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Update from our Head of School - September 17, 2021

Hello Families and Supporters,


We just completed our first full week of the school year and what a great busy week it was. Most of our classes got out to the garden to harvest some crops that students had planted in the Spring. We harvested carrots, onions, and potatoes which will be incorporated into meals in the cafeteria Mrs. Riehlman, our school chef, already added carrots and onions to the meatballs and the chicken noodle soup served this week. The students had great things to say about both dishes!

Back to School Night Tuesday, 9/21 will be our back to school night. We invite all parents and guardians to join us at 6:00 to get a glimpse into your child(ren)'s school day. In order to be able to focus, we ask that you leave your children at home. This evening will be just for adults. Ways to Help Our School -Amazon Smile Amazon Smile is a division of amazon that donates a portion of sales from many items to a variety of charities and nonprofits. Truxton Academy is one of those nonprofits. If you are purchasing items from amazon, please go to https://smile.amazon.com/ and choose Truxton Academy as your charity of choice. Purchases you are making anyway will benefit our school. Upcoming Dates: 9/21- Back to School Night, 6PM- Parents/ Guardians Only 9/23- PTO Meeting 10/6- Walk to School Day Updates from the classrooms: Ms. Elliott (K): This week our kindergarten friends did a fantastic job practicing routines in and out of the classroom. We learned new methods to help us count accurately using manipulatives during math, and reviewed our letter names and practiced writing them during ELA. We also learned how to use the little details in pictures to help us figure out what is happening in a story. Mrs. Francis (K/1): This week the K/1 class worked hard to improve our stamina during Readers' and Writers' workshops. We practiced looking, thinking, and learning during both independent and partner reading. We also helped harvest our school garden and then used this activity to create a shared writing piece. In math we explored our manipulatives and did both sorting and 1:1 correspondence tasks using various manipulatives. We got outside on the hiking trail and looked, touched, and listened to the trees. We also learned about the different parts of a tree and sang a fun song to help us remember those parts. Lastly, we continued to learn about our rights and responsibilities and practiced putting these into action in our classroom. Next week we will write our class laws that will help make us a safe, happy, productive learning community! Ms. Smith (1st): This week we learned about opaque and transparent objects. We learned that opaque means that light cannot pass through and transparent means that light can pass through. We had some fun outside tracing shadows and creating our own T-chart of opaque and transparent materials. Science is so cool! Ms. Jess (2nd): Second graders worked very thoughtfully this week to create our classroom expectations on how we will take care of ourselves, others and our classroom environment. We learned how to choose "just right" books, practiced what independent reading time looks and sounds like and how to take care of our classroom library. We practised math routines, learned how to use and math manipulatives and started investigating coins. We harvested our school garden and observed our pheasants in their habitat. Ms. Madysen (3rd): Third Grade: Third graders continued practicing the rules and expectations not only for our classroom, but for the entire school including in the hallways, the bathroom and the cafeteria. We also read I Will NOT Read This Book! written by Cece Meng and talked about how we can make more time for reading in our day. We will be officially starting our Reader's Workshop on Monday! Have a great weekend! Mr. Daniel (4th): 4th grade started their math unit working on Arrays and multiplication. Class discussions on what we should be thinking about when we are reading and how to choose the book that is at the right level for us. We took a look at Geography and why where we live matters. Señora H (Spanish): We had a lot of fun in Spanish class this week! In all of the classes we learned the names of the colors in Spanish. In Kindergarten and 1st grade we colored Osos or bears with muchos colores (many colors). In 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades we also learned the days of the week. Also, in 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades we learned about Mexican Independence Day, or El Grito, which is celebrated on September 16, and we colored the Mexican flag. Question of the week: ¿De qué color es? What color is it?

Ms. Ashley (PE & Makerspace): During our second week of school students began a unit on line work and pathways. Older grades created pathways/obstacles for the other classes to complete to make it a school wide activity. Please make sure your child has sneakers everyday so they can do their best, and not miss out on P.E. activities. Thank you all. All grades started their first unit, biomimicry, where kiddos put on their engineer hats. They learned about different animals and plant life that engineers/designers took inspiration from, to invent really cool items. Items that sometimes we use everyday. Please ask your child(ren) how geckos and pitcher plants have helped us humans! Thank you for your continued support of our school family!

Have a great weekend! - Sara and the Truxton Academy Team

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