Carrie's Weekly Update 1-27-17

posted Jan 27, 2017, 10:25 AM by Cynthia Friedman
Grandparents’ Day, of course, was a big hit. Eric presented a Montessori math lesson, and Jon led TRUE in a rousing performance. A big thanks to Cynthia and all the volunteers that made this event a great success!

Talent Show – Thank you to Darcy for organizing, and to all the volunteers who orchestrated our 5th annual Talent Show! Your efforts provided another opportunity for our Ridgeline students to work towards a goal and share the fruits of their hard work.

Pre-Lottery Information Sessions – The sessions will take place on Saturday, February 4, at 10 am or Tuesday, February 21, at 6:30pm. There will be a lower el and upper el teacher at each information session. Middle school teachers will attend the Saturday session.

New Volunteer Kudos Section in the Enews – Cynthia created a new volunteer appreciation section for the eNews. Thank you for all you do for our amazing school!

Terracycle ​Energy Bar Wrapper Recycling Program – Volunteer, Lynne Lucas is excited to lead this new program! Please share the information with your students. We hope that Lynn will provide a small box for each classroom to recycle the energy bar wrappers in until then, there is a box located near the office. The program accepts all foil lined energy, granola, and protein bar wrappers.

Families with Eighth Graders

For information on the Eugene International High School Options contact one of the Eugene IHS offices below, or visit the website at

Eugene IHS @ Churchill: 541-790-5225

Eugene IHS @ Sheldon: 541-790-6636

Eugene IHS @ South Eugene: 541-790-8030

Math -
Students will be working on a series of performance tasks over this term. These are fun, multi-step problems requiring students to come up with strategies in applying their math skills. Taylor and I often remind students to take stock of what they know when encountering new challenges. Students have a tendency to automatically assume they don’t know how to solve a problem if there is a twist thrown in. Some students have a tendency to throw up their hands now and ask questions later, and often only after encouragement. We have lined up a series of activities and performance tasks that require students to ask questions and apply what they know now. Throwing up our hands is not how we roll.

Science -
Students are immersed in research work for their Earth Science projects. As do scientists, they began their research with a driving question. Using reliable sources they search for facts that will serve as the bones of their presentations. They will later gather them together into supporting ideas and come up with a main idea that pulls the supporting ideas together. In this process, we are trying to bypass what we think we know so that we can clearly convey conventional scientific understanding from reliable resources.

Electives -
Each student has completed, or is working on a contribution to our Coral Reef Project. We are reading and following patterns: vocabulary, stitches, how to increase/decrease, how the frequency and pattern of our increases/decreases impacts the form our project takes. Wait, this sounds suspiciously like learning math skills. Shh, don’t tell.

Last week we played card games. As ever, a rough spot came up in one of the groups. It was a great opportunity to discuss group guidelines for setting up for success, respectful communication, and interpersonal diplomacy. There was quite a bit of math strategy being put to use in the cribbage group. The fine motor coordination required to shuffle a deck is more of a challenge than I have heretofore realized, as I have been bridge shuffling since grade school.

Each student is taking a turn as a team leader. They choose a game, we mix up the students, and get to it. Qwirkle is a deceptively simple shape and color matching game. It is like a cross between Dominoes and Scrabble, and an opportunity to practice math, strategy, language, and problem solving skill.

Garden Team
The Grounds and Garden teams have been working outside. It is looking great out there thanks to Taylor, Jon, and the middle school crew.

Room 7 Volunteer Opportunities

A big thank you to the parent volunteers for the May 11th Canopy Connections Field Trip. You are in for a great experience.

We marvel at the joy we are fortunate enough to feel at the work we do with your amazing students. Each of us (billions) is unique, one of a kind. It is awe inspiring. We marvel at how our little group of 12 to 14 year olds grow and mature before our eyes. What a gift life is.

Thankfully,Carrie and Taylor