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Sharon's Weekly Update 12-7-17

posted Dec 7, 2017, 1:21 PM by Cynthia Friedman   [ updated Dec 7, 2017, 2:08 PM ]

Hello, Room 9 families!

A few students let me know that they will be traveling next week. Thank you so much for the heads up! Please make sure to fill out the online form that alerts the office staff of your planned absence as well. You can find the link in your Ridgeline E-news.

If you volunteered to help with sewing, I would love to have your hands (and the rest of you!) in the classroom on MondayTuesday or Wednesday of next week, starting at about 1:30 pm each day. Other times may also be helpful. If you offered to bring in a sewing machine, I will start setting them up on Friday afternoon. Please bring your machine threaded with white thread (and full bobbins would be an added bonus)! Yay pajamas!

SAFETY ADVISORY: Fabric store flannel is NOT TREATED with flame retardant chemicals. Consequently, it comes with an official warning that "This fabric is not to be used for children's sleepwear." Room 9 students are aware that some families might want to save these pajama pants for daytime use only. Next Thursday will be a classroom pajama and movie day. We will be watching a few more episodes from Ronia, The Robber's Daughter and making very messy popcorn. I encourage students to wear their new pajamas!

This week, some students completed our first math portfolio work of the year. Fourth year students stocked their "triangle store," classifying triangles by their angles. Fifth year students learned how to create the Seven Triangles of Reality using a compass and straightedge. 

Sixth year students have amassed an incredible amount of information about their Big Project and are nearly ready to start sorting their cards!

In our Three Islands simulation, Islanders have been busily grinding grain, sewing clothes, and creating ships and schools. They are starting to feel the pinch of a hefty tax burden in addition to the new requirement to quarter soldiers in their homes. Rumors are quietly spreading about a revolution as a shipment of tea heads toward the classroom....

Please look for information about the LULAROE fundraiser (this weekend!) and the JOY OF SHARING (next week!) in your Ridgeline E-NEWS!

I hope you have a lovely, safe, and restful winter break. School is out on Friday, Dec. 15 and resumes on Jan. 3.

Sharon

Sharon's Weekly Update 11-9-17

posted Nov 9, 2017, 10:41 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Hello, Room 9 families!

Last week, we spent our short week reviewing individual math work and getting caught up on previous lessons. On Thursday, we did a classroom wide "mini Project Fair," where students spent the morning researching any topic of their choice. Interests varied widely, from Morse code and the Titanic to watercolors and cooking. This week we are visiting the Raptor Center, learning about angles, talking about characterization, and finishing our first story drafts. Being "cleared to print" is a big deal in Room 9! 

Students also beat Sharon's clean-up record for the FIRST TIME EVER!! this week!

For our Barnes and Noble presentation, students will be reading the vintage radio script of "The Adventures of Superman," originally aired in 1945. In the classroom, we have had fantastic conversations about radio theater in the days before television: the importance of inflection in voice acting, the role of visualization, and how sound effects are often created by unrelated objects. Students may dress up for their parts in period clothing. If you are a parent who loves vintage clothes, thrift store shopping, or scrounging, and you are willing to spearhead costuming efforts, please email me!!! We will perform at Barnes and Noble on Nov. 17th after 6pm.

Cynthia is currently collecting STONE SOUP VOLUNTEERS to help students to wash, peel and chop vegetables. For those of you who are new to Ridgeline, Stone Soup is a school tradition where students bring any vegetable they choose to school on Tuesday, Nov 21. Students will cut and peel the vegetables at school. On Wednesday, Nov. 22, parent volunteers use the vegetables to prepare amazing soup that we share as a community. We have an all-school assembly and enjoy soup in our classrooms. Remember to bring VEGETABLES on Tuesday, Nov. 21!

There is NO SCHOOL on Friday, Nov. 10, in observance of Veterans' Day. There is NO SCHOOL on Nov. 23-24 for Thanksgiving break.

Due to our short week, student work may not be completely checked off this Thursday (Nov. 9). Talk with your student on their classroom progress, and please email me if you have any questions!

--Sharon

Sharon's Weekly Update 10-28-17

posted Oct 30, 2017, 9:18 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Hello, Room 9 families!

It's library day! 6th graders will be traveling to the library on Oct. 26 (this is a reschedule), Nov. 2Nov. 16, and Dec. 7. If you are a 6th grader, please make sure you have your library card. This is a very important part of your research project: you MUST have notes from at least 3 print sources and 3 web sources by the end of December.

