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.

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

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