Jon's Weekly Update 4-19-13

posted Apr 22, 2013, 11:28 AM by Cynthia Friedman



Sat, April 20, 10am-4pm: OUTDOOR  CLASSROOM! Work Party

Tues, April 23, 3:15-4:00: Ukulele Rehearsal

Wed, April 24, 3:15-4:00: Extra! Ukulele Rehearsal

Sat, April 27, 10am-4pm: OUTDOOR  CLASSROOM! Work Party

Sun, April 28, 7am-9:30am: Eugene Marathon Ukulele Cheer Section! 

Tues, April 30, 3:15-4:15: Ukulele Rehearsal

Sat, May 4, 10am-4pm: OUTDOOR  CLASSROOM! Work Party

Tues, May 7, 3:15-4:15: Ukulele Rehearsal

Sat, May 11, 10am-4pm: OUTDOOR  CLASSROOM! Work Party

Tues, May 14, 3:15-4:15: Ukulele Rehearsal

Fri, May 17: Jog-a-thon (Amazon Walk)

Sat, May 18:  UO Science Fair

Sat, May 18, 10am-4pm: OUTDOOR  CLASSROOM! Work Party

Tues, May 21, 3:15-4:15: Ukulele Rehearsal

Wed, May 22, 3:15-4:15: Extra! Ukulele Rehearsal

Thurs, May 23: Canopy Connections Trip to H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest

Fri, May 24, 5:30-8:00pm: Uke Jam at Cozmic Pizza

Sat, May 25, 10am-4pm: OUTDOOR  CLASSROOM! Work Party

Thurs, June 6: 8th Grade Graduation

Sat, June 8, 10am-4pm: OUTDOOR  CLASSROOM! Work Party

Mon, June 10, 9am-3pm: 8th Grade Escape!

Wed, June 12: Field Day (Run by the Middle School)


Dear Middle School Family,


It was great meeting with most of you last week to discuss your students' personal "Whole Health" goals.  I was very impressed with how seriously the students took the assignment.  Positive action is already underway!  The "Running Club" started up, as promised, on Wednesday, with 10 kids turning up to participate.  We'll be running every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (on school days) for the rest of the school year.  Monday and Wednesday from 3:15 to 4pm, and on Friday from 1:15-2pm.  It's a drop-in activity, so students can participate as often, or as frequently as they like.  Please note: this is strictly a Middle School club, for now. 


Running Club

Every Monday and Wednesday from 3:15-4:00pm.  Every Friday from 1:15-2:00pm.  


Extra Uke Rehearsals and TIME

Please note the two extra after school uke rehearsals, both on Wednesdays.  One more this week before the marathon, one in May before the Cozmic gig.  (Obvious overlap: we'll be running with ukuleles...  Not!  Some of us will run, others will play music together.)


We need more time!  We can't even get started until 3:30.  I'm officially extending the rehearsal time until 4:15.  


UO Science Fair

This week, the students started digging into their Science Fair project ideas.  The scientists from the UO joined us again this week to help the students work through a project design process using paper airplanes.  Next week, we need to start conducting experiments and building inventions, so please check in with your student on where they're at in the process.


UO BuildingGreen Project

Last Saturday, a team of 10 architecture students from the UO came to Ridgeline to start the building process for our Outdoor Classroom in the north field.  Thanks to Jacob, Soren, and Alden and their families for coming out to support the project.  Work parties will continue on every Saturday, rain or shine, from 10am-4pm for the rest of the school year.  You don't have to stay all day; even an hour would be a great help.  Many hands make light work (and make it a lot more fun, as well).


Eugene Marathon

The Middle School Uke Group has been invited to participate in the Eugene Marathon this year!  On Sunday, April 28, from 7am-9:30am, we'll be under a canopy in front of the school, cheering on the runners, and playing music for them as they whiz by.  PLEASE RSVP if your student will participate in this event!


UO Canopy Connections

We'll be going to the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest again this year to participate in the Canopy Connections program.  It's a fun all-day field trip into an old growth forest up the McKenzie River, where we'll study Forest Ecology with a group of UO Environmental Studies students.  UO students will be coming next Thursday to prep the students for the trip.  We still need volunteers who can help drive students out there and stay for the day.  The trip is on Thursday, May 23 from 8am-3:30pm.  More details will follow.  Please e-mail me right away if you'd like to join us.  We need transportation for 30 students!  


Uke Jam at Cozmic Pizza

Mele Ohana, the organization that awarded us most of our ukuleles through their grant program, is hosting a showcase event for all of their grant recipients.  There will be 6 schools playing at Cozmic Pizza from 5:30-8pm on Friday, May 24.  We've been working hard to put together a solid 25 minute set for the show.  We'll be going on at 7pm, so it's going to be important that everyone who plans to perform to be there no later than 6:30pm.  I will send home more information when we get closer to the date.  Exciting stuff!


8th Grade Graduation

Eighth grade graduation will be on Thursday, June 6, from 6-8pm.  Thank you Jessie Workman for helping organize the Ice Cream Sundae Bar.  I'll be sending out more information in May.  The basic program is the graduation ceremony followed by the Sundae Bar while the students' program (slide show, etc.) rolls.  It should be a lot of fun.


We are insanely swamped with incredible, fun activities right now.  Please let me know if you'd like to help out (we could sure use the help!).



Jon and Carrie


Jon Labrousse
Middle School Teacher