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Weekly Update Nov 22

K-8 Families--  What a tremendous week we had here at the JK-8!  This week I got to spend some time doing formal observations of a few of our teachers and I saw some great things.  Mr. Newberg and I have made an effort to make sure we are visible in our building, we are in and out of classrooms but normally for just short snippets of time.  When doing formal observations, we spend an entire class period with a class and it is amazing the in-depth learning that is occurring.  

One of the things I noticed this week was how the learning is happening.  Last week, I asked you to think about your why, this week... what about the HOW?  Students and teachers use various methods to learn and if you are like me, some of it might look different than what it did when you went to school.  Did you enjoy teaching math last Spring during quarantine?  If it didn't look the same as when you went to school, that is because someone has challenged the HOW.

How do you use a pencil in art?  I am assuming you use the lead end to draw.  What if we changed the use?  What if we created white space for the image out of a darkened area.  The HOW has changed from the lead being the creator to the eraser.  This is a challenge to the HOW but you can still get an image.  This is school today, some of the HOW has changed.  Creativity and deep thought is changing the HOW around us every day!

Unfortunately, I don't get to put an upcoming events schedule in this week's message.  Hopefully it will return soon!  I will report though that the MS Boys basketball team did get to play, this past Monday, at Creston.  The 7th grade boys won big and the 8th grade played a close, competitive game.  We hope to get to see them play again yet this year!

I hope that you are all taking steps to avoid Covid and we appreciate everyone's efforts to send healthy kids to school.  Please make sure that your students are doing their work on Google Classroom or whatever gets sent home if they are put in quarantine.  It is their responsibility to stay active in school while at home, if you need help communicating with teachers or need help on an assignment, we are here to help.  While in quarantine we do not count them absent as the students are to be actively learning while at home.

A last reminder, we do have an early out on Wednesday, November 25 and no school on the 26th or 27th for the Thanksgiving break.

Again, don't forget to check out our school website (www.shencsd.com) or Facebook page (www.facebook.com/shenpk8) to keep up with what we are doing here at school.  

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to me.  Thanks and have a great week!  --Mr. Burdorf #horsepower