This year during our Wednesday profession development time we have embarked on forming a Critical Friends Group™ (CFG™). We train monthly with Peggy Silva who is a certified CFG coach.
“A CFG is a professional learning community consisting of 8-12 members who are committed to improving their practice through collaborative learning and structured interactions (or protocols). CFG members meet at least once a month for about two hours.
CFGs result in greater student learning and success by helping teachers and administrators intentionally develop and implement “best practices.” Educators help each other turn theories into practice and standards into actual student learning. Meeting monthly supports ongoing opportunities to review student work, assignments and assessments, so every child can be successful in school.”
We have learned about things such as Consultancy Protocols and Critical Incidents Protocols. These provide a framework for bringing forth dilemmas or a piece of work and help each other.
Core Value – Acceptance/Diversity
We began this week watching a video by Kid President called The Story of Martin Luther King Jr which you can view here. It begins with “once upon a time, there was a man named Martin Luther King, Jr. He taught us that things won’t always be awesome, but your response can be. Remember, things don’t always have to be they are. We can change them! Kids can change them.” We then viewed an excerpt from Martin Luther King Jr.’s August 16, 1967 “Where Do We Go From Here” speech.
“And I say to you, I have also decided to stick with love, for I know that love is ultimately the only answer to mankind’s problems. And I’m going to talk about it everywhere I go. I know it isn’t popular to talk about it in some circles today. And I’m not talking about emotional bosh when I talk about love; I’m talking about a strong, demanding love. And I have seen too much hate. I’ve seen too much hate on the faces of sheriffs in the South. I’ve seen hate on the faces of too many Klansmen and too many White Citizens Councilors in the South to want to hate, myself, because every time I see it, I know that it does something to their faces and their personalities, and I say to myself that hate is too great a burden to bear. I have decided to love.”
The following day we had some extremely insightful and meaningful reflection and discussion. Students were able to realize that a school like ours would not have existed prior to the Civil Rights movement and the emotion on the children’s faces is difficult to describe. It was one of the most moving conversations that I have had.
Gus shared his thoughts that Martin Luther King Jr. was a martyr and that his death gave strength to the Civil Rights movement because it made more people rally behind it. He also sent me the quote below:
“There will always be injustice but there will also be heroes and idealists and they will lead the people against the injustice.”
This week’s Star Students that were recognized for showing acceptance were: Charlotte, Josie, Kayla, Maru, Nikosia, Spencer and Talia. Great job!
Pegasus Class Share
Today my class presented some work related to our study of conflict and cooperation. The primary classrooms have been learning about ancient civilizations and how some of their inventions have impacted our lives to this day. My students learned about Ancient Greece last week. We talked about how Ancient Greek architecture has influenced buildings in America. My students learned about the three types of Greek columns: doric, ionic, and corinthian and got to see pictures of modern structures in America that use these column styles, like The White House and The Casa building right next door to Polaris! Today the students shared some artwork of a dream house they designed using oil pastels that incorporated these three column styles.
The students also shared their flags that each table group designed in the classroom and a spokesperson for each table groups shared any conflicts that their group had to overcome in order for every person to have a role in creating the table group flag. For example one group had a student who was adamant about wanting to draw a random squiggle design on the flag, so one student in that group had an idea where the student could make a border on the edge of the flag that incorporated the squiggle design instead of their just being a random squiggle on one area of the flag. Another group had two students who wanted to draw, so they decided to do rock, paper, scissors and the loser had to color the object that the winner drew.
Cole’s Science Experiment
Okay my science experiment was called The Diet Coke Explosion
What you need to make it all happen is you need a 2 liter bottle of Diet coke, Mint or fruity Mentos, Masking tape, Goggles and a wide space to make the explosion happen.
Now what you need to do is you need to cut a 2-4 inch piece of masking tape 3 times then remove 7 Mentos then lay the Mentos on 1 piece of the tape then make a tape bubble and put that on the front of the Mentos then take the Diet coke bottle cap and stick it on the tape bubble then stick the tape bubble to the thing holding the Mentos then put on the goggles and go outside and see what happens that was my science experiment!
- This year’s Information Sessions will be:
o Sunday, January 24th at 10am
o Saturday, February 6th at 1pm
If you know of anyone who might be interested in Polaris, please pass the word!
- Don’t forget to send in pizza money before noon on Thursdays.
- Check our lost and found – we have many coats, gloves, sweatshirts, etc. Please do your best to label your children’s outerwear and lunch boxes.
Although Boxtops are only sent in twice per year our Boxtops parent accepts them year round so that she can trim and bundle them. Send them in any time!
We’re still in need of an Enrichment Chair. If you’re interested but unsure what that entails please get in touch with Althea Dubravsky (email@example.com) with questions.
We also have lots of great events coming up like the Auction and the North Star Dance. These events take a lot of volunteer power, and they’re a great opportunity to fulfill your 10 hours of volunteer time. Reach out to Daniela (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you’d like to volunteer!
Please make sure to only pay for one month or one week of pizza. It takes a lot of time and effort to coordinate weekly and monthly pizza and our wonderful volunteer cannot coordinate a third yearly option at this time.
Effective the beginning of February we will no longer be offering water to purchase due to the feedback we’ve gotten from our great “Pizza Moms” (this is a student nickname for our volunteers who hand out pizza). It has become difficult for the students to carry pizza and a bottle of water to their classrooms, and very few students actually purchase the water.
The PEF meeting schedule for the rest of the school year are ;Feb 19, Mar 17, Apr 22 andMay 19. They are always at 7pm at school (alternating Thursday and Friday).