My students come from diverse backgrounds and that provides us with wonderful learning opportunities. Some of my students have special needs, and others are gifted learners. We have some students who may be homeless and have difficulty making it to school each day, while others experience homelessness as observers who feel the need to help others. We also have children from military families, as well as some who speak English as a Second Language or English Language Learners (ESL/ELL). We are very fortunate to have such a beautifully diverse classroom community.
Although our school is faced with an increasing number of students from low-income families, my students are highly motivated to solve problems and make the world a better place.
My students are the scientists, artists, engineers, and mathematicians of the future. They care about others and want to make a difference in the world. I can't wait to see the amazing things they accomplish in their lives!
Our school motto is, "Be kind, be respectful, persevere." It is important to teach children empathy skills, the importance of kindness, and how to persevere in the face of life's challenges. Whether a student is experiencing homelessness on a personal level or as an observer, these topics can be very difficult to understand. The books I have requested will teach my students about poverty and homelessness in a kid-friendly way, creating opportunities for natural conversations about what these words mean and how we can help others. We have participated in service-learning projects to create care packages for the homeless, and I believe these books will help get this year's projects off to a great start.
Students who are considered homeless, those with parents that are struggling to prevent homelessness in their families, and those living in poverty need additional academic support.
School supplies can be costly, especially when a family is living on a tight budget. These composition books and folders will allow me to provide all students with school supplies that parents may not be able to afford...without embarrassing anyone. Please consider helping my students have a happy start to their new school year by providing them with social-emotional learning experiences and the supplies they need to get their year off to a great start.
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