of a spelling test and is sad we miss it on a Friday, you can always do it at home! 
 
Words Their Way
            We are also doing “words their way” to explore the pattern words your child is “using but confusing.” We sort the words in different ways, and then play some games. This is done in small groups. Thanks to the volunteers and student teachers who have been helping with the “words their way” routines.
 
Holly
            Holly Huelster, our student teacher, has been taking on more and more teaching. She has started a dialogue journal that the kids are really excited about. She has gone all out to get to know each child. I’ve been happy to be able to work with individual students while Holly manages the whole group. You’ll get to meet her at the Stone Soup lunch if you haven’t already. 
 
Happy Thanksgiving!
Enjoy your long weekend! I am thankful for all of you and for our caring school community.
 
Love, Kristin