Carrie's Weekly Update 12-1-16

posted Dec 1, 2016, 12:10 PM by Cynthia Friedman


December 3rd

RCO Craft Fair and Breakfast

December 12-16

Joy of Sharing

December 16th

Last day of Second Term

December 19th - January 3

Winter Break

January 4th

Term 3 Begins

January 16th

No School - In Honor of  Martin Luther King

January 20th

No School - Professional Development

January 30th

No School - Grading Day


OBOB - Upper-el and Middle school participants wanted! - We have three sets of the OBOB books from a one time grant and we need more OBOB participants! This is for grades 6-8. OBOB will meet again on Wednesday, December 14th 3:15-4:30pm and then after winter break they will meet weekly on Wednesdays. Questions? Email Tiffany Petry at

Joy of Sharing Baskets – Our annual food drive, the Joy of Sharing begins December 12 and runs through December 16. Please bring non-perishable donations to school during this week. In addition to food, other items such as toilet paper and personal hygiene items are welcome.  With the donated items, we will create and distribute food baskets to Ridgeline families in need, to help them over winter break.


Math -

Taylor and I are being sticklers regarding corrections!  Corrections are to be completed in a separate section with a new heading (eg. Chapter 4 Test Corrections).  The problems are to be completely reworked with clear organization showing step-by-step process, and the inclusion of notes detailing errors and corrected procedure.


Our earthquake investigations continue. We began this week examining both transverse and compression waves, and differentiating between frequency, wavelength, and amplitude.  Mid week we worked on understanding the differences between the Richter and the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scales, and endeavored to understand how with each increase of 1 on the Richter scale, the change in wave height increases tenfold, and the change in energy released increases ~32 fold. We managed such large numbers through the use of scientific notation.  We are finishing up this week by employing earthquake data from seismograph stations to triangulate the location of the epicenter of an earthquake.



Students are finishing up painting their masks, and working on individual projects. Some needle and wet felting everything from watches to unicorns to bracelets.  Next week, book binding!


"Dirtier than a Toilet Seat?!" is concluding with a collaborative google slides (your kiddos can share with you at home!) write up they will hopefully share with the rest of middle school this Friday.

The next experiment has to do with Mentos and cola...we'll see what the Mythbusters plan for this one!

Nature Walks

The decomposition projects are drawing to a close with presentations today and Monday. We've learned that Twinkies may hang out exposed on a chalkboard for 40 years and just get a little stale but in rainwater they decompose and turn to mush in just a few days! We've also learned that the process of decomposition is a way of recycling nutrients and a method of eating for....decomposers!

Room 7 Volunteer Opportunities

Room 7’s washrags need laundering every two weeks or so.  If you are keen on earning some volunteer hours and helping us keep our tables clean, drop me a line and we’ll set something up.  

Carrie and Taylor