Core Values and Community Meeting

by Mrs. Nilsen on September 30th, 2012

Weekly Homeroom News - 9/24 - 9/28

4-8 Assembly and MRA Core Values

On Wednesday this week we had an assembly for the 4th through 8th grade.  It was to announce our new mascot (Buck!!) and to help promote the Core Values of MRA: Safety, Respect, and Responsibility.  

Students worked in groups to create posters to put up around the school that will help remind students to follow and exemplify our core values in every aspect of MRA life.  These three values coincide with my classroom rules, so students are always working on edifying respect, responsibility, and safety.  These values will help us further dive into community.

Quick Portfolio Update - Filing 

We worked on organizing our files this week. Students will be using a filing system to store work that they are considering using for their portfolio.  Other work that they know they don't want to use will be sent home.  I will start handing back work next week (Science classes), but we wanted to have our files set up before we started getting papers.  This system will help students be successful with their Portfolio.  

Community Meeting Update

Each morning our homeroom spends time in Community Meeting together. Community Meeting may only be 15 minutes each morning, but it is where some of the real magic happens. I thought I'd update you on some of the going ons in Community Meeting, why I think it's important, and what we've been doing thus far this year.  Below I've listed some of the purposes for Community Meeting (adapted from The Morning Meeting Book by Roxann Kriete) [1].
  • Community Meeting sets the tone for respectful learning and establishes a climate of trust.
  • Community Meeting motivates students by addressing two human needs: the need to feel a sense of significance and belonging and the need to have fun.
  • The repetition of many ordinary moments of respectful interaction in Community Meeting enables some extraordinary moments of connection, sharing, vunerability, and community.
  • Community Meeting merges social, emotional, and intellectual learning.
There are four main parts to Community Meeting. Most mornings we do not have time for every part, but throughout the year we will participate in all of these areas together (either in community meeting, or during longer homeroom times on Monday and Friday afternoons):
  • Greeting: We greet each other by name, often including handshaking, singing, games, or other activities.
  • Sharing: Students share some news of interest to the class and respond to each other, articulating their thoughts, feelings, and ideas in a positive manner. We learn how to appropriately ask questions to others.
  • Group Activity: The whould class does a short activity together, building class cohesion through active participation and team building.
  • News and Announcements: Students develop language skills and learn about the events in the day ahead by reading or listening to daily memos and announcements.
Currently I am leading our Community Meetings as it is still early in the year. Eventually we will transition to a Mayor who will lead us through the activities and sharing. We will also have a report who is in charge of keeping our community informed of the topic at hand, news, and announcements.  We've mostly been learning each other's names, fun greetings, games, and quick warm ups for the day.  In the future we'll dive into deeper and harder topics (bullying, healthy relationships, other school issues that students want to talk about, etc.)

Community Meeting is one of my favorite parts of teaching. I love getting to know students better and helping them discover they are a part of something, that they belong to something, for no other reason than they are here. They do not have to earn their place in community.  I think it's a great time that we spend really living the core vales of our school.  We welcome all who are willing to share, respond, participate, and learn how to be safe, responsible and respectful to each other and our school.


Monday, October 1st

Tuesday, October 2nd 
     - Subway Lunch orders due no later than 3:30 p.m. (later orders will not be accepted) – Please pay separate from your pizza order.
     - Homework Club 3-4pm
     - 3:15 p.m.: MRA Booster Meeting at MRA

Wednesday, October 3rd 
     - Subway Lunch and Early Release – 1:00 pm
     - Pizza orders and money due no later than 1:30 p.m.  (late orders will not be accepted)
     - Homeroom will be beginning our work on Harvest Fest preparations this afternoon.

 Thursday, October 4th 
     - Math Night for all parents of students K-6.  This is not for the 7th and 8th graders.  Two sessions of the same information will run in half hour increments - 5:30 to 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 6:30 p.m.  To attend please sure you sign up with your child's math teacher.    

 Friday, October 5th  
     - Jog-a-thon and Hoop-a-thon (School-wide fundraiser!)
o   K/1:       9-9:30am            6th grade
o    2/3:       9:35-10:05am    7th grade
o   4/5:       10:10-10:40am   8th grade
     - Pizza Lunch
     - Homework Club 3-4pm

Looking Ahead
·         October 2nd , 3:15 p.m.: MRA Booster Meeting at MRA
·         October 4th: Parent Math Night
·         October 5th:  Jogathon and HoopAThon
·         October 9th, 6:30 p.m.: MRA Board Meeting
·         October 15th through October 20th: Book Fair
·         October 15th: Picture Retakes
·         October 18th, 3:15 p.m.: Auction Meeting at MRA
·         October 19th: No School State Wide Inservice
·         October 20th : Harvest Festival
·         October 24th, 3:00 p.m.: First Aid, CPR Class $35
·         October 31th: Teacher Planning Day - No School
·         November 1st and 2nd: Parent Teacher Conferences - No School
·         T-Shirt Sale: MRA t-shirts are uniform approved. We will be selling shirts with the MRA Logo and the new mascot in October

Works Cited

[1] Kriete, Roxann, and Lynn Bechtel. The Morning Meeting Book. Greenfield, MA: Northeast Foundation for Children, 2002. Print.

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