Dates to note:
April 28 - MSP begins (Write to tell a story)
May 1 - MSP (Write to inform)
May 6 - MSP (Reading)
May 8 - MSP (Math)
May 9 - Slumber party (details to follow)
May 16 - Jog-a-thon (turn forms in on the day)
May 30 - Genius hour celebration (time to be announced - details to follow)
May 31- Sounders game - 1pm (first to turn in forms get to go - up to 400)
June 23-27 -Art and Adventure Camp with Ms. Meg and Ms. Hunter (see details below)
Homework: Genius hour has been a great challenge for so many students. They have another 5 weeks before the final presentation of their project. This week students are expected to make a goal on Monday and then reflect on progress by the end of the week. There is also a feedback form for parents or older siblings to fill out. At this point in the process, some students are near completion and others have taken on more work. Please encourage your student by asking how they can push their thinking or improve on their project rather than tell them what to do or do it for them.
Also, a past teacher at QAE implemented a little tradition to keep kids motivated during the MSP by giving a severel skittles (literally) at each break. At first I was not thrilled about the idea but when I saw how students perked up and pushed through, I decided to keep the tradition going. I also allow students to chew sugarless gum because Mr. Elliott shared research that this can help with concentration. I will also be proving a snack during our breaks.
Dwankhozi Hope Week
Several staff members have worked hard to bring awareness to QAE's connection with the Dwankhozi Hope School. They have scheduled many activities to enlighten the students and gain interest. I also know that there is a coin drive to help staff (Joe Bailey, Rene Yokoyama, Rachel Marks and David Elliott) pay for their trip to Africa this summer. Send in your coins!
There is website with great videos and photos from last year's trip to Zambia.
With teaching forces combined, Ms.Meg and Ms.Hunter will be leading an energetic camp full of unique art experiences and Seattle adventure! Each day students will embark on a field trip, big or small, to take learning out of the classroom and make hands on connection in the studio at QAE. Some of the hands on learning includes; sculpture making, painting, drama/costume design, creative writing and more!
Some field trips include: Frye Art Museum, Olympic Sculpture Park, Golden Gardens