Eric's Weekly Update 2-18-16

posted Feb 18, 2016, 12:09 PM by Cynthia Friedman
Fri Feb 19, 2016 5pm - 7pm Pasta Dinner
Mon Feb 22, 2016 6pm - 7:30pm Site Council
Thu Feb 25, 2016
9am - 10:30am Ridgeline Rising Capital Campaign Mtg.
Sat Feb 27, 2016
10am - 11am Pre-Lottery Information Session
10:45am - 11:30am Middle School Information Session

This week…

First the big news:

Pasta Dinner – I hope to see you Friday evening at Ridgeline’s annual Pasta Dinner! The dinner menu will include penne pasta with marinara sauce and pesto, salad, and bread. Also featured this year is a student marketplace, classroom painted pasta bowls for auction, and a performance by Ridgeline’s middle school ukulele group, T.R.U.E.! We are asking for a suggested donation of $5 per person or $20 per family. The Pasta Dinner is an RCO fundraiser supporting the general fund fundraising goal of $40,000 for this school year.

In the past few days we have been hearing presentations about the Great Basin and Southwest Nations. We are almost done with our studies of the recent past. We will have one more round of research on the Native American people of the west, and then we dip south and look at the people and cultures of South America.

In addition to the presentations we had a great trip to the Hult center to hear the wonderful sounds of the Eugene Symphony and Friends, learned about the very old culture of the Pueblo and Anasazi, and talked about fault lines (part of functional geography studies). We continue our discussions regarding tolerance as part of our Peaceful Character Studies.

Next week and beyond…

I was hoping to have a field trip to the UO Natural History Museum to look at the display of Native American homes, hunting tools, etc. but that exhibit is being upgraded and is closed until April. We may go in April, but the window may be past at that point. I will determine the interest of the class in April. Soon we will choose our last Native American nations to research. We will also dive into the layers of the ocean. Who knew there were so many layers associated with the earth, atmosphere, and oceans? We will have a fun review game to test the memory of the students about the things we have learned the first part of the year. A lot has been discussed and soon we will see how much has been absorbed!

Eric and Emily