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Eric's Weekly Update 4-28-17

posted Apr 28, 2017, 2:25 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Calendar                            

Friday, 4/28                       2017-18 Supply Fees Due ($75 per student)

Monday, 5/1                      Site Council Meeting 6-7:30pm

Tuesday, 5/2                     Budget Committee Meeting 3:30pm

May                                   Bike & Walk to School Month

Friday, 5/5                         Character Chats 12-1pm

Saturday, 5/6                     Outdoor Work Party

Tuesday 5/9                      RCO Meeting 6-7:30pm

Wednesday, 5/10               Bike & Walk to School Day

 

 

 

This week…

It was great to see so many of you at the Project Fair.  I felt like we had a lot of visitors and the presentation boards were terrific.  The effort the students put into their projects was very evident.

 

This week we celebrated our fantastic volunteers, both those who make it into the classroom and those who volunteer from home by sharing their positive experiences with friends and associates.  We appreciate both kinds, and feel very lucky that you are part of our community at Ridgeline.  I hope you were able to make it to the Volunteer Tea on Thursday.

 

The Philosophy Friday question: If you had to teach someone just one thing, what would it be?  Have you already mastered the lesson yourself?

Next week and beyond…

4J Site Visit – Our sponsoring district will be visiting on May 29-11am.

 

State Testing starts for the 3rd graders, and will continue until the students finish. 

 

Next week we take a closer look at Russia, it’s geographical features, scientists, and long-standing traditions.

 

I have a date confirmed with the folks at Taste of India for our lunch field trip on Thursday, May 11th.  I have several chaperones already, and have room for just a few more.  If you are interested please get your spot ASAP.  We will make some great memories!

 

There is a fee associated with this trip.  Total cost for students is $8.50 and $13.25 for adults. This includes the gratuity, which the staff will work hard to earn and I think it’s important to be generous with them.

 

There are no more class-wide presentations scheduled for the rest of the year.  Students are free to choose a topic to present if they desire, but it will not be an assignment from me.

Eric and Emily

Eric's Weekly Update 4-24-17

posted Apr 24, 2017, 2:42 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Calendar
Mon. 4/24-Fri. 4/28 Volunteer Appreciation Week
Mon-Wed, 4/24-26 Presentations of Asia
Tuesday, 4/25 Project Fair 3:15-4:15pm & 6-7pm
Thursday, 4/27 Volunteer Appreciation Tea 2:30-3:13pm in room 6
Friday, 4/28 2017-18 Supply Fees Due ($75 per student)
Monday, 5/1 Site Council Meeting 6-7:30pm
Tuesday, 5/2 Budget Committee Meeting 3:30pm
May Bike & Walk to School Month
Friday, 5/5 Character Chats 12-1pm
Saturday, 5/6 Outdoor Work Party
Tuesday 5/9 RCO Meeting 6-7:30pm
Wednesday, 5/10 Bike & Walk to School Day

This week…
We covered a little bit of this and a little bit of that this week. I attempted to do some more work on Earth’s Era’s and the Permian mass extinction in particular, but technology failed us. No worries, we marched on. Our discussion on the Passover and Easter was good, I think. We went through the whole story of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. We learned about Joseph in Egypt and how the Hebrews happened to be there. Then we discussed in general the plagues and the ultimate release of the Hebrews and the resulting Passover. We saw some parallels in the celebration of both Easter and Passover, both of which are rich in symbolism. We topped it off by making some clay lamps in the Hebrew style of the time.

The Philosophy Friday question: Last week: If there were no more tomorrows, how would you spend today?

Today: If you could watch your life up to this point as a movie, would you like it? The follow-up question was if it were possible to switch a life with someone else, would you do it?

Next week and beyond…

I have a date confirmed with the folks at Taste of India for our lunch field trip on Thursday, May 11th. We will need to drive to this location and the drivers will also need to be the chaperones. We have many lively students in our class and we MUST be appropriate and courteous during mealtime. This may require a very direct approach with clear expectations. In short, if you feel you can redirect a student (like you might your own child) in a restaurant setting, then you are up for the job. I think we can take 8 or so chaperones.

Here are some details. We will arrive at 11 am and begin a buffet-style lunch. We will likely be finishing up before the hour is over and should be back by 12:00. Cars will probably be much heavier on the ride back if memory serves.

