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Sharon's Weekly Update 6-8-18

posted Jun 8, 2018, 2:42 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Hello, Room 9 families! Here's a quick update on the TEN DAY COUNTDOWN to the end of school!

Wednesday, June 7 is PAJAMAS AND MOVIE day. We will be watching My Neighbor Totoro in the afternoon. Please feel free to wear the pajama pants you made.

Thursday, June 8 is GAME DAY. Students may bring a game to play with friends.

There is NO SCHOOL on Friday, June 9 for grading day.

Monday, June 11 is a FORTS AND READING day. Please bring a blanket to build a fort! 

PLANNED PARENTHOOD: 5th graders will receive a lesson on reproduction from visiting Planned Parenthood instructors on June 11, 12 and 13.

Tuesday, June 12 is FIELD DAY. Upper el students will be playing games in the afternoon. It's always wise to prepare with dry, clean clothes.

On Wednesday, June 13, students will be taking their work home. Please send your student with a bag appropriate to carry work. The permission slip is attached.
That evening is the OVERNIGHT! If you can loan us a pancake griddle (the plug-in kind) and a pancake turner appropriate for your griddle, we would love to use it. Please see the permission slip for the rest of the packing list.

We will finish out the year on Thursday, June 14 with a FLASH MOB and early release! Students will be ready for pickup at 1:05.

Thank you so much for a splendid and fantastic year!

--Sharon

Sharon's Weekly Update 5-17-18

posted May 17, 2018, 10:21 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Hello, Room 9 families!

Welcome to the end of the year! Most students are about halfway done with their portfolio. We are planning our Ten Day Countdown, which begins on May 30th. We are finishing state testing. 

As students finish their PORTFOLIO, we will be creating covers and compiling the books. These portfolio books will stay in the classroom for reference next year. Please let me know when you would like to see your student's portfolio -- this is a HUGE work and I am proud of each student's accomplishment. Most portfolios should be ready to view during the last week of school.

After students finish their portfolio, they are working on creating and earning BADGES. Badges are designed by students as personal research. Each badge has components of research writing, expert consultant, and original creation. Currently, students are working on badges in Shakespeare, square roots and perspective drawing.

Remember the DANCE-A-THON on Friday night! Join us in the gym or dance at home. Students earn bracelets for each 15 minutes of participation. We start dancing promptly at 6:30pm... see you then!

Human Growth and Development Parent Information Session
On Tuesday, May 22 at 5:00pmPlanned Parenthood will give their overview presentation to parents for the upcoming Human Growth and Development unit the 5th Grade Upper-Elementary students will participate in during the last week of school. Learn what your child will learn about and have your own questions about the curriculum answered! The parent information session will be held in Clint's Room, so please enter through the outside door at the top of the stairs.

Here are some needs Room 9 has right now:

* Volunteers! If you have a few hours in the morning, there are a few students who would benefit from extra guidance on portfolio work. Let me know what your schedule looks like and I would love to see you!

* Chaperones! One of Room 9's traditions is to spend the night at Ridgeline on the last day of school. Chaperones should plan to arrive at school at 7:45 pm on Wednesday, June 13 and will stay at school until 8 am on Thursday, June 14. If you have questions or if you are available, please let me know! I will need a total of 5-6 parent chaperones.

Sharon's Weekly Update 4-23-18

posted Apr 24, 2018, 2:01 PM by Cynthia Friedman

We planned last week to have a Fed-Ex day on Thursday. However, after a group discussion, many students wanted to spend that time finishing other work. We delayed Fed-Ex day to TOMORROW, Tuesday, Apr 24. This all-day event will allow students to display their Fed-Ex projects for Project Fair in addition to the projects they have been completing at home.

PROJECT FAIR is Tuesday, Apr 24. The classroom will be open at 3:05 (dismissal) and again at 6pm. I hope to see you then!

TESTING is starting! This week, we will practice taking the Smarter Balanced testing -- first to learn the test system, and then to see some sample test prompts. Actual testing begins April 30th. Please help your student be successful by starting from a protein-based breakfast and a good night's rest. Thank you!

There is NO SCHOOL on Friday, May 4 for professional development.

