# Alder Weekly Update

## September 8, 2019

Our first full week at Alder went well! Monday will be our Back-to-School Night at 6:30pm. We are looking forward to having our parents here to see our beautiful school, and follow their child's schedule.

## Ms. Penza's Math Classes

The objective was to learn how to work as a group. The students were grouped randomly (I hand out playing cards the aces are one group and the kings are another group and so on - 4 in each group). They get a handout (see attached). The instruction is that they have two minutes (I time them) to take turns circling the numbers 1-100 in order. They can help each other find the next number but the person whose turn it is must circle it. The game is very simple so students of all levels can participate equally and work as a group. The group that finds the most numbers get a jolly-rancher. I then ask them to discuss as a group whether there is a pattern (there is) and devise a strategy to improve their score. They do it again and the team who gets the most gets candy. I show them how to find percent increase and ask each group to find their percent increase/decrease and each group gets candy when they have the percent. As closure we look at the pictures of the class and discuss what good team work should look like and came up with some rules (listen, participate, be respectful, etc). They seemed to like it.

## Ms. Wenzel's Social Studies Classes

Students on the Green Team worked on autobiography "Survivor Island" maps. A great way to tie in Alder's Renaissance Theme and Geography Skills, along with being a fun way for us to get to know each other!

## Ms. Dilks' Hispanohablantes

Students in the Hispanohablantes class interviewed each other after completing two charts about themselves: "Who I'm I?" and "10 things that Define Me."

## Pep Rally

Next Friday, September 20 will be the first Pep rally of the year! Wear your team colors and bring your school spirit!!

## Kick-off Dance!

The first dance of the year, sponsored by Renaissance, will be on Friday, September 20 from 6:30-8:30 pm. Refreshments will be sold, and a selfie station will be available to take and purchase photos for \$1!