There is a fee associated with this trip. The meal will cost - students $7.00 and adults $11.00. We will need to work in a gratuity for the hard work the staff will put in to helping us have a nice experience. Final prices will be on the permission slip. This was a great experience the last time we visited.

Finally, the Annual Project Fair is on the 25th of this month (Tuesday). I am hoping that the latest round of presentations will be done and ready to display in the classroom by that date so visitors have something nice to see.

This means any extra details and effort put into the posters, dioramas, etc. will be much appreciated. Below is the new presentation list in case your student has misplaced their sheet.

SE ASIA
Bhutan- Audrey
Myanmar- Anna
Laos- Pan
Thailand- Keanan, Piper
Cambodia- Cassidy

Vietnam- Kinsley

Malaysia- Chloe

Singapore- Zach, Julian

Indonesia- Mylah

Gobi Desert- Lily

China- Aurora, Awen

Mongolia- Coren

Russia- Ezra

North Korea- Aubree

South Korea- Grant

Japan- Liam, Kenzo

Taiwan- Harlow

Philippines- Gabriel

Tokyo- Sachi, Rhia

Moscow- Erin

Forbidden City- Sylvia

China Sea- Temple Tonga- Huxley

Eric's Weekly Update 4-14-17

posted Apr 14, 2017, 9:51 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Calendar
Thursday, 4/13 Board Meeting 6:30-8:30pm
Friday, 4/14 Parent Survey Due
Friday, 4/14 Lottery Acceptance Deadline
Friday, 4/14 Lower-el Parent Input Forms Due
Monday, 4/17 Track Town Pizza Fundraiser
Wednesday, 4/19 All School Panoramic Photo 11am
Friday, 4/21 Upper-el Parent Input Forms Due
Mon. 4/24-Fri. 4/28 Volunteer Appreciation Week
Mon. 4/25-25 SE Asia presentations
Tuesday, 4/25 Project Fair 3:15-4:15pm & 6-7pm

This week…
We have been in mourning over the loss of a wonderful upper el student who passed away during Spring Break. We will miss Elijah Taylor, who was a wonderful and caring person. We have appreciated your outpouring of support and have received strength from your compassion. Ridgeline administrators and counselors, 4J district counselors and therapy dogs, and parents and students have all come together to help each other during this trying and emotional time.

Over the past few weeks we have been looking closely at Asia, and we enjoyed the great presentations given by the students. We played some Asia Bingo, discovered the many types and uses of seaweed, and used clay to create some pieces of art. This was done as an extension to the book A Single Shard, which is about a potter in Korea during the 12th century. We may not be master potters, but we know how to have fun with clay!

This week we also took a look back at the 1st and 2nd Great Lessons as we reviewed the many processes scientists believe made our world habitable and life-friendly.

The Philosophy Friday question: Is it ok to lie? Students talked about times it might be ok and times when it is always wrong. Remember, we are not trying to answer any of the Philosophy Friday questions for all humankind. We are just trying to get our minds to look critically at questions that aren’t always as easy to answer as they seem.

What do you think? Is it always wrong to lie? Is it ever ok to lie? Is omitting a piece of truth a lie?

Next week and beyond…
We may do some history lessons around Passover and Easter in the coming week. This is a great time to review Fundamental Human Needs, especially as they relate to spiritual needs.

I’m waiting to hear back from the Jordan Schnitzer Museum. Once they can confirm my preferred dates I can prepare the details of our trip. This is taking longer than I anticipated. Thank you for your patience.

I’m also hoping to take a field trip to Taste of India. When we think of food from Asia, we don’t always think of food from India. That’s a shame because the food of India is absolutely delicious! I have done this trip before and it’s a big hit. We rush in and then waddle out.

This trip will require parent drivers who also help students mind their manners and behave well in a public space. A trip like this means high energy can be expected from the students. I mention this as fair warning to all would-be chaparones:)

Finally, the Annual Project Fair is on the 25th of this month. I am hoping that the latest round of presentations will be done and ready to display in the classroom by that date so visitors have something nice to see.

This means any extra details and effort put into the posters, dioramas, etc. will be much appreciated. Below is the new presentation list in case your student has misplaced their sheet.

