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Jasper's Update 9-26-19

posted Oct 21, 2019, 12:28 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Dear Room 10 Families,


Classroom happenings - These last couple weeks have been going great. Students are hard at work. Some are working on math lesson follow-ups and some are working on their imaginary worlds. Other students are working on research projects connected to our early civilizations curriculum. Some families have seen your student working on imaginary world work happening at home. Students are working to create their own worlds. They are creating the creatures that inhabit the world as well as what the world looks like. They have been tasked with writing their world’s story.


Work Journals - Students are using work journals this year instead of work plans to track what they are working on daily. Students are developing a format that works with them with the guidance of myself and Mary Kate. We have given them a model of writing down what they have planned to do that day with as much detail as possible so that they will be able to look back and see what they have worked on, completed, and what they may still need to complete.



These are examples of ways that students are using their work journals. One student is tracking daily work and the other student is tracking weekly work. This system is designed to adapt to what is best for each student.


Testing - Students are almost done with benchmark testing in our class. We are doing one last push to finish up.


PE - Please make sure that your student comes to school in appropriate footwear to participate in PE. If your student insists to wear shoes that won’t work, please have them bring shoes to change into.


One mission, One Vision, One School, One Community


Attendance - The year is just beginning and it is a great time to build great habits!  Being in school, on time, every day is important. Good attendance is strongly linked to academic, social, and emotional success.

 

We believe that students and families that feel they are included in the school community are more likely to show up consistently

 

We believe that good attendance will allow your child to fully contribute to and fully benefit from the classroom community. 

 

We believe good attendance will not only build strong academics, but also build strong socially and emotionally capable humans.

 

Thank you for learning and growing with us!


Jasper


Jasper's Update 9-12-19

posted Sep 13, 2019, 12:42 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Dear Room 10 families,


Classroom Happenings - What a great start to the year. All your students seem to be adjusting to the classroom and we are working hard at developing a strong community. We have spent a lot of time crafting our classroom in a way that we all would like it to look. We have practiced routines and created materials that we will be using all year. Students are starting to develop personal research projects. I would encourage families to start talking about topics that your student may want to research at school.


Testing - We will be starting benchmark testing in the coming days. The best ways to prepare for these tests and is making sure your students are well rested and have eaten a good breakfast each morning. Please support your student the best you can to prepare for these tests. 


Rain Gear and Winter Clothing (Way too Early) - The time has come much earlier this year than ever before. Please send your students with appropriate rain gear and clothing because a little rain does not stop us from going outside for recess.


PE - PE has started and we had a ton of fun on our first day. Since it has started raining, please be aware that some rain shoes are not appropriate to wear during PE. If your student decides to wear boots on Monday or Wednesday, please have them come to school with an appropriate pair of PE shoes.


One mission, One Vision, One School, One Community


Attendance - The year is just beginning and it is a great time to build great habits!  Being in school, on time, every day is important. Good attendance is strongly linked to academic, social, and emotional success.

 

We believe that students and families that feel they are included in the school community are more likely to show up consistently

 

We believe that good attendance will allow your child to fully contribute to and fully benefit from the classroom community. 

 

We believe good attendance will not only build strong academics, but also build strong socially and emotionally capable humans.

 

Thank you for learning and growing with us!


Clint's Update 2-13-19

posted Feb 13, 2019, 11:11 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Going Outs

Yaeko, Jude’s mom, has been volunteering in the class to help students plan Going Outs. Cody’s group successfully visited OMSI and Marin’s group was able to visit the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center in Oregon City. Yaeko is currently helping other groups plan their own Going Outs.


Going Outs are designed to foster independence and resourcefulness, and give children important real-life experiences. As students pursue greater depth in their work, they find the need to step outside of the classroom to gather additional information. In this instance, the group decided to visit a museum to better learn about the Oregon Trail and interview a specialist about how they prepare their exhibits.


Trips are typically planned by a small group of students engaged in a specific type of work or research. Through the teacher's assistance, but ultimately on their own, students must plan their own trip, arrange transportation, and make necessary appointments. These Practical Life experiences place the responsibility on the students and allow them to develop vital communication and organizational skills.


End of the Year Trip Update

As the parent committee prepares to meet on Thursday, February 21, the team of students are working with Jenny Flanders (Briana’s mom) to start thinking about fundraising and food sign up.


