Many thanks to John and Izabela for the wonderful Halloween party on Friday!  We are so grateful for your kind support and enthusiasm.  The children looked wonderful, and everyone enjoyed the parade in the gym. 

One of my favorite parts of celebrating Halloween is sharing some of my favorite books with the children.  Please ask your student to tell you the story of The Hallo-Wiener by Dav Pilkey or Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman.  You might ask, "What was Oscar's problem?  How did he solve it?"  In Big Pumpkin, several characters try to help the witch, but the true hero isn't the biggest or the strongest.  Your child should be able to tell you about the hero in Big Pumpkin, and how she saved the witch's Halloween party.  Many children had fascinating text-to-text and text-to-self connections that you would love to hear.

I wish you all the best as Poland takes a day tomorrow to remember and honor our departed loved ones.

Here is some important information from our P.E. teachers regarding the swimming program.  Miss Nina and I would welcome one or two volunteers from 11:35-11:45 on Friday November 4 and Tuesday November 8 to help the children become proficient at using the wall-mounted hair-dryers.  Please send me a quick note if you are interested in helping.  Swimming takes place during our normal P.E. times:  Tuesdays and Fridays at 11:00 -

Here are the swimming requirements from the P.E. department.

SWIMMING begins:  October 31st – January 27th 

Please help to make this a successful program by having your child(ren)’s clothing clearly labeled. A swim bag with an identity tag should be provided to help them keep clothing organized. The following items are needed:

Swim wear – girls/boys
Girls are required to wear one-piece bathing suits.
Boys are required to wear spandex swimsuits (pant legs above the knee).

Swimming caps
Anyone with hair that is long enough to cover the eyes will be asked to wear a swimming cap unless they use a strong hair-band.

Flip-flops Flip-flops are recommended for student safety.

Eye goggles are recommended but not required.

Masks are not permitted.

Towels and accessories
Students must provide their own towel.  Students will be required to shower before entering the pool.  The school provides soap in a dispenser in the showers.  However, if students would like to provide their own shampoo they are welcome to do so.

The description of the swimming program is attached below.
Thank you for your support of this critical life skill!

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Wow!  UN Day was amazing this year!  I was delighted with the children's enthusiasm to learn about other countries and to share information about their home countries.  All of the children tried something new during our feast, and we heard several comments along the lines of, "Yum! That's really good!  I've never had that before!"  But again, all thanks go to our dedicated parents.  Thanks to you the children had a wonderful feast and a wonderful day.  Thank you!
Many, many thanks to all of our parent chaperones.  Thank you all for making our Community Field Trip a success!  You demonstrated patience, flexibility, and an enthusiasm for learning that our children will remember. 

Here are some photos  for you to enjoy.  More are on the way!

The children in 1H have been singing and humming since the first day of school.  Thanks to our amazing music teacher we have evidence of their progress in music!  Ms. Kuebel shared this video with me, so that I could share it with you.  We are so fortunate to have her here at ASW!  Enjoy!