SE ASIA
Bhutan- Audrey
Myanmar- Anna
Laos- Pan
Thailand- Keanan, Piper
Cambodia- Cassidy
Vietnam- Kinsley
Malaysia- Chloe
Singapore- Zach, Julian
Indonesia- Mylah
Gobi Desert- Lily
China- Aurora, Awen
Mongolia- Coren
Russia- Ezra
North Korea- Aubree
South Korea- Grant
Japan- Liam, Kenzo
Taiwan- Harlow
Philippines- Gabriel
Tokyo- Sachi, Rhia
Moscow- Erin
Forbidden City- Sylvia
China Sea- Temple
Tonga- Huxley

Eric's Weekly Update 2-23-17

posted Feb 28, 2017, 10:07 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Calendar                            

Saturday, 2/25                   LuLa Roe Fundraiser for the Capital Campaign 1-4pm

Monday, 2/27                    Site Council 6-7:30pm

Friday, 3/3                         Character Chats 12-1pm

Friday, 3/3           Pasta Dinner 5-7pm

Tuesday, 3/7                     RCO Meeting 6-7:30pm

Wednesday, 3/8                Lottery Application Deadline 4pm

Saturday, 3/11                   OBOB Regionals at Willamette High School grades 6-8

Sunday, 3/12                     Daylight Savings Begins

Thursday, 3/16                  Board Meeting 6:30-8:30pm

Friday, 3/17                       Lottery 10am

 

 

This week…

We had a rather rowdy group of students this week and that impacted the things we were able to do in Cultural Studies.  We were able to learn about the Mongols, their lifestyle, and leaders (both Genghis Khan and Timor or Tamerlane).  As part of our Asian studies we looked at the current political boundaries of the continent and reproduced the political map ourselves.  I was hoping to discuss the amazing inventions that have come out of Asia, but that will have to wait until next week.

The Philosophy Friday question:  If you received enough money to never need to work, how would you spend your time?  As you might imagine the responses were wild and varied.

Next week and beyond…

 A message from our music teacher:

 

Dear Kinder & Lower El Parents:

 

Your children and I have been singing together in music class for the past two months, and we are very eager to share some songs with you! Please come to our concert during Ridgeline’s Pasta Dinner on Friday, March 3 from 5-7pm (our performance is 6:15-6:30pm). We will be accompanied on ukulele by current members and future members of TRUE!

 

At 6:00, please escort your child to the corridor on the right-hand side of the stage so we can get all the kids on stage in an orderly fashion : ) Also, please be aware that this is a “dinner concert” - meaning there will likely be conversation and people moving about the room while they are performing. I could use a few parent volunteers to escort each class on/off stage and stay in the wings to assist if kids get antsy... Please email me (melanie.germond@ridgeline.org) or call 520-234-7045, if you would like to help or have questions. Thank you!

 

The order of the short musical program is:

 

Pearly Shells Hawaiian Hula Song (Kinders only)

 

Peace Like a River Spiritual (Kinders & Lower El)

 

Cidade Maravilhosa Brazilian song by André Filho (Select Lower El students only)

 

Count on Me by Bruno Mars (Lower El)

 

King and Lionheart by Of Monsters and Men (Lower El)

 

Best Day of My Life by American Authors (Lower El)

Eric's Weekly Update 2-11-17

posted Feb 13, 2017, 9:03 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Friday, 2/10                      Re-enrollment Forms Due

Monday 2/20                  No School---Presidents Day

Tuesday, 2/21                   Pre-lottery Information Session 6:30pm

Saturday, 2/25                   LuLa Roe Fundraiser for the Capital Campaign 1-4pm

Monday, 2/27                    Site Council 6-7:30pm

Friday, 3/3                         Character Chats 12-1pm

Friday, 3/3                   Pasta Dinner 5-7pm

Tuesday, 3/7                     RCO Meeting 6-7:30pm

Wednesday, 3/8                Lottery Application Deadline 4pm

Saturday, 3/11                   OBOB Regionals at Willamette High School grades 6-8

Sunday, 3/12                     Daylight Savings Begins

Thursday, 3/16                  Board Meeting 6:30-8:30pm

Friday, 3/17                       Lottery 10am

Valentine’s Day will be celebrated on the 14th in the classroom.  Homemade or store bought cards are welcome, as well as a treat IF you are so inclined.  All participation is voluntary. If you plan on bringing Valentines, please bring one for every student. Also, please do not put names on them so that they can be passed out faster. Treats may be eaten at home with you.  You are most welcome:)

This week…

I would like to thank all those who helped make Chinese New Year a success in the classroom.  We had several parents working hard at the dumpling station, calligraphy table, and lantern-making table.  This helped so much and the students had a wonderful experience making their crafts.  I am also grateful for the haul of snacks and treats that were provided.  This added to the experience and made the Year of the Rooster a memorable event.

