Friday, November 10, 2017

Peace Night, Family Day, Conferences

Hi folks.  Sorry I haven't communicated earlier.  I returned last week with much to do to catch up with my kids, their work, and my team, and I've been trying frantically to do al of the above.  There's a couple of big things coming up.

First, tonight is the performance of the IA play Rumplestiltskin, Private Eye.  The performance will be in the theater at 6pm.

Second, next Thursday is Peace Night from 6pm to 7:30pm.  We will be sharing our personal narrative publishings, and our personal flags and descriptions.

Third, on Friday, November 17th( the day before Thanksgiving break), we will be getting together with our family group, Connie's advising in the Pre-Walkabout, and Chris's advising in the Walkabout.  We will be doing some community service in the school, some fun activities together, and have a pot luck meal.  We are trying to keep it simple, so our theme for the meal is Soups, Sandwiches, and Salads.  There is a sign-up sheet on the door to my classroom.  Please discuss this with your child, and sign up(or have them sign up) for one.  Families are welcome to join us!  We will be eating around 11:30, and will be in the hallway between the library and elevator on the second floor.

Finally, fall conferences.  I'd like to go through the same preparatory process with kids for conferences that I usually go through.  I think its a valuable process in helping kids self reflect on their successes and challenges from their year so far.  My plan is to hold conferences the week of November 27th -December 1st.  I plan on getting a sub one day(yet to be determined), and hold conferences throughout the day while school is in session.  Any conferences that can't fit into that day will be held after school that week or at families' convenience.  I'll be flexible to meet your needs.



Monday, October 16, 2017

Bryan's Update

Hi folks.  I just want to give a update on how I'm doing and when I expect to be back.  First off, thanks to all of the thoughts of care and concern.  I really do appreciate it.

I am definitely starting to feel better, and have started some light exercise,  along with a lot of rest.  At this point I fully expect to be return after two more weeks, which was the original plan.  I hope to return on October 30th.  Remember, we won't have conferences at the end of this week.  I will send out a plan and schedule shortly after I return to work.  Please still support the book fair this week!  They always have an outstanding and varied selection.



Tuesday, October 10, 2017

DMNS Field Trip

Hi Folks!  The IA is still looking for drivers for Thursday's field trip to the Museum of Nature and Science.  If you can be a driver, please contact Kristie Edwards at if you can help out!



Sunday, October 1, 2017

Health Update

Dear Open School community,

I want to let you know about a health issue I’m dealing with.  About two weeks ago I started experiencing pain in my leg, which over time, got worse.  Last week I sought medical advice, and was diagnosed with a blot clot.  While this issue is treatable and should be temporary, I will be missing a period of work while I am recovering.
Currently, I estimate to be out four weeks.  Though I know this is not ideal, I am very pleased with the coverage plan while I am gone.  Kelsey McGuckin, a past Open School advisor, will be filling in for me.  Some kids already know Kelsey well, and she knows our program.  I will be working with Kelsey to create the curriculum that will be provided, and will meet with her regularly.  
This will also affect conferences.  I will not be holding conferences on the regularly scheduled dates: October 19th and 20th.  I will create a conference schedule when I return to work, and still have a fall conference for each student.  

Thanks for your understanding and support,

Bryan Zavada

Friday, September 15, 2017

Happy Friday!

Hi folks!  We've had a busy week, and we're starting to get into the rhythm of our routines of the day.

      In math, we reviewed, practiced and evaluated 2 different addition strategies. We're building our vocabulary and habits that allow us to talk, think, and act like mathematicians.  Kids received homework today in their Friday Folders, due Thursday of next week.  Next week we will continue to hone our addition skills, and learn some subtraction strategies.

     During our Reader's Workshop, we've continued to practice our writing to learn strategies, and discussed the importance of being mindful of how you think, of what your brain does.  We've learned the tracks in the snow strategy, a way of writing all over a text to record the thinking that one does when engaging with a text.  We've begun our read-aloud of Neil Armstrong is My Uncle, and Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Me.  Ask your student about the characters in the story.

     During our Writer's Workshop this week, we've reflected on our trip, and practiced paragraph writing as we reflected on our experiences.  Students reflected on their constellation of support, wrote thank you letters, discussed paragraph structure and letter format.

     For our advising, we've been doing mindfulness activities, took the color personality tests, and designed a flag that represents our class community. Next week we will use the results from our color personality test to help us in the design of our personal flags.

Today was our first formal IA Choice Time, too. Ask your student what choice they made!  Remember, Monday is Back to School Night, from 5pm to 6pm in my classroom.

Have a great weekend,


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Morse Park Picnic on Friday

Hi all!

Morse Park Picnic

This Friday the IA will be having its annual Morse Park picnic.  We will walk over to Morse Park at around 9AM, and return to school around 2PM.

Students should have:

  • comfortable walking shoes
  • lunch and something to carry it in(like a backpack)
  • water bottle
  • hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
  • optional: Frisbee, game balls for group activities
Families are welcome to join us.  You can walk over with us in the morning, or meet us at the park.

Rendezvous Reenactment

On Saturday and Sunday, September 16 and 17, there will be the 16th annual 1830's Rendezvous reenactment at The Fort, at 19192 Highway 8 in Morrison.  The event will be from 10:00am to 4pm on both days.  This connects well to our Pioneers unit last year, and demonstrates an amazing time in our country's development.  If you get a chance, check it out!  The admission is $5, and kids under 12 are free.