This week's lesson for Kindness in the Classroom focused on gratitude. We showed our gratitude for our school and for our community by writing "Thank You" notes! 
Here are some of what we're thankful for: 
"I am thankful for the Taylor School community, both my friends and teachers"
"I am thankful for daily brain breaks"  
"I am grateful to be in-person this year" 
"I am grateful for the loving, forgiving environment"

Each day on the Morning Message, the first and second graders have been answering questions about their families. Over the past week, they gathered data about the number of people in their families, the number of pets they have, what kind of home they live in and favorite things to do with their families. The students worked in groups to analyze the data and determine the best way to display it. Learning across the curriculum, another hallmark of the Susan Odell Taylor School.

The PreK students love learning about food and supply in their interactive farmer's market! 

Kindness is the norm in the 3-4 classroom! This week we learned that kindness towards others begins with respect for ourselves. The students created personal collages that focused on actions and words that show self-respect. Their keen inferential thinking skills shined brightly when they were asked to explain how the pictures and words on their collages "symbolized" self-respect.

7-8 students are thrilled to be able to visit Troy Public Library again this year, and the librarians are just as excited to have us back. One of our students even won the raffle for this amazing shirt!

In the wonderful Literary Pumpkin tradition at the Susan Odell Taylor School, the Gr. 1/2 class has been busy decorating pumpkins.  Students were asked to select a character from one of the many read-alouds they have heard in the classroom this year. A number of students chose characters from books written and illustrated by Bill Peet, an author/illustrator we studied while reading his autobiography for our end-of-day read aloud.

The students at sage celebrated Spirit Day by having a Halloween door decorating contest! The school looks amazingly festive and spooky! 

In Math the 7th grade students just completed the unit on Scale Drawings. For a project each student created their own scale drawing. Their original drawing was 3 inches by 5 inches, their scaled copy was 22 inches by 25 inches.