It is hard to believe that the winter holiday season is upon us and that we have already completed a third of a very productive and exciting school year!
The UE students started the month of November with the first student-led conferences of the school year. Everyone worked very hard to prepare for the meetings with their parents, and the general consensus was that the experience was meaningful and positive. We would like to extend thanks to all of the families that took time out of their busy schedules to participate in the classroom observations and conferences. These experiences allow the students to take ownership of their educational experience while practicing the valuable skills of recognizing and discussing their strengths and challenges in a safe and supportive environment.
Winter would not be the same without our seasonal performance. The students are working diligently to create an entertaining winter program. Continuing the class tradition of this favorite event, the Upper Elementary students are responsible for writing scripts and casting performers, as well as constructing sets, props, and costumes. The students look forward to sharing their program with the community on December 20th.
In addition to working on these seasonal projects, the students have also been very busy completing their second major reports of the year, which focus on researching various hominins and ancient civilizations. While preparing for these research reports, the students participated in class discussions about the fundamental needs of humans. These discussions led the students to think about the differences between a need and a “want” and the many people around the world that might not always be able to meet their fundamental needs. As a result of these conversations, the students chose to participate in a favorite charitable class project.
For the third year in a row, the UE students participated in Trick or Treat for UNICEF and were able to raise almost $100 in donations. This experience demonstrated to everyone the value of empathy for others as well as gratitude for our own good fortunes. Continuing with the spirit of the season, the Upper Elementary class would like to thank everyone who joined us for our annual Thanksgiving Feast. The feast provides another beautiful way for the students to share the value of teamwork and gratitude with our community.
Until next month,
Ms. Rebecca and the students of the UE class