Thursday, December 22, 2016

Exciting News in Room 17

Room 17 had some exciting news today.

The Science Center had asked for all second graders to think of a new name for the alligator at the Science Center.  Each child thought of a name and filled out a slip.  Our exciting news today was that the name that was chosen was ATHENA which is the name Anju chose.

Ms. Pavlicek brought Athena to school to meet with the children of room 17.  Anju was quite surprised she had won the contest.

Congratulations, Anju!

Hour of Code

Today rooms 17 & 18 participated in the Hour of Code.  

The Hour of Code is an initiative to have students and teachers in over 180 countries all participate in coding.

The children used coding apps to learn the basics of computer programming, video game development and app development.

These children worked so hard they earned a certificate!!

Here is the link if your child would like to try it at home:

Holiday Gift Shop

Thank you to the PTO for offering the holiday shop.

The children really enjoyed shopping for their family and friends.

Learning about Hanukkah

On Wednesday, Josh's dad came in to talk with the class about Hanukkah.  We learned about the menorah, the shammas candle and the miracle of the oil lasting for eight nights.

Josh's dad also explained their family tradition of saying the prayer each night together and lighting the candle together.  Also, they have a special meal with family and exchange gifts.

We learned how to play the dreidel game.  The children were really good at spinning the dreidel.

Lastly, we made the connection between all of the holidays and traditions we have talked about.  We found that each tradition involves being kind and spending time with family and friends.

We look forward to hearing about more holidays and traditions from our classroom community.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Holiday Traditions and Customs

As part of our Social Studies curriculum, we have been discussing the  diversity in our classroom.  We have so many ways to celebrate our holidays, customs and traditions.

This week we have invited parents to come in and share their family traditions with the class.

On Monday, Krish's Mom came in to talk with us about Garba.  Garba is a type of folk dance originated from Gujral, India.  It is mainly performed during the festival called Navrati. It is a festival that lasts for 9 days and comes around September or October, based on the Hindu calendar.

The Garba represents the life in the mother's womb.  The dance worships the divinity and Power of the Goddess Durga, Amba.

The Garba is performed usually on the late evening.  People gather up in an open space.  They start with a traditional ritual like Aarti.  It begins with a slow tempo and as time passes the energy level increases.  Traditionally people used to perform Garba on the rhythm of Dhol (drum) and other instruments.  Garba is a colorful, vibrant, high energy dance with a fast beat music.

Dancers use their hands and feet in synchronization and  move around in a circle.  Dancers wear colorful costumes. Girls wear "Chaniya Choli" and boys wear "Kediyu".

On Tuesday Emmett's Mom came in to talk with us about their family tradition of kindness.  Each holiday season Emmett's family adopts a family to help with holiday shopping.  The family purchases gifts for the children and household items for the parents.  They also purchase food for the family. They make sure to include activities for the family to enjoy together.  Emmett's family then wraps all of the presents to deliver to the family.

Over the years, Emmett's family now includes friends in their family tradition.  This year a group of friends purchased and donated gifts to two families in need.  

Emmett's Mom focused on the spirit of kindness and giving to those less fortunate.  She encouraged the children to find ways to reach out and support those who need assistance. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Holiday Shopping

The Fox Hill PTO is sponsoring a Holiday Shop for the children to be able to buy gifts for their families.  

Rooms 17 & 18 will be going to the Holiday Shop on Thursday.

Holiday Shopping is optional.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Random Acts of Kindness

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Acts of Kindness

With the holiday season upon us, we have been talking with the children about “giving”.  We have let the children know that giving is not necessarily connected with material objects but more importantly, giving of oneself in acts of kindness.  We are encouraging the children to perform at least two acts of kindness every day: one at school and one at home.

The homework for the next few weeks will be to record the acts of kindness. Please sign the sheet each day and have your child bring it in their homework folder.   This way they will be able to share their acts of kindness with us and we can discuss the true meaning of the holiday season.

Happy Holidays