Emily's Weekly Update 5-20-14

posted May 21, 2014, 9:11 AM by Cynthia Friedman
Music Showcase Tuesday
Please join us at the Churchill High Auditorium on Tuesday. Students should come at 5:45 for rehearsal; the concert starts at 6:30. Students will be onstage (or in the wings) throughout the concert, then rejoin their proud families after the concert. 

Hero Biographies
Third graders are beginning to choose people to research for our year-end biography project. Check in with your third grader about his or her ideas. Because this is a project that they have witnessed for the past two years, kids have really gotten a running start and many had decided on a hero to research ahead of time! And, as is usually the case in a Montessori classroom, many younger students are jumping on board and participating as well. The final product, ready in June, will be a dramatized interview, with the author playing the role of their hero and a younger student participating as the interviewer. It’s a great way for all the kids to think about the importance of character, and a wonderful send off for the third graders. 

Human Body Studies
Next up, the circulatory system! We will be checking out how our pulse rate is affected by activity. Homework is an investigation of the size of a child’s heart. In the meantime, we are hearing student reports about the digestive system, skin, lungs, eyes, and blood. In true Montessori style, kids are teaching and learning from each other.  

Move Up Day
This Friday is Move Up day. From 11:00 to 12:45, rising fourth graders will visit their classes for next year to meet new classmates and teachers. Our classroom will host the kindergartners that will join us for first grade. We will give them our warmest welcome, play some getting to know you games, and give current first and second graders a special chance to show leadership in the classroom. Class placements will be sent home Wednesday. 

Volunteer Thank Yous
A big thank you to Mark Dwyer for helping kids with a seed planting project. Also thanks to Sam Stroich for origami instruction, Miriam Gershow for a great writing presentation, and to Starr Amrit, Misenga Scott, Lingya Liao, Tim Black, and Deanna Linville Knobelspiesse for ongoing volunteer help.