What Went on in C4 This Week?

Week of November 1, 2015

This Week's Activities

Destination ImagiNation

DI is in full swing! The kids are creating, writing, sewing, gluing, cutting, painting and yes, on occasion arguing. It is a wonder to watch! I think you will understand what I mean when you see the pictures below!

We are spending every minute of our time (except for our 15 minute break) working on the solutions for this year's challenge. This year's Rising Stars challenge is called Change in Direction. Here is an overview of the tasks that the kids are required to complete.

TEAM CHALLENGE OVERVIEW: Your team is heading off on a journey. Where are you going? What if, at some point, you make a change in direction? Why did you change direction? Where are you going now? Are you going to the same place using a new path or are you going to a different place? With the help of your team-created map, the choice is yours. Tell us a story about your journey. The story should have a beginning, middle and end. With a team-created map, complete with a compass rose and map key, show us your path. At some point, your characters should decide to change their direction. At least two characters should have different ideas or feelings about this change in direction. Show us how your characters, with the use of your map, decide on a new direction to go.

Between the 4 grade levels there are 4 teams competing.

Goldilocks and the Mindblasters- 3rd and 4th grade

The Wolves- 3rd and 4th grade

The Smarties and Dum-dums- 5th grade

The Squigets-6th grade

The Princess and the Peas-6th grade

Ask your child about their team and how they are solving the challenge!

Destination ImagiNation Competition Date

As previously mentioned, I chose to move the performance/competition date for DI till after Christmas break. I don't want to rush the kids when they are continuing to come up with great ideas! I have chosen two possible dates. One is during the school day and the other is in the evening. I usually hold the performances during the day, but I have had a few parents request to have the event in the evening, so that they could attend. I know that finding a night that EVERYONE is free is impossible, but I am hoping that since this is a once a year event, maybe other practices and meetings might be skipped just this once.

Below is a survey with two date options; Wednesday, January 20th at 1:00 pm and Monday, January 25th at 6:30 pm. Please chose the option that works best for your family. Once I have the results, I will let everyone know what the actual date will be.

Next Weeks Activities

  • We will continue letting our creative juices flow during Rising Stars!

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Robin Verheyen, Gifted Education Resource Teacher, Reeds Spring School District

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