Weekly Digest

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Welcome to the Weekly Digest!  Every Friday (or Thursday on a shortened week), I will give you an update on the goings-on in 4M.  Some will be brief while others will be lengthy depending on the news we have to share.  You should see “Weekly Digest” in your child’s agenda every Friday.  Anything that appears in your child’s agenda (for the most part), should appear on the blog too.

First of all, I’d like to thank you for checking in and staying in touch with your child’s learning.  (If it’s more convenient, there’s a “subscribe” button down the right side of the page here and, by clicking it, you can receive email updates every time a new post is created.)  I would also like to thank you for taking the time to complete all that paperwork that came home on the first day of school; nothing like parent homework on the first day!  🙂

Well, we’ve completed one week and we’re off to a good start.  We have engaged in a number of team building activities to create a sense of community and respect among each other.  This is crucial to my classroom; we will be one family for the next ten months and we need to respect each other as such.  We haven’t really jumped into the curriculum just yet, mainly because we don’t know what the “reorganization gods” have in store for us.  As always, we need to see what has happened with student enrollment over the summer to see if classes are affected in any way.  We should know something partway through next week and, if all goes well, we’ll get by unscathed.  So in the meantime, we will continue to work on routines, review some basic concepts, and engage in a few projects that allow the students to reveal some things about themselves.  Today, we shared information about each other in a game of 4M bingo with m&ms as bingo chips!

On Wednesday, your child should have brought home a slip of paper with instructions on how to create your Class Dojo account.  Once your account is created, you’ll receive Class Dojo reports every Friday.  For those who haven’t yet done this, I’ll be adding your email address to the list so that the reports still get to you.  In the early going, points will be light as students get used to the way things work in 4M.  This will change over time, however.  There is more detailed information about Class Dojo in the Parents’ Corner tab at the top-right of the page if you’d like to learn more.

Thanks again for checking in.

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