Thank you for signing up for conferences! Please remember that all upper elementary conferences are student-led and your student must attend. If you need to make arrangements for another time where your student can attend, please let me know. As of this morning, many spaces are still available on Tuesday

Vision screening results will be going home with students this Friday!

There is no school Oct. 30-31 for conferences, and no school on Nov. 12 in observance of Veteran's Day.

 If your student is planning to attend Barnes and Noble Book Fair and would like to participate in the play, please send me a quick RSVP email! So far I have 7 students who are planning to come!

We need drivers! Room 9 is planning to visit the Cascades Raptor Center off Fox Hollow Road on Nov. 11. We will leave school at 1pm and return at pick-up time. If you can drive, please send me an email saying how many students can ride in your car (students should ride in the back seat). We'll let you know if you need to have any other paperwork on file in the office.

Below are pictures of one of our students marrying trinomial squaring, and another student's fantastic equivalences work!

Sharon

Sharon's Weekly Update 10-17-17

posted Oct 17, 2017, 1:07 PM by Cynthia Friedman

I am so excited to announce our CURRICULUM SHARING night this Wednesday. The classroom will be open at 3:15 and again at 6pm. Please bring your student to introduce his or her work!

STUDENT LED CONFERENCES are scheduled for Monday, October 31 and Tuesday, Nov. 1. This week's eNews will have a link to online sign-up! If you are not able to sign up for a conference spot via the link, please contact the office for help. Because these are student led conferences, please choose a time that works for your student to be present. If you have concerns that will need more than 20 minutes to discuss, please schedule another time for that conference.

We need a HEAD COUNT for families who will be attending Barnes and Noble Night on Friday, Nov. 17Room 9 students will be performing a short play, and they need to determine parts for the performance.  Please RSVP.
SIXTH YEAR STUDENTS had to reschedule their library trip because permission slips did not go home last week! Please sign your student's permission slip and help them remember their library card.

Have a great week!

Sharon's Weekly Update 10-6-17

posted Oct 6, 2017, 1:04 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Hello, Room 9 families!

We have been having a lot of discussions about PE in Room 9. For some students, it is hard to follow directions and learn to work with the group. Our lunch discussion today detailed how PE meets our personal goals for physical fitness and team building. This would be a great discussion to have with your student at home: what can you do to meet your goals during PE?

Room 9's sixth year students will be taking trips to the library every three weeks to research their Big Project. Our currently scheduled dates are 9am-11am on Oct 12Nov. 2Nov. 16, and Dec. 7. We have a driver! (thank you, Kate Walser!!) but we NEED ANOTHER CHAPERONE. Please contact me if you are able to accompany sixth graders on any of these dates.

MANY STUDENTS STILL DO NOT HAVE INSIDE SHOES. Please make sure your student has this important piece of equipment so that our classroom can stay tidy during the muddy season.

Today we took the Disney cruise ship! Students worked together and mocked hauling lines for ships. We had a short lesson today about density, in which we made a "wave-maker" using rubbing alcohol and mineral oil. Most students have finished their first draft of their first story and are peer editing other friends' work.

Please return JOG-A-THON PACKETS by Oct. 16th! The Jog-A-Thon was a fantastically fun (if wet) experience. A huge thank you to all the volunteers who made it happen.

I am still missing eight work plans from last week, and many work plans are coming back to us without signatures. Please remember that the work plan is our message home to you. We want to be sure you know about your student's work and any potential homework. If your student still has not shown you last week's work plan, could you check your blue folder together and make sure it comes back to school tomorrow?

 4th Grade Support Meeting:The transition to 4th grade can be a significant transition to many students at a variety of schools, magnified perhaps at Ridgeline as the student makes the leap to upper elementary.

That is why we have scheduled a q&a panel discussion with teachers, administration and recent 4th grade parents for October 10th at 6:30pm. We are hoping this panel can help normalize the transition and answer questions you may have about expectations and adjustments your 4th grader may be experiencing.

In addition, or in lieu of, we are working on identifying parent mentors to answer questions and offer collegial support. Please reach out to your room parent or teacher if you need help connecting with someone.” --Stephanie Edwards

Please contact Stephanie Edwards at stephanie.edwards@ridgeline.org if you have any questions or need help navigating support resources.


Thank you!

Sharon's Weekly Update 9-22-17

posted Sep 26, 2017, 11:38 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Last week, Room 9 students found a flyer advertising a Three Islands Disney Cruise! Our pirate ship is currently deciding if we would like to board the cruise so that our diet can consist of food beyond hardtack and salted beef. In chemistry, we performed a magic trick to show that matter takes up space. We have been reading about life at sea, and we have established working groups for math. We are finishing the first draft of a short story of our choice. Ask your student about some of these lessons!

