A Super Week!

Another week at Van Allen has come to a close! Time flies when good things are happening!

In our weekly faculty meeting, we had a guest professor from IWC come visit us. He and his students (future teachers!) are interested in the initiatives we have in place to boost literacy here at Van Allen. We look forward to having him come in to observe the great work our teachers do, and in the future, perhaps having the support of some IWC students in our classrooms!

In guidance this week, we discussed a variety of topics!

In grades JK-2 we read the story Giraffes Can’t Dance. This helped us to understand the value of hard work in improving in areas we struggle with, and also the importance of not putting down others who may be struggling with something. Students shared their own strengths and weaknesses, and how it is okay that some people are good at some things and not-so-good at other things. We thought of positive ways to encourage our friends who may be having trouble with something, as opposed to being critical of others’ mistakes.

In our activity, we wrote about our own strengths and what things we need help with!

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In grades 3-5, we recapped the Dr. Seuss stories from the previous weeks, and talked about how they relate to one another. We continued our discussion of the central theme of Horton Hears A Who, which was “a person’s a person no matter how small.” I was so impressed with the contributions the students made to our discussions! I have had several students tell me how much they enjoy the Dr. Seuss stories, so I am trying to stick with that theme to teach important lessons. This week we watched a short Seuss story called The Zax. It deals with understanding the value in compromising with one another when we disagree or have different ideas, and shows what the consequences can be if you refuse to budge.

This Friday afternoon, we concluded our week at Van Allen with Superbowl Reading in the gym! So many parents and friends showed up to read with our children, which was very exciting. All staff also gathered to read with any students who needed buddies. We ate popcorn, read together, and congratulated all our students who earned their Superbowl Reading footballs for the reading they did over winter break!

On Friday evening at IWC, our Honor Choir students had their concert. We are so proud of the hard work they do! Special thanks to Katie Townsend for her commitment to our students and helping them develop their musical talent!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone — and please stay warm in the upcoming snow!

Shameem Balakrishnan
School Counselor

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