Cheri's Weekly Update 11-23-15

posted Nov 23, 2015, 1:16 PM by Cynthia Friedman
Upcoming Events:
Tuesday 11/24: Bring vegetables to prepare in classroom for Stone Soup
Wednesday, 11/25: Stone Soup Celebration at school
Thursday-Friday, 11/26-27: No School. Thanksgiving holiday.
Monday-Friday, 12/14-18: Joy of Sharing-Bring items to help families in need
Monday, December 21: Winter Break begins
Tuesday, January 5: Back to School

**Return Homework Friday, please! No Homework during the Thanksgiving Holiday break.

Sharing Theme: Nov. 23- Your choice, Nov. 30- A joke or comic book

GRANDPERSONS DAY: We had a wonderful group of visiting ‘grand-people’ last Friday. The children enjoyed having lunch and showing their guests the classroom and some favorite activities. I appreciate your interest and involvement in your student’s education.

STONE SOUP: Our Community Celebration is planned for Wednesday, Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving. Each year the students discuss the Stone Soup story and it’s message. On Tuesday, November 24, students at Ridgeline will help to prepare (wash, peel and slice) vegetables. The students are well supervised throughout this process. Your student will ‘sign up’ to bring a vegetable and we’ll send a note home with that information. If the veggie/herb your child chooses is not convenient, feel free to substitute. We need volunteers to supervise washing, peeling and cutting veggies on Tuesday 9:30-11:00am. If you can help, let us know.

BOOK FAIR: Thank you for attending and for your support. Didn’t our students do a great job reciting their poetry and singing This Pretty Planet?

WATER BOTTLE FILLING TEAM: Several parents signed up to help with refilling water bottles for our classroom dispenser. If you see empty bottles outside our door, please refill and return. You can also email or send a note to check for empty bottles whenever it’s convenient. The students appreciate water in the classroom.

XTRA MATH: Many of Ridgeline’s students use this free online program to practice math facts. Our kids can add

it to their work plans and use the computers at school. Students have a unique PIN that tracks progress. If you are interested in letting your student use x-tra math at home let us know, and we’ll send you the PIN. The address is Enjoy!

ART DOUGH RECIPES: These are both self-hardening dough but you can also place them in a low heat oven.
2 cups flour
1-cup salt
1-cup warm water

Directions: In a large bowl mix salt and flour. Gradually stir in water. Mix well until it forms a doughy consistency. With your hands, form a ball with your dough and kneed it for at least 5 minutes. The longer you knead your dough the smoother it will be. Store your salt dough in an airtight container and you will be able to use it for days. You can paint your creations with acrylic paints and seal with varnish or polyurethane spray. You can let your salt dough creations air dry, however salt dough can also be dried in the oven. Bake at 200 F until your creation is dry.

1-cup baking soda
1-cup cornstarch
¾ cup warm water

Directions: Mix the dry ingredients in a pan then stir in warm water. Stir over medium heat until mixture begins to bubble and has is soft play dough consistency. Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes. Knead for a few minutes until you have consistent and pliable dough. You can let your dough air dry or bake at 200 F until dry.

Thanks, Cheri and Azusa

A Story of Stone Soup
A kindly stranger was walking through the land when he came upon a village. As he entered, the villagers moved towards their homes locking doors and windows.

The stranger smiled and asked, “Why are you all so frightened? I am a simple traveler, looking for a soft place to stay for the night and a warm place for a meal.

"There's not a bite to eat in the whole province," he was told. "We are weak and our children are starving. Better keep moving on."

"Oh, I have everything I need," he said. "In fact, I was thinking of making some stone soup to share with all of you." He pulled an iron cauldron from his cloak, filled it with water, and began to build a fire under it.

Then, with great ceremony, he drew an ordinary-looking stone from a silken bag and dropped it into the water.

By now, hearing the rumor of food, most of the villagers had come out of their homes or watched from their windows. As the stranger sniffed the "broth" and licked his lips in anticipation, hunger began to overcome their fear.

"Ahh," the stranger said to himself rather loudly, "I do like a tasty stone soup. Of course, stone soup with cabbage -- that's hard to beat."

Soon a villager approached hesitantly, holding a small cabbage he'd retrieved from its hiding place, and added it to the pot.

"Wonderful!!" cried the stranger. "You know, I once had stone soup with cabbage and a bit of salt beef as well, and it was fit for a king."

The village butcher managed to find some salt beef . . . and so it went, through potatoes, onions, carrots, mushrooms, and so on, until there was indeed a delicious meal for everyone in the village to share.

The villager elder offered the stranger a great deal of money for the “magic” stone, but he refused to sell it and traveled on the next day.

As he left, the stranger came upon a group of village children standing near the road. He gave the silken bag containing the stone to the youngest child, whispering to a group, “It was not the stone, but the villagers that had performed the magic."

Moral: By working together, with everyone contributing what they can, a greater good is achieved.