Emily & Alyson's Weekly Update 1-20-12

posted Jan 25, 2012, 9:30 AM by Cynthia Friedman
Chinese New Year
On Thursday afternoon room 1 had a special visit from Helen Liu, a former Ridgeline art teacher. Helen shared some of the traditions of the Chinese New Year and brought pictures from Taiwan to show the kids. She then gave an amazing Chinese calligraphy lesson and students worked in small groups making their own symbols with special brushes and ink.

To prepare for our celebration on Monday, we also made Chinese lanterns and red envelopes (hong bao). As the color of red is meant to bring luck and prosperity for the new year, we are inviting everyone to wear red to school on Monday. 新年快樂

Rain, rain, and more rain
As our Oregon winter ensues, the field at school where the children play has become very slippery and muddy. Because of the heavy amounts of rain falling this last week, the kids had indoor recess everyday. On select days, we are able to reserve the lower gym for use during this time. Otherwise, the time has been spent in the classroom.

As an attempt to get the kids outside to get fresh air and exercise, we would like families to send in outdoor gear (raincoats, rain boots, etc.). We do plan to take the kids outside in a drizzle and we want them to be comfortable and dry when they return to the classroom. Also, this is an important time of year for indoor shoes so please make sure your child still has a pair at school.

Read-a-thon Prizes
Again, thank you to all who participated in this year's first annual Ridgeline Read-a-thon. On Monday, every student will be given and sent home with a brand new book to read!

A book is like a garden carried in the pocket. ~Chinese Proverb