This past week we had a potpourri of Morning Curriculum Shares and Celebrations throughout the school:
Math games were celebrated in Ms Bienen’s classroom, as students shared some of their favorite in-class Math Centers activities such as Race to 100, Match Game, and Double-Up, with their parents.  Engaging in math playfully with your children is an absolutely critical component to their development of mathematical flexibility, curiosity, and engagement.  In addition, board games like Chutes and Ladders and Monopoly Jr. are such fertile grounds for mathematical inquiry for our younger students. I encourage all parents to emphasize these face-to-face (non-digital!!) fun and educational activities with their children!
On that same morning, Mrs. Guzzi was celebrating Dr. Seuss with her annual Green Eggs and Ham family breakfast, which featured both green eggs and ham for students and parents!
Here are three wonderful quotes from the immortal Dr. Seuss that are among my favorites for their affirming messages:
Today you are you! 
That is truer than true! 
There is no one alive who is you-er than you!
You have brains in your head. 
You have feet in your shoes. 
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
The more that you read, the more things you will know. 
The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.
 
Also celebrated this past week: our 5th graders’ narrative writing development! Students shared their stories with their parents, and then engaged in conversation with them about their writing process, literary techniques, and of course, their inspiration.  Students then shared with all assembled their favorite parts of their story, with their pride most evident, not just in their work, but in their development and growth as writers.
These classroom celebrations are an invaluable component of the home-school partnership — please look out for notices from your child’s homeroom teacher about upcoming shares!
 
The Reading Without Walls Challenge:
Ms. Bigda  and Ms. Gallo-Toth, in conjunction with Rebecca Brenner from the Brookline Public Library, recently launched The Reading Without Walls Challenge for our oldest students.  The Challenge involves expanding our reading horizons by choosing books outside our comfort zones:
1. A book about a character who doesn’t look or live like you.
2. A book about a topic you don’t know much about.
3. A book in a format that you don’t normally read for fun.
We encourage all of the adults in our community to engage in the challenge as well!  Participants, young and old, can earn (admittedly rather cool!) buttons for each story they read.
This challenge is the brain-child of novelist GENE LUEN YANG, 2015-16 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.  Mr. Yang is a MacArthur Fellow and author of American-Born Chinese and Secret Coders.  Mr. Yang will be visiting Brookline on April 6.
You can learn more about Mr. Yang and the program online at http://read.gov/cfb/ambassador/index.html (http://read NULL.gov/cfb/ambassador/index NULL.html), and I encourage you to contact Ms. G-T, Ms. Bigda, or me with any questions about participating!
Jim Stoddard
 

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