Faith's Weekly Update 12-2-11

posted Dec 2, 2011, 12:34 PM by Cynthia Friedman
“Establishing a lasting peace is the work of education.”

-Maria Montessori

Children’s Work
It’s great to see the variety of work, creativity, and enthusiasm for experiential learning! Some highlights of the Montessori math and geometry materials include: the decimal board, surface area of a cylinder, volume of a triangular prism, and the geometric sticks (complementary angles, supplementary angles, two parallel lines cut by a transversal, interior space, exterior space, and alternate interior angles). Students are also enjoying demonstrating math word problems and procedures in small groups on the white board. It is inspiring to see that so many students are eager to share their knowledge!

Highlights in language include symbolizing passages with the grammar symbols, transpositions (exploring the nuances of sentences by rearranging the words to create different meaning) , spelling/vocabulary, expository/imaginative writing, and Socratic Dialogue. Recent discussions include further exploration into the fundamental needs of human beings, selections from Aesop’s Fables, and A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

Highlights in cultural studies include the parts of a river and further exploration into geographical locations of rivers throughout the world. Students are also exploring the lines of longitude and latitude on the globe, in addition to the 24 time zones. Small groups of students are having great fun working on chemistry experiments! They are working on following the steps of experiments thoroughly, asking intriguing questions, and dialoguing/writing observations and conclusions. I will be creating a new inventory of science supplies needed—more details to come! Students are also enjoying researching and creating power point presentations on animals, countries, geographical features, and astronomy topics.

Human Growth & Development
Planned Parenthood of SW Oregon will present human growth and development, an Oregon public school state standard, to upper elementary students Dec. 14, 15, and 16. An introductory letter to the program and permission slip for your child to attend will be sent home in the following week. You are invited to join us for the parent overview of the class Dec. 6 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. Planned Parenthood needs a minimum of 4 parents to commit to attending the meeting in order to present the overview.

Field Trips/Going Out
The field trip to the Hult Center to see the ballet performance by Upstart Crow Studios was a great success! The students were delighted to see their classmate Sam Stout perform! A special thank you to all the parents for driving/chaperoning: Polly Sturdivant, Susan Zahn, Serafina Moses, Rozelle Burcher, Monique Murphy, Mary Johnson, and Catharine Inocencio.

Students are planning small group community service projects/going outs based on their interests. More details to come!

Thank you to all the families for supporting our poetry performance at the book fair. The creativity and self-expression of the students was deeply meaningful and engaging. It was so much fun practicing with them for the performance!

Thank for supporting your child in daily reading at home for the read-a-thon and in collecting pledges. The students may record an additional two hours on their pledge sheets for in class reading

Book Exchange & Pajama Day
We look forward to a school wide read-in on Dec. 9. This will also be a pajama day and opportunity to exchange books among classrooms. Students are encouraged to bring books to school ahead of time for the exchange—Dec. 5-8. This is a great opportunity for all students to acquire new, exciting books to read!

A special thank you to all the students/parents for a fabulous birthday surprise party! I am still in awe! Your children are awesome beyond measure!!