Dana's Weekly Update 10-24-13

posted Oct 24, 2013, 11:02 AM by Cynthia Friedman
Dear Families, 

Here’s our weekly update: 

Bike Safety: This week has been a blast! The kids have gone on some great off-campus rides and have really been learning a lot and becoming more confident! If you get a chance, go on a bike ride with your student this weekend and let them show off what they’ve learned!  

Writing: Students have completed their first independent writing sample from beginning to end, with no help on the brainstorming, drafting, editing and publishing aspects from either Naomi or me. I am in process of scoring these samples and will be sharing them with you (and the scoring guide I used) at conference time.  

Science: We began working this week on our study of space and our solar system. We had a visit from Rick Kang, a scientist from the Pine Mountain Observatory, who brought a telescope and gave students a chance to look at both the moon in the morning and the sun in the afternoon. We saw some amazing mountains and craters on the moon and were able to see an unusually large number of sun spots during our sun viewing. We also began collecting information about the sun and the planets in the solar system through a great video series from National Geographic. We will be looking at the amazing scale of the solar system next week in a fun and easy to understand format. More about that next week... 

Calendars: We have a few kids who are getting close to beginning the final drafts of their calendars! Our goal for this week is to have a minimum of nine research topics written in rough draft form, have at least nine illustrations and to have created 12 math problems for up to the number 25. We are cruising right along...I’m very impressed with the students’ hard work! 

Conferences: Be sure to stop by the office and sign up for a conference time. Times are available on Friday, October 1st and Monday, October 4th. If you can’t make it into school to sign up, call the office and they will help you out. Students will be leading these first conferences and will have a lot of good information to share with you. 

Toys at Ridgeline: Please remember that, due to school policy, students are not allowed to bring toys or electronics from home to school.  

Volunteers Needed: 
o Calendar editing: Each student is creating more than 365 math problems as a part of their calendar project. If you love kids and math then this is the job for you! Any time period works! If you would like to assist students in the research aspect of the project, let me know and we can find a time for you to work with students who could benefit from some one-on-one time as they gather their information. 

Upcoming Events:
10/14-10-29- Bike Safety Clinic
11/1 No school- conferences
11/4 No school- conferences 

We are having a great time with your kids! Thanks for your support and input!

Dana and Naomi