Eric's Weekly Update 12-2-11

posted Dec 2, 2011, 12:25 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Calendar                          

Saturday, 12/3                  U-Cut Trees 10 am - 4 pm at 89060 Old Mohawk Rd., Springfield, OR 

Sunday, 12/4                    Tree Lot Sale 11 am – 4pm at school (3411 Willamette St.)

Mon. 12/5 – Thurs. 12/8   Bring books for the book exchange

Mon. 12/5 – Fri. 12/9      DDD Thon Buster

Tuesday, 12/6                   Ridgeline Student Fundraising Club Meeting room 4, 3:20pm

Thursday, 12/8                 Board Meeting 6:30pm

Friday, 12/9                      Read-a-thon Pajama Day & Book Exchange

Saturday, 12/10                U-Cut Trees 10 am - 4 pm at 89060 Old Mohawk Rd., Springfield

Sunday, 12/11                   Tree Lot Sale 11 am – 4pm at school (3411 Willamette St.)

Mon. 12/12-Fri. 12/16       Joy of Sharing Food Drive

Monday, 12/12                  Site Council Meeting 5:30-8:30pm

Tuesday, 12/13                 Ridgeline Reader Deadline

Friday, 12/16                     Last day of school before winter break

Wednesday, 1/4                Classes Resume

Wednesday, 1/4                Read-a-thon Ends

 

 Recently…

 I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Just before the break the entire school was treated to the musical talents of Laura and Larry Wayte.  Both are professional musicians and we had a lot fun warming up our voices with them and even inventing scenarios with which to create mood music.  Later that day we enjoyed Stone Soup and heard several versions of the traditional story.

This week the students presented their research about West African nations.  I learned many things and I know the students did as well.  We have already chosen our new countries for research (North and Eastern Africa).  Finally, we took a slithering journey into the world of reptiles.  Ask your child what they remember about the amazing variety of snakesJ

Next week and beyond…

We have a lot going on in the next few weeks.  As noted above in the calendar, there are all sorts of events and opportunities.  The latest round of presentations will be coming up fast (Dec 14-15) because we need to get them done before the winter break.  I hope this is not too big a challenge for you, but the kids do get opportunities to work in the classroom and they know what to expect.  I have included a list of the students and the nation they are researching.

In physics we will be discussing inertia, and in botany we will look closely at stems and their function.  In zoology we will continue our study of reptiles.

Eric and Adriene

 

 

North/East Africa Presentation schedule

 

Ancient Egypt

Henry-Charley

Algeria

Michael, Joe

Egypt

Miles, Seamus-Alyssa

Libya

Amelia, Nicholas

Morocco

Evan, Sienna

Sudan

Opal-Annaliese

Tunisia

Eliot

Tanzania

Mateo, Cyrus

Kenya

Maya

Uganda

Jasmine-Degan

Rwanda

Wilhelm

Burundi

Joey

Djibouti

Skai, Ixmyl

Eritrea

Taima-Alden

Ethiopia

Alex, Isaac

Somalia

Eva

Seychelles

Alma

 

Students separated by (-) means those students are working together on the project.  A comma means another student is doing the same country but not together.

 

Students will present their information and then takes a few questions and receive positive comments.  Presentations should be 5-7 minutes for 2nd and 3rd years, and 1-4 minutes for 1st years excluding questions and comments.  The goal here is for students to practice standing in front of their peers.  They will not be grilled for more information or critiqued on the style of their presentation.  I am hoping this will be a positive and confidence building endeavor.  Please email me if you have questions.

 

 

 

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