All Together
“The best way out is always through.”
― Robert Frost

Hello Community!  Here are some highlights from our classrooms:

Field/Park Day
Our first rainy park day was a success!  We read “This Way, Ruby!” and paused to observe our surroundings as if we were Ruby.  Some of us spotted a rain cloud out in the ocean and eventually, the cloud and all the refreshing rain, arrived above our heads.  Some of us took shelter under umbrellas, under playstructures or not at all. We had a day of play; acting out plays, and playing card games.

Meeting Discussions

UPSTAIRS(5 to 7)//This week’s focus brought us back to “our right to learn”. Students and teachers thought about what “Keep the Flow” means and how we can support each other in our learning environment. Ideas included “stay on topic, not say it, check in to be part of the plan, taking turns, using a one inch voice and coming closer, not distracting”. How does your sprout keep the flow at home?

DOWNSTAIRS(7 to 9)//We finished our first read-aloud chapter book of The Hoboken Chicken Emergency. The ending got us talking about how to treat people with love and the results we make get with this approach. We did not get a chance to explore what makes us feel safe enough to learn, which will be the plan for next week.

UPSTAIRS//We estimated how many pumpkin seeds would be in our pumpkin. Some students helped scoop out the seeds. Then we revisited our estimations and thought if the new information would change our estimate.

DOWNSTAIRS//Students finished their math games, adding the final touch of color to create visually interesting game boards. Now, they will go in our math area to be played by all as a way to reinforce addition and subtraction.  In addition, students were introduced to the math rack as a way to reinforce their knowledge of math facts. We will continue to work with the math rack in order to help students visualize addition within 20.  Next week, we will explore the science concepts of Induction and Deduction during our math time.

Language Topics
UPSTAIRS//Words of the week: NOT, THERE.  We focused on the ‘short o’ sound in not, and the ‘th digraphs’ in there. Next week’s word is IS. As readers and writers we will continue to explore the passage of time, plot lines (beginning, middle, and end), settings, and characters.

DOWNSTAIRS//To celebrate Halloween, students were eager to create stories and then share them, in author readings, with each other at our bookstore Gardens and Noble. Students enjoyed hearing from multiple partners and giving feedback on what they enjoyed from each story. Now, we have a special place in our room for student made books. Stop by and enjoy anytime you want to read anything:

“that has quick chapters” (Simone’s)
“is funny” (Bennett’s)
“has a surprise” (Isabella’s)
“has new characters” (Teddy’s)
“is short and nice” (Hayden’s)
“makes you laugh” (Zoe’s)
“teaches you how to draw” (Maddie’s)

Social Emotional
UPSTAIRS//We continue to revisit tone of voice, making connections, and keeping the flow. Thursday the downstairs class joined us in a mini Halloween celebration. While we were excited for this opportunity, many students wanted more time to clean our room in preparation for the visit!  Yes, you read that correctly.  They wanted more time for CLEANING and setting up.  You may be wondering what has gotten into them.  These young people are seeing themselves as a community, and are taking pride in their classroom.

DOWNSTAIRS//Our week started off in Hess Park, where Mother Nature gave us the gift of rain. We utilized this weather gift to spark a rainy day umbrella walk that took us through the many habitats of the park as we encouraged each other to slow down and notice our surroundings.  It was beautiful to see students transition to being in the rain and explore new perspectives of our park.

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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TKG Info

Tending the Garden

Please remind your sprouts that they must check-in with a teacher before leaving the area. Also, remind students about the roughhouse/physical play area (check with teachers) Try to wear brightly colored clothes and don’t forget sunscreen!

Next community meeting is on Saturday Nov 16 at 9am.  This is a Parent Participation event.

Small end tables or other short tables
Kimochi Dolls
Crayons including multicultural colors
domino set
zip lock bags (gallon & quart size)

Veteran’s Day, Monday Nov 11

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.

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 2 Operations & Algebraic Thinking
Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction.
CCSS.Math.Content.2.OA.A.1 Use addition and subtraction within 100 to solve one- and two-step word problems involving situations of adding to, taking from, putting together, taking apart, and comparing, with unknowns in all positions, e.g., by using drawings and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.

Grade 1: Number & Operations in Base 10
Extend the counting sequence.
CCSS.Math.Content.1.NBT.A.1 Count to 120, starting at any number less than 120. In this range, read and write numerals and represent a number of objects with a written numeral.

English Language Arts: Anchor Standards » College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Language
Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.

Anchor Standards » College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Speaking and Listening
Comprehension and Collaboration

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.3 Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 from 7:00 PM

Our Book club is open to the community!  We gather around a book, every other month, to deepen our understanding of our selves, our families and our school. This month, we are reading chapters 3 and 4 of CHOICE WORDS by Peter Johnston (buy it from the Amazon link on our home page and a percentage will be donated to the school).  Share this registration link with your friends who are interested in TKG!

From the TKG Office

  • Tuition is past DUE.
  • TKG Board Meeting: Board Positions for the 2013-2014 School Year are now open.  Please complete theattached application and return it to Trish by Wednesday November 16th.
  • Spanish Class, This Week: Class will begin at 2:00pm so we are finished promptly at 3:00pm.  Also, spanish class tuition is DUE
  • Drum Circle, resumes this week at regularly scheduled time (2:00pm)
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

Is Food A Race Issue? Oakland’s People’s Grocery Examines Connection At Commonwealth Club
By Mehroz Baig

There are many discussions about race and demographics—how race factors into crime and incarceration, for example, or race as a factor in employment and unemployment. However, one subject that may not obviously be tied to race is food and access to healthy food.

The connection is not explicitly based on race; socioeconomic factors play a major role in access to healthy food. For example, free lunches for children in public schools who qualify for them are based on socioeconomic information. However, larger percentages of African-Americans and Hispanics in the U.S. were living below the poverty line in 2011 than whites or those identified as “other.”

That means more children who are of Hispanic or African-American backgrounds need free or reduced-priced school lunches. Additionally, socioeconomic factors directly correlate to cost of living, and for many, the ability to purchase organic food simply doesn’t exist because of the higher cost associated with it. READ MORE…

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