Jon's Weekly Update 4-29-16

posted Apr 29, 2016, 10:19 AM by Cynthia Friedman

IMPORTANT DATES:

Tues, May 3, 3:15-4:15:                      TRUE Rehearsal

Wed., May 4, 3:15-4:30pm                 Ultimate Frisbee at Kincaid Park

Thurs, May 5, 3:15-4:15:                   TRUE Rehearsal

Sat., May 7, 2-3pm                             TRUE PERFORMANCE: Junction City (No Cover)

Tues, May 10, 3:15-4:15:                    TRUE Rehearsal

Wed., May 11, 6:00-6:30pm               TRUE PERFORMANCE: Sam Bond's Garage (Opening for Emi Sunshine!) ($5 Cover for parents)

Thurs, May 12                 :                 ******NO TRUE Rehearsal****

Thurs, May 12, 9am-2:30pm             UOTeachOUT Leadership Summit at UO (Carrie and Highly motivated 7th and 8th Graders)

Sat., May 14, 4:30-7pm                      TRUE PERFORMANCE: Cozmic Pizza Student Uke Jam (No Cover)

Thurs., May 19, ALL DAY                7th Graders: Canopy Connections; 8th Graders: Tree to Tree

Thurs, May 19                 :                 ******NO TRUE Rehearsal****

Mon., May 31-June 9                         Middle School Smarter Balanced Testing

Sat., June 4, 11:30-12:30pm              TRUE PERFORMANCE: Spencer Creek Grange (No Cover)

Thurs, June 9, 6:30-8:30pm              8th Grade Graduation

Mon, June 13-Thurs, June 16           Middle School Adventure Trip--Florence

 

SUMMER EVENTS!

Sat., June 25 Time TBA                     TRUE PERFORMANCE: Em's Stadium

Thurs., June 30, Time TBA               TRUE PERFORMANCE: OSLP Art Reception

July 5-August 11 (Tues/Thurs)           TENTATIVE: Ukulele Summer Camp 10:30am-12pm; $75 Tuition

Sat, August 13, Time TBA                 TRUE PERFORMANCE: Chalk Art Festival, Springfield

Sat, August 14, 12pm                          TRUE PERFORMANCE: 2nd Star Festival, Florence

 

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Dear Middle School Family,

 

It's not every school year that a Presidential candidate comes to little Eugene, Oregon to give a speech.  Thanks to modern technology, the middle school students had the opportunity to participate, if remotely, in today's historical event.  It was extremely helpful to me, from a teaching perspective, to hear Senator Sanders reinforce the importance of the work we've been doing in our study of the under-represented People in US History this school year.

 

His main message (as I clarified with our students), is that (no matter who is elected President), our civic responsibility is MUCH greater than the micro-action of voting.  The real work in being a member of a Democratic Country is in the ways we choose to live our daily lives.  The ways we support each other in our communities.  The ways we stand up for what's right.  

 

We need to choose our causes, for certain, but each of us is so much stronger than we believe, so much more valuable than we can measure, and when we work together for the Greater Good, we can accomplish the Even Better.  Real change in US society, from the Labor Rights movement, to the Women's Rights movement, to the Civil Rights movement, has always started with the People, for the People.  It's not about politics.  It's about action. We need to remember that we don't live in isolation, and that our actions can and do matter.

 

I feel so fortunate and proud to work, and spend most of my waking hours, as part of a learning community who sincerely believes in and supports each other as much as our students do.  Our students care deeply about making the world a better place.  Our future looks very bright from where I'm standing.

 

Please double check the calendar above.  We have many important events coming up including field trips and TRUE Performances.  May is when the whirlwind begins.  Please e-mail me with any questions.

 

Best,

Jon 

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