Clint's Weekly Update 1-11-16

posted Jan 13, 2016, 11:15 AM by Cynthia Friedman   [ updated Jan 14, 2016, 11:53 AM ]

Dear Families,

In response to students' interest in violence prevention, our class is working with a local expert in Nonviolent Communication (NVC) to create a new curriculum that brings NVC training to elementary classrooms. Students are having weekly sessions to learn the basics of this communication method. This week, we worked on universal human needs, as well as strategies we use for meeting those needs.

Math Lessons

Recently, two different math groups have requested additional math lessons each week.  This is an amazing aspect of our classroom culture: students are actively requesting opportunities to learn more!  I am more than happy to accommodate these requests from my students.

XtraMath and TypingClub Participation Levels at an All Time Low

Last week only one student met the requirements to complete 4 sessions of XtraMath and 20 minutes of TypingClub practice!  With this low level of involvement, I am at a loss.  These two programs promote the development and maintenance of two extremely important skills: Basic Math Fact Fluency and Touch Typing.  

The need is great for students to easily recall their basic math facts and to be able to word process. For example, I watched a fifth year student take more than five minutes to login to his gmail account because he doesn’t know where the letters and numbers on the keyboard are located.  If you have any suggestions about other methods for inspiring students to develop these much needed skills, I would appreciate hearing from you.

One or two parent volunteers are needed to help guide and direct students with their class camping trip fundraising activities. The students have secured a table at the RCO Pasta dinner on February 19th and are making crafts to sell that evening. Parents are needed to help coordinate this effort. A small portion of the proceeds will go to the RCO and the rest will be used for the class camping trip. Additional parents will be needed to help during the Pasta dinner where the crafts will be sold. If you are interested in helping with this effort, please contact Jen Hackstadt at

Thank You to Volunteers

The classroom is such a richer, more accessible place for students because of parent volunteers.  A big thank-you goes out to our most recent volunteers:

  • Jen Hackstadt, Dena, and Patrick for working with students to plan the end of the year trip.

  • Erik, Gary, Ethan, Alex, Rob, and Christina for spending four hours on Sunday to prepare the NUGYRO spaceship materials to be turned into a covered wagon.

  • Dena and Mirah for assisting students during work periods.

  • Amary for wrapping up a semester long exploration of Mindfulness.

Upcoming Events

Thu Jan 14, 2016 = Ridgeline Rising Committee Meeting @ 9am - 10:30am

Fri Jan 15, 2016 = OBOB Meeting (grades 3-5) @ 1:15pm - 2:30pm

Mon Jan 18, 2016 = NO SCHOOL - MLK Day

January 22, 2016 = Talent Show @ 6pm