We have had some really exciting things happen over the past couple of weeks. Firstly, the Water Puppet Theater Field Trip was a great success! The children loved going on such a fun bus ride down to the theater and watching the show. We were joined by both the Discovery classes and all of Grade 1. We booked the entire theater, so the show was just for us. Afterwards we were lucky enough to eat our snack at a lovely restaurant across the street (owned by a Grade 1 parent) and were even provided juice and cookies. Once we returned, the children drew a picture and reflected on their favorite part. Thank you again to the parent volunteers!
We have had a couple more parent storytellers join us. Toby’s Mom read us an Australian classic titled ‘Possum Magic’ and Maeve’s Mom read us a Robert Munsch story titled ‘Zoom’.
I am still looking for parent storytellers, so pretty please with a cherry on top, send me an email if you are interested.
For many weeks now, a Grade 3 student has been reading to small groups in our classroom two times per week. He finally decided to take a bigger risk and read to the whole class. This led to a great discussion about celebrating the success of others and the importance of perseverance.
Last week, we had a guest speaker share a story with all of the K1 classes. Dr. Ashley Stroupe, sister of a teacher at UNIS, came to talk to the children about her work at NASA. She is the ‘driver’ of the Mars Rover. The children asked amazing questions and were extremely engaged in what she had to say. Her talk has inspired many students to draw, create and learn more about space and the mars rover missions.
Here is a short Biography:
Dr. Stroupe has been a Staff Engineer at JPL since December 2003. She works in flight operations for the Mars Exploration Rovers, building sequences for rover driving and operating the robotic arm as well as doing long-term planning for rover traverse. She is also working on the development of the flight mission Mars Science Laboratory, evaluating terrain near potential landing sites. Her research focuses on multi-robot teams in complex environments and behavior-based control, with applications to exploration and mapping, dynamic target observation, and cooperative manipulation. In addition to the research listed here, Dr. Stroupe participates broadly in community activities such as outreach and education and has published multiple conference papers, book chapters, and journal articles in robotics. She recently appeared on “Five Years on Mars” on the National Geographic Channel.
Thank you all for participating with your child in the Art Exhibition. What a fantastic time! I was so impressed with the quality of the artwork and delighted to see how proud the children were to lead you around and show you their creations. And it was such a delight to watch you create artwork along with them.
Here are some other cool things that have been happening in the classroom.
Have a lovely weekend!
Deborah & Thu