Our trimester is wrapping up this week. As promised, below are examples of recent middle school student writing. We have also added student recommendations to our book features at the bottom of this page. This week our recommendations come from 3rd grade students.
7th-grade students wrote reflections comparing their experience preparing a meal with that of Sam Gribley from My Side of the Mountain.
Natalie reflected on the very different carbon footprints involved in her meal and in Sam’s. continue reading
Maya compared shopping at Wegmans to foraging and lamented how quickly her family ate her meal relative to how long it took her to prepare it. Read the full reflection.
8th-grade students wrote essays in the form of eulogies. The essays were a part of their study of the Outsiders. Imagining they were characters from the book, they needed to balance the tension of imagined grief and celebration of life.
Kayla wrote as if she were Ponyboy memorializing Johnny Cade who she remembers as a hero.
Micah chose a tough character to look inside and celebrate hidden kindness in apparent meanness.
Julia focused on Bob, a person most others saw as a failure. Julia insists we remember the individual and what they brought to their friendships
Fifth Grade wrote this month’s queries for Meeting for Worship.
- “Do you have gratitude? Do you take things for granted like the colors of the leaves, someone holding the door for you, and your parent? How can you be grateful.” ~ Avi
- “Do I live in a thankful awareness of my friends & family and do I show my thankfulness and acknowledgement to them.” ~ Yasmin
- “Sometimes just take a break and think about how thankful you are, and think about your parents or your siblings and how kind they are to you and how kind you could be to them.” ~ Noah
- “How does giving thanks make the world a better place?” ~ Cerys
- “How can I be thankful for the people around me?” ~ Tara
- November 18th - Family Council Play Date
- November 21st - Meeting for Worship with a focus on gratitude
- November 22-26 - Thanksgiving Vacation
- November 27 - In-person Family Council Meeting
- December 1 - Preschool and Family Music Classes
- December 2 - Family Council Craft Fest and Cookie Exchange
- December 6 - Donna Hughes-Gore presentation to families “Understanding and Nurturing a Growth Mindset”
In our library in celebration of Native American Heritage Month
We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga
by Traci Sorell
New in our library Exploring the World of Owls
by Tracy C. Read
In celebration of Thanksgiving
Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving
by Laurie Halse Anderson
Recommended by Abby in Third Grade
The Dogs Who Play Baseball
by Thomas Carroll
“Its a good book for those who like baseball, dogs and realistic fiction”
Recommended by Kaylee in Third Grade
Upside Down Magic: Night Owl
by Emily Jenkins, Lauren Myracle, and Sarah Mlynowski
“If you like fantasy and animals, this book is for you”
What I am reading
What an Owl Knows: The New Science of the World's Most Enigmatic Birds
by Jennifer Ackerman