Cheri's Weekly Update 11-18-11

posted Nov 18, 2011, 10:54 AM by Cynthia Friedman
Please join us this Friday, Nov. 18, at BArnes & Noble from 6:00-7:45.

Sharing theme (week of 11/21): Favorite Artwork

Cafeteria Lunches: Please be sure to order and pay for your child’s lunch in advance! Next week’s order forms will be sent home Thursday.

Book Fair: Come join the fun! This year’s Book Fair event at Barnes and Noble (Nov. 18) will also kick off our first annual ‘Read-a-thon’. Our class will host a Bookmark-making table. Other classes will be offering special performances or projects. Save the date! Join us at Barnes & Noble this Friday, 11/18, from 6:00pm-7:45pm. You can buy books for our classrooms that evening or if you would rather buy them online, provide Ridgeline’s Book Fair ID number #10602324. Book purchases at the store can be credited to Ridgeline Nov. 18-24 if you show the clerk our Book Fair flier. Check out our book wish list. See you Friday!

Arctic and Tundra Biome: We have begun to study about the plants and animals that have adapted to live in this harsh biome. The students will construct dioramas that illustrate life in the Tundra so please send in small, sturdy, cardboard boxes. If you have items or books that support our study of Arctic and Tundra biomes, consider sharing with the classroom community.

Eugene Symphony Youth Concert: The Eugene Symphony concert was an amazing learning experience for all of us. When we returned to the classroom several students chose to begin research projects on musical instruments, composers and parts of an orchestra. If you have music experience/knowledge or an instrument to share, please let me know.

Stone Soup Celebration: Our school-wide Stone Soup celebration will take place next Wednesday Nov. 23. Students will sign up to bring a vegetable or pasta and a note will go home with the information. The children will wash, peel and slice the veggies on Tuesday morning (Nov. 22) to get them ready for Wednesday’s soup. Please NO Mushrooms. We want to keep children with allergies safe. On Wednesday, children should bring 2 bowls and a spoon for their soup and bread.

Upcoming Events:

Friday, 11/18, 6pm Book Fair & Read-a-thon kick-off @ Barnes and Noble

Tuesday, 11/22 Bring vegetables for washing/chopping in classroom

Wednesday. 11/23 Stone Soup at school. Bring 2 bowls!

Thursday/Friday 11/24-25 Thanksgiving holiday. No school.

Friday, 12/9 Book Exchange & School–wide Pajama Day

A Stone Soup Legend­

Many years ago three soldiers, hungry and weary of battle, came upon a small village. The villagers had suffered a small harvest that year and there had been many years of war. They quickly hid what little food they had and told the soldiers there was nothing to eat.

The soldiers spoke quietly among themselves and the first soldier then turned to the villagers. "Your tired fields have left you nothing to share, so we will share what little we have: the secret of how to make soup from stones."

Naturally the villagers were intrigued and soon a fire was started under the town's greatest kettle and the soldiers dropped in three smooth stones. "Now this will be a fine soup", said the second soldier; "but a pinch of salt and some parsley would make it wonderful!" Up jumped a villager, crying, "What luck! I've just remembered where some has been left!" And off she ran, returning with an apronful of parsley and a turnip. Another villager said, “I think I remember some left over carrots in my pantry.” As the kettle boiled on, other villagers brought small offerings and eventually barley, celery, rice, potatoes, beans, beef and cream had been added to the great pot. Loaves of bread were found and everyone sat down to feast.

The villagers ate and danced and sang well into the night, refreshed by the feast and their newfound friends. In the morning the three soldiers awoke to find the entire village standing before them. At their feet lay a pack of the village's best breads and cheese. "You have given us the greatest of gifts: the secret of how to make soup from stones", said a villager, "and we shall never forget." And off the soldiers wandered, down the road.

Moral: When we all work together, a greater good is achieved.