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September 19, 2018
  • Yom Kippur - School Closed - Addl. day Open - Inservice

    September 19, 2018

    Yom Kippur

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  • No Tennis Lessons - Additional Day

    September 19, 2018

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  • No Smart Lunches

    September 19, 2018

    Note: Smart Lunches are not delivered on Additional Days.

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  • No Music Lessons - Additional Day

    September 19, 2018

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September 20, 2018
  • Parenting Lecture: "Personalizing 21st Century Education"

    September 20, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    R Crescendo [Built In speakers, DVD player, Microphone, Projector, Pull down screen]

    Free and open to the public Presented by Dr. Dan Domenech For our 50th anniversary year, we are hosting Dr. Dan Domenech, author of ‘Personalizing 21st Century Education’, and grandfather to two students in our school, as our guest speaker. He was chosen as he has a message, based on his many years of experience as a leader of public schools, that the schools of the present and future should embody a model of personalized learning, modeled in Montessori schools. Bio of Dr. Domenech: Dr. Daniel A. Domenech, also known as Dan, Ph.D., serves as the Executive Director of the American Association of School Administrators. Dr. Domenech has more than 40 years of experience in public education. He served as senior vice president for national urban markets with McGraw-Hill Education and was responsible for building strong relationships with large school districts nationwide. He served as Superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools, among other career positions.

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September 21, 2018
  • UE delivers Smart Lunches

    September 21, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

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September 24, 2018

Book Discussion

Lower Elementary Students Share Their Thoughts During Literature Circle

Literature Circles

Have you heard of Literature Circles? In literature circles, small groups of students gather together to discuss a piece of literature in depth. The discussion is guided by students’ response to what they have read. It is a wonderful way to engage them in rich conversations about shared readings. Students can express their opinions, predictions, and questions about a text in a productive, structured way. Often the teacher will ask several students to take on specific group roles which are designed to develop reading, speaking, and thinking abilities. Many children in the Lower Elementary program take part in Literature Circles.
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Above, groups of children are talking about the books The Tarantula in My Purse, and Balto.  The children take turns being the Discussion Director, to moderate the discussion and keep it on track, and all the students come up with questions based on a selection from their books. They take on specific jobs, such as the Character Captain, who describes the characters, and the Setting Surveyor, who writes about the importance of the time and place of the book.  Literature Circles allow children to delve more deeply into books, and to take on leadership roles within their groups.
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