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Hello Dear LE1 Parents!!

Can you believe we are starting the 3rd quarter!! It is amazing how fast time goes by!!

Our students have been growing and learning and we are excited to continue this adventure this second semester.

We already had NC Check ins for 3rd grade and the third one will be in March, 2o2o.

IStation will be evaluating Spanish in January and English in February.

Spring will bring intercession and the second field trip for both, 2nd and 3rd grade. And also, mandatory teacher conferences on Monday, April 13th (will send a sign up genius before leaving for intercession).

Please let me know if you have any ideas, recommendations, etc.

Hugs and love!!

Sra. Gordon and Sra. Delgado

Important Dates

January Important Dates:

Monday, 20th: Martin Luther King Jr. day – Holiday (no school)

Wednesday, 22nd: Public Tour / 9:30-11:00

Tech Deployment Meeting / 4:00-6:00

27th to 31st: National School Choice Week

February Important Dates:

Thursday, 6th: STEAM Night / 6:00-7:30

Saturday, 8th: Building Open / Cleaning

Monday, 17th: President’s Day – Holiday (no school)

Tuesday, 25th: Public Tour / 9:30-11:00

March Important Dates:

Wednesday, 4th: Public Tour / 9:30-11:00

Friday, 6th: TWD (no school for students)

Thursday, 19th: Lottery closes

Friday, 20th: Lottery drawn

Friday, 27th: Early Release at 12:00 / Progress Reports

Spring Intercession: Monday, March 30th to Friday, April 10th.

April Important Dates:

Monday, 13th: Mandatory conferences

Wednesday, 22nd: New Parent Night

Teacher Introduction

Sra. Gordon: ¡Buenos días! My name is Pamela Gordon and I am from Santiago, Chile. I have been teaching for 13 years, 7 of those in the USA and this will be my second full year at Casa. I have a post degree in Emotional Education that was very helpful in learning about myself and how to help others learn about their emotions and how to deal with them.
I am married and have two college kids, my daughter (20) and my stepson (23).
My interests are very diverse going from painting and reading to karate and golf. I discovered I love gardening and I enjoyed most of my summer outside.

Sra. Delgado: Hello parents! My name is Olga Delgado. I am originally from Bogota, Colombia. I am married and have three children that I home schooled. This is my fourth year working at Casa.

I have lived in the United States for the last eighteen years. In Colombia I worked as a bookkeeper for some time, but I stopped working when my first child was born.
Here in the United States I have taught Spanish to several home schooled children.
I am very excited to work for a second year with Sra. Gordon and with your children!

~*~ Classroom Wish List ~*~

We continue asking for Virtual Gift Cards (Walmart, Target, Amazon, Teach Me Store, etc.). With gift cards we can fill in the classroom needs as they appear. Thank you very much!!

Important Info & Links

Email and contact info:

Pamela Gordon – Teacher
Olga Delgado – Paraprofessional
School’s number: 919-855-9811 room 503 (LE1)

It is important for each child to attend school school everyday. Please send me a message if your student will be absent or arrive late. Thank you!

In addition to staying up to date with the amazing things we’re doing in our classroom, please read the GET INVOLVED and STUDENT LIFE sections of our website, too. If you have a question, and can’t find the answer on our website, we’d appreciate it if you would be a helpful citizen of our community and let us know! Chances are someone else has had that same question. 🙂  Thank you!

Some GOALS FOR THIS YEAR:

Developing a positive attitude toward learning
Most learning activities are individualized. Each child engages in learning tasks that appeal to them and they find the activities geared to their needs and level of readiness. Each child works at their own rate, repeating tasks often, if they like, and experiencing achievements! In this way, each child naturally builds a positive attitude toward learning itself.

Developing self confidence
New tasks will be built upon what the child has already mastered. A carefully planned series of successes builds upon inner confidence in children. It assures them that they can learn by themselves. Confidence-building activities contribute to the child’s healthy emotional development.

Building a habit of concentration
Effective learning presupposes the ability to listen carefully and to attend to what is said or demonstrated. Through a series of absorbing experiences, children form habits of extended attention, thus increasing their ability to concentrate.

Fostering an abiding curiosity
A deep, persistent and abiding curiosity is a prerequisite for creative learning. By providing the child with opportunities to discover qualities, dimensions and relationships amidst a rich variety of stimulating learning situations, curiosity is developed and an essential element in creative learning has been established.

Developing habits of initiative and persistence
By surrounding children with appealing materials and learning activities geared to their inner needs, they becomes accustomed to engaging in activities on their own. Gradually, this results in a habit of initiative which is an essential quality of leadership. “Ground rules” call for completing a task once begun and gradually results in a habit of persistence and perseverance for replacing materials after the task is accomplished. This “completion expectation” gradually results in a habit of persistence and perseverance.

Fostering inner security and sense of order
Through a well ordered, enriched but simplified environment, the child’s need for order and security is intensely satisfied. This is noticed in the calming effect the environment has on the child. Since every item in the Montessori classroom has a place and the “ground rules” call for everything in its place, the child’s inner need for order is directly satisfied.