Ms. Lauren’s Morning Message Monday, May 1, 2017

Good Morning Creative Kids!  Happy May!

Can you believe we only have 27 days of school left?  As you learned at our all-school assembly last week we will be focusing on our last attitude of the month, which is creativity.  Being creative means using your imagination when solving problems and dilemmas.  It can also mean being creative in your writing, your thinking and your play.  You will be learning more about creativity this month in your classrooms and we will be looking to catch creative students throughout the building.  Think about ways you can use your creativity during this last month of school.

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This week we will be celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week!  This is a time to celebrate and thank all of the adults that work at Tesfa.  I am so proud of all of our teachers and staff members and I appreciate their commitment to our school every day.  Our teachers work hard to plan challenging and fun lessons, they help out with lunch duty and bus dismissal and they meet with me to think about how they can be better at their jobs.

imagesBeing a teacher takes a lot of work and it is and extremely important job.  During the week, think about how you can show appreciation for our teachers.   Maybe you could make a card, or say please and thank you when your teacher helps you.  Perhaps you can show appreciation by cooperating and following your classroom essential agreements.  What other ways can you show appreciation to the staff at Tesfa?

Work hard, be kind and have a great week!

Ms. Lauren


Ms. Lauren’s Morning Message Monday, April 24, 2017

Good Morning Confident Kids!

This past Saturday was Earth Day, which is an annual event celebrated worldwide on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection and to celebrate the natural world.  Have you been learning about Earth Day in your classroom?  Perhaps you have made connections to how you can help support the Earth by recycling, not wasting water or reusing materials in new ways.  I hope you take some time in the next few weeks to think about what action you can take to make the environment a better place.  Unknown

We have our monthly assembly coming up this Friday.  We will be recognizing students who have shown confidence in their daily work at school.  Perhaps this means you tried something new, or believed in yourself to accomplish a goal.   We look forward to gathering as a school community to recognize students that show our PYP attitudes on a daily basis.

MCA testing continues this week, so please be quiet and calm in the hallways.  This shows respect for our testing classrooms and allows students to concentrate and do their best on their exams.  Good luck to our testing scholars as you show what you know!

Have a great week!  Work hard and be caring.

Ms. Lauren

Ms. Lauren’s Morning Message April 17, 2017

Good Morning Confident Scholars,

I hope you enjoyed the long, beautiful weekend.  Did you notice how the spring rain has helped to make the grass turn greener?  Have you seen any plants growing buds, leaves and even flowers blooming?  Spring is a time that brings about many changes in the natural world and it can be fascinating to watch it happen.

We also find ourselves changing during this time of year.  We have learned many new things throughout the school year and are developing our social skills each day.  With fewer than forty days of school left think about what changes you still need or want to make.  You may be working hard to reach a new reading level, or you may be exploring ways to solve math problems.  Perhaps you are building bridges and testing materials through the engineering design process.  Whatever your goals may be, know that it is not too late to make a change in your commitment to learning, your habits or your attitude.

Some of our scholars will be taking the MCAs state tests this week and next.  I am confident that they will show what they know!  Please respect and support these classrooms by being quiet in the hallways and while using the bathroom.  Scholars that are testing- you’ve got this!  We are capable and well prepared.  Be confident in your ability to demonstrate your knowledge, read questions carefully and think deeply about your answers.

Have a wonderful learning week!  Stay curious, work hard and be kind.

Ms. Lauren

Ms. Lauren’s Morning Message- April 10, 2017

Good morning confident kids!

We are so glad to see you after our week off.  Hopefully you had time last week to relax, play outside and find balance between rest and hard work.  We are excited to have you back in our classrooms and I am sure your classmates and teachers would like to hear about what you did over break.  We only have four days of school this week, so be sure to get focused and remember to do your job.

One of our PYP attitudes is tolerance.  This means being sensitive to others’ differences and to care about their needs.  Can you imagine how much kinder and safer our world would be if each of us showed more tolerance to those around us?  Whether someone celebrates the same holidays as you, dresses differently, or has different family traditions, we can all appreciate one another and be respectful of our differences.  After all, it is important to remember that not everyone thinks or acts just like us, and that is okay.  At Tesfa we celebrate diversity and the differences among us.  How can you be tolerant and open-minded of others?

I will be looking and listening for PYP scholars throughout the week.  Be sure to follow our essential agreements, even on the bus or in the parent pick up room.  It is important that you remember to follow the rules of Tesfa while walking into and out of school each day and while riding on the bus.  Please stay in your seat, sitting seat to seat, back to back and please treat your bus driver with respect.  It is my hope that this month we can celebrate all of our busses for showing excellent attitudes and safe choices.

Have a great learning week!

Ms. Lauren

Ms. Lauren’s Morning Message March 27, 2017

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Spring break is just one week away, which means you have five days to commit to learning and discovering new ideas before you have a whole week off to find balance and relax.  How will you ensure that you stay focused and enthusiastic this week?

We also have our monthly all-school assembly this week.  On Friday we will be recognizing students who consistently show enthusiasm about learning and being a Tesfa scholar.  Your teachers have been looking and listening for friends who are showing curiosity, an interest in learning new things, and friends who demonstrate positive attitudes even when things get tough.  We will also have a special performance by our 6th graders who will be presenting a Reader’s Theatre play about healthy food and nutrition.  As they say, “break a leg!”

Finally, our 5th grade students are taking the Science MCA this week.  They have been working very hard this year to prepare for this exam so please show them respect by being extra quiet in the hallway and by not disrupting their learning environment.  We wish these students luck as they show what they know.

Have a great week.  Work hard and be kind.

Ms. Lauren

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