Ms. Cheung’s class sent over $50 to “Children’s Hope” this week. The children continue to send thoughts of hope to the Haitian people. Here is another excerpt from Leisa’s journal:
…”We distributed all the medical supplies we carried, are home now for just one week, and will return next Thursday with a team of ten and over a thousand pounds of medicine and supplies. Please remember to keep pledging…or just encourage someone you know to make their own pledge. We are in this recovery for the long haul…there is much work to do…but as the Haitian saying goes, “many hands make the burden lighter.”
If you want to see some of the images from our January trip into Haiti, please take a moment to look over these images by Paul Taggart (for AARP).
We have collected over $40 to send to Haiti through Children’s Hope, an organization led by Leisa Faulkner. She sends regular updates on the progress they are making in restoring Haiti and the lives of the people there. Here is an excerpt from one of her recent journal entries:
2010 Haiti Journal #4 January 17, 2010
We … were reminded of one of the beautiful things about Haiti, their endless spirit and courage…as we shared soup and bagels, I heard such a story…
The woman to my left held out a small bill and said she had a story to tell…we grew quiet as her moist eyes signaled we should. She said she was given this money by a woman who had suffered a bad foot injury, and without treatment was now expected to die of gangrene. She had lost her home and her husband, but not her spirit. She told my new friend that this was the last of her money, and asked her to take it, and writing her name on a small bit of paper, along with those of her children, asked my friend to find her children. She was kind and gentle…
As we learn about the plight of the Haitian people after the earthquake, we think about how fortunate we are and how we can help others. The students decided to help the Haitian people by collecting money which will be sent through a local organization called “Children’s Hope.”
The students in P4 at David Reese Elementary continue to think about peace and how they can make the world a better place for all people. Here are more of the students’ writing about peace…
“Peace and a rose are alike in so many ways…it is good. Peace is also colorful when a flower blooms you have a beautiful flower. When I am around peace I feel like a rose in the sun. I love peace! ” -Ashley
“Peace is in my neighborhood. It is quiet in my neighborhood and it is lovely. And I feel like I am listening to music and it makes me fall asleep…it is so quiet. -Melody
Winter break begins December 24 and will continue through January 3rd. Have a happy healthy new year!
We started our week with the video “Peace Today” in celebration of UN International Day of Peace, Sept. 21, 2009. The students are writing stories and poems about peace, and will begin artwork as well. We continue our on going discussion about peace and how we can make contributions and become peacemakers in our homes, neighborhoods, classroom, school, and ultimately the world.
As we enter our third week of school, the students wrote letters to Ms. Campos as we say “good-bye” and wish her the best.
We are adding more activities to our list of homework assignments. The “story map” is our latest addition. Soon, student will write their own paragraph summaries.
Students will be bringing home a packet of important information about many topics discussed at Back-to-School Night. This includes topics such as homework policies, weekly reports, and supplies. Weekly Reports will be distributed this Friday and every Friday. Students are expected to take the report home and discuss it with parents/guardians. Parents/guardians should send the signed form back to school with your child on Monday.
Thank you for sending healthy snacks to school for your child. Your support is much appreciated!
Welcome to fourth grade! My name is Ms. Cheung and I am excited to be your teacher for the 2009-2010 school year. As we jump into a new year, we will be learning many new concepts in math, expanding our reading and writing skills, and learning about the world around us through Social Studies and Science.
This is a critical year for learning organizational skills, which the students will need for the rest of their lives.
Back-to-School Night will be this Thursday, August 27, 2009 from 6-7 pm. I hope to see the students and meet parents.
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I am looking forward to an exciting year of learning and growing!
We are reading a story about the first African-American woman astronaut, Mae Jemison. At the same time, we are keeping a watchful eye on Jose Hernandez, the first Mexican-American astronaut from the Stockton area, who is scheduled to take off for space this week. To find out more about Hernandez, go to http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/hernandez-jm.html
The students are preparing for an exciting project to showcase the birds of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area. This involves much hard work, including detailed artwork, writing, and rehearsing audio scripts!
We are creating a video presentation showing what we learned on our field trip. Using photographs and drawings, we will create a movie to bring our wetland experience to life! To see more, please click on this link: Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area