Top 5 Friday: Star Wars, sugar, and a senior

Happy Friday! We’ve made it through our final full school week of 2014! Here are a few things that made the past five days extra fun in Love Hall:

5. A battle for the ages: Who would win in a fight: Luke Skywalker or Harry Potter? At lunch yesterday, this important question sparked a lively debate with three Third Grade boys and one girl. Immediately I established myself in the Harry Potter camp, and across the table it was all about the Force. I claimed (and will claim for all eternity) that Harry’s wand and spells would render Luke helpless. Luke’s supporters maintained that a light saber surely would block all such spells, and the Force would help Luke obtain Harry’s wand. Long story short? We all agreed that whoever got in the first shot would win.

4. Pour some sugar on…: Anyone who passed the First Grade classes this morning got a whiff of deliciousness as students and moms decorated gingerbread houses. I had never seen so much candy in my life. It was heaven. In Mrs. Chapman and Mrs. Haan’s classroom, the visitors also played a greeting/morning meeting game with the students that involved specific clapping sequences and eye contact. So that I wouldn’t disrupt the flow with my eternal lack of rhythm, I took a picture from the safety of the doorway.

frosting + candy + graham crackers + excited students + crafty, Pinterest-loving parents = a fun Friday morning in First Grade

 

3. A special thank you: Second Graders’ PBL (Project Based Learning) unit on community helpers culminated in a special celebration yesterday morning. Members of the Westminster community were invited to Love Hall for a viewing of the hallway bulletin boards, a visit with the students, and a light breakfast. From the grounds crew to FLIK to our office staff and nurses, these invaluable personnel seemed very appreciative of the students’ interest in their work, but it is the students and the rest of Westminster who appreciate them so much! Thank you!

Westminster’s dedicated grounds crew depicted by Mrs. Bradway and Ms. Shelton’s Second Grade students

A great celebration!

Thank you, nurses and lunch staff!

Thank you, Love Hall office personnel!

 

2. More appreciation of Westminster’s own faculty/staff: Pre-First teachers Mrs. Dick and Mrs. Widness blogged about their students’ fun social studies project last month, but before this week I hadn’t stopped and taken the time to read the writing and appreciate the drawings on their hallway bulletin board. Take a look at the detail in the students’ work!

Mr. McKnight shared time with the class in his office

Mr. McKnight shared time with the class in his office

Everyone loves learning from Mr. Dimon!

Everyone loves learning from Mr. Dimon!

photos and drawings of the garden between Carpool A and the door to our building and Ms. Hight’s room/studio

photos and drawings of the garden between Carpool A and the door to our building and Ms. Hight’s room/studio

a depiction of Cluck Hall, our chicken coop cared for by Mrs. Haan and Love Hall students

a depiction of Cluck Hall, our chicken coop cared for by Mrs. Haan and Love Hall students

 

1. A special senior: On Tuesday, a Westminster senior spent a few hours with me to see what a school counselor does. It was fun to hear about her potential college options, current challenges she faces regarding clubs and after school commitments, and memories of Love Hall. When I told her that she’d accompany me to Ms. Tedesco and Ms. Padgett’s class for our guidance lesson, she said, “Ms. Tedesco was my second grade teacher!” They had a happy reunion when we walked into the room, and then the children welcomed the senior and explained the lessons within The Quiltmaker’s Gift, last week’s lesson topic. Ms. Tedesco disappeared for a little bit and then returned with a book of recipes that the student and her classmates had made during their time in second grade!

P.S. Just because hundreds of stuffed animals thrown from the stands onto a basketball court for a good cause is awesome, here you go. Happy weekend! http://espn.go.com/blog/collegebasketballnation/post/_/id/101324/division-ii-school-makes-it-rain-toys?ex_cid=espnFB

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