November’s Habit of Mind – Questioning and Problem Posing
“Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.” ~Voltaire
It is very important to question and pose problems when you don’t understand something. When something is difficult, asking questions and posing problems is one of the easiest ways to get the answer or solution.
“The wise man doesn’t give the right answers, he poses the right questions.” ~Claude Levi-Strauss, businessman
THIS WEEK’S NEWS
NatureBridge Information Night for 7th & 8th Grade Families, November 14
This Thursday, November 14 at 6:30 all 7th and 8th grade families will meet to learn about the outdoor education program at NatureBridge.
This is a very important meeting for first time participants and helpful for everyone.
This meeting will set the tone and go over details to ensure a positive and successful week of outdoor education. We will talk about the academic requirements, behavioral expectations and the importance of team building. You will hear/see what a typical day in Yosemite will be like, and will be able to ask questions and address any concerns you have as a student, parent or family.
Writing Celebration for 2nd and 3rd Grades – Friday, November 15
Parents in Ms. Baker’s 2nd/3rd grade class are invited to come and hear their students read aloud their completed writing piece from the current writing unit.
The celebration begins at 2pm and is over before our dismissal at 3pm.
Give Yourselves a Hand… $385.19 was Raised for UNICEF
The UNICEF organization supports the health and well being of children throughout the world. We are very proud of the students at Kittredge for caring enough to help… please give yourselves a hand!
NEXT WEEK’S NEWS
Our First Spirit Day – November 21!
Student council has chosen “Class Spirit” day to be the first school spirit day this year. Each class is working with their teacher to come up with a classroom theme that they will use. We will share the results with each other on Class Spirit Day… November 21.
MORE NOVEMBER NEWS
Our First Trimester Ends November 26
Please remember that the first trimester will end in about 2 weeks. Parents can always check their child’s progress on TeacherEase and contact teachers with any questions. If you need another “invitation” with log-in information, please ask Trudy.
School-Wide Field Trip Tuesday, November 26; No Study Hall November 25 & 26
Tuesday, November 26 the entire school will visit the Academy of Sciences for a day of fun and learning. Students will spend time with their big buddies and their classmates enjoying the exhibits. After lunch, each class will head back to Kittredge with their teachers. If you have volunteered to chaperone and have a membership, please let your child’s teacher know.
On both Monday and Tuesday, 25 and 26, there will be no Study Hall. Study Hall students will be dismissed at 3 to go home or to join Extendo and be picked up at 4:30.
Thanksgiving Holiday Break
No Classes Wednesday, November 27
Please remember there will be no classes on Wednesday, November 27. Extended Day will be available from 8am until 5pm for 5 or more students.
Here is the Survey Monkey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/thanksgiving-kittredge
We hope to hear from everyone by November 18, so we can plan staffing if needed. As always, there is no charge for Extended Day if you have a contract and there is a $50 charge for drop-ins.
Please note that we will close Extendo at 5pm so that everyone can begin his or her holiday.
See’s Chocolate Fund Raiser… Get your Holiday Shopping Done the Easy Way
We have two weeks left to return our See’s order forms! If you need additional forms, you can pick one up on the table near Trudy’s desk. All orders must be accompanied by cash or check made out to the Kittredge Parent Association (KPA). Thank you all for supporting our school; all participation is greatly appreciated! If you have any questions, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or text me at 415-519-0513
The KPA Meeting – Tonight, November 12 @ 6pm
Everyone is invited to join the November KPA meeting. Please join us to hear all the plans for the Holiday Happening as well as the events scheduled for next year.
KITTREDGE COMMUNITY NEWS
Congratulations to Lachlan and Devon McConnell
Kittredge’s own Lachlan McConnell (5th grade) and her mom Devon, published a short book called Central Bark: The Case of the Stolen Bagels. Olive, the Boston Terrier, is new to New York City and just when she discovers the best thing about the place, off-leash hours in Central Park, they may get taken away – all because of a bagel-thieving dog. Olive and her new friends Bougie and Ruby set out to catch the bagel thief and save off-lease hours.
You can purchase Central Bark: The Case of the Stolen Bagels online: (https://www.amazon.com/dp/1697679900/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_3IHXDbGQ2W6Y2)
A portion of sales will go to 826 Valencia, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting under-resourced students with their writing skills.
Thank you Svetlana, Amanda, Kyle and Emma
Eighth graders Amanda and Kyle, and Kindergarten parent Svetlana, as well as Kittredge graduate Emma volunteered last Saturday at our Open House for prospective families. Thank you all for your time and for making us look so good.
Looking Ahead at the Calendar…
The holiday season is beginning and there are many special days in November… this includes no school days, no study hall days, as well as an all-school field trip day. Please note the following special days on your calendar so you don’t miss anything:
- Tuesday, November 12: KPA Meeting; Science Club; Math SSAT Prep Class
- Wednesday, November 13: Science Club 3:15 to 4:30
- Thursday, November 14: NatureBridge Meeting for 7th/8th grade parents & students; English SSAT Prep Class
- Friday, November 15: Hot Dog Lunch (if ordered)
- Friday, November 15: Chess Club; 2nd/3rd grade Writing Celebration
- Saturday, November 16: SSAT at Kittredge
- Thursday, November 21: Class Spirit day
- Friday, November 22: Burrito Lunch (if ordered); Sibling Applications Due
- Monday, November 25: K to 3rd Thanksgiving Feast; No Study Hall
- Tuesday, November 26: Whole school Academy of Sciences field trip; No Study Hall; End of Trimester
- Wednesday, November 27: No school, Extendo is available from 8am until 5pm for 5 or more
- Thursday and Friday, November 28 & 29: Kittredge will be closed for Thanksgiving Break