February 3, 2016Dear Loma & CT Families,
Thoughts From Tuesday Night:Anticipation is growing for next week’s fifth annual visit of our “Writer in Residence” at CT English – Pat Schmatz. An award winning author of books for youth, Pat brings both a wealth of experience and a warm sense of humor to our classrooms. Pat first visited our campus in 2012 and has developed a strong connection to our faculty and students. While Pat travels extensively on book tours and speaking engagement, CT English is the only school in the country where she is willing to spend extended time.
I have often said that having her as a writer in residence has deepened the writing process for both students and teachers. She has made the writing process more accessible to the most reluctant students and empowered our most gifted writers - all at the same time. I'd like to get a group of educators in a room to watch her do what she does. Pat will again be working initially with our 6th grade students and then extending her conversations with our 7th and 8th grade students that she has come to know over time. Pat’s book Bluefish is a favorite of our students. The title has earned a wide variety of awards including
· 2010 PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship
· Josette Frank Award (Bank Street College of Education)
· ALA Notable Children's Book
· Junior Library Guild Selection
· Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts (National Council of Teachers of English)
· The Horn Book - Best of 2011
· Crystal Kite Award (Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators)
· Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award (Wisconsin Library Association)
A native of rural Wisconsin, I think Pat sees some of her own rural experience when she visits our schools. We are fortunate to have her return for a fifth writer in residence experience to enrich the writing process for our students. If you see her on the CT campus next week, please say hello.
The morning drop off process has greatly improved. Thank you to everyone who has helped increase safety for our students. A big shout out to Coach Patino who is out there rain or shine helping guide vehicles and kids. Thanks to those of you who are using the buses more frequently. We certainly appreciate the patience of most drivers and ask everyone to continue to watch for pedestrians at all times in the parking lot.
Last But Not Least….
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Loma’s Upcoming Events
2/4-2/6 CT Play “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”
2/5 SoW Assembly 8:30a
2/10 Regular Board Meeting 7pm
12/12 SoW Assembly 8:30a
12/14 Valentine’s Day
2/15-2/19 Winter Break – NO SCHOOL
2/24 Board Study Session
2/26 SoW Assembly 8:30a / 3rd grade field trip to Oakland Museum
2/29 4th and 5th grade field trip to Santa Cruz