• Dear Families,
    There's a wonderful beginning to your child's school day!  It's Called Morning Meeting and it's a great way to build community, set a positive tone, increase excitement about learning, and improve academic and social skills.
    Morning Meeting usually takes fifteen mintues.  First thing each morning, the children and I gather in a circle.  We begin by greeting each other.  Every day, your child hears his or her name spoken by a classmate in a friendly and cheerful manner.
    Next, a few students share some interesting news followed by a conversation with the class.  This helps students listen carefully, think about what they hear, formulate good questions, and learn about each other.  When children share, they have a chance to feel that their ideas are valued and that the other children care.
    After sharing, there is an activity for the whole class.  We might sing or recite a poem or play a math game.  The activity time helps students think about the day ahead.  Sometimes, I use this time to review and practice a reading, punctuation, or math skill. 
    Every day, Morning Meeting lets children know that school is a safe place where all children's feelings and ideas are important.  If you'd like to visit a Morning Meeting, just give me a call, write a note, or email me to arrange a good time.  You'll see for yourself why we're so excited about this start to our day.
                                                         Mrs. Finley