Hello folks at home,
Well, last week got a bit weird! The whole mess at other schools on Wednesday and then for us on Thursday…there was both an emotional and a practical toll.
For the kids, the emotional toll was hard (for me) to measure. For the most part I saw what we’d all hope for: reasonable questions, moderate worry, but generally expressions of trust in the adults around them that our precautions would keep them safe. It’s a tricky path–isn’t it, parents?–giving our children enough information that they are comforted and reassured, but shielding them from too much information that will make them anxious, unsettled. Even before we got the call on Thursday, our class was engaged in a conversation about the rumours flying around regarding Wednesday. Social media and social reality make it hard to shield our kids from the world. The challenge I was trying to tackle was helping them believe in the rarity of the terrible things which are so present in the media. Please let me know if you think your child has ongoing worries from all this.
At a practical level it meant we had kids away Thursday and Friday, and the plan kept changing every ten minutes on Thursday! Gym, then no Gym. Recess, then no recess. And, we’d all prepped for a Substitute for the afternoon, as I had to take my mom to an appointment, then I couldn’t leave, then I could, then it was a different sub, etc., etc. Frankly, I was rattled!
But I have to say that throughout the week and throughout Thursday, all the students were highly engaged with their “Province” projects (as well as other stuff we did). I was so proud of the kids for their focus and thankful for their trust and flexibility. (I brought donuts on Friday to say thanks, and then forgot about them until ten minutes before dismissal!)
So, this week:
The books we signed out at the Calvin Park Library are due this week. I said that I would take back books for anyone that wanted me to on this first round. Books in by Tuesday will get a free ride in my old car.
Province (and Territory) Projects!
The projects were meant to be a first real “research” experience: how to take notes; how to organize sub-topics; as well as a chance for us to focus on the fine art of paragraph building. We’ll have more this year, more open in their structure. The point was to learn about Canada, and learn about learning, hopefully have some creative fun. I think that’s happened. I’ve learned lots!
Tomorrow, Monday, we’ll check in and see where everybody is at and give people as much time as they need . My plan is still to have a class project sharing time on Wednesday. Thursday, you are all invited to school! (Hopefully you knew this). Sing-along in the gym at 9:15, then a little visit in our class until 10:15 or 10:30. We’ll have our projects up (this was the reason for the due date) and hopefully play some ukulele for anyone who can come! (There may be some extra ukes if you’d like to join in).
Hope to see you this week!