Our Grandparent’s Day went off without a hitch as well.  I learned many things about life in the ‘old days’ and I saw the students getting a glimpse of life in the not so distant past.

As you know, we have chosen new research assignments based on countries in Asia.  We are starting in Western Asia (Middle East) and will move toward the east as we progress through the rest of the year.  Many of these countries have or are experiencing unrest to varying degrees.  It may be prudent to steer them a bit as they are researching. I have included the country list at the bottom of this email.  Presentations for this round are due on the 27th of February.

The Philosophy Friday question we asked last Friday (with our grandparent visitors present was: If you had a friend who spoke to you the way you speak to yourself, how long would you allow them to be your friend?  Tough one, eh?  Negative self-talk is hard on the soul.

This week we asked: Is everything connected?

 

Next week and beyond…

Next week we will take a look at those warm and fuzzy Mongols.  They were known to be on the Neighborhood Welcoming Committee in days of yore.  We will also learn about linear and volume measurement and maybe temperature and density.  Finally, we will look at some of the inventions that had roots in Asian technology and thinking.

Eric and Emily

 

 

Western Asia and Middle East

Armenia

Sachi

Azerbaijan

Harlow, Maeve

Bahrain

Rhia

Cyprus

Mylah, Aubree

Georgia

Kinsley

Iraq

Audrey, Julian

Israel

Lily

Jordan

Kenzo, Sylvia

Kuwait

Cassidy, Chloe

Lebanon

Piper, Awen

Oman

Aurora

Palestine

Ezra

Qatar

Temple, Gabriel

Saudi Arabia

Zach, Erin

Syria

Keanan, Huxley

Turkey

Pan, Anna

United Arab Emirates

Coren, Grant

Yemen

Liam

 

 

 

 

Asian Countries Research

 

Use some or all of the ideas below to help you find out interesting things about your country.   2nd and 3rd graders are expected to prepare a poster or other medium to make the presentation interesting.  You may use pictures, drawings, flags, and text, etc. to share information on your poster.  Write and glue neatly.  You are trying to impress your audience! Please practice what you are going to say many times before the day you are scheduled to present.  It is a good idea to have the information you will be saying out loud glued to the back of your poster so that you can use it during the presentation without having to look at the front of the poster. This makes it makes it easier for the audience to hear what you are saying.  1st graders can be expected to answer more of the questions (4+) now that they are gaining more experience.

 

o   Oceans, waterways, lakes, and rivers

o   Major landforms (mountain ranges, deserts, peninsulas, etc.)

o   Animals

o   Plants

o   History of the country (perhaps past vs present)

o   Type of government

o   Population

o   Weather

o   Foods

o   Entertainment

o   Languages

o   Biggest industries (mining, agriculture, textiles, etc)

o   Countries that border yours

o   Flag and its meaning

o   Music

o   Major religions and holidays

Eric's Weekly Update 12-4-16

posted Dec 5, 2016, 1:48 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Gym is on Monday and Wednesday. Dance is on Friday. We have been asked to pass on to you that appropriate footwear for these activities is appreciated. Boots and hard-sole shoes can make participation difficult. Please help remind your critters on those days so they can have a safe activity.

Calendar
Saturday, 12/3 Student Marketplace & Continental Breakfast 10am-12pm
Tuesday, 12/6 RCO Meeting 6-7:30pm
Thursday, 12/8 Courageous Kids Parent Meeting 6:30-7:30pm
Mon.,12/12-Fri.12/16 Joy of Sharing
Wednesday, 12/14 Grades 6-8 OBOB Meeting 3:15-4:30pm
Thursday, 12/15 Board Meeting 6:30-8:30pm
Mon. 12/19-Mon. 1/2 Winter Break
Tuesday, 1/3 NO SCHOOL – Planning Day
Wednesday, 1/4 Classes Resume

Several students in our class are participating in Kidsports 3rd grade girls basketball. If your child or someone you know is interested in participating in this program, please contact Randy Schindler at eugeneschindlers@comcast.net

This week…
I hope everybody enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday. The kids shared all the details of their fun as part of our writing in the classroom.

