Ms. Lauren’s Morning Message- Monday, March 19, 2017

Good Morning Thinkers!

I hope you had a restful weekend.  It is important for each of us to take time to find balance in our lives.  That might mean that we read a book that we enjoy, play outside, or spend time with friends and family.  As a PYP student, balance is an important attribute of the Learner Profile.  In addition to working hard at school everyday on academic tasks, it’s important to make room for things that renew our energy.  What types of things help you relax and recharge?

This week I want you to think about your choices and how they impact others.  From the time you get on the bus, your ride to school, walking into your classroom and throughout the entire day you have many opportunities to follow directions, be enthusiastic and make respectful choices.  Even when others are not following directions, you can chose to do the right thing.  Be independent and be respectful.  Be caring to yourself, your classmates and your teachers.  If you are asked to take a break, take a break respectfully and prepare yourself to come back to the learning.  If you are asked to go to a buddy room, go there quickly and quietly and return to class ready to make different choices.  Even if we make mistakes we can always learn something and turn our behavior around.

As a reminder, there is no school on Friday so that teachers can spend time working and developing new skills.   Teachers need to learn and be curious too!  Have a great week.

Work hard and be caring,

Ms. Lauren

Ms. Lauren’s Morning Message- March 13, 2017

Good Morning Enthusiastic Learners!

Did you notice a difference this weekend when we observed Daylight Savings?  Twice a year we change our clocks to make better use of daylight.  In the Spring we move one hour from the morning to the evening to allow for a longer day.  Can you think of any reasons why this change might be helpful?

This week you will see many visitors in our building.  We welcome Minnehaha Academy high school students and their teachers to Tesfa.  These visitors are participating in a Cultural Field Experience where they spend time getting to know a community that is different from their own.  The high schoolers will be assisting our Kindergarten through 4th grade classrooms.  Be sure to welcome them into our community and show them what it looks like, sounds like and feels like to be a PYP scholar at Tesfa.

With just a few weeks left before Spring break it can be easy to get distracted.  Stay focused on the learning tasks in your classroom and show enthusiasm about being at school.  You have just a few more days to commit to learning before you get a week off to rest, relax and recharge.  Keep up the good work!

With Spring right around the corner there weather can change quickly.  Remember to come to school prepared with your coat, hat, gloves and even boots on the snowy days- just don’t forget your shoes for PE!

Have a wonderful week.  Work hard and stay curious.

Ms. Lauren


Ms. Lauren’s Morning Message March 6, 2017

Good Morning Curious Scholars,

It was exciting to see many of you and your families last week at conferences.  Your teachers and I were happy to have the opportunity to speak with you about your accomplishments so far this year and your goals for the remainder of the school year.  Can you believe we only have a little over three months left of school?  What will you do to make each day count?  How will you commit to your learning and stay curious?  I look forward to seeing your hard work in classrooms and your positive attitudes around the building.  Keep up the great work and “get caught” doing the right thing, even when you think no one is looking.

Remember that our attitude this month is enthusiasm.  screen-shot-2017-03-05-at-7-32-32-pmHow will you find joy in your classroom and stay curious and excited about learning new things?  As the year begins to wind down, think about how enthusiasm can help you stay committed to your goals and encourage you to work hard.  We believe in you!

Work hard, be kind, and have fun!

Ms. Lauren

Ms. Lauren’s Morning Message February 27, 2017

Good Morning Empathetic Scholars!

Welcome back to a four day week full of learning and celebrating.  Throughout the month of February we have been learning about how we can show commitment and empathy.  On Tuesday we will celebrate these attitudes and show our appreciate for the students who have consistently demonstrated these attitudes in their classrooms and in our school community.

One of the best parts of my job is getting the opportunity to experience the learning that is happening in classrooms.  Last week I was invited to watch a performance of Reader’s Theater in our 6th grade classroom.  Ms. Susie’s class worked hard to prepare for their performance by learning about the text, practicing their lines and preparing for reading in front of an audience.  My hope is that I can come visit more classrooms to see and hear the wonderful things you are learning.


Speaking of learning, this week we will have the opportunity to meet with your families to discuss what you know and what you are working on.  We have parent-teacher conferences this Wednesday and Thursday to reflect on how well you are doing in school and to share our new goals for you with your parents.

Have a great week.  Work hard and be kind,

Ms. Lauren



Ms. Lauren’s Morning Message- February 21, 2017

Good Morning Scholars,

I hope you enjoyed the long weekend and were able to get outside to enjoy the beautiful weather.  Do you know why we had Monday off of school?  Each year on the third Monday in February we celebrate George Washington’s birthday.  President’s Day is a holiday that was created to honor our first President who was born on February 22, 1732.  Although it was originally created to celebrate George Washington, today we often think of it as a day to celebrate all of our nation’s Presidents and the commitment they make to serving and protecting our country.

