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Here is the post for this upcoming week, Dec 5-9th, Inclusion Week

 Week of Dec. 5 – 9 , 2011

 Inclusion Week is December 5th-9th

Inclusive Schools Week has celebrated the progress that schools have made in providing a supportive and quality education to an increasingly diverse student population, including students who are marginalized due to disability, gender, socio-economic status, cultural heritage, language preference and other factors.  Below are some of the activities the children will be involved in as part of our inclusion week at Memorial-Spaulding.
Art Classes and in their grade level classrooms:
In art class at every child, grades K-5, is writing sentences about what including everyone means and illustrating their ideas through drawing and painting. Some examples of the sentences are “Including everyone means to make everyone feel comfortable” (grade 2) or “Inclusion means listening to other people’s ideas, even if they are different from yours.” (grade 4).  We will take a photograph of each illustration and make a book to put into the library.  We are also hoping to put some of the illustrations on the Memorial-Spaulding website.
Appreciation Lunch:
On Tuesday, 12/6/11 we will be having an Inclusion Assistant/Behavior Therapist/ELL Aides/Interns appreciation luncheon.  We will be inviting all of these staff members to the lunch and thanking them for their hard work and dedication.  In addition to the lunch, the parents have typically put together a favor for each aide as a thank you.
Music Classes:
All students in grades K-5 are learning the song “Namaste” by Joanne Hammil, a song about acceptance and respecting differences between cultures.  In the song, the children say “Hi” in 15 different languages. The entire school will sing the song at the December All-School meeting.  It will be a great way for all of the students to join together in music – a universal language!
PE Classes:
We have the rope unit. In addition to vertical climbing, we also have horizontal climbing. The goal is to improve upper body strength and there are a variety of ways to do that. No one has to climb up. It is challenge by choice.
Library Classes:
In the library there will be a display of books with a theme of inclusion. K and grade 1 classes will hear stories that focus on inclusion. Older classes will be urged to select books from that collection.
Common Core Standards- Read about the Curriculum

If you are interested in taking a look at what our kids will be learning this year, here is the link to the Massachusetts Common Core  standards.  I will be sending out more information about our math curriculum changes soon.

Memorial-Spaulding T-Shirts
The new Memorial Spaulding logo T-shirts are here. They will be on sale starting this week. The price is $10 each. Samples are hanging in the M-S front hallway.

Thank you,

Lisa McManus