Hello, all! Week 11 ended with a bang for our class. Students have been working hard to be on their best behavior and achievement. Through the last 8 weeks, they have earned 500 “thumbs up” to be rewarded with a thumbs up party. Yesterday, we were finally able to celebrate with a pizza party. Students were given permission to bring their devices and bring their own snacks.
We started the afternoon with a short lesson on another Halloween-like holiday celebrated in Mexico on November 1st called Day of the Dead or Dia de Los Muertos. Students discussed the symbols used such as flowers, candles, skulls, and bright colors. They compared the altars built to pray for ancestors to those which can be found in many Vietnamese households. Then, we designed our own decorated “calaveras” or skulls to decorate our class. You can see the post below for images of these spooky but beautiful creations.
Also this week, students worked hard to complete their final draft of their personal narratives. It’s been a long road to this, but students got much-needed practice with word processing and have produced some very interesting and memorable stories.
Finally, today, I have been meeting with parents from our class. It’s so wonderful to share the good progress and hear perspectives from home. Thank you to all of the parents and guardians who were able to come! To those who couldn’t make it, always feel free to send me an email or stop by the class in the afternoon to have a chat.
Now….for next week…. we have a lot of activities planned.
- HALLOWEEN!! Please see my post below for more information on the goings on in class and at the MSHS. We really encourage all students to have fun dressing up. It’s only one day a year, and we want to make the most of it! One thing that wasn’t mentioned in the letter home is that some of the high school classes are holding a bake sale with spooky treats, so students are allowed to bring a small amount of money to buy something sweet. All profits will be donated to a local boys and girls shelter.
- Friday – field trip to Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Station – Classes 4A and 4B will be taking a well-deserved trip to the outskirts of the city to learn about adaptations of some very unique animals. They will also continue their study of local culture by learning about the uses of some of the animals which are rescued and protected at the center. Finally, we will build our teamwork skills by working through a nature-based scavenger hunt. We’re pretty excited to get out of the city and breathe some fresh air!
It’s looking to be a pretty busy but exciting week. As always if you have any questions about the activities planned for week 12, please contact me or Ms. Nhan.
Signing off for now…Ms. Corie