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Elementary February 2020 Newsletter

  • Dear Families,

    The new year brought new fun and exciting challenges for students to accomplish! 

    The beginning of January began with an important lesson on Equity vs Equality. Equality: The quality of being equal.  Equity: The quality of being fair. Equity is essential in a growth mindset classroom. Engage your child at home and ask if they can give you examples of equity and equality at home and at school.  

    Students in both second and third grades were introduced to ​origami.  ​ Although ​origami is Japanese, it is uncertain whether paper folding started in China or Japan.  Students were read Butterflies for Kiri by Cathryn Falwell, a story about perseverance and the importance of having a growth mindset.  They were introduced to the art of paper folding and taught how to create an origami butterfly. Excitement quickly turned to frustration for the majority of students.  What was expected to be a fun, easy task, turned out to be more difficult than one could imagine. We quickly came up with a mantra about failure-​ Failure is okay, as long as you try your best! ​ Throughout the project, many unforeseeable challenges arose, however, all of the students persevered and gave it their all! 

    Along the way, students learned about the many traditions of Lunar New Year and discovered what their Chinese zodiac animal was according to their year of birth.  Each Chinese zodiac animal has personality traits assigned to it by the ancient Chinese. Chinese people believe these traits will be embodied in people, according to their zodiac sign.  Ask your child what their zodiac animal is and if they embody any of the personality traits. 

    Mrs. Donehey and Mrs. Zontini