Peace Week

212 joined people in cities, communities, and villages worldwide by celebrating International Day of Peace (September 21) in diverse and meaningful ways throughout the month of September. We created a peace table in our Zen Den, a space used by the children to encourage conflict resolution through peaceful and respectful communication. When used for conflict resolution, it encourages children to talk about what’s on their mind and gives them a specific place and method to achieve an agreeable solution. Shout out to Ms. Poulos, the counselor, who came in to speak with us about the Peace Corner and for some awesome role playing. We also had our first Restorative Peace Circle, which is like an extended morning meeting. The goal is to build a safe, strong, and positive class community where everyone feels welcome and ready to learn.
We listened to a presentation on the science of kindness, and had a special visit from Ms. Hantman, who gave a thought provoking presentation on “Resisting the Reactive!” As a closure, we created Peace poems and pictures of what peace means to us to decorate our Zen Den.
Our classroom community is growing strong- a place where lots of deep learning will happen!

First Week in 212

We are off to a wonderful start in 212! This week, the class created “Our Ways of Being” and articulated goals for the year. We began getting to know one another and creating our community!

Today, the students took part in a STEAM challenge: The Marshmallow Project. They had the opportunity to experience what it’s like to build together. Students had to synthesize what they learned quickly to create new designs, and demonstrate resilience in the face of challenges!

Check out photos of this along with the kids experimenting with flexible seating and math games. Have a great weekend!


Hello! Ni Hao! Hola! Bonjour!

Dear 4th Grade Families,

Welcome to the 2019-20 school year! My name is Meg Merlini, and I am your child’s teacher for Fourth Grade. This will be my eighth year at McCall, and I couldn’t be more excited to start this journey with you!

Your child will engage in many new and exciting things this year! My mission is to create a welcoming environment and to provide high-quality instruction so that your child can grow academically and socially. I have high expectations for myself as a teacher and for the students in my classroom. I promise to work hard for your child, but I cannot do this job alone. We need the support and involvement of parents and families in order to ensure the maximum achievement of our children.

Please check the ABCs of Ms. Merlini’s room. Take some time to go over these policies and procedures (more information will given at Back-to-School Night.) I look forward to meeting you soon!

Sincerely,
Ms. Merlini
4th Grade Teacher
McCall School
mmerlini@philasd.org
Mmerlini.edublogs.org
215-351-7350