This has been a full week and a great lead-off to Thanksgiving vacation. As I walked through the classrooms this week, I got to see wonderful learning in our Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes. Sometimes it’s easy to forget the simple things that are full of enjoyment: Singing! It’s going on in full-force in our TK class! Our students were leading songs and body movements to each letter of the alphabet. Thursday’s letter was “Z.” Ask your TK’er what Zelda does and if there are any students in the class with the letter “Z” in their first name. In kindergarten, our students were reading a big book and using the story elements of plot and characters as they read about barn animals hiding in a shed. They were fully engaged in the Common Core standards of citing evidence in the text and visual text (illustrations) as they discovered what the animals were doing. Later, the students illustrated and wrote stories explaining their predictions about what happens next in the story.
Today was also a very BIG day at Lanai! Our kindergartners had a Thanksgiving celebration; our 5th graders participated in super, high-energy drumming circles lead by noted percussionist Mona Tavakoli; and our parents had an opportunity to meet School Board Vice President, Nick Melvoin. He shared his ideas and initiatives for LAUSD. In addition, our parents asked questions to seek ways that Mr. Melvoin can assist us as we continue to make improvements to our school.
Finally, good wishes to everyone this Thanksgiving vacation. I know at my table, we will share all the things we are thankful for: family, friends, food, shelter—and this year, we’ll sing!
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