Don’t forget about all the excitement to be had at the Marketplace activity on Saturday. I’m hoping to see you there!

This week we spent a lot of time discussing heraldry, shield design and construction, and even the many ways shields were used. They were surprisingly useful. With designs now on paper, the students will set out to design their own shields. I’m hoping to have these home by Winter Break.

Our Philosophy Friday time was spent considering the following: If you had 30 seconds to share a message with the entire world what would you say? Our follow up questions were related to previous questions regarding what we want to leave behind when we are gone, and what we may see as our cosmic task. With such disparate circumstances in the world, what message of hope could be shared that would make a difference? Would your message be one of peace, or hope, or endurance, or strength?

Next week and beyond…
In the coming week we will work on our shields as I mentioned, as well as comparing a virus to a bacteria. As part of our geology studies we will look at the famous volcanoes of Europe. We will be doing some work in this area for a few weeks.

The week before Winter Break we will enjoy the second round of presentations by the students. This comes up fast, so please remind your student to be prepared. Eric and Emily

Eric's Weekly Update 10-20-16

posted Oct 25, 2016, 2:32 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Gym is on Monday and Wednesday.  Dance is on Friday.  We have been asked to pass on to you that appropriate footwear for these activities is appreciated.  Boots and hard-sole shoes can make participation difficult.  Please help remind your critters on those days so they can have a safe activity.

 

Book order forms went home today.  If you would like to purchase a Scholastic book, please be sure to use the coupon ($5 off a $10 order) and place your order by the Friday the 28th.  We get all kinds of free books for the class with your purchases!

Calendar                            

Saturday, 10/22                LuLaRoe Fundraiser to benefit Capital Campaign 11am-1pm

Saturday, 10/22                Skate World DDD Costume Party 4:30-6:30pm

Monday, 10/24                   Site Council 6:00-7:30pm

Wednesday, 10/26             Picture Re-takes

Thursday, 10/27                Field Trip - Diana & Eric

Monday, 10/31                   NO SCHOOL – conferences

Tuesday, 11/1                   NO SCHOOL – conferences

Sunday, 11/6                     Daylight Savings Ends – clocks back one hour

Monday, 11/7                    RCO Meeting 6-7:30pm –  *note date change*

Thursday, 11/10               Science Circus to benefit Capital Campaign 7-8pm

Friday, 11/11                     NO SCHOOL – Veteran’s Day

 

This week…

What a wet and slippery week we had. Our field trip to the orchard was gray and definitely wet at times, but I think we avoided the worst downpours.  We had only one slightly stuck car and no injuries.  Thank you to all those drivers who allowed us to muddy their cars and who stood in the rain with us.  Bonus points and good karma will be your reward.

As part of our Ancient European studies we looked at the role of the knight and more specifically armor.  It is a fascinating and ingenious invention to answer the problem of better and stronger arrows.  The process of one-upmanship hasn’t really stopped. 

We also learned about Daedalus and Icarus, and Perseus and the Gorgon.  The Greeks were such marvelous storytellers.

Our Philosophy Friday question for consideration was “ Is life fair?”  This is the first of several big questions.  What does ‘fair’ mean?  Is it the same as equal?  Would you make the world fair if you could?  (BTW, most students answered “no” to this last question.)

What do you think?

 

Next week and beyond…

Next week we form our first research groups.  Returning parents know what that means.  Our first area of study will be Northern Europe.  Students will choose a country and do some simple research to share with the class.  I will give the students examples of what is expected and then most the work will be done at home, although I often provide materials to help with the presentations boards, etc.

We take a look at the Romans and their culture in the coming weeks, and try to decide on our theme for the upcoming Book Fair.

Field trips:  Mount Pisgah, October 27th.

Mt Pisgah Field Trip

 

On Thursday, October 27, our class will join the kindergartners for a trip to the Mt. Pisgah arboretum.  We will board a 4J bus at 9:00 and arrive on site about 9:20 or so.  Nature guides will lead small groups along the trails while drawing their attention to the fall season points of interest.  At 11:30 all groups will join together for lunch under the pavilion.  Please plan lunch items accordingly.  We anticipate being back at school by 12:30.

