Tuesday News – September 27th

Growth Mindset

September’s theme: Everyone can learn!

 ● Today we participated in a class discussion about what is a Growth Mindset  versus a Fixed Mindset.  
● Students were also very courageous in sharing something for them that was difficult to learn.  
● I then interviewed students afterward about an area in which they 
GLOW, and an area where they would like to GROW.   I look forward to sharing these at our conferences.


If you have not already done so, you can sign up for a conference  HERE.
This is a chance for you to ask questions, as well as begin a discussion about your student’s progress and areas for growth, and how you can help support them at home. 
I look forward to talking with you!

Buddies with Ashley’s Class

Did you know our class is buddies with Ashley’s class? This means we get together every couple of weeks to share and collaborate in games, art, and other activities. 
Ashley’s class also hosts a monthly lunch with all the classes here at Village, and a few weeks back we all got to have our first lunch with them!
They were wonderful hosts, engaging us in fun get-to-know-you conversation.

Art Exploration

We have been exploring and practicing different painting techniques during art on Tuesdays. So far students have made a summer tree, the sunrise, and the sunset using the same technique. Last week they learned some new paint techniques to create their autumn trees.
I just love how different they all look when they’re TOGETHER…
“It’s like an autumn tree forest” ~Oliver

Thanks for reading!
*Miss Kristen*

“No matter what your ability is, 
effort is what ignites that ability and turns it into accomplishment”
~Carol Dweck

Tuesday News – September 20th

Reminders & Upcoming Dates

This Friday, Sept. 23rd – No School
Beginning October 3rd – Conferences (see below for more information)
October 7th & 10th – Fall Break – No school
October 21st – Hoedown! This event is one of my favorites and should not be missed!

Selections from the STEAM Shelf

One of the shelves in the middle of our classroom is full of fun activities related to math, science, engineering and art. Students can build creations with friends, or choose to work on an activity alone. 
The STEAM shelf is available at choices time, as well as during some of our group rotations.

Fall Conferences

It’s that time already! I look forward to meeting with you to discuss your student’s progress and goals for the year so far.
See the link below to sign up for a conference day and time. 

Tomorrow our class will be celebrating the  International Day of Peace with a couple of activities… we briefly discussed today during circle that peace-related shirts/signs/flags, etc are welcome tomorrow (but not required).


*Miss Kristen* 

“I truly believe the only way we can create global peace is through not only educating our minds, but our hearts and our souls.”
~Malala Yousafzai

And now for this week’s installment of TUESDAY TWINS featuring Nayeli and Noa…

Here is a team creation by Levi and Ousei, and an individual mosaic project by Emmaline:

Tuesday News – September 13th


Homework has begun this week! I gave this information at the parent meeting, and this serves as a reminder. Here are some logistics to remember regarding this routine:

● Homework is given Monday through Wednesday
● Homework folders come back to school the day after they are given out (in the case of absences, etc, they come back asap!)
● Spelling lists are given on Mondays and are kept AT HOME (students may have a special spot that works for them; the fridge, the wall, a desk, or their backpack but it may get squished in there). Sometimes their homework might involve their spelling words and they need to know exactly where to find them, and I also I encourage students to look at them daily)

Ok, and now the more nuanced details:

● The homework routine is mainly about students practicing their responsibility and organization.
● It is the students’ responsibility to be in charge of their homework folder and bring it back to school. You may give reminders, but the ultimate goal is for them to learn to keep track of it.
● If there is no time in the evening or morning for them to get it done, that’s ok! I know families are busy, some days are easier than others to sit down for this task. Just do your best.
● The homework is NOT a one-size-fits-all.  SOme students love it, some dread it. Some students may think its easy, some may think its too hard and need a lot of help. That’s ok. Help as much as you are able, and remember it’s ok if it comes back incomplete. Please let me know if you have questions about how you might help your child at home.
● Steps for students to remember:  Take home folder, look at paper, put name on paper, put paper back in folder, put folder back in backpack, bring folder in backpack to school the next day, turn in homework. 

Ok now on to the fun stuff!

Village Friday

On Fridays, our whole school gets together in the afternoon before the end of the day for Village Friday! Each week a different class gets to host the school in music, presentations, skits, etc. Our class had the task of hosting the school’s first Village Friday last week, and it was a very fun time!

We played a version of “Would You Rather?”, and students from our class came up with the questions, the choices, AND they each made the artwork to represent each of the choices. I was so proud of their careful attention to detail with their artwork, and for helping to lead our school in our activity!

Here they are with their signs:

“What is your favorite place to visit?”
“What is your favorite fast food?”
What is your favorite dinner?

