Carrie's Weekly Update 11-13-15

posted Nov 19, 2015, 10:06 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Greetings Middle School Families,

Upcoming Events  

Friday, November 13th

Grandperson’s Day,


Barnes and Noble Book fair  6-8 PM

(Details Below)

Tuesday, November 24th

Send in a couple of vegetables for stone soup.  VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY:  Please contact Jon, or Carrie to jump on the opportunity to help supervise student vegetable cutting on this day.  Conversations with the students are always entertaining.  

Wednesday, November 25th

Stone Soup. Families are welcome! Every person attending is to bring a bowl and utensils (including middle school students).

Thursday, November 26th &  Friday, November  27th

No School - Thanksgiving Holiday


Grandperson’s Day - November 13

Here is the schedule for the day:

10:15 Arrive, sign in, and enjoy refreshments*

10:45 Welcome and introductions

11:15 Montessori presentation

11:45 Visit classrooms and enjoy your sack lunch with your special young person

12:20 Switch classrooms (if you are visiting more than one young person)

1:00 Sign out and depart

·        Allow extra time for parking

·        Bring your own lunch

Barnes & Noble Book Fair – November 13

Classroom Performance Schedule:

        6:00 Kinder – Reciting poems “What is a book?” and “I like fall?”

        6:15 Jon – T.R.U.E. performance

        6:40 Emily – “The Three Little Wolves and the Big Pig”

        6:55 Cheri – Peace readings

        7:10 Eric – “Birth, Life, and Death of a Star”

        7:25 Mary – Sketch

        7:40 Sharon – Scene from Hamlet

        *Commercial breaks between acts provided by Clint’s class


                            All classroom performances will be in the music department this year

Bookfair ID - 11721487

Bookmark making table, teacher’s wish list books, and OBOB books will be in the children’s department.


School Spirit Fridays – All students now have their Ridgeline t-shirt! We want to show our school spirit by inviting everyone to wear Ridgeline gear or blue (this year’s school color) on Fridays. Please join in!



Science - This week we began our fall science projects.  Parents, your student will need your support in gathering materials and information in this process.  They will be bringing home a Science Project Proposal for you to read and sign.  The project is to be focused on physical science and require use of the scientific method, each with a manipulated and responding variable.  Projects are to be safe, and require readily available materials.  Final Presentations will be due December 14th.

Math -  We BEGIN each math period (Monday through Thursday) by checking the assignment listed due for that day. This means that the assignment due that day is to be finished BEFORE math period begins.  The student will be given full credit for accurate and properly accomplished math problems complete by the beginning of the period.  Students receiving a C or below can make up unfinished and incorrect problems by the next math period.  They will be given half credit for these late problems. Students must show their work when steps are involved.  

Personal World - This week in personal world, we practiced sending positive thoughts to someone we care about but may be having a hard time getting along with.  

Micro-Economy - We agreed that the middle school micro-economy profits will go towards the middle school trip fund.  We formed the fundraising committee who began brainstorming possible venues and products for fundraising.  The students will own these decisions as much as possible.  If you have any venue ideas, leads, or connections for the students to investigate, please contact me via e-mail.  Meanwhile... production continues.

Student wish list for product materials:

·        Reclaimed denim: jeans, jackets, etc.

·        Clean, attractive wide mouth vases, mason jars and lids

·        Glow Paint

·        Patterned Duct Tape

The winter holidays are approaching.  We are busy on all fronts in the middle school.  Assignments not completed in school are homework!  NOTE: If your student is doing hours of homework, or experiencing lots of tears and stress, please let us know.  We want your student challenged but not overwhelmed. We want them comfortable accessing the support available in their learning community.  Drop us a note, and encourage them to come talk to us during the morning break.

Best Wishes,