Faith's Weekly Update 1-26-12

posted Jan 26, 2012, 11:46 AM by Cynthia Friedman
Great Lessons
We will be focusing on the Great Lessons throughout the next few weeks! The first Great Lesson, “The Story of the Universe” is the framework for all work in the elementary. The story strikes the imagination of the student to ponder the unfathomable universe and its origin. The formation of the earth and the sun—specks of nothingness in the vastness of space—is underscored. Experiments highlight concepts of physical science within the framework of the mystery of the universe, some examples include three states of matter, a model of a liquid, liquids settle according to weight, change of state of matter, and the forces between particles. Impressionistic charts strike the imagination to explore the enormous volume of the sun compared to the earth, heating and cooling of the earth, bursting of volcanoes through the earth’s crust, and the formation of vast oceans. Underlying the story is the idea of cosmic task—everything in the universe has a unique purpose and is an integral part of the whole.

Socratic Dialogue
Our Socratic Dialogue selections this week are from Aesop’s Fables: “The Astronomer” (it is easy to overlook the obvious), “The Bear and the Two Travelers” (misfortune tests the sincerity of friendship), and “The Thieves and the Cock” (the safeguards of virtue are not always recognized).

Muffin Sale
The students look forward to a muffin sale fundraiser at dismissal on Fri., Feb. 3. They will sell muffins for $1.25 each; all proceeds will be used for class supplies and field trips. Thank you for supporting our community!

Parent Folder
Please return the purple parent folder every Monday. The folder is used for correspondences from the Ridgeline community, reading logs, homework, and class notes.

Field Trip
We are planning a field trip to the Hult Center on Thurs., Feb. 16 to see the lunchtime performance of songs from Glee by the Rose Children’s Theater. A permission slip will be sent home the week of Feb. 6. Please let me know if you are interested in being a parent driver and chaperone.

Wishing you a blessed weekend!
Sincerely,
Faith & Donna
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