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Reflections on an Awesome School Year

We did some deep, inspiring thinking even on the last day of school! Here are some of the questions we used in our final home groups to guide our discussions:

  1. What is something we did this year that you think you will remember for the rest of your life?
  2. What is something you accomplished this year that you are proud of?
  3. What was the nicest thing someone in our class did for you this year?
  4. What was the most challenging part of this year for you?
  5. Where is your favorite place in our classroom (or school)? Why?
  6. If you could change one thing that happened this year, what would it be?
  7. What are three things you did this year to help your classmates?
  8. What are the three most important things you learned this year?
  9. What is something that was hard for you at the start of the year but is easy now?
  10. In what area do you feel you made your biggest improvements?
  11. What is your favorite part of the day in our class? Why?
  12. What is something you taught your teacher or classmates this year?
  13. Of the books you read this year, which was your favorite? Why?
  14. What was the best piece of writing that you did this year? Why do you think it is your best?
  15. What person at our school has made the biggest impact in your life this year? Why?
  16. What is something the teacher could have done to make this year better?
  17. What are six adjectives that best describe this school year?
  18. Knowing what you know now, if you could write a letter to yourself that would travel back in time so that you would receive it at the start of the school year, what advice would you give your younger self?
  19. When you consider the rest of your life, what percentage of what you learned this year do you think will be useful to you?
  20. What advice would you give students who will be in this class next year?

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Great Summer Reads!

q-1Ella Enchanted. At birth, Ella is given the gift of obedience from a fairy. But as Ella gets older, she starts to consider her gift a curse instead, and she goes on a quest to bread it. Grades 3-5.




q-2Mathilda. Young Mathilda is sent to boarding school where the menacing headmistress makes it her mission in life to terrorize the children. When Mathilda decides to fight back, she realizes she has extraordinary powers. Grades 3-5.


q-3Bridge to Teribithia. Jess and Leslie are best friends who create an imaginary kingdom in the woods called Teribithia, where they are king and queen. The book explores the friendship that brings them together and the tragedy that pulls them apart. Grades 3-5.




q-4The One and Only Ivan. Ivan is a gorilla who has spent the last 27 years of his life in a glass enclosure in a shopping mall. When he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, everything changes. Grades 3-5.




q-5The Tale of Desperaux. Desperaux a mouse who’s in love with a princess who breaks the rules and communicates with humans. In punishment, he’s sent to live with (or be eaten by) the rats. Will Desperaux escape to claim the princess’ hand? Grades 3-5.



q-6The Phantom Tollbooth. Milo thinks everything is a waste of time, until a phantom tollbooth appears in his room. He drives through into a strange land where just about everything is a play on words and has a wonderful adventure. Grades 3-5.



q-7Freak the Mighty. This is the story of the unlikely friendship of two boys: a teenage giant with a learning disability and a difficult past, and a tiny genius with a serious birth defect. Together they become an invincible duo. Grades 4-7.

by doneail

Tuesday, October 27

photo 06 2.44.25 PMStudents did an amazing job learning about election candidates and then writing their own speeches for our Prime Minister for a Day class election. We learned that election speeches really are persuasive text, designed to change or convince someone to vote for a particular person. photo 04 2.44.25 PM

So, what matters in an election speech?

  • “the candidate should give good reasons why they are the best choice” – Braiden
  • “some really good examples of why they are the best choice for prime minister should be given” – Anaisha
  • “voters need to know who they are voting for… so the best person gets the job” – Riley
  • “it’s important for candidates to know their audience… so they can persuade them” – Kayden
  • photo 05 2.44.25 PM“persuade the voters by using strong language… tell them who to vote for” – Ariel