Wednesday, June 12: Last Day of School!
- You are warmly invited to attend our Closing Ceremony at 11:00 am, followed by an open dismissal at 12:00. Please pick up your children by 12:20.
Friday, June 28, 3-7 pm ChiCAT Family Pride Day
- This year we’re joining ChiCAT, our neighbors down the street, to celebrate Pride Day! There will be food, music, and games for all. See the flyer for details.
This week, the 5th graders finished up their Ancient Greece block. They learned stories about the wanderings of Odysseus and the discovery of Pythagoras, read the poetry of Sappho, learned the Greek alphabet, and ended with a trip to the National Hellenic Museum in Greek town.
To keep things fresh and meet their mood for this last full week of school, I included a new painting routine to our mornings this week. They completed a wet-on-dry painting, as opposed to the wet-on-wet watercolor paintings that we typically do. With wet-on-dry, they painted with watercolors on dry paper, layering their painting over multiple days. They really did well with this new kind of painting, which called on their patience, control, and long-term planning to complete well.
I also had the 5th graders work on surveys, where they answered questions such as:
- What is something we did this year that you think you will remember for the rest of your life?
- What is something you accomplished this year that you are proud of?
- What is something that was hard for you at the start of the year but is easy now?
- In what area do you feel you made your biggest improvements?
And many more! It has been really fun and rewarding to read their responses as they come in.
On Thursday, we walked and took the bus to the National Hellenic Museum. Mr. Cather and Theodore joined us. We started with an artifact detective activity, where the children were given artifacts from Greece, and they were asked to think about the artifact and answer questions about each artifact. Then we were given a tour on an exhibit about immigration from Greece and other countries, and learned about some of the great contributions that Greek Americans have made in Chicago and elsewhere.
The class ended with an art activity, in which they decorated shields. Overall, it was a very interesting trip. I encourage you to visit the museum and/or Greek Town with your family this summer!
Looking ahead to this summer…
Does your 5th grader have a summer reading book? Please help them develop and maintain a reading habit over the summer. If you email me personally, I can make recommendations based on their reading level, but I also encourage you to let your 5th grader choose the book they would like to read. This fosters more engagement and buy-in.
This week, Aaden shared with us that he will not be returning to UPWS next year. It’s been a joy to have Aaden in class these last few years. We’re going to miss his sincerity, playfulness, and infectious laughter, as well as his friendship. I know that Aaden wants to maintain the relationships he has made in our class, so please reach out to his family to schedule play dates and keep in touch.