With only a two day week, we have a lot to do! Kindergarten and 1st grade classes will begin their guidance lessons for the month this week and I will finish up the remaining 2nd grade lessons! And be on the look out, because their are lots of pilgrims and Indians around PES this week!
Kindergarten students are following up to last month's lesson on 'Spookly the Square Pumpkin', with another story about Spookly and Thanksgiving. In 'Spookly, A Family To Be Thankful' For there are great lessons to be learned!
First grade students are watching a movie about the book 'Elmer'! It is a great story about being different and honoring the special qualities in us all! Students are designing their own elephant for our very own Elmer Parade to celebrate the special qualities we all have!
Fourth grade students discussed friendship this month and most classes discussed a power point presentation and then made posters to reflect that presentation and discussion. These posters will be on display around the school for the next few weeks! Here are a few...
Third grade students went 'Fishing for Kindness' this month, as we practiced giving genuine compliments to classmates randomly. It was a fun experience and challenged students to think of unique and individual things they have observed about their classmates who might not be their closest friends. Everyone really enjoyed it and left with a beautiful fish to keep!
Yesterday was a busy and fun day at Parkwood! The fourth grade students had their lighthouse projects on display for judges, students, staff and parents! I was excited to see all the creative ideas and designs our students had come up with! I was also excited to see a friendly face among the judges. Some one who means a lot to my family, as a former teacher to my husband and I from middle school, Mr. Dwayne Snowden. He has and continues to do wonderful things for the students and staff in Onslow County!
Last night was also family literacy night at PES and many families came out to enjoy! Each grade level had books and activities displaying habits of the mind we are working on school wide! We had a great turn out and lots of fun!
My fifth grade lesson this month required students to use the habits of persistence, thinking interdependently, and required them to manage their impulsivity! Students worked together to try and build the tallest 'free standing' tower out of 10 balloons, a trash bag, and an arms length of scotch tape. Along the way they were given 'restrictions' requiring them to work as a team and problem solve ways to be successful. I was very proud of the creative ideas, determination, and cooperation I saw. We had great discussions to follow on the importance of sharing ideas, taking turns, and working together! It was fun :)
The PES National Honor Society made Veteran's Day Cards that were distributed yesterday at the USO in Jacksonville to thank Veteran's for their service! We at PES, would like to thank all current and past Veteran's for their service!
PES participated in Jeans for the Troops today in support of all our Military men and women!
Today PWE gave out over 310 awards to K-5th grade students who had shown good character, had perfect attendance, made honor roll, perfect attendance, worked hard or displayed one of the habit of mind traits we have been learning about and incorporating into our school! It was a great morning full of celebration. We look forward to the next 9 weeks and seeing all of the potential that lies within each of our students!
The staff at Parkwood was excited to send home our first CHEW packs of food with children last Friday! The combined efforts of our school food drive, united way community donations, community food drives, and staff coming together made it possible and it was a huge success! Below is a sample of what one student took home with them.
In order to keep our program going we are going to need to have on going food drives and fundraising efforts at our school. One thing our staff will do each month is a special 'dress down day'. This is a day where staff can wear jeans and a school shirt to school for a donation of food to our CHEW program. Below is a picture of today's donation, along with an amazing donation one of our teachers got from reaching out to a local church's life group!
Other upcoming events we will have to help raise funds for our CHEW program are a Parent's Night Out on Friday, November 13th from 5:00pm to 8:00pm and a School Dance for 4th and 5th grades in December (more info. coming soon about that!)
If you are interested in donating to our CHEW program, we are always accepting food donations. In addition, people can donate directly to the United Way of Onslow County and specify that they would like their donations to benefit the Parkwood CHEW program.
Thank you again to everyone to has helped us get this program up and running!
Wednesday- 1st Nine Weeks Award Ceremony
We are excited to recognize students who have showed success during the first grading period of the school year during our award ceremony this Wednesday!
8:00-8:20 1st grade
8:30-8:50 2nd grade
9:30-9:50 4th grade
10:00-10:20 5th grade
10:30-11:00 3rd grade
Thursday- Buddy to Buddy meeting & NEHS monthly meeting
Friday-November Deployment Groups
I am the school counselor at Parkwood Elementary School. I am excited to share updates on this blog about guidance activities!