Food Pantry – We are down to a few string cheeses and a few bars in the food pantry. Donations of yogurt, string cheese, bars, apples, oranges, nuts, and other nonperishable single serving lunch items are greatly appreciated!

Sharon's Weekly Update 4-14-18

posted Apr 16, 2018, 2:13 PM by Cynthia Friedman

It's finally time -- PORTFOLIOS! This morning, we began portfolio work in the classroom. I'm sure your student will tell you all about it!


Portfolio work is the culmination of all the hard brain work your student has poured into this year. Each portfolio question is designed to demonstrate mastery of a student's understanding of the Common Core and Montessori curriculum. Because this portfolio showcases a student's understanding, we respectfully request that students receive minimal to no assistance from adults for this work. Instead, students may choose the challenge that is appropriate to their understanding.


Here's an example. One 4th year math portfolio prompt states, "Demonstrate the principle of multiplication by 10, 100 and 1000."

Students who are in early levels of understanding might show that 6 x 10 = 60, 6 x 100 = 600, and 6 x 1000 = 6000.

Students who are increasing their challenge might show that 234 x 10 = 2340, 234 x 100 = 23400, and 234 x 1000 = 234000.

Students who are looking for a deep challenge might demonstrate multiplication by 20 or might choose to incorporate decimal multiplication.


In addition, each student's portfolio will have writing samples, art, calligraphy and reading work from our whole year. Completed portfolios will stay in the classroom at the end of the year for future referencing. Beginning in June, parents are welcome to come in after school and see this amazing work.



PROJECT FAIR is next Tuesday, Apr. 24! For those of you who are new to Ridgeline, this is a chance for students to showcase projects they have been completing in the classroom or at home. Every classroom in the school is open to visitors. Students typically display their research on a poster or tri-fold board. (Tri-fold boards are available in the office for $3.50, or you can bring one from home!) The school is open for Project Fair at 3:05 (dismissal) and at 6pm on Tuesday, Apr 24.


To facilitate our awesome project building, Room 9 will be doing a Fed-Ex day on Thursday, April 19. You can help your student come prepared to research by providing library books and printed articles that they can bring to school.


The PANORAMIC ALL-SCHOOL PHOTO is on Wednesday, April 18, weather permitting.



For the last few weeks in the classroom, we have been talking about character strengths as a foundation for resilience. Individually, we identified the top three strengths that we bring to the classroom, using VIA Character's explanations. From this information, we found that Room 9 is high in humor, zest and creativity. (and I quite agree!)

We then began writing weekly goals for ourselves in light of character strengths that we would like to increase. This week, we are talking about teamwork, humility and forgiveness. If you are interested in taking this discussion into your home, the VIA Character website has some great examples of movies to watch and books to read that demonstrate each character strength.



Finally, we have had a lot of sickness in Room 9 this year. If your student will be out, can you help us by calling the office or sending an email about their illness? If your student misses more than three days, can you (or your student) check in with me about work they might need to bring home? I want to make sure that students who are missing instructional days are still feeling confident in their work when they come back.


Thank you!

Sharon's Weekly Update 3-15-18

posted Mar 15, 2018, 2:51 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Happy Pi day, Room 9!

Indoor Shoes
We are so glad for the warmer weather, but it's still muddy outside! We would love for *every student to have indoor shoes.* Indoor shoes keep our classroom carpet clean, which is particularly important during the muddy season, since we sit on the floor. Presently, students who do not have indoor shoes are asked to stay on paved areas during recess. If you haven't already, please send indoor shoes!

In the Classroom
This week, we began talking about English colonists who came to create a new life for themselves in Virginia, and the Powhatan farmers who were already well established with a rich culture. Many of our students are excited to make connections between their history lessons and the experiences of the Three Islands project. We are looking forward to making more connections as this unit progresses. Some students have also expressed an interest in making history connections to the musical, Hamilton. If your student is interested, I would encourage listening at home!

Fifth year students learned to calculate volume using cheese cubes! Fourth year students are creating giiiiaaaant multiplication problems, or walking up and down stairs to learn about decimal place value! Sixth year students are wrapping up the body of their Big Project writing, so that we can edit and polish their writing before Project Fair! All students are looking forward to messy experiments about exothermic and endothermic reactions!

