The Special Area team hopes you'll make plans to come out and visit us for our Special Area Parent Night on September 16th from 6:00-7:30. That night you'll receive more detailed insight to your child's special area classes, "walk in their shoes" as you rotate to each class. Parents have asked me if this is the same information we shared at Open House. It is not. Open House was general information that applied to all of the Primary Center Special Area classes such as the Accelerated Reader program, the Teacher Connection page and student behavior expectations. During this night you'll get to visit each Special Area class and participate in activities that would be similar to what your child experiences when they visit us. Many parents share with us that the experience is very insightful. Not to mention, this night will count for an hour and a half of those precious Informational Parent Involvement hours. (Of which, all parents are required to have at least 10.)
I have added some photos of what we are working on in class. (click here for the blog: www.strokesofart.blogspot.com) I'm introducing the first grade students to concept of "art journals" as compared to "sketchbooks". We will use our journals to practice sketching in this year, but we will also add paint, scraps of paper and extra pages that fold out. I believe it will be a nice keepsake when our year together is done.
Most of our first graders have the sketchbook that they need, but there are just a few who still need one. If you are able to donate an extra one, please let me know. It would be greatly appreciated and can count towards PI donation. Just include your receipt.
Please know, that you can contact me with any questions, by phone and E-mail. I can't take phone calls during the school day, as I'm always with students, but E-mails will always work and I will write back as soon as possible.