Schedule for Week 5

Hello, Baker families!

Welcome to Week 5 of Freedom School! This week is PACKED with awesome field trips, lunches, afternoon activities, and a parent workshop! As always, here is a brief overview 🙂

On Thursday (7/20), we will be hosting a Parent/Teacher Workshop! You will have the chance to experience an abbreviated version of the Integrated Reading Curriculum, and touch base with myself and your scholar’s teacher! We are still finalizing timing for this event, and would greatly appreciate your feedback. Please follow this link to vote for your preferred timing.

This Wednesday marks our National Day of Social Action! On this day, scholars and staff from Freedom Schools all over the country take part in a variety of actions including engaging with elected officials, joining together for marches and rallies, and serving their community. This year, we will be focusing on our “No Hungry Child” initiative, which aims to educate the public on the challenges associated with being “food insecure”, and assure that children dependent on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) retain their benefits. For more information about the National Day of Social Action, please see the attached parent letter!

This week, the scholars will be taking two field trips! On Tuesday afternoon, we will be heading to the Johnstown Skate & Swim for a pool day that’s been long in the making! Please make sure your scholars have applied sunscreen!

On Wednesday morning, we will head to Waterman Farm to spend our National Day of Social Action planting and harvesting produce that will be transported to local food deserts, receiving a tour of the farm, and learning about food insecurity with the founder of the UNITY Fridge Program. Please make sure your scholars have applied sunscreen, and send them with adult scissors if possible!

Each scholar was sent home with permission slips for both field trips (as well as a waiver for Waterman Farm) on Friday, but they are also attached to this here and will be available at drop-off and pick-up.

As always, the scholars will be able to eat breakfast upon their arrival at Freedom School each day. We will have options like fresh fruit, yogurt, and cereal and milk. Our lunch menu for the week is as follows:

  • Monday: hamburgers hot dogs, baked beans, pasta salad, fruit choice
  • Tuesday: Spaghetti with meat sauce, salad
  • Wednesday: Lunchables, chips, juice boxes (eating at Waterman Farm!)
  • Thursday: Walking tacos, fresh fruit, ice cream sundae bar (prepared by Marki’s mom!
  • Friday: Ham and turkey sandwiches, fresh fruit and veggies

We will also have alternative options for scholars with dietary restrictions.

This week, the scholars will focus on the theme “I can make a difference in my world”.

Level 1 scholars will read and discuss the following books:

  • A Rainbow of Friends by P.K. Hallinan
  • Whoever You Are by Mem Fox
  • Nelson Mandela by Kadir Nelson
  • The Reasons for the Seasons by Gail Gibbons

Level 2 scholars will read and discuss the following books:

  • Kid Caramel, Private Investigator: Mess at Loch Ness b Dwayne J. Ferguson
  • When Marian Sang by Pam Muñoz Ryan

If you are interested in learning more about these books, please see the attached Week 5 Booklist.

Please let me know if you have any questions 🙂

See you tomorrow!!!

Caroline