I am pleased to announce Room 20's Students of the Month for January. They are Elise K. and Krish S. Both of these exemplary students demonstrated a solid work ethic during the month as they performed all that was asked of them, in addition to offering help and support to their classmates. I was especially impressed with Elise's and Krish's performance during this year's Bridges sessions with Burlington's senior volunteer community. They demonstrated the ALL rule (being Articulate, Look the person in the eye when speaking, and speaking Loudly) during each and every Bridges session. Congratulations to Elise and Krish for a job well done!
Yesterday, Grade 4 students participated in their final Bridges session of the year. The lesson, How Old is Old?, afforded kids an opportunity to think critically and discuss the similarities and differences between the terms "age" and "old." Based on the hour-long discussion, kids have a solid understanding that "age" is simply a number, while "old" is a relative term that considers one's "state of mind." You're as old (or young) as you feel! This year's Bridges program was a win-win for students and seniors alike. I marveled at the caring relationships that developed during our six-week journey. Both kids and seniors learned much about their new friends ~ new learnings they will carry with them forever. While yesterday was the final session of the year, we will be meeting one additional time for our Bridges reunion ~ date and time to be determined. Below is a group photo of Room 20's 2017 Bridges family. Enjoy!
One of our senior volunteers, Sylvia, missed the last two Bridges sessions due to medical issues. The kids thought it would be fun to create a "get well, we miss you" video for Sylvia. So, here it is!
Yesterday morning at Fox Hill, students and teachers were entertained by Ms. Nanette Perrotte as she presented an interactive tribute to Ms. Ella Fitzgerald, The Queen of Swing! Ms. Perrotte shared some stories of Ms. Fitzgerald's beginnings and her road to stardom. The 30-minute program wowed the crowd as demonstrated by students' and teachers' active participation. Enjoy a few photos of the assembly, along with Ms. Perrotte's presentation of Ella's "Old MacDonald Had a Farm!"
Tomorrow is Patriots Day at Fox Hill! Kids, please wear your Patriots gear (shirts, sweats, hats, etc.) to school tomorrow. If you don't have any Patriots gear, just wear anything red, white, or blue. Let's send good vibes to the Patriots as they try to bring home another Lombardi Trophy; this time for winning Super Bowl LI!
Hello parents and students, Superintendent Eric Conti drafted an open letter to middle and high school students that he has posted on his blog (Open Letter to Students). Dr. Conti's message is applicable to all students (including elementary students). I'm sharing Dr. Conti's message with you to demonstrate my commitment that anyone and everyone belongs in Room 20. Mr. Daley
Wouldn't it be great if we all shared the sentiment offered by Carole King in her 1971 Grammy-winning "Song of the Year," You've Got a Friend?
You just call out my name And you know wherever I am I'll come running to see you again Winter, spring, summer or fall All you have to do is call And I'll be there You've got a friend
In Room 20, we strive each and every day to treat ALL with the respect they deserve. We accept, unconditionally, the strengths and areas for improvement exhibited by our classmates, family members, friends, and even those with whom we have not yet established a real connection. We don't judge. We lend a hand to everyone in need. In addition to being a "Community of Learners," we are a "Safe Place for ALL."
This past Friday, Fox Hill held a school-wide assembly to celebrate and recognize heroes. At this "Heroes Assembly," students at all grade levels spoke about what makes a hero, how we can all be every day heroes, and how to give thanks to today's and yesterday's heroes throughout our community, nation, and the world. Grade 4 students all identified someone who is a hero to them, and more importantly why and how that person is a hero to them. Five Grade 4 students read their hero essays at the assembly. Each student performed beautifully in reciting his and her heartfelt messages. Below is a video of those students reading their essays. Prior to the video, though, are some photos from (and after) the assembly. Grade 5 students asked local firefighters and police to attend the assembly as their heroes. All students had an opportunity following the assembly to "ham it up" in front of the fire trucks! A great time was had by all!