Yesterday we had a really enlightening debate over supporting your country in wartime. It was sparked by a comment from one of the characters in our novel study, “The Boy Who Dared”. The book is about a young teen growing up in Nazi Germany and his growing distaste of Hitler. He’s torn between being a patriotic German, but questioning his leader’s motives. It pained me to stop the debate when time dwindled but feel free to reignite the conversation at home. There were some really interesting perspectives being shared.
We’re about to start the ball rolling on our magazine project. Students have brainstormed and organized several pieces of writing in preparation of this. For Tuesday, they need to have the two topics they wish to publish at the organization stage. (They will be drafting them on Tuesday with the school laptops.) I’ve asked that the two memoirs be different from each other. Feel free to talk to your child about what he/she is considering. If there are pictures that will complement his/her writing, feel free to send them to me via Dojo or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). I’ll be in touch in a couple of weeks about things needed for the consolidation process.
We enjoyed a presentation from one of the organizers from the FINA World Swimming Championships yesterday. On December 8th. we’ll be traveling to the WFCU Centre to watch some of the heats involving these world class, and in some cases, Olympian, athletes. We have plenty of bus space so if you’d like to tag along, send me a note, or fill in the bottom section of the permission form, which was sent home today. The school is covering the cost of transportation. The only cost to students is money to buy a snack (we’ll be back at the school for a late lunch). Since outside food is not allowed in the facility, students will need to buy something to tide them over until our return. A menu was also included with the permission form so you can gauge how much to send with your child. There may be some souvenir-related things for sale too if you wish to pack a few extra dollars. Looking forward to an exciting event!
Looking into December, there is going to be a door decoration contest in the school. I’ve put the class to work brainstorming ideas, which are due next Thursday. From the submitted ideas, we’ll decide on what our door will look like and begin the process of putting it together. Also, stay tuned for a note regarding Secret Santa, which we’ll do on the last day before the break. More details about what to expect next month will be highlighted in the December newsletter.
Enjoy the weekend!