This Week in Challenge

Week of November 17th

Goodbye Geographical Forces!

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We will wrap up our study of Geographical Forces this week by connecting what we have learned to the year's theme "Patterns". Next week, 1st and 2nd graders will focus on problem solving and logic before starting the Brain unit after our Thanksgiving break.
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We are working hard to develop a "growth mindset" with our students. You can click the above title to hear a Ted Talk that explains how important it is for our kids to know that they can grow their abilities through hard work. It also gives great advice to parents and teachers on how to appropriately praise and guide children in order to help them develop this mindset.
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Saturday, November 21st

On Saturday, November 21st, KPGT will be teaming up with the Taylor High School TaRDIS Robotics Team for an Elementary Student Event to be held at Taylor High School. More information and event registration is available at www.kpgt.org . If you would like to volunteer to help with the event, please email jthomason4@comcast.net.

The password to enroll is: KPGT

Last year, Challenge students absolutely loved learning about computer programming with code.org. The website has a new "Hour of Code" initiative you can sign up for from home. This week and next week we will explore code using their new Star Wars theme. If your child is new to Challenge this year and is interested in enrolling in the full courses for programming send us an email and we will set up an account for you.
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We Are Almost Ready for Cranial Connections!

So many of you have asked if there is anything you could provide to enhance our Challenge day experience! We have listed some items that we will be using during our Unit Two projects. We truly appreciate ANYTHING you donate and please never feel obligated to provide something from the list. If you would like to donate a sheep brain dissection kit, I have included the link to order them below. The sheep brain kits will last up to a year in dry storage so you can order those right away. You are welcome to have them shipped directly to the school in care of my name or you can leave the box with the front office.
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"This Week in Challenge"...

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Please remember to sign and return your child's "This Week in Challenge" form. Shannon and I grade your child weekly on his or her performance in class. It is important to review this information with your child each week. Your signature lets us know that you've looked at your child's grade. We store these pages in our student data binders and use them to record grades on your child's Challenge report card. Please let us know if you have questions after reviewing your child's weekly grades. Thank you!
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Just some early planning...

Special thanks to Laura Kirkham for volunteering to organize a trip to TAMU Sea Camp this summer. If you are interested in having your child attend a Sea Camp experience visit our website www.kdechallenge.org and click the "Sea Camp" tab. This page is password protected. You will need to enter the password "challengeparent" to gain access to the page. There, you can look at the experiences that may be available next summer. Use the contact form on that page to let Laura know that you are interested in having your child attend as part of the Challenge group. Please list your top two choices for a Sea Camp experience under the comments section. This is not a school sanctioned field trip. This will be organized by a private group of Challenge parents (including you, if you so choose). You will be responsible for providing transportation to and from Sea Camp Kids. You also have the option of registering individually to have your child attend Sea Camp Kids.
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Reminders:

*If your child does not travel to Challenge with his or her backpack then please have him or her bring a separate small bag. Reusable grocery bags work well for this purpose.

*We will begin using devices weekly in Challenge in October. If your child has a device for his or her use please send it on Challenge day.