Emily's Weekly Update 9-19-13

posted Sep 20, 2013, 10:18 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Welcome to the Lion Class!

Many Native American cultures are divided into clans. As we begin our study of Native cultures, we have been learning the stories and legends behind some of those clan names. The students have painted their own symbol animals, and we've even named our classroom “clan.” The kids nominated the warm and noble lion, the patient wolf and the peaceful armadillo, and the lions won out. This is a great way to build our class identity beyond just “Room 4” or “Emily's Class.” So, in the future, look out for updates from our Lion Class.


Parent Meeting

Plan to meet with other Lion Class parents on Thursday, September 26, from 5:45 to 6:30. On the agenda: Homework - new format this year! How to Support Your Child in Book Club! Upcoming Curriculum! A Typical Day in Montessori!


Indoor Shoes and Placemats

A gentle reminder - all kids need indoor shoes and a cloth place mat that fits in their lunch box.


Scholastic Book Orders Due Friday, September 27

Help build our classroom library! Ordering online is super easy, and you can check out and order from the whole range of catalogs. Go to scholastic.com/readingclub. Our class code is KPPLH.


Field Trips

We have two field trips planned for October. On Tuesday, October 1st we will visit Alvord Farm to learn about Kalapuya culture. We'll see how the Kalapuya used camas and cedar, how land use has changed the landscape of the Willamette Valley, and we'll see a demonstration on how to make fires the old fashioned way. (Don't worry, the technique is not easily replicable at home!) If you would like to join us on the trip and are available from 8:40 to 12:00 on October 1st, let me know.

Also in the works is a field trip to Mt. Pisgah on October 23. We will be sharing a bus with our kindergarten class, then splitting into small groups for guided nature walks. If you are available that morning, we'd love to have you along.


Book Club

New this year is Thursday book club. Second and third graders have filled out a “book ballot” and will soon be placed into mixed level reading groups of four or five students, based on their interests. They'll read and discuss the books together, culminating in a special project or performance for the class. Extra thanks to Rhonda Zimlich for helping spearhead the program and gathering up multiple copies of great books.  Thanks also to Starr (Merren's mom) and Misenga (Obende's mom) for helping facilitate.