Portfolios
Shortly after Spring Break, Room 9 will begin working on portfolios. Portfolio work is our best, most beautiful, most careful work of the year. Each student's portfolio contains several writing samples from the year, as well as projects from each subject. Additionally, portfolios contain math problems demonstrating a student's mastery of every math lesson they have had this year. These problems are *open-ended,* which means that the student chooses their level of difficulty. 

Because the student chooses the level of difficulty, we respectfully request that students complete portfolio work on their own (with minimal to no assistance). The portfoliois a chance for students to show what they know. It is better for a student to create a simpler question than to complete a work they don't fully understand.

As always, I welcome your questions. Spring break begins on Monday, Mar. 26th.

--Sharon

Sharon's Weekly Update 3-1-18

posted Mar 1, 2018, 12:38 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Hello, Room 9 families!

Our last three weeks have been traveling ones. We visited the Natural History Museum, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, and then saw a play by one of our very own students!

At the Natural History museum, students explored the new exhibit about water. We did some water experiments at the museum, and we wrote a quiz for ourselves about the exhibit. Ask your student what percentage of the world's water is fresh water.

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art has a traveling exhibit demonstrating the years of the Chinese zodiac, using giant animal head sculptures. Many students enjoyed finding the animal that matched their birth year. We also got to see a brand new installment from Keith Achepohl: Vision of Nature. The detailed tree drawings and paintings were popular with many students.

Finally, we saw a production of Treasure Island by Rose Children's Theater. Congratulations to Avery and Rose Children's Theater for a fine performance.

THANK YOU to all of our drivers and chaperones: Katie, Kate, Kara, Michelle, Briony, Lyndsay, Sarib, Melanie, Brad, and Anne!

This week in the classroom, we are discussing Native American societies and trade. Students are interested in exploring sources of renewable energy (including playground dynamos!). We just finished writing biographies of each other. 6th year students have been working on writing first drafts of their Big Project.

Montessori Parent Education Night:  

Supporting the Montessori Program, Supporting Your Child

 

Thursday, March 8th

6-7:30 pm

Montessori teacher and consultant Annabeth Jensen will be joining us for a rich night of Montessori parent education.  The evening's presentation will focus on supporting the Second Plane Child, our 6-12 year old students in lower and upper elementary.  This is also an excellent opportunity for kinder parents to learn more about what changes to expect in the Montessori classroom as their kiddos progress through the program.  Learning more about the scientific, child-centered approach of Montessori is a powerful way to support the school, the classroom, and your child.

 

Annabeth is a Montessori teacher, consultant, mentor, and instructional coach.  She has lectured at Montessori teacher training programs and conventions nationwide, has served as the president of the Oregon Montessori Association board of directors, and has been working as an AMI Elementary Consultant for the past eight years.  Her dedication to inclusive practices in Montessori classrooms has guided her work with public Montessori schools in Oregon.  

Childcare provided.

RSVP to 541-681-9662 to reserve a spot



Finally, we have begun talking about PORTFOLIOS. Student portfolios allow students to demonstrate their learning, and review earlier learning, in a beautiful, precise format. We should begin portfolio work in mid-April. More details to follow!

Sharon's Weekly Update 2-28-18

posted Feb 28, 2018, 9:09 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Hello, Room 9 families!

Our last three weeks have been traveling ones. We visited the Natural History Museum, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, and then saw a play by one of our very own students!

At the Natural History  museum, students explored the new exhibit about water. We did some water experiments at the museum, and we wrote a quiz for ourselves about the exhibit. Ask your student what percentage of the world's water is fresh water!

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art has a traveling exhibit demonstrating the years of the Chinese zodiac, using giant animal head sculptures. Many students enjoyed finding the animal that matched their birth year. We also got to see a brand new installment from Keith Achepohl: Vision of Nature. The detailed tree drawings and paintings were popular with many students.

Finally, we saw a production of Treasure Island by Rose Children's Theater. Congratulations to Avery and Rose Children's Theater for a fine performance.

THANK YOU to all of our drivers and chaperones: Katie, Kate, Kara, Michelle, Briony, Lyndsay, Sarib, Melanie, Brad, and Anne!

