Dana's Weekly Update 1-31-13

posted Feb 1, 2013, 11:09 AM by Cynthia Friedman
Dear Families, 
I hope you are all doing well and have escaped (or at least recovered from) the many viruses that seem to be making the rounds lately. We have had many students out in the last couple of weeks! Here’s the latest news from our classroom: 

Report cards: Report cards are being sent out this Friday, so look for your son or daughter’s report card in their backpacks. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s report card, please be sure to give me a call or drop me an email so we can set up a time to visit. I am always happy to get together with families! 

Field trip to the museum: Last Thursday we headed to the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art on the U of O campus to enjoy and talk about some great art work. We all had a great time! The museum guides showed us around the fabulous collections, including a room full of Asian art that housed the armor of ancient Samurai, furniture from a Chinese throne room and roof sculptures from the Forbidden City. We also saw an amazing variety of sculptures, paintings, photos and more, including some works on loan from well-known artists like Andy Warhol! After our tour, we had the opportunity to create some mixed media artwork of our own, which is now being proudly displayed in our hallway. I will send it home with the kids soon so they can share it with you. Please take advantage of the free family pass that each of the kids brought home so that you can check out the museum as well. Your student can be the expert guide for your family! 

Independent research: Many of the students in our class have been working on an independent research calendar project that has spanned the last couple of months and is now being wrapped up. These completed calendars are as varied and fantastic as the students who produced them! I am proud of all of the kids who chose to participate in this enrichment opportunity. It was a great chance for the kids to follow their interests and to challenge themselves at their level. As the last few students complete this project, I am introducing a new independent work that students may choose to participate in. I am encouraging all students who consistently get their assigned work completed on time to jump into this new Autobiography Project. The project can include poetry, a profile of their likes and interests, a time capsule, drawings, childhood memories, a short story, a collage, a timeline, and/or a letter to a person in the future. We will discuss some ideas and the kids will use them as a springboard to take the project where they want. I am looking forward to some more creative and exciting projects!  

Friday Notes: Remember to look for your child’s green or blue Friday note each week. The note will come home in their green Ridgeline folder with their weekly work plan. This note is a great update on how the week went for your child, outlining any missing assignments they may have or congratulating them for the hard work they did this week in completing all their assigned work. 

Thanks for the time you spend with your child at home, supporting their interests and helping them through their challenges. Jenny and I love to share in their lives! 

Jenny and Dana