The 6th graders visited the Eugene Public Library on Thursday afternoon. This was an important part of our Big Project research. We would like to make this a regular monthly outing. If you are available to volunteer in the classroom OR accompany the 6th graders downtown (by bus or driving), please contact me.

Last week we began a mentoring system in Room 9. Students who are managing their work well are helping other students to navigate their work plans. Mentors are not responsible for other students' work. This way, new students can get some ideas on work completion and time management, while students who are ready for leadership can take a slightly bigger role in the classroom. Mentors have been helping other students complete a daily work plan in the mornings. The groups then compare notes at the end of the day and discuss successful strategies.

This week, we had a number of students who brought back their work plans unsigned. When you ask your student about their work, please be sure to sign the work plan so I know you saw their work. Please talk with your student about how they can find information about homework after school, also! Many students have had success emailing peers or (as a last resort) emailing me themselves. As much as possible, we want to build independence in our upper el students, and managing their own work is one of the biggest goals of Upper El.

Jog-a-thon is this Friday! Please make sure your packets are returned. Our classroom is setting a goal for a percentage return. This is a great opportunity for students to learn how to use the telephone and call friends and grandparents.

Our Laughing Planet fund-raiser is Tuesday night. I hope to see you there!

--Sharon

Sharon's Weekly Update 9-18-17

posted Sep 19, 2017, 2:55 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Hello, Room 9 families!

We are having such a lovely time in Room 9. Last week we talked about compasses, LightBot, and the scientific method. We have begun exploring the writing process and we are practicing our handwriting with calligraphy. Math lessons began today. Our transition time record is 9 min, 45 seconds to get from lunch to recess!

Thank you so much for signing and returning your student's work plan. We had a great response this weekend. Grown-ups, please make sure you sign your student's work plan so we know that you saw it!

If you have a 6th grade student, they are bringing home a permission slip to go on a short field trip to the library on Thursday. PLEASE SEND YOUR STUDENT WITH A LIBRARY CARD. This trip will allow the students to begin looking for printed sources to support their Big Project research. Their permission slip asks students to bring $3 to ride LTD. If your student has a bus pass, please send them with the bus pass instead.

This week, students received their passwords for Gmail and Google Docs. Students *may* use Gmail and Google Docs at home -- this is an easy way to make sure that drafts transfer from the classroom to home. First drafts in Room 9 are always completed in pencil. Typing is our fourth step!

Students, please make sure to wear or bring TENNIS SHOES on PE days, Monday and Wednesday!

Click here to find the spelling lists for this week (Week 1) to practice at home.

--Sharon

Sharon's Weekly Update 9-11-17

posted Sep 11, 2017, 3:41 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Ahoy, Room 9 friends!

In our first week of school, Room 9 has been using a pirate motif to begin the year! Students personalized their classroom by painting mugs and decorating their binders; they set up notebooks for taking notes in each subject, and they developed a "Pirate Code" for classroom rules. We developed a list of jobs for our "ship," learned routines for clean-up, recess and dismissal, and got to know each other better through community games and diverse lunch groups. Whew! We have been busy!

Next WEDNESDAY, Sept. 13 at 6pm, Ridgeline will have a meeting for new families. If this is your first year at Ridgeline, please make plans to attend. This meeting helps us to be on the same page about Ridgeline's plans and goals for your child's education.

Next THURSDAY, Sept. 14 at 6:30pm, Room 9 will have a dessert social for new and returning families. We will talk briefly about this year's curriculum, homework expectations, the end-of-the-year trip, and other information to help your child be successful this year. Bring a dessert to share (label for allergies, please) -- this is a fantastic opportunity for your student to get a chance to practice their baking skills.

On Friday, your student brought you the home folder, which goes home every Friday with any communication from Ridgeline. Please check the folder for papers, sign and return anything that needs to come back to school. This week, look for the COMPUTER USER AGREEMENT. It is very important to review this agreement with your student before the student signs and returns the form!

Finally, please send your student to school with the following items:
  • INDOOR SHOES (which will stay in the classroom). The shoes help our work space to stay clean and inviting.
  • A daily SNACK. The snack helps students of this age to keep focused and on task.

Please leave the following items at home:

  • Pens and Sharpies! Because we encourage the students to take risks and erase mistakes, we respectfully request that ALL pens, gel pens and Sharpie markers stay at home.

  • Microwave lunches. If your student wishes to bring a hot lunch to school, this is a great time of year to buy thermoses on sale; we don't have microwaves available to students in Room 9.

