Week of October 28th

Dear LS Team,

Thank you for all your good work on conferences.  I appreciate the feedback from you and from parents – a little tweaking on time and content and we should land with a good format for future fall conferences.


SSTs this week.

Please bring your laptop!



*Conferences are complete – nice job, team!

*A great Scholar Search Educational Forum –well, done Joy.  And thanks to LS presenters Laura Barnes, Steve Parrot, Keliko Adams, and Jennifer Bills.  Four 5th grade students – Maya, Lauren, Dutch and Parker- also represented the school and talked about their learning journey with great knowledge and passion.


Heads Up

** Please carefully read Susan’s emails regarding Monday trainings 10/28 and 11/4.  Depending on your emergency team assignment, one Monday you will be doing emergency training and the other teacher page  creation.  Thank you for your attention to these important meetings. We are working hard to be well-prepared, and that makes a significant difference in the quality of the community’s safety. Another important area-communication – the teacher pages will support our community’s connection to the amazing teaching and learning going on at AWS.


Coming Attractions

**Monday 10/28

*All-School Chapel -10:00

*Play to Learn in Small Gym


*All-School Meetings (Emergency training / teacher pages) 3:30-5:00

** Tuesday 10/29

Quiet day??!!

**Wednesday 10/30

* Kindergarten to Pioneer Farms 8:45-12:30

* LS Chapel 2:00pm

* Oktoberfest community event 6:00-9:00pm Great Hall

**Thursday 10/31 – HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

*Civvies Day

PS/PK – wear costumes to school and parade at 8:30

K-5 – change into costumes around 1:30, parade in the Gym from 1:45 pm – 2:10

Class parties from 2:15 pm – 2:55 pm, clean up and dismiss.

Teachers may wear costumes for the day, or change at a convenient time into a costume.

**Friday 11/1

*5th Grade to Fort Nisqually – back by lunchtime (12:30)

**Saturday / Sunday 11/2-3

*Tacoma Studio Arts Tour 11:00am-5:00pm

**Monday 11/4

*All School Meetings 3:30-5:00pm

Professional Links:

Here’s a short blog that gives three tips for continuing conversations with parents beyond the conference – some good reminders.  https://www.teachingchannel.org/blog/2013/10/23/beyond-parent-teacher-conferences/?utm_source=Teaching+Channel+Newsletter&utm_campaign=0763a35f6a-Newsletter_October_26_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_23c3feb22a-0763a35f6a-290618781


Quote of the Week

This feels so true and sums up one of the goals in PYP –

“The meaning of ‘knowing’ has shifted from being able to remember and repeat information to being able to find and use it.” (National Research Council, 2007)

From Introduction to Inquiry Based Learning by Neil Stephenson at http://teachinquiry.com/index/Introduction.html

Thank you for your energy, enthusiasm and spirit!  Here’s to making a good week and a Happy Halloween!



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