On Monday morning, we shared a number of entertaining stories about our time apart. It was great to be back together, and I would like to thank all the students who took the time to make me a card or send a note. For some reason, the children were feeling sentimental, and I loved it! In R00m 17, the first thing to notice was the cool new standing table, contributed by Mr. Lauer’s brother-in-law. Now, four more students may stand while working. The seven Hokki stools arrived and are fantastic! Please come in and have a seat to appreciate what all the delight is about. Our final unit in Scott Foresman literacy has begun, and its main question is: What does it mean to be free? The immediate response was, “You get to do whatever you want!! Nobody can tell you what to do!!” I wondered if that was the case at home. Students scoffed, rolled their eyes, and commiserated with one another how that was most definitely not the case. So we re-thought the issue. One person remarked, “Okay then; being free means you have a choice, but you still have rules and consequences.” Another chimed in,”Maybe to be free means you can get married, or stay single. You can buy a house, or rent an apartment, or be homeless. You can have a dog, a cat, or no pets at all. You get to choose your pathway.” It was an excellent discussion. Monday afternoon after the popular Fire & Ice game in PE, we went to the Outdoor Center for science. Here, we examined a patch of ground for 15 minutes, cataloging all the insects. Fair warning: we are dissecting frogs next week for our final class with our Reed, 2:10 to 3:00pm. Ms. Elissa is hosting students who are uncomfortable with the experiment. If there are any particularly brave volunteers who would like to join us, it would be helpful. Math is all about fractions: comparing on a number line, and those with different denominators. IXL Math presented a certificate congratulating the class on solving 40,000 math problems, all outside of school time. That additional work is invaluable. Thank you!