Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Soft Opening


As I mentioned by email, here are a few snaps from today.  

Literacy Station Signs  (to be continued)


Fruity Math

The Big Idea

More thoughts for you Friday. 

Keep well, Don

Friday, June 8, 2018

On to 4th Grade!


I was proud to have been involved in the 2017/18 third grade experience. 

Each student has grown academically and, most importantly, matured socially. Together they were a terrific group. Now it's on to fourth grade. Just like that, it happened. 

The final report card is in the backpack along with a summer transition book. Please try to do one page per day from this booklet. The regime we'll help keep your child sharp. Summer has a way of dulling what was learned over the school year and we worked too hard to forget certain concepts. But, it's important to only do one "day" or page at a time, and just spend 20 minutes or so per sitting. See the last blog post for more information. 

Now here are some snapshots from our fun final week. 

Field Trip to Park and Museum

Unfortunately photos inside the museum were not allowed. But it was incredibly interesting. I recommend a visit if you have not already been. 

Water Day!  

Epic fun!

And now we're...

Happy Summer!

Saturday, June 2, 2018

G3 Magazine


Most of our academic year is done, so we have one fun school week to go! 

We have a huge water-play day planned, and I'm gonna join in some serious dodgeball games, and there's a treat we'll discuss in email.

This week we celebrated four birthdays!

That's a lot of cake and birthday wishes.

In anticipation of a long lazy summer, each third grader will receive a summer transition packet with 40 pages of daily math and language arts activities. Each page should take about 15 minutes to do. That's nothing, right? But please only do one page at a time. The format is the same as the spring break books: eight mixed problems. 

With 50+ days of summer, 40 pages should be a summer breeze.  It's voluntary, but after 50 days of potential forgetfulness, who wouldn't want to be sharp to smooth out new learning challenges?   

Here's our one and only magazine of short articles. If only we had discovered G3 Magazine months ago. So fun! (click here)

Enjoy your weekend! 

Friday, May 25, 2018

Tailor Made


What an Africa Day! 

We had a lot of front-row fun at our Africa Day event. 

Tailor-made Threads

Rainy Day Recess

Weird Science

Earlier in the day we visited the G4-6 school science fair. 

Balloon Popping Simple Machines

Four teams, two pops.

But never stand too close to the balloon.

That's all folks. The 2017/2018 school year is quickly coming to a close. More on that next time.

Enjoy your weekend,

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Ramadan Mubarak!


Wabi Sabi

Do you know what wabi sabi means? It's a Japanese view of beauty where imperfections are valued and impermanence is welcomed. Ask your third grader for an example of wabi sabi. 

Wabi Sabi is also a beautiful book that displays the Japanese style of poetry called haiku. Reading Wabi Sabi inspired our writers. 

Maker Space Cadets

We're busy applying our understanding of simple machines in intricate attempts to pop balloons. Stay tuned... 

Good Idea Basket

This water basket was created by our thoughtful assistants to conveniently help kids stay hydrated while playing. 

If your child plans to fast during Ramadan, please confirm your approval with me so we can discuss outdoor activities. Until we talk, I have to respect the word of the child.

As one haiku expressed, a typical day in third grade, with recess and PE, can be difficult in Mali's heat.

Seriously, hydration during these events or sitting out of play time needs to be discussed, so please be in touch.

Ramadan Mubarak!

Thursday, May 10, 2018



Student-led Conferences (SLC) is this week's only thought. 

If you have not signed up or spoken with me about an SLC, please contact me at my school email address. 

As of today, Thursday afternoon, 08:30, 09:30, and anytime between 11:30 and 14:00 Friday are available. 

Please let me know if you'd one of these times or if we should make other arrangements. 

That's all!  Talk soon!