Harvest Fest Decision and Character Education

by Mrs. Nilsen on October 12th, 2012

Weekly Homeroom News - 10/8-10/12

Mrs. Nilsen's Homeroom - Harvest Fest booth

What a fun week.  We made our decisions!  We're creating a "Witch's Lair" and going to teach students and parents alike how to make slime!  Students worked on brainstorming ideas, creating to-do lists, and figuring out what supplies we need to make our booth a success.  They crafted an email to send to our room parent about the supplies we need.  I encouraged students to try out different slime recipes this weekend to find the best way to make slime in bulk.  If you find a great way, shoot me an email and/or post below!  I'm so excited for next Saturday!!

Character Education

Mrs. Paulson visited our class on Monday, October 8th to begin character education lessons with our homeroom.  She talked about our anti-bullying plan of "Stop, Walk, and Talk."  Using the image of fire, Mrs. Paulson taught our students about the importance of putting out the painful, dangerous flames of bullying.

"The Stop step is when someone is really annoying you and you hold your had at a chest height high five.  Then you say "stop" in a calm voice." - Jonathan A.

"The Walk step is when you walk away.  If someone calls you names you say stop and if they don't stop you walk away." - Cassidy B.

"The Talk step is when you have already told the person annoying you to stop, you have walked away from them, and they are still annoying you.  THEN you can talk to a teacher.  It's important to tell a teacher immediately if you are being physically bullied." - Nathan P.

"Bullying is like fire because bullying can physically and emotionally hurt like hitting and calling names.  Fire can also physically and emotionally hurt you by burning your or something precious.  And like fire, we need to put out bullying before it grows." - Ben N.

Mrs. Paulson will be joining us about every other week to talk about strategies to use, how to recognize and deal with bullying, as well as a variety of other topics.  I'll be using the same language in classes as we continue our work in building and becoming community.


Monday, October 15th
- Scholastic Book Fairs Starts today in the school library. Come check it out!!
Hours: 7:45 to 8:15 a.m./11:45 to 12:15 p.m./3:00 to 4:00 p.m. M/T/R
          7:45 to 8:15 a.m./11:45 to 12:15 p.m./1:00 to 2:00 p.m. W 
          1:00 to 4:00 Saturday

Tuesday, October 16th
- Subway Lunch orders due no later than 3:30 p.m. (later orders will not be accepted) – Please
pay separate from your pizza order.
- Book Fair Hours: 7:45 to 8:15 a.m./ 11:45 to 12:15 p.m./ 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 17th
- Subway Lunch
- Early Release – 1:00 pm
- Pizza orders and money due no later than 1:30 p.m. (late orders will not be accepted)
- Book Fair Hours: 7:45 to 8:15 a.m./ 11:45 to 12:15 p.m./ 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 18th
- 3:15 p.m. Auction meeting in the MRA Basement
- Book Fair Hours: 7:45 to 8:15 a.m./ 11:45 to 12:15 p.m./ 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Friday, October 19th
- No School, Teacher Development Day

Saturday, October 20th
- Harvest Festival, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at MRA
- Book Fair Hours: 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Dates Coming Up At MRA:
- October 15th through October 20th: Book Fair
- October 15th, 9:30 a.m.: Picture Retakes
- October 18th, 3:15 p.m.: Auction Meeting at MRA
- October 19th: No School Teacher Planning Day
- October 20th : Harvest Festival, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
- October 24th, 3:00 p.m.: First Aid, CPR Class $35.00. Please sign up in the office
- October 25th, 5:30 p.m.: Parent Education - Dyslexia
- October 31st: Teacher Planning Day – No School
- November 1st and 2nd: Parent Conferences – No School
     o Sixth through Eighth Grade Conferences and All Specialty Teachers
          - November 1st, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Gym. Open format with 10 minute segments.
          - November 2nd, 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 for any pre-scheduled conferences

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