Today has been a busy day, with a morning Encuentro featuring 6th graders talking about conflict minerals in the Democratic Republic of Congo and a yo-yo master doing amazing tricks. We had our usual Friday activities (word study, specials, math, Spanish, workshop). This week we also read another chapter of Life in Ancient China and learned another note-taking strategy.
During community meeting this week we discussed other changes (besides egg and sperm production and related processes) that occur during puberty. What was surprising to students was how many of the changes affect both males and females, including changes with hair, hygiene, acne, and mood swings. We also discussed that while mood swings are common, extreme anxiety or depression (feelings of worthlessness or that the world would be better without you) are beyond that, and that if a student feels that way to reach out to an adult. You can ask your child if she or he has any questions about what was covered and if there’s anything in particular they’re worried about.
Although the snow day did not produce much snow (and caused us to miss our weekly work with HMS students), it sounded as if students enjoyed a surprise day off. Most teachers here were happy to have a snow day that did not involve much shoveling of snow. :-)
A reminder that next week students have off on Friday for a teacher in-service day, and we are all off on Monday, February 20, for President’s Day.
Have a good weekend!
Laura and David