  • Soda, candy, and cake. These treats should be enjoyed at home (except for during our dessert social).

  • Toys, playing cards, and fidget spinners. While these items can sometimes be educational, we would like to maintain the Montessori environment and keep these items for home use. Please do set up playdates with friends to play games!


Let's set sail for a great school year!

--Sharon and Adriene

Sharon's Weekly Update 9-11-17

posted Sep 11, 2017, 3:30 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Ahoy, Room 9 friends!

In our first week of school, Room 9 has been using a pirate motif to begin the year! Students personalized their classroom by painting mugs and decorating their binders; they set up notebooks for taking notes in each subject, and they developed a "Pirate Code" for classroom rules. We developed a list of jobs for our "ship," learned routines for clean-up, recess and dismissal, and got to know each other better through community games and diverse lunch groups. Whew! We have been busy!

Next WEDNESDAY, Sept. 13 at 6pm, Ridgeline will have a meeting for new families. If this is your first year at Ridgeline, please make plans to attend. This meeting helps us to be on the same page about Ridgeline's plans and goals for your child's education.

Next THURSDAY, Sept. 14 at 6:30pm, Room 9 will have a dessert social for new and returning families. We will talk briefly about this year's curriculum, homework expectations, the end-of-the-year trip, and other information to help your child be successful this year. Bring a dessert to share (label for allergies, please) -- this is a fantastic opportunity for your student to get a chance to practice their baking skills.

On Friday, your student brought you the home folder, which goes home every Friday with any communication from Ridgeline. Please check the folder for papers, sign and return anything that needs to come back to school. This week, look for the COMPUTER USER AGREEMENT. It is very important to review this agreement with your student before the student signs and returns the form!

Finally, please send your student to school with the following items:
  • INDOOR SHOES (which will stay in the classroom). The shoes help our work space to stay clean and inviting.
  • A daily SNACK. The snack helps students of this age to keep focused and on task.

Please leave the following items at home:

  • Pens and Sharpies! Because we encourage the students to take risks and erase mistakes, we respectfully request that ALL pens, gel pens and Sharpie markers stay at home.

  • Microwave lunches. If your student wishes to bring a hot lunch to school, this is a great time of year to buy thermoses on sale; we don't have microwaves available to students in Room 9.

  • Soda, candy, and cake. These treats should be enjoyed at home (except for during our dessert social).

  • Toys, playing cards, and fidget spinners. While these items can sometimes be educational, we would like to maintain the Montessori environment and keep these items for home use. Please do set up playdates with friends to play games!


Let's set sail for a great school year!

--Sharon and Adriene

Sharon's Weekly Update 6-6-17

posted Jun 6, 2017, 1:53 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Hello, Room 9 families!

A huge THANK YOU to all of our parents who drove to Aprovecho farm: Phil, Thea, Aaron, Melanie, Mandy, and Tom. The field trip was great! Our students learned about composting toilets and cob building. If you are interested in learning more about cob building, please contact me.... I'm hoping to pursue it further next year.

Speaking of which, I am so excited about next year! Move-up day was amazing. We have a great group of 4th graders coming to Room 9!

Welcome to the final two weeks of school. Here's an official update on the TEN DAY COUNTDOWN:

JUN 7 (Wed): INTERNATIONAL FOOD DAY. Students may bring international foods from home to share with the group. Please send ingredients lists and/or packaging for any food your student brings to the classroom.
JUN 8 (Thurs): Movie day - we will watch a movie in the afternoon!
JUN 9 (Fri): PET DAY. Students are invited to bring a PHOTO or VIDEO of their pet, or a STUFFED ANIMAL to introduce to the group. No live pets, please. We may walk to Tugman Park for lunch.

JUN 12 (Mon): Forts and reading day. Students who have finished their portfolio work will spend all day reading in blanket forts! Students who are still working on their portfolio will still have opportunity to participate in the afternoon. Please bring blankets and books from home.
JUN 13 (Tues): Game day! Students may bring their favorite game to play with their friends. Weather permitting, we may play some outside games as well. (EVENING: All school picnic!)
JUN 14 (Wed): FIELD DAY and UNBIRTHDAY TEA PARTY. Please let me know if your student would like to bring tiny sandwiches, cookies or fruit for the tea party. Each student should bring his or her own mug from home.
JUN 15 (Thurs): Room 9 overnight!
JUN 16 (Fri): Flash mob, pancakes and Last Day of School


I still need AT LEAST ONE PARENT VOLUNTEER for the overnight on Jun 15-16. Chaperones should plan to be at school from 7pm to 7am.

Have a great week!
--Sharon

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