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Happy Wednesday!

Greetings Parents and Community Members! 
And just like that, October has come and gone. Fall weather seems to have made its way into Atlanta as we gear up and prepare for Thanksgiving! We had another amazing week since we last we spoke including the best Book Character Day ever! I loved seeing our Kindergartners marching through the hallways in proud costumes. Everyone had books to accompany them demonstrating our love for reading at Morris Brandon! It wasn’t just at PC either. When I made my way up to Main Campus, our 3rd-5th graders got into book character action along with our teachers too! I also know everyone had a great time trick or treating. It was cold but dry and we survived Friday, also known to teachers as the “dreaded day after Halloween!”

At Brandon, we celebrate Dia De Los Muertos, AKA The Day of the Dead. Our 1st grade DLI Spanish teacher, Ms. Park prepared an amazing program and visuals for our other first grade classes as well as the K and 2nd grade DLI classes. She did a great job of hitting one of the three pillars of Dual Language Immersion, Socio Cultural Competence, and our students absolutely loved it! I was also amazed by the turnout of over 50 people at our Rising Kindergarten Coffee Talk. The good word continues to spread at Brandon as we welcome new and old families to our neighborhood school. In the classroom, Ms. Lu, one of our AMAZING music teachers taught our 5th graders some spooky Halloween music, our Jr. Beta Club led by IB Coordinator Sam DeCarlo wrote letters to our troops, and our 5th grade continued their Wit and Wisdom units with discussion, writing pieces and character autopsies of Chief Joseph and Sound of Running of Feet. Hearing them write about beliefs and values, cultures in conflict and quoting directly from the book “Rolling Thunder in the Mountains” is amazing to watch, hear and see. Great work 5th Grade! By the way, this happens in every grade as we continue to prioritize early literacy, multisensory learning, phonics, novel studies and writing. 

As the week rolls on, we are excited about our second annual Morris Brandon Thanksgiving Feast! This Friday, Kindergarten kicks it all off with an hour lunch of turkey, dressing, stuffing, veggies, cranberry sauce and families! We may even have some music to help entertain. Don’t forget to return your forms to your homeroom teachers indicating how many tickets you are purchasing with cash included. And remember, two person max! Also if you can make it, come see our Superintendent speak at the next NAPPS meeting, November 12th, 6pm at E. Rivers. It’s sure to be engaging and insightful. 
Until next time!
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