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September 6, 2010
Monday, September 6, 2010 10:15 PM

Kristin’s Class Newsletter
Clara Barton Open School   September 6, 2010  612-­‐695-­‐5410
kristinlorna@comcast.net        kristin.sonquist@mpls.k12.mn.us

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Dear Families,

The first week was smooth and happy! We’ve been getting to know each other by sharing and playing together. I’ve had a chance to hear lots of kids read and I’ve been watching carefully while students solve problems together, build together, and work together. I’m learning a lot about our new class!

Thanks to all of you who came to Parent Information Night. Steve’s talk really hit home with lots of us. I’m so glad to be teaching at Barton, where we think about what our students are like and what they need from us.

Last Week
We started the week with an old favorite. We read several versions of Cinderella, thought about what she was like, and what her hopes and dreams were. We thought of our own hopes and dreams, and made rules that will help our hopes and dreams come true.

As we work and play together throughout the year, we’ll talk about the rules we created together, and what it looks like, sounds like, and feels like to follow our rules at different times and places.

If you didn’t have a chance to write your hopes and dreams for your child, we’ve attached a “cloud” to this newsletter. Write your thoughts and send it back.

This Week
I’ll continue with reading, math and spelling assessments with the help of Mai and Katherine, our wonderful student teachers. We’ll read more Cinderella Stories and practice more routines.

Recess
All students go out and play at recess unless it is raining HARD or below zero. A half hour is a long time to be cold. Please watch the weather and make sure your child has appropriate outerwear.

Toys from Home…
…are absolutely not to come to school. This includes pokemon cards, lego guys, stuffed animals, etc. I know kids love to show off their toys- it just leads to a bunch of trouble at school. We want students to share their thoughts, ideas, stories, strategies, memories, plans, etc- not their stuff.

Homework
The transition from summer to school is plenty. Kids are just plain exhausted by the end of the day. It’ll get better!

Thanks! Kristin