Cheri's Weekly Update 4-4-17

posted Apr 5, 2017, 1:32 PM by Cynthia Friedman
HOMEWORK: Please return Homework on Friday.

SHARING Theme: Week of 4/3-An item made with wood; Week of 4/10- A joke or comic strip

Every year Ridgeline holds a Project Fair. Students research a topic of their choice then create a visual display to share information with others. Here are some examples of projects completed by students from previous years: a model of a car engine built with Legos, pictures of pets and how to care for them, pictures and facts about the life of Houdini, a mobile of the solar system, a volcano model, pictures and facts showing the life cycle of a frog, a plant experiment, rules and playing instructions for soccer, 3 generations of a “family tree.” Most projects are completed at home with family support as necessary. Poster Boards for Project Fair ($3.00) are available for sale in the office.

This year’s Project Fair is scheduled for Tuesday, April 25. On that day families and friends can tour the classrooms and enjoy the displayed projects after school at 3:15-4:15 or in the evening from 6:00-7:00. Let me know if you would like more information, project ideas or a cardboard display.

UPDATE ON AZUSA: Azusa, Satsuki and family spent the week relaxing and enjoying being home in Eugene. They will return to Doernbecher Hospital soon for additional treatments. We are grateful for Kristin Warner, our substitute assistant, and for the parent volunteers that provide classroom support. Please keep Azusa and her family in your thoughts.

SNACK MATS: Our snack mats are nearly finished. Students stitched their fabric/color choices before Spring Break. Volunteers took the mats home to reinforce the seams with a sewing machine. The kids can hardly wait to use their own mat for daily snack. And having personal mats will reduce the number of cloths that are used each week. Watch for pictures of children using their mats on our Facebook page.

A MESSAGE FROM LYNNE LUCAS: Ridgeline has joined the Terracycle ​Energy Bar Wrapper Recycling Program -which accepts any of the following: foil lined energy bar wrappers, foil food pouches, foil granola bar wrappers, meal replacement bar wrappers, protein bar wrappers. Wrapper and pouches from these companies are accepted: Clif Bars, kids Z-bars and kids Z-fruit bars, MOJO, Luna bars, Builders, Crunch, Kit's Organic, Shot Blocks, Shot Gels and Shot Drinks. Please have your child put wrappers and pouches in the Terracycle box in the lobby. Lynne Lucas 541-337-0179

One of the keynote speakers at the conference was Jessica Lahey, author of The Gift of Failure. Her message echoes Montessori’s philosophy that when children are given the freedom to make mistakes and then persevere in finding solutions they will become more competent and confident learners. In other words, the less we do for our kids, the more they learn to do for themselves. Chrystell purchased a copy of The Gift of Failure for our Parent Library case if you’d like to read it. There are also several YouTube videos of Jessica delivering her message to parent and teacher groups.

My goal this week is to step back and allow children time to solve problems independently!

Your children have participated in discussions about the loss of one of our 5th grade students, Elijah Taylor. I have been moved by their compassionate response to this sad event. The children talked about their feelings of sadness, anger and fear that the same thing might happen to them. Today many of our students chose to comfort Elijah’s classmates by making cards for them. Please check in with your children to address questions and concerns. Ridgeline has resources available for kids and adults. Let us know how we can help. Cheri