Faith's Weekly Update 2-13-12

posted Feb 13, 2012, 10:02 AM by Cynthia Friedman
Great Lessons: The Story of Life and the Story of Human Beings

We look forward to the Great Lessons on the Story of Life and the Story of Human Beings within the next few weeks! The Story of Life, the second Great Lesson, is the story of natural history—illustrating on a time line all the plants, animals, and ice ages which prepared the earth for human beings to arrive. Maria Montessori emphasized that when human beings arrived the earth was ready for them. The Story of Human Beings underscores the ways in which we are different from other animals. The abilities to think and imagine, to work with the hands, and to love are unique gifts of human beings. These gifts allowed the first human beings to survive in an unknown world; they are the cornerstone of human progress. Montessori reminds us that we today have the same gifts as early human beings. Although our time period and circumstances have changed, we too meet our fundamental needs through an intricate connection with the environment. Montessori reminds us to recognize and value the gifts of human beings and appreciate interdependence, the reality of life.

Valentine Party Feb. 14
Our class will exchange cards for Valentine’s Day on Tues., February 14. Students are welcome to bring cards to share with classmates. Bringing cards is optional (please no candy); if your student chooses to bring cards, please bring one for each person in the class.

Students may also bring fruits, vegetables, and other prepackaged foods to share with the class (please see wellness policy in family handbook).

Hult Center Field Trip Feb. 16
A permission slip for the field trip to the Hult Center was sent home Feb. 10. Please sign and return to school, Mon. Feb. 13. An electronic copy of the permission slip is attached to the newsletter.

Going Out
Thank you Serafina Moses for driving and chaperoning the going out to the Jordan Schnitzer Art Museum! We appreciate your support of the students’ research interests! Several other small groups are planning going outs—more details to come.

Reading Goal
Thank you for supporting your child in completing his/her reading goal at home by Feb. 13. After completing a book from the National Endowment for Humanities Book List, please choose a new book from the list to complete with your child by March 23. The students participating in Oregon Battle of the Books are completing their reading goals with the OBOB List. Thank you for returning the weekly home reading logs and supporting your child in bringing a book from home for daily silent reading in class.

Ridgeline Calendar of Events
Alaskan Husky Spirit Assembly, Feb. 17 8:45 a.m.

Middle School’s “Kid’s Night In,” Feb. 17 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

President’s Day, Feb. 20 No School

Spaghetti Dinner DDD Kick-Off Event, Feb 24 6-8 p.m.

Best,
Faith & Donna
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