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November 7, 2011
Sunday, November 6, 2011 10:35 PM

Kristin’s Class Newsletter
Clara Barton Open School November 7, 2011
kristinlorna@comcast.net kristin.sonquist@mpls.k12,mn.us 812-695-5419

Dear Families,

Last week we reflected on our learning from the first unit, Gaggles, Flocks and Families. Students wrote about the animals, and the C.A.R.E.S. skill we learned from each. We will continue to work on cooperation, assertion, responsibility, empathy and self control all year long… really for the rest of our lives, right? These are skills determined by several studies to be important to both social and academic success.

Let it Shine
We’ve launched our new unit! Our key questions are:
* What is light?* How do we let our lights shine? * How do people around the world celebrate with light?
We’ll be studying the scientific and cultural importance of light: the sun, stars, electricity, the “light bulb” of a good idea, the special “light” that shines when we do the right thing. We’ll study celebrations that conquer the darkness too, starting with Loy Krathong, a Thai holiday.

Let it Shine Time
Several times a week we’ll gather with Dawn’s class at the end of the day. We’ll read a story about people who have “let their lights shine” and made a contribution to the world. Our first will be Jane Goodall. We’ll encourage students to let their own lights shine too. Compassion, giving, respect, self-discipline, honesty, perseverance, and responsibility are the values we’ll try to reinforce with our Let it Shine Time stories.

The Lantern Walk
When- Saturday November 12, 5:30-6:30
Where- Lyndale Farmstead “bowl, “ Dupont and 40th So.
What- We’ll make lanterns at school and bring them to the park on Saturday evening. The kids will parade around the park with their lanterns, singing, while adults watch and admire.
Why- It’s a lovely way to welcome the coming winter. It’s a long-time 102-104 tradition that is modeled on a German tradition.
We Need- Bring a treat to share if you can- a couple card tables are great, and long lighters come in handy. The whole family is welcome. Dress for the weather~

Arts from the Heart
Community Ed is sponsoring the second annual Arts from the Heart on Saturday. My girl scout troop is serving the sloppy joes, so come, have lunch, and get your holiday shopping started! Thanks!

Kristin