During the first week of school, the fifth graders on the Panthers team participated in lots of fun get-to-know-you and team building activities, both as a class and as a team of four homerooms. Some of the team building games included Four Corners, Where the Warm Wind Blows, and a Hula Hoop Challenge (which the Gestrich crew set an all time record in!). In our class we had some great discussions about what it means to be a good group member and set norms for our group work, since we'll be doing a lot of it. We then put our group work skills to work to complete an Escape Room...and everyone escaped! After watching how well our crew works together, I'm even more excited for our year together. This year's panthers are PAWESOME!