Jon's Weekly Update 1-31-14

posted Jan 31, 2014, 11:03 AM by Cynthia Friedman

IMPORTANT DATES:

 

Friday, January 31, 6-7:30pm: Talent Show!

Tuesday, February 4,  3:15-4:30pm: Uke Performance Group Rehearsal, MS Classroom

Thursday, February 6, 6-7:30pm: All School Meeting (With Montessori Workshops for Parents--I'll be talking about the Transition to High School)

Thursday, February 6: Field Trip to Jordan Schnitzer Art Museum

Friday, February 7: NO SCHOOL--Grading Day--End of First Semester

Tuesday, February 11,  3:15-4:30pm: Uke Performance Group Rehearsal, MS Classroom

Saturday, February 15,  5:30-6:00pm: Asian Festival! Ukulele Performance Group Performance

Monday, February 17: NO SCHOOL--President's Day

Friday, February 28: Eugene High School Choice Forms Due!

Saturday, March 8: University of Oregon Science Fair/Regional Science Fair

Wednesday, April 30- Thurs, May 1: Canopy Connections Overnight Field Trip

Monday, June 9-Thurs., June 12: MS Adventure Trip to Honeyman Park

 

Dear Middle School Family,

 

Can you believe that the year is already half-way over?  We're only just getting started!  We're ramping things up with some big events and projects in the next couple weeks:

 

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (UO) Field Trip:

We're in luck!  Folks at the UO Art Museum squeezed us into their fully booked schedule to visit Kara Walker's exhibit, "Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker's Tales of Slavery and Power."  The timing is perfect.

 

We're just wrapping up our immersion in the story of "Slavery and the Making of America," and students are pursuing individual history research projects to delve deeper into specific events, people, and/or ideas that have shaped the formation of our Nation.  Ms. Walker's work will provide us with an artist's perspective on what human beings can (must?) do with complex and emotional experiences and information.  Sometimes (most of the time) Powerpoint presentations and posterboards are powerless to express our processing and understanding.

 

After exploring the exhibit, we'll go to the production room to create art.

 

We're taking the LTD bus.  We need to be there at 12:15 on Thursday, February 6, and we'll be back by 3:15pm for regular pickup.  If you'd like to join us as a chaperone for this trip, please let me know ASAP.  We can bring two more adults.

 

I will not be sending home a special permission form for this trip (it falls under the blanket permission slip for day trips you've already signed). If you do not want your student to attend, please send me an e-mail to let me know, and we will make arrangements for your student to remain at school. 

 

University of Oregon Science Fair

Your student has probably complained by now that I'm in love with science.  More accurately, I'm in love with questions.  I'm in love with, "Why?"  It's a healthy love, believe me.  We'll be participating in the UO Science Fair again this year.   It's early this year on purpose: students can simultaneously enter the Oregon State Regional Science Fair in the hopes of moving on to the State level fair in hopes of moving on to the National Science Fair!  

We got late notice of the short time period, but we're still in the game.  Our science curriculum for the next month will include time for projects for the science fair.  The students' projects are already shaping up nicely.   On this Thursday, January 30, we have scientists coming in from the UO to talk with our students about the cancer research they're doing and why it's important.

 

Asian Celebration and Ukuleles:

Mele Ohana, the group that granted most of the ukuleles for our music program have asked us to participate in the Asian Celebration again this year.  Allison will play with the Iron Mango Orchestra at 1pm on February 15.  Our Ukulele Performance Group will also be doing a 20 minute set at 5:30pm on the same day.

 

Again, participation in the after school rehearsals on Tuesdays from 3:15-4:15pm is mandatory to play at the gigs we have set up around town.  We're playing Cozmic Pizza again in May, and I'm going to set up an early show at (maybe) Sam Bond's in March or April. We also want to do a big show at school. Please encourage your student to participate!  Every morning practice is important.  Afternoon rehearsals is where we'll polish our performance.

 

We are just about up to speed.  Please check in with your student (and with Jupiter Grades) to see how things are going.  We start fresh with the next Cycle on Monday, February 10.  We are forming habits for success in high school.  The sooner the better! 

 

Best,

Jon and Carrie

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