Nearing the End
As we approach the end of the school year, the students and I are reflecting on the school year and what it means to be lifelong learners. We are continuing to have a few classes this week, but most of our efforts are being spent on clean-up and on a couple of end-of-year projects.
In their literary essays, students are making connections between two books and seeing what lessons we can learn from them.
Students are also making summer learning plans. While summer offers a welcome respite from school, it is important to keep minds active, and summer break provides all sorts of opportunities that don't exist during the normal school year. Some plans may involve getting involved with the public library's summer reading program, writing plays, practicing math facts, going to summer school, gardening, running a lemonade stand, interviewing family members, or investigating a vacation destination. I encourage you to help your kids make learning a priority over the summer, asking them each day, "What did you learn today?" It shows them that using their minds is important all year long and encourages a positive attitude toward learning that they can carry through life.
A few additional notes...
Roller Skating: Thursday, the school will be heading to Skate Express for an afternoon of roller skating. Students will leave shortly after lunch. Please plan on picking them up at 3:00 at Skate Express. They will not be returning to Good Shepherd.
Heifer International: Fourth quarter chapel offerings will purchase an animal (or animals) for people in a needy part of the world. All gathered money will go to purchase either a water buffalo, a goat, or rabbits. A competition of sorts will decide which animal is purchased. All coins contributed to a particular animal will count as 1 point per cent. All paper money contributed to an animal will instead subtract points from that animal. Students in our class have banded together in groups who are rooting for one animal or another. Check out the Heifer International Website for details on how each of these animals helps the families and communities to whom they are given.
Cleaning up: Be prepared for items to come home this week. Students may be coming home with larger loads particularly on Wednesday and Friday.
Chapel changed: Closing chapel has been changed from Wednesday to Friday.
Bible Verse of the Week
Students choose their own memory verse this week.