Hózhó Academy Newsletter
For the Week of October 30th - November 3rd, 2023
Hello Hózhó Families,
Thank you to everyone who came out for our Fall Family Fun Night! Tomorrow, Tuesday, October 31st students may dress as a book character or author of a book (please refer to the lists below). They must have the character, title, and author labeled on their costume. Any K-6 classroom parties will be up to the classroom teacher.
Students may choose from any grade on either list...
Civil Air Patrol Meeting - The Civil Air Patrol is having an open meeting tonight (10/30) from 5:30-7:30 in room 319 for anyone 12+ interested in joining. Civil Air Patrol focuses on Aerospace education, STEM activities, and leadership training. ABQ leadership will be flying down to officially charter our Hozho squadron and answer questions. They will give up-close tours of their Cessna aircraft at the Gallup airport.
Report Cards - Report cards have gone home. If you have not received your child's report card, please contact the front office.
Christmas Wreath Orders - Pre-orders for Christmas wreaths will be taken until November 17th. Click here to fill out the wreath order form and return it to the front office.
Holiday Craft Fair - Saturday, December 2nd, will be our annual Holiday Craft Fair. If you are interested in being a vendor, click here to fill out the form and return it to the front office.
Hózhó Wears Red - A 7th-grade student is starting an initiative to honor our veterans and active military, especially those deployed. Coming soon, you can order a red Hózhó shirt for students to wear on Fridays if they wish. Stay tuned!
Winter Jackets - The community pantry has winter jackets available through the Food for Kids program in size 18 youth. If you have a student who would benefit from a new winter jacket this year in these sizes, please email Mrs. Tanner at firstname.lastname@example.org
October 31st - Dress as your favorite book character or author
November 10th - No School (Veteran's Day)
November 17th - Cultural Fall Festival
November 20th-24th - No School (Thanksgiving Break)
December 2nd - Holiday Craft Fair 10 AM - 3 PM
Art Class Highlight
Meet our Staff Members
Three words to best describe me: Fun, eclectic, and analytical
Fun fact about me: I like to cook!
Favorite book: The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Literacy Corner by Elise Farrell
Why is my child not permitted an eraser in the classroom?
This is a great question and likely something those of you with younger children have noticed.
When our students are first learning how to read and write their phonograms, they are given pencils without erasers. Instead of erasing a mistake, the students are taught to cross it out using a clear, neat, and simple dash mark across the mistake.This may seem strange, however there are several very intentional reasons behind this.
- This teaches the student to 'pause and think' before making any pencil marking, teaching them to be intentional with even the smallest things such as handwriting.
- It allows the teacher to see what kind of mistakes the students are making and thus plan how to best support the students.
- Erasers slow down a student's pacing. Omitting them maintains pacing in the classroom.
- Lastly, Literacy Essentials as previously mentioned is a multisensory approach to learning, a big piece of which is kinesthetic (learning by doing, through intentional movement). When students erase a mistake, they are simply making it 'go away.' Crossing out the mistake allows the students to see their error, remember it, and learn from it. They understand that mistakes are part of the learning process.
As the year progresses, students are able to visibly see their progress from their first practice pages to their current one. They take pride in their accomplishment, often exclaiming aloud 'Look! This page has almost no strikes! I got better!'. Then, when the teachers see fit, they are gifted their first eraser.
Have a question about our Literacy or ELA curriculum? Email email@example.com !
Book of the Week:
The Legend of Sleepy Hallow
There is no better story to close our 'haunting books' series and to kick off Halloween week than The Legend of Sleepy Hallow. Ichabod Crane is a schoolteacher who comes to the town of Sleepy Hallow, a town haunted by ghost stories. Soon Ichabod finds himself being chased by one of the most bone-chilling of them all...the headless horseman.
Hózhó Academy 2023-2024 School Calendar
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