Holidays in 204

The Kids in room 204 had a wonderful Halloween! The Kids were able to express their inner-monster, football hero, space phenom, cats, and a myriad of other personas captured for the day. We enjoyed the neighborhood parade and the party in our classroom, which included some great games and activities and snacks. Thank you wonderful Parents for providing us such a joyous time.

As we all know, once Halloween is behind us, the fall and winter holidays tumble at us in warp-speed. Throughout the month of November, your Kids are learning about the lives and cultures of many Native groups. One day, as the Kids know, I look for a time in our country,  when we don't have to set aside a month to acknowledge a culture or 'people' but we are not there as of yet. I love the awareness through discovery that occurs when the Students begin to use research. We have been using, KID REX, a search engine for Kids, in order to find facts through history and voices from the past. They are starting to stand and ask questions that folks my age never got answers for in school, "How could the Native Americans be shoved of the land that they had already made home?" They are asking and answering important questions about America's history. It is not always pretty, in fact it can be quite ugly, but if we don't find the truth, we are destined to repeat the mistakes, the injustice. This group of Children are political beings, and they have a strong voice, getting stronger each time they find out new information in which to inform their decisions. I think that third grade is a year of transformation, and I am privy to this wonder.

Because of your incredible sense of GIVING, the response to my request for funds for our adopted family surpasses all years prior. I am amazed, have always been amazed by the giving hearts of Lincoln Families, but goodness knows that you have far surpassed my hopes here. WE have collected $362.00, and with this, I predict that we will not only be able to get all that the family of three need, but add in a lot of wants. My heart is so full. The kids have begun shopping online, two at a time. They make choices together, and watching them select items and listening to their discussions is a gift in itself. Such caring hearts, making practical selections that they feel are going to be best. This is THANKSGIVING for me. This is THANKSGIVING and all the Winter Holidays rolled into this action. And I thank you.

From my heart-Safe journeys and happy days


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