Ms. DesRoches’ Class Newsletter
Friday, September 8, 2023
A Look Ahead
9/13 - Early Release
10/9 -No School
10/11 -Early Release
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Class Blog: https://cathydesrochesedu.blogspot.com/
M: Library & Enrichment
T: PE & Spanish
All are Welcome How to Read a Story
The Earth Book How to Teach a Slug to Read
I am Empathy The Magical Yet
Don’t Eat Your Classmates! The Kindness Book
Chrysanthemum The Invisible Boy
During Reader’s Workshop we have been exploring our classroom library, and building up our reading stamina. We are discovering how things are categorized, learning how to take books out and return books, and have been enjoying some quiet reading. We are learning how to find Just Right Books so we can read, read, read!
We take care of ourselves!
We take care of our community!
We take care of our environment!
We always try our best!
We are easing into math by playing multiplication games. We have been playing “Multiple Pathways” and “Pigs in a Pen” with multiples of 2, 5, and 10. We have started Unit 1, which is all about multiplication!
Today we wrote a Friday Journal entry about the beginning of Fourth Grade. I can’t wait to read everyone’s letters!
We also played Scattergories!
A little about me...
I LOVE to teach! Children are the most amazing things in the world, and I feel privileged to work with them every day. They truly bring me so much joy, and I feel energized by working with this population.
One of my core beliefs in a classroom is using restorative practices and mindfulness. We all walk through the door with stuff going on in our lives. Maybe we had a hard morning at home? Maybe a relative is sick? Maybe we just feel blue today, or have lots of energy! I believe that our hearts need to be happy at school. We need to feel seen and heard in order to do our best work, and to be our best selves. The way that I strive for kids to be seen and heard are through daily circles. These circles can be fun circles, full of games and smiles, they can be problem-solving circles where we work through conflict, and more. There are six rules to our circles, ask your child if they can remember any!
When I speak about mindfulness, I don’t just mean meditating. Being mindful takes practice. It is noticing our mood, how our body feels, and more. Sometimes being mindful can be easy, and sometimes it can feel uncomfortable. We practice being mindful so we can slow down our busy lives, and to bring our attention to where we are today. We practice mindfulness through having quiet time. We breathe, we read, we rest, we draw, and more. We are learning to notice what helps us, and we are learning to be in touch with our thoughts and feelings on a deeper level.
Lastly, I just truly believe in being KIND; kind to ourselves and kind to others. If we are all gentle, open, and carry one another with kindness, the world would be a better place. KINDNESS is at the heart of my classroom, and I hope that this is something we can all learn and grow in this year.
Thank you for sharing your most precious people with me. I am here for you, and I am here for them. I am excited to be on this journey with you, and please never hesitate to reach out if you need anything!
Best, Cathy DesRoches