All Together
“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” Albert Einstein
Hello Community!  Here are some highlights from our classrooms:

Meeting Discussions:

UPSTAIRS//We have the right to feel loved! Ask your sprout if they feel loved at school and how they help others feel loved. The word of the week was “THE.”

DOWNSTAIRS//Our integral part of the day, meeting, is evolving. We have compared our meeting area to our dining table at home.  It is where we gather together to connect, learn, plan, problem-solve and reflect.  A talking piece, the talking top, has made its way into our gathering space. It has helped us to make space for one voice at a time, especially when we have important conversations with lots of opinions.

UPSTAIRS//Some students counted pomegranate seeds, some continued working on their previous collection, and others started new collections. Next week we will discuss how to combine our results and determine exactly how many pomegranate seeds we have. A subitizing memory game was introduced and we had fun playing with our partners.

DOWNSTAIRS//We explored the following questions:
What is the difference between 1 dimension, 2 dimension and 3 dimension? Dimensionality was explored as the number of possibilities present in connecting points and creating line segments.  This was experienced by transferring our 2D City plans into 3D explorations of our own.

Language Topics
UPSTAIRS//The week began with Exploration time that later blended with Story Workshop. Opportunities included Nests, Bees, and Fruit or Vegetable? Anna brought in a nest she found, Tillie brought in a bee book, Jaiden brought in a bee, and Michelle brought fruits, veggies, and a honeycomb. We observed, discussed, and created. Later in the week we thought about how each area could inspire either characters or settings for our stories.

DOWNSTAIRS//This week Jaclyn worked with students to explore the language of paint and color by inviting students to mix their own colors using the primary colors as a base. Careful, intentional use and care of materials was encouraged as students enjoyed their colorful experimentation.  Next week, students will research how to create a color palate by experimenting with the effects of black and white on a color.

Social Emotional
UPSTAIRS//Teachers have been noticing new friendships forming, students checking in with each other, and an overall groove forming. Inspired by Say Something, we will be focusing on what names we like to be called, words we are comfortable with, and how we can support our right to be emotionally safe. We will also think about how our Bill of Rights carries into shared spaces, like our yard, parks, field trips, and even home.

DOWNSTAIRS//Some questions we discussed this week
How do we get a chance to share with and learn from new people in our class?
Can boys and girls be friends without meaning they “like” each other?
How can we be impeccable with our word at school?

Outdoor Offerings
Monday @ park day – crayon rubbings (etchings) of nature
Wednesday – mixing area – homemade play dough, exploration bin – corn meal, body movement – wood working, easel – chalk and paint
Thursday – mixing area – play dough, exploration bin – corn meal, body movement – Max and sheets (open ended play with old sheets), easel – chalk and paint
Friday – mixing area – restaurant play, exploration bin – corn meal, body movement – tether ball and sheets, easel – chalk and paint
Questions regarding Outdoor Learning can be sent to Erin and John.

Lena Garcia, School Builder/7 to 9 Classroom
Michelle Goldbach-Johnson, Founding Teacher/5 to 7 Classroom
Yvette Fenton/Co-Teacher, 5 to 7 Classroom
Jaclyn Epstein-Calvert/Co-Teacher, 7 to 9 Classroom
Saundi Williams, 5 to 7 Room Parent
Erin Levin, 7 to 9 Room Parent
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Tending the Garden

***PARENT CONFERENCES – Tuesday Oct 15 from 8:30am
CLICK JOONERS to confirm your schedule.  Yvette will be available to be with our students as we meet with Michelle.

Outdoor Learning Clean Up ‘Anchor’ on 10/23
Outdoor Learning Set Up ‘Anchor’ on 10/24
contact John Schwartz to confirm your availability

Old Sheets for open ended outdoor play
paintbrushes for outdoor easel
Large outdoor bin
contact Erin to confirm your donation

TKG Principals
  • CONSTRUCTIVISM, as teachers and parents, we provide the trellis on which students will build on their existing knowledge
  • WHOLE CHILD, cognitive, physical and social/emotional are inseparable
  • BRAIN SCIENCE, students are sensory learners, we honor each student’s unique developmental map
  • CAPACITY BUILDING, nurturing creative thinkers who are encouraged to solve problems that serve our community
  • COOPERATIVE LEARNING, small groups, low ratios, mixed ages and generations

The Seeds

We are offering the opportunity to engage:

Mathematics:Measurement & Data
Classify objects and count the number of objects in each category.
CCSS.Math.Content.K.MD.B.3 Classify objects into given categories; count the numbers of objects in each category and sort the categories by count.1

English Language Arts: Reading – Foundational Skills
Print Concepts

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.1 Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.1a Follow words from left to right, top to bottom, and page by page.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.1b Recognize that spoken words are represented in written language by specific sequences of letters.

Mathematics: Grade 3 Overview
Mathematical Practices

1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.

English Language Arts: Language Grade 2
Conventions of Standard English

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.2.1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.2.1a Use collective nouns (e.g., group).
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.2.1b Form and use frequently occurring irregular plural nouns (e.g., feet, children, teeth, mice, fish).

Knowledge of Language
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.2.3 Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.2.3a Compare formal and informal uses of English

FEATURED WORKSHOP: TKG MONTHLY Parent Meeting; Thursday Oct 17 7:00pm

Dear families!  Our monthly gathering to discuss our school, our sprouts, our inspirations and our goals is this week.  This month’s meeting will emphasize PT experiences: what we’re experiencing, check-in’s we’re needing, directions we’d like to take. All PTs should plan to attend.  If you anticipate a challenge around being there, contact John Schwartz asap.  Thank you!

From the TKG Office

  • DRUM CIRCLE resumes on OCT 18th
  • TKG Treasure & Bake Sale – Oct 19th, 7:00am(earnings apply to Fundraiser Contribution) Invite your Social Media friends to join us and friend us!
    ​Sale Area:  Shannon Minor’s yard – Talisman St
    Kids: We encourage you to come solo to focus on bartering
    We want your proceeds! Give your cash envelope (verify contents) to Lori at the end of your day for recording and all funds will be credited to your ledger.
    Bring:  a purse/pouch that wraps around your waist such as a fanny pack.  You will need change, lots of ones and quarters, depending on how you will price your items.  Also for your comfort bring sunscreen, a hat and drinks/snacks.  Shared snacks welcomed.
Thank you Families!  Contact Trish or Monica with any questions.
The Four Agreements
1. Be Impeccable with your Word
2. Don’t Take Anything Personally
3. Don’t Make Assumptions
4. Always Do Your Best

Resource Of The Week

Music Can Help You Remember
by Annie Murphy Paul

The best way to remember facts might be to set them to music. Medical students, for example, have long used rhymes and songs to help them master vast quantities of information, and we’ve just gotten fresh evidence of how effective this strategy can be. A young British doctor, Tapas Mukherjee of Glenfield Hospital in Leicester, was distressed by a survey showing that 55 percent of nurses and doctors at Glenfield were not following hospital guidelines on the management of asthma; 38 percent were not even aware that the guidelines existed.

Using his cell phone, Mukherjee recorded a video of himself singing immortal lines like “Aim for 94 percent to 98 percent sats now” (that’s a reference to the asthma patient’s blood oxygen level). He posted the video to YouTube and it went viral among hospital staff. READ MORE…

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