Rain Gear

If your son or daughter is interested in playing in the rain, they should have appropriate rain gear. Without the appropriate rain gear the options for playing outside are limited to the small covered areas.


Oregon History Curriculum Update

Students have been reading through various historical texts to get a better understanding of the purpose behind the Aerotril Project.  The connections that are being made are remarkable and the students have decided to create a Jeopardy-style quiz show to test classmates’ knowledge of the reading material.


Art Class

The art teachers have been supporting our study of the human skeletal system by teaching students “figure drawing,” proportions and symmetry, and sketching facial features. The level of sophisticated drawing has really taken off this year with the help of Melanie and Pete.


Clint's Weekly Update 12-20-18

posted Dec 20, 2018, 2:55 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Happy Winter Break!


Classroom Happenings - We’ve wrapped up our Native Nations of Oregon research.  Students presented this week and we saw everything from slide shows, to interviews, to slide shows showing interviews, fabulous posters and beyond.  Congratulate your student for their hard work and excellent presentation. We also finished up our fiction story. They were published this week and many student chose to share them with their kindergarten reading buddy,  Ask you student what their story was about or what they learned about Oregon Native Nations this week.


Field Trip- Wow!  What an exciting field trip!  Students were thoughtful, asked questions, and were absorbed in the eco-bot art activity afterward.  We were complimented by both the bus driver and the docents as to our wonderful class! Congratulations Room 9!


During the break- Please have you student practice their math facts.  We don’t want all that hard learning lost over the two week break.  There are great programs out there like xtramath.org adaptedmind.com, and prodigygame.com AND they are free!  


      

Some snowflake art to make our room festive.  Ezra using his design skills with fraction shapes. Contemplating a Picasso at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.  



RELAX, and REJUVINATE during your wonderful winter break!


Ridgeline Events:


Dec 22  Winter Break

Jan 8, 2019 First Day Back to School

Jan 15, 2019 Parent Education Night with Debbie Sheehan - Grace and Courtesy


Clint's Bi-Weekly Update 12-11-18

posted Dec 11, 2018, 3:38 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Student Marketplace Success

If you were able to attend the Student Marketplace on December 8th, you know how much of a success it was. In fact $320.70 was made off of handmade cards, sock snow-people, coffee mug coasters, glitter ornaments, and much more. Thank you to all of the volunteers, students and parents, that showed up to work the booth. And thank you to Jenny and all of the others that helped lead students through the craft making process. We appreciate our volunteers!


Calendar Projects Published

The number of calendar project that were turned in on time kept me busy in the Ridgeline copy room for 4 hours on Sunday. And the quality of artwork was the most obvious this year and I think we have our art teachers Melanie and Pete to thank for that.


Clint's Bi-Weekly Update 10-24-18

posted Oct 24, 2018, 10:08 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Curriculum Sharing

Thank you to all of those that made it to Curriculum Sharing Night.  I get so much joy out of having families visit the classroom. Please enjoy a few photo highlights:



Friday Drumming with Nathan (Eden’s Dad)

Eden's dad would like to offer drum class to small groups of interested students on Friday mornings between 10:15 and 11:15. We hope to start these groups on Friday, October 26.


The students interested in working with Nathan are asked to have a small throw pillow and round 5 gallon bucket for their practice sessions. It is understandable that not every participating student will have an extra pillow or bucket, so if you have extras we would gladly use them.



Aerotril Mission Update

All planets now have their wall friezes displayed!


And most space shuttles have been moved to their launch pads:

Crew members are methodically preparing for our launch on the first Great Mission to Aerotril!


Attendance

Here at Ridgeline we have set an attendance goal of 95% for each student.  Essentially, out of 172 school days, you should strive to miss less than 8.5 total days.  Regular attendance is the base element in a rigorous education. Did you know?

  • 83%of students chronically absent in kindergarten and first grade do not read at grade level by third grade.

  • Students that cannot read at grade level by third grade are four times more likely to drop out prior to graduation than students that read at grade level.

  • Build good habits early, most children’s habits are unlikely to change much after age nine.

  • Parents whose children were often absent under estimate the number of days absent by about 45%

 

Thank you for being such an important part of your child’s education!


Clint's Weekly Update 10-11-18

posted Oct 11, 2018, 12:59 PM by Cynthia Friedman


Aerotril Mission Update

Some planet design groups have finished their wall friezes and are moving onto creating and naming characters.