 

This trip will require a $5.00 participation feePlease attach it to this form.  If this presents a financial hardship, please contact the office for a scholarship.

 

Monies collected previously for the tractor ride at Detering’s Orchard ($2.00 which went unused) will apply toward the bus rental so the only fee is for the Pisgah tour.

This trip is rain or shine so please send your child prepared for the weather.  We have been asked NOT to bring umbrellas. 

Due to limited space on the bus, we can accept only the first 4 chaperones that want to come.  Chaperones must have background check paperwork on file.

Any who wish to join us on site by driving personal vehicles must also have background check paperwork on file in the school office.

 

 

By signing below you are allowing your child to attend the field trip as described above.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Eric's Weekly Update 10-10-16

posted Oct 10, 2016, 2:24 PM by Cynthia Friedman

If you have not yet paid for your child’s entry into the Science Factory, we are still accepting the $5 entry fee.

Gym is on Monday and Wednesday. Dance is on Friday. We have been asked to pass on to you that appropriate footwear for these activities is appreciated. Boots and hard-sole shoes can make participation difficult. Please help remind your critters on those days so they can have a safe activity.

Calendar

Tuesday, 10/11 Laughing Planet Restaurant Fundraiser
Friday, 10/14 NO SCHOOL – Statewide In Service
Monday, 10/17 Upper El Bike Safety Begins (10/17-10/28)
Wednesday, 10/19 Conversations With Chrystell 8:45-9:45am
Wednesday, 10/19 Curriculum Sharing 3:15-4:15pm and 6:00-7:00pm
Thursday, 10/20 Board Meeting 6:30-8:30pm
Saturday, 10/22 LuLaRoe Fundraiser to benefit Capital Campaign 11am-1pm
Saturday, 10/22 Skate World DDD Costume Party 4:30-6:30pm
Monday, 10/24 Site Council 6:00-7:30pm
Wednesday, 10/26 Picture Re-takes
Thursday, 10/27 Field Trip - Diana & Eric

This week…
We had a wonderful trip to the Science Factory. It’s always a joy to watch the students explore all the exhibits and have fun learning new things. We had several chaperones/drivers who helped make the trip possible, and we thank you for your generosity.

This week we began looking at old Europe and started with the role of monarchs. We have a hard time seeing their relevance today, but we learned that long ago they were necessary to bring competing parties to a consensus. We also learned that monarchs did not always live the life we see portrayed in movies, books, and TV. Along with our introduction to Europe we also discussed an even older civilization; the Greeks. I'mpretty sure the students were happy to not be born in Sparta. Spartans were not the warm and fuzzy bunch that we find in our towns today. We tried to see, however, that the accomplishments of even very old societies add to the ‘casserole’ of modern accomplishments. We have what we have because of a lot of work and experimentation from older cultures.

Our Philosophy Friday question for consideration was “ Are mistakes good or bad?”
What do you think?

Next week and beyond…
We will discuss maps and navigation in the coming week as I ran out of time to discuss it earlier. We will also look at the explorer Christopher Columbus, and other explorers who have ‘discovered’ the Americas. This flows nicely into the map and navigation lessons.

Remember Aesop’s Fables? We will be looking at these fables and the ‘moral of the story’ being shared.

Field trips:
Detering Orchards, October 20th.
Mount Pisgah, October 27th.

Eric and Emily

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eric's Weekly Update 9-26-16

posted Sep 26, 2016, 12:57 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Calendar
Tuesday, 10/4 RCO Meeting 6-7:30pm
Wednesday, 10/5 Bike and Walk to School Day
Tuesday, 10/11 Laughing Planet Restaurant Day Fundraiser
Friday, 10/14 NO SCHOOL – Statewide In Service
Wednesday, 10/19 Conversations With Chrystell 8:45-9:45am
Wednesday, 10/19 Curriculum Sharing 3:15-4:15pm and 6:00-7:00pm
Saturday, 10/22 Skate World DDD Costume Party 4:30-6:30pm

If your student does not have indoor shoes yet, please make this a priority so we can keep our carpet/work-space clean. Thank you.

I will submit your online book orders on September 23rd. Please make your selections by that date if you are interested in buying Scholastic books.

