Cheri's Weekly Update 11-13-13

posted Nov 13, 2013, 9:58 AM by Cynthia Friedman
Upcoming Events:
Friday, 11/15 Book fair at Barnes and Noble 6:00-8:00pm
Thursday, 11/21 Send veggies that students can prepare for Stone Soup
Friday, 11/22 Stone Soup play and lunch celebration
Mon - Fri.11/25-29 No School. Budget reduction days + Thanksgiving. 

Bookfair plans: The book fair at Barnes & Noble is this Friday, November 15th. The fun begins at 6:00pm with performances and activities from every classroom. My class will offer a bookmark and story writing table from 6:00-7:00. Other classes plan to recite poetry, play ukuleles, and the choir will sing. Please join us. During the evening of the book fair event, teachers will have bins containing wish list books they would like for their classrooms. A percentage of the purchases at Barnes & Noble the day of the book fair will go to Ridgeline. This includes friends and family around the country! Just give them the book fair ID number 11221900. All purchases need to be made between November 15-20. You must tell the cashier you are with the book fair and give the ID number in order for it to count towards this fundraiser. See you there! 

HOMEWORK: Please return homework packets on Friday morning this week. 

Stone Soup: Our traditional pre-thanksgiving, student-community gathering is planned for next Friday, Nov. 22. This week your child will have an opportunity to sign up to donate an ingredient for the soup. If the food chosen is not convenient, feel free to substitute another. Please send in vegetables (whole and not peeled) next Thursday, Nov. 21, for the students to wash, peel and slice in the classroom. The soup will simmer throughout the day and we’ll enjoy “Stone soup” with our partner classroom, Sarah’s Upper Elementary, on Friday. We’ll also have an opportunity to watch a play of the traditional Stone soup story. 

Holiday Traditions: In our Montessori classroom, students learn about cultures from all over the world. Every year at this time I invite families to share their family's holiday traditions with our classroom community. Often a parent will come in and, with their child, tell a story about how/what their family celebrates. Other times a child may bring something from home and show/tell the class. In past years we have watched the lighting of a four-generation menorah, learned about the seven principles of Kwanzaa, heard the story of baby Jesus born in a stable, learned about the Indian Festival of Lights: Diwali, seen homemade tree ornaments and candle-making, read about the Mexican holiday, Las Posadas; enjoyed photos from a family’s Winter Solstice celebration, and more! If you would like to share a family tradition, please let me know. 

Sharing-suggested theme: Week of Nov. 18: Something made with cotton, 

Week of Dec. 2: A recipe, song or poem 

Cheri and Azusa 

There are many variations on this old German Fable and the following is just one version. But the moral is the same in every telling…

Once upon a time a there was great famine and people thought they had to hoard food to survive. One day two soldiers returning from war arrived in a village asking for a meal, but the villagers refused.

“Then we will make stone soup," one of the soldiers said mysteriously. They asked only for a big cauldron and water to fill it. They set it in the middle of the village square and built a large fire underneath. Then one of the soldiers produced an ornate bag from his cape, removed three very ordinary stones, and dropped them into the water with great ceremony.

When a crowd gathered with curiosity, the soldier said, "A good soup needs salt and pepper." Since that was not so much to give up, one of the peasants sent his daughter to fetch some salt and pepper.

Then the other soldier said to himself rather loudly, "Oh, I do love stone soup, but stone soup with carrots...that's hard to beat." Overhearing this, another villager sent his son home to fetch a carrot hidden in the cellar – after all, it was just a carrot, not really that much.

"Magnificent, thank you!" exclaimed the soldier. "You know, I once had stone soup with salt beef as well, and it was fit for the king!" So the village butcher managed to find a little salt beef. And so it went, until soon there were onions, potatoes, barley, cabbage, and milk for the soup.

"A great soup would be even better with bread and cider," a villager volunteered, and brought them forth. Now it was a feast, which the soldiers happily shared with the villagers. Everyone agreed they had never before tasted anything as good, and sang and danced and celebrated well into the night.

*The moral is that by working together, with everyone contributing what they can, a greater good is achieved.