Principal's Message

Dear Godwin Families,                                                                                                  November 1

What is new in November?

Godwin School is a flutter with academic learning and the social emotional development that takes place during the primary years.  The first marking period will be coming to a close on the 15th and teachers will have an opportunity to share progress at conferences during the week of 28th.  We hope you take full advantage of this time to learn about your child's strengths and weaknesses.  It is also important to ask questions about how you can work with your child to help him achieve his maximum potential.  

Every class is in the process of publishing their first writing piece or starting their second unit. Since starting writers workshop, the enthusiasm during writing time is immeasurable.  The students are more confident when starting to write because they have ideas and a clear procedure to follow.  Individualized conferencing has taken student writing to the next level due to focused goals and specific teaching points.  The sharing of student writing is the most enjoyable part of the process for me and the proudest for the student and teacher.  Nothing can compare to the smile on a child's face when she receives accolades for her writing.  Stay tuned for an invitation to an author celebration in the spring.  

In science, our second graders are designing experiments to determine what plants need to grow. They are creating environments that may or may not be conducive for living things to thrive. They are making hypotheses and learning how to collect data from one week to the next.  The Next Generation Science Standards are designed as performance standards; therefore  students are expected to demonstrate the knowledge they've learned.  This is certainly a growing year as students learn procedures, vocabulary, content, and how to use evidence to support their ideas.  
Some important dates to be mindful of:
3 - Spirit Day
8 - picture retake day
8/9 - School Closed 
17 - report cards distributed for 1st and 2nd graders
22 - 12:30 dismissal
23 - Happy Thanksgiving
27 - District Presentation of the results of the School Climate Survey - 7:30pm
28/29/30 - 12:30 dismissal for PT conference
30 - PT conferences from 6:30-9:00pm

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