Speaking of commitment, how have you and your classmates been showing commitment and empathy this month?  Are you working towards your goals even when things get tricky or hard?  How have you been showing random acts of kindness to others?  These are things we will celebrate at our monthly assembly and topics that we may address with your parents at conferences next week.

Part of my job is to help students be better learners and this includes thinking of ways that we can be positive members of our school community.  Showing the PYP attitudes is a great place to start when thinking about how we should act at school.  Are you able to name all twelve PYP attitudes?  I hope so and I will be looking and listening to catch many of you showing these attitudes throughout the week.


Work hard and be kind,

Ms. Lauren

Ms. Lauren’s Morning Message February 13, 2017

Good Morning Kind Kids!

Did you know that this week is recognized as Random Acts of Kindness week?  It is a week to celebrate the many ways that we can spread kindness to others on a daily basis.  What are some small ways you can spread kindness in your classroom, in our school, or in your community?  Think about holding the door for someone behind you, thanking Ms. Ayan and Ms. Seynab as they serve lunch, or maybe writing a kind note for your bus driver. These are all ways you can show kindness to people around you.


This week we are having our Literacy Night on Thursday from 5-6:30pm. This is a night to celebrate literacy and engage in fun activities like flashlight reading, word games, and story telling with puppets.  We look forward to seeing your family at Tesfa for this special night.


Have a wonderful and productive week filled with leaning and kindness.  I look forward to learning about the kind things happening around the building.

Kindly, Ms. Lauren



Ms. Lauren’s Morning Message February 6, 2017

Good morning committed and empathetic scholars!

I hope you had a restful weekend and are ready for another week of learning.  Did you know that this week we will celebrate our 100th day of school?   Take a minute to think back to our very first day of school in August and remember all the things you have learned since then.  Think about something you couldn’t do at the beginning of the school year that now you know how to do.  It’s amazing how setting goals and working hard can help us grow smarter.

Showing commitment to our learning is just one way that we can learn knew things and reach our big goals. In the the next few months what goals can you continue to work towards?  With nearly half the school year remaining be sure to make every day count!

I hope you have a wonderful and productive school week.  Remember, we will be looking and listening for classrooms that are showing positive attitudes and commitment to learning.  We want to “catch you” doing the right thing, even when you think no one is looking.

Work hard and be kind,

Ms. Lauren



Ms. Lauren’s Morning Message January 30, 2017

Good morning PYP Scholars!

Today is the start of a new week and each day offers an opportunity to start fresh with positive attitudes and a mindset that sets us up for success.  As your teachers we work hard to prepare lessons that are challenging, interesting and fun so that you can expand your knowledge and meet your academic goals.  We also spend time thinking about how we can support you socially, through things like morning meeting, helping you with conflict-resolution and reflecting on choices when we make mistakes.  We have a big job of balancing the academic and social skills that we teach you and it is important that you help us every day.  Think about what “your job” is at school each day and the ways you can help one another with academic and social success.

This week your mid-year report cards will be going home to your families.  Your report card is a snapshot of what you know and are able to do so far this year.  Just as we teach you both academic and social skills, your report card will show how much progress you are making in these areas.  Your report card shows how much you are learning in content areas like reading, math, science and social studies.  It also shows how committed you are to learning with Ms. Natalie and Mr. Omar.  Another part of the report card shows your development of some of our PYP transdiciplinary skills, such as communication, social skills, self-management, thinking and research skills.  It is important to talk to your families about your report card and reflect on the many wonderful things you are learning this year, and think about where you can continue to grow.

As a community of PYP learners it is importance to find balance in all that we do.  Work hard, ask questions and be caring.  Have a great week!

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Ms. Lauren

Ms. Lauren’s Morning Message January 23, 2017

Good morning independent and curious scholars!

As you know, our attitudes of the month are Independence and Curiosity.  How have you demonstrated these attitudes this month?  Think about the ways you can show independence and curiosity during the school day.  What might this look like while your teaching is teaching?  How does it look and sound during work time?  What about when you are in the hallway or on the school bus?  It is important to think about doing your job at school each and every day.  This means you are asking questions, engaging in class conversations and staying focused on your learning tasks.  It also means that you are making safe, smart choices even when others around you may not be.

Speaking of curiosity, have you noticed these posters in the hallways?



Throughout the school year you will see other posters like this which pose questions for you to think about.  We hope these questions help to spark your curiosity and lead to conversation with your friends and teacher about possible answers.  We look forward to seeing your curiosity grow as new questions are posted each month.

I hope you have a fun, productive learning week.  Work hard, be caring and stay curious!

Ms. Lauren