Please consider spending time with us on October 19 for Curriculum Sharing Night. There are two sessions to choose from 3:15-4:15pm and 6-7pm. This is an opportunity for your son or daughter to show off some of the materials they work with everyday and some of the projects they are currently working on in class.
Morning Work Periods
Below is a list that students and I created that shows the approximate times it might take a student to complete the various works during a typical Monday through Thursday work cycle.
Morning Work Period runs from 9am - noon, Monday through Thursday, meaning that 720 minutes (or 12 hours) are set aside for students to complete the above works at school. Many students have acknowledged not using their time wisely and are starting to take responsibility for turning in missing or incomplete works.
If your child has uncompleted works at the end of each week, I encourage you to discuss how they are using their time in class and put together a plan for making better choices. Some ideas that students and parents have already generated include:
It is interesting to note some of the self-identified activities students are said they are choosing to engage in, instead of work:
Math and Touch Typing Tracking Calendar
Parents that responded to the survey about math and touch typing indicated that there is support for students completing these activities at home. However, if computer or Internet access is not possible at home, then you are encouraged to ask that your child complete this work at school during the Morning Work Period.
In this week’s Home Folder you will find a calendar for your child to keep track of their math and touch typing homework. The instructions on the front cover ask that a parent approve at least:
*If your child is able to answer all of the basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts fluently (3-5 seconds each), then encourage him/her to arrange with you a different type of math practice, like Khan Academy. Students are welcome to use the XtraMath and TypingClub accounts that I have set up for them, or select different programs with parent approval.
Bike Safety Program
Bike Safety begins on October 17 and runs through October 28.
Students are also encouraged to bring their own bikes and helmets, but will not be using any bikes on the first day of the program. Also, there will be no indoor storage available for bikes here at Ridgeline. The bikes will need to be locked up or taken home at the end of bike safety each day. NOTE: Only helmets that pass inspection will be used during the program.