Planet X

Tiny Planet XII


Four Aerotril characters and their names.


Donation Request

We are looking for a gently used rechargeable digital camera that would be compatible with our new Chromebooks. We would like students to begin taking pictures of the work they are doing and email family members with their own weekly updates.


Jog-a-thon Pledges

Our class once again surpassed the number of Jog-a-thon laps we expected to run. And now it’s time to get the pledges in to help us keep our PE, music, art, and counseling programs strong and vibrant.


Math Lessons

With students having received their first formal math lessons about a month ago, we are all progressing deeper into content now. Fourth years are now reviewing the lattice and traditional algorithms for multiplication, as well as working with the rack and tubes for division; fifth years are either reviewing multiplication and division or reviewing fraction and decimal operations; and sixth years are moving into statistics and probability. I began introducing the topics in small groups of no more than six students with the premise that each student will complete the follow up assignments by Thursday morning, in time for the weekly checking party.


For more detailed descriptions about what math your child has been working on, please look at the top portion of their work plan.


Attendance

You may have noticed that this year you are receiving a lot more communication regarding the importance of regular attendance.  This year we are beginning an attendance awareness campaign designed to increase awareness, educate, and ultimately improve student attendance at Ridgeline.  Good attendance is strongly linked to academic, social, and emotional success.


We believe that students and families that feel they are included in the school community are more likely to show up consistently


We believe that good attendance will allow your child to fully contribute to and fully benefit from the classroom community.  


We believe good attendance will not only build strong academics but also build strong socially and emotionally capable humans.


Thank you for learning and growing with us!



Clint's Weekly Update 10-2-18

posted Oct 2, 2018, 8:37 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Room 10’s Weekly Update for September 17-28


Whole Class Parent Meeting - Thank you!

A big thanks to all of the parents that showed up to make Monday’s Bingo Parent Meeting entertaining and meaningful. We started the evening with small group breakout sessions to facilitate new parents establishing connections with returning parents. Then the whole group convened to discuss topics like the homework, the Aerotril Mission, and the End of the Year Trip.


If any questions, suggestions, or comments still linger, please let me know.


Gratitude

Taking time to express our gratitude means appreciating other living things and creating artwork.

After a summer on a Jenifer Wilson’s horse ranch our bamboo was returned this week. Thank you Jenifer!

Student groups also published some of their gratitude word clouds composed of differently sized words depending on the importance associate with each.


Work Plans

Thank you for supporting your child in getting as much as they can out of this school year. To help you probe deeper into what your child is working on in class, I have asked that your child record the details of each assignment on his or her work plan. Here is the example we put together in class:

A1 - The signed work plan allows students to get credit for completing the communication loop between home and school.

A2 - For editing card you should see the rule number and the rule. This will allow you to start asking that these rules be followed in the writing your child does at home.

A3 - SRA should have the card color, number and title. You might consider asking your child for a summary or the theme of the story.

A4 - Language Study Drawer should have the drawer number and the focus, which will allow you to find out more about that specific language skill.

A5 - Computation Card should have the card’s color, number, and a brief description of the difficulty level.

A6 - Weekly Word Study (WWS) should have a list of the five words studied that week or another clear description of what was done instead. For example, “20+ word list” would indicate that your child spent the week gathering 20 or more words to include on the individualized spelling list.

A7 - Community Service should indicate what was done, which with most students will be a thank you card to a specific person that helped make our classroom or community a better place.

A8 - This is usually an additional line that is used for other works that come up or to remind students to complete works that were not completed in previous weeks.


NEWLY FORMATTED Math Facts and Touch Typing Homework Tracker

In Friday’s home folder you will find your child’s Math Fact and Touch Typing Homework Tracker. The cover sheet looks like this:

Below is an example of how entries might look after the first six days.

Please note: Taking days off is acceptable as long as a parent agrees by initially the calendar. The expectation is that there will be 4 days of math and 4 days of touch typing completed per week. These may be on the same days.


Homework trackers are due in Clint’s inbox each school day morning BEFORE 8:30am. They will be returned to students at the end of each day.



Calendar Project Progress

Completed calendars are due on December 5. This gives students two solid months to finish conducting research, write about their findings, and create original artwork. On work plans, the expectation is for each student to make weekly progress towards the due dates, with different students taking different paths towards that goal. For example, one student may wish to do the drawings first while another student might be more interested in doing the research first. If individual students are not making adequate progress, I will let them know.