Thank you for reading!
*Miss Kristen* 

“I don’t believe you have to be better than everybody else. I believe you have to be better than you thought you could be”
~Ken Venturi

And now for this week’s installment of   TUESDAY TWINS featuring Laine and Cambria with their star shirts and cotton candy signs!

Tuesday News – September 6th


See you tonight at our parent meeting!
Picture Day this Thursday!

Outdoor Academics

When the weather and the activity allows us, we like to take our centers outside!
Here’s some writing and math review centers we took outside last week:

Woodworking with Matt

Every Tuesday in the afternoons our rotations include woodworking with Matt! During free-build students are practicing their hammering skills while creating something tangible (and often useful!) from their imaginations.

Thanks for reading, stay cool out there!
*Miss Kristen* 

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. 
Life is about creating yourself.”
~George Bernard Shaw

Tuesday News – August 23rd

What a wonderful and wild first week of school!

I was both delighted to be back and see all of the students again after the summer, and then devastated I couldn’t be in our classroom. I’d like to extend a huge thank-you to Matt for his hard work and flexibility in facilitating these first days of school for the students.  
This year has already shown us what it means to be a part of our Village! 

Reminder: Please fill out an  Independent Study request and turn in to Carolyn when students are absent.

Parent Meeting ‘Back to School Night’ – Tuesday September 6th 6:00-7:00pm
  • You’ll hear about a typical school day and have an opportunity to walk through the classroom
  • Bring your questions!

Classroom Support Jobs

If you are able and would like to sign up for a classroom support job, here they are, now with some added alliteration:

  • Towel Team – I’m calling it a team because I ask that your student helps out, because I will often forget to send the basket home and they may be better at remembering! This job is best done over the weekend – you’ll take the basket of towels home to launder and then bring them back all clean and folded and ready to dry our clean, clean hands.
  • Porch Patrol – Our front porch & ramp gets a lot of wear and weather, and therefore dusty and dirty. We spend a lot of time there, eating, working, and playing so it’d be nice for it to be clean. This would include dusting, vacuuming and wiping down the cubbies, sweeping the ramp, and even finding all the little bits of trash that make their way down into the berry garden below. Perhaps a good cleaning every other week or so would do the trick?
  • Water Wizard – Just when the students think the water cooler in our classroom is empty and they can’t fill their water bottle, voila! I grab the other 5-gallon bottle that has been magically and mysteriously filled by our water wizard and fill it up again. Thank you water wizards, for hauling those heavy things to the classroom from your car, often undetected… we couldn’t stay hydrated without you!

You can sign up for Classroom Support jobs here!

Thank you for reading, stay healthy out there!

*Miss Kristen*

“Adjusting to the passage of time, I think, is a key to success and to life: just being able to roll with the punches”
~Dolly Parton

Tuesday Newsletter – August 16th

Greetings, Village Families!

School begins tomorrow! I hope everyone enjoyed the summer!
I cannot wait to see all the students’ faces again and get back into our school routine.
The following information serves as a quick introduction and the very basics of what you will need to know as our first day approaches. 
Newsletters will be sent every Tuesday with updates, special dates, requests, and information and photos about what’s going on here in our classroom.

Hi, I’m Miss Kristen!

This will be my 9th year here at Village, and I am excited to start the year alongside old friends and new. I love teaching in a multi-age classroom and look forward to bringing new activities and routines to our classroom this year.
In my free time I like to sing and make music, go hiking or swim in the river, and eat ice cream.

Our first day of school is tomorrow, Wednesday, August 17th – 8:45 – 1:15

  • Join us if you are able for our all-school spiral dance beginning at 8:45
  • Students will be excused from class at 1:15 each day this week
  • You may pick up your student outside our classroom, otherwise please communicate with me if you haven’t done so already if you would like your student to walk out with someone or meet you in the pick-up area in front of the school.

Students will be expected to bring these items everyday:

  • Backpack – big enough to hold their daily items, small enough not to be cumbersome 
  • Water Bottle – filled in the morning, but can be refilled throughout the day
  • Lunchbox – with enough healthy food to last for 1-2 short snacks and a lunch.

*all other materials and supplies will be provided for students in the classroom
**requests for additional supplies, etc may be made throughout the school year if needed.

Welcome Miss Rachel to our Classroom!

We are pleased to welcome Miss Rachel to our classroom as our teacher aide! Rachel has been working with Village students for the past several years teaching music, and we are thrilled to have her helping in our classroom this year facilitating music, math, language and art activities.

And lastly….

  • Be on the lookout in next week’s newsletter for a classroom jobs sign-up and information about a back-to-school night Tuesday, September 6th.
  • Please feel free to email me with any questions
  • Please let me know if you would like these newsletters to go to a different or additional email.

Thank you so much for reading!

*Miss Kristen*

“Tomorrow to fresh woods, and pastures new.”
~John Milton