Eric's Weely Update 1-17-14

posted Jan 17, 2014, 10:37 AM by Cynthia Friedman
Monday, 1/20 NO SCHOOL – MLK Day 
Friday, 1/24   OBOB Meeting 1:20-2:30pm 
Tuesday, 1/28 RCO Meeting 6-7:30pm Parent Education: Curtis Dunham         
Friday, 1/31 OBOB Meeting 1:20-2:30pm 
Friday, 1/31 Talent Show 6-7:30pm 
Thursday, 2/6 All School Meeting 6:00-7:30pm 
Friday, 2/7 NO SCHOOL – grading day (NO OBOB) 
Thursday, 2/13 Board Meeting 6:30-8:30pm

This week                      
It’s been so cold and foggy this week that I feel like we are actually living in the medieval castles we are learning about this term! Brrr. This week we talked about how political boundaries and alliances were ever changing in the old world. Being a lord, baron, or duke was not always preferable to being a peasant, especially in times of war or political unrest. We looked at some of the tools used in the past as well as some of the weapons, which were considered ‘cutting edge’ back in the day. We ended our week with a discussion on Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy.
Next week

Next week we will do some work on the 5 Kingdoms that we had to put off for lack of time. We will do some measurement as part of chemistry (linear and volume) and look at the fabled kingdom of Camelot.

By the end of the month we will be shifting our attention to Asia, and will be studying this continent for the rest of the year. On the 31st of January we will celebrate Chinese New Year (Year of the Horse). This is a favorite of mine and we make a big deal out of it. We will have food, crafts, games, art, music and more. As the day approaches, you may want to consider donating some special treats for the occasion. Wonderful examples can be found at Sunrise Asian Market. Foods such as crackers, fortune cookies, nori, and much more are happily accepted and make for a lot of memories. If you would like it, so will the kids. 

Now hear this! If you would like to volunteer some time in the classroom, there is a need to perform some simple minute long assessments with the students. Each student has several to do and it’s a lot for me to do alone. The process is very easy and the results are helpful to me as a teacher. I am asked to have them done by the end of next week so if you’re up to the task, please let me know and I’ll put you to work. You can even stop by in the morning and I will find a spot for you. Eric and Emily