Clint's Weekly Update 5-2-18

posted May 2, 2018, 11:43 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Alternate Homework for the Month of May

With the state tests taking up about an hour per day for students, I would like to ask that students do something a little different with homework in order to continue making progress towards completing their 2019 calendar projects. Instead of practicing touch typing it would be helpful if students completed note cards on their calendar research topics instead. If at least ten notecards have been checked off any subtopic, then students are encouraged to start creating the accompanying artwork.


Practice State Tests Start This Week

Starting this week we have been taking our practice session for the Smarter Balanced tests so students can become familiar with the structure of the test.  The actual state tests begin the week of April 30 and will be conducted in Room 11.


May 7 – 11

English Language Arts - Performance Task

May 14 – 18

MATH - Computer Adapted Test

May 21–25

MATH - Performance Task

May 29 – June 1

5th Grade Science and extra time as needed


In the past, students gave each other the following advice for the English Language Arts tests:

  1. Read the directions!

  2. Take your time.

  3. Use the paragraph model that you know works for you: TS CD E1 E2 CS.

  4. Cite your sources.

  5. Revise. Revise. Revise.

  6. Self edit. Seriously... Self edit! Nobody is going to be there to catch the fixies you don't catch.  



Supporting Your Child During Testing

The night before any big test, make sure your child gets plenty of sleep. For optimal school performance, most Upper El-aged kids need about 10 hours of sleep.


On test day,  fuel your child's brain with a healthy breakfast. One study showed that kids who eat a healthy breakfast (about one-quarter of the day's nutritional requirements) make fewer errors on tests.


Breakout Biology Message for 6th Year Families from Sharon Fitzsimmons

I have been honored to teach this year's 6th grade Breakout Biology for all of Upper El at Ridgeline. I just wanted to let you know that we're coming up on our last unit of human biology: we're ending with reproduction.


On May 1, your student had a basic anatomy lesson which talked about puberty and the reproductive functions of human parts. We used the terminology "people with male bodies" and "people with female bodies" in reference to these functions. We discussed sexual intercourse and sexually transmitted diseases. We asked students to save their questions about sexual relationships for their families at home, since many people have strong opinions on this topic.


On May 8, your student will have a lesson about human growth and development. This will involve basic methods of pregnancy prevention, the development of a fertilized egg, and the process of birth. Per Oregon state health standards, students will receive the message that abstinence is the most effective method of prevention from STD/HIV and pregnancy. (HE.1.5.7)


In both of these weeks, I stress to students that their questions are normal and helpful. I do make very clear that any research outside of the lesson should be done at home (not in the classroom) and *with an adult,* since there is inappropriate and false information on the internet on this topic in particular.


If you have any questions, I would be happy to answer them! Thank you for entrusting me with your children!




Clint's Class Weekly Update 4-36-18

posted Apr 26, 2018, 12:39 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Room 10’s Weekly Update for Weekly Update for April 23-27

 

Thank You for Supporting the Ridgeline Project Fair


On behalf of all of us in Room 10, thank you for visiting the Greatest Art Gallery during the Project Fair. In case you missed the chance to enjoy the unique creations on Tuesday, images of the contributors are below.


Practice State Tests Start This Week

Starting this week we have been taking our practice session for the Smarter Balanced tests so students can become familiar with the structure of the test.  The actual state tests begin the week of April 30 and will be conducted in Room 11.


April 30 – May 4

English Language Arts - Computer Adapted Test

May 7 – 11

English Language Arts - Performance Task

May 14 – 18

MATH - Computer Adapted Test

May 21–25

MATH - Performance Task

May 29 – June 1

5th Grade Science and extra time as needed


In the past, students gave each other the following advice for the English Language Arts tests:


  1. Read the directions!

  2. Take your time.

  3. Use the paragraph model that you know works for you: TS CD E1 E2 CS.

  4. Cite your sources.

  5. Revise. Revise. Revise.

  6. Self edit. Seriously... Self edit! Nobody is going to be there to catch the fixies you don't catch.  



Supporting Your Child During Testing

The night before any big test, make sure your child gets plenty of sleep. For optimal school performance, most Upper El-aged kids need about 10 hours of sleep.


On test day,  fuel your child's brain with a healthy breakfast. One study showed that kids who eat a healthy breakfast (about one-quarter of the day's nutritional requirements) make fewer errors on tests.





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