Eric's Bi-weekly Update 11-16-18

posted Nov 19, 2018, 11:14 AM by Cynthia Friedman


Friday, 11/16 Barnes & Noble Book Fair 6-8pm

Tuesday, 11/20 Bring vegetables to slice

Wednesday, 11/21 Stone Soup - bring bowl & spoon

Thursday, 11/22 NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving

Friday, 11/23 NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

Saturday, 11/24 Tree Sales Begin

Wednesday, 11/28 Picture Re-takes (return your picture packets)

Wednesday, 11/28 RCO Service Project 6-7:30pm

Past two weeks…

We finished our presentations last week and then chose new Indian nations to research. You may have seen the new presentation sheets come home.  The new research assignments are due the week of December 10th. 

Our last field trip was a big success.  I would like to thank all the volunteers who came and kept the students safe and on task while we scouted for pumpkins. 

In the past weeks, we have looked at the names of various geological features and made a booklet to help us remember the names and shapes.  We saw how Native Americans made birchbark canoes and learned about the layers of the earth and why our planet is so unique.  This included learning about the life-saving gift of a magnetic field to protect us from solar winds and radiation, and the forces that operate deep beneath the surface of the earth’s crust.

Next week and beyond…

As part of our America studies, we will take a close look at Alaska, Canada, and Greenland.  We will discover how the older inhabitants of these areas lived in the sometimes-harsh climate, and how the natural resources there are used today.

Later we will look at the rock cycle and the active volcanoes through North America.

Our Stone Soup celebration will be on Wednesday but on Tuesday all students are invited to bring herbs or vegetables to be cut up for use in the community soup pot.  Please see the eNews for more information.

We also have the unique opportunity to hear from Richard Sempala, from Uganda.

Richard is the founder of the Africa Life Youth Foundation – an organization dedicated to improving the lives of young people, including orphans, street children, civil war victims, etc.  Richard is only in town a short while and I think his insights could be important for children to hear.  He will visit on either the 19th, 20th or 26th of November.  I am still working on the details.


There will be no school on Thursday and Friday. We hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Eric and Emily