This week in the classroom, we are discussing Native American societies and trade. Students are interested in exploring sources of renewable energy (including playground dynamos!). 6th year students have been working on writing first drafts of their Big Project.

Finally, we have begun talking about PORTFOLIOS. Student portfolios allow students to demonstrate their learning, and review earlier learning, in a beautiful, precise format. We should begin portfolio work in mid-April. More details to follow!

Sharon's Weekly Update 1-25-18

posted Jan 25, 2018, 10:47 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Hello, Room 9 families!

Next Wednesday is our trip to the Museum of Natural History! Students should bring a self-contained lunch (remember utensils!) and water bottle. We will be taking the bus at 9:15am. The permission slip for this trip and for the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art will be going home in Friday folders this week. Please return the permission slips with money on Monday.

One of Room 9's students will be performing in Treasure Island with Rose Children's Theater, and we have the opportunity to attend! I am looking for drivers/chaperones for a trip to the Wildish Theater in Springfield on Thursday, Feb. 15. We will leave school at 8:45 and return around 11:30. Please email me if you are available to drive!

Last Friday, our 6th graders attended Educational Theatre Program's play, Above Between Below. Educational Theatre Program presents this play to schools to initiate conversations about "upstanding" in the face of bullying.

On Tuesday, we had a visitor to the classroom! Jeff Singer (Coren's dad) came to talk to the students about bank fraud. We discussed things that banks do to prevent fraud, as well as things that students and families can do at home to prevent fraud. Thank you, Jeff!

Elsewhere this week in the classroom:
* 4th graders play with factors on the pegboard!
* 6th graders start to experiment with square roots!
* 5th graders multiply and divide fractions with whole numbers!
* Next week, we will begin reading journals, where students write letters to friends about the books they are reading. Parents, feel free to ask your students to write a reading journal log to you about the book they are reading. Replies should be posted within 24 hours of receipt.

There is NO SCHOOL on Monday, Jan 29th for a grading day!

--Sharon

Sharon's Weekly Update 1-16-18

posted Jan 17, 2018, 9:30 AM by Cynthia Friedman

We have two field trips coming soon and we still need chaperones. So far I have Kara Rowan, Katie Ebbage, and Kate Walser joining us on both of these trips. We still need at least two adults for each day.

We will travel to the Museum of Natural and Cultural History on Wednesday, Jan 31: we leave school at 9:15 and return about 2pm.
We will travel to the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art on Thursday, Feb. 8: we will leave school at 9:15 and return about 2pm.


Room 9 is exploring the stock market this week! We are printing stories for our portfolio and getting ready to begin nonfiction writing.

There is NO SCHOOL on Monday, Jan 29th for grading day.

Sharon's Class Weekly Update 1-4-18

posted Jan 4, 2018, 12:15 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Hello, Room 9 families!

Welcome back! I have heard great reports about the many adventures students had on the break. We will be back into the swing of things in no time. This week, we are finishing a unit on metric measurements, and we just began a brief study of money and the stock market.

Thursday, Jan 4th is a FED-EX DAY. This event is an idea Daniel Pink shares in his book, DriveIn 22 hours, students complete a short academic research project. They raced the clock to present a completed project for tomorrow at 1pm. This project can be as elaborate as a student finds appropriate. On previous Fed-Ex days, students have researched black holes, knitted scarves, written and performed plays, or drawn amazing pictures. Students will create mini-trifold boards to display their research.

We are looking for chaperones (not drivers! just grown-up people!) for TWO upcoming field trips:
     * Wed, Jan 31, 9am-2pm : Museum of Natural and Cultural History in Eugene, for a class on the water cycle.
     * Thursday, Feb 8, 9am-2pm : Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, for a tour and a studio project.
If you can chaperone for either (or both!) of these events, please email me. Permission slips will be coming out soon.

January 12th is GRANDPARENTS' DAY at Ridgeline. We are excited to welcome grandpersons in the classroom.

In the evening of January 12th, Ridgeline will have our annual amazing TALENT SHOW! Please plan to attend at 6pm to cheer on our fantastically talented students.

There is no school on JANUARY 15 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. There is no school on JANUARY 29 for grading.

We are so glad to be back!


--Sharon and Adriene

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