This week…
We are enjoying the cooler weather and the new bonds being created in the classroom. Using the scientists’ story we have learned a lot about the early universe, the formation of stars (which allowed for the creation of planets), our own earth, and finally the development of life on earth. The Story of the Coming of Life is the 2ndGreat Lesson and it’s one I hope students pay close attention to, because we learn that everything we have is due to the great efforts of life that came before us. No one person is an island; we stand on the shoulders of giants.

The big question we considered during our Philosophy Friday discussion was: Is it better to be happy or to do the right thing? Perhaps you can continue the discussion at the dinner table. We asked and answered questions about some difficult scenarios. Life can get pretty messy sometimes, and knowing the right thing to do is not always clear. The students have shared some insightful opinions.

Next week and beyond…
We ran out of time for the lessons on the early oceans, but I will try to do that in the coming week. Along with this there will be some art related to land and water features (lake, island, gulf, isthmus, etc.). We will also look at the history of the earth (eras) based on the face of an analog clock. This makes understanding the earth’s life a little easier, and the work is called The Clock of Eras. I also plan on presenting the 3rd Great Lesson, The Story of the Coming of Humans.

Field trips:
Science Factory, October 4th
Detering Orchards, October 20th
Mount Pisgah, October 27th

Eric and Emily

Eric's Weekly Update 9-9-16

posted Sep 9, 2016, 1:13 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Bear Briefs     9-9-16 eric.bear@ridgeline.org

This is a paper version of my weekly classroom letter.  This is the same letter I emailed to families this afternoon.  If you did not receive the electronic version, it means I do not have your correct email address and kindly ask that you provide it to me so you are able to receive future classroom updates.  We are trying to have as little paper going home as possible, and I appreciate your help in this matter.

Calendar                            

 

Tuesday, 9/13                    New Parent "Ridgeline 101" Meeting 6-7:30pm

Wednesday, 9/14               Eric’s Class Meeting 6:30-7:30pm

Thursday, 9/15                  Board Meeting 6:30-8:30pm

Friday, 9/16                       Meet & Great Tea 12:30-1:13pm in the library

Monday, 9/19                    Site Council Meeting 6-7:30pm

Wednesday, 9/21               Picture Day

Friday, 9/23                       Vision Screening 8:30am-1:15pm

Sunday, 9/25                     T.R.U.E. performing at University Sunday Streets 1:30pm

Tuesday, 10/4                   RCO Meeting 6-7:30pm

Wednesday, 10/5               Bike and Walk to School Day

This week…

The first week of school is over!  Students are settling in and we are building our new classroom community.  We are learning names, rules of the classroom and school, and playing some fun games.  Remember to supply your student with some comfortable and durable inside shoes or slippers ASAP if you have not already done so.  These shoes stay at school and are only used while in the classroom.

 

Next week and beyond…

Starting on the 12th, we begin our journey into the universe with the First Great Lesson.  This is a classic Montessori presentation, and one of five Great Lessons.  The Creation Of The Universe is the scientists’ story of how the universe came to be.  Prior to this I will have shared creation stories from many cultures around the world, and encouraged the students to talk with you about what your family beliefs are regarding the universe.

The scientists’ story gets the most sustained attention because I use it to jump off into almost every other area of the curriculum.  I will talk more about this at the parent meeting scheduled for the 16th.  Please attend if at all possible.  I will be discussing the curriculum for the year, field trips, ways to volunteer, and general but important information.

 

As part of the Great Lesson for next week, we will be learning about the scientific method, the birth of the elements and laws of attraction, stellar nucleosynthesis, and building atoms with the Neils Bohr method (for which he received the Nobel Prize in 1922), our solar system, and much more.  These core lessons I present each year and as a student matures academically, the lessons become more meaningful and enlightening.

 

One of the important themes to come out of this first lesson is for the child to realize that the universe does not revolve around any one of us.  Our place is rather small really, but we are significant.  We ask ourselves: What will I offer to the world today?  What is my cosmic task?  What good and enduring work will I leave behind?

As we near the end of the month, we will be planning a trip to the Science Factory to enrich the learning taking place in the classroom.  Details will come as soon as I have a reservation.


New Family "Ridgeline 101" Meeting – Please join us at the New Family “Ridgeline 101” Meeting on Tuesday, September 13th6-7:30pm. This is the perfect opportunity to learn all the ins and outs of being a Ridgeline parent and have your questions answered. Limited childcare is available for toilet-trained children. Call the office to reserve a spot.


Eric and Emily

 

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